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Plastic surgeons at Children’s Hospital Colorado treat a variety of ear conditions with leading-edge surgical techniques. Some ear deformities are cosmetic and others can cause hearing and developmental concerns.
Why choose Children’s Colorado for the treatment of ear deformities?
Treatment is directed by a group of plastic surgeons who are focused and specialty-trained to treat pediatric patients with facial abnormalities and concerns.
Access to experts in many specialties
At Children’s Colorado, our specialists work together to treat the whole child – not just the illness or injury. Our plastic surgery team works with other pediatric specialties including ear, nose and throat, audiology, genetics and speech pathology to assist with any other health concerns like hearing or speech.
Conditions we treat
Treatments we offer
Otoplasty for protruding ears
Ears that appear “pushed too far forward” are referred to as prominent ears.
The surgical correction, called otoplasty, is performed by making a small incision behind the ears and by using sutures (also known as stitches) to reshape ear cartilage.
Surgical repair of ear(s) affected by microtia
Microtia is a condition where the ear(s) does not fully develop. It is either too small or nearly absent, called lobular microtia or a constricted ear.
Reconstruction usually begins when kids are around 7 years old and involves a number of stages.
The first stage involves transferring the cartilage portion of a number of ribs to replace the missing ear cartilage. The additional stages of lobule transposition, ear elevation and reconstruction are usually completed within the following six to 12 months.
Ear reconstruction for traumatic injuries
Traumatic injuries can range from a split earlobe to the loss of large portions of the ear, such as from a dog bite or laceration. The type of repair depends on the extent of the tissue loss.