Infant ear deformity, which affects a significant number of babies worldwide, can be remedied with two separate modalities. While surgical correction is an option, it comes with risks and potential complications. Thankfully, Wellspring Pediatric Plastics offers a less invasive alternative: infant ear molding. Not only is it effective, but it’s also a safer and less risky option than delayed surgical treatment. Let’s explore why more…Read more »
The Accesory Tragus
The accessory tragus is a benign congenital malformation of the external ear. It’s commonly, though incorrectly, referred to as a “skin tag”. It’s actually a small flesh-colored tissue composed of skin, subcutaneous fat, and cartilage. It is typically located anterior to the tragus. The formation is a result of errors during embryogenesis when the fetus is only about 6 weeks old. The ear is composed…Read more »
Frenulectomy Modalities: Steel vs. Laser
We have gone in-depth several times regarding frenulectomies in our blog posts, so you may be feeling like somewhat of an armchair expert on the subject! At least, that’s our goal when it comes to educating our patient’s families! However, did you know that there are different protocols when it comes to this procedure? It can be performed using two separate modalities: steel (scissors/scalpel) or…Read more »
What is a frenulectomy?
We recently discussed who qualifies for a frenulectomy procedure in our last blog, but do you know the ins and outs of what this procedure entails? It’s surprisingly simple and extremely effective in resolving symptoms immediately for both baby and mom. A frenulectomy is a surgical procedure where the pathological mucosa, or fibrous band of tissue, is excised back to the normal base of the…Read more »
Who needs a frenulectomy?
The newborn phase can be an overwhelming experience. As parents ourselves, we understand the anxiety behind wanting to make the best decisions for our children. So, when a newborn is struggling to feed paired with maternal nipple pain, we know that this is a condition which needs intervention. A common misconception with frenulectomies is that every child with a tight frenulum must have a reversal….Read more »
Cat Got Your Tongue?
Wellspring Pediatric Plastics has seen its fair share of babies, and one of the most common issues amongst newborns is restricted mouth movement. Essentially, baby’s mouth is unable to effectively feed due to limited mobility— and our culprit? The frenulum! Everyone has a frenulum attaching the tongue to the base of the mouth. The presence of a frenulum alone doesn’t indicate a tongue-tie; it’s simply…Read more »
Different Types of Ear Anomalies
Different Types of Ear Anomalies When we discuss infant ear molding, we are speaking on a generalized term for newborn ear anomalies. However, within this realm of treatment lie several different malformations and deformities that our practice can safely and effectively treat within the first few weeks of life. Approximately 20-30% of infants are born with a degree of ear anomaly, which can range from…Read more »
Infant Ear Molding: The Importance of Early Intervention
Bringing your newborn home is a joyous occasion filled with both excitement and unpredictability. At Wellspring Pediatric Plastics, our goal is to ease any fears or concerns when it comes to your baby’s development. Our providers are highly trained in the field of infant ear anomalies and have put together some information regarding the importance of early intervention for your newborn. Ear molding is a…Read more »
How Do I Prepare My Child for Otoplasty Surgery?
Some children have ears that are misshapen, misaligned, overly large, or of mismatched sizes. If you’ve decided to surgically correct the appearance of your child’s ears through pediatric otoplasty at Wellspring Pediatric Plastics, you may be wondering how to prepare your child for the upcoming surgery. After all, otoplasty is typically performed around age 5 or older, and many children of that age are completely…Read more »
Tips to Make Recovery Easier After Otoplasty
Congratulations! Your child has just had an otoplasty to reshape their ears. This procedure is bound to boost self-esteem and help them feel more confident in their appearance. To ensure the ear surgery is successful, parents of patients must pay close attention to the surgical site while keeping your child relaxed. Use the following tips to make recovery easier and ensure the area heals quickly…Read more »