Reconstructive Surgery & Anaplastology

ISSN - 2161-1173


Prosthetic Reconstruction of Auricular Defects with an Adhesive-Retained Epithesis: A Clinical Report

Murat Yenisey, Necati Kaleli* and Göknil Ergün Kunt

Craniofacial implants have been widely used for the long-term retention of ear epithesis. However, previous surgical failures and patient preferences may contraindicate the implantation in some cases. This clinical report presents the prosthetic reconstruction of auricular defects without implant anchorage. An adhesive-retained ear epithesis was designed for two patients. The margins of epitheses were sealed by using tissue adhesives; this along with the mechanical support of tissue undercuts promoted the retention of epitheses. Patients were clinically evaluated during follow-ups at 1, 3, and 6 months; they had no complaints and were satisfied with their appearance.