Unlike many cosmetic surgery procedures, otoplasty is usually performed on children, in some cases as young as 6 years old, before they start school. The reason is to prevent bullying that can occur to children with protruding ears. Otoplasty is also often performed on teenagers and adults of all ages.
After surgery there is minimal pain. The patient can take care of himself from day one. The patient usually needs to wear a special band for the first ten days, morning and night. Then the patient wears headband for another 20 days only at night.