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Microtia and Ear
Reconstruction Expert: Creating
Natural-Looking Ears Since 1989

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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.

A Renowned Plastic Surgeon Dedicated to Patient Satisfaction

Thorne Surgery
Dr. Charles Thorne in New York, NY, is a specialist in cosmetic surgery of the face and both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the ear. He performs facial cosmetic surgery, otoplasty, and reconstructive surgical procedures for patients with microtia and other ear deformities. He is the Chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital and Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital.

This site is dedicated to cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the external ear and focuses on topics such as otoplasty and microtia surgery. For more information regarding facelift, rhinoplasty, and other cosmetic procedures of the face, visit To learn more about what Dr. Thorne can accomplish, please visit his gallery of patient results. Best Doctors

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


Meet Dr. Charles Thorne

With an international reputation in cosmetic and pediatric plastic surgery, Dr. Charles Thorne is an expert in aesthetic surgery of the face and ear reconstruction. He is a graduate of Yale College 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 cosmetic 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.

Procedures and Conditions Treated

Thorne Surgery
Dr. Thorne offers a wide range of reconstructive surgeries and treatments
for ear and facial deformities:

  • Anotia
  • Congenital Skin Tags
  • Correction of Over-Corrected Ears
  • Cryptotia
  • Deformities Caused by Facelifting or Aging
  • Ear Keloids
  • Earlobe Distortion after Facelift
  • Earring Hole Repair
  • Ear Molding
  • Earlobe Shortening
  • Ear Rejuvenation
  • Excessively Large Ears
  • Hemifacial Microsomia
  • Microtia
  • Macrotia
  • Otoplasty
  • Otoplasty for Children
  • Otoplasty with Ear Reduction
  • Post Traumatic Ear Deformities
  • Prominent Ears
  • Question Mark Ear
  • Revision Otoplasty
  • Shell Ear
  • Stahl's Ear
  • Treacher Collins Syndrome

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.

  • New York Best Doctors 2019
  • New York Best Doctors 2017
  • New York Best Doctors 2014
  • New York Best Doctors 2008

  • New York Best Doctors 2005
  • Americas Top Doctors 2002
  • Castle Connolly 10th
  • Castle Connolly 6th

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. .




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