Ear Surgery


Otoplasty (ear surgery) is performed to bring balance and symmetry to the face by creating a natural-looking and proportional ear structure, or to treat and correct a physical defect of the ear structure resulting from injury or genetics.

Both adults and children (generally at least 4-6 years old) undergo ear surgery to address aesthetic issues associated with misshapen ear cartilage.

Otoplasty procedures can be performed to correct:

  • Macrotia (overly large ears)
  • Ears that protrude on one or both sides
  • Revise and enhance the results of previous ear surgery in adult patients.

In order to ensure optimal otoplasty results, this surgery should be performed by a plastic surgeon such as Dr. Hani Sinno, M.D., who has helped patients enhance the aesthetic appearance of their ears with otoplasty surgery at his private practice in Montreal, Quebec.


Otoplasty is generally performed in an outpatient setting, using either local anesthesia, intravenous sedation, or general anesthesia.

During your ear surgery, Dr. Sinno will make small, discreet incisions within the crease behind the ears, and will use sutures to fold the ear cartilage back to an aesthetically desirable position.

In some cases, the antihelical fold (located on the inner rim of the ear) will be augmented, and if ear protrusion is caused by the presence of a large concha (hollow area next to the ear canal), Dr. Sinno will carefully remove excess conchal cartilage to correct this issue. He will then use sutures to bring the earlobe into balance with the new ear position, and will trim any excess skin.

Dr. Sinno understands the importance of a natural-looking outcome, and uses precise surgical techniques to avoid altering the appearance of other facial structures, and to prevent an unnatural, “pinned back” look.


The average post-operative recovery period for ear surgery is 7-10 days. The original surgical dressing will remain in place for one week (children who have had ear surgery will need to be monitored to make sure that this bandage stays in place throughout the first 24 hours after surgery). Pain medication will be prescribed to minimize any post-procedural soreness or discomfort, and you will need to apply antibiotic ointment into the ear creases, and to wear a sports headband to cover your ears for seven days following surgery.

You will have a follow-up visit with Dr. Sinno after one week, at which time you will be able to see the initial aesthetic enhancements to the shape and position of your ear(s), and these results will continue to improve over the next six weeks, as any residual puffiness abates. Otoplasty patients typically return to school and work after 7-10 days, although you will be advised to limit strenuous activities for the next few weeks.


Dr. Sinno and his well-trained team members have worked to create a welcoming, healing office environment, and will take the time to thoroughly explain your otoplasty procedural details and options. Your otoplasty surgery will be uniquely customized to reflect your specific aesthetic goals, and you can be assured that you will have the best possible patient care throughout your otoplasty experience. If you would like additional information about otoplasty surgery, please contact Dr. Sinno’s office today. We are happy to answer any and all of your questions, and to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Sinno.

Pre and Post Operative Photos

Please Click here for representative examples of pre and post-operative photos of patients from the website of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

For more information on this specific procedure and to watch a 3D video animation, please visit the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) here: http://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/3d-animations.html

Dr. Hani Sinno