Dear patients, families and other members of the wonderful atresia/microtia group,
I would like to introduce myself. My name is Dr. Youssef Tahiri. I am a board-certified pediatric plastic and craniofacial surgeon with a special interest in Microtia reconstruction.
Patients with Microtia can present with other facial deformities including cheek hypoplasia and asymmetry, jaw deformity or hypoplasia, orbital deformity and overall facial asymmetry.
Often, patients and families ask us how does the ear look like in the long-term.
As you know Medpor ear reconstruction is my procedure of choice when it comes to treating Microtia or acquired total ear defects.
This is a young boy with a history of right Microtia who had an alloplastic ear reconstruction in another institution who presented to my clinic with a severe ear infection and exposure of the ear implant.
I would like to discuss few things in this blog.
I am often asked the question: what does the Medpor ear reconstruction for Microtia look like? Is it swollen? Does it look like an ear initially?
This question is very legitimate since the parents and patients only see the reconstructed ear at the 2-week post-operative visit when we remove the prote