MICROTIA – (SMALL OR ABSENT EAR)
A type of birth defect, microtia occurs when the baby’s ear is underdeveloped or, in some cases, completely absent. While some patients opt for prosthetics, such devices are prone to falling off and breaking down over time, which calls for expensive replacements. A more natural-looking option, is a surgically sculpted ear.
Generally postponed until the age of eight or older, surgical treatment of microtia involves cartilage taken from the child’s rib. In this complex procedure, our doctors use the cartilage to build a new ear framework, which is placed beneath the skin. About three months later, the sculpted ear is elevated from underneath the skin, then carefully grafted to create the appearance of a natural ear. To learn more about your treatment options, contact Plastic Surgery of New York for a consultation today.
EAR LOBE REPAIR AND EAR RECONSTRUCTION
Plastic Surgery of New York specializes in ear reconstruction surgeries, such as treatment of torn ear lobes (typically caused by long-term wear of heavy earrings). This procedure involves quick repair under local anesthesia, and most patients can pierce their ears immediately.
For defects caused by skin cancer or trauma to the ear, a more extensive procedure can rebuild the cartilage and skin of your external ear. Our doctors usually complete these reconstructions in one or two stages.
Plastic Surgery of New York also performs surgeries to reduce the size of excessively large ears (a condition called macrotia). Using advanced techniques to remove skin and cartilage, our doctors delicately conceal most evidence of surgery by placing scars in the shadows of the ear creases. The result is a dramatically improved appearance, with exceptional patient satisfaction.
For children and adults alike, ears that stick out can cause endless embarrassment and anxiety. In many cases, protruding ears result from weak cartilage that prevents the ear from properly folding back.
A simple day surgery can correct protruding ears in children and adults. This surgery involves folding the cartilage into proper position, then holding it in place with sutures. Known for their high levels of patient satisfaction, Plastic Surgery of New York’s otoplasty techniques leave only an external scar behind the ear, where it’s not noticeable.
Come in to Plastic Surgery of New York for a consultation, and find out how our otoplasty procedures can enhance your appearance as well as improve your confidence.
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