Microtia is a congenital deformity of the ear that can affect your self-esteem and ability to hear.
Dr. John Reinisch in Beverly Hills, CA, is a leading ear-reconstruction surgeon who pioneered the revolutionary MEDPOR® technique.
If you or your child requires advanced reconstructive surgery to attain a functional, natural-looking ear, we can help.
What Is Microtia? And How Microtia Surgery Can Help
Microtia is a rare, hereditary condition that affects approximately one in every 8,000-10,000 babies born in the U.S. It causes small, improperly formed ears that may lead to low self-esteem, hearing loss, and speech issues.
Realizing your child has microtia can be confusing. Many parents wrongly feel guilty, as if they caused their child's congenital deformity. This condition is not your fault and can be corrected by our Beverly Hills ear and facial reconstruction expert.
Microtia surgery is designed to address both external ear deformity and inner ear canal deficiency. By using a patient’s own tissue, Dr. Reinisch can create a new ear structure. He also works with a top otologist, who can surgically create or correct the ear canal to improve hearing.
Microtia Treatment Provides Major Benefits
Dr. John Reinisch offers a range of ear reconstruction options at our Beverly Hills plastic surgery office that can create a natural-looking result for microtia patients, achieving facial balance and allowing them to feel more confident about their appearance.
Dr. Reinisch can collaborate with a top otologist during treatment to create or correct an ear canal, which can dramatically improve hearing and allow your child to develop more natural speech patterns.
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The majority of our plastic surgeon's microtia patients come from overseas. To date, Dr. Reinisch has performed surgery for more than 20,000 children from around the globe. Our globally renowned surgical team speaks English, Spanish, Mandarin, Italian, Russian, and Hungarian.
The adjacent photos show a young Dutch boy before coming to our Beverly Hills office and two years after treatment. His parents brought him all the way from the Netherlands to receive microtia surgery from our plastic surgeon. Call or write to receive the same stellar treatment. You can also visit our photo gallery for more before-and-after cases.
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Our Microtia Treatment Options MEDPOR Ear Reconstruction
Aural Atresia Repair We Are the Only Practice Combining 2 Necessary Surgeries
Aural atresia is a congenital condition that inhibits inner ear development. In some cases, the inner ear is missing entirely. Reinisch Plastic Surgery is the only practice that combines aural atresia repair and microtia treatment into a single outpatient surgery. In collaboration with an otologist, our surgeon can actually rebuild the inner ear, restoring near-complete hearing.
If your child suffers from aural atresia, he or she may be a candidate for ear canal reconstruction as long as they are over 2.5 years of age. During surgery, a trusted otologist will perform ear canal reconstruction, also known as canaloplasty, to address hearing loss. Dr. Reinisch will perform the craniofacial cosmetic aspects of the procedure, typically using a polyethylene MEDPOR implant to create an outer ear framework.
Aural Atresia Treatments
Although surgical repair is the preferred treatment for aural atresia, not all microtia patients will benefit from this procedure. Dr. Reinisch offers bone-anchored hearing devices and a vibrant sound bridge middle ear implant. While these implants cannot restore hearing as successfully, they can improve auditory processing and language development.
We Repair and Replace Ear Canals With Inner Ear Reconstruction
Many microtia patients have a narrow or missing ear canal. Together with an otologist, Dr. Reinisch can perform a computed tomography (CT) scan to examine the tiny bones inside the inner ear.
If they are not fused together, a patient may be suitable for middle and inner ear reconstruction. During the procedure, an otologist will surgically create a new ear canal before fabricating an eardrum using the patient’s own skin. This procedure can be performed before or during MEDPOR surgery.
Rib Cartilage Ear Reconstruction
Reconstruction using chest cartilage is the older, more traditional method of reconstruction. While Dr. Reinisch does not prefer this cartilage technique, he may recommend it in certain cases.
This procedure requires harvesting a portion of three ribs from the chest to make the ear shape. Removing this cartilage from the chest can be quite painful and requires the patient to be hospitalized.
Surgery using this technique is typically delayed until patients are 8-10 years of age. The reason it is delayed is in order to obtain sufficient cartilage to make the ear framework. This procedure cannot be done in younger children without causing a chest deformity.
A Silicone Prosthetic Ear Can Be Provided for Unsuitable Surgery Candidates
Patients who do not qualify for MEDPOR or rib cartilage ear reconstruction may choose to enhance their appearance with a silicone prosthetic ear. Although Dr. Reinisch does not create restorations, he can help determine your candidacy, answer any questions you have, and refer you to an outstanding craniofacial expert who can craft this synthetic external ear.
Recovery Following Microtia Treatment
Recovery from ear reconstruction is relatively short but needs to be handled carefully. We take the care we provide to our patients very seriously. We prescribe medications to minimize discomfort and prevent infection, as well as provide all resources necessary for a full recovery.
Our Beverly Hills team stays in close contact throughout the recovery process.
When Are the Final Results Apparent?
A microtia patient may not see permanent results until three months later, when swelling should subside entirely.
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