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Gazzetta Medica Italiana Archivio per le Scienze Mediche 2009 February;168(1):51-4

Copyright © 2009 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Evolution of otoplasty techniques. A twenty years review

Castiglia G. 1, Piromalli E. 2, Galli A. 2

1 Private Practice, Genoa, Italy 2 Unit of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, National Institute for Cancer, Genoa, Italy


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Excessive prominent ear can cause severe emotional and behavioural effect on a child. Surgical correction is therefore often requested, and aesthetic otoplasty essentially represents the only aesthetic procedure performed on children. Many techniques of aesthetic otoplasty (the surgical procedure designed to give the auricle a more natural and anatomic appearance) have been described over the years. In this paper we report our 20 years experience with different techniques of surgical correction of prominent ears. During the considered period our approach evolved from more aggressive to more conservative procedures. In this paper we analyze such an evolution and discuss advantages and shortcomings of these procedures based on our experience and results.

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