SLC, Utah Plastic Surgeon Helps Families in Need of Ear Surgery for Congenital Deformities


September 15, 2014


SLC, Utah Plastic Surgeon, Scott Thompson was featured in a Made 4 Utah segment on 9/12/14.

You may know Dr. Scott K. Thompson for his surgical work across the valley. He has been specializing in plastic and reconstructive surgery for over ten years. But in addition to the work inside his Utahoffices, he travels the world helping those in need.

“There are a lot of children and adults down in Central and South America that are born with congenital deformities. And particularly the thing that we work on in our group are people who are born without any ears,” Dr. Thompson said.

It’s a fascinating idea. Taking people who are lacking something as basic- but vital- as an ear and literally building them a new one.

“Constructing an ear out of nothing is a big deal because an ear is three dimensional and it sits away from the head. It’s a complicated process,” Dr. Thompson explained.

They harvest a portion of a rib from the chest, shape and form that to look like ear. That it then implanted under the skin. It does take time and further surgeries, but in the end, it all looks as it should.

Dr. Thompson said, “All of these cosmetic things that I do also serve a really useful purpose and help people with self confidence and they help people kind of be their best selves and feel the best about themselves that they can.”

Dr. Thompson and the group “Help us give smiles” go to Ecuador and Guatemala twice a year to perform service surgeries for families in the rural communities.

As he put it, “It is something they really don’t have access to down there and it’s something we can offer. Ever since I went into medicine I wanted to do service.”

beautiful gift of life and hope from a Made 4 Utah success.

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