How can I minimize the visibility of my scars?
The first thing you should do is refrain from smoking. Additionally, keeping the scar areas moisturized with creams enhances wound healing efficiency. Avoiding exposure to sunlight or tanning beds during the recovery period is another essential precaution. Sun exposure during the healing process may lead to darkening of scar areas, which could become permanent. This precaution is crucial for at least three months. Furthermore, using creams recommended by doctors that are believed to reduce scarring, initiated 15 days after the surgery and applied twice daily for three months, will support wound healing. Silicone sheets are another support system. They may not be necessary for every patient but can assist in reducing scar visibility in those who require them.
I have a keloid (excessive scar tissue) condition; can I have a rhinoplasty?
Patients with keloid conditions can still undergo rhinoplasty, as keloid formation does not typically occur on the nose. However, it is crucial to inform them that the swelling may take a longer time to subside, and nose tip problems might be exacerbated.
What should I do before rhinoplasty surgery?
Every patient who applies for rhinoplasty receives information forms from our side, and all relevant details, including potential issues, are emphasized verbally. Please consult your doctor with all the questions you have in mind before making a decision.
Remember that there is no guarantee of a completely trouble-free outcome for any surgery. Be aware that the complications indicated in the medical literature and in the information form may occur. Depending on these complications, secondary surgery may occasionally be necessary, usually under local anesthesia but sometimes under general anesthesia.
If you are a smoker, you should quit smoking at least one week before the surgery, which will reduce the possibility of breathing problems during the anesthesia recovery process and the possibility of healing problems after the surgery. For surgeries to be performed by noon, which will take place before the operation, you need to refrain from eating or drinking anything after midnight (just like fasting). For surgeries to begin after 13.00, you must be fasting for at least 6 hours. Therefore, the breakfast time should not be after 7 o'clock, as at least 6 hours of hunger will be required. You can drink water until 10:00 in the morning. Do not eat solid foods after seven, and do not drink anything after 10.00.
If your pre-operative tests have not been completed, you must come to the inpatient unit of the hospital where the operation will be performed at least 3 hours before the time of the surgery. If your pre-operative tests have been completed, you should come to the inpatient unit of the hospital where the surgery will take place at least one hour before the operation. Do not forget to bring a comfortable resting outfit, a pair of slippers, and personal hygiene items with you. Some materials used after surgery must be provided by the patients themselves. These include:
• Nasal sprays known as "ocean water" (e.g., Sterimar, Tonimer, etc.)
• Thiocilline or Teramycin or similar eye ointment (for applying to the stitches)
• Cooling pads filled with gel for postoperative cold applications
• Earwax (those with cotton tips) for cleaning the inside of the nose
• A recommended cream for prevention of bruising
You should have all of these materials in your hospital room on the morning of the surgery. Remember that you should provide them, and you will need them after the operation.
Please do not hesitate to consult your surgeon regarding any questions you may have.