If you feel like the shape and size of your ears define you, it can impact several areas of your life. For many people, the ears are simply organs that facilitate one of the five senses. However, for others, these anatomical features are visually prominent imperfections.
While there is usually no functional disadvantage to having prominent, misshapen or large ears, this is of little comfort to those who are experiencing lack of confidence or body dysmorphia. You may suffer from depression, anxiety and other types of emotional distress because of your ears – and that is perfectly understandable.
Causes of Abnormal Ears
Technically, the word abnormal should only reply to ears that develop in a way that is significantly different than the norm. This may mean that your features are visibly different or there are functional issues that are only experienced by the individual. In either case, there are certain cosmetic surgery options that can correct abnormalities.
Problems with the ears are not always present at birth, either. Many people suffer injuries that change the shape and function of the ears. This is especially common among athletes that engage in contact sports such as football, rugby or mixed martial arts. After retirement, these sports enthusiasts often seek treatment to repair the damage from sports-related injuries.
Earring Injuries & Abnormalities
Besides congenital conditions and sports injuries, there is another common cause of ear abnormalities and damage. Earrings – and especially those that stretch the ear lobes – can cause injuries or abnormalities.
With smaller earrings, injuries can occur when the jewelry gets caught on another object. There is also the risk of having a piece of the ear torn or ripped off in a physical confrontation. Larger earrings that stretch the ear, which are often referred to as plugs, can leave permanent damage. The stretched lobe may not return to normal and there is no way to determine how your tissues will react.
For stretched lobe repair, ear abnormality correction, ear reshaping surgery and more, reach out to the offices of Joshua D. Rosenberg, MD.