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Incisionless Fritsch Otoplasty

An incisionless Fritsch otoplasty is a cosmetic ear surgery alternative to an earFold or otoplasty (ear-pinning procedures) that corrects protruding ears without incisions or alterations of ear cartilage.

Incisionless Fritsch Otoplasty

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The Skinny


Average Recovery

8 days

Permanence

Temporary

Application

Surgical Procedure

Surgical

No

Cost

$3000 - $5000

The Specifics


What is an incisionless Fritsch otoplasty?

An incisionless Fritsch otoplasty is a minimally invasive ear surgery procedure that uses strategically placed sutures behind the ear to reduce protrusion. This procedure uses sutures to pull ear cartilage back and in towards the head. It is best suited for those only requiring minor adjustments like children and teenagers.

The Anatomy of the Ear

Ear Anatomy Close Up Photo

This alternative to the implant based earFold and surgical Otoplasty does not produce as dramatic results, but does not require any incisions.

What cosmetic concerns does an incisionless Fritsch otoplasty procedure treat?

  1. Ear Shape: Sutures are strategically placed behind the ear to pull the ear closer to the head reducing protrusion.

Who is the ideal candidate for an incisionless Fritsch otoplasty procedure?

The ideal candidate for an incisionless Fritsch otoplasty ear surgery is in generally good health, and ideally a child or teenager with more pliable ear cartilage, or those requiring revision following a traditional otoplasty. Incisionless Fritsch Otoplasty is not recommended for those with severe deformities or adults with less pliable ear cartilage.

What is the average recovery associated with an incisionless Fritsch otoplasty procedure?

Following an incisionless Fritsch otoplasty patients can expect about 10 days of recovery time. Most candidates return to work after one week. Strenuous activities should be limited for three weeks.

What are the potential side effects of an incisionless Fritsch otoplasty procedure?

Possible side effects following an incisionless Fritsch otoplasty include pain, bleeding, scarring, infection, suture failure, and asymmetrical appearance.

What can someone expect from the results of an incisionless Fritsch otoplasty procedure?

The results of an incisionless Fritsch otoplasty procedure are immediate and permanent improvements to the appearance of the ear. Complications such as suture failure, suture exposure, or under correction may require a revision surgery.

What is the average cost of an incisionless Fritsch otoplasty procedure?


An incisionless Fritsch otoplasty can cost anywhere from $3,000 to $5,000. The actual cost of an incisionless Fritsch otoplasty is dependent upon location, plastic surgeon, and length and involvement of the plastic surgery.

Pros

minimally invasivequick recovery

Cons

possible recurrencepossible suture failureresults can be subtle

Invasiveness Score

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Invasiveness is graded based on factors such as anesthesia practices, incisions, and recovery notes common to this procedure.

What to Expect


The incisionless Fritsch otoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that uses only sutures to reposition prominent ears closer to the side of the head. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after an incisionless otoplasty.

The Takeaway


An incisionless Fritsch otoplasty is an ear surgery performed for cosmetic reasons to reduce the protrusion of the ear. This cosmetic surgery is performed mostly in children and teenagers for improved self-esteem and aesthetic.

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  1. Alexander Berghaus Protruding ears - cosmetic surgery with a sense of proportion PubMed.gov; 2016-09-01
  2. Better Health Channel Otoplasty (external ear surgery)
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