Surgery of the External Ear
Outstanding or prominent ears, those that stick out abnormally far from the side of the head can be not only unsightly, but can result in adverse psychological consequences from years of thoughtless teasing from others. To correct this inherited deformity and restore the ears to a more normal position, we perform a procedure known as a set back otoplasty.
Often, ears that stick out too far have more than one component that needs correction: the bowl of the ear is too big causing the ear to be prominent, an abnormal flattening of the upper part of the ear due to a lack of an “antihelix” crease, earlobes that stick out too far. The otoplasty can address and correct all these problems through an incision placed in the crease behind the ear where it joins the head. This incision heals into hidden scar that is imperceptible. While healing is longer than earlobe surgery alone, postoperative pain is minimal, recovery time very short, and the results – cosmetically very pleasing looking ears.
The EarWell for Newborn Infant External Ear Deformities
Looking a lot like earmuffs, the EarWell is a new and novel external splinting device made out of soft silicone that when applied to deformed infant ears before the infants are 6 weeks old can reshape and correct many common external ear deformities. Such deformities include outstanding or prominent ears, Stahl’s ears, lop ear, helical rim deformities, etc. This is not a surgery procedure, but rather an application of a comfortable, painless appliance that when applied over the ears, gently molds them into a more normal shape over several weeks. The only alternative to this remarkable device is to do nothing, a wait-and-see approach with the strong possibility that surgery will be necessary years down the road should the ears fail to correct on their own. See www.earwells.com for more information.