Image of an ear Description: If your ears stick out, you can have them pinned back, so they are closer to your skull. This straightforward surgery has been popular for decades with men, women and children.

How it's done: Depending on the esthetic result you want, your surgeon will either pin back the existing cartilage with permanent sutures or remove and trim the excess to form a more attractive shape. Because incisions are made behind your ear, they are not noticeable.

Complications: Minimal risks, including bleeding, infection and reaction to the anesthetic.

Recovery: Two weeks; no contact sports for three months.

Cost: $2000 to $4000, depending on the extent of the procedure required. (For children under 16, the procedure is covered by some provincial health care plans, including OHIP).

Considering this procedure? Browse a list of Facial Plastic Surgeons in Canada.