Ear pinning surgery, or otoplasty, is designed to “pin back” protruding ears. This procedure reshapes the ear to create a more pleasing appearance and reduce the effect of ear protrusion. Double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Edward Gross performs ear surgery and earlobe repair for people from Orlando, Winter Park, Tampa, Melbourne, Daytona Beach, and surrounding areas who are age 14 or older.
Case #843 | Ear Surgery | Revision Otoplasty | Ear Pinning: This 55-year-old gentleman from Orlando had a prior otoplasty many years ago in a different state. He then consulted with Dr. Gross because his left ear re-protruded shortly after the first surgery. Dr. Gross performed revision otoplasty on his left ear using the Mustarde and Furnas... Read More
This Orlando, Florida man consulted with Dr. Gross for excessive ear protrusion that he had developed since childhood. The condition lowered his confidence and self-esteem. He requested ear pinning surgery or Otoplasty to correct the problem. Surgical treatment was performed at Primera Surgery Center and results are shown at 1 week. He h... Read More
This 40-year-old Orlando gentleman consulted with Dr. Gross in our Lake Mary, FL, office for excess ear protrusion. He had grown up being self-conscious about his protruding ears and waited many years to seek correction. Dr. Gross performed Otoplasty (Ear pinning) to help refine his look. His after photo shows the ears in a better position wi... Read More
This 26-year-old woman from Sanford, FL consulted with us for Otoplasty or ear pinning. She wanted her ear protrusion reduced. Dr. Gross used the Furnas and Mustarde techniques to provide natural results and no scarring. Results shown at 1 month. Dr. Gross has over 25 years experience performing primary, revision, and... Read More
This Orlando, Florida woman had a badly torn earlobe from years of wearing heavy earrings. She consulted with our nurse practitioner, who sutured it back together under local anesthesia. Her complex ear lobe repair looks natural and once fully healed, the thin incision line fades nicely. We offer ear piercing 2 months after earlobe reconstruc... Read More
This student from Orlando was self-conscious of her ears and wanted them pinned back. Dr. Gross performed a bilateral Otoplasty (ear pinning) surgery, and she was very happy with the results. She is more confident in herself as seen in her post-operative photo.Dr. Gross performs ear surgery through crescent-shaped incisions hidden behi... Read More
This woman from the Orlando area suffered a torn earlobe when her daughter pulled her earring loop many years ago. This resulted in bifid earlobe, which you can see in the before photo. She was unable to wear earrings and requested earlobe repair. Dr. Gross repaired her torn earlobe in a 30 minute surgery procedure under local anesthesia. 2 m... Read More
This 47-year-old DeLand, FL woman was bothered by protruding ears. The right ear protruded more than the left. Dr. Gross helped her with cosmetic otoplasty (ear pinning) at our Lake Mary, FL, surgery center as an outpatient. Her recovery was 1 week and a natural look was achieved. Dissolving sutures are used behind the ears for an easy recove... Read More
Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.
How Much Does Ear Surgery (Otoplasty) Cost in Orlando?
At Primera Plastic Surgery, the cost of most otoplasty procedures typically ranges from $5,575 to $7,500 (NOT including anesthesia or facility fees), although outliers on the high or low end of the spectrum are always possible. We offer financing through CareCredit® for qualified patients.
From A Patient's Perspective
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Otoplasty gives the ears a more pleasing appearance by:
Removing excess cartilage from behind the ear
Sculpting the outer ear fold
Bringing the ears closer to the side of the head
The best candidates for this procedure must have a BMI below 30.
Edward J. Gross, M.D.
Double Board-Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon
With 24 years in practice, Dr. Gross’ quality of care and results have earned the confidence and referrals of doctors throughout the region. His emphasis on patient education helps the men and women he treats feel comfortable and supported during their treatment.
Ear Surgery With a Facial Plastic Surgery Specialist
Dr. Gross performs otoplasty through crescent-shaped incisions hidden behind the ears. Dr. Gross uses the Mustardé and Furnas techniques to reshape and reposition the ears for natural, permanent results. He uses dissolving sutures, so there are no stitches to remove.
Frequent handling of otoplasty cases is critical for successful outcomes. Dr. Gross’ many years of experience with otoplasty and his eye for aesthetic balance have provided him with the skill required for these complex yet elegant techniques.
Some patients may choose to combine ear surgery with other facial procedures such as a facelift or rhinoplasty.
Before the procedure, Dr. Gross uses computer imaging to give patients a preview of what they might look like after ear surgery.
“Otoplasty is an especially rewarding aspect of facial plastic surgery. Its low risk of side effects, combined with the quick recovery process, makes it a popular choice for our patients.”
– Dr. Gross
See Your Results Before Surgery
Our practice is among the few that use computer imaging to show potential results. With the help of this technology, Dr. Gross can reliably tailor a surgical treatment plan for the unique needs of each patient.
What is ear surgery recovery like?
Usually performed under general anesthesia, this outpatient procedure lasts 1.5 to 2 hours and is generally tolerated well. Patients rarely experience more than mild discomfort, which Dr. Gross treats with a long-lasting anesthetic . Temporary bruising and swelling are common side effects. Patients wear a head dressing for the first 2 days after surgery and an athletic-style headband continuously for a week and while sleeping for the first 2 weeks. The headband protects the ears and ensures a smooth result. Most otoplasty patients can resume work or school in 7 days, noncontact sports in 2 weeks, and contact sports in 3 months.
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 (Marcaine and Exparel) 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 headwrap is removed 2 days after the surgery, which provides substantial relief from pressure.
“A natural appearance of the ears is essential for patient satisfaction.”
– Dr. Gross
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 will I enjoy my results? Results are long-lasting. 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.
Do you fix torn earlobes or ripped earring holes? Yes, we repair torn earlobes, gauge earlobes, split earlobes or enlarged earring holes. This is done under local anesthesia in our Orlando/Lake Mary office in about half an hour. We also re-pierce the ears in 2 months.
Take the Next Step
Patients looking for an experienced facial plastic surgeon come to Dr. Gross from Daytona Beach, Melbourne, Tampa, and beyond. If you are interested in otoplasty with Dr. Gross, request a consultation today, or call