There are multiple treatment options for microtia, each of which has its own advantages and disadvantages. It is important to research all options, including no treatment, to make an informed decision.
Children may become aware of their own facial differences as early as two to three years of age. Although not always the case, microtia can have a significant emotional impact on patients and their families. There are ways to help our kids deal with these psychological effects.
Self Portrait by Manny, age 4
Nearly all patients with microtia and atresia have a conductive hearing loss. There are several choices to improve hearing with aural atresia (a missing ear canal). It is important to understand the risks and benefits of each option.
There are many syndromes associated with microtia, such as Hemifacial Microsomia, Goldenhar Syndrome and Treacher Collins Syndrome. When other conditions are present, the kidneys, heart, eyes, craniofacial bones and skeletal system may be affected.