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Microtia: Manhattan Ear Reconstruction

About once in every 6,000 to 10,000 births, one of us is born with a misshaped ear or an ear that’s a different size than what’s typical. We “grade” these atypical ear shapes starting with minor irregularities to a complete lack of external ear structure.

Ear reconstruction requires particular skill and expertise, especially for more severe cases. One of the techniques that is successfully used for such situations is by taking a part of your own rib cartilage to rebuild the ear with a similar feeling structure that can be shaped to fit the natural contours of ear cartilage. (Other allograft material options are available if rib grafting is not an option)

For most of our microtia patients, we schedule two separate surgeries three months apart. This provides adequate recovery time and minimizes the impact of surgery on your everyday routine. Although we see patients of all ages, the average ear reconstruction case is usually completed on children around the ages of 9 or 10, because by this point most children have enough excess cartilage to spare for their ear repair.

Don’t Trust Anyone Other Than an Expert

No matter how minor or severe your microtia needs are, our Manhattan facial plastic surgeon knows that it’s extremely important to each of our individual patients to find the cosmetic solutions and reconstructive skills necessary to help them feel and look their best. Dr. Joseph J Rousso MD FACS has completed hundreds of different microtia reconstruction cases for patients in the Manhattan, NYC, Queens, and greater New Jersey areas.

We invite you to schedule a consultation to explore what options are available and view some of the before-and-after cases Dr. Rousso has completed.

Posted on behalf of Joseph J. Rousso, MD, FACS

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  • Dr. Rousso was spectacular. Smart, listened to my issues, asked a variety of thoughtful questions to help identify and resolve my issue. Would absolutely recommend him to others. He was warm and personable and wonderful that he speaks Spanish. J. B.
  • My son had a cleft lip and now he looks like he never had it! Thank you so much! M. T.
  • Dr. Rousso is absolutely awesome! M. Z.
  • He was super kind and mindful of my comfort!!! Highly recc! G. R.
  • Dr. Rousso took his time and answered all of my questions or concerns. S. S.

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If you or a family member need facial plastic surgery or reconstructive surgery for aesthetic or functional issues in New York City, take the time to meet with Dr. Joseph Rousso for a consultation. His extensive education, experience and talent as a facial plastic surgeon cannot be surpassed, especially when it comes to balanced, natural-appearing results. Contact his office in Manhattan to schedule your consultation.

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