Cryptotia Plastic Surgery
Ears are one of the most common facial features to have congenital defects. An estimated 30% of children are born with some type of ear defect. One type of congenital ear deformity is cryptotia, a condition when the ear does not completely emerge from under the scalp. Dr. Lesley Rabach, an expert facial surgeon at LM Medical NYC, offers cryptotia plastic surgery for children with this congenital ear deformity.
In cryptotia ear deformities, the ear is completely formed, but it is hidden under the skin. All the components of the ear are present, but the upper ear is confined within the scalp. When a child is born with this congenital condition, it is vital to see a facial plastic surgeon like Dr. Lesley who specializes in cryptotia plastic surgery as soon as possible. In many cases, ear molding or non-invasive methods can be used within the first few weeks after birth to help the ear emerge and complete its formation. In some cases, ear molding or non-surgical methods can be used during the first few years of a child’s life to reshape and extend the upper portion of the ear cartilage.
Hidden Ear Correction Surgery
Cryptotia is often called “hidden ear” for obvious reasons. If ear molding or other corrective methods are not possible in early infancy, surgery may be required to correct a hidden ear deformity. This can require skin and cartilage grafts to extend the upper ear outside of the scalp and create a balanced appearance.
Cryptotia is most common among children of Asian descent, but it can occur in any ethnic group. While this ear defect does not normally impact hearing, it does affect a child’s appearance and ability to wear glasses, masks and other devices. It is recommended to visit a pediatric facial surgeon as soon as possible to discuss treatment options. To schedule a cryptotia consultation with best facial surgeon Dr. Lesley, contact us at LM Medical NYC. We can book an appointment at our Greenwich Village facility for you and your child.