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EArfold Implant

EArfold Implant

Postby donns1979 » Thu Jul 18, 2013 4:02 am

I know this is a very new procedure, currently undergoing clinical trials but available to private patients at Royal Free Hospital in London. Does anyone know anybody who was part of the trial or has had the procedure. Sounds too good to be true!?

I have made enquiries and the earliest availablity they have for a consultation is November this year. Apparently huge interest been shown in the procedure.
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Re: EArfold Implant

Postby donns1979 » Tue Apr 15, 2014 8:22 am

Just reposting this to see if anyone has had a consultation about this procedure.

I did have one scheduled for last November but had to cancel due to work commitments. I now have an appointment in June with Dr Kang.

I note the procedure is now being offered in a number of other clinics in the uk and abroad.

Has anyone been for a consultation, or know anyone one who has been or even had it done?

Regards
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Re: EArfold Implant

Postby DCJeff » Thu May 01, 2014 7:11 pm

I would also be interested in anyone's personal experience or knowledge of this. It sounds like a really attractive solution.
For what it's worth, here's a brief discussion on "Yahoo Answers" that includes one person who was involved with the initial trials and had a good outcome:
https://answers.yahoo.com/question/inde ... 715AAraihX
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Re: EArfold Implant

Postby donns1979 » Tue Jul 01, 2014 8:05 am

Hi

Just an update for anyone who maybe looking into possibility of treatment with Earfold.

Had a consultation yesterday. In essence the surgeon has the clips which are used in the procedure and during the consultation these are attached with tape to the ear and moved around to achieve the best possible result.

I am only concerned re the upper poles of my ears so did not have any tried on the bowl area so cant comment on their effectiveness on that portion of the ear. The clips once in place do make a dramatic difference to the top part of the ear.

In my case I am looking for a subtle set back of the upper poles. One ear looked good with one clip in place. The other not quite so good (the very top of the ear was still slightly prominent) and with a second clip in place was slightly over corrected.The surgeons opinion was the expected results should I proceed to surgery were acceptable but traditional method otoplasty would be preferable for the result I hope to achieve, as to some extent the earfold had too much of a correcting effect on my ears.

I am not ruling this out and it seems a good option for the right type of case. It was certainly worth going for the consultation so I can consider all options and make an informed decision.

The surgeon took numerous photos with the clips in place and will be emailing me with them so I can study them and make a final decision if I go ahead with either option or leave things as they are.

Hope this info. may be of some assistance to anyone looking into the Earfold.
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Re: EArfold Implant

Postby grecian » Thu Jul 24, 2014 1:10 pm

I have had the ear fold procedure. From the outside it does look wonderful and it is an ok method but not wonderful. I am not blown by the results and it took alot longer for the healing process then first thought.
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Re: EArfold Implant

Postby Tom24 » Sun Jul 27, 2014 11:40 am

I had mine done 15 days ago ,
Like the other guy has said ,it's not perfect but it is an improvement of the ear shape.It still sticks out but not as much .I paid 1500 £ which is a lot,
15 days after the procedure ,only a bit of the stiches are left.
In short i think this is a procedure for someone that want to fold ears a bit ,i would have rather gone for the proper procedure which cost 2200 pounds for both ears .Any questions please dont hesitate to ask
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Re: EArfold Implant

Postby donns1979 » Mon Jul 28, 2014 4:01 am

Hi Grecian/Tom24

Thanks for the above posts and sharing your experiences of the procedure.
Can I ask if you had one or both ears treated and how many clips in total.?
Are the implants visible under the skin?
I have been thinking about the method since my consultation. What appeals is the less invasive approach, and suggested shorter healing time. However it seems from your posts the healing time isn't as quick as is suggested.
Any additional info. advice you could provide would be much appreciated.
Thanks.
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Re: EArfold Implant

Postby grecian » Mon Jul 28, 2014 10:12 am

ok here goes, i had both ears done a fews months back now.
This procedure is good if you need the top part of ear pinned back slightly. Both of my ears stuck out top and bottom and after procedure they are only slightly better, in my opinion this would suit people who only want there ears back only a few millimetres.
You can not see the actual implant but you will get slight bruising around that area.
Ask your self , if this procedure is so good why are the nhs still using the old fashioned otoplasty method ? After all this is meant to be low risk,quick ,easy .
Overall i wish i had of just gone for the normal cut and stitch method.
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Re: EArfold Implant

Postby Merck456 » Mon Aug 04, 2014 12:41 pm

There is another minimally invasive ear pinning method, the so-called stitch method, that is even less invasive than the Earfold surgery. Compared to the Earfold surgery, the stitch method has the following advantages:
1. Incisions on the front of the ear are not necessary by the stitch method; there are only stitch points, in contrast to incisions, that always heal without scars.
2. There is the question whether the metal implant of the EarFold method is bent when lying on the ear, thus causing the ear to return to its original position. With the stitch method, the position of the ears is not changed if one lies or sleeps on them.
3. With the Earfold surgery, a large cavum conchae must be reduced by the excision of cartilage, i.e. it must be combined with a traditional method. This is not necessary with the stitch method.
4. With the EarFold Surgery and in patients with thin skin, the metal colour can be visible through the skin even if the implant itself is not prominent.
5. If the metal implant has to be removed due to intolerance, you must count on the ear returning to its original protruding position.
6. The occasionally observed sensitivity problems with the EarFold method do not occur with the stitch method.
7. With the stitch method, there are meanwhile long-term results over a time period of 18 years based on more than 8000 operated ears. With the Earfold surgery, there is only a limited experience of less than 100 ears over 2 to 3 years.

Priv.Doz.Dr.med.W.Merck, Konstanz, Germany
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Re: EArfold Implant

Postby grecian » Mon Aug 04, 2014 1:15 pm

Merck456, ok your method sounds good and i do agree with some of your above points regarding the implant.
What are the chances the public ( especially the people that use this site) can see some evidence by the way of pictures your method provides a result ? recent ones would be good.
My bet is we may be waiting some time !
Sorry if that comes across rude.
regards Grecian
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Re: EArfold Implant

Postby Merck456 » Sat Aug 09, 2014 1:27 am

Hello Grecian,
If you would like to see some before and after photos next to one another, please look at the photos under my profile on RealSelf.com: http://www.realself.com/find/Germany/Pl ... rck#photos
You will get a description of them when you click on each set of photos.

I have many more examples at my practice in Constance (Germany) which you are welcome to come and look at anytime, but unfortunately I’m not permitted to send them to anyone or post them on any website due to patient privacy. I hope you understand.

Priv.Doz.Dr.med.W.Merck, Konstanz, Germany
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Re: EArfold Implant

Postby arjay171 » Sat Jan 10, 2015 10:17 am

Grecian
I have had the Merck stitch procedure done. I have several comments I would like to pass on to you. If you leave an e-mail address on here I will send you my comments and some photos that should help you make your mind up.
Regards
Robin Green
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