Ear Deformities & Molding
Irregularities in the shape of a newborn’s ears are often overlooked by parents and the medical community. Families and even physicians may not be aware that ear deformities can be successfully treated without surgery during early infancy.
Ear Molding for Newborns
The Nicklaus Children's Hospital Department of Plastic Surgery utilizes specialized orthopedic appliances that apply gentle pressure to gradually correct ear deformities in newborns. A mold is crafted to address the specific needs of each child as part of the individualized treatment plan.
The Importance of Early Intervention
For best results, treatment should begin within the six weeks after birth. Why? During these early weeks, the cartilage forming a baby’s ear is quite malleable. After the early months, the cartilage becomes more stiff and inflexible. Correcting ear deformities later in a child’s life may require surgical intervention.
A Team Approach to Care
The pediatric plastic surgeons of Nicklaus Children's Hospital have extensive experience with children who have deformities. They have special training in pediatrics and are all Board certified.
Dr. Chad Perlyn, plastic surgeon and co-director of the operating room, explains why the surgical procedures and environment at Nicklaus Children's Hospital are so special.