Understanding Stahl’s Ear Deformity and Corrective Treatment Options

Stahl’s ear deformity is a condition that affects the shape and position of the ear. It is characterized by a pointed, elf-like appearance of the ear due to the presence of an extra fold of cartilage in the upper part of the ear.

This extra fold of cartilage, also known as a “spock” or “devil” ear, can cause the upper part of the ear to become flattened and stretched vertically, resulting in a distinctively pointed appearance. Stahl’s ear deformity is often present at birth or may develop in early childhood.

The condition can be caused by genetic factors or external factors such as pressure on the ear during fetal development or trauma to the ear. In some cases, it may also be associated with other ear abnormalities or syndromes.

While Stahl’s ear deformity is primarily a cosmetic issue, it can sometimes cause discomfort or lead to self-esteem issues in affected individuals. Treatment options include surgical correction, which involves reshaping the cartilage to create a more natural-looking ear. Early intervention is generally recommended for optimal results.

Craniowell Infant Ear Correction System: Non Surgical Stahl’s Ear Deformity Correction

Craniowell Infant Ear Correction System is a non-surgical method that can successfully correct Stahl’s ear if utilized within the first few weeks of life. The Craniowell System reshapes the ear using specialized molding placed on the ear, which is left in place typically for four to six weeks, without requiring anesthesia or incisions.

The Craniowell Baby Ear Correction System has a 90% success rate and is pain-free, permanent, and less expensive alternative to surgical ear reconstruction. For cases in which the Craniowell System cannot be used, surgical correction is the recommended method of treatment.

Ear reconstructive surgery (otoplasty) for Stahl’s ear is typically more successful when performed after the ear cartilage has hardened which occurs around age five. During surgery, the extra cartilage/crease (third crus) is removed to eliminate the pointed portion at the top of the ear. Dissolvable stitches are used to close the incision, and the recovery time is approximately 1-2 weeks.

If you have a newborn and are concerned about Stahl’s ear, please utilize our physician locator for a list of experts qualified in placing the Craniowell Infant Ear Correction System. We are also pleased to refer you to a highly skilled plastic surgeon experienced extensively in performing Stahl’s ear otoplasty for patients who do not qualify for the Craniowell Infant Ear Correction System.

CranioWell Baby Ear Correction System

  • Non-surgical, safe, and effective method for correcting infant skull deformities
  • Pain-free for the baby, with a soft, breathable
  • High success rate, with up to 92% improvement in ear shape
  • Reduces the need for more invasive and expensive procedures later in life
  • Non-invasive approach eliminates the risks and potential complications associated with surgery
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