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Ear defects can result from:
The ability to reconstruct a partial or total ear defect requires a thorough comprehension of the three-dimensional morphology of the ear. At the Johns Hopkins Center for Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery our physicians employ innovative techniques to provide ear reconstructions that are cosmetically appealing.
Microtia is known to result from incomplete embryonic development with varying degree of severity. Microtia has been reported to occur once in every 6,000 births. Hereditary transmissions of several types of ear anomalies have been reported. Therefore it is important that doctors perform a comprehensive evaluation to detect potential associated anomalies.
There are three different types of ear reconstruction.
Our surgeons use two different strategies to reconstruct the ear in children (and sometimes adults) with microtia. For many patients, the new ear is created from patients’ own tissue (autologous). Cartilage from the rib cage is used.
In some cases, the parents or patient prefer to have an artificial ear created by our artist who specializes in this difficult art.
Working together with world-class otologists at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, our physicians ensure hearing rehabilitation is also maximized.
The initial consultation of total ear reconstruction with an ear reconstruction specialist can occur as early as the first year of life in microtia cases. During this visit you can expect:
Following is a general description of the way ear reconstruction is performed by our expert facial cosmetic surgeons. Remember each patient’s individual needs and features are considered before your surgery.
Surgery begins with an incision just behind the ear, in the natural fold where the ear is joined to the head.
Note: These are general guidelines. Please ask your doctor to fully explain what your expectation should be post surgery.
Follow-up care is vital for this procedure to monitor healing. Obviously, anything unusual should be reported to your surgeon immediately. It is essential that you keep your follow-up appointments with your surgeon.
To request an appointment or to get more information about the Johns Hopkins Center for Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, please call 877-546-4530.