How much does ear surgery cost? Is it covered by my insurance?
The cost of otoplasty depends on the shape of your ears, your doctor, and a number of other factors. To find out more about your estimated otoplasty surgery costs, request a consultation with our experienced surgeon. Your otoplasty surgery may or may not be fully or partially covered by your health insurance policy – how much coverage you receive depends up the details of your policy as well as the severity of your ear condition.
Does otoplasty surgery hurt?
During the surgery, the patient is either lightly sedated or under general anesthesia, ensuring that no pain is felt. After the surgery, patients will receive medication to minimize any side effects of the surgery, including pain and discomfort from the incisions.
How quickly will I see results from my ear surgery?
You will immediately see the improvement in the shape and position of your ears, though it will take four to six weeks for your ears to heal completely and for you to see the final results of your operation.
Can a child receive otoplasty?
Children can be treated for their deformed or protruding ears as early as age four. Some parents seek out otoplasty during these preschool years to avoid ridicule and self-esteem issues that may surface when the child begins attending school and gains awareness of his or her appearance. While there is a slight relapse tendency for otoplasty, the results of this procedure are generally stable even as your child grows.
How long does ear surgery take? How much work will I miss?
The ear surgery itself does not take more than an hour or two and most adults can return to work between five and seven days after the procedure. Both children and adults should avoid contact sports for three to four weeks after the surgery. Both children and adults should alter their eyeglasses so that they do not put pressure on the incision site.
Is ear surgery permanent?
Yes, the results of otoplasty are permanent. Because there is a slight relapse tendency after otoplasty, the ears are usually overcorrected to anticipate the relapse. Those who follow the postoperative instructions closely and wear the protective nighttime dressing can minimize relapse. In uncommon cases, adults may wish to further correct the appearance of their ears in a follow-up surgery.