The cartilage of the outer ear is very pliable when a baby is first born. It is common for children to be born with ears that look misshapen due to pressure on the cartilage in the womb or during the birthing process. An estimated 30% of children are born with misshapen ears that can be an embarrassing condition as they get older. For some infants born with ear defects, a non-surgical procedure can be performed to correct misshapen ears to avoid future ear plastic surgery.
During the first few months, infants have a higher level of estrogen in the body. This is what makes the cartilage of the ear more flexible, which can contribute to misshapen ears. However, it can also allow for the ear to be reshaped while the cartilage is still pliable in the first two months. It has long been a practice to reshape infant ears in this brief period after their delivery, but the devices were uncomfortable and often did not create the desired results. The EarWell™ Infant Ear Correction System is a non-surgical, effective treatment to mold and shape infant ears.
EarWell™ Infant Ear Correction System
If an infant’s ear is not corrected right after birth, they may need cosmetic surgery later in life to create the desired ear shape. The EarWell™ Infant Ear Correction System is a minimally invasive treatment that can reshape the ear without surgery. The device is fitted around the deformed ear within the first few weeks after birth to gently mold the ear into the desired shape. It is not painful for the child, and it can obtain incredible results in just a few weeks.
The EarWell mold can make a significant difference in the future of a child. Avoiding the teasing that comes with deformed ears or the trauma of surgery are preferable if possible. Dr. Joseph Rousso at Manhattan Facial Plastic Surgery offers the EarWell™ Infant Ear Correction System to reshape your child’s ears, but it must be performed right after birth to be effective. Call our office in UES NYC to schedule an ear molding consultation for your infant.
Posted on behalf of Joseph J. Rousso, MD, FACS