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Dr. Shareef Jandali provides truly transformative results for newborns suffering from all types of ear deformities.
Meet Our Plastic Surgeon
Dr. Shareef Jandali received his MD from Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY. He was subsequently accepted to plastic surgery residency training at the University of Pennsylvania, one of the highest-ranked plastic surgery programs in the country. His training included work at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where he learned ear molding for congenital ear deformities.
Dr. Jandali started performing ear molding when his first daughter was born with an ear deformity. He found it very difficult to find a plastic surgeon with the proper specialized equipment and experience to perform molding of her ear. Subsequently, Dr. Jandali obtained all the necessary molding supplies and started performing ear molding for newborns. Dr. Jandali’s main office is in Connecticut, but he performs ear molding at his Massachusetts office to be able to offer this service to more patients in East Longmeadow, MA, and surrounding areas.
What Is Ear Molding?
Newborn ear deformities occur fairly frequently, with some studies reporting an incidence as high as 20-35% in newborns. This includes prominent ears, protruding ears, ears that stick out, folded ears, floppy ears, and pointed ears. Parents often think their baby will “grow into their ears.” However, studies have shown that if the deformity doesn’t correct on its own in the first week after birth, it will remain the same or worsen.
About 70% of baby ear deformities will not improve with time alone.
Newborn ear molding is a proven, non-surgical, and painless procedure to correct an abnormally shaped infant ear. Molding is performed by placing a customized mold on the ear which applies gentle pressure to reshape it to the correct shape. This can be performed early in life because the ear cartilage is still soft and pliable. Complete correction can be obtained in almost all cases when molding is started early enough.
Cutting-Edge Treatment for Newborn Ears
Dr. Jandali performs ear molding with a customized prosthesis that fits comfortably onto the ear. His individualized, personal approach to each baby ear allows him to achieve consistent results with almost 100% correction of the deformity if started early enough in life.
Dr. Jandali uses the EarWell® infant ear deformity correction system to fix certain ear deformities. However, some deformities require a more customized mold which is made with a safe silicone polymer which gently bends the ear into the correct shape.
We had a great experience with Dr. Jandali's office. My newborn started going at 10 days old for ear molding, and we continued visiting weekly for about 9 weeks. Dr. Jandali always saw us on time and his office staff was so friendly. Dr. Jandali even called me back himself on a Friday evening when I had a question about my son's ear mold. I would highly recommend this office!