Transform Your Ear Appearance with an Earlobe Reduction
Earlobe-reduction is a cosmetic surgery procedure that reduces the size of the earlobes. This type of surgery is often requested by people who feel that their earlobes are too large or disproportionate compared to the rest of their faces. In this article we will cover everything from what it entails to how much it costs and whether or not insurance covers it. Keep reading for more information.
It is a common procedure performed by an experienced plastic surgeon.
It’s often requested to reduce the size of earlobes that are too large or disproportionate in comparison to other facial features, such as lips and eyes. If you feel like your ears stick out too much from your face, or if the earlobes are simply too large for your liking, earlobe reduction may be a good option for you.
Who Is Eligible for The Surgery?
If you are unhappy with the size of your earlobes, this surgery may be right for you. This procedure is most commonly performed on women and men who feel like their ears stick out too far from the face or if there’s a change in the symmetry between both sides due to weight gain/loss over time (e.g., after having children).
Earlobe-reduction can also help correct deformities caused by birth defects such as microtia, injury-related issues where trauma causes damage through lacerations, tearing causing permanent disfigurement, and continued stretching from wearing heavy jewelry pieces overtime.
How Is It Done?
The surgery is typically done using local anesthesia, which means that you will be awake during the procedure but will not feel any pain. It usually takes about an hour to complete and is relatively straightforward. You can expect to experience some swelling and bruising in the days following surgery, but this will gradually subside.
Are There Any Side Effects?
Most people are happy with their results after undergoing earlobe-reduction surgery. However, as with any type of cosmetic surgery, there is always a risk of complications. Some common side effects include infection, bleeding, and scarring. It’s important to speak with your plastic surgeon about any concerns you may have before undergoing this procedure.
How Long Will the Healing Process Take?
The healing process will vary from person to person, but you can expect to take about two weeks before feeling back to normal. You will need to avoid any strenuous activities for the first few days after surgery and should keep your head elevated when resting.
What Is the Average Cost of The Procedure?
The average cost of Earlobe-reduction surgery ranges from $600 to $800. However, it’s important to note that the cost may vary depending on your location and the experience of your plastic surgeon. Many insurance plans do not cover cosmetic procedures, but you should speak with your provider to see if Earlobe-reduction is covered.
Does Insurance Cover the Cost of Earlobe-Reduction Surgery?
Insurance usually does not cover cosmetic procedures, such as this one. However, some insurers will pay for reconstructive operations if they are needed due to injury or illness (i.e., cancer). If you think that might be an option for you, check with your plan administrator and see what’s covered by policy language in order to determine which types of surgeries qualify under their terms and conditions as well.
If you are considering Earlobe-reduction surgery, be sure to speak with an experienced plastic surgeon or an ENT doctor about your options. They will be able to answer all of your questions and help you determine if this procedure is right for you.
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*As of October 1st 2023, Dr. Shapiro will be an out of network provider. Dr. Shapiro’s services will be fee-for-service and are not contracted with any insurance company. Payments are to be paid in full at the time of each visit or prior to the date of surgery. The fee schedule is available upon request. As a courtesy to our patients and to maximize your reimbursement, the office will provide you with a claim form to be submitted to your insurance. For out of network care we do not verify insurance coverage and assume the insurance information you provide is accurate. Reimbursements will come directly to you from your insurance carrier based on your plan's out of network coverage and deductible. We do not bill secondary policies. Please note that all other fees (facility and anesthesia fees for surgery, and tests such as labs or x-rays) will still go through your insurance as per regular insurance in-network contract.
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