Excessively large or protruding ears are often a source of ridicule, teasing, and embarrassment. Aesthetic ear surgery, called otoplasty, at Sarasota Plastic Surgery can reshape the “outstanding” ear, by altering its size, position, or configuration. Our plastic surgeons perform ear surgery for both children and adults, depending on the surgical need. The improvement is subtle, but lasts a lifetime and quite often helps the patient feel more self confident about his or her appearance. In addition to ear pinning and ear reshaping, our Sarasota office also assists patients who require earlobe repair due to heavy earrings or even gauges.
"Dr Graham is a Superb Surgeon - Dr Graham’s reputation as a superb surgeon is well deserved. From the first consultation to the final post-op check-up, Dr Graham’s surgical skills, his dedication to his patients and the care and attention he and his staff give to each individual is nothing short of remarkable. I am very pleased with with the results of my neck and lower facelift. I feel like I was given 25 years back. And..."- D.M. / RealSelf / Feb 14, 2019
"I selected Dr. Derby to perform my breast lift with implants because he has numerous patients whose before pictures looked like me, and whose after pictures showed results that I wanted for myself. Most everyone at Sarasota Plastic Surgery Center is warm and friendly. Dr. Derby immediately made me feel comfortable and heard. After only a short time it felt like I was with a friend. He provided me with so much relevant information for both my health and aesthetic. He answered any and all of my questions honestly and provided me with realistic expectations. Throughout the entire process I have felt that Dr. Derby has been in my corner (and Tiffany, an RMA at SPSC, is beyond wonderful).I love my results and would highly recommend Dr. Derby."- S.B. / Google / Jun 08, 2019
"I selected Dr. Derby to perform my breast lift with implants because he has numerous patients whose before pictures looked like me, and whose after pictures showed results that I wanted for myself. Most everyone at Sarasota Plastic Surgery Center is warm and friendly. Dr. Derby immediately made me feel comfortable and heard. After only a short time it felt like I was with a friend. He provided me with so much relevant information for both my health and aesthetic. He answered any and all of my questions honestly and provided me with realistic expectations. Throughout the entire process I have felt that Dr. Derby has been in my corner (and Tiffany, an RMA at SPSC, is beyond wonderful).I love my results and would highly recommend Dr. Derby."- S. / Healthgrades / Jun 08, 2019
"I met Dr. Derby when I was going through a very emotional time having learned I had breast cancer. After my mastectomy, Dr. Derby's soothing manner leading up to reconstruction surgery helped me get through my procedures. I especially liked that he explained everything he was going to do and always made time for my questions as well as my husband's. I love his personality as well as his professional skills. I look and feel so much better now that my surgeries are over. I was very lucky to have found Dr. Derby and highly recommend him!"- V. / Healthgrades / Jun 07, 2019
"Breast Augmentation - Before my breast augmentation, I felt like my breasts looked deflated from breast feeding. Over my pregnancy’s and breast feeding, they had gone back and forth from anything to an a cup to a d cup. After surgery, I am very happy with the appearance and feel of my implants. I am glad I went with a large implant, and trusted Dr Mobley with my surgery. I feel like they are absolutely what I wanted as far as the size and look!"- Anonymous / RealPatientRatings / May 31, 2019
Torn Earlobe Care
Ear surgery may also involve a torn earlobe. This can occur with heavy earrings or through other trauma. The surgical repair of a torn earlobe is generally straightforward. The skin cleft between the two sides of the tear is removed, and using either a skin graft or donated cartilage, a new lobe is reconstructed. Sutures are used that are placed in both the front and back of the ear and will remain intact for several weeks. Several post-operative visits may be required so that the sutures can be removed in several phases to ensure the lobe is strong and aesthetically appealing.
In the cases of protruding ears, the cartilages are reformed and sometimes supported by splints. Soft tissues may also be trimmed away. The incisions are made behind the ear to reveal the ear’s confines. The ears will be repositioned by tightening the skin and then sutured. In cases of hidden ears, when cartilages are not fully developed, manipulations may include reshaping the cartilages by pulling or repositioning while splints are placed as supports. Sometimes, tissue grafting is also necessary to render volume.
Otoplasties are performed with general anesthesia at our Sarasota surgical center. It takes 1 to 2 hours to complete, and the patient will be sent home for recovery. The ear will be bandaged to keep the new position and shape in place. This also helps so that children cannot touch or play with their ears, which may complicate healing. Activities must be limited, especially within the first week. Scars will remain hidden behind the ears or within the natural folds if the incisions are made in front of the ear.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 2-3 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- Procedure Recovery Location
Ear Surgery FAQs
The ears typically mature faster than any other part of the body, therefore, at an appropriate age and time when surgical adjustments are made, the results are generally long lasting. Even as the body changes due to age and gravity, the changes to the ear will be minimal and a secondary otoplasty is usually not needed.
When To Have Otoplasty?
On average, 7-8 year olds are ideal candidates for otoplasty as the ear will be already developed and the cartilage and tissues will still be soft, making it easy to reshape. This age is also recommended as it is a time before any schooling, which helps to avoid teasing.
One Or Both Ears?
Usually, the condition is symmetrical to both ears. The final shape that the surgery will aim for will depend on the initial structure of the ear and how cartilages are placed. If the procedure is only for one ear, the shape will be patterned after the normally formed ear.