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Plastic Surgery Case Study – Otoplasty in the Asian Female

Background: The most common congenital malformation of the external ears is that of excessive protrusion. Technically defined as the auriculo-cephalic angle, how open this angle is defines creates the appearance of ears that stick out too far. While the normal angle is up to 30 degrees, what really counts is the patient perception of their Read More…

Plastic Surgery Case Study – Otoplasty in Young Male Child

Background: The formation of the ear is an amazingly complex embryonic process. That is evident in just looking at the ear with its spiral array of convexities and concavities of cartilage around the ear canal. It is remarkable that it forms properly and does so twice in most people due to its bilateral presence. But Read More…

Combining Vertical Ear Reduction with Setback Otoplasty

The vertically long ear is one that appears disproportionate to other facial features. Generally if the length of the ear is greater than that of the nose, for example, it can be judged to be too long. But no matter how it is measured of the patient thinks the ear is too long then it Read More…

Interpositional Grafting in Reversal Otoplasty

Otoplasty is the most common total ear reshaping surgery. Its objective is to take an ear that sticks out too far and bring it in closer to the side of the head. This is typically done by changing the shape of the cartilage through sutures placed on the back of the ear. How much the Read More…

The Occurrence of Suture Extrusion in Otoplasty

Otoplasty is the most common ear reshaping procedure for prominent ears. Known as ear pinning, it achieves its result by bending the ear cartilage back into a better position and stabilizing them with sutures. In the short term it is the sutures that maintain the new ear position and a loss of their tension or Read More…

Plastic Surgery Case Study – Pediatric Reversal Otoplasty

Background: Otoplasty is the most form of ear reshaping surgery. Even though the term otoplasty is a general one it is typically associated with treating the protruding ear. The ear that sticks out is due to excessive conchal cartilage, lack of an adequate antihelical fold or both. Changing this undesired ear shape is done by Read More…

Case Study – Otoplasty Reversal with Irradiated Rib Graft

Background: Otoplasty is a well known cosmetic ear surgery that treats ears that stick out too far. It is done by either creating an increased cartilage fold, removing or scoring (weakening) of the cartilage or a combination of both techniques. The goal is to change an auriculocephalic angle to a more acceptable one, bringing the Read More…

Early Age Otoplasty in Children

Otoplasty or pinning back of the ears is the most frequently done ear reshaping procedure. It can be done throughout life in a wide range of ages. It is most commonly done in children and teenagers where protruding ears can be a very sensitive issue in their early psychosocial. While once done in children because Read More…

Optimal Incision Locations for Otoplasty Surgery

  Otoplasty is a relatively simple and effective procedure for reshaping the prominent ear. Cartilage bending/repositioning through sutures is the backbone of the operation with a minor role for cartilage excision/scoring. But the ability to do these maneuvers requires an incision and this is almost always placed on the back surface of the ear. While Read More…

Otoplasty in the Long Ear (Macrotia)

Prominent ears are the most common reason for an aesthetic otoplasty correction. There are numerous reasons that one has ears that stick out too far from the absence of the antihelical fold, a large concha or combinations thereof. The surgical techniques used to treat prominent ears are based on creating a more defined antihelical fold, Read More…

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