Newborn Ear Correction

Genetics and ear positioning in the womb and shortly after birth can contribute to misfolded or prominent ears. The newborn’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 within the first few weeks of the baby’s life. Dr. Fishman performs newborn ear correction by splinting or molding the baby’s ear with a device called Earwells, Earbuddies or specially designed splints. Treatment is performed over 3-6+ weeks, and is painless and noninvasive. Dr. Fishman achieves successful correction via newborn ear splinting in more than 90% cases.

BENEFITS OF NEWBORN EAR CORRECTION

  • Newborn ear correction is a painless, non-surgical and non-invasive procedure similar to putting on a Band-Aid.
  • Newborn ear correction can treat a wide variety of external ear deformities and abnormalities.
  • Newborn ear correction can allow a child to forego ear-related peer ridicule.
  • Newborn ear correction can allow a child to avoid ear correction surgery.

IS NEWBORN EAR CORRECTION RIGHT FOR MY CHILD?

Dr. Fishman most commonly performs non-surgical newborn ear correction on newborn infants up to 2-3 months of age. This treatment carries a higher chance of success if performed earlier in life; it is time-sensitive and can take several weeks or longer to achieve the optimal treatment result. If you have questions about your baby’s ears, please contact Aviva Plastic Surgery as soon as possible.

NEWBORN EAR CORRECTION: TREATMENT DETAILS

Newborn ear correction is a non-surgical, non-invasive and painless procedure performed in the office without any sedation or pain medications. Dr. Fishman trims a small strip of hair around the treated ear, and places an Earwell device (link to Earwell website) or a specially designed splint is placed onto the ear with the aid of adhesive tape. She then reshapes the ear to a more satisfactory position and allows the device to stay on for approximately 2 weeks. Dr. Fishman instructs the child’s caretakers to return to her clinic approximately every 2 weeks for changing the splint or to complete treatment.

DURING NEWBORN EAR CORRECTION TREATMENT

After Dr. Fishman places an ear splinting device onto your child’s ear(s), you should adhere to these instructions:

  1. Keep the splint dry, and avoid water, breast milk, formula, and spit-up around the splint
  2. Examine the ear and splint 1-2 times a day
  3. Contact Dr. Fishman should the ear have a red or white (blanched) color; if the splint has gotten wet; if the splint appears loose and is coming off the skin; or if you have any questions or concerns
  4. Reinforce the splint with paper tape as needed (Dr. Fishman will instruct you on this during treatment)

WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS AND RISKS OF NEWBORN EAR CORRECTION?

There are few side effects to newborn ear correction, with the most common being redness and mild skin irritation from adhesive. Rarely, infection or erosion of cartilage may occur. Occasionally, there is failure to achieve the desired result. Newborn ear correction is overall a safe and low-risk treatment.

WILL INSURANCE PAY FOR NEWBORN EAR CORRECTION?

Some medical insurance plans cover the cost of treatment for newborn ear correction. We are happy to check the details of your medical plan coverage after you consult with Dr. Fishman. If medical insurance does not cover the cost of treatment, you may review the financing options we offer in our practice. Please inquire about this after your consult.