© Thieme Medical Publishers
06 October 2009 (online)
Reconstruction of a missing auricle due to trauma or severe malformation is not new. First descriptions go back to the 1950s using autogenous cartilage (Converse, 1950). Many modifications and alternatives have been described since then, and the variety of techniques might be confusing for the one who wants to learn auricular reconstruction or only consult his patients about appropriate options. The aim of this issue is to give an update about the several more or less standard techniques, some very special alternatives, new developments, and how to learn auricular reconstruction.
I am glad that so many very highly qualified colleagues have taken of their time to contribute to this issue of Facial Plastic Surgery and share their experiences with us. Their efforts have made it possible to present this state-of-the-art update on auricular rehabilitation. I hope it will be a valuable reference for all colleagues dealing with these severely suffering and handicapped patients.