Otoplasty (Ear Surgery)

Commonly known as “ear pinning”, otoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure used to correct prominent or protruding ears. This operation can also be used to help reshape the ears or decrease any asymmetry between the two sides. While many of these operations are performed in the paediatric population, a large percentage of otoplasty patients are adults.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is an otoplasty?

    An otoplasty is a surgical procedure that alters the shape of the ears to decrease prominence and help decrease asymmetry. The operation is done under either local or general anaesthesia at the patient’s preference and lasts 1-2 hours. The surgical incision is located on the back of the ear so it remains hidden from site, and the underlying cartilage is then sculpted to the desired form. This is usually done by holding the cartilage in shape with sutures, although in some cases a small amount of cartilage needs to be removed. The surgical incision is then closed with dissolving sutures and a head dressing is applied that stays in place for 5-7 days.

  • Am I a candidate?

    Most patients inquiring about otoplasty surgery request correction of protruding or asymmetric ears. A wide age range of patients are seen at Kanata Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery for ear surgery, ranging from school-aged children to adults. If you are interested in ear pinning surgery, the best place to start is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lacey or Dr. MacArthur at Kanata Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery. At your appointment the surgeons will listen to your concerns and determine if you would be a candidate for otoplasty surgery. You will have opportunities to ask questions with the surgeons and can review before and after photos from past patients.

  • Where does the procedure take place?

    All surgery happens on-site at Kanata Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery. We are the only private plastic surgery operating facility in Ottawa and are entirely dedicated to providing the best possible experience for our cosmetic surgery patients. Our location allows you to avoid travelling out of town for your surgery and provides a private, relaxing environment for you to recover. Our facility meets and exceeds all national and provincial safety guidelines, and is staffed with well-trained, experienced health care professionals to give you the best possible surgical experience. Scientific research has demonstrated that cosmetic surgery performed in such dedicated facilities have lower complication rates compared to similar procedures done in hospitals. Our facility has been operating for more than ten years with thousands of cosmetic surgeries having been performed on patients from all over Canada.

  • What can I expect for my recovery?

    Otoplasty is performed as day surgery and patients are able to go home the same day as their procedure. Surgical dressings are left on until the first follow-up visit one week after surgery. After the initial dressing is removed, patients are requested to wear a headband at night while sleeping for an additional 3-4 weeks. Heavy lifting and strenuous exercise are restricted for 1 month post-operatively.

  • How do I book my surgery?

    The first step in to schedule an appointment to see Dr. Lacey or Dr. MacArthur. This initial consultation is free of charge. Please call (613) 591-1099 to speak to our office staff or contact us by email at info@kanataplasticsurgery.com. Our surgeons and staff would be happy to meet you and discuss whether or not an otoplasty would be right for you.

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