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imageThis article describes the Z-plasty technique for Tanzer type IIb constricted ears. The technique was used in 6 patients to lengthen the upper pole of the ear with simultaneous unfurling of the cupping deformity. All patients also underwent creation of an antihelix with Mustarde sutures as well as a “mastoid hitch” (sutures between the upper pole of the ear and the mastoid fascia) to prevent recurrence. After a mean follow-up of 1.5 years, all patients were satisfied with no recurrence of the deformity. The advantages and disadvantages of the Z-plasty are discussed and compared with other techniques.

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