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The face is a person’s calling card

Changes in the shape of the face may be congenital or can occur as a result of accident or illness. With our many years of experience, the care we take and our attention to detail, we help our patients achieve a harmonious appearance.

"A symbiosis of craft, science and art"

– Jacques Joseph, father of facial plastic surgery at the beginning of the 20th century

It is a major surgical challenge to do facial plastic surgery.  The appealing and aesthetic results we achieve are due to our extensive experience and our specialized expertise. As we use gentle surgical techniques, we can often carry out treatments on an outpatient basis.

Our noses are very important because they are at the center of what is seen in the face. However, the form of the nose varies considerably and is genetically pre-determined. Later accidents or illnesses can lead to a change in the external shape of the nose. Tried and tested surgical nose correction techniques lead to crafting a harmonious shape for the nose.

For a successful treatment, the first step is a thorough analysis of the form and shape of the nose. To this end, a clinical examination of the outer form as well as the inner structure of the nose is necessary; photographs are also required. A distinction is also drawn between changes to the shape of the nose for congenital reasons and those due to accidents. Even subtle changes, such as an asymmetry of the tip of the nose, can affect the overall aesthetic impression.

Nasal correction operations (called rhinoplasty) are carried out frequently, with differing surgical techniques used depending on the desired change in shape. Often, techniques can be used which do not necessitate externally visible cuts.  Recovery time after an operation is about 2 to 3 weeks. We will be happy to inform you of the risks involved.

Patients bear the costs of surgical procedures undertaken for aesthetic reasons; we will be happy to prepare and discuss a cost estimate with you. In cases where nasal function is impaired, health insurance funds normally assume part of the costs. If an accident was the reason for the change in shape, the accident insurance fund will cover either the entire amount or part of the costs.

Should a change in shape still be present after an operation and further correction necessary, the costs incurred must be invoiced again. It is not common to provide a ‘guarantee’ should a renewed operation prove necessary.

As we age, the very fine skin of the eyelid loses its elasticity. Crow’s feet, sagging eyelids, or lacrimal sacs may become more pronounced and visible. Corrections of these conditions are usually done for aesthetic reasons. In rare cases, sagging eyelids may restrict the field of vision, which can lead to limitations or restrictions in everyday life.  In any case, operations can correct such conditions.   

Eyelid correction is frequently performed. While the surgical procedure can be done under local anesthetic, the medical findings and surgical technique may speak instead for carrying it out under general anesthetic.  However, in most cases, these corrections can be performed on an outpatient basis. We will be happy to inform you about the possible risks involved.

Should the correction be undertaken for aesthetic reasons, patients bear the costs; we will be happy to prepare and discuss a cost estimate with you. Should the sagging eyelids affect vision, the health insurance fund will usually cover the costs.

Increasing age changes the face.  Skin and facial contours slacken, and wrinkles may form around the eyes or forehead. Lifting helps tighten the skin and restore facial contours to their previous form.

The goal of a lifting operation is to create a more youthful appearance.  Which outcome can be expected in an individual case needs to be discussed in detail beforehand with the attending physician.

The first step in a successful treatment is a thorough analysis of facial changes, and this requires a clinical examination. Photographs are required in addition.  Each cosmetic zone – the forehead, the middle of the face, the cheeks and the neck – need to be analyzed separately. The result of these analyses forms the basis for proposing which surgical interventions make sense or are the most promising.

Ordinarily, lifting operations are carried out on an inpatient basis as well as under general anesthesia. The stay in the hospital is usually from 2 to 5 days.

Lifting operations are performed for aesthetic reasons, so the costs are borne by the patients. We will be happy to prepare and discuss a cost estimate with you.

Differences in the shape of the outer ear are common. Protruding ears in particular, depending on their degree, can have an adverse effect on individuals.  Their correction is one of the most common cosmetic surgeries performed

Ear shapes vary considerably between individuals.  However, having protruding ears does not correspond to beauty ideals in our society and often leads to teasing, especially during childhood.  So a good time for a correction is at age 6 or 7, just before a child begins to attend school.  Such corrections, of course, can be carried out at any other time, including in adulthood.

The correction can be carried under local anesthesia, though general anesthesia is necessary for children.  As a rule, the procedure is carried out on outpatient basis. The incision is usually done at the back of the ear, so no scar is visible later from the front.  The procedure takes 1.5 to 2 hours; the stitches can be taken out after 4 to 7 days.  As a rule, only minor pain is associated with this operation.

For a few days after the operation, a dressing is applied.  It is important that a headband be worn for 6 weeks afterward.  This helps keep the new shape of the ear from being affected by forces that might inadvertently or unintentionally pull on it.

Operations performed for cosmetic reasons need to be paid for by patients themselves (in the case of children, by their parents or legal guardians).  We will be happy to prepare and discuss a cost estimate with you before the operation.   

If the protrusion of the ears is particularly pronounced, an “illness value” may exist, and in that case, at least part of the costs may be covered by the health insurance funds. However, this needs to be clarified before the operation takes place.

Should a change in shape still be present after an operation and further correction necessary, the costs incurred must be invoiced again.  It is not common to provide a ‘guarantee’ should a renewed operation prove necessary.

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