Not all ear deformities are caused by outside causes. In some rare cases, children are born with a condition called Microtia that leads to malformed or missing ears. Also, some patients may have severely deformed ears following severe trauma or cancer surgery. In these more severe cases, our skilled plastic surgeon—Dr. Matthew Malamet—performs ear reconstruction surgery to restore a more natural-looking ear appearance.
The Ear Reconstruction Procedure
Ear reconstruction surgery is a highly individualized procedure that is designed to treat a patient’s individual circumstances and conditions. In many ear reconstruction cases, the available cartilage is insufficient to create a natural shape and size to an ear. In these rare cases, cartilage is harvested from the rib cage to form the ear. If the ear deformity was caused by traumatic injury, the approach will be completely different than if the patient suffered from a hereditary condition that affected ear development. Regardless of the cause, Dr. Matthew Malamet uses only the most advanced techniques to restore a natural appearance and functionality to the ear.
Ear Reconstruction Key Facts:
- Anesthesia: General Anesthesia
- Length of Procedure: 2-4 Hours
- Length of Stay: Variable, but patients may require an overnight hospital stay.
- Discomfort: Moderate swelling, bruising and discomfort.
- Anticipate: Swelling and bruising will persist for a few weeks, but daily activities can be resumed within a few days.
- Final Results: Visible once swelling and bruising subside.
- Duration of Results: Variable, depending on the degree of ear deformity present and the number of stages required to achieve the final results.
Ear Reconstruction Results
The results from ear reconstruction can be astounding. The recovery for this procedure will vary since surgeries can vary greatly depending upon individual circumstances. Since patients who use autologous cartilage implants, these patients will likely see an extended recovery since both the ear and donor site will need adequate time to heal. Following post-operative instructions will be important to ensure the very best results and the least amount of discomfort.
If you would like to learn more about ear reconstruction and the effects that it can have on the overall appearance of the ear, schedule a consultation with Dr. Matthew Malamet. He meets with each patient individually to address any questions or concerns that may come up prior to the actual procedure.