My wife had a problem with breathing and also she was not happy with the shape of her nose so she made the decision to have rhinoplasty to fix those two issues. As I have a medical education background, she wanted me to pick the doctor that will do the rhinoplasty. We live in small country Montenegro so doctors that perform rhinoplasty don’t do it so often (maybe once in a month or once in few months), it is mostly open rhinoplasty and they are performing other surgical operations way more often than rhinoplasty. I was looking for an excellent, experienced doctor abroad that do closed rhinoplasty, which is mainly focused on nose surgeries and does at least 10 procedures per month. Also, I was looking for reasonable prices so the USA and EU were out of options and the main focus for the search was Turkey, Brazil and Thailand. After extensive search and research, I had a shortlist with Dr Seçkin Ulusoy on top of it. My wife contacted the number provided on his website and instantly got a reply from his assistant Sinem who asked for her pics so Dr Seçkin can make an assessment. After she sent the pics Sinem scheduled free video consultations with Dr Seçkin via Zoom. Even he did not know at the moment that my wife will be his patient he was very dedicated and patiently answered all questions and addressed all our concerns. He seemed very professional, serious, caring and nice. He made a simulation in photoshop based on his idea but he also included all the changes that my wife wanted, like a bit more curve and less pointing up. He told us that he can’t promise a perfect or ideal nose but he can achieve at least 80% from simulation and the fact that he didn’t made any unrealistic promises helped us a lot to build trust and confidence. I asked him to watch the operation and he agreed without any hesitation. If he was not so sure in his qualities, skills and abilities he would not agree so easily on me watching the operation which made me sure without any doubts that he is the right doctor for her. We were offered an inclusive package that aside rhinoplasty included all transfers in Istanbul and short hotel stay but as we intended to stay in Istanbul for 11 days so I can also have hair transplant and we can do some shopping we decided to take AirBnb apartment that has more amenities than a hotel room and on location that we find more convenient for entire visit. Also, Istanbul has very cheap (around 0.35EUR or 0.42USD per Km) and reliable taxi service which is easily and quickly accessible through BiTaxi app so we decided to use it and have more freedom than to relay on a dedicated driver. We agreed on the price for rhinoplasty which included one night stay at the hospital for both of us, all analyses, medicaments, checkups by Dr Seçkin etc. Sinem sent her all necessary info regarding the procedure with emphasis on diet one week before surgery.
We arrived in Istanbul on Sunday 25th April and went for a consultation with Dr Seçkin at his clinic on Monday 26th. He examined her nose and did the final simulation. It was a really pleasant and friendly atmosphere, my wife did not worry about anything, she felt that she can trust Dr Seçkin. After consultation we were taken by his assistant Mustafa to Memorial Bahçelievler Hospital where she did EKG, RTG, blood analyses, consultation with anesthesiologists and we both did PCR test. We got another complimentary transfer from the hospital to the apartment, one more 3 days later when we left the hospital after surgery and I got a complimentary transfer from apartment to hair transplant clinic and back a few days later. Mustafa was very nice and helpful in hospital on Monday as well as on Wednesday when we checked in for an operation and on Thursday when she was discharged from hospital.
Rhinoplasty was on Wednesday 26th April at Memorial Bahçelievler Hospital. Hospital is modern, stylish, very well equipped, clean and has good medical staff. After check-in, Dr Seçkin visited us in the room. My wife got calming medicament and was transferred to the operation room. I was beside her all the time. She got anaesthesia around 3 pm. Dr Seçkin took some pics and videos right before the procedure and some after he completed the procedure at around 7:30 pm (attached). The operation was way above my most optimistic expectations. I was amazed by Dr Seçkin’s focus, dedication to the finest details, perfectionism and of course the skills and knowledge. Not that he is just a great doctor he is also a great artist. She was awakened from anaesthesia around 8pm and transferred to the awakening room where she spent some 50 minutes and then transferred to a private room. She felt nausea after awakening but if faded away during the night. She didn’t feel any pain at any time. There was some swelling and bruising around the nose, swelling faded away within a week and all little bit of remaining bruising was all gone following few days. Dr Seçkin visited her on Thursday before she was discharged from the hospital, he brought all necessary medicaments and explained how to use them and how to clean the nose. We went to his clinic for a checkup on Friday 30th April, she was feeling great, that evening we took long walk to Taksim Square and all the way down Istiklal Avenue. We went for another check-up on Monday when he removed nasal splints. Nasal splints removal was not painful or unpleasant in any way, it was done literary in a second. Although she was able to breathe through the nose after surgery nasal splints were limiting airflow a bit so after removing splints airflow was much better and she could finally breathe through the nose normally and without any obstructions. The last check-up was on Wednesday 5th May when Dr Seçkin removed the cast. Cast removal was without any pain or discomfort. He showed us techniques on how to massage the nose in the following period. All the swelling around the nose was already gone when he removed the cast and the nose itself was not swollen. However, there was little nose swelling later, probably due to pressure and temperature changes during flight home later that day but it disappeared after few days. My wife is very happy with the appearance of her “new” nose and she is satisfied with breathing.
Overall it was a splendid experience, Dr Seçkin is like a magician, he provided desired results, it was painless and recovery was quick and easy. On top of it, he is a charming, polite friendly and very nice person as well as his assistants Sinem and Mustafa. I would recommend Dr Seçkin with an open heart. After we got back home from Turkey he called to check how is my wife feeling. We are both amazed by his dedication to each patient. Whish there is more doctors like Dr Seçkin. He enjoys what he does and he is great at it. We are so glad and happy that we have chosen him for rhinoplasty.