We Want The Best For Our Babies
It's common for babies to be born with ear abnormalities. Some of the most common ear deformities include bat ear (prominent ear), pointed ear (Stahl's ear), lidding, and deformities of the helical rim, conchal bowl, and conchal crus. The EarWell system is a revolutionary new treatment that is gentle, non-invasive, and highly effective at fixing malformed ears. If your child has misshapen ears or ears that stick out too far, Dr. Robert “Bo” Brobst in Plano offers EarWell as a way to give your child life-long results.
Impressive, Life-Long, Natural
The ideal candidate for this commonly performed procedure is a newborn/neonate (< three weeks old) that has malformed ears. This is relatively common and can affect up to 30% of all families. Unfortunately, it is difficult to predict which will get better and which children will not improve. Frequently, ear malformations become a source of teasing and bullying in later years. Improper folding of the upper portion of the ear (lop ear), excess ear protrusion away from the head, prominent earlobes, or a combination of these findings are the typical problems that can be treated. Early intervention takes advantage of early cartilage softness resulting from maternal estrogen effects. Correction using EarWell System can make an impressive, life-long, and natural improvement within the first few months of life.
Dr. Brobst understands that anything that has to do with your child, especially your infant, is sensitive and requires a gentle approach. He takes the time to explain each step and answer any questions before the EarWell System is put in place. His entire staff creates a loving and caring environment where you can rest assured that your baby will be well-treated.
No ears too small or big
The EarWell system is gentle, non-invasive, and highly effective at correcting ear deformations. The benefits of the EarWell system include:
A good candidate for the EarWell system is an infant with a visible ear deformity presenting within the first month of life (ideally within the first two weeks). Infants with ear deformities that are too severe for the EarWell system to correct may require alternative surgical interventions or procedures at an older age. It is important to consult with Dr. Brobst, who is trained and experienced in using the EarWell system, to determine if it is the right treatment for your child.
Patient and Caring
During your consultation with Dr. Brobst, he will carefully explain each step in the EarWell System treatment process. There should be no surprises about the preparation, application, care, follow-up steps and requirements, or duration of the treatment. With this, you will feel well informed to make an educated decision about the reshaping of your child’s ears to meet your needs while ensuring the best results.
The EarWell molding device is utilized as soon as possible after birth. No anesthetic is needed for this painless, non-surgical procedure. After normal feeding, we gently swaddle the baby, and the appropriate mold is sized. A small amount (approximately one inch) of the surrounding hair is shaved to allow the device to remain secure to the skin. Once secured, soft retractors are placed within the mold to recreate the ideal ear cartilage shape and position. The retractors are then enclosed by the breathable lid, which holds everything in place and secure until the follow-up visit.
Two weeks at a time
The molds largely go unnoticed by the baby and do not affect his/her hearing or development. Avoiding moisture or food from entering the mold is usually the most challenging part of after-procedure care. Sometimes skin irritation can be caused by the adhesive but is not a common issue. At two-week intervals, the mold is completely removed, the skin is cleaned, and the ears are carefully inspected. The molds are then reapplied to further support the correction and make adjustments as necessary. The usual duration of treatment is four to six weeks in total. No other care is needed once the treatment is completed, and the contour improvement achieved is usually permanent.
To maintain the results of the EarWell system, it is important to follow Dr. Brobst’s instructions for the care and monitoring of the infant's ears. This may include regular check-ups to ensure that the infant's ears are developing normally and that the deformity has been corrected. Your doctor will be able to provide specific instructions based on your child's individual needs.
The duration of your infant's EarWell treatment will vary depending on how much correction is needed, but most cases are typically resolved within four to six weeks.
EarWell is less expensive than otoplasty (which would be the solution later in life) and is often, but not always, covered by insurance. We feel it is the best option in most instances as long as we can get started within 4 weeks of birth and the malformation/ deformation is amenable to the EarWell system.
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