Ear deformities may be traumatic (due to injury) or congenital (present at birth). When traumatic injuries to the ear occur, we first perform a careful evaluation to determine if any tissue is missing. Where all of the constituent parts of the ear remain present, careful suturing technique may be all that is required to repair the ear. When portions of the ear are missing, we employ surgical techniques in repairing the ear that are similar to techniques used in treating congenital ear abnormalities.
Congenital ear deformities encompass a wide range of abnormalities, from small ears and minor shape abnormalities to complete absence of the external ear. Some of the most common ear abnormalities are summarized below: