- Dr. Inessa Fishman
This newborn boy was brought in by his mother, who was concerned with the appearance of his ears. The baby had an extra fold of cartilage called a conchal crus extending behind his ear canal on both his left and right ears. Facial Plastic surgeon Dr. Inessa Fishman treated him with the nonsurgical newborn ear correction treatment called Earwell. The child is shown with an excellent outcome after 5 weeks of treatment.
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.