Also called ear surgery, otoplasty is a surgery that targets the reduction and reshaping of the ear to achieve a more symmetrical look. For aesthetic purposes, some patients undergo otoplasty in order to “pin back” the ears, but there are a number of other ear problems that can be addressed with otoplasty. These ear issues are namely: (1) “top ear,” a condition where the tip of the ear folds forward and down, (2) “cupped ear,” a term for a very tiny ear, (3) “shell ear,” wherein there are missing outer rim curves, creases, and natural folds. Otoplasty can also fix stretched, large, creased, and wrinkled earlobes. For patients who were born without ears or lost their ears due to an accident or injury, surgeons may build a new set of ears and attach them thru surgery.
Otoplasty is sometimes covered by insurance, but not when the surgery is done purely for cosmetic purposes. Ear surgeries performed to change or correct birth defects and injuries may be reimbursed in part or in whole. Patients should check with their insurance carrier to get complete details on the coverage of their insurance policy.