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Cauliflower Ear Treatment

New York NY Facial Plastic Surgeon

The term “cauliflower ear” refers to a deformity that is directly caused by trauma to the ear. Blunt force trauma is the most common type of trauma to cause this deformity, which is why athletes who are involved in physical contact sports are typically the most commonly affected by cauliflower ear. Cauliflower ear is best described as the bumpy, thick appearance of the ear. Blunt trauma to the ear can lead to a blockage that prevents blood flow to the entire ear and damages the tissue causing cauliflower ear. While repeated hits to the ear (think boxing matches) is the most common cause of cauliflower ear, any type of trauma or infection to the ear can be a cause: a car accident where the side of the head or ear was hit, a fall, or an infection to the ear lobe that caused a growth that blocked the blood flow.

While prevention is possible for those participating in contact sports by wearing the correct protective headgear, unforeseen accidents and repeated injuries can result in cauliflower ear. The initial symptoms of this ear condition are similar to the symptoms that would be common with blunt trauma elsewhere on the body. Swelling, bruising, discoloration, and a shriveled up appearance are common and should not be ignored. It is important that people who wish to have treatment for cauliflower ear turn to an expert surgeon. Dr. Maurice Khosh is an experienced facial plastic surgeon with distinguished expertise in ear procedures. Dr. Khosh can repair cauliflower ear by grafting or shaving cartilage and restoring the ear to its natural shape and form.

While cauliflower ear can be quite unsightly, it can also be a very painful condition. Blood flow that is cut off from the ear or that forms into a hematoma needs to be drained in order to reduce inflammation and prevent infection. Cauliflower ear can also lead to hearing loss if it goes untreated, making this condition serious enough that it warrants specific treatment. If you or someone you know suffers from cauliflower ear, please contact Dr. Maurice Khosh in New York for advanced otoplasty techniques to restore the beauty and function of your ear.

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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