Can Enlarged Mastoid Air Cells Be Reduced?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I have very noticeable bumps behind both ears. I had a scan a few years ago and it is due to unusually large mastoid air cells. Can something be done about this? I’m 38 and get made fun of wherever I go. 

A: Enlarged mastoid processes can be reduced. The key is knowing that these are air cells so in their reduction the mucosal lining needs to be removed and covered in hydroxyapatite cement to prevent postoperative infection.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana