Question: My child was born with microtia, causing his right ear to be severely underdeveloped. Can otoplasty build a normal-looking ear for my child?
Answer: Microtia of the right ear cannot be fixed with a standard otoplasty. Typically, repair of a microtia involves multiple stages of procedures and may need harvesting of rib cartilage. There are a lot of different aspects to microtia in many patients. Many opt for no treatment and just use hair as a camouflage for the ear. With microtia, the other important consideration is not just the appearance but also whether or not the underlying hearing in the ear is satisfactory and whether or not any procedures need to be done to restore the ear hearing. Because microtia is a complex problem, it needs to be evaluated completely to ensure that the best approach and a team management approach are done to restore the hearing and the appearance of the ear.