chapter  96
Partial and total ear reconstruction
ByCher Bing Chuo
Pages 12

INTRODUCTION The external ear is a convoluted 3D structure with a vestigial function to gather sound waves towards the external auditory meatus (EAM). This delicate structure with a complex contour has become a subject of beauty over the ages. There has been increasing awareness that individuals desire the appearance of a pair of symmetric, aesthetically pleasing ears. In a representative proportion of the UK general population, the awareness of perceived differences in the appearance of their ears has led to self-consciousness or increased sensitivity to these differences.1 Reconstructive surgeons should have comprehensive knowledge of normal ear anatomy in order to perform accurate and aesthetic auricular reconstruction.