The "YouTube" method of correcting pixie ear and poor alar base inset

Oren M. Tepper, Barry M. Zide

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It is well established that raw edges of the skin have a natural tendency to tube on themselves. Although this often presents a challenge for plastic surgeons, the following article demonstrates how the plastic surgeon can capitalize on this phenomenon to successfully recreate the natural appearance of curved anatomic elements. Two areas that are particularly susceptible to appearing "unnatural" after surgery are the earlobe and alar base. Herein, we present the concept of "autotubing" to recreate the natural curvature of these anatomic regions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1137-1139
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Craniofacial Surgery
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2012


  • Pixie ear
  • alar base
  • autotube
  • wound healing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology


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