At a Glance
Do you have prominent ears which you dislike the appearance of? Don’t want to undergo a surgical otoplasty? A non-surgical otoplasty, otherwise known as Earfold, is the solution.
Earfold involves the use of an implant which is inserted behind the ear which then alters the position of the ears.
A traditional otoplasty involves shaping the cartilage behind the ears.
Earfold removes the need for large incisions and does not alter the cartilage. Instead, the minimally-invasive procedure involves inserting a curved implant underneath the skin behind the ear. This then pins back the ears, making them appear less prominent.
Unlike surgical otoplasty, the use of the implant allows you to choose the exact position of your ears, so they can be flat against your head or stick out as much as you would like.
There are numerous benefits to undergoing non-surgical otoplasty, including:
- Quick recovery
- Being in control of the appearance of your ears
- Fast procedure
You will be a suitable candidate for this procedure if you are unhappy with the appearance of your ears and you are wishing to change them.
While this procedure is often sought after for children, you will need to be at least 18 years old to undergo non-surgical otoplasty at Centre for Surgery.
You will need to be a non-smoker, or be able to stop smoking prior to the procedure as well as during the recovery period. Smoking can cause problems with wound healing and can cause problems with blood supply.
Prior to undergoing non-surgical otoplasty, you will need to have a consultation with one of the surgeons who will be able to assess whether you are a suitable candidate for this procedure.
Earfold will be performed under a local anaesthetic, so you will be awake but will not feel any discomfort.
The procedure will take around 20 minutes to complete.
Before the procedure begins, yourself and the surgeon will agree on the position of the ears. This position will then be marked by the surgeon.
You will then be given a local anaesthetic. This means you will be awake during the procedure but will be unable to feel any pain or discomfort.
The surgeon will then make a small incision. Then, using a small device, the surgeon will insert the implant beneath the skin behind the ears.
The small incision is then sutured shut and dressing is applied.
You will be able to notice results immediately after the implant is inserted.
Following the procedure, you may feel some minor pain and discomfort, which will only last a few days. You may wish to take medication to help alleviate symptoms during this period.
You should be able to return to work the day after your procedure.
It is normal to experience some swelling and bruising in the first few days. You may also experience some sensitivity in the ears, so make sure to be careful when you are showering and washing your hair.
You will need to avoid sleeping on your sides for at least four weeks after surgery. It is also recommended to sleep with numerous pillows, as this will help to reduce swelling.
Avoid wearing earrings for at least two weeks as this will lower the risk of infection occurring.
You should avoid swimming and any physical contact sports for four weeks.
What is non-surgical otoplasty?Non-surgical otoplasty is otherwise known as Earfold, which involves inserting an implant behind the ear, which then pins back the ear.
What is the difference between non-surgical and surgical otoplasty?Otoplasty involves incisions behind the ear which removes cartilage, allowing the surgeon to alter the appearance of the ears.
Meanwhile, Earfold involves inserting an implant beneath the skin behind the ears which allows for the ear to be adjusted.
During your initial consultation, your surgeon will be able to advise you if you are better suited for otoplasty or non-surgical otoplasty.
Am I eligible for non-surgical otoplasty?While this is a procedure which is sometimes performed on children, at Centre for Surgery you will need to be at least 18 years old.
You will need to be a non-smoker, or be able to stop smoking prior to and after the procedure.
Your surgeon will be able to advise you if you are an eligible candidate for this procedure.
How long will the procedure take?The non-surgical otoplasty takes around 20 minutes to complete.
Will I need any anaesthetic?Prior to the procedure starting, you will be given a local anaesthetic. This means you will be awake throughout the procedure but you will not feel any pain or discomfort.
What will the recovery period be like?For the first few days following the procedure, it is normal to experience bruising and swelling, and some pain and discomfort. You may also experience some sensitivity around the ears.
You will need to avoid sleeping on your sides for at least four weeks.
Avoid wearing earrings for at least two weeks.
How long will I need to take off work?You will not need to take any time off work. You will be able to return to work the day after you have had your procedure.
When will I be able to start exercising again?You will be able to resume light activities when you feel safe to do so. However, you should avoid swimming and any contact sports for four weeks in order to avoid any injuries and complications.