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3 weeks old
Dr. Inessa Fishman


This 3-week-old boy was brought in by his mother for concerns of ear deformity. His right ear appeared folded over at birth, and had not improved over his first few weeks of life.  His right ear had a condition called lidding of the helical rim, where the upper curvature of the ear looks droopy and folded over like an eyelid.

Our facial plastic surgeon Dr. Inessa Fishman treated the baby with the Earwell newborn ear correction treatment, using a series of splints to gently unfold and reshape the ear over the course of 7 weeks.  The Earwell treatment is painless, and is similar to putting on and taking off a bandaid.  Correction of newborn ear deformity is a non-surgical and non-invasive treatments which allows children to avoid teasing by their peers and corrective ear surgery later in 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.Learn More About Newborn Ear Correction