Ear Molding Before & After Photos


Ear Molding Before & After Case 1

Ear molding is a way to gently reshape an infant’s ears while the cartilage is still soft.

Most ears at the top have upper and lower folds that come together to make a curved Y shape. (These are the upper and lower crus, leading into the antihelix.)

In this case, you see a third crus, which is also known as a Stahl’s crus or Stahl’s ear deformity.

If left untreated, the ear remains in this shape, and may worsen over time as the peak grows further out from the rest of the ear.

Ear molding is the treatment of choice to achieve the most natural-appearing results — with the fewest risks — using a non-surgical procedure.

The small amount of crusting and dried skin may be seen immediately after removing the molds, but normally clears up after a few days of gentle bathing.

Call our office at 972-331-1900 to schedule a consultation. Insurance usually does cover the treatment, though individual plans differ.

Ear Molding Before & After Case 2

Ear molding is a way to gently reshape an infant’s ears while the cartilage is pliable.

Most ears at the top have upper and lower folds that come together to make a curved Y shape with the antihelix.

Here the upper crus is not seen in its usual position. Instead, there is a crus going back instead of up and forwards.

This is known as a Stahl’s crus or Stahl’s ear deformity.

If left untreated, the ear does not correct itself, and may become more noticeable over time as the peak grows further outwards.

Ear molding is the treatment of choice to achieve the most natural-appearing results — with the fewest risks — using a non-surgical procedure.

Correction later in life requires surgery under general anesthesia.

A course of treatment is 2-6 weeks, depending on the child’s age and anatomy.

This is an in-office procedure, though I am also available at some hospitals in the DFW area to begin treatment while still in the hospital.

Call our office at 972-331-1900 to schedule a consultation. Insurance usually does cover the treatment, though individual plans differ.

Ear Molding Before & After Case 3

This infant has cupping and lidding of the ear, also known as a constricted ear.

Ear molding is the treatment of choice if identified in the first few weeks of life. Molding gently reshapes an infant’s ears while the cartilage is pliable, similar to braces for teeth.

A course of ear molding is typically 2-6 weeks, depending on the child’s age and individual anatomy.

This is an in-office procedure, though I am also available at some hospitals in the DFW area to begin treatment while still in the hospital.

The main benefits of correction with ear molding are:

  • avoiding surgery and anesthesia
  • a smoother, more natural contour than typically achieved with surgery
  • minimizing the chances of teasing or worries about severe ear differences
  • improving the symmetry and contour so that even if reconstructive surgery is done later on, the starting point will be further ahead than if no molding was done.
  • insurance usually covers ear molding, while ear surgery (otoplasty) often is considered cosmetic by insurance companies.

Credit to Becon Medical for providing the steps of Earwell placement.

Ear Molding Before & After Case 4

Ear malformations like this one are best corrected in the first few weeks after birth.

The extra fold seen here, extending towards the back of the head, will continue to grow over time. Untreated, it will progressively push that rim out and be more and more noticeable.

Some centers do not offer treatment after 3 weeks of age.

Here, this child was started in their 4th week of age, and is seen here with a fantastic result after a typical 6 weeks of treatment.