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Ann Plast Surg. 2012 Dec;69(6):637-42. doi: 10.1097/SAP.0b013e318274d876.

Are auricular keloids and persistent hypertrophic scars resectable? The role of intrascar excision.

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  • 1Linkou Burn Center, Department of Plastic Surgery, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital and University, Taoyuan, Taiwan.



Intrascar excision with debulking procedure is a good choice for scar revision in unique 3-dimensional facial aesthetic units, especially in the auricular area. It can remove or reduce scars in a shorter course without distortion of the surrounding anatomic structures and visible operative scars. This retrospective study was done to present intrascar excision procedures in persistent auricular hypertrophic scars or keloids.


Between 1997 and 2010, 18 ears in 13 patient cases with persistent hypertrophic scars and/or keloids in their external ear due to burns or trauma were collected for evaluation. There were 10 males and 3 females. The age distributions ranged from 5 to 49 years with an average of 20.1 years. All received intrascar excision with debulking procedure for their ear deformity. One case combined with YV-plasty procedure to obtain better aesthetic result. The follow-up period ranged from 0.3 to 14 years with an average of 3.6 years.


There was no recurrence in a series of average 3.6 years follow-up. Of the 13 patients, 11 (84.6%) objectively presented good and satisfactory surgical outcomes and the other 2 patients were acceptable.


The intrascar excision in auricular persistent scars or keloids has the following advantages: it (1) achieves primary closure, (2) does not distort the anatomic landmarks, (3) does not sacrifice the important structures, (4) has a debulking effect, (5) can be done anytime, even if scars are not mature, (6) has good cosmetic results, (7) may combine with Z- or VY-plasty for functional improvement, and (8) has minimal complications.

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