Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery

: 2019  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 201--202

Earlobe reconstruction with a superiorly based bilobed infra-auricular flap

Ângela Roda1, Ana Marcos-Pinto1, Rita Pimenta1, João Maia-Silva2,  
1 Dermatology Department, Hospital de Santa Maria, Centro Hospitalar Universitário Lisboa Norte EPE, Lisbon, Portugal
2 Dermatology Department, Hospital de Santa Maria, Centro Hospitalar Universitário Lisboa Norte EPE, Lisbon, Portugal; Faculdade de Medicina, Clínica Universitária de Dermatologia, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal

Correspondence Address:
Ângela Roda
Hospital de Santa Maria, Av. Prof. Egas Moniz s/n, 1649-035 Lisboa.

How to cite this article:
Roda &, Marcos-Pinto A, Pimenta R, Maia-Silva J. Earlobe reconstruction with a superiorly based bilobed infra-auricular flap.J Cutan Aesthet Surg 2019;12:201-202

How to cite this URL:
Roda &, Marcos-Pinto A, Pimenta R, Maia-Silva J. Earlobe reconstruction with a superiorly based bilobed infra-auricular flap. J Cutan Aesthet Surg [serial online] 2019 [cited 2020 Sep 28 ];12:201-202
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Dear Editor,

The earlobe is an anatomical structure with strong aesthetic and cultural significance. Earlobe deformity may be congenital or, more frequently, acquired due to trauma, burn, or surgery. Its surgical repair is challenging and complex, considering the difficulty in obtaining a durable and aesthetically acceptable outcome. Reconstruction may be immediate or delayed. Many techniques have already been described. We report a new technique for immediate earlobe reconstruction with satisfactory results.

A 46-year-old man was referred to our Dermatologic Surgery Department due to an ulcerated basal cell carcinoma in the left earlobe, confirmed by skin biopsy [Figure 1]A. Surgery was performed under local anesthesia with 2% lidocaine. The tumor and a margin of 5mm were excised [Figure 1]B, resulting in loss of the entire earlobe [Figure 1]C. A vertical, superiorly based, bilobed transposition flap, with the dimensions necessary to reach and cover the defect, was designed in the infra-auricular area, where the patient had redundant skin [Figure 1]B. The flap was raised and folded upon itself, vertically, with the inferior flap forming the anterior part of the reconstructed earlobe [Figure 1]D and [Figure 1]E. The two flaps, overlapping, formed the new earlobe [Figure 1]F. No skin or cartilage graft was used. A simple suture using a 5-0 nonabsorbable, sterile monofilament was used to suture the flap into the primary defect. The secondary defect of the flap donor site was sutured after undermining [Figure 1]G. No postoperative complications were noted. The margins of the specimen were disease-free. One year after surgery, an excellent cosmetic outcome was observed [Figure 1]H.{Figure 1}

After the first description of the Gavello’s method in the 1970s, several other reconstructive techniques for total earlobe repair have been described. Most of these techniques use a folded flap, two opposing flaps, or a flap and a skin graft, and usually require a two-stage procedure. In addition, some authors have suggested the incorporation of cartilage into earlobe to help maintain its shape. Nevertheless, a satisfactory aesthetical result in earlobe reconstruction has been difficult to obtain with the existing methods, particularly because of the three-dimensional anatomy of the earlobe and its consistency. In general, the residual deformity, the location of the scars, and the viability and similarity of the neighboring tissue are the main factors that determine the selection of the reconstructive method.[1],[2],[3],[4],[5]

The vertical, bilobed transposition and folded flap described herein is a simple single-step procedure, with excellent aesthetic results and minimal scar formation. It may be considered as a valuable technique to reconstruct the full-thickness earlobe defect.


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