How Can I Reduce my Ear Size Without a Surgery?

How Can Reduce my Ear Size Without a Surgery

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Probably Not

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I am unaware of any treatments that can reduce the size of your ear without surgery at your age. While it is possible for newborns, once the cartilage has “firmed up” you can’t remodel it anymore.

Surgical Treatment is Best for Treating Prominent Ears

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It’s not unusual for patients to seek alternatives to surgery when they have ear deformities.  Unfortunately none of these treatments are effective in treating prominent ears.

In the first few months of life ear cartilage can be remodeled, but after two months ear cartilage molding is no longer effective.  When prominent ears are present, setback otoplasty is the only effective treatment available.

If you’re concerned about prominent ears, consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon is appropriate.  This surgeon should be able to formulate a treatment plan that’s appropriate for you.

Reducing ear size without surgery

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In the adult with protruding ears, otoplasty is the standard method. At this point molding and shaping are not known to work. Many adults are coming in to have their ears addressed nowadays. The surgery is usually very well tolerated.  Best to see an experienced surgeon. Ask questions and look at his/her photos.

Jeffrey J. Roth, MD, FACS
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
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How to Reduce Ear Size

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Reducing ear size, or better, having the ears less prominent, is done with a surgical procedure known as otoplasty.  This procedure reduces ear prominence with the reshaping of the ears and reduction of excess cartilage and skin.  

A baby born with prominent ears can be treated without surgery in the first few months of life using shaping molds.    However, once the cartilage has aged a bit, the ears are not possible to reshape without a surgical procedure.

Stephen Bresnick, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Otoplasty reducing the ear size without surgery

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This is not really possible. The only time this is possible is the first month of life when the ear is moldable.

Philip Young, MD
Bellevue Facial Plastic Surgeon

There is no Effective Way to Reduce Ear Size without Surgery

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Hi there-

I'm sorry to disappoint you, but the reality is that things that sound too good to be true still are...

Reducing Ear Size

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Reducing the size of the ears without surgery isn't possible. Reduction requires removal of cartilage and or skin, both of which require surgery.

Benjamin Dunkley, DO
Salt Lake City Facial Plastic Surgeon

The Size of the Ear CANNOT be reduced without Surgery

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Reduction of the ear and pinning back of the ear both require permanent modifications of the cartilage framework. Such modifications require surgery.

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon

Ear Surgery

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Dear Patient,

Whether you want your ears pinned back or reduce your earlobe size, you will need a surgery. If your concern is general anesthesia (being put to sleep for your surgery), you can have both of these procedures done under local anesthesia (you can be awake during both of these procedures). You can consult your physician on what option is best suited for you.


Teanoosh Zadeh, MD, FRCSC
Montreal Plastic Surgeon

Non-surgical Otoplasty

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Dear patient,

There are several surgical techniques available to reshape ears, they are collectively called otoplasty. Whether it is a complex otoplasty or a minimally invasive technique all require incision. There is no non-surgical technique available to reshape ears or reduce ear size. Good luck. Dr. Kevin Sadati

Kevin Sadati, DO
Orange County Facial Plastic Surgeon
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