For ease of understanding, Dr. Fechner divides reconstructive surgery of the ear into two categories: Otoplasty surgery is the repair of protruding ears that are otherwise shaped normally, and ear reconstructive surgery for malformed, severely traumatized or even absent ears.
Otoplasty can “pin back” floppy ears, caused by the absence of anatomic folds inside the ear.
The auricle’s convoluted shape makes major reconstruction for deformed or even missing ears a challenging endeavor for both the patient and the facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon alike.
The most common conditions include microtia and ear trauma. Microtia is a congenital malformation of the outer ear and the condition poses significant stress to the family.
Significant surgical advances allow today auricular reconstruction with acceptable results. Finding a replacement for the naturally thin and pliable auricle cartilage is one of the major challenges in ear reconstruction.
Dr. Fechner uses two approaches: Replacement of the ear cartilage with a synthetic material (Medpore®) that allows incorporation of the implant by natural tissue in-growth, or the use of cartilage from other parts of the body (i.e., ribs). We perform this procedure usually in stages in order to achieve safely an optimal aesthetic result.
During the private consultation, Dr. Fechner will outline the specific needs of the patient’s particular condition including the possibility of an overnight hospital stay and recovery time.
Dr. Fechner provides ear reconstruction services to patients who come from Boston, Worcester, Natick, Framingham, Newton, and areas throughout Massachusetts. Contact the clinic to set up a consultation.
On behalf of the entire team at Fechner MD Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa, we would like to take a moment to say thank you again for your loyalty and support during this unprecedented time. The past several months have been unlike anything we've ever experienced, and we're working hard to evolve so that we can continue to provide you with the patient experience you have come to expect from our practice.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic, Fechner MD Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa has taken extreme precautionary measures, in addition to following the most up to date CDC recommendations and state guidelines to maximize the health and safety of our patients, staff and facility. Our surgical center and medical spa remain committed to providing the best patient care, and we are actively working to take all necessary precautions as we plan to safely re-open our practice. Please help us continue to protect the health and well-being of our patients and workplace by cooperating with all of our precautionary measures and protocols against COVID-19 at your next appointment, or as you plan for your surgery.
As a fully accredited surgical facility, Fechner MD has always observed the highest level of safety and sanitation. In fact, as a surgeon, Dr. Fechner is an expert in infection control. We want to ensure that we are doing everything possible for our patients to safely return for surgical and medical spa treatments alike.
The upgraded work flow and safety protocols we have implemented at Fechner MD far exceed those being recommended by any government agency.
Fechner MD will adhere to all local, state, and government mandates. We expect to cautiously resume medical spa and injectable treatments during Phase 2 of the Massachusetts phased reopening. We are awaiting a definitive date from Governor Baker. Cosmetic surgery is expected to resume during Phase 3 of Governor Baker’s plan. We ask for your patience and understanding as our staff is working diligently to reschedule all surgeries and procedures affected by our closure. Please understand that in order to open and adhere to Massachusetts guidelines, we will need to limit the number of staff and patients we have in our building and extend the time between patient appointments in order to sanitize rooms. This means we will have fewer available openings for procedures. In order to maximize our provider appointments, we will continue to hold consultations virtually rather than in person, with a few exceptions (body contouring, Instalift, vein treatments).
We thank you in advance for your patience throughout this time, and we look forward to seeing you here again as we begin to resume business operations. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Fechner MD Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa at (508) 754-4000 and our team will gladly assist you. Thank you!