3-Month-Old Twins, Gavin and Liam Faeth, Are Ready For Their Close-Ups Following Successful Ear-Molding Procedures at Cohen Children’s Medical Center
Gavin and Liam Faeth are happy to be celebrating their three-month birthday with their friends at Cohen Children’s Medical Center. They are also lucky that their determined parents, Suzanne O’Shea Faeth and Michael Faeth, were so determined to do everything possible to improve their appearance.
On June 27th, following the twins’ birth at Katz Women’s Hospital, Suzanne noticed that their ears were definitely misshapen. Despite being told that the boys would outgrow this problem, Suzanne was on a mission to find help.
Quite by chance, she noticed a brochure written by Nicholas Bastidas, MD, a pediatric plastic surgeon at Cohen, while she was walking through the halls of Katz. She contacted Dr. Bastidas, who suggested that she bring the twins in for an evaluation. So, on July 16th, Gavin and Liam met Dr. Bastidas, who said that he could improve the boys’ appearance through a non-surgical procedure called ear molding.
Newborns and infants have soft, pliable cartilage in their ears. Dr. Bastidas can reshape infant ears by applying constant, re-directive force to the cartilage to bend back, unfurl and improve the position and structure. Over 90% of all ear deformities can be completely corrected using this technique, thereby preventing future surgery (otoplasty/ear pinning surgery) later in life. And, this corrective approach saves young people from humiliation of bullying or teasing as they enter school life.
The twins were the ideal candidates for ear molding. Dr. Bastidas applied the EarWell device when the boys were 3 weeks old, placing the ears in the desired position and shape and then securing the device in place. The procedure is completely painless. On Aug. 13, the devices were removed and the boys are even more beautiful than they were at birth, report the proud parents.