Ear Molding and Reconstruction

Ear Molding and Reconstruction

Many deformities of the ear can be easily treated within the first few days of life, eliminating the need for surgery in childhood or adolescence. One treatment is done through ear molding, a process that uses splints made of dental impression material to gently reshape the cartilage in your baby’s ears while it is still pliable. Ear molding treats the external ear and is available to babies under 14 days old. As an alternative, surgical reconstruction is an option if your child has more serious deformities, such as microtia (underdeveloped external ear), or is more than 14 days old.

infant's ear after ear molding and reconstruction treatment Before
infant's ear before ear molding and reconstruction treatment

We Offer an Easy Path for Ear Molding

Your time with your newborn is precious. That’s why our ear molding specialists focus on making appointments easy for you and your baby.

What to Expect

  • At your first visit, you will consult with a member of the ear molding team, a physician’s assistant specially trained in this treatment option. Your baby will have his or her first set of molds placed that same day. The molds are secured with tape and are stable. Most importantly, the process does not hurt your baby.
  • Three weeks later, your child will receive a second set of molds. Your child’s ear cartilage will already have begun firming up at this point, and the new molds will help finish the process. After three more weeks, our team will remove the molds and the process will be complete.
  • Six weeks after beginning, your child’s treatment will be complete. Each visit is designed to last 30 minutes, and the care required outside of the clinic is minimal. Our system is also more cost effective than others.

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Ear reconstruction provides an option for older children

Many children have reconstructive surgery prior to starting school, between the ages of 4 to 6. At this point, a child’s ears have grown sufficiently for an optimal outcome, and they are generally better able to emotionally cope with the procedure. UT Southwestern surgeons offer consultations to ensure that you understand the procedure and have an opportunity to ask any questions. Children’s Health offers comprehensive care for children receiving surgery, including pediatric anesthesiologists. Your reconstructive surgeon will also consult with an ear, nose and throat specialist.

Customized care from pediatric plastic surgeons and physician assistants

Our team includes UT Southwestern plastic and craniofacial surgeons and physician assistants (PA) specializing in ear molding. With a multidisciplinary team, which extends throughout the Children’s Health network, we are here to provide customized treatment for your child’s needs.

Meet the Care Team