Korean J Otorhinolaryngol-Head Neck Surg.  2013 Jul;56(7):406-417. 10.3342/kjorl-hns.2013.56.7.406.

Otoplasty in Otolaryngology

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 2Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Gachon University of Medicine & Science, Graduate School of Medicine, Incheon, Korea. hangckr@gmail.com

Abstract

Otoplasty is known to be a challenging and rewarding area in otolaryngology. Although the physiologic effects of ear deformity are negligible, the aesthetic and psychological impact on the patient can be profound. Protruding, thin auricle of the ear is prone to damage from craniofacial trauma. The degree of damage varies, requiring immediate treatment and management. In order to obtain favorable results from otoplasty, having firm knowledge on the anatomy and embryology of the external ear must be preceded prior to meticulous assessment and assiduous operative planning for deformity of external ear and auricular injury. Anesthetic correction of the ear through diagnosis and subsequent treatment of the affected ear must also be performed. This study summarizes anatomic and embryologic analysis of the external ear and auricular deformities and trauma. In addition, a great number of surgical techniques for the otoplasty is reviewed to provide higher satisfaction for both patients and surgeons.

Keyword

Aesthetics; Congenital; Ear auricle; Injury; Reconstruction

MeSH Terms

Congenital Abnormalities
Ear
Ear Auricle
Ear, External
Esthetics
Humans
Otolaryngology
Reward
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