I’ve heard of two approaches for reducing the conchal bowl in the ear: resecting sections of cartilage from this area, and using permanent sutures to pin back the ears. What are the pros and cons of these two techniques and is one better than the other?
I presume you are asking about otoplasty? There are many different techniques used in otoplasty and different surgeons can obtain good results using their preferred technique. We prefer to not cut or remove cartilage in the vast majority of our otoplasties. We prefer contouring the cartilage with sutures. Cutting or removing the cartilage leaves a higher chance of an unnatural sharp appearance to the ear in my opinion.
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