Otoplasty in Brussels

Otoplasty is a surgery that allows the correction of ear deformities. Otoplasty in Brussels allows the remodelling of the ear cartilage when it is detached or malformed. Ear protrusion is often a social embarrassment. From the age of 6, it is possible to carry out this type of operation. This deformity is present from birth but is not always noticeable until the ears have grown. This operation can be performed under local or general anaesthetic. It restores a certain harmony between the face and the ears.

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Operating techniques and incisions during otoplasty in Brussels

The incision for the operation is usually in the natural fold behind the ear. The remodelling of the cartilage takes place as follows: the aim is first to weaken it with a rasp and then to maintain it with stitches.

Overview of the questions we frequently get about otoplasty in Brussels

Recovery varies from one person to another. The operation takes place either under local anaesthesia or under general anaesthesia, on an outpatient basis. During the first two weeks following the operation, it is compulsory to wear a protective bandage day and night. Thereafter, it should only be worn at night for 4 to 6 weeks. Dr Ballieux sees all her patients again 24 hours after the operation.
In general, the recovery process is as follows:

  • The first week: you may notice some slight bruising and swelling. Dr Ballieux may prescribe painkillers to help reduce this discomfort.
  • The first postoperative visit: a check-up takes place with the surgeon at 24 hours, then at 7 days and at 15 days after the operation.
  • Time off work and sports activities: in general, patients resume their activities of daily living 1 week later. We recommend avoiding driving for the first 24-48 hours. However, physical activities are not recommended for 6 weeks.

It is not possible to rule out possible risks during a surgical operation. Indeed, the reaction of living tissue cannot be envisaged in advance. A risk of bruising, swelling, bleeding or even infection cannot be overlooked.

It is also important to distinguish between complications related to the anaesthesia and those related to the surgical procedure. Dr Ballieux explains the possible risks during a consultation.

In order to avoid certain complications such as increased bleeding, we advise against taking aspirin and medicines containing this molecule 2 weeks before the operation. In addition, it is necessary to stop taking herbal treatments, vitamin E and protein powders.

Consult Dr Ballieux to find out if any of your medications should be discontinued in preparation for the operation.

Smoking can lead to complications in healing. We therefore advise our patients to avoid smoking 6-8 weeks before surgery.

The costs for this type of operation start from 2000 euros when it is performed under local anaesthesia. Various costs are involved in the final calculation of the operation, such as the fees of the plastic surgeon, the hospitalization costs, the operating room or the installation of an implant. We cannot establish a fixed price because each surgery differs according to the patient.

Otoplasty photo gallery in Brussels

A digital photo album illustrating the before-and-after results will be made available to patients in consultation.

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