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1064-nm Nd: YAG laser-assisted cartilage reshaping for treating ear protrusions

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2461-2467
Number of pages7
JournalLARYNGOSCOPE
Volume125
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2015
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Abstract

Background Correction of prominent ears is a common plastic surgical procedure. The laser-assisted cartilage reshaping (LACR) technique for protruding ears was developed at the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research in Lille, France, using both the 1064- and 1540-nm wavelengths, with a view to simplifying the surgical procedure. Herein we report our results with the 1064-nm wavelength. Methods Between 2008 and 2010, twenty-six 1064-nm LACR procedures in 14 patients were performed. Twelve patients received treatment to both ears, and 2 patients received treatment to one ear. Each procedure consisted of a single treatment session. The treatment consisted of laser irradiation of both sides of the helix with single pulses of 70 J/cm2. The beam diameter was 6 mm. Early and late complications were defined and reviewed for all patients. Satisfaction was assessed by patients using a visual analogue scale from 0 (unsatisfied) to 20 (highly satisfied). The superior and middle cephaloauricular distances were prospectively evaluated at 6 months after treatment. Results Complications included eight cases of localized skin burns and one case of dermatitis. The mean right/left superior and middle cephaloauricular distances were 10.5-±-1.5 mm/10.7-±-1.0 mm and 16.3-±-2.2 mm/16.3-±-2.8 mm, respectively, as compared to 17.5-±-2.9 mm/18.6-±-2.5 mm (P-

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Keywords

  • 1064-nm laser, 1540-nm laser, cartilage reshaping, ear protrusion, fluence