- 7 weeks old
- Dr. Inessa Fishman
This 7-week-old boy was brought in by his mother with concerns of his right ear being partially hidden by skin and not being fully free or developed at its upper part. Dr. Fishman diagnosed the baby with partial cryptotia, or “hidden ear;” here, the ear cartilage framework is fully developed, but the skin envelope is not developed enough and “hides” the ear framework under a tight pocket of skin.
Dr. Fishman treated this baby with newborn nonsurgical ear correction, using the Earwell system, for 4 weeks. This painless and non-invasive treatment stretched the skin on top and behind the ear enough to release the ear from its tight skin pocket. The patient is shown with an excellent outcome, and will be able to avoid corrective surgery in the future.
About Newborn Ear Correction Procedure
Genetics, and ear positioning in the womb and shortly after birth can contribute to misfolded or prominent ears. Misfolded and misshapen ears can be corrected with nonsurgical reshaping if treated early enough. The newborn baby’s ear cartilage is soft and pliable due to high circulating levels of maternal estrogen, and this allows for reshaping or molding the ear without surgery or pain within the first few weeks of the child’s life. Our facial Plastic surgeon Dr. Inessa Fishman performs newborn ear correction by splinting or molding the baby’s ear with a device called Earwells, or custom designed splints. Treatment is performed over a period of 3-8+ weeks, and is painless and noninvasive. The newborn ear correction treatment does not require anesthesia or sedation. With newborn ear splinting, Dr. Fishman successfully corrects misshapen or prominent ears in over 90% of newborn babies.