Protruding ears (jug ears, apostasies otum) are a malformation of the outer ear. Mostly the ear cartilage is insufficient folded. Also a too large external ear (concha) may lead to deformity. Protruding ears are often the cause for psychological stress due to teasing. Especially kids but also adults can feel insecure with their appearance and suffer.
From the age of 5 the ear is hardly growing so protruding ears can already be corrected in preschool.
By correcting the shape, position or size a harmonious ear shape can be modeled.
Protruding ears can be safely and permanently treated with a small operation under local anesthesia. For anxious patients a sedation or general anesthesia is possible. The surgery can be performed on an ambulant basis. A short hospital stay in our clinic for 1-2 days is recommended for toddlers.
Special suture techniques ensure that the cartilage lies to the head without tension. The wound is closed with a suture. The dismissal is done with a bandage on the head which is replaced by a fixed headband at the first dressing change after 2-3 days. This should be worn day and night for 2 weeks and for another 2 weeks only at night so the ear cartilage can heal in its new position. The remaining scars are very fine and barely visible after a few weeks.
Postoperative bleeding, wound infections or visible cartilage edges occur rarely.
Time of treatment
General anesthesia or local anesthesia (possible sedation)
Wearing a headband during the day for 2 weeks and 4 weeks at night
Earfold ® is a new option for patients with protruding ears due to an underdeveloped anthelix fold, to a certain degree. The treatment is certified for adults and children from 7 years old.
The implants are made from 24-carat gold plated metal alloys. The dimensions are 5 mm wide, 15 mm long, 0.15 mm thick and about 0.068g in weight. The possible result can be demonstrated with so-called preFold positioning elements before the procedure. Thus, a treatment plan on the number and position of the implants can be prepared in advance and the expected result can be simulated.
The outpatient treatment is done in local anesthesia. The earFold ™ metal implant is placed and fixed in place under the skin at a predetermined location using a 5-10mm incision. The patient can quickly return to everyday life after the treatment.
Very rarely minor bleeding may occur postoperatively. Furthermore, swelling and bruising may occur. Miss Dr. Montanari has personally learned the surgical techniques from the inventor of the technique himself- Dr. Norbert Kang from London.
Time of treatment:
30 - 60 minutes
Local anesthesia (possible sedation)
Wearing a headband at night for 6 weeks can be useful