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Most ear surgery is performed on children, aged 4 to 14, who have protruding or large ears, although no greater risk occurs when the surgery is performed on adults. Ears are fully developed usually by the age of four, so parents might want to consider surgery for their child early to minimize the risk of ridicule as the child approaches school age. They should pay attention to their child’s concerns about his ears and consider surgery only after the child decides he wants it.


During the procedure, the surgeon sets back prominent ears closer to the head or reduces their size. When children are involved in the decision for ear surgery, they are more cooperative and pleased with the result.