Microtia Reconstruction and Other Congenital Deformities Treatments

Introduction

Drs. Thompson, Henstrom, and Manning also specialize in reconstruction of the face and see patients with many congenital deformities, such as cleft lip repair and microtia.

Our skilled surgeons specialize in the art and science of facial reconstruction, particularly excelling in the correction of congenital deformities, with a primary focus on microtia. Our experienced team is dedicated to restoring not just physical appearances but also enhancing the overall well-being and confidence of our patients. With a commitment to excellence, innovation, and compassionate care, Utah Facial Plastics stands at the forefront of surgical expertise, providing transformative solutions for those facing the challenges of congenital abnormalities and deformities like microtia.

Microtia (congenital malformation of the ear)

One particular area of interest for Dr. Thompson and Dr. Manning is microtia reconstruction. Microtia, or congenital malformation of the ear, is a relatively uncommon problem in the United States, but much more common in several South American countries.  Since these patients are born without an ear, or only a small remnant, reconstruction is a multi-stage endeavor that requires patience and dedication by both the surgeon and the patient.

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Understanding Microtia

Microtia is a condition characterized by the underdevelopment or malformation of the external ear. This condition occurs with an incidence of 1 to 10 per 10,000 births and is more commonly found unilaterally, with the right side being more frequently affected. It is also more common in boys than girls. While microtia can occur as an isolated condition, it can also be associated with other syndromes or genetic causes in some cases.

Imagine a child born with microtia. Their outer ear may be small, abnormally shaped, or have missing components. This can impact their appearance and potentially affect their hearing. Understanding the nature of microtia is crucial for parents, patients, and healthcare providers to make informed decisions regarding treatment options.

Now that we have a basic understanding of the congenital deformity microtia, let's explore how it is diagnosed and its incidence rate.

Selecting an Experienced Microtia Reconstruction Specialist

The successful outcome of microtia reconstruction surgery heavily relies on the expertise and skill of the surgeon performing the procedure. It is crucial to choose a specialist who is well-versed in auricular reconstruction and has a significant level of experience in treating microtia cases.

An experienced microtia reconstruction specialist possesses comprehensive knowledge on various surgical techniques, understands the intricacies of ear development, and can appropriately assess each patient's unique needs and goals. They are also equipped to handle potential complications that may arise during or after the procedure.

When selecting a specialist, it is advisable to review their qualifications, credentials, and experience. Ask for before-and-after photos of previous patients to get an idea of their aesthetic outcomes. Additionally, consider seeking referrals or recommendations from trusted healthcare providers or other individuals who have undergone successful microtia reconstruction surgeries.

Remember that this decision is not to be taken lightly. The expertise and artistry of your chosen specialist will play a crucial role in determining the final result and overall satisfaction with your reconstructed ear. As mentioned above, Drs. Thompson, Henstrom, and Manning specialize in reconstruction of the face and see patients with cleft lip and microtia.

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Interested in treatment for congenital deformities in Salt Lake City, Draper, Layton, Utah and the surrounding areas? Contact Utah Facial Plastics for more information or to schedule an appointment call 801.960.3137 or fill out our inquiry form. 

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