Otoplasty (ear surgery)
Otoplasty is a cosmetic surgery procedure designed to improve the shape, size, or profile of ears to bring them in proportion to the rest of the facial features. During the initial consultation for otoplasty, the cosmetic surgeon will discuss all aspects of the procedure, including its estimated costs. The objective is to help a patient make an informed choice.
Otoplasty plastic surgery should only be performed by an experienced surgeon with expertise in facial procedures. Dr. Bryson Richards is a pre-eminent plastic surgeon for otoplasty and other procedures of the face, breast, and body. Dr. Richards receives patients from Las Vegas, NV and surrounding areas.
Factors Influencing the Price Tag
The impact of otoplasty cosmetic surgery can have on your check book can differ between two practices and even between two patients at the same practice in some cases. Several factors will go into determining the actual cost of the procedure.
Where a practice is located can make a difference to the financial impact of otoplasty. The living cost index typically varies from one place to another, which can impact the average cost of most types of products and services, including plastic surgery services. For instance, the monetary figure of otoplasty in Las Vegas, NV may not be same as the cost of the same procedure in, say, Austin, TX.
Fee Charged by the Surgeon
The cosmetic surgeon may charge a fee for otoplasty according to their qualifications, experience, and recognition in the field of facial surgery procedures. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), patients should select the most appropriate surgeon for their needs, and factors such as the surgeon’s fee should only be secondary to such a decision.
Anesthesia and Surgical Room Charges
Otoplasty may be performed under general anesthesia in some cases. The fee charged by the anesthesiologist can vary according to their qualifications and experience. If the procedure is performed at a state of the art facility with personalized care and attention and advanced technologies, the cost may be slightly higher than that of an average operating room.
Average Cost of Otoplasty
According to the statistics of 2013 released by the ASPS, the average cost of otoplasty in the US was $3,040. However, the ASPS made it clear that this is just an indicative figure, and does not include the financial value of anesthesia, operating facility costs, and other associated expenses. The price can vary widely due to various factors as discussed above.
Length and complexity of otoplasty can also affect the costs in a particular case. Sometimes the surgeon may combine otoplasty with another facial procedure, which can increase the affect this operation has on your finances. The actual price of the procedure may range from $6,000 to $10,000 for otoplasty.
Insurance and Finance
Health insurance may cover the costs of otoplasty only in case the procedure is performed to address medical symptoms or restore hearing. Patients in other cases can seek to finance the procedure through family borrowings, credit card payments, bank loans and loans through medical care finance firms.