Achieve Fully-Functional, Attractive Ears with Ear Molding Dr. Mark Fisher Intro

Some patients are born with ears that did not properly develop and are interested in correcting the appearance of the outer ear. Ear molding addresses these concerns with the outer ear, which include a range of severity. 

No matter how significant the ear issue is, Dr. Mark Fisher is pleased to offer ear molding to repair any issues that may be present and restore a full and complete quality of life. 

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Infant Ear Molding

For patients whose ears may not have formed properly, Dr. Fisher is proud to offer the EarWell™ Infant Ear Correction System to his patients. This is a non-invasive, painless way to permanently correct infant ear deformity by gently molding the ear cartilage to the correct shape over several weeks. It produces the best results if started within three weeks of birth and can correct almost all infant ear deformities without the need for surgery.

Best of all, everything is done in the comfort of our office without the need for hospital visits, sedation, or anesthesia. Your baby will wear the correction mold for 4 to 6 weeks, at which point the ears will be shaped normally. 

If you notice that your little one’s ears look a little different, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with Dr. Fisher to see if ear molding may be the right answer.

Correcting Infant Ear Deformities with the EarWell Correction System

Ear deformities among infants tend to be overlooked to an unfortunate degree, despite the fact that they are present in 20% to 35% of all births. Without being addressed, 70% of these deformities will either stay the same or worsen over time. Dr. Fisher is pleased to offer the EarWell system, which safely and non-surgical corrects ear deformities without the need for anesthesia or hospital visits.

Ear molding works best in the first few weeks of life when your infant’s ears are soft and moldable. Infants have high levels of estrogen when crossed from the mother to the baby during pregnancy. Because of this, the ears of an infant are more easily moldable and responsive to external molding, especially during the first few weeks after birth.

Early intervention is very important, because the estrogen levels go back to normal after six weeks, and the ears become less pliable. If your child is born with an ear deformity, it’s important that they are monitored closely in the first 7-10 days of their life. Some ear deformities will correct on their own without any need for ear molding. But if there’s no improvement after about two weeks, it is likely that the best course of action is non-surgical infant ear molding.

The EarWell System is a great way to address:

  • Stahl's Ear
  • Helical Rim
  • Lidding
  • Cup Ear
  • Prominent Ear
  • Conchal Crus
  • Cryptotia
  • Combined Deformities
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What to Expect During Ear Molding

One of the benefits of infant ear molding is that it is not painful for your child. Ear molding is completely non-surgical and non-invasive. It works by applying gentle pressure to reshape your baby’s ear. A special adhesive is used to keep the mold in place, and most babies completely ignore it once it is applied.

Once it is determined that ear molding is necessary, Dr. Fisher will fit your child with a non-surgical molding device made of soft silicone. There are several device options, and he will choose the best fit for your child. Ideally, the device is fitted and applied within the first 1-2 weeks of life. Your baby will wear this device continuously for two weeks.

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    Once two weeks have passed, Dr. Fisher will examine your child’s ear to determine if the concern has been fully corrected. If it hasn’t, a new device will be reapplied. He will repeat this process until the ear correction is complete. Most infants’ ears respond well to ear molding. The sooner the treatment is started, the better. 

    Your baby’s ear or ears will be corrected after the treatment is complete, which means their ears will appear normal and the deformity greatly reduced or completely gone.

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    Why Choose Dr. Fisher?

    Dr. Mark Fisher is one of few surgeons with specialized fellowship training in craniofacial plastic surgery and further specialized training and experience in pediatric plastic surgery. He is uniquely qualified to care for children who need ear molding. His understanding, compassion, and effective nature are why he has a reputation for caring excellence and outstanding, ideal results.

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    Will ear molding affect my baby’s hearing?

    Will ear molding be painful for my baby?

    Can I get the ear mold wet?

    Does the ear mold affect nursing?

    What should I do to prepare for the procedure?

    Will ear molding affect my baby’s hearing?

    No, the hearing is not affected because the EarWell infant ear molding system has holes in the front surface to allow sound to pass through to the ear canal.

    Will ear molding be painful for my baby?

    No. The device is made of soft silicone that applies gentle pressure.

    Can I get the ear mold wet?

    The mold cannot get wet because of the adhesive that holds it in place. You can give your baby a bath and wash the top of their head, but avoid any water getting on the ear mold.

    Does the ear mold affect nursing?

    No, it should not have an effect on nursing. Avoid milk from dripping into or onto the mold.

    What should I do to prepare for the procedure?

    Bring your baby when they are fed and comfortable with a swaddle or blanket, and a pacifier if they use one so that they can fall asleep or relax during the procedure.

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