How does the new technique of carbon dioxide laser-assisted cartilage reshaping (CO2 LACR) otoplasty work and what are the outcomes?
Explore this issue:July 2010
Background: With more than 200 different otoplasty techniques, no single technique is considered the standard of care. Otoplasty techniques are cartilage sculpting (cutting), cartilage sparing (suturing) or a composite of the two. Problems associated with these techniques include suture extrusion, loss of correction over time, difficulty reshaping thick cartilage and permanent distortion of the ear.
Study design: Prospective case study.