Three to four rib cartilages are removed from the chest wall and used to carve an ear framework. The ear is built up in layers to make it 3-dimensional. The framework is then placed under the scalp in the first of several surgeries. Unlike Medpor, no foreign material is used. However, since cartilage is not as strong as Medpor, there are limits to how thin the framework can be made and still remain strong. For this reason, cartilage ears may appear thicker than Medpor ears.

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