Swelling or redness around the ear lobe or ear cartilage
could be signs of infection.
As many as 25 developed nasty ear infections in their upper ear cartilage
that left some permanently disfigured.
Piercing the upper ear cartilage
is popular, but can be riskier than piercing the lobe since it can take months to heal and is prone to infection, which can lead to permanent disfigurement, warns the Infectious Diseases Society of America.
If you are miles from the nearest freezer or taxidermist, you need to flesh the skin thoroughly, split the thick skin around the lips and nose, and turn the ears inside out between the skin and the back of the ear cartilage
Most patients were treated with some form of re-grafting, either with more rib cartilage, ear cartilage
or with Diced Cartilage and Deep Temporalis Fascia, a technique first reported by Dr.
Use of ear cartilage
grafts for nasal tip reconstruction.