How is Otoplasty Performed?
Otoplasty can be performed under local or general anesthesia. Some people prefer to be asleep during surgery, especially children, while others may prefer to stay awake. Your Specialty Aesthetic Surgery surgeon will use an incision behind the ear to remove and reshape the cartilage.
Sutures help to hold the ear in its new position, and the incisions will be well-disguised when healed. The procedure can take between one and three hours depending on the complexity. Otoplasty surgery to resize the ears requires different procedures that sometimes involve a visible scar. In most cases, ears that look too large will look normal when positioned correctly.
When After Otoplasty Can I Get a Revision?
While most people heal quickly after an otoplasty, ear cartilage takes a long time to heal completely. Your results can continue to change for six months or more following your procedure.
If you are unhappy with otoplasty results and want to have a revision, we will recommend that you wait until your cartilage is completely stabilized. This process typically takes six months to a year. Your surgeon will assess how much you have healed and whether you are ready for revision surgery.
How Much Does Otoplasty Cost?
Otoplasty is a life-changing procedure at any age but is not covered by insurance. However, over 97% of people report that the results were worth the costs. Otoplasty expenses vary widely and are affected by factors including:
- Your surgeon’s skill and experience
- Your location
- The type of procedure
- Where the procedure is performed
- The type of anesthesia used
The average otoplasty price ranges from $5,000 to $10,000. We recommend a consultation so we can discuss your actual cost. Estimated otoplasty costs may not include some fees and expenses. We will always provide you with the most accurate estimate so you will not have any unwelcome surprises.
How Old Should I Be to Get Otoplasty?
Most cosmetic procedures are only performed on adults, but the benefits of otoplasty are so significant that it can also be performed on children. Your child can have otoplasty as soon as their ears have finished growing, usually around age five.
Children who have an otoplasty can avoid years of bullying and teasing, letting them feel confident and free to be themselves. Teens and adults can also have otoplasty and will enjoy significant benefits.