Prominent ears attract unwanted attention and are often made fun of by other kids. Many of those who wish to undergo this procedure have been called names such as ‘dumbo’, ‘kite’ and various other names that make it difficult for a child. Kids also pull on protruding ears, another sign of the ‘sensitivities’ these children face. The outer ear is made of elastic cartilage, has a characteristic shape, and is covered by skin. Disruptions in the anatomical development of this cartilage cause changes in its shape, often resulting in protruding ears on both sides. During the procedure, the surgeon modifies the shape of the outer ear. Ear surgeries are more common among boys, but they are also performed on girls. Protruding ears pose more of a problem for boys as their short hairstyles make them impossible to hide, though many girls feel the same since they cannot tie their hair or pull it up. Ear pinning can be performed in children as early as elementary school. It is perfectly safe since most of the outer ear is fully developed by the age of 5. Surgery at an early age can save kids from heartache down the road and significantly improve their body image and raise their confidence. Among those seeking surgery, many are teenagers before military service who want to fix this problem before they have to trim their hair to match military requirements. Ear surgeries are very short. Surgery takes about 45 minutes to complete, during which the surgeon alters the shape of the ear through an incision behind the ear. The ears are dressed for a short time after surgery. Visible results can be observed after the swelling and bruising subside.