Infant Ear Molding
Sometimes infants are born with minor ear deformities. These deformities can range across a variety of conditions, but often involve misshaped ears that vary in skin or cartilage deficiency. For more severe cases, such as microtia or constricted ears, ear molding is not an option.
The earlier that an ear mold is applied, the better the results will be. Dr. Rednam recommends that this treatment take place in the first week after birth. Successful results may be seen when the procedure is performed on patients up to four weeks of age, but this just depends on the baby’s cartilage and whether or not it has firmed before the treatment.
Molds are made of the same material as dental impressions. This is because this material is firm enough to hold shape, but also gentle on the infant’s sensitive skin. During the procedure, Dr. Rednam will reshape the patient’s ear cartilage with the molds, using splints secured by tape to hold the shape in place. The molding process typically takes three to four visits, and are replaced every two weeks. She will also take before and after photos each session, to show the gradual but noticeable improvement of the ear shape. Throughout the process, the infant will wear molds 24 hours per day, and will need the tape reapplied as needed.
Infant Ear Molding has a high success rate—meaning that it improves appearance and in most cases, no further corrective surgery is required. In rare cases in which the infant requires more surgery, the extent will have been lessen by the mold. Because ear molding is non-invasive and non-surgical, no recovery time is required. The procedure only requires that the infant’s caregivers reapply the adhesives when necessary, in order to ensure the molds do what they are supposed to.
Schedule A Consultation
Dr. Rednam and her staff provide patients with supportive and compassionate care from the initial consultation through recovery. If you’re interested in scheduling a consultation for ear molding, contact her patient coordinator, Stephanie, at email@example.com or call(713) 791-0700