Otoplasty Cost

Fees for plastic ear surgery vary from surgeon to surgeon and region to region. For complex and more difficult problems, higher fees may apply.  As outlined below, charges may vary widely depending on how the otoplasty is performed. Overall fees can be subdivided into surgeon’s, facility and anesthesia charges and may range from $3,000 to $7,500. Therefore, it is important to consider the final cost as a sum of these three charges. Not including facility and anesthesia costs, the average otoplasty cost in 2003 was about $2,800 for surgeons’ fees alone.  Although “rock-bottom, all-inclusive” prices as low as $2,000 have been reported, the patient may be ill-advised to go bargain hunting for their plastic surgery needs. Surgical otoplasty charges usually do not include pre-operative tests, if required, medications or postoperative supplies.

Is Otoplasty Covered By Insurance?

As an appearance enhancing procedure, otoplasty is usually not covered by the patient’s health insurance. Because it is considered a cosmetic operation, the patient or the patient’s family will be required to pay for facility, anesthesia and surgeon’s fees as applicable.

What Are Facility Fees?

Depending on the cosmetic surgeon’s practice and preferences, otoplasty may be performed in a hospital, surgical center or the surgeon’s office. In all these instances, “facility charges” may apply. These facility fees can vary greatly but tend to be higher in hospital settings.  Although some plastic surgeons offer package pricing for cosmetic ear surgery, facility fees may range from $500 to $2000.

Do I Have To Pay For Anesthesia?

Otoplasty can be performed under local anesthesia, intravenous sedation (“twilight” anesthesia) or general anesthesia. If the services of an anesthesiologist are required (as is usually the case with general anesthesia and IV sedation), anesthesia related fees may range from $400 to $1000.

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