- 3 weeks old
- Dr. Inessa Fishman
This 3-week-old child was referred by his Pediatrician for concerns of an ear deformity, and presented with something called Stahl’s deformity, making the ear look pointy or misshapen. Facial plastic surgeon Dr. Inessa Fishman treated him with non-surgical newborn ear correction using a method called Earwell. The child is shown after 7 weeks of treatment, with a great result. Non-surgical ear correction allows patients to avoid corrective surgery if performed in the first few weeks of life.
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.