BACKGROUND: In this study, we evaluated the results obtained with Matsuo's technique for eyelid reconstruction at the Clínica de Cirurgia Plástica do Hospital Felício Rocho (Plastic Surgery Clinic of the Hospital Felício Rocho) from December 1992 to May 2011. Furthermore, we performed a nonsystematic review of published articles reporting eyelid repair using conchal cartilage graft from the ear.
METHODS: We studied 13 patients who were subjected to eyelid reconstructions after resection of neoplasias.
RESULTS: We observed satisfactory results in all patients, with spontaneous epithelialization of the conchal cartilage. In the nonsystematic literature review, we found 10 articles, covering 111 patients, that reported the use of ear cartilage for eyelid repair with good results.
CONCLUSIONS: Thus, the Matsuo technique appears to be a good option for eyelid repair.
Keywords: Eyelids/surgery. Eyelid neoplasms. Transplantation, autologous. Ear auricle.