All surgical procedures come with certain risks. The doctor should fully explain the risks of the surgery to the patient, and the patient should share the responsibility of the surgical intervention with the doctor. Like any other surgical procedure, aesthetic surgeries also carry general complications such as infection, suture dehiscence, and bleeding at the surgical site. Additionally, due to the nature of aesthetic surgeries, revisions and minor touch-ups may be necessary. Nose surgery, or rhinoplasty, is the best example of a procedure that may require revisions. In rhinoplasty, due to the nature of the surgery, a small percentage of cases (2-5% of cases) may require revision. Since the essence of aesthetic surgery is to shape the body, minor adjustments and touch-ups may be needed in every case. One important aspect regarding revisions is that there should be a certain period of time between two surgeries. Reoperating on the same area before the surgical incisions have fully healed, the tissues have softened, and the swelling has subsided is not possible. Typically, a minimum of 6 months to 1 year should pass between surgeries.
To fully evaluate the result of a cosmetic surgery, complete wound healing is necessary. In aesthetic procedures performed on visible areas of the body, such as breast lift or removal of a mole from the cheek, there will be some degree of redness and firmness along the suture line as a result of the wound healing process. This is a natural consequence of the wound healing. Certain cells that reach the suture line through blood circulation contribute to the repair process. Along with the firmness and redness, itching sensation may also be present. Over time, typically ranging from weeks to months depending on the specific location, the firmness starts to soften, and the redness and itching gradually fade away. The tissue swelling also begins to decrease. While an approximate timeframe can be given for the resolution of swelling and bruising, it’s important to note that individual characteristics play a significant role. Some patients may experience more pronounced bruising and swelling, while others may have no bruising at all. In the case of a rhinoplasty, it may take anywhere from one week to ten weeks for bruising and swelling to subside to the point where you feel comfortable going out in public (do not believe those who claim that bruising no longer occurs; in rhinoplasty, the nasal bones are fractured at specific points, which can lead to bruising).
Smoking has a negative effect on tissues and wound healing due to the toxic substances it contains. In order for the stitches placed during surgery to heal, sufficient blood flow is required in that area. Smoking disrupts blood circulation and complicates wound healing. In aesthetic surgery, smoking directly affects the visibility of scars on the patient. In some cases, smoking can impair wound healing to such an extent that the stitches may not hold. Individuals planning to undergo aesthetic surgery should quit smoking at least for a period of time before the procedure. Additionally, smokers have a higher risk associated with anesthesia compared to non-smokers.
To overcome your fear, you should start by establishing good communication with your doctor. Remember that people fear what they don’t know. When you explain your concerns and the specific issues you want to address through surgery, your doctor will provide you with detailed information about the available options and what you can expect before and after the procedure. Some patients, including children with dental anxiety, find help in overcoming their fears through hypnosis. Overcoming the fear of surgery is not only possible but also undergoing surgery solely through hypnosis without any drugs or anesthesia is possible. HOWEVER, REMEMBER: THE BEST WAY TO OVERCOME YOUR FEAR IS TO TAKE ACTION, TO SEEK KNOWLEDGE, AND TO INFORM YOURSELF ABOUT THE SUBJECT. PEOPLE FEAR WHAT THEY DON’T KNOW.
No health insurance covers cosmetic surgeries. Health insurance comes into play in cases of illness and death; since cosmetic surgeries are not performed to treat any illness and are considered elective procedures, insurance companies do not cover the costs of these surgeries. However, some cosmetic surgeries may be performed out of necessity. For example, a woman with excessively large breasts may want to undergo breast reduction surgery, stating that she experiences back pain, hunching, numbness in her hands -due to compression of nerves in the neck area-, and fungal infections under the breasts. In such cases, you should first consult your insurance company to inquire whether they will cover the cost of this surgery or not.
First and foremost, you should follow your doctor’s recommendations. Your doctor will provide you with instructions on what to do before and after the surgery. After the surgery, your doctor will schedule dressing changes and follow-up appointments for you. Make sure not to delay these appointments and attend them on time. If any unexpected developments occur, such as leakage or bleeding at the surgical site, contact your doctor for advice. Another important aspect is smoking. Smoking hinders wound healing and can lead to poor scarring or even non-healing of the incisions. Therefore, you should refrain from smoking before and after the surgery until your stitches have fully healed. Patience is also crucial. After the surgery, there may be some swelling, bruising, or edema. It takes time for the swelling to subside, stitches to heal, and scars to fade (typically around 3 months, 6 months, or even up to 1 year, depending on the location). During the post-operative period, if you have any concerns or issues, make sure to consult your own doctor. If any complications arise related to your surgery, your own doctor will be the most helpful in addressing them.
