Prof. asoc. Dr. Gress

Plastic Surgeon

Rhinoplasty
(Correction Of The Nose)

Professor Gress is one of the top specialists internationally

Art & Precision

Unique combination of the highest demands in terms of precision and aesthetics

Media Partner

First point of contact for international media for all questions relating to intimate surgery

Professor for Plastic Surgery

Professor and lecturer
in Plastic Surgery

Experience makes the difference

  • More than 10000 procedures
  • Over 30 years of experience
  • Inventor and developer of the “Composite Reduction Labiaplasty”
  • Internationally recognized top specialist
  • Author of the international textbook “Aesthetic and Functional Labiaplasty” (Springer Publishers)
  • Professor and Lecturer in Plastic Surgery

In the most important national and international specialist societies

American Society of Plastic Surgeons
German Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons
International Confederation for Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery
International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
The nose is of central significance for the appearance of the face.
It divides the face into two halves
and substantially determines the profile.

There are few parts of our body that hold such divergent attributes and meanings as the nose: It serves as a source of inspiration for painters and poets, a focus of countless paintings and pictures, fairy tales and stories. It is admired and ridiculed. Some even claim you can read a person’s character by their nose. A nose correction with Prof. Gress in Munich will give you the nose you have always wanted.

Aesthetic surgery of the nose, also known as rhinoplasty, aims to improve not only the appearance of your nose but also the harmony of your entire face by changing the shape and/or size of your nose.

The success of an aesthetic nose correction, i.e. one that improves its shape, depends on many factors. Above all, the skill and experience of the surgeon should match the patient’s expectations for the result.

You will have a consultation at our clinic in Munich before the procedure. Prof. Gress will take sufficient time with you; most of all, he is interested in learning about your desired outcome for the procedure. The function and shape of your nose will be examined and documented and the surgical procedure discussed with you.

Because the procedure is performed under general anesthesia, medical preparation is necessary, including blood count and ECG. No blood-thinning medication (aspirin, Marcumar etc.) is permitted 14 days before the operation!

Nose structure with bone and cartilage

The procedure is performed under general anesthesia. A small, step-shaped incision at the bridge of the nose (columella) allows the skin of the nose to be folded upward, so that cartilage and the nasal bone are visible. The cartilage and bone are then modified to produce the shape and size of the desired nose, and the skin is folded down. A cast and a tamponade stabilize the nose.

open nose correction with shaping of the nose tip

Generally, a nose cast is worn for 12 days, the stitches removed after five days. The nasal tamponade is removed the day after the operation. Cooling.

Do not touch the nose initially after the procedure and avoid contact sports. Your nose can have a “furry” feeling for up to a year and also be slightly swollen for that long. As a rule, no changes occur after one year. Any bruising disappears after about 14 days. See below for more details.

In Germany, the German Drug Advertising Act (Heilmittelwerbegesetz) does not permit before and after pictures of cosmetic surgery to be displayed. You can view these during your personal consultation with us.

Examples of medically indicated nose corrections:

Reconstruction of a nose with hump caused by an accident
Use of cartilage transplant to correct a saddle nose caused by an accident

Frequently asked questions about rhinoplasty

Aesthetic rhinoplasty is performed in nearly all age groups.

In young patients, the nose should have largely stopped growing, which is usually the case after 15 or 16 years of age. There is no upper age limit for rhinoplasty, provided that there are no health concerns.

Most rhinoplasty procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis if you have someone to take care of you at home. Complex and lengthy surgeries should be done in an inpatient setting. We will make this decision together with you during the consultation.

Depending on what needs to be corrected, rhinoplasty takes 1 to 4 hours. Depending on the complexity, the fees range between EUR 2,000 and EUR 4,000, plus the costs for anaesthesia and inpatient stay, if required.

We will be happy to find the optimum financing option for you together with our partner MEDIPAY. In the case of pelvic floor tightening, anaesthetist fees and costs for the hospital stay are charged in addition.

