Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)

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Ear Surgery (Otoplasty) Otoplasty or cosmetic ear surgery is intended to change the appearance of the external portion of your ears.  Ear plastic surgery can reposition ears excessively protruding from the side of the head, reduce the size of very large ears, or reshape bends in cartilage.

Other reconstructive otoplasty procedures can deal with deformed ears, but many otoplasty ear surgeries are performed because the individual is simply unhappy about the size or shape of their ears. 

Ear surgery is appropriate for patients aged 5-6 and up, the surgery can correct the angle and size of the ears, making them more proportionate with the rest of the face and helping to boost self-image. 

Your ear is composed of a thin cartilage cover with a thin layer of skin.  During your ear surgery, one or more incisions are made behind the ear to give access to your ear cartilage.  Through this incision your ear can be manipulated and sculpted to meet your desires; smaller, closer, and proportional. 

Our ears are a relatively small part of us, but to some they’re a huge distraction, if anything otoplasty ear surgery can put your worst fears about your ears to rest.

Typical Minimum Cost of Ear Surgery (Otoplasty) (based on national averages):
$2,904.00
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Typical Maximum Cost of Ear Surgery (Otoplasty) (based on national averages):
$3,304.00
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National Average Cost of Ear Surgery (Otoplasty):
$3,104.00
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Time Required for Ear Surgery (Otoplasty):
It usually takes somewhere between 2-3 hours to perform ear surgery. Time requirements vary between situations and extent of surgery.
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Is Ear Surgery (Otoplasty) an InPatient or OutPatient Procedure?
Otoplasty ear surgery is performed on an outpatient basis.
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What are the Side Effects of Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)?
Otoplasty surgery side effects include temporary swelling, discomfort, and bruising.
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How Long do Ear Surgery (Otoplasty) results last?
Cosmetic ear surgery results are permanent.
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What is the recovery time for Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)?
Day 1 Patients return home with a supportive wrap over the ears, and should continue to wear it for several days following surgery.

Day 10-20 Patients start to notice the results really taking shape.

Note**It is usually recommended that patients abstain from contact sports and other strenuous activity for about one month after surgery.


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Will my insurance company cover Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)?
Because of the traditionally cosmetic nature of ear plastic surgery, insurance is usually not involved. It may apply in some rare situations, however.
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Is there much discomfort for Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)?
After the otoplasty ear surgery, discomfort will be felt mildly and temporarily. While it lasts, it is easily controlled with oral pain medication.
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What types of anesthesia is necessary for Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)?
The cosmetic ear surgery anesthesia of choice is local with sedation. In some situations, especially when the patient is a young child, general anesthesia may be used.
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What else can I combine Ear Surgery (Otoplasty) with?
For enhanced results, otoplasty ear surgery may be combined with such complementary procedures as:

  • Facial Implants
  • Facial Plastic Surgery (a variety of procedures would apply)
  • Rhinoplasty

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What else is Ear Surgery (Otoplasty) referred to as?
Ear Surgery. Ear Lift. Ear Pinning. Ear Reduction.
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