Big Ears No More: Otoplasty Cost Details
Otoplasty or ear pinning surgery has a very wide price range. Many offices will not provide a price range over the phone and an in-person assessment is needed. It is important to have an assessment of your ears and review your goals with a board-certified facial plastic surgeon; however, you should also have an idea of what the price might be before you even begin your process.
According to RealSelf, the price ranges from $25 to $8600 with an average cost of $4200. Much variability goes into the price, including costs of anesthesia, operating room fees, and surgeon’s fees and these will vary depending on complexity and technique.
It is likely that the more expensive surgeons are generally the ones who do not perform the surgery very often, and therefore they charge a premium to do it.
What is otoplasty?
Otoplasty is a surgery where prominent ears can be reduced. Ear pinning utilizes various techniques to bring the ears closer to the head and create folds in various parts of the ear. This surgery has been around for decades. Ear pinning is one of the most commonly performed pediatric cosmetic surgeries. Before and After Otoplasty Gallery
What makes up the Ear Pinning cost?
Otoplasty can be performed via a multitude of techniques and a surgeon’s fees can vary based on the type and number of techniques needed. Unfortunately, you cannot know which technique a surgeon recommends without having a consult.
Most surgeons will perform this in the operating room so you will likely have to pay a facility fee which is usually a flat fee or billed hourly.
In addition, Children under 10 will likely need general anesthesia, and that will also incur an anesthesia fee.
How much should an otoplasty cost?
Every surgeon is different. Every region is different. The primary variable is the surgeon’s fee. Now, this surgery takes about one hour. I see many surgeons charging $8000 for an hour of otoplasty surgery and the same amount for a 3-hour rhinoplasty. The reason behind this is simply that they don’t do enough otoplasty!
How do you get a cheap otoplasty?
Most surgeons do not perform this procedure often. I perform 100+ per year, and I would say the average surgeon only performs 3-4! Given that, it is easy to ask for a discount if you allow the surgeon to use your pictures, but also remember that you are going to someone with less experience.