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An Otoplasty Expert: Creating Natural-looking Ears since 1989

Dr. Thorne’s Publications


Learn more about ear reconstruction and otoplasty from Dr. Thorne's chapters in Grabb And Smith's Plastic Surgery, the premier single-volume textbook in plastic surgery.

Renowned Plastic Surgeon Dedicated to Patient Satisfaction

A specialist in the surgical correction of ear deformities, Dr. Charles Thorne performs otoplasty and reconstructive surgical procedures for all types of ear deformities in New York City where he is Chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital and Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital. These concerns include: prominent ears; excessively large ears; earring complications; ears distorted by age or facelift procedures; traumatic deformities; and congenital anomalies. To understand more about what Dr. Thorne can accomplish, you may wish to explore the gallery. For further information on the types of conditions treated by Dr. Thorne, visit the companion site,

My goal in otoplasty is to create an absolutely normal ear, with no evidence of surgery, minimal recovery time, and minimal risk of complications.

Dr. Charles Thorne

Meet Dr. Charles Thorne

With an international reputation in cosmetic and pediatric plastic surgery, Dr. Charles Thorne is an expert in the surgical treatment of ear and facial deformities. He is a graduate of Yale University and the UCLA School of Medicine and received his residency training at the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery at NYU.

Since starting his private practice in 1989, Dr. Thorne has spent nearly three decades performing, teaching, and writing about plastic surgery and ear reconstruction. In that time, he has held leadership positions within national and international professional societies, including Chair of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, President of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in 2019.

Dr. Thorne served as a teacher in the Peace Corps in Ghana, West Africa for two years between 1974-1976 and continues his interest and commitment to international outreach and education, most recently on a surgical mission to Vietnam where he taught ear reconstruction to Vietnamese surgeons.

Dr. Charles Thorne
Dr. Charles Thorne

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Procedures and Conditions Treated

Dr. Thorne offers a wide range of reconstructive surgeries and treatments for ear and facial deformities to restore features to a more natural and symmetrical state. The scope of practice includes:

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Otoplasty Results

Otoplasty & reduction - creation of helical rim

Correction of earlobe distortion after facelift

Otoplasty & ear reduction


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Earlobe reduction

Otoplasty & ear reduction

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Grabb and Smith's Plastic Surgery

Dr. Thorne is an expert in his field and has contributed numerous articles on ear surgery to the scientific literature. In an effort to enrich the education of future surgeons, he has written several chapters for the seventh edition of Grabb and Smith's Plastic Surgery medical textbook, one of the field's most foundational texts. As both author and Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Thorne offers a unique perspective through his analysis of the different techniques and treatments. 

To learn more about these surgical techniques, read excerpts from the chapters on ear reconstruction and otoplasty. These sections will provide answers to common questions on subjects like the recovery process.

Letters from Our Patients

Many former patients and their parents have written to Dr. Thorne to express gratitude for the impact the otoplasty or ear reconstruction has had on their lives.

In the Media

Dr. Thorne is consistently highlighted in every publication profiling the Best Doctors in Manhattan or the Best Doctors in the entire United States. He has been featured in the New York Times multiple years running, as well as America's Top Doctors, and has hosted a radio show on plastic surgery alongside dermatologist Dr. Linda Franks. 

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Dr. Charles Thorne has guided me, consulted me on what can be done to correct my concerns, and was so honest with me about everything. He held my hand where [my first] surgeon and his team should have.

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