All my life I have been insecure about my ears and avoided sports and other activities where you can't keep your hair down. When I look at Before And After photos of ear sugery I can only find pictures of prominent ears that have been fixed. I want to reduce the size of my ears, not change their position - is that possible? I have included a picture of my ear and some ear types I like. Would it be possible to make mines a little similar to those or is the structure too different?
I Want To Make My Ears Smaller, Not Change Their Projection
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Reducing size of ears
Ear Reduction Surgery
It’s virtually impossible to make a recommendation without frontal pictures and a physical examination. Your lateral pictures suggest a relatively normal ear with the exception of poor development of the superior inner ear fold.
This deformity is relatively minor and as a result, your ear would be considered normal by most people. With this in mind you should consider the risk benefit ratio before considering the otoplasty. Consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon might be helpful as well.
Yes it is possible to make your ears smaller but not many surgeons perform this procedure.
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Making ears smaller without changing projection
It is not possible to reduce the size of the ears. This is only done under reconstructive considerations when skin caner is present on the ear. Large aggressive cuts are made in the ear to reduce the size and shape. The resulting scars are cosmetically unacceptable to patients.
Ear reduction surgery
I think based on your description of the effect your ear size has had on your activities (for a prolonged period of time) and the pictures you have sent, that you are an excellent candidate for reduction of the size of your ears. This procedure will involve careful planning and technique to minimize the appearance of the scar and to achieve as much symmetry as possible.
The trade-off for the reduced ear length will be a scar which usually heals as a fine line. In your case, I would suggest planning the procedure such that the resulting scar may be hidden by earlobe jewelry.
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