The effect of the medications you are taking on the outcome of the surgery depends on the specific medication and the type of surgery you are planning to have. It is crucial to consult with your doctor and provide them with information about your medical conditions and the medications you are taking during the initial examination before the surgery. This way, your doctor can request any necessary tests for your safety. If there are any risky conditions in your health status or test results, your doctor will inform you and may either postpone or cancel the surgery. Cosmetic surgeries should only be performed if your health condition allows it. In aesthetic surgeries, our primary goal is to ensure that the surgery is conducted under safe conditions and does not jeopardize your health. Achieving a good result comes second. Even if you are a suitable candidate for a cosmetic surgery that would yield excellent results, we will not proceed with the surgery if your health condition does not permit it.
Aesthetic procedures can be performed on individuals with serious medical conditions if it does not pose a problem for the patient. However, the patient’s health is always prioritized in such cases. Necessary tests should be conducted. It is not advisable to recommend major aesthetic procedures for individuals with serious illnesses. It is crucial to consult with your doctor regarding this matter. Additionally, the response provided to the previous question is also applicable here. In aesthetic surgeries, our primary goal is to ensure the procedure is conducted under safe conditions without jeopardizing your health. Achieving a satisfactory aesthetic outcome comes secondary. Even if you are a suitable candidate for a successful aesthetic surgery, if your health condition does not permit, the surgery will not be performed.
Correction of scar marks is one of the most commonly performed aesthetic surgeries by plastic surgeons. There are various methods developed for this purpose. Surgical corrections (such as Z-plasty, W-plasty), laser treatments, dermabrasion, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels are some of these methods. The effectiveness of these methods varies, and the decision on which method to use can only be made after examining and evaluating the specific scar that needs to be corrected. However, it’s important to note that complete elimination of all scar marks is not always possible. Especially deep scar marks in difficult-to-hide areas like the cheeks or forehead may not be completely eradicated. The goal in scar correction is to make the scar less noticeable. Additionally, remaining scars after aesthetic corrections can be further minimized or camouflaged with other methods, such as makeup. For more detailed information and these methods, it is best to consult with your doctor.
Complications can occur in all surgical procedures to a certain extent. Complication refers to “unintended, unpredictable undesired developments” that occur beyond one’s control. For example, excessive bleeding at the surgical site or the development of an infection in the following days are complications that can occur in any surgical procedure. What’s important is for the patient to be aware of the potential complications and share this responsibility with their doctor. Your doctor will do their best to minimize the risk of complications. The examination conducted before the surgery and the tests and analyses requested from you are necessary to ensure your safety during the operation and to minimize the risk of complications. However, it’s essential to remember that complications can still occur in all surgical interventions. What matters is your doctor’s ability to handle and manage any complications that may arise. There is no aesthetic clinic in the world where complications never occur in their patients. No doctor can guarantee that complications will not occur during your surgery. However, they should possess the adequate knowledge and skills to deal with any complications that may arise.
The factors that affect the cost of a cosmetic surgery include the materials used, the duration of the surgery, the type of anesthesia (such as general anesthesia or local anesthesia), the risks associated with the procedure, and the nature of the surgery being performed. Additionally, it should be noted that aesthetic surgery requires extensive training and expertise, as it involves shaping living tissue and is considered an art form. Aesthetic surgeons possess not only medical knowledge but also a keen aesthetic sense. Aesthetic surgery is not just a surgical specialty but also an art form.
It is a well-known fact that appearance plays a significant role in today’s society. At this point, what matters most is not the cost, but rather the excellent outcome of your surgery. For instance, a well-performed rhinoplasty can completely transform your facial expression and appearance. Undergoing a cosmetic surgery to alter your appearance is a highly specialized procedure. Some of our patients are so satisfied that when they come for follow-up appointments, they express that the fee they paid was insignificant compared to the invaluable result they achieved. Choosing to have a cosmetic surgery may be one of the best decisions you make in your life. On the other hand, the cost of cosmetic surgeries has become more affordable for people from all walks of life due to the increasing prevalence of aesthetic surgery in recent years.
Yes, of course, this is possible. Thanks to advances in computer technology in recent years, patients can now see the potential outcome of many surgeries on a computer screen without actually undergoing the procedure. Achieving a cosmetic or natural appearance after surgery depends entirely on your desires and your doctor’s aesthetic understanding. For example, Dr. Ibrahim OSKUI aims to perform the most natural and harmonious operation based on his patients’ preferences during consultations. The best approach is to achieve a non-exaggerated, natural, and aesthetic appearance. During computer simulations, Dr. Ibrahim OSKUI allows patients to express their desired appearance, and adjustments are made on the image accordingly. This way, the desired outcome in the patient’s mind is visualized on the computer screen through modifications based on their description. In some cases, additional procedures may be necessary; for example, in rhinoplasty, aesthetic adjustments to the chin may also be required. By planning on the computer before the surgery, surprises that may arise during the operation can be avoided. This eliminates the need to say, “I wish we had done something to the chin” after performing rhinoplasty, for instance.
