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EarWell™ Infant Ear Correction System Dallas
Infant ear deformities affect 25% to 35% of newborns, according to Baylor University research. The EarWell™ Infant Ear Correction System, developed by Dallas plastic surgeon Dr. Steve Byrd, is a revolutionary non-surgical treatment for those deformities that do not correct by themselves. It is painless, effective, and can prevent the anxiety associated with misshapen ears that may draw ridicule and teasing.
Dr. Byrd’s simple EarWell™ system has helped countless children avoid self-confidence issues that could last a lifetime. To learn more about this innovative system, call us at (214) 821-9662 to arrange an appointment in our downtown Dallas plastic surgery office on North Central Expressway.
Why Choose Dr Byrd
- Dr. Byrd’s renown in ear surgery began years ago when he co-authored an award-winning (The Barrett Brown Award) medical publication on ear reconstruction with Dr. Burt Brent. He has amassed tremendous experience in treating the spectrum of congenital and post-traumatic ear deformities. Most recently he co-invented the EarWell™ Infant Ear Correction System, which allows infants with ear birth deformities to be treated in a painless, non-surgical manner. Among local pediatricians, he is known as the “ear doctor.”
About The EarWell™ System
Many children born with misshapen ears will require no intervention; the problem will correct itself. In the past, when the ear remained deformed, the baby might be faced with ear correction surgery, or otoplasty. Dallas-Fort Worth double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Byrd and his colleagues began to think there might be an easier way to treat these infants, who traditionally had to wait until they were 5 to 7 years old to see how their ears developed, and then undergo invasive surgery.
Dr. Byrd’s solution was the EarWell™ system, which uses a series of interlocking pieces that cup an infant’s ear, applying gentle, painless pressure while ear cartilage is still very soft and malleable. Most infants wear the system on their ears for about 4 to 6 weeks, resulting in a regular ear shape. Although otoplasty is a very effective solution for a number of cosmetic ear deformities for older children and adults, using the EarWell™ system on an infant can prevent the need for this more costly and invasive surgical option.
Best of all, EarWell™ is typically reimbursed by most insurance providers, making it one of the few products that satisfies the needs and desires of everyone involved. Dr. Byrd, the creator of this device and medical director of the company behind it, Becon Medical, has seen the way it can improve a child’s life and is eager to spread that help to others who need it.
Is Your Infant A Candidate?
The EarWell™ is an FDA-approved device with a success rate of more than 90% in clinical studies; the key to its success is early application. Newborns have very flexible cartilage that is still growing and taking shape in the first few weeks of life. EarWell™ is designed to be applied to an infant’s ears days after birth, because once cartilage begins to harden, the system will not produce the same results.
If applied early, the EarWell™ system can effectively correct a wide range of common ear deformities, including:
- Prominent ear
- Stahl’s ear
- Cup ear
- Lop ear
- Helical compression
- Conchal crus
How The Procedure Is Performed
Recovery: What To Expect
Each infant wears the EarWell™ system for different length of time depending on the amount of correction needed, but 4 to 6 weeks is typical. Parents should be careful when bathing their infants so as not to disturb the device, and they should monitor it closely to ensure it is functioning as it should. Dr. Byrd provides parents detailed instructions, including tips on what to watch for. Occasionally, a baby will need longer-term correction, and Dr. Byrd may provide adhesive retention strips to use once the EarWell™ is removed, but that necessity is rare.
A vast majority of infants achieve an impressive deformity correction over just a few weeks, all without the pain or cost of surgery.