My 12-year-old son is very self conscious of his ears as they stick out but one sticks out more than the other. He has researched ear surgery on the web and really wants it. Is he too young for otoplasty? How long will he have to stay away from sports? A 12 year-old with prominent ears is not too young for ear surgery. Oftentimes, we will treat children at the age of six for otoplasty. He will have to stay away from sports for at least a few weeks after the surgery.