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Editor's Correspondence
July 2007

Conchal Cartilage Harvest: Donor Site Morbidities, Patient Satisfaction, and Cosmetic Outcomes

Author Affiliations

Correspondence: Dr Calhoun, Department of Otolaryngology, University of Missouri, One Hospital Drive, Columbia, MO 65203 (calhounk@health.missouri.edu).

Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2007;9(4):298-299. doi:10.1001/archfaci.9.4.298

Correspondence: Dr Calhoun, Department of Otolaryngology, University of Missouri, One Hospital Drive, Columbia, MO 65203 (calhounk@health.missouri.edu).

Conchal cartilage harvest is a widely accepted method of obtaining autologous cartilage. It has been successfully used in aesthetic and reconstructive rhinoplasty, chin augmentation, orbital floor reconstruction, and ear reconstruction.1-6 Many articles have analyzed the recipient sites of conchal cartilage grafts, mainly in the area of aesthetic rhinoplasty. There is a paucity of information in the literature regarding donor site morbidity as well as on patient satisfaction and cosmetic outcome of conchal cartilage harvest. Previous articles7-8 that have attempted to classify the donor site morbidity associated with conchal cartilage harvest have been limited. There is very little information in the literature about patient satisfaction and cosmetic outcomes associated with conchal cartilage harvest.9

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