Otoplasty and Earlobe Repair in Burlington, Ontario

Do you have stretched or torn earlobes? Do you wear your hair over your ears to hide them when you go out?  If so, you may be considered a good fit for otoplasty (ear surgery) at The MedSpa at Burlington Plastic Surgery by Dr. Jessica Shih. However, one must think carefully before deciding whether to undergo cosmetic surgery. Here is everything you need to know about both of these procedures.

Ear and Earlobe Surgery at a Glance

Procedure Length

Approximately 1 – 1.5 hours

Typical Recovery

Minimal for earlobe repair
About 5-10 days for office jobs and non-strenuous activities

4 weeks to resume exercise/strenuous activities


Local Anesthesia 


Ear Setback
Earlobe Repair

What Is Otoplasty?

Otoplasty is a surgical procedure performed to improve the appearance of the ears, and is often performed for prominent ears. This surgery corrects deformities or abnormalities in the ear structure. There are a variety of reasons why someone may choose to undergo ear surgery, including but not limited to: protruding or oversized ears, misshapen ears, or earlobe repair from tears or gauges.


How Does Ear Pinning Work?

Otoplasty can be performed using local anesthesia, or can be performed under general anesthesia especially if combined with another procedure. This procedure improves the appearance of the ears by making an incision along the back of the ear and reshaping and repositioning the ear as necessary. Otoplasty usually takes one to one and a half hours depending on the scope.

How Should I Prepare for This Procedure?

The first step in preparing for this procedure is a consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Jessica Shih. During the consultation, we will evaluate your medical history and discuss your desired outcome. We will also explain the surgical procedure and what you can expect post-operatively.

If you are a smoker, you will need to stop smoking at least six weeks before surgery, as smoking can delay healing and increase risk of complications. You will also need to avoid taking aspirin and other blood thinners for two weeks before and after surgery, as they sometimes cause bleeding.


How Does Earlobe Repair Work?

Earlobe repair can be performed using local anesthesia. This procedure involves repairing the stretched or torn earlobe completely and letting it heal. Once it is completely healed, the earlobe can then be re-pierced if desired.


Make a Change Today

Whether you are uncomfortable or feel self-conscious about the appearance of your ears, there are options to address your concerns. Good candidates for this procedure are generally in good health and have realistic expectations for the outcome of surgery. Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation.

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Jessica Shih, MD, FRCS(C)

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon

Dr. Shih is a double board-certified plastic surgeon, born and raised in Burlington. She completed her undergraduate degree from Cornell University before completing her medical doctorate and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery residency at the University of Toronto. She then completed a subspecialty fellowship training at The Johns Hopkins University.

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