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2 weeks old
Dr. Inessa Fishman


This 2-week-old boy was brought in by his parents with concerns of newborn ear deformity.  His ears looked “scrunched up” and had not significantly improved since birth.  Our facial plastic surgeon Dr. Inessa Fishman treated him with Earwell nonsurgical newborn ear correction, using gentle molding techniques to reshape the ears over the course of 7 weeks.  The patient is shown immediately after finishing therapy, with a great outcome and an uneventful treatment course.

Newborn children can have misshapen, folded-over, or misformed ears, and these can be treated without surgery in the first few weeks of the baby’s life.  During this time, the ear cartilage is soft, and can be reshaped with molding or splinting techniques.  Non-surgical ear correction has a high satisfaction rate among parents and medical professionals, and allows patients and families to avoid corrective surgery at a later time.

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