In general, there are two ways of approaching the framework of the nose:
One way is to make all incisions inside the nostrils without lifting off the layer of skin that covers the nose; this is referred to as “closed rhinoplasty”..

By contrast, in “open rhinoplasty”, a small additional incision is made at the bridge between the nostrils (columella), providing the advantage of being able to lift off the layer of skin that covers the nose. This makes the procedure much easier for the surgeon by allowing a direct view of the framework of the nose while shaping it. The small incision at the bridge between the nostrils usually heals without being noticeable.

To reduce the size of the nostrils or to narrow the base of the nose, an incision at the alar base may be necessary.

The choice of anaesthesia depends on the scope and expected length of the surgery as well as the overall state of health and personal preference of the patient.

The procedure is rarely performed under local anaesthesia since the injection of the anaesthetic alone is very painful. We usually perform rhinoplasty under twilight sedation or general anaesthesia.

Fortunately, serious complications are very rare in rhinoplasty.

After rhinoplasty, varying degrees of swelling and bruising are to be always expected, but usually subside after a few days. Postoperative bleeding may occur, but rarely requires surgical intervention. Injuries to important anatomical structures (e.g. tear duct, olfactory nerve, sensory nerves) are also extremely rare.

What applies to all plastic surgery in general applies to rhinoplasty in particular: The successful outcome of an aesthetic, i.e. shape-enhancing, rhinoplasty depends on many factors, with the skill and experience of the surgeon and the expectations of the patient being most important.

Prior to a procedure, it is imperative to carefully assess whether the patient’s expectations of the surgical outcome are realistic. Only when the expectations of the procedure are in line with the technical possibilities can there be a high probability of the surgery being a success for both the patient and the surgeon.

The new shape of the nose usually lasts a lifetime. Minor changes may occur as part of the aging process. Moreover, any cartilage transplant inserted for shaping or stabilisation may shrink or even completely disappear over time, but this is extremely rare.

  • Intense pain after rhinoplasty is relatively rare. More commonly, there may be a feeling of pressure in the centre of the face and on the upper lip.
  • The nose will be visibly swollen for about two to three weeks after surgery, during which time most of the swelling will subside. The remaining swelling will take longer to disappear, which is why the final shape of the nose will not be apparent until six months or, in some cases, even one year after surgery. This means you will need to be patient before you can look at the final result in the mirror, but you will already be able to see and enjoy the new shape of your nose just a few days after surgery.
  • Swelling inside the nose may impede nasal breathing, but this usually subsides without any problems and can easily be treated with nasal sprays or drops.
  • During the first few weeks after surgery, your nose will feel fuzzy and be sensitive to the touch. This sensation usually disappears gradually within three to six months.
  • Bruising after rhinoplasty is concentrated around the eyes and cheeks, but is usually only visible for a few days.

  • Lie and sleep on your back with your chest in elevated position and cool your nose and eyes.
  • Do not adjust the cast, dressing or tamponade yourself.
  • Avoid any physical effort. Do not touch your nose, speak as little as possible, brush your teeth carefully and avoid exaggerated facial expressions.
  • Eat liquid or soft foods
  • Do not blow your nose under any circumstances, not even after the tamponade has been removed. Just let any nasal secretions run into a tissue. If you have to sneeze, make sure to open your mouth wide so that the air pressure is released through the mouth instead of the nose.
  • Avoid direct sunlight and sun beds for at least 3 months.
  • Take at least 10 days before returning to work.
  • Avoid any sporting activities, sauna and strenuous activities for 8 weeks after the surgery.

  • Avoid medications that increase the tendency to bleed (e.g. medicines containing acetylsalicylic acid, such as aspirin or ASS) 15 days prior to the surgery.
  • Stop smoking 2 weeks prior to the surgery! Smoking contributes to circulatory disorders and poor wound healing!
  • If the surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, arrange for someone to pick you up at the hospital or practice after the surgery and to stay with you at home.
  • Get a cooling mask or cold packs for use after the surgery.