Pixie ear deformity is a condition in which the inferior edge of the helix of the ear is attached to the cheek without a convolutional notch at the ear lobule-cheek junction. Numerous surgical techniques have been proposed to correct pixie earlobe deformities. However, several of these techniques result in anterior or inferior scars of the ear lobules or dog-ear deformities. Such visible scarring detracts from the esthetics of the ear lobule.
We report a novel method for the correction of pixie ear deformities in patients with small ear lobules. A hypoplastic ear lobule was expanded by a V-Y advancement flap designed on the posterior aspect of the ear lobule, and a dermofat graft was placed in the subcutaneous layer under the advanced flap. As a result, the pixie ear lobe deformity was camouflaged by the expanded ear lobule. Moreover, no scars appeared on the anterior or inferior sides of the ear lobule, and a natural appearance of the ear lobe was achieved.
We conclude that this method is a feasible alternative surgical option for hypoplastic pixie ear lobe deformities to avoid visible scarring in the anterior or inferior aspects of the ear lobe.
From the *BONA Microtia and Aesthetic Ear Surgery Clinic, Seoul; and †Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Bundang CHA Medical Center, CHA University, Seongnam, South Korea.
Received March 4, 2014, and accepted for publication, after revision, June 5, 2014.
Conflicts of interest sources of funding: none declared.
Reprints: Euna Hwang, MD, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Bundang CHA Medical Center, CHA University, 59 Yatap-ro, Bundang-gu, Seongnam, Gyeonggi-do 463-712, South Korea. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.