Ear Deformity Correction

Also known as: ear molding, non-surgical correction of ear deformities, ear reconstruction.

What is ear molding/ear deformity correction?

Ear molding is a non-surgical method of correcting mild ear deformities that are present at birth. In the right situations, it can be highly effective without the need for invasive procedures.

What happens during the procedure?

The ear molding is formed from the same material used for dental impressions and is held in place with tape or adhesives for 24 hours a day. The ear molds stay on at all times, and doctor’s appointments are held every 2 to 3 weeks to assess progress and apply new ear molds. The typical treatment time is between 6 and 8 weeks.

Is any special preparation needed?

No special preparation is needed for ear moldings. However, the procedure works best on newborns and becomes less effective or ineffective after 8 weeks.

What are the risk factors?

The potential risks of ear molding include infection under the molding, skin irritation from the adhesive or tape or the molding being unsuccessful at repairing the ear.


Reviewed by: Chad A Perlyn, MD

This page was last updated on: 7/9/2018 4:50:47 PM

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