Earfold is a new device developed by the Allergan laboratory for the treatment of prominent ears commonly known as protruding ears or lop ears. It is estimated that there is a 5% of the population with this aesthetic problem that entails certain disadvantages, especially in school-aged children, which can lead to self-esteem problems.
So far, the method used by surgeons to treat prominent ears was otoplasty, an operation that requires hospitalization and general anesthesia.
Earfold is a device made of Nitinol (an alloy of nickel and titanium) covered in 24 carat gold that is inserted in the patient’s ears and does not require hospitalization, only local anesthesia and takes about 30 minutes to be done. It has the additional advantage of the simulation named Prefold, in which the doctor carries out a previous test where the patient could see how the state of the ears will be before the final implantation of the Earfold.
Earfold is recommended for children from 7 years on and has many advantages because this system does not require hospitalization and therefore, loss of school hours, the cures can be done in consultation in the following weeks, the only thing that can be seen in the children ears are two small reabsorbable points, so there are no bandages that draw attention to the ears or alter their usual life.
The intervention is quick, around 30 – 40 minutes and the child can return to their usual activities the same afternoon. Parents should take care they do not touch or scratch their ears in the first few days, and they must be careful when using a mobile or headphones.
The parents can see in the simulation how the result would be, the Earfold is implanted in a short time with local anesthesia in the area of the ear, and requires only few more revisions in the clinic.
The patient may experience some swelling and bruising or a little blood loss in the area due to the incision and some discomfort when resting, but these effects disappear within a few days.
The ideal patient to be implanted the Earfold is one that has separated antihelix that is the most common form of prominent ears, other types of cases may require a traditional otoplasty for the correction of the ears.
Earfold is designed to be permanent but is perfectly reversible and can be removed if necessary.
In Clinica Granado Tiagonce we offer you a first appointment totally free where we will make a diagnosis of the shape of your ear and indicate if the earfold intervention could be carried out. We will also perform the previous simulation, so you can see the result with the doctor and decide.
The intention of the Earfold system is not replacing traditional otoplasty, that is highly successful, but to give patients a quick and predictable alternative since patients can see the possible final result through the simulator and decide from the beginning the result together with the doctor.