Is it possible to use tissue from another person for ear reconstruction?

It could be possible, but there are better methods with less post-operative complications.

There is a possibility of using tissues from another person, but it is not a viable solution for ear reconstruction. There were attempts made in this direction, however, the results were not promising due to rejection and the necessity of taking drugs with dangerous side effects to prevent ejection.

Typically, there are two main methods for ear reconstruction that use:

  • the patient's rib cartilage
  • synthetic materials

The Risks of Using Another Person’s Tissues

In reconstruction procedures, tissues from donors are often used. However, tissue other than your own is a “foreign material”. In order to ensure the success of organ transplants or reconstructions, patients are required to take special drugs for the rest of their lives to prevent the rejection of those tissues. The risk is worthwhile if the procedure has the potential to save someone's life such as a heart or kidney transplant but it is not recommended for an aesthetic or non-life-threatening condition.

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Source: https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Education/Medical-Library/

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