Seminars in Plastic Surgery 2017; 31(03): 146-151
DOI: 10.1055/s-0037-1603959
Review Article
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Autologous Ear Reconstruction

Asaf Olshinka1, Matthew Louis1, Tuan A. Truong1
  • 1Division of Plastic Surgery, Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
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Publication Date:
09 August 2017 (online)


Since the pioneering use of autologous rib cartilage for the reconstruction of microtia, there have been significant advances in surgical technique that have helped to ameliorate the psychological burden of microtia. To date, the use of rib cartilage for auricular reconstruction is one of the most enduring and ubiquitous techniques for microtia reconstruction as it provides excellent aesthetic results with lasting durability. In this review, the authors outline the most common methods of microtia reconstruction with a comparison of each technique and illustrative case examples.