Can The Postauricular Sulcus Be Restored After An Otoplasty?
Q: Dr. Eppley, Hello there, I would like to ask a question regarding otoplasty. I had undergo complicated otoplasty in the last and ended up with a defect in post auricular area, therefore I want to recreate natural and proper anatomy of post auricular area.
To make natural convex shape from posterior side. I was wondering about
Own Rib Cartilage
Cadaver Rib Cartilage
Cadaver Ear Cartilage
Custom made thin silicone implant
Or whatever I dont know what may work for me but one thing I know it has to be super thin.
Thank you and let me know.
A:You are never going to make the postauricular sulcus normal again as it has been permanently surgically altered. But in the effort for improvement a thin cartilage graft is needed not an implant. One can debate between cadaveric vs autologous cartilage graft but a cadaveric one would be easier to care and make thin without a donor harvest.
Dr. Barry Eppley
World-Renowned Plastic Surgeo