Otoplasty is an ear surgery that is performed to improve how the ears look or to repair an injury that has occurred to the ear. Because the reason for the surgery varies and the extensiveness of the surgery varies, it is difficult to pin down a specific cost, as each patient's situation will be a little bit different. In some instances, insurance may be willing to kick in for some or all of the cost of the surgery, especially if otoplasty is necessary as a result of an injury, and not just a desire to change the shape or position of the ear.
Costs for this type of surgery will include a fee for the surgeon, a fee for use of the facility, anesthesia, medications, dressing for the area after the surgery, and whatever medical tests are necessary in order to ensure that the individual is prepared for the surgery and that the body is healthy enough to have the surgery. At Dr. Paul Pin's practice, all of these costs are bundled together when discussing the overall cost of undergoing otoplasty surgery.
Dr. Pin charges between $4,500 and $5,500 for otoplasty surgery, though the costs may be lower if just one ear needs the surgery. Of course, the price of the surgery should not be the only factor when choosing a surgeon for otoplasty.
Is it Worth the Cost?
Because the cost of otoplasty may seem relatively high, many people wonder if it is really worth the money. If the patient has had damage to an ear, however, or has stretched earlobes from wearing gauges or has been teased his or her entire life for having large ears, the cost is worth it. After surgery, patients have greater confidence about the appearance of the ears.
Many plastic surgeons will offer financing options to their patients, allowing them to pay off the surgery in installments, rather than paying it off all at once, which can be a massive financial burden to some patients. These financing options include monthly payments until the entire surgery is paid off. CareCredit is the most popular healthcare financing option. The company even offers an interest-free option if the amount of the loan is paid off in a certain timeframe, with no late payments. In addition, CareCredit offers low interest rates to those with good credit. In general, most loans are paid off within two year's time.
Aside from financing with CareCredit, there are other payment options that can be considered. The most common way to pay for otoplasty is to put the cost of the procedure on a credit card. This will allow the patient to pay it back in installments; however, patients should use a card with a low interest rate and make payments on time to avoid late feels. Of course, Dr. Pin's office also accepts cash and checks.
To learn the specific cost of otoplasty for you or your child, contact Dr. Pin's practice to schedule a consultation. Dr. Pin can provide a surgical quote so you can make financial arrangements for surgery.