Prominent ear deformity (PD) is an unacceptable condition of pinna that affects 5% of the population and is associated with emotional stress, behavioral disturbances, and social restrictions in relationships. Conchal hypertrphy, inadequate formation of antihelical fold, earlobe placement ahead than it should be, or various combinations of these changes are main characteristics of PD. Many surgical techniques have been described for the PD.
The authors’ aim was to present laterally based postauricular dermal flap combination with cartilage-sparing methods and effectiveness of this technique in suture extrusion prevention and reducing the rate of recurrence with long-term results.
Forty-one patients had bilateral and 6 patients had unilateral PD, a total of 47 patients with a mean age of 14.48 were operated by using this combined procedure. A laterally based supraperichondrial dermal flap was prepared from a deepithelized elliptical postauricular incision. Mustarde and Furnas suture techniques were used solely for PD correction. The dissected laterally based dermal flap was fixed to the mastoid bone with sutures in stretched position after reshaping the auricular cartilage with sutures.
The average helix–mastoid distance was (mm) 16.28 ± 2.36, concha-mastoid angle was 25.71 ± 0.96° on 12-month measurements. The helix–mastoid distance showed an increase of 1 to 3 mm, in the concha-mastoid angle measurements of 1° to 2°. Statistically significant changes were observed between the average preoperative, postoperative 1. month, postoperative 12. month helix–mastoid distances (mm), and month concha-mastoid angle (°) measurements (P = 0.0001).
The laterally based postauricular dermal flap technique is an effective method to prevent suture extrusion and recurrence which are the most important complications of otoplasty procedure and easy to apply.
*Department of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Bagcilar Training and Research Hospital, Istanbul
†Department of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Bilecik State Hospital, Bilecik
‡Department of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Erzincan University Mengucek Gazi Training and Research Hospital, Erzincan
§Department of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Gumushane State Hospital, Gumushane
||Department of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Sisli Etfal Training and Research Hospital
¶Department of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Okmeydani Training and Research Hospital
#Department of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Medipol University Medical Faculty, Istanbul, Turkey.
Address correspondence and reprint requests to Salih Onur Basat, MD, Department of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Bagcilar Training and Research Hospital, Bagcilar, 34180 Istanbul, Turkey; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Received 21 January, 2016
Accepted 9 April, 2016
The authors report no conflicts of interest.