What is this deformity on my ear? (Photo)
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Lack of helical fold + Darwin's tubercle
Your congenital ear deformity is relatively rare. It is a combination of an underdeveloped helical fold and the presence of a Darwin's Tubercle (the pointy thing on the border of the ear). Typically, the ANTI-helical fold fails to develop and is easily corrected with Otoplasty surgery. Your anti-helical fold is somewhat flat and could be improved with Otoplasty. However, your more significant deformity is a lack of a HELICAL fold along the rim of the ear. This is a much more difficult correction and many surgeons argue that it cannot be done reliably. The appearance of the ear can be improved, though. The Darwin's tubercle cartilage along the border can be reshaped to reflect a smoother line along the edge. Creating a natural helical fold, however, would be much more complicated. Schedule an appointment with a board certified surgeon who is experienced with ear reconstruction to see what can be attained. Good luck!
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