World-renowned pioneer in Microtia Surgery, Dr. Tahiri has successfully treated thousands of microtia patients with a life-changing outpatient surgery in an innovative state-of-the-art surgical center. Open to both U.S. & international patients.
If you’re a parent of a child with microtia, you must know that the mother is not at fault when this condition occurs during pregnancy. Parents can help their children by learning about microtia, its effects, and the available treatment options.
Before letting your child undergo surgery, consider the following actions:
In the United States, microtia occurs in roughly 1 to 5 out of 10,000 births. This condition is more likely to affect the right ear than the left and happens more often to babies assigned male at birth.
While the physical limitations of leaving microtia untreated are obvious, the psycho-social eﬀects a child faces as they grow can also signiﬁcantly impact their conﬁdence and self-esteem.
By addressing the microtia and atresia simultaneously, this can improve the natural development for improved hearing ability and speech.
The earlier a child receives treatment, the lower the impact microtia will have on their development. So they can enjoy their childhood free of any negative effects that may arise directly or indirectly from microtia.
Biocompatible Porous Polyethylene Ear Reconstruction for microtia treatment has been used since 1991. Since then, the surgery has evolved progressively to improve results and the overall patient experience.
There are numerous advantages of the 3D polyethylene ear reconstruction. First, the surgery is performed in one stage, meaning the entire procedure is completed at one time. This technique allows each of our patients to see their results after just one surgery, compared to other techniques that may involve two stages for completion. Second, this is an out-patient surgery, meaning the patient does not sleep at the hospital and goes home the same day. It causes no to minimal pain and minimal scarring. The surgery can be done as early as 3.5 years of age, allowing for children to develop well, avoiding bullying at school or other psychosocial issues. Finally, hearing can be restored at the same time.
In recent years, 3D (three-dimensional) templates have replaced traditional 2D (two-dimensional) templates as visual guides for microtia ear reconstruction. 3D ear reconstruction not only improves the accuracy of the reconstruction but also reduces surgical time and therefore reduces the length of anesthesia. Moreover, the risk of fracture of the implant is now eliminated with the 3D polyethylene ear implants.
The 3D polyethylene ear implant is biocompatible. It is an inert material that has a porous quality allowing tissue ingrowth. The cells and blood vessels of the patient integrate with the porous implant.
Is your child suffering from the effects of microtia?
Our clinic is ready to provide the compassionate care that every patient deserves.
Dr. Youssef Tahiri is recognized for his expertise and outstanding care.
When a child is born with microtia, parents naturally want the most advanced and compassionate treatment available.
Patients from around the world travel to our institute to learn more about the MEDPOR ear reconstruction method and receive treatment from Dr. Tahiri.
Our office team is ready to help national and international patients experience convenient, hassle-free care.
My name is Dr. Youssef Tahiri. I am a Board-Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon with a subspecialty in Craniofacial Surgery. I specialize in ear reconstruction and have the largest ear reconstruction practice in the United States and the world.
I am deeply passionate about microtia reconstruction. It is the most challenging procedure plastic surgeons perform. To me, the purpose of an ear reconstruction is the restoration of craniofacial balance by creating a long-lasting, aesthetically pleasing, and symmetric ear. As far as I am concerned, even if it is way more difficult than most cosmetic surgeries, microtia reconstructions should be held to the same critical standards as any of these cosmetic surgeries.
Like most surgeons, I initially performed ear reconstructions using the usual rib cartilage technique, a method first developed and described in 1959. After using the standard rib cartilage method for a few years, I realized that I was not satisfied with the end result, particularly after all the physical and psychological discomfort children had to go through (long surgeries, multiple stages, painful surgeries, delay of surgery until 10 years of age, requires hospitalizations, bullying, etc.).
In 2013, I started performing the Polyethylene or Porous Implant Ear Reconstruction technique. I was sold. This surgery can be performed at an early age (as early as 3.5 years of age). It is a single-stage procedure with minimal pain & discomfort. It is performed in the outpatient setting, meaning that the patient can go home the same day & thus does not require a hospital stay.
Finally, hearing can be addressed at the same time. The outcomes of the surgery were amazing, and since then, I have dedicated my time and efforts to polyethylene ear reconstruction. My passion for ear reconstruction leads me to treat thousands of patients, to give presentations all over the world, to write numerous scientific articles published in peer-reviewed journals, and to co-write a textbook titled Modern Ear Reconstruction (Springer 2019).
I am deeply committed to helping families understand microtia and its associated conductive hearing loss. If you or your child have this unique condition and would like to learn more about it, I encourage you to schedule a free video consultation with me. If you live in Los Angeles, I encourage you to book an in-person consultation.
(MD, MSc, FRCSC, FACS, FAA)
COMBINING SKILL & COMPASSION
Dr. Youssef Tahiri is a double board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon specializing in craniofacial surgery. If your child has microtia and needs treatment with less scarring than traditional methods for this disorder, the MEDPOR technique provides the following benefits:
Dr. Tahiri’s clinic in Beverly Hills, CA, provides compassionate patient healthcare within an innovative state-of-the-art environment. Physicians worldwide gather to benefit from his expertise, skill, and utmost dedication to his craft.
Our team will be available for years to come, checking in and following up with you and your child. We are here for you.
Dr. Tahiri & his team are deeply committed to helping families through the process to ensure the patient experiences a comfortable surgery possible.
We strive to provide you with the highest quality care while combining it with the latest surgical techniques to effectively diagnose, manage, and treat craniofacial conditions. Our team utilizes the most innovative technology and methods to treat microtia and improve the outer appearance of the ear.
Our office staff strives to provide carefree assistance to national and international patients interested in coordinating their surgical operations at our Los Angeles, CA, office.
Patients can return home two days after surgery from our Los Angeles clinic. After the initial surgery, patients return two weeks later for the first bandage change and post-surgical check-up with Dr. Tahiri.
We understand that arranging travel in addition to surgery may be stressful. Our office is available to answer any questions you may have. We also offer translation services for our non-English speaking patients.
Microtia occurs in children at birth and is usually an isolated condition. Experts have not identified any real causes of microtia other than genetic syndromes involving approximately 5% of cases.
Through surgical advances, microtia can be successfully treated via a single procedure in the outpatient setting.
The ultrasound technician often focuses on major organs and does not routinely check the external ears during an ultrasound. New high-definition 3D ultrasounds may help detect microtic ears easily.
Please contact our office directly should you be interested in self-pay options for the procedure.