Montreal Centre for Facial Plastic Surgery
Dr. Mark Samaha
1240 Beaumont Avenue, Suite 200
Montreal, QC H3P 3E5
Phone: (514) 731-2525
Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
Otoplasty consists of reshaping and remodeling protruding ears. The procedure is frequently performed in childhood, though adults occasionally undergo the procedure as well. We often call otoplasty simply “ear surgery” in our Montreal office.
The principal goal of otoplasty is to reposition prominent ears to a more natural position closer to the side of the head. In order to accomplish this, the cartilage of the ear needs to be reshaped. In addition, the earlobe also needs to be moved closer. This is often a neglected portion of the ear, which, if not addressed, causes an unnatural shape to the ear.
Older techniques are centered on removing cartilage from the ear to change its shape. prefers modern techniques which reshape rather than remove the ear cartilage to redirect it and align it more proportionately with the patient’s facial features.
In younger patients with protruding ears, it is frequently advisable to perform the surgery prior to starting school to avoid psychological adversity. When the child reaches age 4 to 6, the ear has grown sufficiently to allow the surgery to be performed safely. At our center, we do not perform surgery on children as they often require general anesthesia, which we do not offer.
In adults, the surgery can be performed at any age.
Meet Dr. Mark Samaha
A double board-certified otolaryngologist whose practice focuses exclusively on facial plastic surgery, Dr. Samaha is highly qualified in facial aesthetics. Learn more about our physician and how he's carefully refined his skills to sculpt your beautiful face.Meet Dr. Samaha
The Day of the Surgery
Patients are able to go home within one hour following surgery. There is a dressing on the ears. This dressing is removed 24-48 hours after surgery and replaced with a lighter dressing or a headband for the next 4-5 days. There is no need for stitch removal as Dr. Samaha uses dissolving sutures. The scar after an otoplasty is hidden behind the ear.
Maximum Results, Minimum Recovery™
Dr. Samaha is constantly striving to perfect his surgical techniques to provide the best possible results for his patients. In addition, since the start of his surgical practice, he has also taken a keen interest in developing techniques and methods to minimize swelling and bruising after surgery for his patients and therefore shorten their recovery. This has culminated in his Maximum Results Minimum Recovery™ system.Learn More
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the restrictions after the surgery?
The main restriction is the avoidance of strenuous activity, which includes vigorous exercise and heavy lifting for one week. Other maneuvers that increase the pressure in the head are also to be avoided. These include straining and bending forward. Otherwise, patients may carry out usual activities.
How long is the recovery?
Recovery time is usually about 2-3 days. Patients are usually comfortable returning to school or work at that time.
Can the ears return to a protruding position after some time?
The ears are held in position by sutures in the short term and then the scarring takes over to maintain them in place in the long term. Therefore, it is very unusual for the ears to protrude out again at a later date.