Traumatic amputation and lacerations of the auricle pose a special challenge to the facial plastic surgeon for several reasons. There is considerable variability in terms of injury location, severity, and etiology, all of which can affect the outcome of the patient’s repair. Second, the complexity and visibility of the external ear anatomy creates a reconstructive challenge both in the immediate postinjury period and later, if a definitive reconstruction is necessary. Lastly, there are a multitude of reconstructive options with no gold standard technique showing consistent results.
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