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July 1973

Correction of Prominent Ears: A New Technique

Author Affiliations

From the Department for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Krankenhaus Lainz, Vienna.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1973;98(1):10-13. doi:10.1001/archotol.1973.00780020014004

A new technique of otoplasty which combines the principles of mattress sutures and oblique cuts through the cartilage for weakening the spring of the auricle is described. The entire blood supply is preserved within bipedicled strips of subcutaneous tissue which are used to cushion a soft and round anthelical curve.

The operation needs no special instruments, can be taught and learned easily, and has few serious hazards. Favorable results were obtained in 678 ears (358 patients) with only 21 recurrences (3%) and no severe complications.

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