earFold is an alternative to an otoplasty surgery. The earFold procedure is minimally invasive and inserts a small implant that corrects protruding ears. The implant bends the ear to the patient's desired shape without cutting or removing cartilage.
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About the Procedure
The earFold implant is a small device used to push the ears towards the head to reduce a protruding appearance. This treatment is less invasive than the traditional otoplasty, or ear pinning, that removes pieces of ear cartilage and leaves patients with a larger scar behind the ear. This procedure also has the advantage of a non-surgical pre-implant that shows patient's what their results will look like before the actual implant is in place. On the day of surgery, the ear will be thoroughly cleansed and a local anesthetic will be injected into the ear cartilage. Once the area is completely numbed the area, a small incision will be made where the implant will be inserted, about 1 centimeter in length. The skin will be lifted away from the ear, revealing the underlying ear cartilage. The implant will be placed and released to the predetermined fold, creating a more desirable ear shape for the patient. The procedure, which takes approximately 20 minutes, will finish by re-draping the skin over the implant, closing the incision with dissolvable stitches, and applying a small adhesive dressing.
The primary goal of earFold is to reshape prominent ears by manipulating the ear cartilage to hold the ear back and diminish its prominence.
What to Expect
earFold is a minimally invasive alternative to an otoplasty surgery that corrects protruding ears. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after an earFold procedure.
- Avoid sunbathing for 2 weeks
- Stop taking blood thinning medications for 2 weeks
- Stop smoking 4 weeks before and after
- No alcohol 2 days prior
- Ear is cleansed
- Local anesthesia
- Small incision where the implant will be inserted
- Skin will be lifted away from the ear, revealing the ear cartilage
- Implant will be placed and released to the predetermined fold
- Skin is re-draped over the implant
- Sutures to close
Most activities can be resumed almost immediately after the earFold procedure. After the first day, bandages are not required but the area must be kept clean and dry. The area may be sensitive following surgery.
Children who are good candidates for ear surgery are in general good health, without a life-threatening illness or untreated chronic ear infections, is generally 5 years old, or when a child's ear cartilage is stable enough for correction. Teenagers and adults who are good candidates for ear surgery are in general good health and do not have a life-threatening illness or medical conditions that can impair healing.
Not Recommended For
earFold is not recommended for patients whose ears have not reached their full size, which normally happens by the age of 5 years.
Side effects from earFold may include discomfort at the incision site, swelling, bruising and minor bleeding, and sensitivity.