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What is Microtia Recovery Like?

Most children do not experience any significant amount of discomfort with any of the stages of microtia ear surgery. Stage 1 is the most invasive stage involving hospitalization after the surgery. The surgery is done under general anesthesia and the patient is numbed with short-term and long-term acting anesthetics for comfort. These anesthetics will relieve most of the chest discomfort from the rib graft site immediately following surgery and the next day. Children are usually up and playing the second day after surgery. Any other discomfort is usually managed quite easily with over-the-counter pain medications.

Patient Comfort

Many parents find using button-up or zippered clothing & pajamas helpful. This makes changing clothes easier and doesn’t disturb the bandages or the upset your child. Other parents have also found it helpful to bring a favorite toy or books to the hospital to help children from becoming bored while hospitalized.

Recovery Time

Complications from this surgery are rare and Dr. Jones’ patients have a complication rate of less than 1%. Most patients are up and about the second day after surgery and feeling back to normal about a week after the operation. Children may be more comfortable sleeping upright or in a sitting position for the first few nights and they will need to avoid strenuous activity for the first few weeks. Children are restricted from sports for 4-5 weeks, teenagers and adults for 6 weeks. This is done more for the chest wound in Stage 1 surgery to allow proper healing time. Once healed jumping, running, swimming all may be resumed without restrictions. Generally, the only sports patients are discouraged from are boxing and wrestling as these have are often associated with ear trauma.

Reconstruction Process

While reconstruction surgery for microtia of the ear is a long process and both the parents and child need to understand the process. Once completed the reconstructed ear will not hinder the child from any activity and will appear completely normal.

Suture Removal

Many parents and children are concerned about suture removal. The child is often fearful of the process of removing the sutures, afraid that it will hurt terribly. Dr. Jones has taken out many sutures in his life and has developed a way of taking them out so it hurts the least amount possible. Afterwards, most children say that it did not really hurt, just felt funny. Here is one of Dr. Jones’ patients experiencing the suture removal. She was brave.

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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.