Simplified approach to auricular cartilage grafts

June 4, 2012
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Facial Plastic Surgery Clinic

A posterior approach to harvesting auricular cartilage--used to correct both functional and aesthetic problems in facial plastic surgery--minimizes visible scars and postoperative contour deformities. This method also permits the simultaneous harvesting of perichondrium and soft-tissue for use as a thin onlay graft.

     Auricular cartilage grafts may be the most frequently used autologous graft material in facial plastic surgery. These versatile grafts can be used to address both functional and aesthetic problems. They are nearly universally available, even in patients who have had prior nasal surgery, and they avoid the potential problems of graft rejection or extrusion that can occur with synthetic materials.

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CitationEar Nose Throat J. 2012 June;91(6):232-234