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Atlanta Plastic Surgeon Dr. Mark Mitchell Jones Educates Medical Professionals on Total and Sub-Total Ear Reconstruction due to Congenital Defect or Trauma

Atlanta Plastic Surgery Specialists physician Dr. Mark Mitchell Jones devotes a large portion of his practice to correcting congenital deformities like cleft lip and microtia. He is a nationally recognized speaker and recently spoke at the 21st Annual Cleft Lip and Palate Symposium sponsored by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Reconstructive surgery for congenital defects like microtia (comes from Latin words micro and otia, meaning little ear) are very challenging surgeries that can only be performed by a surgeon with specialized training and skill. Successful reconstruction surgery can give children and adults with these defects maximum physical, social and emotional functioning with no self-consciousness and eliminate self-esteem issues.

At five years of age, our ears have grown to approximately 90% of their full adult size, making this the ideal age for ear reconstruction to begin. Starting the process prior to school age, before exposing the child to the detrimental school yard bullying and teasing, is a tremendous benefit to the child.

There are several methods available for microtia surgery including sculpted rib grafts, artificial implants, plastic glue-ons, or snap-on ears. The tried and true method of the sculpted rib graft technique however has stood the test of time. The rib graft technique has the advantage of using one’s own natural tissue that will grow along with the child and not be rejected by the body. It also will not fall off during sports activities and is less susceptible to the infections that plague artificial ears.

Some of the other issues of artificial implants are a lack of natural coloring and sensation. A rib graft technique ear reconstruction will retain some sensation and will naturally flush as the face and neck do with cold, excitement or embarrassment. This natural looking appearance gives the rib graft technique ear a substantial advantage over artificial implants.

Standard rib graft technique surgery is usually done in four stages. Only the first stage for the actual rib grafting procedure requires a hospital stay. The remaining stages are done on an outpatient basis and are necessary for construction of the earlobe, outer canal and refinement of the cartilage to resemble a natural ear. Since the entire process – allowing for healing between stages – can take a minimum of nine months it is good begin the process early.

An Atlanta plastic surgeon, like Dr. Jones, whose work includes ear reconstruction surgery, is the best candidate to perform microtia correction. An Otolaryngologist (ENT) is generally only trained in the workings of the inner ear, nasal passages, sinuses and throat tissue. Dr. Jones is nationally recognized for his authority on the outer ear and can perform the outer ear reconstruction without compromising the workings of the middle ear.

“The challenge of this demanding surgery and the extreme satisfaction I receive from parents and especially the children make this an amazing job,” Dr. Jones exclaims. “The cutest thank you notes, the hugs, and the stories about their new ears; what else can a doctor ask for to keep coming up with ever better ways of doing his job?” he continues.

Choosing the right doctor for the first time is crucial, because the first microtia repair surgery attempt is your best chance to get the best results. If you have to go back to another doctor to fix a poorly reconstructed ear, it takes even better than the best doctor to do a good job. You want someone experienced in not only carving out the cartilage and designing the ear, but someone who can do it quickly, efficiently, and effectively. It takes precise aesthetic sense and extreme dexterity to be able to carve out a three-dimensional structure out of a living tissue to match the patients other ear, a mirror image. In addition, the surgeon must be able to insert this living tissue creation inside the patients stretched skin, place it properly in a short amount of time, and have good intuition during the operation regarding any individual adjustments needed.

“Many ask about the synthetic ears and why I believe my method is a superior approach. There are many reasons. First, as our bodies are designed to reject any foreign objects, the complication rate is much higher with synthetic ears. Also, a synthetic implant, whether a glued-on or a snapped-on ear, is physically inconvenient and cumbersome and is exposed to further trauma. Finally, notable otologists will not operate for the hearing part on a synthetic ear implant because of added complications. By reducing the risk of rejection and further trauma while not hindering the future work of an otologist are all solid reasons for using my rib grafting technique,” stated Dr. Jones.

Dr. Jones expertise has led him to develop several improvements to the best ear reconstruction standards. These enhancements include the ICG (Integrated Cartilage Graft), the WAE (Wrap Around Earlobe), JE (Juxtaposition Ear), and the BE (Bespoke Ear). Each of these ear repair and reconstruction techniques and developments has addressed reconstruction issues and positively impacted the patient’s quality of life.

