Norman Pastorek, MD, PC, FACS


About five percent of the general population worldwide is born with protruding ears. Since many parents are concerned with the ridicule or bullying that can result from their child’s appearance, many consider surgery to reposition the ears closer to the head, known as otoplasty.

Dr. Pastorek can perform otoplasty once the ears are fully developed, which is usually around age five or six. Teenagers and adults of all ages also choose this procedure to change the appearance of their ears and gain a significant boost in their confidence.

Otoplasty Consultation

child whispering into another child's earDuring your personal consultation with Dr. Pastorek, you will discuss your desires for the procedure, your concerns, your medical history, and any specific needs you may have. Based on his assessments, Dr. Pastorek will develop a surgical plan to meet your needs and desires.

Dr. Pastorek will also give you information regarding how to prepare for ear surgery, what to expect after ear surgery, and how to speed the otoplasty recovery process. At the end of your consultation, “before” photos will be taken to document your results. Dr. Pastorek’s goal is that you leave the office feeling completely comfortable with your decision with all your questions answered.

About Ear Surgery

  • Anesthesia: General for children; Local with IV sedation for adults
  • Outpatient Procedure
  • Length of Surgery: 1 to 2 hours
  • Recovery Time: 1 to 2 weeks
  • Final Results: 2 to 3 weeks

Dr. Pastorek typically performs otoplasty with local anesthesia with intravenous sedation for adults. General anesthesia is required for children. Incisions are hidden in the natural crease behind the ears, so no noticeable scarring will result. Incisions are closed with absorbable sutures, and the ears will be bandaged for about five days. Swelling and bruising are usually minimal. During the first two weeks, you will need to take care not to tug on your ears. Once healing is complete, there are no restrictions to activities.

Ideal Candidates

Candidates for otoplasty can identify with the following:

  • Have ears that noticeably stick out from the head because the cup part near the ear canal is too deep
  • Have “lop ear” deformity where the rim of the ear is folded  forward
  • Have earlobes that appear to come straight out from the head
  • Have earlobes that are too big

Why Choose Dr. Pastorek

Dr. Norman J. Pastorek has dedicated his career to providing exceptional results in plastic and cosmetic surgeries of the face, head, and neck. He is highly respected worldwide for his knowledge, experience, and compassionate approach to every individual. Over the last two decades, Dr. Pastorek has provided hundreds of his patients with natural-looking ears that have increased their confidence and improved their overall quality of life.

If you are considering the otoplasty procedure in the New York City area, please request your consultation today by calling (212) 987-4700.