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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Can ear cartilage be reshaped without surgery?

    I'm 18 and I have really big and protruding ears. I really want to fix them but I want to avoid surgery if I can. I was wondering if it is possible to reshape them by pinning them back. When I wear glasses (most of the day) I put the legs over my ears so they pin them back. Sometimes when I sleep as well, I wear a headband that pins them but if I wear it for too long then my ears hurt and it feels like they bruise. I've been doing this routine (wearing glasses & headbands) for probably 2 months now and I haven't seen any change. Is it possible to fix my ears if I keep at it or will I have to resort to surgery if I want to fix them?

    Also when pinning my ears with headbands or glasses, is it better to pin them on the antihelix (the inner bone that makes a V shape, not sure the correct terminology) or on the fossa? That's if pinning them does produce results.

    Please let me know if there are any options other than surgery.
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