One of the biggest concerns for parents of a child born with microtia is learning to live with an ear deformity. Fortunately, the majority of individuals with microtia will not suffer any additional health complications. With early support and education, a child with microtia can gain an understanding of their condition, be more prepared for potential treatments later on, and ultimately adjust to living with microtia.
The Ear Surgery Center of Excellence in Los Angeles boasts an expert team of plastic reconstructive surgeons and otolaryngologists specializing in the treatment of microtia, led by renowned facial plastic surgeon Dr. Carlo Honrado. Our doctors are highly skilled in the most advanced reconstructive techniques and will provide each patient with comprehensive and individualized care. To learn more about reconstructive treatments for microtia or to schedule a consultation with one of our surgeons, you may contact us at (888) 281-8537.
The Psychosocial Impact of Living With Microtia
Between ages three and four, a child with microtia will begin to notice that their ear is different from others. Though each child will respond differently, it is important to begin to explain the condition them at this age with a supportive, matter-of-fact approach. Early support and involvement can minimize the risks for low self-esteem, lack of self-confidence, social difficulties, and academic and behavioral problems that could be associated with living with microtia.
Despite these efforts, many children begin to experience the negative social impact of their ear deformity during the early-school age years. Children who suffer taunts or bullying from their peers are at risk of experiencing long-term effects from that abuse. Therefore, our doctors recommend that parents of children with microtia begin to discuss potential treatment options as early as possible.
Understanding Your Treatment Options
The majority of individuals with microtia seek reconstructive treatment at some point in their lives. Given that an ear deformity can affect a child psychologically, many parents wish to arrange reconstructive surgery before school-age years (as early as age 5). Others may wait until their child is slightly older and can be more involved in the decision-making process. Some people may be perfectly comfortable with their ear and go their entire lives without treatment. When considering surgery, it is important to understand that there are two reconstructive techniques:
- Rib cartilage technique (autologous reconstruction)
- MEDPOR technique (synthetic reconstruction)
At the Ear Surgery Center of Excellence, our renowned facial plastic surgeons are proficient in both techniques, each of which has distinct advantages. Ultimately, the decision to undergo reconstructive surgery as well as the method used is entirely up to the patient.
Contact a Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
At the Ear Surgery Center of Excellence, our goal is to provide the highest quality of care in a safe, state-of-the-art environment. Our ear surgeons have trained at some of the most prestigious medical institutions in the country and utilize advanced surgical techniques to provide the most natural looking results. Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation by calling (888) 281-8537 or using our contact form.
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