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Ear Surgery

Otoplasty

Ear surgery, also known as otoplasty, can improve the shape, position or proportion of the ear. It can correct a defect in the ear structure that is present at birth, or it can treat misshapen ears caused by injury.

What is the cost of ear surgery?

The average cost of cosmetic ear surgery is $2,909, according to 2017 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Otoplasty costs can vary widely. The average fee referenced above does not include anesthesia, operating room facilities or other related expenses. A surgeon's cost for ear surgery may vary based on his or her experience, the type of procedure used, as well as geographic location.

Many plastic surgeons offer patient financing plans to cover the price of otoplasty, 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. Precertification is often required for reimbursement or coverage. Be sure to consult with your insurance company in advance of any surgery.



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