Can minor cauliflower ear be corrected ? (Photo)
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Thank you for your question and photographs. You have a secondary deformity after ear surgery. Based on the second photograph, you had conchal cartilage removed, which is usually done for revision rhinoplasty. You have scarring in the upper conchal bowl.
It also appears that the upper part of your ear was prominent. This is usually corrected with sutures to reform the cartilage as part of otoplasty. You antihelix is thick and wide. I suspect these sutures would need to be replaced. I recommend seeking a board certified facial plastic or plastic surgeon to evaluate your ear.
Hello and thank you for your question. Otoplasty techniques for ear cartilage reshaping can be used to improve your ear. The
most important aspect is to find a surgeon you are comfortable with. I
recommend that you seek consultation with a qualified board-certified plastic
surgeon who can evaluate you in person.
Best wishes and good luck.
Richard G. Reish, M.D.
Harvard-trained plastic surgeon
Otoplasty for post-traumatic deformity
Cauliflower deformity can be improved with otoplasty surgery. The exact approach depends on the degree and location of the deformity. From your pictures, it appears relatively mild. Often this can be improved by contouring the remaining cartilage (either with scalpel or drill) and removing some of the excess scar tissue. It is best to wait sufficient time from the actual injury to let the inflammation and scarring resolve. And of course an in-person consultation would be needed to palpate and view the ear from multiple angles, and give more accurate information on the surgical best approach and realistic expectations. Good luck.
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