What is Cauliflower Ear?
Cauliflower Ears, also known as Wrestler’s Ear, is a condition where blood is trapped during a traumatic incident creating a deformation to the appearance of the ear. The blood that is trapped can calcify or harden, creating an abnormally shaped ear with a thickened appearance. Many patients, particularly those who wear short hair, do not like the stigma of having a deformed or traumatic appearing ear.
Correcting a cauliflower ear requires the ability to subtly reshape the cartilage to create a more normal appearing ear. Dr. Shah uses several techniques for this including a specially modified drill which allows him to precisely sculpt a new ear. It is important to note that this procedure is challenging and requires artistry and skill to help reshape an ear into a more natural appearing and aesthetically pleasing shape.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does Dr. Shah correct a cauliflower ear deformity?
Typically it requires an anterior (in front of ear) incision so that he can contour the ear to a better shape. He then uses a special drill to contour the ear to an improved shape.
What is the recovery time?
Most patients can return to work in a few days, especially if they are able to cover their ears . The ears are exquisitely sensitive so there can be some discomfort in the postoperative course.
Will the ear ever be normal again?
An improvement in the shape of the ear is likely, however, the ear can never look like an undamaged ear. The hypertrophy of the cartilage both thickens the cartilage as well as weakens the native cartilage. Leaving the ear too thin will make the ear weak and not lead to an ideal correction.