To introduce a simple, modified method for correcting prominauris.
Private, facial plastic surgery practice. All operations were performed in an office surgical suite on the campus of a university medical center.
Fourteen patients (7 women and 7 men; age range, 22-46 years), constituting 28 ears, underwent otoplasty between February 1995 and November 1997. Follow-up ranged from 7 to 26 months (average, 11.5 months).
Anterior-posterior otoplasty was performed.
Subjective analysis by the author and patients, guided by photograph and chart review.
Four ears had solely helical correction, while 22 ears had combined helical and conchal corrections. Within a few degrees, the desired posterior rotation occurred in all cases. Minor, persistent asymmetry, in auricle rotation or retrusion of either helical or conchal correction, was evident in 4 cases.
Anterior-posterior otoplasty is a predictable, safe method for surgically retracting ears.