Ear correction surgery, also known as ear pinning or otoplasty, is a cosmetic surgery procedure to alter the size or shape of the ears or pin them back if they stick out. Some people have this procedure as a child, however, adults who feel their ears stick out often choose corrective cosmetic ear pinning at our clinics.
Are you considering Ear Correction surgery?
Many people are born with ‘sticky out’ ears, the medical name for this is ‘prominent ears’. La Belle Forme can now offer ear correction (pinnaplasty) using the earFold treatment. One of the huge advantages of the earFold process is that patients can see how their ears will look before they have the treatment done.
Up to 1 in 20 people could be said to suffer from prominent ears and can benefit from ear correction. A sizeable percentage of people experience psychological distress because of the appearance of their ears. Children, in particular, may suffer from comments and teasing. Remarks such as “bat-ears”, “wing-nuts”, “FA-cup” are common and these can result in a significant loss of confidence.
Children who miss out on corrective surgery often become adults who are still insecure about the appearance of their ears. Women are usually able to cover their ears with long hair but then avoid wearing their hair up. This can be more difficult for men, who may avoid shorter haircuts to avoid revealing this feature of their appearance. Concerns about appearance are known to have a big impact on an individual’s day-to-day life. However, this does not have to be the case.
Your preFold Consultation
During the consultation, the patient and surgeon can decide together on the best position for the implant to achieve the desired outcome. Unlike consultations for a pinnaplasty procedure, practitioners can demonstrate the outcome to patients by using the preFold positioning tool. The positioning tools are made out of the same nitinol material as the implant and are placed on the ear using clear, self-adhesive strips, but can be moved to any position on the ear until the patient is satisfied with the location and how they look. This allows the surgeon to show the patient almost exactly what the ear will look like once the implants are in place.
EarFold is an innovative new procedure for permanent correction of prominent ears
Ear Correction FAQs
The procedure for earFold, which is suitable for adults and children above the age of seven, works by folding back the ear through the insertion of a small implant made of nitinol metal alloy. Nitinol belongs to a class of materials called Shape Memory Alloys (SMA) and these alloys can be made to remember a particular shape; hence, the earFold implant has been designed to a pre-set shape, and when released, the implant grips the cartilage and folds the ear into the desired new shape. The implant is also coated in 24-carat gold to reduce its visibility through the skin. Most patients will require one or two implants, depending on the look they wish to achieve. The implants are permanent fixtures and are designed to be completely biocompatible in the patient’s ear.
”‘I inherited my sticking-out ears from my father and was called bat ears by the boys at school,’ he recalls. ‘I have felt self-conscious about them all my adult life.Jeremy Wood, 53 Bonhams, York
*Depending on the number of implants required. Does not include assessment, consent, dressing and discharge paperwork.