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An oversized aural concha plays a significant role in prominent ear deformities and should be taken into consideration during preoperative examination. In the current study, we present a procedure known as the conchal sliding technique as an alternative to more disruptive methods. Twenty-four patients (9 females and 15 males; 47 ears in total) underwent a conchal sliding procedure between 2006 and 2010. During the surgery, a wide subperichondrial dissection is performed after a posterior elliptical incision. After the concha is exposed as a hemisphere, it is split along its long axis to reveal the medial and lateral cartilage segments. These segments are gently scrolled upon each other. Transposition of the lateral segment posteriorly to the medial segment replaces the whole ear toward the posterior direction. Three mattress sutures (4-0 polypropylene) reliably secure the repositioned and setback conchal bowl. If needed, an antihelix can be formed using neoconchal-scaphal mattress sutures. Median follow-up period was 24.3 months (range, 6-48 mo). A unilateral hematoma developed in 1 patient and an anterior step deformity occurred in another. No recurrence, infection, necrosis of the skin, distortion of the auditory canal, or formation of keloid was observed in any of the patients. The median cephaloauricular angle was measured as 46 degrees before the surgery and 26 degrees after the surgery, whereas the distance between the helix and the mastoid was 23 mm before the surgery and 11 mm after the surgery. All the patients were satisfied with the results. This technique provides stable and natural results by creating a safe neoconchal complex. It may be a safe and reliable solution to an oversized aural concha, enabling natural-looking and positive cosmetic results.

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Memet Yazar, Salih Onur Basat, Ahmet Biçer, Sevgi Kurt Yazar, Erdem Güven, Samet Vasfi Kuvat, Ufuk Emekli. Creating a neoconchal complex using the adjustable conchal sliding technique in prominent ear correction. The Journal of craniofacial surgery. 2012 Sep;23(5):1414-7

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