Otoplasty enables deformities of the pinna, the most common of which is bat ear (often called protruding ear), to be corrected. This surgery is recommended from the age of 8, at which point the pinna has fully developed. Otoplasty generally takes place under local anaesthesia. The dressing will need to be left on for a few days in order to reduce any swelling and discomfort. Stitches are removed after 7-14 days. To avoid involuntary trauma, it is advisable to wear an elasticated headband continuously for around 8 days and then for a further week at night. As the incision is usually made behind the pinna, any scars are not visible. Surgery is the only option for correcting protruding ear and other deformities affecting the shape and size of the pinnae.