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.