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June 1969

Suture Technique of Otoplasty

Author Affiliations

New York
From the departments of otolaryngology, The Mount Sinai Hospital, City Hospital Center at Elmhurst, and St. Luke's Hospital Center, New York.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1969;89(6):883-886. doi:10.1001/archotol.1969.00770020885016

THE reduction of protruding ears by the correction of the absent or underdeveloped antihelical fold has been the objective of many techniques dating back to the one described by Luckett1 in 1910. In this procedure cartilage is excised along the antihelix, and the antihelical fold is then created by suturing together the conchal and scaphal cartilages. Modifications of this procedure include the technique of Becker2-4 and the tubing procedure described by Converse.5 Farrior,6 in 1959, utilized the excision of partial thickness cartilage strips in combination with the placement of horizontal mattress sutures. This procedure avoids the possibility of unnatural sharp lines on the anterior surface secondary to incisions made through the entire thickness of cartilage about the antihelix. The creation of a rounded natural appearing antihelix is also the objective of the method employing abrading by a wire brush described by Stark and Saunders.7 The