Postauricular flap

Husain T. AlQattan, Seth Thaller

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Defects of the auricle may be secondary to a variety of etiologies. Most commonly it occurs from excision of skin cancers. Albeit small in size, they can be quite disfiguring due to the alteration in the auricles three-dimensional complex design. Postauricular skin with its wide vascular pedicle, thinness, and excellent color match provides an ideal donor site for advancement flaps to reconstruct defects of the middle third of the helix and/or antihelix. Additionally, this area is concealed behind the ear adding to its aesthetic value. This chapter thoroughly describes the two-step postauricular flap. Indications, preoperative markings, intraoperative steps, postoperative care, possible complications, and a template of an operative dictation are included.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationOperative Dictations in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9783319406312
ISBN (Print)9783319406299
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016


  • Auricular defects
  • Cutaneous advancement
  • Dermatology
  • Ear reconstruction
  • Ear trauma
  • Facial plastic surgery
  • Local flap
  • MOHs chemoresection
  • Neoplasm
  • Otolaryngology
  • Pedicle flap
  • Postauricular flap
  • Skin cancer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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