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Cauliflower Ear Repair in NYC

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If you have watched a wrestling match, chances are you have seen someone with cauliflower ear. This ear injury has a distinctive appearance, and if you or a loved one are affected, treatment options are available.

What is Cauliflower Ear?

The medical term for cauliflower ear is perichondral hematoma and is sometimes referred to as wrestler’s ear due to the prevalence of the condition in the sport. Cauliflower ear is caused by trauma, usually a blow to the part of the ear called the pinna. When the pinna is struck, blood pools in the area, causing a hematoma. As the injury heals, the ear can shrivel up and fold in on itself. It can also have a pale cauliflower-like appearance.

Cauliflower Ear Symptoms

The most immediate symptom of cauliflower ear is pain and swelling to the ear. There can also be a deformity to the curve of the ear, and in severe cases, hearing loss, tinnitus, headaches, severe bleeding or blurred vision can also be experienced.

Cauliflower Ear Treatment

If you experience trauma to the ear, it is important to be seen by your doctor as soon as possible in order to prevent permanent damage. Your doctor can drain the blood from the hematoma to alleviate swelling and avoid possible infection. If the injured ear retains the deformity after healing, surgical options are available.

Cauliflower Ear Surgical Repair

Cauliflower ear can be repaired using a procedure called otoplasty. Your surgeon will make an incision behind the ear to expose the deformed cartilage. The scar tissue will then be removed and the cartilage reshaped. The incision will be closed, leaving behind an unnoticeable scar behind the ear. The surgical process can usually be performed under local anesthetic within one to three hours.

New York Cauliflower Ear Repair

If you suffer from cauliflower ear, Dr. Maurice Khosh can help. Dr. Khosh is a highly experienced plastic surgeon and can explain all of your available options to repair this deformity. His New York office is equipped with the latest technology to restore your appearance and your self-confidence. Call to schedule a consultation today.


Posted on behalf of Maurice M. Khosh, MD, FACS

Maurice M. Khosh, MD, FACS
580 Park Avenue Suite 1BE,
New York, NY 10065
(212) 339-9988

What Dr. Khosh's Patients Say


Based on 174 reviews

Meredith G.
Saw Dr. Khosh for a fractured nose. He reset my nose beautifully (and with little discomfort to me) and then discussed some of my sinus issues with me upon my follow up visit. Never felt like he was rushing me out and felt very confident in his abilities. I would highly recommend to anyone needing plastic or reconstructive options!
Jackie C.
Great front office, really good experience after what was a terrible accident. I was made to feel comfortable. Dr. Khosh is very good at what he does. I'm still healing but I'm confident of the results
Kaitlin M.
Dr. Khosh takes exceptional care of his patients. He has operated on me twice, each time making me feel extremely comfortable and satisfied with the results. His staff is also very kind and knowledgeable.
Diana G.
Dr. Khosh & his staff Susan & Christine are absolutely amazing! They were so supportive & helpful from beginning to end & they are just wonderful people. Thank you guys I truly appreciate everything you guys have done for me. I would recommend them to anyone & everyone!
Joann M.
After visiting and being evaluated by several doctors, I kept going back to Dr. Khosh. His tranquil spirit and professionalism were captivating. Thank you for a job well done and keeping me calm throughout the entire process. A special thanks to your staff Susan and Christine for all of their support as well. Hi highly recommend Dr. Khosh.
Leah G.
Upon hearing of the overwhelmingly positive experience a friend of mine had in choosing Dr. Khosh as her surgeon, I decided to make an appointment for my own septoplasty/rhinoplasty/turbinate reduction. Although I was slightly skeptical as the praise I had heard seemed a bit hyperbolic, all uncertainty dissipated after meeting the Doctor and his staff. My pre- and post-operative experience was excellent in terms of concerns adequately addressed prior to the surgery and mitigation of any bruising in the convalescent period. Despite my apparent predisposition to rather slower healing, a year after the surgery, my nose looks really pretty and my breathing entirely unobstructed! I highly recommend Dr. Khosh!
Courtney G.
AMAZING!!!!!! I had Dr Khosh perform lipo on my chin/neck and my result is unbelievable! Better than I could have expected! I met with a couple of surgeons and the second I met with Dr Khosh I knew he was the one I was going with. He was compassionate and explained every detail of what would take place during the surgery and what to expect during recovery. I even emailed a few times during recovery with various questions and he got right back to me asap which was really comforting! I honestly fully recommend Dr Khosh, he did an amazing job and is an amazing person.
Frieda S.
i can finally breathe!! Dr. Khosh made the entire experience a breeze, it was truly a pleasure to be under his care. I am forever thankful and highly recommend him. Not only does his work speak for himself, but he has excellent bedside manner. His kindness and patience is above and beyond. He takes the time to answer to every question you have to help you understand the process while at the same time making you feel so comfortable. From the first consultation i knew i was in good hands. I am so pleased with the result and forever thankful.
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