Burns of the face often affect the ear causing deformation of the pinna or ear lobe due to perichondritis or loss of cartilage and excess scarring. The reconstruction of the ear lobe may be limited due to scarring of the surrounding tissues. We describe a preauricular flap for reconstruction of the anterior and posterior surface of the ear lobe following burn injury. This two stage technique of ear lobe reconstruction by a preauricular flap is not described in the available literature. An inferiorly based preauricular flap was harvested in a young lady who had post burn loss of the right ear lobe. This was folded on itself and sutured to reconstruct both surfaces of the ear lobe. After 6 months, it was released from its attachment at the retromandibular area to define the cheek lobe angle and to shape it. The preauricular flap for ear lobe contouring is a simple and easy technique. An adequate length may be harvested without significant donor site morbidity. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Ltd and ISBI.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Emergency Medicine
- Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine