Noses and Ears Continue to Grow as We Age

Do you think you stopped growing at age 18? If that’s true, how come the older you get, the bigger your nose and ears seem to be? Ok, you might find some teenagers with large noses, but big ears are just not found on young people. Well, here’s the news flash: it turns out that scientists in Italy have confirmed - ears actually do grow as we age. 

That’s right. Bones, stop growing after puberty and muscle and fat cells also stop dividing. But cartilage - that’s the plastic-like stuff in ears and noses - cartilage continues to grow until the day you die. Not only does cartilage grow, but the earlobes elongate from gravity. And that makes ears look even larger.

So it’s really true. Older people do have larger noses and ears. What to do? Rhinoplasties can pare down that extra cartilage that gives you that bulbous nose. And your plastic surgeon can get creative and whittle down your earlobes so they fit nicely inside your earphones.