Surgical correction of cauliflower ear

Br J Plast Surg. 2002 Jul;55(5):380-6. doi: 10.1054/bjps.2002.3854.


We have classified the cauliflower ear into different types according to the zone and the degree of deformity. One major group is deformity without change in the outline of the ear, and this is divided into four subgroups according to the zone. All of these subgroups can be treated by shaving the deformed cartilage through suitable incision lines. For deformities accompanied by a skin deficit, a postauricular skin flap should be used. The other major group is deformity accompanied by a change in the outline of the ear, which is divided into two subgroups. If the ear is rigid, a conchal cartilage graft is used. If the structural integrity of the ear is poor, costal cartilage is used to provide rigidity.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Ear Deformities, Acquired / pathology
  • Ear Deformities, Acquired / surgery*
  • Ear, External / pathology
  • Ear, External / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Reconstructive Surgical Procedures / methods*
  • Surgical Flaps