Hundreds of children are born each year Microtia, Latin for “little ear”. This condition is a congenital deformity of the ear where the outer and middle ear does not fully develop. It is present in one in 7,500 births, and is more prevalent in boys. Microtia can affect just one ear or both. There are four grades of the condition ranging from a minor deformity to the complete absence of an ear.
Parents who’ve had a child born with the condition will usually see a variety of specialists for treatment. These specialists include an ENT (ear, nose & throat), a pediatrician, an audiologist and an ear reconstruction surgeon. Plastic surgeons that specialize in ear reconstruction are often the best option for ear reconstruction.
There are many methods available to treat Microtia, although none has stood the test of time and practice better than The Rib Graft Technique. This surgery is done in four stages over the course of 12-18 months, usually when a child is 6-7 years old. Stage one is the actual rib graft surgery. Stage two is the construction of an earlobe. Stages three and four are for sculpting, elevating and carving a natural look to the transplanted cartilage.
Creating a new ear for these young patients can dramatically improve their lives. Looking like all the other kids is ideal for young children just entering school. The surgery can restore a “normal” look to the ear and give patients the self-confidence they need at this critical stage in their young lives.
Ear reconstruction is a long process that requires the skill and expertise of a practiced surgeon. Dr. Mark Jones of Atlanta Plastic Surgery Specialists is a premier plastic surgeon who holds dual board certification in Otolaryngology (ENT) and Plastic Surgery. Dr. Jones has over twenty years experience, extensive training and is a nationally recognized expert in enhancing both the aesthetic features and the natural functionality of the body.
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