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This is a minimally invasive treatment and can be carried out under local anaesthetic with immediate correction and rapid recovery.
You may decide you want this procedure because you feel your ears stick out too much or are too large, or you're not happy with their shape. Whatever the reason, we can help.
We pride ourselves on our clinical excellence, you'll be looked after by an experienced multi-disciplinary care team.
The earFold implant can also be used on adults with asymmetric ears, where one ear is more prominent than the other. A number of implants can be used to correct the ear prominence.
The Earfold implant is suitable for adults. The benefits of the procedure are:
Our patients are at the heart of what we do and we want you to be in control of your care. To us, that means you can choose the consultant you want to see and when you want. They’ll be with you every step of the way: from giving advice at your first consultation, through to offering on-going support after your surgery.
All of our consultant surgeons are of the highest calibre and benefit from working in our modern, well equipped hospitals.
A consultant surgeon's reputation, qualifications and experience are vitally important, so we only work with consultant grade specialists. These are highly experienced consultants who have completed years of medical training.
All our consultant surgeons are on the specialist register of the General Medical Council (GMC), and many are also members of the UK’s leading cosmetic and plastic surgery associations.
At Spire Bushey Hospital, our experienced consultant ENT surgeons will undertake this procedure in an outpatient clinic room. You will be able to choose from one of the following consultants:
You will have a formal consultation with a healthcare professional. During this time you will be able to explain your medical history, symptoms and raise any concerns that you might have.
We will also discuss with you whether any further diagnostic tests, such as scans or blood tests, are needed. Any additional costs will be discussed before further tests are carried out.
If you decide to go ahead with the procedure, we'll give you at least two weeks between consultation and operation date. This is because we want you to be really happy and confident with your decision.
We've tried to make your experience with us as easy and relaxed as possible.
For more information on visiting hours, our food, what to pack if you're staying with us, parking and all those other important practicalities, please visit our patient information pages.
Our dedicated team will also give you tailored advice to follow in the run up to your visit.
Earfold® is an implant made from a short strip of nitinol metal alloy consisting of two metals, titanium and nickel. Both these metals are widely used in medicine. The implant is a curved, thin strip of metal (similar to the thickness of a human hair) and is plated with 24 carat gold which reduces the visibility of the implant under the skin.
The ears are numbed with a local anaesthetic injection and a small incision is made towards the edge of the ear. The Earfold® implant has a pre-loaded, disposable introducer. The surgeon will slide this under the skin and once the implant is in the correct position, it is released. This only takes a few seconds. Once the implant has been released, it grips in to the cartilage of the ear and immediately folds it into a pre-determined shape. One or two stitches are used to close the skin incision.
The time of the procedure will depend on the number of implants needed to correct the ear prominence.
You will be able to go home immediately after the procedure and no bandages or dressings are required. You will be given a three-day prescription for antibiotics as a precautionary measure and arrangements will also be made for a follow up review in clinic about three months after treatment.
The implants can be kept permanently in place but if you wish to have them removed then they can be removed after a specified period has elapsed. By this time they should have exerted a permanent moulding effect on the ear cartilage. The length of time required for this effect to occur depends on your age as ear cartilage tends to be stiffer in older patients. Removal of the implant will require local anaesthetic and the previous incision is opened, allowing the implants to be easily removed.
As with all surgical procedures there is the possibility of complications, such as infection or visibility of the implant. Each patient is different with different skin. If you have any issues, please feel free to discuss them with your consultant.
Most patients can return to work immediately but should expect some bruising and swelling after treatment. This will settle after a few days.
If you have any questions or concerns, we're here to help.
We are committed to delivering excellent individual care and customer service across our network of hospitals, clinics and specialist care centres around the UK. Our dedicated and highly trained team aim to achieve consistently excellent results. For us it's more than just treating patients, it's about looking after people.
The treatment described on this page may be adapted to meet your individual needs, so it's important to follow your healthcare professional's advice and raise any questions that you may have with them.
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