Microtia is a congenital abnormality where the ear does not achieve complete formation. This leads to an aesthetic and possibly functional defect in the ear and ear canal. Microtia affects approximately one in 6,000 babies in the U.S., and being a microtia parent can be very difficult. However, resources are out there for you!
One of the main support groups for those dealing with microtia in Los Angeles is the Ear Community. This global nonprofit organization is a support group for those who have or know someone suffering from microtia, as well as several other ear and hearing-related problems. The Ear Surgery Center of Los Angeles works with the global Ear Community to find solutions for your microtia problem through innovative, state-of-the-art technology and treatments for microtia.
Microtia Parents: Where to Begin
As a parent, it can be overwhelming determining where to start once your child has been born with microtia. It is important to research more information about microtia, and discover what resources and treatments there are, as well as what support groups exist for you. The Ear Community global nonprofit organization has set up a simple step-by-step guide for new microtia parents.
The first thing to remember as a microtia parent is to stop and look at how beautiful your little one is. Sometimes it can be difficult not to feel frustrated with microtia, especially after doing everything during your pregnancy to ensure your baby’s health. Unfortunately, it is not fully understood how microtia happens, whether from genetic or environmental factors. It is believed, however, that multiple factors come into play. The emotional roller coaster is a lot for anyone following a birth, but with the added stress of microtia, it is important to consider all the positive moments and to gain support from family and friends. Getting involved through a broad range of events in the microtia community will help you and others gain support and build a stronger network.
Microtia Surgery in Los Angeles
Thankfully, there are several options for microtia treatment. Before deciding on surgery, there are some things that any parent and patient will want to consider, such as the severity, if there is hearing loss, and the individual’s age and health constraints. However, if surgery is determined to be in the best interest by your doctor, the Ear Surgery Center of Excellence offers several modern, innovative and minimally-invasive microtia treatments:
- Synthetic reconstruction (MEDPOR technique)
- Autologous reconstruction (rib cartilage technique)
- Prosthetic ear
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 work with the Ear Community nonprofit organization to find solutions 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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