Microtia literally means “little ear.” This is a condition that occurs in one of every 6,000-10,000 births and comes in varied sizes and shapes. The grading system for microtia is divided into 4, with 1 as the least severe and 4 being a complete lack of an external ear. Parents of children born with severe microtia often want to give their child a new ear to improve their self-confidence and appearance as they grow older. Dr. Rousso offers microtia surgery at our clinic in New York City, offering advanced options for constructing new ears and repairing deformities.
Dr. Rousso is one of a very select few surgeons who perform microtia surgery. A modern modification of the Nagata 2 stage microtia repair technique is performed, whereby the patient’s own rib cartilage is used to construct an ear. The two stages of surgery are separated by at least 3 months, and in these cases, there is no foreign material placed inside the patient. These surgeries are generally performed at age 9 to 10, when the child has grown enough to have sufficient rib cartilage for microtia reconstruction. Dr. Rousso will perform alloplastic implant ear reconstruction with Medpor, but only when the patient is not a candidate or does not want to undergo rib cartilage grafting.
Congenital Ear Deformity Repair
Growing up with misshapen ears can be difficult for a child. Many children with microtia or other congenital ear deformities are self-conscious of their ears, wearing their hair long or a hat to cover their small or “strange” ears. If you or your child have a congenital ear deformity, there are options available to create a more natural appearance to the ear through repair and reconstruction. Dr. Rousso is a leading facial plastic surgeon that has the knowledge and skill necessary to correct these deformities to give you or your child the freedom to stop hiding your ears and gain more self-confidence in your appearance.
If you have a child with microtia or you have a congenital ear deformity you want altered, contact our office in New York City to schedule a consultation with Dr. Rousso.