Bermant Otoplasty Plastic Surgery of the Ears

Big Ears (Macrotia, Hypertrophy of Ears) and Ear Reduction Otoplasty

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Otoplasty Cosmetic Surgery to Make Smaller Ears.

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Ear hypertrophy or big ear deformity is a rare problem. Most ears that seem big, really just stick out too far from the head. True macrotia is less common than ears missing at birth. The normal range for ear height is 5.5-6.5 cm (2.1 - 2.6 inches)and ear width is 3.0-4.5 cm (1.2 -1.8 inches). More details about the normal ear dimensions can be found here.

While protruding ears can be a concern, the truly big ear often results in a great degree of social ridicule. Kids can be cruel. Ears reach their adult size before other facial features. Surgery can be done once this happens, usually at about the age of 5. Dr. Bermant prefers to evaluate the problem early and discuss options. If you are looking for Dr. Bermant's advice, please call to set up a consultation. After an evaluation, we can better help you explore the options for this surgical sculpture.

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Part of the ear may be enlarged as in this patient with a big scaphoid fossa. This disproportionate element unbalanced the harmony of the ear.

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Before reduction otoplasty for big scapha macrotia.

Right Picture:
Pictures 6 days after reduction otoplasty for big ears (macrotia).

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Left Picture:
Before reduction otoplasty for big scapha macrotia.

Right Picture:
Pictures 6 days after reduction otoplasty for big ears (macrotia).

Pictures of large scapha resulting in big ears (macrotia) before reduction otoplasty. Pictures of after reduction otoplasty for large scapha macrotia - big ears. Otoplasty to Reduce Big Ears - Pictures of Patient's Goals
Pictures of big ears - macrotia before otoplasty to reduce large scaphoid fossa. Pictures after otoplasty to reduce macrotia from large scaphoid fossa. Full Head Photos Before and After Scapha / Helix Reduction Otoplasty
Pictures of macrotia from big scapha before reduction otoplasty. Pictures after reduction otoplasty for big ears. Otoplasty to Reduce Ear Size Close-up Pictures
Pictures of macrotia before reduction otoplasty. Pictures after reduction otoplasty for macrotia or big ears. Otoplasty to Reduce Macrotia - Close-up Pictures
Pictures during macrotia reduction otoplasty. OR Pictures Reduction Otoplasty - Scapha Repair

 

scaphoid ear deformity after scaphoid reduction otoplasty

In the Scaphoid Ear Deformity, the upper third of the ear is too big with an enlarged scapha and flattened helix.

Left Pictures: before surgery..

Right Pictures: Only 8 Days after Reduction Otoplasty

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Scaphoid Ear Deformity Defined with Pictures Before and After Surgery

Pinching the upper ear demonstrates the problem.

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Multiple elements of the ear can be big. Reduction surgery is an art of balancing the sculpture to the problem.

Macrotia is also big ears, giant ears, gigantic ears, large ears, massive ears, hypotrophy of ears. Surgery to correct this is otoplasty ear reduction. Ear hypertrophy or macrotia can be reduced by otoplasty reduction surgery

Left Picture:
Before reduction otoplasty for Giant Ear Deformity

Right Picture:
Photo 2 days after surgery to reduce ear size for macrotia

Big or huge ears are a problem called macrotia. Massive ears can be reduced with otoplasty ear reduction. Otoplasty ear reduction can help make ears smaller for macrotia or big ears. Other names for macrotia include giant, gigantic, large, massive, and hypertrophy.

Left Picture:
Before reduction otoplasty for Giant Ear Deformity

Right Picture:
Photo 2 days after surgery to reduce ear size for macrotia

Otoplasty for macrotia large ear deformity

 

Before reduction otoplasty to make ears smaller for macrotia or giant ear deformity. After reduction otoplasty to make ears smaller for macrotia or giant ear deformity.

Left Picture:
Before reduction otoplasty for Macrotia Ear Deformity

Right Picture:
Picture 6 days after Macrotia Ear Reduction Otoplasty

Before reduction otoplasty to reduce ears for macrotia or large ear deformity. Before reduction otoplasty to reduce ears for macrotia or big ear deformity.

Left Picture:
Before reduction otoplasty for Macrotia Ear Deformity

Right Picture:
Picture 6 days after Macrotia Ear Reduction Otoplasty

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Before reduction otoplasty to reduce ears for macrotia or big ear deformity.

Any one or multiple elements of the ear can be enlarged or over developed. In the Scaphoid Ear Deformity, the upper third of the ear is too big. The design of the reduction needs to be individualized for the specific problem. Sometimes large ears can be left at their current size but made much less objectionable by reducing only their protrusion.

Congenital hypertrophy (large ears at birth) can be unilateral (one sided) or bilateral (involving both sides). One sided ear enlargement results in asymmetry and car really look strange. This can be an inherited trait, a unique facial feature, or a development from a medical problem. The most common things that can cause the ear to grow large are:

  • hemangioma
  • neurofibromatosis
  • half body enlargement (hemihypertrophy)

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Photographs of Macrotia Surgery
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Photographs During Ear Reduction Surgery
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Scapha Reduction Otoplasty

Our Otoplasty Forum is a great place to share experiences, see what others say, and explore issues about the ear, deformity, and solutions. The Ear Surgery Forum Overview introduces the many boards that integrates your learning experience with our Plastic Surgery Encyclopedia. Learn How to Evaluate Ear Pictures to better understand deformity and surgical solutions.

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