Birmingham, Ala. -- Cosmetic repair of protruding ears is best done in childhood, but not until age five, when the ears are done growing but the cartilage is still pliable and easier to shape.
This is the advice from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, as reported in Newswise.
Unlike other cosmetic surgeries that may attempt to reverse the effects of aging, repair of protruding ears is more of a "life acheivement" as its effects are permanent. An increase in the percentage of ear repair procedures being performed on adults has risen 54 percent, according to Artemus Cox, M.D., Newswise reports. If performed during childhood, self image will be less adversely affected and the surgery may be technically easier to perform.