How long does cauliflower ear last?

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Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery
The cauliflower ear is a Permanent deformity unless immediately tended to.  Surgical decompression of the hematoma must be performed soon after the traumatic incident to prevent cartilage death or necrosis. Cartilage death will lead to permanent auricular deformity.

Cauliflower ear is permanent, unless it is treated within days of the initial injury. Unless the blood clot beneath the skin is removed, the cartilage will die, leaving the ear malformed. Once that happens, you may need plastic surgery to make your ear look normal again.

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