What to expect?

How is the ear surgery performed?

Ear surgery is performed by lifting the skin of the ear through an incision behind the ear and placing sutures through the cartilage to other parts of the ear and the bone to pin the ears back and re-shape them.  A dressing is then placed to keep the ears in place for a week.

How long does ear surgery take?

Typically, the procedure is performed as an outpatient procedure and takes between 1-2 hours depending on the number of ancillary procedures performed. The surgery is performed under local anesthesia.

Is the procedure painful?

There is minimal pain associated with the procedure, and any discomfort is controlled well by oral pain medication.

How long will the effects of the surgery last?

Typically, the results of the surgery last forever. The sutures can break over time but that is rare. If that happens they may need to be replaced.

How long before I recover from the surgery?

Patients recover from the initial effects of the surgery within three days. There will, however, be swelling, discoloration, and restricted activity for at least 5-7 days. By the 2nd week, patients can resume their normal lifestyles but the use of a head bandage to prevent movement of the ears is encouraged for a month.

What alternatives are there?

Facial peels, fat injections and liposuction, and the use of laser resurfacing are some of the other techniques that can be used to improve facial appearance. However, they all have limitations, and their best uses are as ancillary procedures to surgical facelifts. Although improvements can be expected with their use as single procedures, the patient with truly sagging skin will not benefit from these interventions alone.

How much does ear surgery cost?

For pricing ranges, please take a look at our prices page.

What is a Ear Surgery ?

Ear surgery is a cosmetic procedure performed to improve shape of the ears either by pinning back ears that are sticking out too much or making them smaller.

Surgery in Office

Ear surgery can be performed under local anesthesia in our office and takes 1-2 hours.


You may need to have someone stay with you the night after ear surgery and can usually resume work in 1-3 days. You will have a dressing for 5-7 days.The cost of a ear surgery includes the operating room fee and all of your follow-up visits.

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