How much cartilage do we have in ear? If we go for multiple ear surgeries which uses cartilage, can we run out of cartilage?

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How much cartilage do we have in ear? If we go for multiple ear surgeries which uses cartilage, can we run out of cartilage?


If your question is concerning ear pinning operations, then it doesn’t matter how much cartilage is present in the ear if your ears are pinned with the minimally invasive stitch method. Regardless of whether it is the first operation or it is revision surgery for a relapse, no cartilage is removed with the stitch method.



Germany Plastic Surgeon

Ear cartilage content

The firm, springy part of the ear--essentially the entire ear framework except for the soft earlobe--is made of cartilage, covered by skin.  Different ear surgeons and surgeries reshape or excise this cartilage for various needs.  Removing ear cartilage is limited by the need for the ear support; in other words, the cosmetic requirements for ear support place a limit on how much cartilage can be removed.  I hope that helps and answers your question.

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Atlanta Facial Plastic Surgeon
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