August 1997

Distortion of the Auriculocephalic Angle Following RhytidectomyRecognition and Prevention

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Head and Neck Surgery, Department of Surgery, Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, Calif (Drs Newman, Koch, and Goode), and the Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, Palo Alto Veterans Medical Center, Palo Alto, Calif (Drs Newman, Koch, and Goode). Dr Brennan is in private practice, Newport Beach, Calif.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1997;123(8):818-820. doi:10.1001/archotol.1997.01900080050005

Distortion of ear protrusion after rhytidectomy results in an aesthetically unfavorable appearance. We have seen cases in which the auriculocephalic angle has widened postoperatively, producing a noticeable deformity. Herein, we report 3 cases that resulted in abnormal postsurgical ear protrusion. We also discuss prevention through the use of conchal setback sutures.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1997;123:818-820.