EarWell™ and the Infant Ear Correction System

Wouldn’t it be great if you could correct your baby’s ear shape abnormality without surgery? With the EarWell infant ear molding device, non-surgical correction may now be possible for your newborn child. Learn more about this exciting new ear correction technique! – kidsplasticsurgery.org

According to the CDC each year a 3% of children in the U.S. are born with Congenital Birth Defects. Among the most prominent birth defects are ear deformities. Often correction of these deformities require expensive plastic surgery as well as painful procedures for the children.

We would like to talk a little bit about a revolutionary new treatment for many of these ear defects which occur in childbirth. I like plastic is introducing to our visitors EarWell™. EarWell™ was developed by a Dr. Steve Byrd, and his team at Becon Medical in Naperville, Illinois.

Why? the Why is simple

A) Many Families cannot afford expensive surgeries to correct their children’s misshapen ears.

B) Most Insurance Providers will not pay for ear corection.

C) Though surgery has become quite safe and effective the new alternative does not have any adverse effects, such as : Painful surgery, recurrence of deformity,  need for anesthesia, unforeseen complications.

What ear deformities can this method correct?

  • Stahl’s ear
  • lop ear
  • lidding
  • conchal crus
  • helical
  • cup ear
  • Prominent ear
  • compression

What exactly is this Earwell treatment?

It’s an ear correction system that can correct up to 90% of ear deformities without surgery!

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So how does it work?

There are four components to this procedure/ process first of all a posterior cradle is fitted over the ear and adheres to the skin on the backside of the ear, A retractor which creates the shape of the ears rim will will be put in place as well as a conical former which is used to shape the center of the ear finally the shell that holds it all together.

How does it work so well

If  correction of deformities of the external ear is applied within the first 6 weeks of life, it is quite easy for this system to aide in formation of a normal shape of the ear.  The reason for this is during this time frame there are circulating maternal hormones in the child. In other terms this state is where the ear cartilage to remains pliable and therefore molding the ear frame into the corrective position allowing for the cartilage to harden in the proper and desired shape.

These 4 components make up the EarWell™ System

with use- over time the system will reshape the deformed cartilage of the ear creating the shape of a normal ear.

How Long is the system worn?

The EarWell device needs to be worn for 4-6 weeks to help hold the new shape while the cartilage is forming.

Are there any adverse effects or risks?

In some cases there will be irritation of the skin due to the pressure of the device or due to the adhesive used to hold the EarWell™in place. Moisture can also cause some bit of irritation.

How much does the EarWell™ System cost?

The price varies depending on which specialist you see, as well as your geographical location. In many cases throughout the US the EarWell™ system is covered by most insurance providers.

If you would like help finding an EarWell™ System specialist please contact us and we would be happy to connect you with the right specialist.

 

Changing the lives of kids one surgery at a time

When it comes to children, its a very sensitive area and quite a controversial topic, however there are specific cases where a Plastic Surgeon can be of great aide to a child who may be suffering from certain birth defects. Cases where it’s not meant to be nice but necessary.

In this article we are going to be discussing the benefit and even need for Plastic Surgery on a child.

Development of a Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate

During early development, the right and left sides of the lip and the roof of the mouth normally grow together. In some cases these sections do not grow and meet together. This causes the child to be born with a separation in their upper lip.

The above mentioned birth defect is what is called a Cleft Lip.

Similarly to the Cleft Lip is the Cleft Palette. In these cases the roof of the mouth, or “palate” the lip and the palate develop separately.

How common is Cleft lip or Cleft Palate?

A cleft lip or a cleft palate can occur in 1 of 800 child births. Commonly this can affect far more than aesthetics. These birth defects can cause many problems for a child.

Cleft lip or palate can create the following issues:

  • Feeding Problems – Especially when breast feeding as the infant cannot create proper suction with its mouth.
  • Dental issues, as often children with a Cleft Lip or Palate will have issues with missing and malformed teeth and commonly require orthodontic treatments. In more serious cases oral surgery is required as the upper jawbone has impaired function causing unnatural placement and positioning of permanent teeth.
  • Speech problems are to be obviously expected as the malformations will pose problematic with the articulation of many words. Corrective surgery greatly improves upon these speech issues.

Details on the surgery:

Surgery is normally performed when the infant is 10-12 weeks old.

A plastic surgeon begins the procedure by making an incision on either side of the cleft from the mouth into the nostril. At this point the outer portion of the cleft is pulled down bringing the muscle and the skin of the lip together to close the separation. This will restore the natural Muscle function and the normal shape of the ???The nostril deformity often associated with cleft lip may also be improved at the time of lip repair, however, in more severe cases at later date further Surgery can be done on the patient.

Cost:

The cost of cleft lip surgery and/or cleft palate repair is estimated to run a minimum of $5,000. However, some children born with clefts require ongoing care and further surgical procedures, again depending on the severity of the defect.

How long is the recovery time and what should I know?

As the patient is a child, often restraints could be used to prevent the patient from touching the sensitive recovering area. In most cases Dressings are used to keep the area sterile and aide in the recovery process.

The Child will be restless for a few days though medication can be used to comfort them. After 5 days the stitches will be ready for removal

The Doctor will advise you on how best to feed your child for the next few weeks.

After surgery the upper lip will appear red and inflamed for the first little while – this is normal and will last for part of the healing process – it does subside after some time leaving little to no visible scarring.