How Much Does Otoplasty Cost?
Unfortunately, there is no non-surgical way to correct prominent ears. If you or your child has prominent ears, the only effective solution is otoplasty, also known as prominent ear surgery or ear pinning. And while having prominent ears is not a life-threatening condition, it is certainly one that causes many people a tremendous amount of strife.
Sadly, we live in a world where children with very large ears or ears that stick out may be ridiculed or bullied by their peers. Both children and adults frequently feel self conscious about this physical issue. This can cause psychological trauma that may last a lifetime.
For this reason, both children and adults with prominent ears can benefit greatly from a simple surgery called ear pinning or otoplasty.
But how much does otoplasty cost? While we can’t give you an exact number, we can help break down the factors that influence the cost of otoplasty and answer some frequently asked questions about financing.
What Is Otoplasty?
Otoplasty is a cosmetic surgery that is designed to correct the shape, position, or proportion of the ears. It is typically performed on individuals who have ears that protrude prominently from the head. It can also be effective for those with misshapen ears due to congenital factors, injuries, or accidents or those who want to improve the symmetry of their ear shape.
Can Children Get Otoplasty Surgery?
Yes, cosmetic ear surgery can be performed on children when they have misshapen or protruding ears. It’s important that the child be old enough to undergo the procedure, however. They may need to be able to safely undergo general anesthesia and get through the otoplasty recovery period without agitating their healing ears, which could compromise their health or the results of their surgery.
If you have questions about appropriate ages for child otoplasty procedures, please contact Dr. Ramanadham’s office today and schedule a consultation appointment.
Does Insurance Cover Ear Surgery?
No, otoplasty surgery cost is rarely (if ever) covered by health insurance.
When insurance companies evaluate whether a surgical procedure will be covered by their plans, they’re looking to see if the issue is medically necessary. Most of the time, this means “life-threatening”. Heart surgery, for example, is almost always medically necessary — as is gallbladder removal or a C-section birth.
Other plastic surgeries are sometimes deemed medically necessary and covered as well. For example, if a patient has had breast cancer and a mastectomy, her breast augmentation surgery cost (to reconstruct her breasts) will likely be covered.
However, an otoplasty procedure is primarily a cosmetic procedure. It fixes an aesthetic issue, and the vast majority of ear surgery patients will not have their physical health compromised if their ears are not corrected. Therefore, health insurance companies consider it elective and not covered.
How Much Does an Otoplasty Cost? FAQs
1. What factors influence the cost of otoplasty?
The cost of otoplasty can vary based on factors such as the surgeon’s experience, geographical location, facility fees, anesthesia costs, post-operative costs, and the complexity of the procedure.
2. Can otoplasty be performed with local anesthesia to save on the price?
Yes, sometimes otoplasty surgery can be performed with local anesthesia, which is less expensive than general anesthesia. It depends on the patient’s age and preference and the scope and extent of the surgical techniques required.
3. Can otoplasty be combined with other surgeries?
Otoplasty is often performed as a standalone procedure. Combining it with other surgeries, such as a facelift or rhinoplasty, may affect the overall cost, which can be discussed during your consultation.
4. Are there financing options available for otoplasty?
Many plastic surgery practices offer financing plans to help patients manage the cost of otoplasty. These plans can make the procedure more accessible to those on a budget. CareCredit is one example.
5. How can I get an accurate cost estimate for my otoplasty?
The most accurate cost estimate can be obtained through a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Smita Ramanadham. During this consultation, Dr. Smita can assess your specific needs and provide a personalized quote.
6. Do I need to budget for post-operative care and follow-up appointments?
Yes, when budgeting for otoplasty, it’s essential to factor in potential additional costs, such as for medications, a post-operative otoplasty headband, and follow-up visits.
7. How much does otoplasty cost for children?
Generally speaking, the cost of otoplasty for children is considered in the same way as the cost of otoplasty for adults. Multiple factors will influence the price. Therefore, ultimately, you should meet with plastic surgeons directly if you want an accurate quote.
Contact Us to Schedule a Consultation Appointment
Are you thinking about otoplasty but still have questions about financing and the procedure itself? The consultation appointment is where we address these types of concerns and help form a plan of action for your surgery and recovery.
Contact us today to schedule your consultation with board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Smita Ramanadham and get one step closer to feeling and looking your best!