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Original Article
February 1998

The Anterior-Posterior Otoplasty

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, University of California, Los Angeles.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1998;124(2):181-185. doi:10.1001/archotol.124.2.181

Objective  To introduce a simple, modified method for correcting prominauris.

Design  Case series.

Setting  Private, facial plastic surgery practice. All operations were performed in an office surgical suite on the campus of a university medical center.

Patients  Fourteen patients (7 women and 7 men; age range, 22-46 years), constituting 28 ears, underwent otoplasty between February 1995 and November 1997. Follow-up ranged from 7 to 26 months (average, 11.5 months).

Intervention  Anterior-posterior otoplasty was performed.

Outcome Measures  Subjective analysis by the author and patients, guided by photograph and chart review.

Results  Four ears had solely helical correction, while 22 ears had combined helical and conchal corrections. Within a few degrees, the desired posterior rotation occurred in all cases. Minor, persistent asymmetry, in auricle rotation or retrusion of either helical or conchal correction, was evident in 4 cases.

Conclusion  Anterior-posterior otoplasty is a predictable, safe method for surgically retracting ears.