ePlasty: Vol. 20
Earlobe Reconstruction With an Anteriorly Based Postauricular Flap
Jeremy Chang, MS, Caroline Awh, BA, Charles A. Riccio, MD, and Petros Konofaos, MD, PhD

Department of Plastic Surgery, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis

Correspondence: pkonofao@uthsc.edu
Keywords: earlobe reconstruction, skin flap, earlobe avulsion, Post-auricular flap, ear reconstruction
Verbal consent was obtained from the patient for use of images and case specifics for research publication.
Figure 1. Preoperative: Right earlobe amputation prior to reconstruction.


A 28-year-old man presented with amputation of a 3-cm portion of his right earlobe secondary to an altercation with his girlfriend. The earlobe was reattached in the emergency department, but follow-up at 1 week revealed necrotic tissue. The patient subsequently chose to undergo local flap reconstruction. An approximately 8-mm flap was incised, based on anterior blood supply, and inset was carried out in a circumferential fashion from the distal corner.