EarFold® is a thin, curved, metal strip made of Nitinol. Nitinol is an alloy that is made from two metals, titanium and nickel, and is widely used in medicine. It is the same material that is used for coronary artery stents (for patients with heart disease due to a blockage of their arteries) and also for unbreakable spectacle frames. The EarFold® implant has been plated with 24-carat gold to reduce its visibility. The EarFold® implant has undergone extensive laboratory and human clinical testing over a period of several years.
You can expect some normal numbness, swelling and bruising following surgery. You will be given full details about the recovery process during your appointments with the surgeon.
You may want to take one to two weeks off work, as well as avoiding exercise or bending forward for the three to four weeks following your surgery. Contact sport should be avoided for at least six weeks.