What is otoplasty?

Otoplasty is cosmetic surgery used to correct the form and shape of the ear. This can be required or recommended for patients who have a defective, deformed, or completely missing external ear. Ear issues can be present due to trauma as well as genetics.

An otoplastic surgeon makes corrections by creating a more proportionate, contoured, visually attractive external ear.

In this guide, we will cover the most commonly asked questions relating to otoplasty and otoplastic surgeons.

How much does otoplasty cost?

Let’s get this question out of the way first. Always the most commonly asked question relating to any of the procedures we offer. At the same time, it is also the hardest one to definitively answer. Pricing is a result of many different factors when we talk about plastic surgery. Who you have perform your surgery and where you have it done are impactful factors.

To give an idea, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons puts the average otoplasty cost at $3,154, according to statistics that were gathered in 2016.

Factors that dictate the cost of otoplasty:

  • Hospital or facility costs
  • Fee paid to your surgeon
  • Anesthesia
  • Necessary medications
  • Testing to make sure you are healthy after the surgery

Otoplasty Recovery Time

The best way to go about recovery from any surgery is to effectively manage expectations and needs from the beginning. It is important to follow your doctors’ orders and make sure to take care of the area properly for best results.

Depending on the level of intensity of the ear surgery being performed, there are different lengths of recovery needed. When doing something simple like an earlobe surgery, recovery Is relatively short & painless. More involved surgeries and needs will require different recovery strategy. Discomfort is normal, and pain medication is often prescribed to help with it.

Even more than some other surgeries, you need to make sure you leave your bandages on and intact after an otoplasty. If bandages are prematurely removed or the area is damaged, it can alter the results of the surgery. Sometimes an entire second surgical procedure is needed to make corrections.

Every surgeon has their own technique for handling recovery, some of the most important questions to ask your doctor are:

  • Where will I be taken after my surgery is complete?
  • What medication will I be given or prescribed after surgery?
  • Will I have dressings/bandages after surgery? When will they be removed?
  • Are stitches removed? When?
  • When can I resume normal activity and exercise?
  • When do I return for follow-up care?

Non-Surgical Otoplasty

Not all otoplasty is done surgically, though those are the best-known procedures. There are some non-surgical options for re-shaping and correcting the look of the ears.

The options commonly seen for non-surgical otoplasty include:

  • Taping
  • Physician-designed splints

Most of these options are only available to newborns and infants, as their ears are extremely mailable for a period after work. Age 7 is generally where these options begin to lose their viability.


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