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Techniques for treatment of severe and moderate macrotia and for hypertrophy of the earlobe are described. For macrotia, the excision of cartilage at the scapha, helical arch, and skin are performed at different levels to prevent a notching, mainly at the helix. For hypertrophies of the earlobe, through-and-through excisions of two triangular pieces are used with reinsertion of the remaining earlobe at the base.

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Hinderer, U.T., del Rio, J.L. & Fregenal, F.J. Macrotia. Aesth. Plast. Surg. 11, 81–85 (1987).

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Key words

  • Macrotia
  • Hypertrophy of the earlobe