Facts on ear correction (Earfold™)
|Treatment methods:||Open operation with cartilage remodelling (ear correction) / Insertion of small clips that shape the ear (Earfold™)|
|Treatment duration:||1,5-2 hours (ear correction) / 30 min (Earfold™)|
|Aftercare:||Bandage (ear correction) / None (Earfold™)|
|Removal of sutures:||Absorbable sutures used|
|Presentable:||Depending on hair length, 2-5 days (ear correction) / Depending on localised bruising, from immediately up to 2 days (Earfold™)|
|Costs:||From 4,200 EUR|
Protruding ears can be troubling for adults and children alike. As children, many of those affected suffer the stares and teasing of their classmates. In the worst case, this one problem can pervade a person’s entire life, even restricting their professional life as adults.
Protruding ears – often pejoratively called ‘jug ears’ – occur when parts of the ear muscle are too pronounced. However, surgical ear correction can provide a long-lasting remedy, positioning the ears closer to the head. Ear correction is a relatively straightforward, low-risk procedure and can be a major relief to those affected. If a person feels their earlobes are too big, ear correction can also remedy this.
In principle, ear corrections can be carried out at any age; however, in the case of children we recommend having ear corrections performed before they start school. Acting pre-emptively allows the child to avoid potentially negative situations. Naturally, here at beauteous we provide support for patients of all ages. We provide expert consultation and treatment, with every aspect tailored precisely to your individual requirements and wishes. To discuss ear correction further, get in touch to arrange a non-binding consultation appointment.
Frequently asked questions on ear correction
Protruding or prominent ears, often called ‘jug ears’, are caused by a deformity in the ear muscle. In many cases, the cartilage has simply grown too large, pushing the ear away from the head somewhat. In other cases, however, it could be that a fold in the ear – the so-called ‘antihelical fold’ – is not as pronounced as it should be. As a result, the ear doesn’t lie as flat against the head as other people’s do.
In ear correction surgery, we can adjust how the ear sits and reduce the size of oversized earlobes. The surgical method used depends on the deformity in question as well as the patient’s wishes.
At beauteous, we offer two types of ear correction: anterior open ear correction and ear correction using Earfold™ implants.
In anterior open ear correction, the surgeon makes an incision in the fold at the front of the ear ridge. Lifting the skin then enables them to access all necessary structures in the ear, and allows them to adapt the cartilage as necessary. If the ear muscle is too large, it can be reduced in size and then held in place with sutures. The location of the resulting scars means they are barely noticeable later.
Earfold™ ear correction is a minimally invasive procedure which only involves making tiny incisions of about 0.5cm in length. These tiny incisions allow the surgeon to insert the implants. Made of a metal alloy, these implants are clips inserted against the cartilage, durably holding it in the desired position. This method positions the ear closer to the head without requiring further cartilage manipulation. The patient doesn’t have to wear a bandage after the procedure, and can go about their life as normal straight away.
Before performing the ear correction, we hold an in-depth consultation with you. In this meeting, you receive important information about the procedure itself, as well as on aftercare and potential risks. The doctor works together with you to produce an individual treatment plan that corresponds to your individual circumstances and wishes.
Here at beauteous, we carry out the operation as an outpatient procedure under local anaesthetic. The precise details of the procedure depend on the surgical technique used. In open ear correction, the surgeon makes an incision in the anterior fold of the ear. This allows them to lift parts of the skin away from the cartilage and shape the ear muscle as required. The incisions are sutured using absorbable surgical thread, which means they don’t need to be removed.
In the innovative Earfold™ method, we work by making tiny incisions of approximately 0.5cm in length in the skin. Rather than removing or surgically altering the cartilage, the surgeon uses special implants to form it into the desired shape. To do this, they use small clips that durably hold the ear muscle in the desired position.
After a traditional ear correction procedure, a bandage will be placed on the ear and must be worn for 2 days. However, if the Earfold™ method is used, no obvious bandages are required. In this procedure, only a liquid bandage is applied after the surgery. You can leave the practice again straight after the procedure.
After the ears have been repositioned, you will be given a bandage that can be removed after two days. To begin with, you should also wear a headband when getting dressed and undressed and when sleeping. This headband provides added protection for the treated areas during the healing phase. You can sleep on the side on which the ear correction was carried out straight away. However, many patients avoid doing so to begin with.
Ear correction procedures using Earfold™ usually do not require any bandages. The clip sits firmly in the ear and cannot slip out of position. Despite this, some of our patients choose to wear a bandage initially as it reassures them when going about their daily lives. Of course, we’d be happy to arrange this for you.
Nowadays, ear correction surgery is routine and generally very low-risk. As with all surgeries, on rare occasions patients may develop infections which can be treated very effectively with antibiotics. Following Earfold™ ear correction, in some rare cases patients experience secondary haemorrhages. However, in the traditional ear correction procedure, this risk is minimised by the bandages used.
It’s very rare for protruding ears to develop again after ear correction surgery. This could conceivably occur, for example, if the sutures make their way through the cartilage and result in increased pressure on the ear. In the case of ear correction using the Earfold™ method, it’s extremely rare for corrected ears to protrude again.
At present, there is no long-lasting solution for protruding ears that does not involve surgery. However, with the Earfold™ method, we at beauteous offer a minimally invasive alternative to open ear correction surgery.
The price for ear correction surgery varies between €2000–4500. The precise costs involved depend on the scope of treatment and the selected surgical method.
For many of those affected, protruding ears have a severe impact on their professional and social lives. With surgical ear correction, we offer our patients a lasting solution to protruding ears that can help them to regain a stronger sense of self-confidence. We would be happy to answer any questions you might have about open ear correction surgery or Earfold™ treatment. Get in touch with us via our contact form or by telephone at +49 (0)69 902 871 13. We look forward to hearing from you!