Facial plast Surg 2009; 25(3): 175-180
DOI: 10.1055/s-0029-1239447
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Treatment of Unwanted Hair in Auricular Reconstruction

David Gault1
  • 1Consultant Plastic Surgeon, London Centre for Ear Reconstruction, The Portland Hospital, London, United Kingdom
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Publication Date:
06 October 2009 (online)


In many microtia patients, the hairline is lower than ideal. Despite this, it is essential to position the reconstructed ear in the correct place. Here is a series of tips and tricks to deal with unwanted hair on the skin that covers an autogenous tissue reconstruction. Replacement of the skin with a fascial flap and skin graft remains the mainstay of treatment for a very-low-hairline case. Surgical removal of hair on the helical rim during the release procedure is also described. Laser depilation, surgical electrolysis, and even shaving techniques are also discussed.