Rhinoplasty is a procedure which re shapes the nose. Surgery can reduce or increase the size of your nose, change the shape of the tip or bridge, narrow the span of the nostrils or change the angle between your nose and your upper lip. It may also correct a birth defect or help relieve some breathing problems. The aim of this surgery is to produce a nose that appears natural, functions properly, and is in harmony with the rest of the face.
During your initial consultation with Dr Ritz, he will discuss the procedure with you, pre operatively, what happens during the surgery and your post operative care, and any risks or complications involved, there are risks associated with any surgery no matter how big or small, it is important you are aware of them and understand them. He will discuss with you your expectations and desired outcome. It is important you understand your options so you can make the right decision about your surgery. We have the latest 3D Vectra imaging machine, where we can take 3D photographs of you to show you a 3D image of an idea of how your result will look. You will have another consultation about 2 weeks prior to your procedure, to discuss the surgery again and answer any further questions you may have.
During the surgery
There are many options for surgery depending on what your concerns are and what you require. On the day of surgery you will speak to Dr Ritz again before hand along with the anaesthetist. You are usually only required to stay as a day case, but some patients may need to stay 1 night in hospital.
You will have nasal packs in your nose for 24 hours. You come to our rooms the next day to have these removed. You will have a splint on your nose for 7 days, then tape for a further 7 days.
Post operative care
You will not be able to drive for the first few days, you are limited with physical activity, including heavy lifting and gym for at least 6 weeks. You also cannot wear glasses or sunglasses for a minimum of 2 weeks until the surgeon advises it is ok.