Could A Second Large Ear Reduction Make My Ears Any Smaller As They Are Still Too Big?

Q: Dr. Eppley, 3 months ago I had ear reduction surgery, but I’m not entirely satisfied. My ears are still large, especially in proportion to my face. Could a second surgery improve the appearance of my ears?

A: I would agree that your ears are still a bit big because it is the concha that is the remaining largest part of the ear. While I do not know what exact ear reduction techniques were used the standard approach uses a high and low method which leaves the concha (central part of the ear) unchanged. Such an ear redeuction approach is very effective in many large ears, but in the large concha ear, it often leaves it still looking large and often disproportionate.

That being said you can not repeat the exact same ear reduction approach as the first time as the limits of that method have been reached. Changing to a central conchal reduction ear reduction technique is now what is needed if any further reduction in ear size is to be achieved.

Dr. Barry Eppley

World-Renowned Plastic Surgeon