NICE has been notified about this procedure and it is part of its work programme. The Interventional Procedures Advisory Committee (IPAC) will consider this procedure and NICE will issue an interventional procedures consultation document about its safety and efficacy for 4 weeks’ public consultation. IPAC will then review the consultation document in the light of comments received and produce a final interventional procedures document, which will be considered by NICE before guidance is issued to the NHS in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Status In progress
Process IP
ID number 1715
Description This procedure is done under local anaesthesia and uses one or more implants to create or reshape the antihelical fold of the ear, with the aim of correcting any ear prominence resulting from either poor definition or a lack of this fold. The position of the implant(s) is discussed and agreed with the patient before the procedure and marked on the ear. The implant (a gold-coated curved nitinol device) is inserted using an introducer and released onto the anterior surface of the cartilage, immediately reshaping it and correcting the ear prominence. The incision is closed using 1 or 2 dissolvable sutures, and the wound is then dressed with sterile tape. One implant is typically used in each ear, but more may be needed. The procedure typically takes about 20 minutes for both ears.

Provisional Schedule

Expected publication 11 September 2019


Key events during the development of the guidance:

Date Update
22 May 2019 - 20 June 2019 Interventional procedure consultation

For further information on how we develop guidance, please see our page about NICE interventional procedures guidance