J Korean Assoc Oral Maxillofac Surg 2017; 43(6): 423~426
Correction of congenital cleft earlobe with front and back flaps
Selman Karaci1, Rüştü Köse2
1Department of Plastic Surgery, Kanuni Training and Research Hospital, Trabzon,
2Department of Plastic Surgery, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University School of Medicine, Rize, Turkey
Selman Karaci
Department of Plastic Surgery, Kanuni Training and Research Hospital, 61250 Kaşüstü, Trabzon, Turkey
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E-mail: selmankaraci@gmail.com
ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0003-4606-4600
Received July 13, 2017; Revised September 18, 2017; Accepted October 13, 2017.; Published online December 31, 2017.
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Congenital auricular deformities may be either deformational or malformational. Malformational anomalies present with a skin or cartilage shortage. Two cases with congenital cleft earlobe were presented. A new surgical technique using a two–layered repair with front and back flaps were introduced. She waited to begin wearing earrings until six months after the surgery to prevent possible scar contracture. The patients were followed up for a period ranging from 3 to 14 months. The earlobe volume deficiency was replaced, and acceptable scar maturation was obtained.
Keywords: Earlobe, Auricle, Cleft, Malformation, Congenital

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