Repair of partial and complete earlobe clefts: a review of 21 methods.

Justin Vujevich, Leonard Harry Goldberg, Suzan Obagi

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Partially or completely spilt earlobes are a common reason for patient presentation to the cosmetic surgeon. METHODS: In this article, we review the different techniques of repairing both partial and complete cleft earlobes. RESULTS: We review and illustrate 4 methods to repair a partial cleft earlobe and 17 methods to correct a complete cleft earlobe. In addition, preoperative, intraoperative, and follow-up photographs are shown on several examples. CONCLUSIONS: Earlobe clefts may be repaired by various techniques. While advantages and disadvantages exist for each method, the surgeon should be familiar with categorizing the cleft, choosing a repair, and deciding whether to repierce the earlobe intra- or postoperatively.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)695-699
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of drugs in dermatology : JDD
Volume6
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology

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