About The EarWell™ Device
Manufactured by Becon Medical Ltd, the EarWell™ Infant Ear Correction System is made up of 4 pieces.
- Posterior shell with posterior conformer
- Helical rim retractors
- Conchal former
- Anterior shell
Steps in Application:
- A rim of hair is shaved to allow the posterior shell adhesive to stick to the skin and not pull on the baby’s hair. This minimizes the discomfort to the child and allows the adhesive to remain in place for a longer period of time. The posterior conformer rests in the retroauricular sulcus recreating the antihelical fold and superior crus.
- The helical rim retractors are placed. This shapes the helical rim and deepens the scapha.
- The conchal former allows the concha to deepen and reduces the prominence of the ears.
- Ear molding putty is applied, which will harden and create a formed mold of the desired ear shape.
- Finally the anterior shell is placed. This holds all the pieces in place.
What are the Risks?
Since this procedure is done in the office without anesthesia the main risks of surgery are eliminated. There is no risk of anesthesia or reaction to medications. The only complications seen during treatment are minor and occur in less than 5 % of cases.
The two complications seen are minor allergic skin reactions and/or skin excoriations that typically heal within 2 weeks without a scar. The skin breakdown problems seen are typically when the device becomes loose causing rubbing of the pieces against the skin. It is important to notify your physician when the device becomes loose so it can be replaced or secured. Do not remove any scabs covering the skin breakdown. These skin breakdowns can be treated by relieving the pressure and applying a small amount of antibiotic ointment to the affected area.