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Ears that are misshapen or uneven, protrude outward, or look unnaturally big can negatively impact your self-confidence, especially when young.

What is ear surgery?

Scottsdale Otoplasty (ear surgery) is a cosmetic treatment that helps to recontour, resize, reposition, or reshape the ears to create a more balanced look. Dr. 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 discover your options for ear surgery. Contact the office to receive some of best otoplasty Scottsdale has to offer. 

Why choose Dr. Starkman for ear surgery?

It is important to find a specialist in Facial Plastic Surgery,to ensure the surgeon has experience and training in the multiple techniques in ear reshaping surgery. At Starkman Facial Plastic Surgery, Dr. Starkman has a mastery of otoplasty techniques attendant to many specific concerns. There are nuances with regard to reshaping the upper, middle, and lower portions of the ear, or in repairing damage. Dr. Starkman is dedicated to natural results that are designed to last a lifetime.

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Ideal candidates for ear surgery

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, ear surgery may be the right solution. Additionally, if you suffer from torn, stretched, or damaged earlobes, you are also a candidate for ear surgery in Scottsdale.

Surgical technique during ear surgery

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 a more balanced, proportional appearance.It's common for both ears to be altered during surgery to ensure they appear symmetrical.

After the procedure, Dr. Starkman closes the incisions precisely, resulting in a scar that is virtually invisible. The ears are then wrapped with a medical bandage so they are safeguarded during the healing process.

What to expect following ear surgery

Once it is safe to leave our outpatient surgery center, we will send you home with a friend or family member. We will also provide a full list of recovery instructions to ensure you heal properly. During the initial recovery period, it is important to avoid laying on the ears, and instead sleep propped up. We will schedule a follow-up appointment within 3-5 days of your procedure. During that appointment, Dr. Starkman will take off the coverings and check the ears, including the healing process and cosmetic outcome. The results are visible almost immediately, and your ears will continue to look better as they heal.


How much does ear surgery cost?

The cost of 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 the final cost. In order for you to focus on your results, Starkman Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery accepts many payment methods and can help you find low-interest financing.

How long 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. During your initial consultation, Dr. Starkman will examine the ears and talk about realistic expectations, along with longevity of results. 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. 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.

What about 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 can be done to restore your earlobes.

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Ear surgery at a glance

Average Cost: $3,000 - $4,000
Recovery Time: 7 – 10 Days
Average Procedure Time: 1 Hour
Post-op Follow-up: 1 Week
Procedure Recovery Location: Out-Patient

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 feel unhappy with your ears. Contact Starkman Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery in Scottsdale, AZ to schedule your initial consultation.

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