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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.

Patient Testimonials

4.8 / 5.0

Based on 159 reviews

Taylor L.

Dr. Lesley Rabach is incredible at what she does, she recommends small adjustments that look so natural but also give a noticeable result. Beyond that, she's absolutely lovely to be around and the entire energy of her office is so pleasant! I'll be turning to her for her recommendations go forward, it's SO important to find a plastic surgeon you can really trust. She is it! Thank you!

Shane V.

Dr. Lesley Rabach is simply outstanding! She has a wonderfully warm and caring bedside manner and always takes the time to listen. She is highly regarded as an expert in her field and it shows through her superb clinical acumen. Her office staff are kind, professional, and responsive. I highly recommend seeing Dr. Rabach!

Kathleen P.

I’ve been visiting LM medical for 4 years. The staff is always welcoming. The location is beautiful and modern. Dr. Morgan and Dr. Lesley are amazing physicians. They are very personable and genuine. They are open to questions and addressed all of my concerns. I have been more then pleased with my experience with LM Medical and I highly recommend this office.

Chris B.

Dr. Morgan Rabach and her staff provide top tier care and excellent service. Dr. Rabach is well-versed in the latest research. She made lots of time to discuss my dermatological history (what’s worked, what hasn’t worked, what hasn’t been tried) and all the available treatments to find the best path forward. She didn’t settle - pushing to make sure I got the best results possible. Would recommend without any reservations!

Toni D.

I have been seeing both Dr. Lesley & Dr. Morgan now for almost about three years now. Each time is better than the last. I trust them for natural results & they always deliver. What I value most is that they are never pushy! Always open, honest, and they are just overall good people.

Xavier M.

Dr Morgan and her staff are very warm and efficient professionals. She provided me with straightforward answers on three different concerns and more importantly, found the adequate treatment for me right away. A well staffed and organized team! Highly recommended.

Emily B.

The staff are incredibly friendly and so helpful. The wait times are very short, the space is clean and modern, and they're very quick to respond to questions over the phone or email. I needed a detailed receipt for my insurance and they gave me two different versions until my insurance was satisfied. The doctors are friendly, laid back, and really listen which is awesome. Would highly recommend!!

Stacy A.

Fun, safe and the results were perfect. Can’t wait for my next procedure!

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