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Ear Reconstruction Surgery

Ear deformities may develop secondary to congenital malformation, trauma, keloid formation or skin cancer. Ear reconstruction is a formidable challenge due to the unique anatomy of the ear, which is comprised of finely shaped cartilage and thin skin in the upper ear, and delicate soft tissue in the lobule. Recreation of the delicate ear contours requires anatomic knowledge, surgical skill and artistic ability.

Dr. Khosh is skilled in reconstruction of ear deformity from any cause, from torn ear lobes to missing auricles. In congenitally absent ears, Dr. Khosh uses rib cartilage to recreate a natural appearing ear; this type of ear surgery is known as microtia repair. In wrestlers or boxers who develop collapsed or misshaped ears, Dr. Khosh uses cartilage shaving and grafting techniques to restore the normal contours.

Patients who develop keloid deformity of the ear can be helped with excision of keloid and meticulous repair. Ear reconstruction following skin cancer removal (Mohs surgery) is tailored to the particular defect. Dr. Khosh relies on his armamentarium of reconstructive techniques to achieve the most satisfying outcome.

Contact our office today to schedule an appointment for your or a family member. We look forward to serving you!

Ear Reconstruction New York, NY

Case Study

This 5-year-old boy had congenital under development of his ear, known as microtia. His ear was reconstructed with cartilage taken from his rib.

  • Patient: 5-year-old boy
  • Problem: Microtia, missing ear
  • Procedure: Microtia repair with rib cartilage graft

Disclaimer: These are actual results for patients of Dr. Maurice Khosh. Plastic and cosmetic surgery results can vary between patients.

Frequently Asked Questions About Ear Reconstruction

Uncomplicated ear reconstructions such as repair of torn ear lobes, excision of keloids, or repair of small cancer defects can be comfortably performed under local anesthesia. More complicated ear reconstructions require sedation or general anesthesia.

Most patients can return to work within 10 days of ear reconstruction. Individuals who undergo simple office treatments such as repair of a torn ear lobe may return to full activities within a day. Patients undergoing more complicated ear reconstruction will experience swelling and bruising which may last ten days.

We recommend waiting 6 weeks or more after repair of a torn earlobe before re-piercing.

A wrestler’s ear deformity or cauliflower ear describes collapse and deformation of the upper cartilaginous aspect of the ear. The underlying cause of the deformity is a reoccurring collection of fluid between the ear cartilage and overlying skin that eventually leads to loss of cartilage and collapse.

Minimizing trauma to the ears will reduce the incidence of fluid collection, which is thought to contribute to this problem. When fluid collection is present, timely drainage will minimize cartilage trauma. Reconstruction of cauliflower ear deformity entails cartilage grafts and skin flaps.

A missing ear that results from congenital absence or trauma may be reconstructed through a multi-staged operation. Structural support of the ear is fashioned from rib cartilage or an implant. The skin is fashioned from transfer of adjacent tissues and skin grafts.

Related Procedures

Reconstruction of the ear is occasionally a multi stage surgical effort to arrive at the maximum aesthetic results. Skin grafts, tissue flaps, and cartilage grafts can be used to improve or augment the reconstructive effort. In the rare occasions that scalp skin is transferred to the ear, hair removal may be necessary as a related procedure.

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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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