It’s not unusual for patients to request treatment of “Big Ears.” The vast majority of these patients have normal sized prominent ears which require setback otoplasty. Occasionally, we see patients who actually do have enlarged ears. Although setback otoplasty will make these ears appear smaller this may not be enough and additional surgery may be indicated.
Under these circumstances ear reduction can be performed. In most cases, this involves shortening the vertical dimension of the ear. This procedure involves removing a full thickness wedge of ear which shortens the height of the ear. The procedure is associated with noticeable scarring which tends to improve with time. For this reason, the procedure is utilized only when severe elongation of the ear is present.
If you’re concerned about the size of your ears consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon is appropriate. This surgeon should be able to formulate a plan that’s appropriate for you.