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.
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"My entire experience with Dr. Derby and the staff at Sarasota Plastic Surgery Center was exceptional! Prior to my consultation I felt uncomfortable about wanting a breast augmentation, but Dr. Derby put all my worries at ease. He is the perfect balance of knowledgeable, friendly, caring, funny, courteous, and professional. Like so many of his patients, I could not be happier with the results of my procedure. It is without hesitation that I recommend Dr. Derby to anyone seeking high quality surgical care."- M. / Healthgrades / Jul 26, 2019
"Whoever gave this anything less than 5 stars must be crazy! I just had a breast augmentation with doctor Engel on July 18th 2019. I am beyond ecstatic. The whole experience far out exceeded what I could even dream of, and my result were just unbelievable! I'd post a picture but I can't! They look better than I could have ever imagined! The staff was very nice, very friendly, and you never felt alone through the process. There was always someone there so talk to you, help you, or ease your mind. I would highly recommend SPSC. You will love yourself for choosing here! I can't imagine what the other treatments are like but I'm hoping to find out soon! Thank you so much DR ENGEL! I am so happy and confident! You really treated me like I was a family member and having that care in mind during a process like that was so incredibly special to me! Thank you a thousand times!"- S.B. / Yelp / Jul 26, 2019
"Dr. Derby is an excellent surgeon. He performed a skin graft on a difficult area, and the results are amazing. He is a thoughtful, caring person and a talented doctor whose work is of high quality."- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Jul 24, 2019
"I go to Dr. Derby & have also seen Michelle, the P.A., here. They’re both great & so is the rest of the staff. I’ve recommended them to a cousin and a friend and they’ve both been happy with their services as well. We’re all repeat customers & intend on continuing to go back. The staff is professional, friendly and timely. The offices are clean and comfortable. There’s a reward program for some of the products and treatments too."- C.M. / Google / Jul 21, 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
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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.