Ear Pinning | Otoplasty

create a more natural shape and bring balance and proportion to your ears and face

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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.

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.

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.

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


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.
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Meet Dr. Michael C. Laliberte


Canadian Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

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 is 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.

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