Known as “otoplasty”. The usual problem is protruding ears. The ears can be altered reasonably easily and, for adults, a local anaesthetic can be used, injected around the ears to make them numb. An incision is then made in the crease behind the ear and the cartilage is trimmed, bringing the ear closer to the head. The operation lasts less than an hour. Children can have this operation under general anaesthetic from the age of seven, which is when the ears stop growing. It’s a straightforward procedure.The ears which will be swollen and bruised, are bandaged after the operation, and these must be kept on for the first 24-48 hours at least. After this, most patients will have to wear a bandage only at night for the next few weeks and sleep on their backs during this period. The scars, which are hidden behind the ears, should eventually fade.