Dr. Zuckerman can perform otoplasty, or ear surgery, on both children and adults, and can do wonders for aesthetic appearance and increasing self-esteem. Ear surgery is a procedure designed to reduce the effects of ears that protrude too far from the head. Dr. Zuckerman is highly skilled and adept at otoplasty procedures and trained at some of the most respected medical institutions in the world, including Brown University and New York University. Dr. Zuckerman and his medical staff can provide you or your child with effective surgery that will bring the ears to a less prominent position. Dr. Zuckerman can also perform various forms of ear lobe reconstruction after cancer, split earlobes from long-term earring-wear, or stretched / gauged earring holes.

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The Surgery

Corrective ear surgery (otoplasty) is most commonly performed on children after their ear cartilage has matured and when the entire external ear is at least 75% of the ultimate size of the adult ear. This typically occurs between ages 5 and 8 years.  In addition, this age allows time for the participation and involvement of the child in the decision making process.

Otoplasty Procedure

The goal of ear surgery is to create a proportionate relationship between the ears for their balance with the face and head, essentially restoring harmony and symmetry between both ears. One of the most common techniques for ear surgery involves a small incision created in the back of the ear. Cartilage is sculpted and then bent back toward the head. Non-removable stitches can be placed so that the ears retain the new shape.

Otoplasty typically takes about two hours to complete under general anesthesia (commonly used for younger patients) or local anesthesia with a sedative (often used in older children and adults). The procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis.

Ear surgery can be performed at one of Dr. Zuckerman's state-of-the-art operating rooms located in midtown Manhattan. Certified by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF), these operatories are fully equipped and recognized for adhering to only the highest standards of care.


Otoplasty is known for its minimal recovery process. Patients can expect a mild degree of swelling and bruising, but this can be managed with medication. Once bandages are removed after about a week, a special headband will be necessary for several weeks to make sure the ears heal properly into the desired position. Patients can typically resume normal daily activities after about a week. With that in mind, patients are advised to avoid activities that may harm the ear or ears until the healing process is complete.


Complications from ear surgery are typically rare, and our Dr. Zuckerman's plastic surgery team makes every effort to minimize risks before, during, and after ear surgery. All risks and benefits of ear surgery will be discussed in detail at your initial consultation with Dr. Zuckerman.

Before & After Results

View Before & After results for facial plastic surgery procedures in the Before & After section of Dr. Zuckerman's website.

Ready for your consultation?

Are you ready for your consultation with Dr. Zuckerman? During your consultation, Dr. Zuckerman can address concerns and any questions you may have about the surgery. He will also discuss with you the details of his approach: incision location(s), procedure length and techniques, likely operative outcome, etc. Contact his office via the request form or call any of his four physical office locations. Dr. Zuckerman also offers consultations via Skype and a process for out-of-town patients to visit New York to have surgery.