Can Vertical Ear Reduction Surgery Be Done?

Q: Dr. Eppley,  I was wondering if you can preform an ear reduction surgery. My ears are very big (tall) and I would like them reduced in size. They have always been too big for my head and it has bothered me all of my life. I have done some imaging of ears to show my “desired” results, I understand that they might not be exactly attainable. Any information is greatly appreciated.

A: What you are demonstrating is vertical ear reduction. This is possible but not by the way you have imaged it. You have shown imaging where the upper third of the ear has been reduced which is an area of the ear that can not be reduced without disruption of the shape of the superior crus and helix which would give the ear an unusual shape…not to mention prominent scars. Vertical ear reduction must be done through the middle portion of the ear where the scars can be better hidden and the alignment of the outer helix and the antihelical fold can be preserved. Also that amount of vertical ear reduction is probably a little more than can be achieved.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana