Ear Surgery

The two most common types of surgery done are ears are:

  • Repair of ear lobes

  • Tucking back prominent or outstanding ears


Ear lobe surgery helps restore a more natural lobe contour.

Correction of outstanding ears involves tucking the entire ear back towards the head in a more natural position and correcting any cupping or curved shape of the ear.

Dr MacDonald will discuss with you which option is best for you.

Are You a Good Candidate?

You might consider ear surgery for any of the following reasons:

  • Your ear lobe has been torn or stretched by ear jewelry.
  • You are self-conscious about your ears and avoid tucking your hair behind your ear or wearing your hair in a ponytail or cut short

Your Consultation

Your first step will be to have a detailed consultation with Dr MacDonald where she will listen to your goals and concerns and complete a careful examination. Then, Dr. MacDonald will discuss the treatment options that best address your concerns and particular situation.

Dr. MacDonald and her staff will:

  • Give you detail information about the surgery and what you can expect before, during, and after the procedure
  • Discuss any concerns or questions that you may have
  • Discuss potential risks of the procedure


Ear lobe surgery is done under local anesthetic. You can drive yourself to and from the surgery.

You will be given post-operative instructions at the end of the surgery.

Correction of outstanding ears is a day surgery, meaning you go home the same day. It requires a general anesthetic, so we have you complete a pre-operative questionnaire to ensure you are ready for surgery. You will be given instructions on what time to arrive and reminded not to eat or drink anything the night before surgery. The surgery is approximately 2 hours and you will spend approximately 3 hours in the recovery room, so plan to spend the day at the hospital. You will be given a prescription for pain medication before leaving the hospital. You will need someone to drive you home from the hospital and stay with you for the first 24 hours.


Dr MacDonald will see you 5-7 days after surgery examine the wounds and talk about wound care. You can shower 48 hours after surgery. All the stitches are dissolving and wound care is simply ointment and gauze.

For outstanding ears only you will have a wrap on from the day of surgery and this is worn full-time until the healing is complete: 2-4 weeks.

You may return to work immediately after ear lobe surgery.

If you have had outstanding ear surgery and you have a very physical job, we recommend you plan to have 4 weeks of healing time. If you have a fairly sedentary job,  you may returned to work as early as 2 weeks after the procedure.

You need to avoid activities that may increase your blood pressure, like running or lifting weights, until 4-6 weeks after surgery (only 1 week for ear lobe surgery). We encourage you be out walking as soon after surgery as possible.


As in any surgery risks include: infection, scarring, delayed wound healing, or bleeding. Issues specific to this surgery are asymmetry, and persistent skin irregularities and bruising. Complications in this procedure are relatively uncommon but will be discussed further at the time of consultation.