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Atlanta Ear Reconstruction Surgeon Dr. Mark Mitchell Jones Reaches Milestone with Microtia Patients

Earlier this year, Dr. Mark Mitchell Jones of Atlanta Plastic Surgery Associates reached a milestone of completing 300 microtia repair procedures.

The congenital birth defect known as Microtia (from the Latin words micro and otia, meaning little ear) affects 1 in 7,500 births. The occurrence of this defect is higher in Asian and Hispanic ethnicities than in Caucasians and African Americans.

Parents of children born with microtia or other congenital deformities such as cleft palate are often overwhelmed and unsure of where to turn for help for their children. The stigma of a birth defect is hard for parents and for the child once they become aware that they are “different.” It’s important to find a surgeon who is highly skilled, trained, and, most importantly, experienced.

In 2012, Dr. Mark Mitchell Jones, a double board certified surgeon, reached an impressive milestone of completing 300 microtia repair procedures. Microtia repair is a highly specialized and complex surgical reconstruction process that gives children a normal-looking and functional outer ear.

“While there are several different methods for microtia repair, including artificial implants, plastic glue-on or snap-on ears, I believe that the time tested, tried and true sculpted rib graft technique is the best. It has the advantage of using one’s own natural tissue and is less susceptible to infection than an artificial ear,” explained Dr. Jones.

Another reason that the rib graft technique is considered the gold standard in ear reconstruction is the advantage it has with hearing. Most otologists will not operate on the hearing part of an ear with a synthetic ear implant because of the added complications.

Dr. Jones has also developed several improvements to the best ear reconstruction techniques. These include the Integrated Cartilage Graft (ICG), the Wrap-Around Earlobe (WAE), the Juxtaposition Ear (JE), and the Bespoke Ear (BE).

The most important decision that parent of a child with microtia can make is their choice of surgeon. The first microtia repair surgery is the best chance to get the highest quality results. If it becomes necessary to go to a second surgeon to fix a poorly constructed ear, you will need a great doctor with superior skills to focus on correcting the first surgery before beginning to create the optimal ear.

“Parents should find someone who is not only experienced in carving the cartilage and designing the new ear, but also someone who can do it quickly, efficiently, and very effectively. Creating an ear from rib cartilage is a very precise, exacting process. It takes a high level of surgical skill combined with a refined sense of aesthetics to create a natural-looking and functional outer ear,” said Dr. Jones.

Rib graft cartilage surgery is done in four stages, but only the first stage (rib graft procedure) requires a hospital stay. The remaining stages are handled on an outpatient basis and they are used to create the earlobe, the outer canal, and refining of the ear. Because the entire process, including healing, can take anywhere from nine to twelve months, most parents prefer to start before school begins.

As an Atlanta plastic surgeon that is also certified in Otolaryngology, Dr. Jones is uniquely qualified to perform this intricate and delicate surgical procedure. He is a nationally recognized as an authority on the outer ear and can perform ear reconstruction with compromising the workings of the inner ear.

“The challenges of this demanding surgery, the extreme satisfaction I receive from achieving great results, and the children especially make this an amazing job. The thank you notes, the hugs, and the stories about their new ears – what more could a doctor ask for to keep coming up with ever better ways of doing my job?” said Dr. Jones.

Completing over 300 microtia repair cases is a proud achievement for Dr. Jones and the staff at Atlanta Plastic Surgery Specialists. His years of training and experience have given him the skills to help these children grow up without the disfigurement of a congenital birth defect and the resulting social stigma.

About Dr. Jones

Dr. Jones earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia after obtaining a Bachelor’s degree from Emory University 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 Bachelor’s and 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 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 has the unique distinction of holding 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. This makes him uniquely qualified to not only enhance the aesthetic, but also the natural functionality of the body.

This article is available in full in the PRWeb archives at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/5/prweb9529901.htm

Atlanta Plastic Surgery Specialists, P.C.

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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!!!

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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.