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Otoplasty New York, NY

Otoplasty, commonly known as ear surgery, is a surgical procedure that expertly reshapes, resizes, or modifies the ears. Dr. Jennifer Levine, a top-rated plastic surgeon in NYC, specializes in this procedure, skillfully enhancing ear aesthetics to achieve overall facial harmony and balance.

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The Otoplasty procedure has a number of benefits including:

  • Aesthetic Improvements: Otoplasty can correct issues such as overly large ears, protruding ears, or asymmetrical ears, enhancing facial symmetry and balance. As one of the premiere surgeons for Otoplasty New York City has in practice, Dr. Levine ensures results that appear natural and align with each patient’s aesthetic goals.
  • Improved Confidence: By addressing concerns about ear appearance, this procedure can significantly improve self-confidence, impacting social interactions and overall quality of life.
  • Safety & Effectiveness: As a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon in NYC, Dr. Levine’s minimally invasive approach makes Otoplasty one of the safest and most effective surgical procedures available today.
  • Less Downtime: Recovery from otoplasty is typically quick, allowing patients to return to their normal activities promptly.
  • Lasting Results: The changes made during otoplasty are permanent, providing long-term satisfaction with the appearance of the ears.

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate for ear pinning surgery, or otoplasty, in New York City is determined by several important factors:

  • Aesthetic Concerns: Individuals with prominent ears that protrude noticeably, have ears that appear large for their face, asymmetrical ears, or those seeking revision ear surgery are prime candidates.
  • Physical Health: Suitable candidates should be in good overall health, free from chronic ear infections or medical conditions that could impede healing or elevate surgical risks.
  • Non-Smokers: It’s vital for candidates to have a clear understanding of the procedure’s outcomes. Dr. Jennifer Levine considers each patient’s motivation for change and other factors to ensure they have realistic expectations for the results of the surgery.

During your otoplasty consultation in NYC, Dr. Jennifer Levine evaluates these factors to curate an individualized treatment plan for each patient, ensuring optimal results.


The recovery after otoplasty depends on a variety of individual factors. For optimal healing, it’s important to follow post-op instructions.

First 24 Hours

  • Patients experience some swelling.
  • A headband might be applied to support the new ear position.
  • Rest is crucial, with limited physical activity.

First Week

  • Swelling and bruising may peak during the first few days and then gradually subside.
  • Patients usually wear a headband day and night to protect the ears.
  • Most people can return to work or school, avoiding strenuous activities.

Two to Four Weeks

  • Continued reduction in swelling and bruising.
  • The headband is generally worn only at night.
  • Normal activities can be resumed, but contact sports or activities that risk bending the ears should be avoided.

One to Two Months

  • Most of the healing is complete.
  • Final results start to become apparent.
  • Full activities, including sports, can usually be resumed.

Six Months and Beyond:

  • Final results are fully visible.
  • Scar tissue has matured and softened.
  • The ears have settled into their new position.

After your surgery, our team will provide detailed aftercare instructions and follow-up appointments to ensure a smooth recovery. Healing times can vary based on individual factors, so it’s important to follow the specific guidance given by the surgeon.


Otoplasty results are generally considered to be permanent. During the procedure, Dr. Levine reshapes the outer ear using techniques such as ear pinning and the use of permanent sutures. The cartilage is secured in place to maintain the new shape of the ear, and once healed, these changes are typically enduring.


Otoplasty is ideal for individuals who are self-conscious about the size, shape, or symmetry of their ears. This procedure can correct protruding ears, large ears, or asymmetrical ears, enhancing facial balance and aesthetics.

However, when we focus on a facial feature that seems to bring imbalance to our facial appearance, another feature may need to be addressed instead. The best way to find out if otoplasty is the ideal procedure for you, schedule a call with double-board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Jennifer Levine.


Ear surgery can be suitable for both children and adults. When considering ear reshaping for children, parents should consider several factors:

  • Ideal Age: Ear pinning surgery to correct the prominence of the ears can be completed for children starting around age 5 or 6 as their ear cartilage is mature enough for correction but still pliable enough for shaping.
  • Psychological Benefits: Undergoing otoplasty at a younger age can be advantageous for children, particularly in terms of psychological and social benefits. It can help avoid potential teasing or self-esteem issues related to protruding or misshapen ears.

It’s important to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon who can assess individual needs and provide tailored advice.

Additional Treatments

Additional treatments that can enhance the results of ear reshaping surgery (otoplasty) often focus on overall facial harmony and balance. These can include:

  • Facial Contouring Procedures: Depending on individual aesthetic goals, procedures like cheek augmentation or chin reshaping can enhance facial symmetry and proportion, complementing the changes made to the ear’s shape. EMFACE can be combined with otoplasty to offer optimal lower face contouring by augmenting the cheeks, while defining the jawline and reducing the double chin.
  • Injectables and Fillers: In some cases, injectables like Botox or dermal fillers can be used to refine the results by addressing related areas, such as reducing wrinkles or enhancing other facial features for a more balanced look.
  • Non-Surgical Tightening Treatments: Procedures like Ultherapy and radiofrequency treatments such as EMFACE, Morpheus8 and Evoke can tighten and lift the skin around the ears and jawline, further enhancing the results of otoplasty.

During your consultation, Dr. Jennifer Levine will collaborate with you on the best plan to achieve your aesthetic goals.

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