Ears are not just a functional feature that help you hear; they are also an important part of your appearance. No one knows that better than someone who has had one or both of their ears deformed due to trauma. Even if the ear is still functional, it can affect their appearance and cause embarrassment for some victims of ear trauma. For many with ears that have been disfigured in an accident, seeking the help of an experienced plastic surgeon can help restore their ear to a natural, aesthetically pleasing part of their appearance.
Rib Graft Technique
One of the tried and true options in ear repair through plastic surgery is the rib graft technique. This has been considered the highest standard in ear reconstruction for many years. The technique uses rib cartilage that is taken from the patient’s own ribs to create new ears. Since the tissue is from the patient’s body, it can easily adapt to growing in a new area.
The rib cartilage is used to recreate an ear that is the same size and shape as the original ear. Once it is shaped, the ear must be allowed to grow new skin and structure. This is often done in stages for the best and most natural-looking results. Once the ear has fully formed, it can be grafted to project out from the head to match the look of a natural ear.
Ear repair and reconstruction is one of the most delicate plastic surgery procedures due to the intricate shape of the ear. If you are considering ear repair due to trauma, seek a plastic surgeon that has extensive experience using the rib graft technique for ear reconstruction.
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Atlanta Plastic Surgery Specialists, P.C.
2001 Peacthree Road #630
Atlanta, GA 30309