Cosmetic Ear Surgery (Otoplasty, Ear Reshaping or Pinning) – Scottsdale, AZ*

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About Cosmetic Ear Surgery

Ears that are misshapen or uneven, protrude outward, or look unnaturally big can negatively impact your self-confidence, especially when young. Otoplasty (ear surgery) is a cosmetic treatment that helps to recontour, resize, reposition, or reshape the ears to create a more balanced look. Dr. Sidney Starkman is a fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon in Scottsdale, AZ who specializes in facial plastic surgery. He has assisted countless women, men, and children to overcome their embarrassment of showing their ears with this surgery. Regardless of the cosmetic issue, ear surgery at Starkman Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery allows an individual to show their face from any angle with a newfound confidence. If you or your child are concerned about ear shape or size, make a consultation with Dr. Starkman to find out about your options for ear surgery.

Ideal Candidates

Ear surgery can be done on patients of all ages; however, it is most common among young children and is typically recommended before the start of elementary school. This treatment is safe to be performed on children around six years old and up. If you feel embarrassed about the shape and size of your ears because they stick out or are too large, otoplasty could help you attain a more normal-looking appearance. If you suffer from torn, stretched, or damaged earlobes, you are also a candidate for otoplasty.

Surgical Technique

Most often, the incision for ear reshaping surgery is made around the back portion of the ear or inside the inner folds. During surgery, the cartilage will be manipulated to create a new contour and more balanced, proportional appearance. It's common for both ears to be altered during surgery to ensure they look and appear symmetrical. After the procedure, the incisions are safely stitched together with sutures and wrapped so they are safeguarded for healing.

What to Expect

Once the procedure is finished and it is safe to leave Dr. Starkman's outpatient surgery center, you will heal and rest at home. Dr. Starkman or a member of his team will send you home with recovery instructions. It is important to not touch the ears. Also, you or your child should avoid laying on the ears, and instead, sleep propped up for the first few days. Dr. Starkman recommends follow-up appointments with his ear surgery patients within 3 – 5 days. During this time, Dr. Starkman will take off the coverings and check your or your child's ears. The results are visible almost immediately, and your ears will continue to look better as they heal.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does ear surgery cost?
Costs for ear surgery will depend on what is being performed (ear shaping, pinning, earlobe repair, or a combination). Once Dr. Starkman has listened to your concerns, he can create your surgical plan and estimate costs. In order for you to focus on getting the results you need instead of costs, Starkman Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery accepts many payment methods and can help you find low-interest financing.

Will the results of ear surgery last?
Normally, the ears mature faster than other parts of the face and body, which is why an otoplasty can be done on younger patients with long-lasting results. Dr. Starkman will examine the ears and then talk about realistic expectations along with how long the results may last. Even as the face and body can change due to age and gravity, the effect on the ears is usually minimal. If there are dramatic changes to the ears due to an injury, a second otoplasty could be performed.

How old should my child be to consider otoplasty?
Typically, children about 5 – 6 years of age are ideal candidates for otoplasty. While the ear is usually fully developed, the cartilage and tissue will still be soft, making it easy to change. This age is also good as it is before they start school or early in their education so they can avoid teasing from their classmates. Although many otoplasty patients are young children, Dr. Starkman also performs ear surgery on adults.

Do I need to have both ears done or just one?
The most common problems, including ears that are oversized or stick out, occur in both ears so both will need to be fixed. During the surgery, Dr. Starkman will shape both ears so they are as equal as possible. However, if only one ear needs to be changed, the size and shape will be altered to match the other ear. When he develops your treatment plan, Dr. Starkman will let you know whether one or both ears will be addressed.

What about fixing stretched or torn earlobes?
The popularity of ear gauges and big earrings have made earlobe repair a popular surgery at Starkman Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery. If you are interested in having earlobe repair or reconstruction, schedule a consultation with Dr. Starkman. He will examine the damage and explain what might be done to restore your earlobes.

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Average Cost  
$500 - $1,000
Recovery Time  
7 – 10 Days
Average Procedure Time  
1 Hour
Post-op Follow-up  
1 Week
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Stop Hiding your ears

An unusual ear size, shape, or position can make a significant difference in your appearance. Otoplasty (ear surgery) can help your child avoid being teased at school, or it could help you if you have always felt unhappy with your ears. Contact Starkman Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery in Scottsdale, AZ to schedule your appointment with Dr. Starkman and learn more about ear surgery. We look forward to helping you gain a look you can be proud of and the confidence to flaunt it.

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