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How Much Does Otoplasty Cost?

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How Much Does Otoplasty Cost?

Ears that protrude from your head and look too large can make children and adults feel self-conscious. An otoplasty, also known as ear pinning or an ear tuck, reshapes cartilage to make the ears lay flatter against the head. This eliminates the appearance of oversized, overly visible ears. It can improve self-confidence and, for children, can stop bullying and unkind jokes. 

What is Otoplasty?

Otoplasty is a surgical procedure that reshapes the cartilage in and around the ear to help it lay flatter against your head. Dr. Tenley Lawton often performs this procedure on children and teenagers who struggle with teasing or bullying because of their ears. An otoplasty bends the ear cartilage to curve, which rests close to the head. When you choose a surgeon to perform a procedure on your child, make sure to select a board-certified specialist like Dr. Lawton. 

How Does Otoplasty Work?

During otoplasty, Dr. Lawton will make an incision behind the ear to access the cartilage. Reshaping and removing some of this cartilage can give the patient a better ear position. Dr. Lawton may use different strategies to achieve the desired result, including removing a piece of cartilage from behind the ear to help it lay flatter. 

How Much Does Otoplasty Cost?

Otoplasty costs vary between different areas and different providers. You should also keep in mind that the average price listed often does not include other fees such as anesthesia, medications, and additional costs. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports an average otoplasty cost of $3737. Dr. Lawton can help you with a more accurate estimate of your actual cost. 

What are the Benefits of Otoplasty?

While otoplasty is a cosmetic procedure, the benefits range far beyond an improved appearance. 

  • Improved self-esteem
  • An end to bullying and teasing about ears
  • Feeling more confident in the spotlight or around strangers
  • An overall more balanced facial appearance
  • Usually permanent results

Since ear cartilage tends to remain the same shape throughout your life, having the procedure as a child can prevent a lifetime of self-consciousness. Once reshaped, your cartilage will typically maintain its new position, sometimes with the help of non-dissolving sutures. 


The first step is to schedule an in-person consultation with Dr. Lawton or one of our trusted providers at Tenley K Lawton M.D. in Neport Beach, CA. Simply fill out the form on this page and we will reach out to you promptly to schedule your appointment.

What is Recovery Like From Otoplasty?

Dr. Lawton recommends that you avoid sleeping on your side for several weeks following your procedure. You will receive a special headband to help your ears heal in the correct position. Most people can return to work or school within a few days

Am I a Candidate for Otoplasty?

Children and adults with protruding ears usually make good candidates for otoplasty. Unlike many cosmetic procedures, otoplasty may be recommended for children if their ears cause them social issues or might in the future. 


*Individual Results May Vary


Dr. Lawton strives to provide the best experience for everyone who chooses her practice for their aesthetic needs. Read why our patients love their results & experience with Dr. Lawton and her team of expert providers.

Take the Next Step

Would you like to learn more about otoplasty? You can schedule a consultation with Dr. Tenley Lawton by filling out the form on this page or calling Tenley K. Lawton M.D. at (949) 640-0999.

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