Can The Entire Ear Be Moved Forward?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I don’t know what they call this defect but my ears are too far back like Paul McCartneys. They don’t stick out, just too far back, the whole canal. Is there a surgery to move everything or just cover the ears?

A: There is no surgery to move the ear forward. The ear canal is the fixed point of the ear which stakes it to its position of the side of the head. No significant movement away from this point can the ear be moved other than a very limited amount of rotation around the canal. The cartilage of ears can be reshaped through various otoplasty maneuvers but the entire ear can not be picked up and moved.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana