The importance of the external ear
is both cosmetic and functional. As part of the facial framework, the ear
is highly visible and vulnerable to thermal injury
. The burned auricle, whether manifesting as a partial deformity or complete loss of the external ear
, poses a significant reconstructive challenge.
In this article, we review established techniques and new frontiers in ear reconstruction
. Furthermore, we describe the challenges faced when approaching the burned ear
We have performed a literature search and have discussed the pros and cons of various methods of ear reconstruction
Reconstructing the burned ear
presents a significant challenge, even in the hands of an experienced surgeon. No one modality will work in all situations; therefore, a range of options should be weighed after the tissue deficit has been defined. Surgeon preference and availability of local tissue are the most important variables.