If you have ears that stick out from your head or have been malformed since birth, you are probably well aware of how this impacts your self-esteem. The size, shape, proportion, and position of the ear can make a dramatic difference in your appearance, and with the help of a plastic surgeon, many patients can correct these imperfections that affect their confidence. One way is with a surgical procedure called “otoplasty.”
What is otoplasty?
Otoplasty is an ear surgery that is performed by a cosmetic plastic surgeon. It can be used to address cosmetic issues such as an unusual shape to the ear, or a birth defect that needs to be corrected for aesthetic purposes. Reconstructive ear surgery is available to both children and adults.
When can you have otoplasty performed?
Plastic surgery procedures such as otoplasty can be performed on either children or adults. Many parents choose to have the otoplasty procedure performed on their child as a toddler or preschooler to avoid hurtful bullying that can occur in the school years by peers.
Is the otoplasty procedure covered by insurance?
If the otoplasty is being performed specifically for cosmetic purposes, it is often not covered by health insurance. In situations such as this, patients will need to pay out-of-pocket for the procedure. Fortunately, our team offers a variety of payment and financing options to ensure the treatment is affordable for those of all income levels.
What are the benefits of otoplasty?
Many patients love the transformation they achieve with the otoplasty procedure. Ear surgery can improve the aesthetics of the ears, and can even restore harmony and balance with the rest of the facial proportions. Patients find that they no longer have to hide their ears with their hair or hats and find themselves feeling more confident than ever. Improved self-esteem can make a dramatic difference for patients who have been unhappy with their appearance for quite some time.