The effects of the incision types in myringoplasty operations on cosmesis
There is no study based on objective measurements about the cosmetic results of myringoplasty operation in medical literature. This study aims to show the differences in the auriculomastoid angle between the operations which were done with postauricular and endaural incisions. The auriculomastoid angle of 20 patients having had postauricular myringoplasty operation were measured both preoperative and postoperative periods. The auriculomastoid angles of 17 patients having had endaural myringoplasty operation were also measured in both preoperative and postoperative periods. Also, the patients were asked whether there was a change in the shape of their ears. It was observed that the increase of the auriculomastoid angles of the patients who had myringoplasty by postauricular incision was statistically significant when compared to the ones having had the operation by endaural incision. Also, the patients who had myringoplasty operation by postauricular incision realized the change in their ears significantly when compared to the other group. In this study, esthetically better results were observed in the myringoplasty operations done by endaural incision than the ones done by postauricular incision. When deciding on the incision type, this should be considered.