Dr. Bonilla is a strong believer in using our own natural cartilage for ear reconstruction instead of a manufactured product.

The natural cartilage bends which makes it the ear much safer to trauma.

The polyethylene implant used by some surgeons is a hard plastic implant that has a much greater risk of fracture and exposure to trauma for the rest of the patient’s life.

The ideal option is to replace cartilage with cartilage

Cartilage is bendable

Cartilage will not break or fracture

Much better sensation of the ear skin compared to the plastic ear

Cartilage will grow with the child

Cartilage develops its own blood supply

Cartilage does not reject

Rare chance of infection