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imageBackground: In reconstructing anterior defects of the ear, postauricular flaps represent a popular option. The pedicle of such transauricular flaps can be superior, inferior, medial, or lateral. The postauricular helix-based adipodermal-pedicle turnover (PHAT) flap is an original single-stage transauricular technique for defects of the antihelix and scapha. Its skin paddle is on the posterior aspect of the ear. Its lateral de-epithelialized pedicle in front of the helix allows for it to easily reach peripheral anterior defects. In cases in which the underlying cartilage is involved, the extended PHAT (ePHAT) flap allows for restoring the contours of the ear without a cartilage graft.
Materials and Methods: Between 2009 and 2011, a PHAT flap was used in 5 cases of defects of the antihelix or the scapha after tumor resection, 3 of which are in an extended version (ePHAT flap).
Results: There were no complications and a satisfactory aesthetic result was achieved in all cases.
Conclusion: The PHAT flap is an original single-stage procedure for anterior auricular defects located on the antihelix or scapha. The single-layer PHAT flap is indicated in purely skin defect. The triple-layer ePHAT flap includes two subcutaneous extensions which increase its thickness and is indicated to restore the ear contours when cartilage has been removed.

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