Microtia - Process and Procedure

The Process

Surgery for microtia requires several stages spaced several weeks apart, as the form of the ear is created and then brought to a natural position.

The Procedure

Surgery for microtia is done in a several stages. As there is no real ear structure, the first stage involves harvesting cartilage from several ribs and carving and constructing a framework for the new ear structure. This is then buried under the skin where the new ear will be located. Several weeks later, existing skin near the framework is used to create an earlobe. Finally, a third procedure is performed to lift the newly created ear is lifted away from the head into a normal position.