Large Ears (Macrotia)

The ear is often described in thirds, vertically.  The central third is known as the conchal hollow, the upper third is the scaphal hollow and the lower third is the lobe. Sometimes the ear is too large in all dimensions, and it is possible to reduce both the height and the width of the ear. If the upper third is out of balance, with a large, flat scaphal hollow, the ear can look top heavy, like an upturned pyramid. Other ears are too tall and thin, and if the lobe is too large, then the ear looks bottom heavy, or pear-shaped.

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Occasionally one large ear becomes smaller, perhaps after an accident or because a tumour has been removed, for example, but after reconstructive surgery, it ends up looking the more attractive of the two, so the larger ear can be reduced in size to match.

In patients with neurofibromatosis, the ear is often enlarged and in the wrong place on the side of the head. Some lymph tissue growths can involve the ear and sometimes block the ear canal.

The procedure to treat large ears is known as Ear Reduction (click here for more information).

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