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Neonatal Ear Molding

Neonatal ear molding is a non-surgical technique utilized to correct ear deformities in newborns. Dr. Artur Fahradyan uses cutting-edge devices like the EarWell system to reshape a newborn child’s misshapen ears without surgeries or downtime.

The Non-Surgical
Approach to Ear Reshaping

Neonatal ear molding is a non-invasive method aimed at correcting ear deformities in newborns. By utilizing moldable devices such as the EarWell system, Dr. Fahradyan gently reshapes the ear cartilage during the early weeks post-birth when it is highly malleable. This early intervention helps address irregular ear shapes and deformities, potentially averting more invasive corrective procedures in the future.

Neonatal Ear Molding Corrects:

  • Misshapen ears due to in-utero positioning
  • Congenital auricular anomalies
  • Prominent or protruding ears
  • Constricted ears
  • Lop ears and cup ears
  • Stahl’s ears
  • Cryptotia ears
  • Earlobe deformities
  • Helical rim abnormalities
  • Mixed ear deformities
  • Minor skin and cartilage deficiencies
  • Incomplete folding of the ear
  • Protruding or over-extended earlobes
  • Flattened ears
  • Other ear deformities, malformations, or trauma

Benefits of the EarWell System:

  • Non-surgical correction of ear deformities
  • Early intervention within the first few weeks post-birth
  • Minimal to no discomfort for the infant
  • Avoidance of more invasive procedures later in life
  • High success rate when used early
  • Reduction in potential cosmetic and functional concerns
  • Well-documented in clinical research studies
  • Suitable solution for various ear deformities and malformations

How Neonatal Ear Molding Works

Neonatal ear molding capitalizes on the inherent malleability of an infant’s ear cartilage, which is notably soft and pliable due to maternal estrogen. In the early weeks following birth, a device like the EarWell system is placed over the infant’s ears. This device applies gentle, continuous pressure to guide the cartilage into a more desirable shape. The EarWell system, when applied within the crucial window of the first six weeks, offers an effective non-surgical approach to correcting various ear deformities.

Neonatal Ear Molding FAQs

When is the right time to begin neonatal ear molding?

The optimal time to begin neonatal ear molding is within the first six weeks post-birth. During this period, the ear cartilage remains soft and malleable, so it can be reshaped appropriately. The efficacy of the treatment diminishes as the cartilage hardens over time.

How is the EarWell system applied?

The EarWell system is applied by Dr. Fahradyan, who will place the moldable device over the infant’s ears. The device exerts gentle, continuous pressure to guide the cartilage into a more desired shape. This process takes four to six weeks.

How long does the molding process take?

The molding process typically lasts four to six weeks, contingent upon the severity of the deformity and the age of the infant at the initiation of the treatment.

Is the procedure painful for the infant?

Neonatal ear molding is generally pain-free. The molding devices are designed to apply gentle pressure, and the procedure itself does not involve any incisions or injections.

Can neonatal ear molding correct all types of ear deformities?

Neonatal ear molding is effective for a variety of common ear deformities. However, its effectiveness may vary for severe malformations or certain conditions. Please consult Dr. Fahradyan to assess the suitability of ear molding for your child’s specific condition.

What are the long-term effects of neonatal ear molding?

The long-term effects of neonatal ear molding are positive, with many infants experiencing significant improvement in ear shape and alignment. This early intervention may help prevent the need for surgical correction later in life.

Are there any risks associated with neonatal ear molding?

The risks are minimal but may include mild skin irritation from the adhesive used to secure the molding device. Dr. Fahradyan takes all available measures to ensure optimal safety.

Why Choose
Dr. Artur Fahradyan?

Dr. Artur Fahradyan is a board-eligible plastic surgeon with a residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery from the University of Southern California. He takes a personalized approach to all procedures, ensuring the treatment is customized according to the patient’s unique needs. Schedule a consultation to discuss the right approach for addressing your child’s ear deformities without surgery.

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