Dr. David Gault FRCS | Plastic Surgeon | Inventor of Ear Buddies

David Gault FRCS Consultant Plastic Surgeon

David Gault, the Plastic Surgeon who developed EarBuddiesTM, sees babies for EarBuddiesTM consultation and fitting at The Portland Hospital and HCA The Platinum Medical Centre, Wellington Hospital, London and out of London at the Bishops Wood Hospital, Northwood. Contact his secretaries on 0203 327 0059 for appointments or book a consultation or a Skype appointment online.

"EarBuddiesTM have been available worldwide for over 20 years, but far too often, parents are falsely reassured that their baby's ears will get better without treatment," says David Gault FRCS, Consultant Plastic Surgeon at London's Portland Hospital for Women and Children. "The very opposite is usually the case – the ears can look normal at birth, and parents are relieved, especially if there is a family history. Over the next three to six months, as the ear cartilage starts to harden, the ears slowly drift outwards.  Often it's a chance comment by a friend or relative that draws parents' attention to what can be a lifetime source of embarrassment if uncorrected."

"Splintage offers a real chance to avoid an operation, and all the teasing that comes before it. If EarBuddiesTM are used early, sticking-out or odd-looking ears can become a thing of the past."

Background and Training

David Gault became a Consultant in 1991, having graduated from Edinburgh University (MB ChB 1977). He trained in Plastic Surgery at St Andrews Hospital, St. Thomas’ Hospital, London and The Royal Marsden Hospital, London. He was Fellow to Dr. Daniel Marchac in Paris, and trained with Burt Brent in California, Francois Firmin in Paris and Satoru Nagata in Japan.

Development of new techniques and devices

David Gault has developed several new techniques and devices, now in use worldwide. In a combined project with the Swansea Institute, he developed the Depilation (hair removal) Laser. He designed an extravasation kit to flush-out noxious chemotherapy agents when they leak from the infusion site, an innovation which saves many limbs each year. His ear reconstruction methods have permitted better results and shorter procedures, and his pinnaplasty (surgery to reshape and, usually, to pin back the ear) techniques have greatly reduced the risk of post-operative haematoma, which can have catastrophic consequences.

He developed the EarBuddiesTM system when one of his own children was born with a misshapen ear.

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You can book an appointment with David Gault by phone on 0203 327 0059, 0203 393 1103, or on his website.

  • "Thank you so much Earbuddies!! You saved my baby from some future insecurities and saved us thousands of dollars in plastic surgery!!!"

    Leopoldo - San Diego, USA

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  • "Early splinting of neonatal ear deformities has been proven to be successful but the opportunity to splint is frequently missed due to lack of awareness amongst healthcare personnel."

    International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, NHS Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow - 2013

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  • "His ears look great now and people can't believe the before and after pictures. Thank you so much EarBuddies! You have made a great change in my sons life!!"

    Laura, Buckinghamshire, UK

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  • "She's been wearing the splints for 2 months now and her ears look amazing!"

    Niki - Essex, UK

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  • "Thank you for helping us prevent future cosmetic surgery and give symmetrical ears to our little boy during his early childhood."

    Dr. Kristen H. - Iowa, USA

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  • "Many are told it will improve with age, or that simple taping will work, when in fact the opposite is true. Odd-shaped ears, which do not become completely normal in appearance within 48 hours of birth should be splinted."

    Royal College of Midwives: A Smart Start

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  • "The results are nothing short of amazing. She doesn't even notice them on and applying and removing is a lot easier than I thought it would be."

    Simone Marshall - Victoria, Australia

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  • "I can not recommend them enough! I now feel happy that Charlie can grow up without being self conscious of her ears."

    Tara Wooldridge - Nottingham, UK

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  • "We are so pleased and so glad a product has been designed to help to save the little people from having to go through a painful, expensive operation."

    Michelle - Bristol, UK

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  • "If successful, an effective splinting programme could consign the surgical correction of all but the most severe ear deformities to the past."

    British Medical Journal 17 Feb 2007, Volume 334

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  • "The fitting instructions are so easy to follow with great illustrations that helped me to feel confident in the fitting process. We are thrilled with your product and the results!"

    Kelly Moore - Instagrammer

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  • "This is a phenomenal product & more people should know about it!! It's a shame US doctors don't know about this. This product will save so many children from having to get surgery and being teased about their ears."

    Mrs. Kasey Ott, U.S.A

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  • "Splintage is a simple, safe and non-invasive procedure for the correction of prominent ears."

    British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons

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  • "Thank you EarBuddies for such an amazing product. Such a minor inconvenience for a lifelong result. I know my son will be grateful in the years to come."

    Hayley, New Zealand

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  • "I cannot be happier with the result that we have achieved and am keeping the splints on for a bit longer to be sure of the result. I only wish that I had known about it before as my 3 year old nephew was born with cup ear..."

    Julie B, UK

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