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
"Dr. Engel is the best. Amazing Results - Dr. Engel is the best. He is a perfectionist. He listened to what I wanted and when what we thought would be the right profile didn't look right in the OR he had the experience, confidence, and conviction to change it out for a different one. My results are AMAZING! No crazy complications or scarring. I love it at 3 months post op and I know I will love it even more at 6 months post op. He also did my Botox and lip filler (first time for me so I was nervous) at one of my follow ups. I already have full lips but getting lines on my upper lip and it's a little asymmetrical. He did not overdo it! Results we perfectly subtle. When I came back a month later for another PO follow up I asked if I should get more Botox or filler in his opinion or of he felt the results were optimal and he agreed nothing more was needed. I feel safe and secure and confident in his expertise, opinion, and judgement."- D. / RealSelf / Dec 17, 2019
"Wonderful Experience! - Dr Derby was actually one of the most caring and best doctors I have been to in a long time. He made my eye surgery experience so easy and non stressful, especially since I went under just local anesthesia. Truly a very talented and empathetic surgeon who cares really what the client wants and does not try and add additional services. Wonderful experience! Will be referring him to my family and friends."- L. / RealSelf / Dec 10, 2019
"Dr Derby is Exquisite, Compassionate, Professional, and Extremely Talented to Name Just a Few! - Dr. Brian Derby is truly such a compassionate, thoughtful, professional, attentive, extremely talented and brilliant surgeon. I was extremely nervous even speaking with him about my concerns, however from the moment I met him, I felt myself completely letting go. He was authentic and I knew he wouldn't recommend a procedure that wasn't right for me or that would give me false hopes. After dancing my entire life 6-7 days a week, and having trouble areas and insecurities since I was a teen, I knew this was going to be the best decision I had ever made for myself, I felt I was ready, and honestly now, I wish I would have done it years ago. I've NEVER felt so confident in my own skin, and my experience and results with Dr. Derby are beyond incredible! He is a true artist and contoured my body in ways I NEVER thought were even possible. The entire staff at Sarasota Plastic Surgery provided a first class experience and I couldn't be happier. If you're contemplating your decision, I promise you... You will wish you had done it sooner. If you're contemplating choosing the right surgeon, I promise you... no need to look further. You've found yours. :)"- O. / RealSelf / Dec 10, 2019
"Dr Derby was excellent. He was caring and very professional. I did appreciate how he didn't try to persuade me to do additional surgeries unless I felt comfortable. I did local anesthetic for my eye surgery and Dr Derby made the whole experience awesome and non stressful! So recommending him to all my friends and family."- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Dec 10, 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.