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Ear Surgery

Otoplasty

Ear surgery, also known as otoplasty, improves the shape, position and proportion of the ear. It can correct a birth defect of the ear structure.

How much does ear surgery cost?

The average cost of cosmetic ear surgery is $3,156, according to 2018 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Otoplasty costs can widely vary. The average fee referenced above is only part of the total cost – it does not include anesthesia, operating room facilities or other related expenses.

A surgeon's fee for cosmetic ear surgery will be based on his or her experience, the type of procedure used and the geographic office location.

Many plastic surgeons offer patient financing plans for cosmetic ear surgery, so be sure to ask.

Otoplasty costs may include:

  • Surgeon's fee
  • Hospital or surgical facility costs
  • Anesthesia fees
  • Prescriptions for medication
  • Post-surgery garments
  • Medical tests

When choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon in your area for ear surgery, remember that the surgeon's experience and your comfort with him or her are just as important as the final cost of the surgery.

Is cosmetic ear surgery covered by health insurance?

Most health insurance plans will not cover elective surgery, related complications or another surgery to revise the appearance of your ears.

Some procedures may be covered by health insurance, particularly when it is performed to relieve medical symptoms or to restore hearing function. Pre-certification is often required for reimbursement or coverage. Be sure to consult with your insurance company in advance of any surgery.



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