Those who will benefit most from EarFold® are individuals with prominent ears due to an absence or poor development of the anti-helical fold. This is the case for most people with prominent ears and, as a result, the majority of these individuals will benefit from treatment with EarFold®. However, in some cases, prominence can also be due to a very deep conchal bowl. In such cases, EarFold® may be able to improve the prominence but will not correct it altogether and additional procedures (such as a conchal bowl reduction) may be necessary. Either way, your surgeon will be able to advise you during the consultation.
EarFold Before Procedure
For the first time in cosmetic surgery, EarFold® will provide you with a unique opportunity to select the precise amount of correction that you want rather than leaving it to the discretion of the surgeon. At your first visit to the surgeon, you will be able to decide how much of a correction you want. To do this, the surgeon will use EarFold® sizers which are placed onto the outside of your ear to help determine the optimum location for the implant. The sizers are also made of nitinol and are the same size and shape as the actual EarFold® implant. To achieve the desired correction, one or two EarFold® implants are used in each ear.
Some people suffer from asymmetric ears (e.g. one ear is more prominent than the other). The EarFold® implant is the perfect treatment for such cases as it is possible to ensure that the implants are placed in just the right position to achieve satisfactory symmetry.
Earfold® implants are made from a lightweight metal alloy called nitinol, a super-elastic material. So your ears can still move in a natural way, and Earfold® is designed to keep its desired shape.
The EarFold® implants have been designed to be completely biocompatible and are left in place permanently. If you are not happy with the implant however, then it can be removed.