A face is a person’s calling card
Facial variation or changes to the face may be congenital or come about through accident or illness. Our long experience, dexterity, and attention to detail allows us to help our patients achieve a harmonious appearance.
“A symbiosis of skill, science, and art”
– Jacques Joseph (1865–1934), the father of facial plastic surgery
Performing plastic and aesthetic facial surgery is one of the greatest challenges a surgeon faces. Our long experience and specialization in this area is the key prerequisite that our patients will be satisfied with the results. Thanks to the use of gentle anesthetics and operation techniques, treatment can often be carried out on an outpatient basis.
Corrections to the nose (rhinoplasty)
Because it lies at the center of the face, our nose draws attention. The form a nose takes varies from person to person and is set at birth. Later influences, such as accidents or illness, can lead to changes to the outer shape of the nose. We use well-established techniques in our operations.
A thorough analysis of the form of the nose is the starting point for successful operation and treatment, and begins with a clinical investigation of the interior and exterior of the nose, supported by digital photography. We distinguish between changes to the form of the nose brought about by illness or accident, and aspects of the nose form that are congenital. More discrete changes, such as asymmetry of the tip of the nose, can affect the overall aesthetic impression of a person's face.
Operations to correct the nose are undertaken frequently. Depending on the type of change, different operating techniques may be preferred. Usually, a technique can be used that does not require an externally visible incision. We will inform you personally what the potential risks of the operation are. Recovery after the operation usually takes 2–3 weeks.
In the case of operations carried out for aesthetic reasons, the costs are borne by the patient. We will be happy to provide you with a cost estimate and discuss it with you. Normally, if nasal function is impaired, the (Swiss) health insurance fund will cover part of the total costs. If an accident was the cause for the changed shape of the nose, then the (Swiss) casualty insurance will cover either part or all of the costs.
Should a changed nose shape remain after an operation has been completed and further correction then prove necessary, the costs of this renewed intervention must again be paid. We cannot provide a ‘warranty’ with respect to potential additional corrective operations.
Corrections to the eyelids (blepharoplasty)
With increasing age, the delicate skin of the eyelids loses its elasticity. Wrinkles around the eyes (“crow's feet”), bags under the eyes or drooping eyelids are evident to a greater or lesser extent. Corrections to the eyelids are usually done for aesthetic reasons; drooping eyelids only rarely impair the field of vision. These conditions can all be fixed with operations.
Eyelid correction is a common surgical procedure. While the operation can be done under local anesthetic, the findings and operation techniques can suggest it makes more sense to instead use a general anesthetic. Normally, eyelid surgery is carried out on an outpatient basis. We will inform you personally what the potential risks of the operation are.
In the case of operations carried out for aesthetic reasons, the costs are borne by the patient. We will be happy to provide a cost estimate and discuss it with you. If drooping eyelids impair vision, the (Swiss) health insurance fund will normally cover the costs.
Lifting: Brow lifts, face lifts, neck lifts
The face changes with increasing age. The skin becomes looser, the contours of the face soften, wrinkles appear, and eyes and brow become more prominent. Lifting tightens the skin and facial contours are brought back to their earlier forms.
The goal of a lifting operation is to create a younger appearance. Which result can be expected will vary from person to person, and a thorough discussion with the attending physician is necessary beforehand.
A thorough analysis of the changes to the face is the starting point for a successful treatment, and this calls for a clinical investigation. Digital photographs are also necessary. Each cosmetic zone – the brow, the midface, the cheeks, the neck – must be analyzed separately. The result of this analysis forms the basis for suggesting which surgical procedures are the most promising and sensible.
As a rule, lifting operations are carried out on an in-patient basis, usually under general anesthetic. Hospital stays are usually from 2 to 5 days.
Lifting operations are carried out for aesthetic reasons, so the costs are borne by the patient. We will be happy to provide a cost estimate and discuss it with you.
Corrections to the outer ear
Small differences in the form of the outer ear are common. Depending on how prominent they are, protruding ears in particular may be seen as impairing a person’s appearance. One of the most common cosmetic procedures is to correct ‘too prominent’ ears.
The form the outer ear takes varies greatly from person to person. Strongly protruding ears do not correspond to idealized notions of beauty we have in our society, and during childhood can often lead to teasing. As a result, an opportune moment to correct this condition is at age 6 or 7, shortly before a child begins attending school. But such corrections to the outer ear are unproblematic to carry out at any age, including in adulthood.
The operative correction of the outer ear is often done under local anesthetic, but a general anesthetic is necessary if the patient is a child. As a rule, outer ear corrections are carried out on an outpatient basis. The incision is usually made at the back of the ear, rendering any resulting scar invisible from the front. The procedure generally takes 1½ to 2 hours, and the stitches can be removed 4 to 7 days later. The operation typically leads to only mild pain.
A dressing or bandage needs to be worn for a few days after the operation. It is also important that a headband be worn for 6 weeks so that the new form is not altered due to an unintentional tugging on the outer ear.
If the operation is being carried out for cosmetic reasons, the patient needs to bear the costs. We will be happy to provide a cost estimate beforehand and discuss it with you. How great the costs will be depends on the nature or complexity of the operation.
In the case of strongly protruding outer ears, a “medical assessment value” may exist, and this can lead to at least part of the costs being covered by those who carry Swiss health insurance. This needs to be assessed and determined prior to the operation.
Should a change to the shape of the ear remain after the operation and further correction prove necessary, the costs for this renewed intervention must again be paid. We cannot provide a ‘warranty’ with respect to potential additional corrective operations.