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Ear Pinning
Otoplasty

CREATE A MORE NATURAL SHAPE AND BRING BALANCE AND PROPORTION TO YOUR EARS AND FACE

Create A more natural shape and bring balance and proportion to your ears and face...

Dr. Laliberte has performed a multitude of facial enhancing procedures, including Ear Pinning (Otoplasty). This experience coupled with his honed aesthetic approach produce naturally beautiful results customized to each patient’s facial structure, goals and circumstances.

 

By combining surgery with non-invasive treatments, Dr. Laliberte and his team are able to enhance your best features. Visit us for a private consultation to reveal a refreshed, relaxed and more radiant version of your confident, expressive self.

 

Ear Pinning and Otoplasty procedures help many Calgary, Edmonton, Canmore and Banff women refine facial features to achieve a proportional, comforting appearance and a more confident, youthful self-image.

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Ear Pinning | Otoplasty Benefits

Correction of Prominent Ears

For most people, the outer ear is typically positioned on the head at an angle of about 25° to 35°. If this angle exceeds 35°, an individual’s ears may appear to “stick out” and impact his or her facial appearance. With otoplasty, an individual can “flatten” prominent ears and position the ears closer to the head, resulting in an improved facial appearance.

Improved Self-Esteem & Confidence

There is a direct correlation between otoplasty and increased self-confidence. In fact, children often enjoy a self-esteem boost after otoplasty surgery, and they are able to adapt to school and other social environments more easily than they could in the past.

Natural Facial Appearance

Otoplasty changes the structure of the ears, and individuals dealing with abnormally small or large ears can use the procedure to correct this issue. Also, if the ears appear folded or cupped, otoplasty helps reshape the ears. This enables an individual to use an otoplasty to achieve a natural facial appearance.

Quick Treatment & Permanent Results

A typical otoplasty requires only about one to two hours to complete, and the results of treatment are permanent. Therefore, once an otoplasty patient’s post-surgery bandages are removed, he or she can enjoy the results of treatment for years to come.

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What is Ear Pinning | Otoplasty?

Otoplasty, also known as ear surgery or ear pinning, is one of the most commonly requested facial plastic surgery procedures in the world. Many patients are unhappy with the shape, size, or excessive protrusion of their ears and would like to correct these cosmetic issues. Children as young as five years old (and in some cases, even younger) are eligible to undergo otoplasty procedures as long as their ears are fully developed.

 

Ear Pinning creates a more natural shape, while bringing balance and proportion to the ears and face. Correction of protruding ears or those with even minor deformities can have profound benefits to appearance and self-esteem.

 

Why choose Ear Pinning | Otoplasty?

You may consider otoplasty if:

 

  • Your ears stick out too far from your head
  • Your ears are large in proportion to your head
  • You’re dissatisfied with a previous ear surgery

 

Otoplasty is typically done on both ears to optimize symmetry.

 

Otoplasty won’t change the location of your ears or alter your ability to hear.

 

How much does Ear Pinning | Otoplasty cost?

Each of our patient’s cases is unique, however, the average cost of Ear Pinning | Otoplasty can range from $7,500 – $8,500

 

More information on Fees and Financing Options

 

How do I prepare for Ear Pinning | Otoplasty?

During your first consultation, Dr. Laliberte will:

 

  • Review your medical history. Be prepared to answer questions about current and past medical conditions, especially any ear infections. Your doctor may also ask about any medications you’re taking or you’ve taken recently, as well as any surgeries you’ve had.

 

  • Do a physical exam. To determine your treatment options, Dr. Laliberte will examine your ears, including their placement, size, shape and symmetry. The doctor might also take pictures of your ears for your medical record.

 

  • Discuss your expectations. Your doctor will likely ask why you want otoplasty and what results you’re expecting after the procedure. Make sure you understand the risks of otoplasty, such as possible overcorrection.

 

If you’re a good candidate for otoplasty, your doctor may recommend that you take some steps to prepare before your procedure.

 

Food and medications

You’ll likely need to avoid aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements, which can increase bleeding.

 

Other precautions

Smoking decreases blood flow in the skin and can slow the healing process. If you smoke, your doctor will recommend that you stop smoking before surgery and during recovery.

 

Also, you’ll need to make plans for someone to drive you home after surgery and stay with you for the first night of your recovery.

Ear Pinning | Otoplasty The Procedure

Your Ear Pinning | Otoplasty procedure

Otoplasty can either be done in a hospital or our surgical facility.

 

Sometimes the procedure is done with sedation and local anesthesia, which numbs only part of your body. In other cases, general anesthesia — which renders you unconscious — may be given before your procedure.

 

Otoplasty techniques may vary based on what kind of correction is needed. The specific technique Dr. Laliberte chooses will determine the location of the incisions and the resulting scars.

 

Dr. Laliberte may make incisions:

  • On the backs of your ears
  • Within the inner creases of your ears

 

After making incisions, Dr. Laliberte might remove excess cartilage and skin. He will then fold the cartilage into the proper position and secure it with internal stitches. Additional stitches will be used to close the incisions.

