Reconstruction of the Ear
The main goal of ear reconstruction following removal of skin cancer is to maintain the contour of the ear. Following Mohs surgery on the ear, the patient will have a defect of the skin, skin and cartilage, or full thickness (skin in the front and back of the ear and cartilage).
Ways of reconstructing ear defects include:
- Local Flaps (using skin from the area adjacent to the defect)
- Skin Graft (taking skin from another area to repair the defect)
- Healing by Secondary Intention (let the wound heal on its own)
- Primary Closure (suture the wound)
Your physician will choose the type of reconstruction based on the location, size and depth of the skin defect. In addition, the patient’s goals with the reconstruction (simplicity of the reconstructive process versus the best cosmetic outcome possible), the patient’s health status and past medical problems will also be important in the decision-making.