|Procedure:||Set prominent ears back closer to the head, or reduce the size of large ears. Most often done on children between the ages of 4 and 14 years. Ear Surgery (Otoplasty) (Occasionally covered by insurance)|
|Length:||2 to 3 hours.|
|Anesthesia:||Young children: usually general. Older children or adults: general or local, with sedation.|
|Side effects:||Temporary throbbing, aching, swelling, redness, numbness.|
|Risks:||Infection of cartilage. Excessive scarring. Blood clot that may need to be drained. Mismatched or artificial-looking ears. Recurrence of the protrusion, requiring repeat surgery.|
|Recovery:||Back to work or school: five to seven days. Strenuous activity, contact sports: one to two months.|
|Duration of Results:||Usually permanent.|
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