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Valuable Information on Microtia and Other Ear Surgeries


Ear reconstruction is one of the most difficult undertakings of a surgeon. The necessary training and experience to perform these surgeries properly—close to perfection—are very hard to attain. The surgery is unforgiving; and optimally, one needs to have an extensive background in three surgical disciplines before specializing in this field. These three disciplines include otology (inner and middle ear surgery), plastic surgery (external ear surgery), and in ear reconstruction itself. Based on these three essential criteria and the training listed below, Dr. Jones is one of the most qualified ear surgeons in the world for this type of work. The following summarizes Dr. Jones’s training in these three disciplines prior to launching his practice in 1989:

  • 1981-1985: Otology, Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, and Facial Plastic Surgery training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Jones worked with Dr. George Nager, a renowned Swiss Otologist and a microtia expert.
  • 1985-86, 1987-88: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery training at Stanford University Medical Center, in Stanford, California.
  • 1986-87: Fulbright Fellowship to Paris, France, where Dr. Jones worked with Dr. Paul Tessier and Dr. Francoise Fermin (the ear reconstruction specialist in Europe at the time)
  • 1988-89: Associate of California Ear Institute with Dr. Bert Brent and Dr. Rodney Perkins, specializing in External Ear Reconstruction.

Specialty in Microtia

Although Dr. Jones is well trained in the middle ear surgery, he limits his practice to external ear deformities to continue to perfect his mastery of this challenging discipline. However, his training and experience in the surgery on the middle ear permits Dr. Jones to work intimately with hits Otology colleagues in planning the total reconstruction effort so that the external ear reconstruction surgery does not compromise (and vice versa) the middle ear.

Challenging Surgery

From the patient perspective, surgery on the external ear can be one of the safest and easiest surgeries to undergo, if it is performed by a well trained, qualified, experienced, and careful surgeon. On the other hand, it can be one of life’s most frustrating and painful experiences, if it is performed by an inexperienced surgeon. Why is this? The tissues of the ear are extremely fragile and unforgiving, and thus have to be handled carefully. A surgeon skilled in understanding and discerning both how the ear is to be shaped during the surgery and how the reconstructed ear settles with time is a rare species. In fact, it has been estimated that the average plastic surgeon sees only three microtia patients during his or her career. That is why it is best for this demanding surgery to be performed by a surgeon experienced in microtia, and who performs this surgery regularly.

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Our Patient Reviews

4.9 / 5.0

Based on 19 reviews

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.