Ask a doctor

surgeries left my ear flat and uneven. what can i do to fix it? (photos)

When i was really young, i had multiple surgeries on my left ear to remove a cholesteatoma and later reconstruct it. Since then, i've grown up and began to notice my ears are uneven. My left (surgically altered) ear is flat to my head, while my right protrudes the normal amount. Does anyone know why this might be, and what can be done about it? Thanks.

Doctor Answers (2)

Resupporting the left ear

+1
The left ear appears depressed because of portions of the bone (mastoid) that were removed during your first surgery. A graft could be taken from behind the same ear, and this could be modified to support the ear. There would be a small "bump" behind the ear where the repositioned cartilage would sit, but this could give you more projection.
No one ever really is able to see both ears at the same time, and even though there is a difference in the "drivers license" picture, it is rarely a view in real life that is noticeable. You are more aware of it than anyone else in the world. Nonetheless, this can be a reason to seek out reconstructive surgery and it would be reasonable to address this problem with a cartilage graft.


Melbourne Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 59 reviews

Flat ear after ear surgery

+1
I would be happy to answer this question regarding a flat ear after mastoidectomy. The reason for this is that a mastoidectomy involved the drilling/ removal of a portion of the outer bone of the mastoid bone which sits behind and supports you auricle. When this is removed the ear can sink in. What can be done, we'll one option is pinning the other ear back. Another is trying to augment behind the flattened ear but thus is not an easy procedure because there is not much of a platform behind the auricle to support a graft. Consult a facial plastic surgeon with net experience to assess your circumstances 

Arthur N. Falk, MD
Albany Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.