Otoplasty

Otoplasty, also known as ear surgery, is a procedure aimed at reshaping ears. This surgery does not make the ears less prominent, but make them less visible. This surgery can be performed both in children and adolescent.

POUR QUI?
  • You are embarrassed because you have ears significantly larger than normal ears.
  • Your child is mocked at school
  • Your child (or yourself) hides his ears with headbands
  • Your daughter (or yourself) refuses to pull her hair back

It is important to note that concerning otoplasty, the decision to undergo surgery should result from the child’s will, not that of their parents.
Before the age of 5 or 6, children are not aware of their appearance. Otoplasty surgery is therefore performed on children aged 7-8 years.

SCARS POSITION

Scars for otoplasty are placed behind the ear.
Your surgeon will advise you on the various possibilities suited to your specific situation.

BEFORE SURGERY

The first consultation with Dr Thomet will allow you to get to know your surgeon, talk about your personal situation and present your expectations. In order to complete your medical record, she will ask about your medical history, previous operations you may have had, and the list of medicines and allergies.
A physical examination will be carried out with measurements and sometimes photos that will remain confidential and only used for your medical file. At the end of the consultation, Dr Thomet will make a diagnosis and tell you if you are a good candidate for surgery. She will explain to you the contemplated surgical procedure, scar positions, the recovery time and the risks of complications.
After you have had time to think it over, a second consultation will be scheduled, in order to answer your questions and set a surgery date.
An ophthalmological check-up is required before any surgery.

INSURANCE

Otoplasty is not covered by health insurance, even for children. A cost estimate will be forwarded to you after the first consultation.

TYPE OF ANAESTHESIA

Otoplasty surgery is done either using local anaesthesia or under general anaesthesia, depending on the patient’s wish. In the case of general anaesthesia, a preoperative consultation will take place with an anaesthetist before surgery.

HOSPITALISATION

Otoplasty does not generally require hospitalisation.

POSTOPERATIVE PERIOD

When leaving the clinic, you will have bandage type dressing that will be changed in the following week for the first time at the practice. You should keep the bandage for a week, then you will wear an ear band for 4 weeks.

CONVALESCENCE

It is not recommended to drive or make efforts after your hospital stay. Activity resumption may be considered after 5-7 days depending on the type of activity. It is necessary to wait 8 weeks before doing sports.
You will need to take holiday in advance since the patients of aesthetic surgery cannot take sick leave.

Coronavirus COVID-19
Following the recommendations of the Federal Council and the State Council, the office can welcome you while respecting the barrier gestures. Consultations and interventions under local anaesthesia in the practice will be maintained. Concerning the interventions in the clinic, a point is carried out each week in view of the evolution of the sanitary situation. In order to continue to treat you in the best conditions, we put the emphasis on the strict respect of the health instructions: -Respect of distances, washing of hands and wearing of the mask is mandatory. -Arrive on time for your appointment. In case of early arrival, please wait outside the office. -Only come with someone else when strictly necessary. In case of symptoms: fever, cough, loss of smell and taste, please keep us informed by calling 022 342 35 32 or contact@drthomet.com. More information is available at https://check.ofsp-coronavirus.ch/screening. Take care of yourself and your loved ones. We look forward to continuing to treat you as well as possible during this difficult time. Elia and Dr Céline Thomet
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