Cleft Lip

This is a separation of the lip and can range from a lip known as a “forme fruste,” or notch in the red part of the lip, to a complete cleft extending through the lip and into the nose. Cleft lips can occur on one side (unilateral) or on both sides (bilateral). The term “incomplete […]


What is Craniosynostosis? Craniosynostosis (kray-nee-o-sin-os-TOE-sis) is a condition in which one or more of the joints between the bones of your baby’s skull close prematurely. The skull consists of seven bones that are separated by joints, which are called sutures. As the infant grows these bones expand to accomodate normal brain development. Premature closure of […]


Hemangiomas and pyogenic granulomas are types of vascular birthmarks known as vascular tumors. The diagnosis of a hemangioma or pyogenic granuloma is often a big surprise, but there are several reasons why parents can take heart. What Is a Hemangioma?  A hemangioma is an over-growth of the cells that make up the lining of blood […]

Newborn Ear Molding

What is Newborn Ear Molding? If parents and pediatricians are fortunate enough to identify an ear deformity within the baby’s first week(s) of life, then a non-surgical treatment option is available called ear molding. This solution entails applying customized molds to the infant’s ear and maintaining a normal ear shape for 4-6 weeks. Ear molding […]


What is Microtia? Microtia is an incompletely formed external ear and can present on a spectrum. The ear malformation can be unilaterial (occuring on one side) or bilaterial (occuring on both sides). Microtia occurs more commonly in boys and on the right side. It is present in 1 in 6,000-12,000 births and most commonly exists as […]


What does surgical correction (or “otoplasty”) entail? Otoplasty broadly describes any surgical maneuver that recreates the valleys and folds of the ear. This can be done by removing excess skin or cartilage, by shaping the ear cartilage, or by a combination of both. The surgery is performed through a well-hidden incision behind the ear. Ear […]

Hemifacial Microsomia

What is Hemifacial Microsomia? Hemifacial microsomia (HFM) is a condition in which the lower half of one side of the face is underdeveloped and does not grow normally. There may also be a smaller eye or an absent eye. It is the second most common congenital facial deformity after cleft lip and palate with a reported incidence […]

Ear Deformities

Prominent or Deformed Ears While ear deformities are not as extreme as microtia, parents of children with deformed ears know too well that the diagnoses are commonly made by a teasing world. If you have concerns about your child, or if your child feels unhappy with the appearance of his or her ears, at Wellspring we can help. Our […]