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
"Kimberly is amazing! I’ve been getting IPL from her for about a year. My telangiectasia issues around my nose have pretty much entirely cleared up. She is an expert. I highly recommend this business and this treatment by her! It is life-changing and affordable 👍"- P.W. / Google / Oct 17, 2019
"I highly recommend Dr. Mobley- he is such an amazing doctor and person. He makes you feel very comfortable and at ease, and was very thorough. I had an effortless recovery and no problems at all. I love my results and my whole experience at this facility. Thank you Dr. Mobley and staff!"- M.B. / Google / Oct 02, 2019
"My experience with Dr Derby exceeded my expectations. From my very first consult, Dr Derby made me feel very comfortable. I never felt rushed; he took time to answer all of my questions thoughtfully. He made sure I knew what to expect and gave me realistic expectations. I had a facelift done and I feel that I look 10 years younger and feel more confident about my appearance. I am sure there are other great plastic surgeons, but when you find a skilled surgeon who is also a truly caring person, then that is the perfect combination. Dr Derby and his staff are the best! I Am happy to recommend him."- R. / Healthgrades / Sep 25, 2019
"The best experience I have had with a doctor. It took me years to convince my husband to be on board with the surgery I had. I am so grateful that it was such a positive experience. Dr. Engel was so kind. He kept me very calm. I didn't have an fears about going under and waking up. I am still healing and everything looks amazing. The entire office is so wonderful even when i get a bit annoying with all my questions. They always treat me with so much kindness. I have recommended Dr. Engel to all of my friends who are interested in some type of plastic surgery."- M.G. / Yelp / Sep 09, 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.