Earfold® treatment Q&A

13 December 2017

What is Earfold® treatment?

Earfold® is a small implant designed to reposition prominent ears. The implant is curved and after it is inserted into your ear it springs into shape, helping to correct your ear prominence by creating what’s known as the antihelical fold (the lack of this fold is often the cause of the majority of prominent ears).

Who is likely to be interested in this procedure?

Prominent ears affect around 1-2% of the UK population, and can negatively impact people’s lives. Unlike traditional otoplasty, Earfold® lets you see how your ears will look before treatment. During your initial consultation, we discuss how you would like your ears to look, and then use 1 or 2 temporary positioners per ear to give you the opportunity to see what the end result will look like before you have the treatment.

How is the procedure performed?

Earfold® has been designed to be minimally invasive; the procedure takes about 20 minutes under local anaesthetic, and no overnight stay is required. Once a small incision has been made, the permanent implant is placed in the exact position determined in your assessment. A few small dissolvable stitches are required that do not need to be removed.

How long does recovery take?

Unlike traditional surgery, there is no need to wear a head bandage after treatment, and you may go back to work the next day. You may experience a little discomfort after the treatment, but this should subside quickly. We tend to say allow six weeks for full recovery of bruising and swelling.

Where can I get further information?

You can find further information on Earfold® treatment on Spire Norwich Hospital’s website here, or if you would like to book a consultation with Mr Andrew Snelling, please call us on 01603 255614.

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