Lop & Cup ears

There is a group of deformities involving the outline of the auricle, and give the impression of a folded-compressed auricle. The terms "Cup ear”, “Lop ear”, “constricted ear”, “canoe ear”, “cockleshell ear”, are used to describe these malformations.


Η ταξινόμηση των δυσμορφιών γίνεται κατά Tanzer (Αmerican Association of Plastic Surgeons 1974, Seattle wash) πίνακας Ι, ΙΙ



Table Ι

Group Description
Ι Helix involved
ΙΙ Helix and scapha involved
ΙΙ Α No additional skin is needed on the helix
ΙΙ Β The ear outline needs additional skin
ΙΙΙ Severe folding of the pinna, possible bending forwards; may be accompanied by a stricture in outer ear canal, and in many cases deafness

Table ΙI

Examples according to Tanzer’s grading system - Grades I, IIA, IIB, III

Restoration techniques

The rationale behind a restoration technique is to reveal the skin and reconstruct the auricle’s helix, aiming at height increase.


Grade I moderate deformity restoration


Grade ΙΙΑ deformity restoration


Recovery depends on the severity of the damage and the type of restoration. In mild grades, such as I and IIA, recovery resembles that of prominent ears surgery. Grades IIB and III require longer recovery time.



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