but, have you ever been asked to make ears bigger from other patients and what are the results? can i get in contact with them?
I have reconstructed ears after trauma or cancer restoring components, but usually this involved making a smaller ear out of what was there. Sorry, I do not offer surgery that I do not like the results of.
I saw many ear reconstructions ranging from no ear at all to various degrees of microtia small ear deformity. I never liked the results I saw either from the worlds experts I was training with nor since then in the literature. For the nature of the problem, they were masterful. But none had the delicacy of a natural looking ear. The pictures tell the story, but in person, the ears just did not look nor feel natural. Patients were happy, doctors were proud, but I felt that technology was just not there for me to want to perform that type of surgery. Ear prosthesis had their own problems like falling off at the worst times.
My dream was to have a new framework of cartilage grown from the patient's own tissue, immunologically identical to the patient. This would be done on a dissolving framework and then put under a flap from the patients skin. That ear would still lack the thin skin issues needed, but constructing a vascularized framework of skin, cartilage, vessels, and nerves, will take even more time before it becomes a reality (if at all even possible). I have seen research of attempts in rats, but I do not plan to hold my breath for when this will become available for use in humans. I also estimate that the costs may be prohibitive especially early on in the gearing up of the methodology. I have been dreaming of such reconstruction from early in my training in microsurgery decades ago, it is still not here yet.
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how to evaluate photos of ears from doctors offering such methods to begin understanding the advantages and disadvantages of such methods. For some the compromise is worth it.
Hope this helps,
Michael Bermant, MDLearn More About Otoplasty Ear Surgery