Microtia (small or absent ear)

Microtia (small or absent ear)

    Microtia –(small or absent ear) Malformation of the external ear may require complex reconstruction requiring the use of cartilage from the rib.  This reconstruction is usually postponed until a minimum age of eight to allow for growth of the rib cage.  A new ear framework is sculpted from the cartilages and buried underneath the skin where the new ear is to be created.  Approximately three months later the “new ear” is elevated from underneath the skin and...

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Prominent Ear

  Prominent Ear Large protruding ears can be a source of discomfort and teasing for children and adults.  When discovered at birth, a small appliance can be fixed to hold the ear in an anatomic position in a process known as ear molding.  The molding apparatus is usually worn for 4-6 weeks can possibly prevent the need for surgery. Otoplasty is a surgical option, which involves reshaping the cartilage of the ears to help approve the appearance.  Sutures are placed...

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