Ear molding is for children born with mild ear deformities. Ear molding can potentially correct these deformities and negate the need for future, more extensive surgeries.
When a baby is born, they have high levels of estrogen and progesterone in their body as a result from the circulating maternal hormones. The high estrogen and progesterone in their bodies results in higher levels of hyaluronic acid which makes their cartilage very amendable to molding of the ear cartileg.
Ear molding can be done for most babies with misshaped ears. However, it is not suitable in some cases where the ear is small (microtia). It can be used to correct helical rim abnormalities, cryptotia, Stahl’s ear deformities and prominent concha bowls.
Some common abnormalities that can be corrected include:
This procedure is best done as soon as possible. Preferably before 3-4 weeks of age. Please check with your medical professional for more details.
The whole process may take 4-6 weeks to complete. It varies from individuals and may depend on the degree of the deformity.
The most common side effect would be skin related complications such as skin sensitivity, rashes and infection. Most of these complications are minor and the skin should heal normally.
The procedure is painless and does not require any anesthesia. Please ensure your baby is well fed before the procedure and bring allow their swaddle and their favorite pacifier
(if they have one).
It typically takes about 10-20 minutes for each ear. We would need to shave a portion of baby’s hair to ensure that the device adheres well to the skin.