DeLuca Plastic Surgery in Albany, New York welcomes guest blogger Dr. Mark Mitchell Jones, a plastic surgeon in Atlanta Georgia who specializes in microtia “ear” reconstruction.
Microtia is a common birth defect where the middle and outer ear do not develop normally. The literal meaning of Microtia, comes from the Latin words micro and otia, or “little ear”. In 90% of all cases only one ear is affected.
The standard rib graft technique is the preferred method of Microtia correction. This technique involves surgery in several stages and usually takes 9-12 months to complete. There are several advantages to this technique. The reconstructed ear is created out of living tissue and therefore of a natural skin tone. It reacts to heat and cold and will grow with the child. It is also more durable than a plastic ear and will not need to be replaced.
Over the course of my career I have personally pioneered several innovative techniques to use along with the standard rib graft reconstruction, including the Integrated Cartilage Graft, Wrap Around Earlobe, Juxtaposition Ear and Bespoke Ear. The differences between each are as follows: