As each procedure, surgery and case is different, it is impossible to give more then a general answer to most queries. However, full details on all aspects of procedures will be provided at consultation.

How much will it cost?

Cost will vary depending on procedure, length of surgery, and post–operative care. Operations can take several hours, depending on the complexities of the problem. Please contact Dr Ryan for further information regarding fees.

How long will I have to stay in hospital?

Most rhinoplasty surgeries require an overnight stay. Other procedures, such as blepharoplasty and otoplasty, can often be done as day cases. BOTOX ® treatment and removal of small skin cancers can be done at an appointment in the clinic rooms.

What can I expect after surgery?

After some operations there may be pain and/or discomfort, and after rhinoplasty it is common to have a blocked nose. Postoperative conditions will vary, due to procedure and complexity of surgery.

Will I need to take time off work?

For some procedures, it is recommended to take 10–14 days off work to allow bruising and/or swelling to subside.

Will there be visible scars?

Most incisions, when required, will be made in out of sight places, or internally (rhinoplasty). Where unavoidable, scarring will be as inconspicuous as possible, and made to fit in with natural skin lines.

Will there be bruising or swelling?

Any operation results in a degree of bruising and swelling, but this generally subsides within 10–14 days.

Do I have to have stitches?

For operations that require sutures, there is usually a combination of dissolving stitches (under the skin) and external sutures, which will need be removed after a week. These are very fine sutures which are unlikely to leave scars.

What happens if I don't like the result?

It can take up to 12 months to achieve full result, particularly in rhinoplasty surgery. Even in the most experienced hands there is a small chance that revision surgery will be required to achieve the optimal results. If you have any queries after surgery, please discuss these with Dr Ryan at your follow-up visits.

Will insurance cover the procedure?

Most cosmetic facial surgery will not be covered by insurance companies. However, if functional, corrective surgery is required (eg if eyelids are interfering with vision) then most insurance companies will cover at least some of the costs. For full details contact your insurance company after consultation.

Will ACC pay for surgery?

If surgery is required as the result of an injury caused in an accident, and you have an ACC number documenting this accident, then in most cases the full cost of treatment will be covered by ACC. This includes consultation, surgery and postoperative visits.

Will I be followed up after surgery?

Regular follow–up will be arranged after surgery to ensure healing is progressing well and there are no complications. Any concerns you have following surgery can be brought up at the follow–up appointments.