About Dr. Jones

Dr. Jones earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia after obtaining a bachelors degree from Emory in Chemistry and Pre-Med. He attended the University of Canterbury in New Zealand for Medical Business Administration and Oxford University in England where he obtained an additional Bachelors & Master’s degree in Medical Physiology and Research. Dr. Jones returned to the U.S. and did his residency at Johns Hopkins University in ENT and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Jones completed a Fulbright Fellowship in Plastic Surgery in Paris, France and completed a second residency in plastic surgery at Stanford University.

Dr. Jones’s unique combination of dual board certification from The American Board of Plastic Surgery and The American Board of Otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat; ENT), and over 20 years of experience give him a unique skill set to enhancing both the aesthetic features and the natural functionality of the body.

Dr. Mark Mitchell Jones of Atlanta Plastic Surgery Specialists is located at 2001 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 630, Atlanta, GA 30309. He can be reached at 404-355-3566 or online at

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Kizma Hampton

Dr. Jones is the BEST!!! The staff is also great too. They are always friendly and welcoming. I am so happy that I chose him. I had liposuction and a tummy tuck done. I am amazed at my new body. I chose him because of his experience and he is the best plastic surgeon in Atlanta, Ga. My surgery experience was great I love the no drain technique that he does. I feel confident and beautiful. And my new look is wonderful and I couldn't be happier. And it feels great to get compliments from my family and friends because they love my new look as well!!!

Anne Jones

Why did I look sad when I was not? When I saw my “normal” facial expression in the mirror, it just looked worn out. I did not like it for I did not feel like that on the inside! Dr. Jones changed it! After Dr. Mark Mitchell Jones did my eye lid surgery, I feel great about seeing myself in the mirror again. None of that loopy, tired look anymore! My only regret: I should have done this earlier. Creams do nothing to remove the wrinkles and the sagging eyelids that accompany getting into my late 40s. I feel refreshed in the face, and it affects my inside every time I look in the mirror or see a photo of myself. Dr. Mark Mitchell Jones did a fabulous job. He did not go overboard, he did it just right. He had the expert touch from the beginning to the end. Trusting my doctor is most important to me, and if I do this surgery again in ten years, I will just let him decide what can be done to achieve a more refreshed, happier look. It pays to let experience bear. It is my face. No scars. No sagging eyelids. Even the wrinkles around my eyes went away. Thank you, Dr. Jones and your wonderful staff.

Deidre Bagley

The BEST decision I have ever made! Dr. Jones' bedside manner is remarkable, his staff is caring and made me feel individualized. I didn't want a factory line breast augmentation, so I researched surgeons and Jones stood out above the rest due to his expertise, study, knowledge, and specialized techniques. And that is what I wanted when I came to my body. My desired results were achieved with my health being priority. Surgery and recovery went without a hitch. Friends and family, some who have had the same procedure themselves, call his work exceptional!!

Bruce Moyer

First I want to say what a great group of assistants Dr.Jones has working for him. They are professional, efficient and organized. All of them are nice and will work closely with your schedule. As for Dr. Mark Jones you can find a better doctor he is "Magical" when it comes to surgery. I'm in my third stage of microtia and every surgery he's calm and reassuring that everything will turn out. He does what he says he going to do, and accurate on what the turnout will be. If I had to go through this again I wouldn't go to anyone else. Thank you Dr. Mark Jones.

Natalie Kramer

Dr. Mark Mitchell Jones is an incredible doctor! Not only is he highly credible with extensive knowledge in the field, he has great bedside manner. He and his staff made me feel calm and prepared for my surgery and answered all questions I had. I am so happy I chose Atlanta Plastic Surgery Specialist to fix my nose, they did an incredible job and I have never felt better or more confident.

Celeste Temple

As a patient it's a fantastic experience. I'm so thrilled with my results and recovery was a breeze. I feel that his technique and his kind nature sets him apart from other surgeons. The outcome exceeded my expectations. As an employee I'm beyond grateful to be able to work for such a considerate, experienced physician.

Deigh Frost

My experience with Atlanta Plastic Surgery Specialists was really great. I liked Dr. Jones from the minute I met him. He answered all my questions and took any time necessary to explain everything to me about surgery options. He is friendly and professional and he and his staff made me feel at ease immediately. Surgery was a success and I am thrilled. I would recommend Dr. Mark Jones and his staff to anyone.

Amanda Sweeney

Working with Dr. Jones is truly a pleasure. It is a noticeable difference how much he cares for each individual patient, taking time to listen to their questions, concerns, and goals. His experience is unmatched and he helps each patient create a treatment plan that matches their desired outcomes.