If you or your child has been born with microtia, reconstructive surgery can be used to repair the ear canal and reshape an affected ear to achieve a more natural-looking appearance. Many patients with microtia ultimately pursue surgery to find relief from the negative social and emotional impact of their condition.
The Ear Surgery Center of Excellence in Los Angeles boasts an excellent team of plastic reconstructive surgeons and otolaryngologists that specialize 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 are committed to providing each patient with comprehensive, individualized care for their condition.
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.
Deciding on Surgery
The decision to undergo reconstructive ear surgery is faced by nearly all patients with microtia and should not be rushed into. Before undergoing reconstructive treatment, our surgeons work closely with each patient to discuss expectations, preferences, and candidacy for certain procedures. Factors that may influence eligibility for surgery include:
- Severity of deformity
- Extent of hearing loss
- Age (at least 5-6 years old)
- General health
Of course, not everyone with microtia decides to have reconstructive surgery. Some parents choose to wait and allow their children to decide whether or not to have surgery once they become older. However, after undergoing surgery, the majority of patients gain a restored sense of self-confidence that is very important to development early on in life.
Surgical Options for Microtia Treatment
Patients who are determined to be candidates for reconstructive ear surgery have several options when it comes time for surgery. Depending on age and health requirements, as well as personal preference, our surgeons offer the following procedures for the correction of both unilateral and bilateral microtia:
- Autologous Reconstruction (Rib cartilage technique)
- Synthetic Reconstruction (MEDPOR technique)
- Prosthetic Ear
A related reconstructive ear surgery, known as otoplasty, is can be performed by our surgeons for patients of all ages. Otoplasty is an outpatient procedure that involves reshaping prominent or slightly deformed ears to improve their aesthetic appearance.
Microtia Surgery Performed By a Facial Plastic Surgeon
Ear reconstructive surgery for the treatment of microtia and other ear deformities is a complex, delicate procedure. It requires extensive knowledge of the structures of the ear while reconstructing the ear canal, as well as a high level of technical skill in cosmetic surgery to achieve a balanced, natural appearance.
After undergoing residency training in both general surgery and otolaryngology (Ear, Nose, & Throat surgery), a facial plastic surgeon completes a rigorous fellowship in facial plastic & reconstructive surgery to develop expertise in cosmetic procedures. Therefore, an experienced facial plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Honrado, can achieve the best aesthetic and functional results with the least risk of complications when performing surgery for microtia.
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 facial plastic 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 filling out our contact form.
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