What is the Best Scar Cream for Open Rhinoplasty?

I had an open rhinoplasty done about a week ago. I would like to buy a scar cream to make the incision cut go away. What is the best one or most commonly used? Can I buy this online or at a drug store?

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Scar Cream after Open Rhinoplasty

I'e never used a scar cream after an open rhinoplasty. This incision should heal well, without the need for post-op wound care.


Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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The Best Scar Cream

For an open rhinoplasty, I have my own scar cream that I have formulated which has Vitamin A, E, Aloe Vera, and Vitamin C cream. It helps to moisturize the area of your scar. The key is to apply a moisturizer twice a day for 6 months to the incision area.

Rod J. Rohrich, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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Your Open Rhnioplasty incision should not require any topical scar-cream.

In my practice, an open approach is preferred for nearly all nose job surgeries, and this scar heals incredibly well without the routine use of any topical preparations. If you want to try something, you could try a topical silicone product like Scar-Guard, but in my experience, this is largely unnecessary.

Dr. Joseph

Eric M. Joseph, MD
West Orange Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Scar cream for rhinoplasty incision

Thank you for your question. Your desire to speed up the recovery process is understandable. However, scar maturation needs time. As noted by other doctors, topical treatments are generally not required following a well-performed open rhinoplasty incision. Healing is typically excellent and imperceptible. Sunblock may prevent or minimize sun-related discoloration of maturing scars. For early scars that are slightly raised or demonstrate imperfect alignment of wound edges, silicon sheeting may be useful. If you have concerns about your healing, contact your surgeon - especially during the early postoperative period. Good luck.

James M. Pearson, MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Scar after rhinoplasty

In agreement with other responders, no specific management of your scar is indicated at this time except to avoid trauma and/or manipulation, which the application of scar medicaments may represent.  In the highly unlikely circumstance that the scar does not "melt away" over time, surgical revision, a minor office procedure, is the best treatment. 

Steve Laverson, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Ask your surgeon for his advice

I have never seen a "bad scar" following rhinoplasty.  You are far too early in the post-operative period to consider any scar therapy.  At this point dilute peroxide and polysporin is all I recommend to my patients.  It is very unlikely that you would require silicone gel/sheets.  There is no evidence that Mederma is effective.  Ask your surgeon for their advice.  Warmest regards.

Dr. Pippin

Gregory Pippin, MD
Metairie Facial Plastic Surgeon
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What is the Best Scar Cream for Open Rhinoplasty?

I have performed Open Rhinoplasty and Closed Rhinoplasty for over 20 years and IMHO at 1 week after your Open Rhinoplasty, you shouldn't put anything on the scar, including Vit E or any scar creams.  I advise my patients to let the incision heal for 1 month, apply sunscreen when going outside after 1 week and during the 1 month follow up, I'll suggest scar fade cream be used if needed.

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Facial Scar Cream

Of course meticulous closure by the surgeon and avoidance of sun will help minimize scarring.  There is a silicone-based cream that is used for the face to minimize scars that I recommend for my patients.  It is only available through a specialist's office.

Kimberly Lee, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Open rhinoplasty scar.

In over 35 years of open rhinoplasty, I have never had a bad scar. You need nothing to treat it if done properly.

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Scar cream for rhinoplasty

I agree that most of the time, if closed properly (and opened properly), the incision heals imperceptibly without any scar creams.  That said, the only type of scar cream/gel that has any scientific evidence to support its use is silicone sheeting.  I occasionally recommend kelocote, a silicone based gel, which can be found online (just do a search).  Other creams like mederma have no real scientific basis for working.  Check with your surgeon before you put anything on the incision, however. 

Matthew Bridges, MD
Richmond Facial Plastic Surgeon
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