In all aesthetic surgeries, including rhinoplasty, the patient’s desires are the primary consideration. However, these desires should be within the bounds of reason. For example, if a tall, large-framed male patient requests a small nose, it would create a comical appearance. In any aesthetic surgery, it is essential to achieve results that are harmonious with the patient’s face, body structure, and age. In the case of rhinoplasty, the patient’s desires are first listened to, photographs are taken, and the potential post-operative results are shown using minor adjustments on a computer. Engaging in discussions based on these images can be very beneficial. Ultimately, the goal is to achieve a natural and aesthetically pleasing nose that is in harmony with the patient’s face, gender, and body structure, while addressing any existing aesthetic imperfections. If there are breathing problems during the rhinoplasty procedure, septoplasty can be performed to open the airways.
Individuals who are considering aesthetic surgery should be at least 18 years old and have completed their physical and psychological development. While this is a general rule, it does not apply to all aesthetic surgeries. For example, since the development of prominent ears is usually completed around the age of 4-5, ear surgery can be performed after this age. In fact, the most suitable time for correcting prominent ears is after the child turns 4 years old and before starting elementary school. Children with prominent ears may be subject to ridicule from their peers in elementary school. Therefore, we recommend performing this surgery before starting elementary school. Another exception is for patients with cleft lip and palate. In these cases, it is important to intervene as soon as possible to repair the cleft lip and palate. The cleft lip and palate should be closed in the early months, and around the age of 16-17, corrective procedures for nasal deformities can be initiated.
During a tummy tuck surgery, excess skin and underlying tissues are removed from the abdomen, and the abdominal muscles are tightened and stitched together. It is possible to get pregnant immediately after the surgery. If you become pregnant before the tissues have fully healed, it will not harm the development of the baby, but it may cause early loosening of the tightened abdomen and the stitched abdominal layers. It is recommended to wait at least one year after the surgery. In summary, getting pregnant after a tummy tuck surgery will not harm the baby’s development in the womb, but it is aesthetically advisable to have the surgery after pregnancy. Additionally, considering the antibiotics and anesthesia medications taken during the surgery, it is necessary for the breastfeeding period to have passed (due to the passage of medications into breast milk). Furthermore, the hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy need to return to their pre-pregnancy state. Therefore, if you plan to undergo procedures such as tummy tuck or breast reduction after pregnancy, it is recommended to wait at least 6 months, preferably 9 months to 1 year after giving birth.
Nose surgeries are performed through the inner surface of the nasal wings. Since the remaining scar after the surgery is located inside the nose, there is no visible scar that can be seen from the outside. Only in open rhinoplasty, the incisions on both sides are connected across the section that separates the nostrils. A stitch is placed in the middle of this area, but after healing, there is no visible or prominent scar along this suture line. Therefore, it can be said that nose aesthetic surgeries are scarless procedures.
It would not be right to have a tummy tuck surgery at the same time as a cesarean section. After pregnancy, you will definitely lose some of the weight you gained. There are also hormonal changes caused by pregnancy. You will be back to your old hormonal patterns within a few months after giving birth. As a result of these hormonal changes and weight loss, your abdomen may sag again. The best thing to do is to consider this surgery at least 6 months after birth, or even better 1 year later. Besides, since you will breastfeed your baby immediately after birth, it is also inconvenient to take narcosis for a long time. Narcosis drugs pass into milk. Therefore, cesarean section is performed and finished as soon as possible. The same goes for breast reduction. Some of our patients say that they are breastfeeding their babies and they want to have breast reduction surgery during this time. You cannot have this surgery during the breastfeeding period. your baby at least 6 months; even better, you should breastfeed for 1 year. Therefore, breast reduction surgery is recommended to be performed at least 9 months after birth, and even better 1 year after birth.
You will only have to get used to it for a while after the operation. Breast prostheses are not affected by heat, cold or pressure changes. After the recovery period has passed, you can go to the sauna, do sports, and lie on your stomach. This period can be distressing, especially in patients with breast prosthesis placed under the muscle. Since the prosthesis is under the muscle, the stretched muscle tissue on it causes pain when moving your arms. These pains will decrease day by day and you will forget that you even had a prosthesis put in. Companies that produce silicone breast prostheses state that the prosthesis fully adapts to its place within 3 months and the person will no longer be “aware” of the prosthesis.