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Classic ear correction & Earfold® in Düsseldorf

Two surgery options for protruding ears

Protruding or oddly-shaped ears are often the reason for teasing in childhood. This trauma creates low self-esteem and insecurity that continues into adulthood. Undoubtedly, many patients express the wish for ordinary ears. With modern techniques we can offer you or your child the opportunity for a new attitude to life.

Classic ear correction - with surgery - in Düsseldorf

Information on classic ear correction

  • Treatment duration: 1.5 hours
  • Stunning: local stunning + sedation if necessary
  • Stay in hospital: outpatient
  • Downtime: 1 week
  • Restriction from sports: 6 weeks
  • Costs: from € 2,000 -

One benefit of the classic ear correction (ear contact plastic surgery) is that the ear fold can be changed (re-shaping of the antihelix fold). Another advantage is the removal or reduction of the ear cartilage, in the case of malformations, for example.

In addition, we can define the angle formed between the auricle and the head, i.e., the degree to which the ear should lie against the head. Since this surgical method has been in use for decades, we can draw from a wealth of experience in this area. Otoplasty can be performed on children from preschool age, as well as adults.

You can trust our competent team of doctors who have many years of experience at our practice in Düsseldorf.

1. What is the procedure for a classic ear correction?

The ear cartilage is re-formed through an incision on the back of the ears using special suture techniques. The shape and position of the auricle can thus be changed. Durable sutures anchor or shape the ear cartilage. It is rarely necessary to remove parts of the cartilage. The incisions are closed with a self-dissolving thread and a soft padded bandage is applied for 24 hours.

2. Which anaesthesia is used for a classic ear correction?

In one of our individual consultations, we will discuss which anaesthesia would be suitable for you. In principle, the operation can be performed under general or local anaesthesia. With local anaesthesia, a sedation can be administered as well. For small children, the operation under general anaesthesia is recommended. It is, of course, also possible to spend the night in the hospital accompanied by parents.

3. What do I have to consider after the operation?

After the operation, a protective head bandage is applied for 24 hours. After this you should wear a headband day and night for 2 - 3 weeks to protect the sensitive ears from any injuries or manipulation. After this period, it is recommended to wear the headband for another 2 weeks at night.

4. Can complications arise with a classic ear correction?

Depending on the medical results, the shape and position of the ears can be improved greatly. As with any operation, bruising and swelling can occur, which usually heals by itself. Infections of the wound area are very rare.

5. After the operation, when can I start doing sports again?

After the operation, you should plan a recovery period of one week. You should refrain from sports activities for 6 weeks.

Earfold® method in Düsseldorf - Ears positioned - minimally invasive

Information about the Earfold® method

  • Treatment duration: 30 minutes
  • Stunning: Local stunning
  • Stay in hospital: outpatient
  • Downtime: 2 days
  • Restriction from sports: 3 weeks
  • Costs: from € 1,500 -

This new earmold technique allows an ear correction without surgery to permanently improve your ear shape. The correction is made by inserting a so-called "clip" under local anaesthetic. In order for you to be able to see what result you can expect before the operation, our surgeons can simulate the new shape of your ear with a test clip.

Due to this minimally invasive method of ear placement, no special bandage is necessary after the treatment.

Further FAQ

What is the procedure during an Earfold® operation?

The operation is performed under local anaesthetic on the ear. This allows the Earfold® clip to be placed in the previously planned position on the ear cartilage to give your ear the desired shape. A small incision is closed with self-dissolving sutures and a skin-coloured plaster bandage is applied to the wound.

A head bandage is not necessary. We recommend wearing a soft headband at night for 2 weeks after the procedure.

Are Earfold® implants/clips well tolerated?

The small dimensionally stable clips are made of Nitinol - coated with a 24-carat gold layer - and are therefore very well tolerated. Because the Earfold® clips are so well tolerated, the tiny implant can also be used for correction in children as young as seven years old.

What are the advantages of treating protruding ears with Earfold® compared to a classic surgical treatment?

First and foremost, the main advantage of Earfold® is that the patient has a great influence on the results. Because the adjustment is made with prefold-clips before the actual procedure, the patient helps determine their future appearance.

Earfold® is the gentlest of the ear-fitting techniques and a minimal surgical procedure that is performed under local anaesthetic. After the procedure, you do not have to wear a bandage. The healing process is fast and you do not have to expect any downtime.

Can there be complications during the treatment?

Depending on the initial results, the shape and position of the ears can be greatly improved.  As with any operation, bruising and swelling may occur but they typically heal on their own. Infections in the wound area are very rare. The pain after the operation is slight and can be treated with over-the-counter medication, if necessary.

After the Earfold® operation, when can I start exercising again?

Sports activities should be avoided for 3 weeks.

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