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Ear Correction (Otoplasty)

Split earlobes normally come about due many years of wearing heavy earrings in pierced ears. A special closing technique is used in order to prevent renewed tearing. The skin edges are freshened and smoothed. A special incision technique is used to avoid creating a simple vertical seam that could split again. This only needs to be about 3mm. A new hole can then be re-pierced in the same position. However, this should take place in a special procedure at a later date after the wound has healed (after approximately six months)..

Correction of the ear shape is a further procedure that is primarily performed during childhood. This mainly deals with the "pinning back" of prominent ears, or "jug ears".

The Correction of the Ears

Before the correction, precise markings are drawn on the earlobes. The procedure is performed under local anaesthetic. Following a local anaesthetic injection, and after waiting for it to take full effect, the earlobe piercing is cut out of the ear and the wound edges are sewn together with fine sutures. Haemostasis is assured by sealing the capillaries. The procedure is absolutely painless.

For correction of the shape of the ear, an incision is made under local anaesthetic and the cartilage in the ear is tightened or shaped to achieve a natural result. This incision is then sutured behind the ear.

After the Otoplasty

The sutures are removed 10 to 12 days after the procedure. After a procedure to change the position of the ears, you should wear a headband for 14 days to consolidate the result. The ears should be cleaned with care. Avoid frequent telephone calls.

Risks & side effects

  • Internal bleeding in the skin. This usually requires no further treatment
  • Swelling and pain in the treated area after the operation
  • Discolouration from haematoma. This usually subsides of its own accord
  • The edges of the wound may come apart under mechanical stress, e.g. when combing hair. This can have an undesirable effect on scar formation and in very rare cases can even require a scar correction procedure
  • In very rare cases, local anaesthetic or the additional injection of haemostatic medication for anaesthesia can cause undesirable side effects such as allergic reactions, or reactions to the anaesthetic (swelling, itching, severe circulatory reactions and shock), additional side effects in the central nervous system (restlessness, cramp, respiratory disorders), raised or lowered blood pressure, cardiac arrhythmia and slowed heartbeat
  • Scars: the operation cannot be performed without leaving scars. However, they are positioned in skin folds to ensure that they are as inconspicuous as possible and can be easily concealed. The natural redness of fresh sutures disappears after 2-3 weeks, but in rare cases it can last for several months. Small skin cysts may form in the scar area, but these can be treated quickly and easily
  • Disruptions to scar formation: depending on the constitution of the patient, bulging, painful scars that itch may occur (excess scarring, keloid scarring). Keloid scarring usually subsides through conservative treatment without the need for further operations.
  • In some cases the cosmetic result may be unsatisfactory. This can be corrected with a further operation if necessary. Tearing of the inner suture or asymmetry of the ears can occur. An infection requiring treatment with antibiotics may also occur

EARFOLD™ - AN INNOVATIVE APPROACH TO CORRECT PROTRUDING EARS

Roughly 5% of people suffer from protruding ears. In both children and adults, severely protruding ears can be a psychological burden, ultimately resulting in a lowered sense of self-esteem. EarFold™ allows protruding ears to be corrected both gently and permanently without the use of stitches and without the need to wear an obtrusive headband afterwards. Benefit from the many advantages of this new method of ear correction and look forward to optimum, risk-free results.

WHAT IS EARFOLD™?

EarFold™ is a very small gold-plated Nitinol implant, designed for the treatment of protruding or asymmetrical ears in children over seven and adults. In Europe, EarFold™ was CE-certified and approved in April 2015. The small implant can be placed on different areas of the ear to bring them into the desired position. Thanks to the 24-karat gold coating, the implant is hypoallergenic, retains its shape and is not visible outside the ear.

HOW IS EARFOLD™ TREATMENT CARRIED OUT?

The usual correction method for the outer ear involves removing a piece of skin from behind the ear, exposing the cartilage. The missing fold is then reconstructed using special sutures. The problem with this method is that in some cases, the ear can pop back out again.

The EarFold™ method makes it possible to correct the ears without removing any skin from behind the ear. With this treatment option, the missing fold in the outer ear is created using a small implant. Minimal incisions allow the tiny implant to be placed under the skin along the front side of the large ear fold. The minimally invasive operation can be carried out under local anesthetic while the patient is still awake and lasts only 5 to 20 minutes on average.

Before the operation, both the optimum positioning of the implant to achieve the desired result and an individualized treatment procedure are discussed. The PreFold™ positioning guide allows you to simulate the possible results in front of a mirror, allowing you to assess the results before the operation is carried out. Should you be unhappy with the results, which can occur in very rare cases, the implant can always be repositioned or removed entirely.

The Prevention Center in Zurich is proud to be pioneering this treatment method in Switzerland.

The results of implant treatment in our Zurich Prevention Center have been very successful and we take pleasure in our happy and satisfied customers who, thanks to the correction, have been offered a new outlook on life.

WHAT RISKS AND SIDE EFFECTS ARE ASSOCIATED WITH AN EARFOLD™ TREATMENT?

Generally, after the implant is inserted, any possible side effects should be mild. Shortly after the operation, the ear may be slightly sore or swollen, and there may be bruising around the insertion site. In addition, lying on the ear could lead to slight soreness. The side effects mentioned here should subside after 5 to 7 days, allowing you to enjoy the results of the treatment.

 

WHO IS THE EARFOLD™ METHOD FOR?

The minimally invasive operation and insertion of the implant can be performed in all patients with an underdeveloped or missing ear fold (antihelix fold). The EarFold™ treatment is a gentle alternative to traditional corrective surgery and does not require a post-operative headband. EarFold™ is an excellent and gentle option, in particular for patients who have decided against traditional ear correction methods.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF EAR CORRECTION WITH EARFOLD™?

A minimally invasive operation with EarFold™ has many benefits over traditional outer ear correction and can only be carried out by specially trained doctors.

No obtrusive headband

One of the biggest benefits over traditional ear correction is that after the operation there is no need to wear a headband during the healing phase.

Quick procedure and local anesthetic.

The procedure only takes up to 20 minutes at most. The insertion of the implant can be done using local anesthetic at our Prevention Center in Zurich, completely eliminating the risks involved with general anesthesia.

See the results even before the operation

Prior to the surgery, you can get an idea of what the outer ear correction will look like thanks to the PreFold™ positioning guide. We can discuss the best position and desired results with you in front of a mirror.

Little to no down time

There is very little down time when you decide on the EarFold™ method. We recommend that you rest immediately following the operation; however, there is nothing keeping you from returning to your daily routine at work and at home.

Immediate results

If you opt for minimally invasive treatment with EarFold™, you will be able to enjoy the results immediately. There is also no need for you to worry about having to undergo surgery again, because the results are permanent. Additionally, there is no risk that the ear will pop back out, as is sometimes the case with more traditional ear correction methods.

The implant can be replaced or removed

If you are unhappy with the positioning of the implant for whatever reason, it can be adjusted or removed at any time.