Ear Reconstruction Using Rib Graft Techniques

Published on: April 7, 2015

Ear deformities can be caused by both congenital defects or from trauma, negatively affecting the appearance of the individual with the deformity. However, there are surgical options available to reconstruct or replace the ear with a new version. One of the most preferred methods is using rib graft techniques that use the person’s own cartilage to create a new ear for the patient.

What is Rib Grafting?

When reconstructing a new ear, the highest standard used in plastic surgery is the rib graft technique. This uses cartilage extracted from the ribs of the patient to form a new ear that is biologically compatible. This new ear is surgically attached, becoming a natural part of the person’s body.

To perform a rib graft, the patient must undergo surgery to have the cartilage harvested from their ribs. This cartilage is then formed into the basic shape of an ear and attached to the patient’s head. Over the next several months, the ear lobe and other details are formed on the new ear, creating a realistic replica that is both aesthetically pleasing and functional.

Benefits of Rib Graft Ear Reconstruction

Many patients that undergo rib graft ear reconstruction are children who were born with a congenital deformity. Others may have been in an accident that caused damage to their ear. Although there are synthetic options for ear replacements, rib graft ear construction gives them the benefit of having a new ear that is as much a part of them as any other body part. It can help improve self-esteem, appearance and give them back the option of wearing glasses and other ear hardware.

Most professionals in the plastic surgery consider rib graft the gold standard in ear reconstruction. For a natural, beautiful new ear, it is the optimal solution for those with ear deformities.

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Kalos Facial Plastic Surgery LLC
5670 Peachtree Dunwoody Road Northeast #910
Atlanta, GA 30342
(404) 936-6665


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