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Dr. Edward J. Gross has found that ear surgery, or otoplasty, for his Orlando-area patients can be one of the most rewarding procedures he performs. Patients are often thrilled to find out how simple it is to "pin back" protruding ears they have felt embarrassed about for years. Here, we provide answers to some of the most common questions our Orlando patients ask about ear surgery.

Dr. Gross is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon who is committed to patient education. Request a consultation today, or call our office at (407) 333-3040.

Common Questions

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How long does ear surgery take, and what type of anesthesia is used?

Otoplasty takes about 1 hour per ear, depending on the complexity of the ear abnormality. Most patients have general anesthesia.

Is there a lot of pain afterward, and how long will it last?

Otoplasty performed by Dr. Gross typically is not painful and is associated with mild discomfort. Dr. Gross uses a long-acting anesthetic to relieve pain following the surgery; it wears off 8 to 12 hours later. There is some discomfort the first night after surgery due to the head dressing, but it is usually well tolerated. The head wrap is removed in the office 2 days after the surgery, which provides substantial relief from pressure.

What are the expectations after surgery?

Patients can expect temporary swelling and bruising of the ears, which lasts about 7 days. The results of the procedure are permanent; however, patients must wear a sports style headband during sleep for the first 2 weeks following surgery. Care must be taken to avoid injuring to the ears during play, wrestling, removing motorcycle helmets, or removing tight fitting shirts over the head.

Is this an outpatient procedure?

Yes. Otoplasty is an outpatient procedure at Primera Surgery Center for patients ages 14 and older.

Where are the stitches, and when are they removed?

There are no stitches to remove, and Dr. Gross hides the incision behind the ears, which results in a completely hidden line. He uses dissolving sutures, so there is nothing to remove at post-op visits.

What are the common side effects?

Temporary swelling, bruising around the ears, and discomfort. Some drainage and bleeding may occur from the wounds.

What are the risks of ear surgery?

Infection, asymmetry, scarring, re-protrusion of the ear (usually due to popped stitch or trauma), revision surgery, or artificial appearance of ears. These risks are minimized with an experienced Facial Plastic Surgeon, such as Dr. Gross.

How long is the recovery time after ear surgery?

Most patients go back to work or school in 7 days. You can resume non-contact sports in 2 weeks and contact sports in 2 months.

How long will I enjoy my results?

Permanently. Note: A certain degree of "give back" or minor protrusion usually occurs several weeks following the procedure. This is normal.

Can I have just one ear pinned back?

Yes, the procedure can be done for a prominent ear on just one side; however, Dr. Gross will generally recommend both ears be treated for symmetry.

How much does ear surgery cost?

At Dr. Gross' practice near Orlando, the cost of ear surgery depends on a number of factors including the complexity of your procedure. On average, the cost ranges from $4,000 to $7,000. You will be provided with a specific estimate at your consultation.

Is financing available for ear surgery?

Yes. offer Financing can be arranged through CareCredit®.

"A natural appearance of the ears is essential for patient satisfaction."

– Dr. Gross

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