 

The procedure typically takes about two hours. After your otoplasty procedure, your ears will be covered in bandages for protection and support. You’ll likely feel some discomfort and itching – take pain medication as directed.

 

To keep pressure off your ears, avoid sleeping on your side. Also, try not to rub or place excessive force on the incisions. Consider wearing button-down shirts or shirts with loose-fitting collars. A few days after otoplasty, Dr. Laliberte will remove your bandages. Your ears will likely be swollen and red. You may need to wear a loose headband that covers your ears at night for a few weeks. This will help keep you from pulling your ears forward when rolling over in bed.

 

Dr. Laliberte will advise when your stitches will be removed. Some stitches dissolve on their own. Others must be removed in the clinic in the weeks after the procedure. Additionally, will need to make plans for someone to drive you home after surgery and stay with you for the first night of your recovery.

Ear Pinning | Otoplasty Recovery & Results

There is normally very little pain or bruising involved postoperatively. It takes about a week and a half after the procedure for most of the swelling to subside, although the area will be sensitive for about three weeks.

 

The pressure dressing is removed after five to seven days. Ears will often feel numb for two to three months after the surgery, with sensation returning slowly over that period. This numbness is the reason that there is generally no pain during otoplasty recovery, which makes the operation exceptionally well-tolerated by children.

 

Sensation: You may have areas of numbness to the ear and surrounding area. This should be temporary and can take months to resolve.

 

Scaring: Your scars will be pink/red for a month or more after surgery. You may notice some irregularities along your scars, and these will usually settle with time.

 

Down Time: You can resume normal activities at the end of the first week and gentle exercise at the end of 2 weeks. It may take 4 weeks to get back to significant aerobic or physical activity. Avoid activities that could inflict trauma or force to the ears for at least 4-6 weeks.

The full recovery period for both children and adults lasts anywhere from four to six weeks, however, you will start to see results immediately after removing the protective dressing from your face.

 

Young adults and older adults can typically return to school or work respectively after about seven to eight days following surgery but should refrain from participating in any strenuous physical activities for at least one month to avoid undoing the surgery.

Ear Pinning | Otoplasty Frequently Asked Questions

In severe cases, otoplasty can be performed on children as young as four years old. Many parents choose to wait until the child is at least seven so they can be an active participant in their care. In addition, children at this stage are better able to handle and recover from surgery. If your child becomes distressed at the mention of surgery, it may be best to wait until they are older and more mature.
Your ears will look less protuberant and they may look smaller but the actual size of the ear will be the same.
There is normally very little pain or bruising involved postoperatively. It takes about a week and a half after the procedure for most of the swelling to subside, although the area will be sensitive for about three weeks. The pressure dressing is removed after five to seven days. Ears will often feel numb for two to three months after the surgery, with sensation returning slowly over that period. This numbness is the reason that there is generally no pain during otoplasty recovery, which makes the operation exceptionally well-tolerated by children.
Hearing in not affected by operating on the outer ear in otoplasty surgery.
No, there is no correlation between ear infections and the otoplasty procedure.

Meet Dr. Michael C. Laliberte  MD, FRCSC Canadian Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Laliberte, Radiance Plastic Surgery’s Royal College-certified plastic surgeon has quickly established himself among the finest Cosmetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery specialists throughout western Canada.

 

With extensive training and years of specialized experience, Dr. Laliberte has built an outstanding team of healthcare professionals and clinical staff to ensure an exceptional in-patient experience and seamless delivery of service and post-operative care.

 

Having operated alongside word-class surgeons throughout North and South America, Dr. Laliberte brings to the Canadian Rockies a practice that encompasses the breadth of Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery.

 

Dr. Michael Laliberte has extensively trained in Plastic, Aesthetic, and Reconstructive surgery. After completing undergraduate and medical school at the University of Saskatchewan, Dr. Laliberte specialized in Plastic Surgery at the University of Manitoba.

 

Dr. Laliberte and the team at Radiance Plastic Surgery are best known in Alberta, and throughout Canada for exceptional surgical outcomes and compassionate care. Our goal is simple: to support you in achieving your cosmetic goals and restoring your confidence

A Cosmetic Experience Designed To Help You Rejuvenate Your Confidence

The secret is out. We’ve built a state-of-the-art clinic and private surgical centre servicing patients from Calgary, Canmore, Banff, Edmonton, Red Deer, Airdrie, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat and across Canada.

 

You’ll find us in the Canmore Crossing Complex. We are excited to welcome you to our new clinic and private surgical centre.

 

“Location shouldn’t limit your choices when it comes to finding the best plastic surgeon for your needs”

 

Our Canadian Rockies plastic surgery practice has quickly established a strong reputation as one of the leading cosmetic and reconstructive surgery centres throughout Alberta, and Canada.

 

We encourage women and men considering plastic surgery to view our gallery of before-and-after photos and read patient-written reviews, so they can rest assured they will be in good hands at our practice.

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