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Patients looking to improve the appearance of their ears have many questions about cosmetic ear surgery, also known as otoplasty. Dr. Charles Thorne answers the most commonly asked otoplasty FAQ at his New York, NY, practice to help inform potential candidates. Patients who are well prepared are more likely to have realistic expectations for what otoplasty surgery can accomplish. Before surgery is performed, you will be given the opportunity to meet with Dr. Thorne to discuss any additional questions or concerns.

What is Otoplasty?

Otoplasty is a procedure recommended to improve the shape and position of an individual’s ears. Commonly referred to as ear pinning or cosmetic ear surgery, otoplasty can address a variety of imperfections, such as deformed, uneven, or overly large ears. It is most frequently performed as a means to move protruding ears closer to the head.

upper ear reduction before
upper ear reduction after

Otoplasty with reduction of upper ear

Is Otoplasty Covered by Insurance?

In most cases, otoplasty surgery is not covered by insurance since it is considered an elective or cosmetic procedure. However, if the procedure is recommended to ease medical symptoms, insurance may cover a portion. Cost should not be prohibitive, which is why Dr. Thorne accepts CareCredit® to cover any out-of-pocket expenses. This healthcare financing option breaks the treatment cost down into affordable monthly payments.

Dr. Thorne accepts CareCredit financing to cover the cost of otoplasty surgery.

How Should I Prepare for Ear Surgery?

Preparing for surgery can help prevent complications from arising and assist you in experiencing a smooth recovery. Before your procedure, you will be given a list of instructions to follow that may include:

  • Undergoing a medical evaluation and lab tests
  • Taking medications after the procedure
  • Avoiding certain vitamins, supplements, and medications such as aspirin or ibuprofen, as they can cause increased bleeding
  • Avoiding cigarettes and tobacco products for at least two weeks before and after surgery
  • What to wear on the day of surgery

If you choose to undergo general anesthesia, you will also need to arrange for a loved one to accompany you to and from your appointment.

How Young Can an Otoplasty Patient Be?

In severe cases, otoplasty can be performed on children as young as four years old. Many parents choose to wait until the child is at least seven so they can be an active participant in their care. In addition, children at this stage are better able to handle and recover from surgery. If your child becomes distressed at the mention of surgery, it may be best to wait until they are older and more mature.

When Can I Expect to See Results?

Most patients will see the results immediately and are usually ecstatic. The final appearance takes several weeks because of the swelling. Dr. Thorne will explain the otoplasty recovery process at length during your pre-surgical appointments.

Contact Us for More Information

Otoplasty can improve your appearance and give you greater confidence when wearing hats and certain hairstyles. If your ears detract from your self-esteem, it may be time to consider undergoing otoplasty. To schedule a private consultation with Dr. Thorne, please contact our office today online or by calling (212) 794-0044. Be sure and bring a list of questions with you to your initial consult that you would like addressed.

In The Media

Dr. Thorne is consistently highlighted in every publication profiling the Best Doctors in Manhattan or the Best Doctors in the entire United States. He has been featured in the New York Times multiple years running, as well as America's Top Doctors, and has hosted a radio show on plastic surgery alongside dermatologist Dr. Linda Franks.

  • New York Best Doctors 2019
  • New York Best Doctors 2017
  • New York Best Doctors 2014
  • New York Best Doctors 2008

  • New York Best Doctors 2005
  • Americas Top Doctors 2002
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