Facial harvesting from behind the ear?

is it possible to harvesting the facia from behind the ear instead of from the scalp? How long will be the incision and will it be noticeable?

Doctor Answers 10

Fascia from behind the ear

Hi there, the answer to your question has some nuance. The short answer is yes. You can get fascia from behind the ear. The long answer is, small amounts of fascia from behind the ear are easy to get and can be used to augment the nose. Larger amounts of fascia are sometimes needed. For example to augment the bridge of the nose. You can get this larger amounts for a fascia in the temple. You can get to the temple from behind the ear if you are trying to avoid a scar in the hair. Hope this information helps! Good luck

Portland Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Fascia harvesting

the fascia harvested from the temple area is much better material to use than that behind the ear if you need fascia like grafting.

Ronald J. Edelson, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Fascia for graft

The temporal fascia is more abundant and is a good source of fascia. Best of luck with your futures surgery.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Postauricular fascia harvesting


It is possible to harvest fascia from behind the ear.  The question is how much fascia does your surgeon need.  The temporal/scalp region has an abundant supply of temporalis fascia, that is easily harvested; if the issue is to concealing the scar behind the ear, the postauricular fascia is fine, there is just less of it.  Best of luck!

Elbert T. Cheng, MD
San Jose Facial Plastic Surgeon

Fascia harvesting

Fascia can be harvested from behind the ear or just above the ear, hidden along the hairline. The harvesting behind the ear is just as well hidden as above the ear however the amount of fascia able to elevated and used posterior to the ear is less than what is available from above the ear. Depending on what the fascia is needed for, one location may be better than the other. Hope this helps!

Johnson C. Lee, MD Plastic Surgery

Johnson C. Lee, MD
Beverly Hills Physician
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Fascia for rhinoplasty

You can harvest from either location.  The post-auricular incision it lower that where the fascia is but is doable for smaller portions of fascia.  If you need facial for a diced cartilage graft, the post-auricular incision typically won't yield enough.  The other option is to use cadaver fascia eliminating a separate incision.  Best wishes.

David Alessi, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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fascia harvesting from behind the ear

Temporalis fashion is located in the scalp, not behind the ear, therefore scalp incision is required.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty and temporalis fascia harvest: from behind ear or scalp

Rhinoplasty is a surgery to improve the shape of the nose for breathing or appearance.

Temporalis fascia harvest may be performed as a part of rhinoplasty. The fascia can be used to camouflage exposed edges of cartilage and create smooth volume in the nose. 

The fascia is on the side of the head. It can be harvested from an incision in the scalp or from behind the ear. With good technique, both will heal will with almost no visibility. 

Victor Chung, MD
San Diego Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Fascia donor site?

either the scalp or behind the ear can be used. Neither should show a scar. See an experienced rhinoplasty surgeon. 

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Fascia harvesting

Thank for the question and fascia is harvested in the scalp in hair barring areas where the scar would not be visible.  A small amount of soft tissue can be taken from behind or from the ear

Dr Corbin

Frederic H. Corbin, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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