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01.06.2014 | Otology | Ausgabe 6/2014

European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology 6/2014

Using bilaterally fascioperichondrial flaps with a distal and a proximal base combined with conventional otoplasty

European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology > Ausgabe 6/2014
Saime Irkoren, Deniz Kucukkaya, Nazan Sivrioglu, Heval Selman Ozkan


Prominent ears are the most common aesthetic abnormality of the external ear. Mustardè sutures and conchal setback are usually used for otoplasty, additional various cartilage-manipulation methods are also presented. One adjunctive technique that is often used involves the elevation of a fascial flap beneath which is sutured for additional cover, potentially reducing the risk of complications and recurrence. In the literature, this flap is traditionally raised with a proximal or distal base but it can be raised both distally and proximally with a number of advantages as we demonstrate. This article presents a technique to raise the fascioperichondrial flap with both a proximal and a distal base as an addition to conventional otoplasty. One hundred consecutive patients, followed up for at least 12 months, have been reviewed. One hundred ninety otoplasties were performed in 100 patients (10 unilateral), 65 women and 35 men. The mean age was 20.6 years, and the mean follow-up time was 16.3 months, respectively. No patient has developed skin necrosis or suture extrusion. In two patients (One bilateral and one unilateral for a total of three ears) a further procedure has been required to improve symmetry (1.5 %). Using the retro auricular fascioperichondrial flap combined with other techniques offers good results and can be used as a standard procedure in the surgical treatment of prominent ears.

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