Parents of children who have been born with birth defects often want to speak to experienced plastic surgeons about treatment options to help their child improve their self-esteem and appearance. Dr. Thomas Romo III of New York, NY, is pleased to offer certain services for parents to consider for their children, including the treatment of microtia in children.
What is microtia?
Dr. Thomas Romo III describes microtia in children as a congenital deformity of the ear, where there may be a partial or complete absence of the external ear. It is a birth defect that affects the development of the outer ear. It can also result in a much smaller ear that is not in proportion with the rest of one’s facial features.
What type of microtia may develop?
Microtia can range from mild to severe and can affect one or both ears. It often occurs with hearing loss, but not always. Treatment options include surgery to reconstruct the ear, as well as hearing aids or cochlear implants for any associated hearing loss.
What causes microtia?
While the cause of microtia is not fully understood, researchers believe it may be due to genetics or factors during fetal development. It is estimated to occur in approximately 1 in every 10,000 births.
Why might I consider microtia treatment for my child?
When parents have a child that is born with microtia, they are often interested in procedures designed to restore the proper shape and size of the ear to reduce the risk of their child being faced with negative experiences such as bullying. It can also improve a child’s self-esteem and make them less self-conscious about how they look.
How do I learn more about treatment for microtia in children?
Dr. Thomas Romo III of New York, NY, is a dedicated facial plastic surgeon who can help patients young and old with cosmetic and medical surgeries to improve facial elements. If you have a child that might require plastic surgery to correct a defect, such as microtia, it is time to consult with an experienced provider about the options available. Dr. Thomas Romo III can be reached by calling 212-288-1500 and requesting a consultation appointment and initial evaluation.