Rhinoplasty is by far the most common cosmetic surgical procedure performed on teenagers in America. Tens of thousands of teenagers opt for rhinoplasty surgery each and every year in the United States alone.
In addition to the psychological aspects, doing a nose job during your teenage years may help the healing process since the skin is more flexible, and live tissues renew themselves more easily. While the approach and results are typically similar to traditional nasal surgery, the facial structure of younger patients should only be performed by a skilled physician who has experience in this area.
For many young patients, this surgery can be a pivotal moment in their life. Those with noses that protrude, or have visible bumps, are crooked, or have functional defects that make it difficult to breathe, can struggle throughout their life. Bullying is a common issue with teens and can lead to high levels of stress and self-esteem problems.
Plastic surgery procedures like nose jobs and facial procedures are typically reserved for adults who are over the age of 18 and are trying to correct aesthetic imperfections or enhance their overall appearance. However, there may be cases when a nasal surgery such as rhinoplasty may be ideal for patients who are younger, such as in their teens.
In some cases, this can be to correct genetic defects, issues stemming from an injury, or to correct the appearance of a nose that is too big, small, or otherwise disproportionate to the face. As we go through adolescence, the body will go through many physical changes. This is natural and expected, though it may differ greatly for everyone. These changes, for example, may present themself as changes to a teenager’s facial profile or features. Dr. Kevin Sadati is one of the leading facial plastic surgeons in Southern California who provides comprehensive consultation and computer imaging to help teenagers and their parents to understand both functional and cosmetic aspects of nasal surgery.
He will address the parent’s concerns regarding the safety and the surgical risks, as well as the teen’s desired nose. It is important to realize that teen cosmetic and functional nasal surgery, when performed by an experienced board-certified facial plastic surgeon, is safer and carries less risk. As Dr. Sadati says “A good rhinoplasty is the one that provides an aesthetically pleasing nose with excellent breathing functions. A nasal cosmetic surgery that creates a good-looking nose with compromised breathing function is a bad nose job.”
When considering a teen rhinoplasty procedure, it is important to ensure that the patient and their family are completely sure it is being performed for the correct reasons. Plastic surgery can take several weeks for recovery and it is intended to have permanent results.
If this issue is minimal and purely aesthetic, your surgeon may recommend waiting until later in life to reconsider as sometimes our features can change as we settle into adulthood. The sinuses, jaw, and nose shape, in particular, continue to grow and may increase in shape or size as we go through puberty and young adulthood. Dr. Sadati understands that this may bring with it self-image concerns and a potentially disproportionate profile.
He also understands that, when performing teen rhinoplasty, the adolescent's bone structure and tissue must be considered. While teens have a better healing rate and tend to bounce back faster, as their body is still producing large amounts of collagen naturally, the technique used when performing cosmetic surgery should be more delicate and carefully customized to suit the teen's unique needs.
Rhinoplasty, also known as a nose job, is one of the most popular forms of facial plastic surgery. It is used to address the nasal region of the face and can help to change the overall size, structure, shape, and appearance of the nose and any related features. In particular, a rhinoplasty can help with issues such as:
Unless there is an immediate need for surgery to correct or address functionality issues or complications breathing, a teen rhinoplasty is typically recommended for girls and boys whose facial bones growth is complete.
It is important to discuss the reality of plastic surgery and ensure that your teen understands the process and is undergoing the procedure for the right reasons. Wanting to undergo a rhinoplasty simply because it may help you feel more attractive or because it seems cool, for example, is not realistic.
Additionally, patients must be in good health and cleared to undergo a surgical procedure. If Dr. Sadati agrees that a teen rhinoplasty is the best option, he will work closely with the teen and their parents or guardian to develop a customized treatment plan.
Choosing to receive the nose job procedure at a young age – during the teenage years – can actually be a better choice than receiving the procedure in later years of life because the skin is very flexible and accepts the reshaping and restructuring of the nose more effectively. Later in life, rhinoplasty surgery can be slightly more difficult to endure. Deciding on a rhinoplasty procedure during your teenage years is a smart idea to receive optimal results and quick recovery times.
Our teen years are the most significant years in terms of shaping our self-confidence and self-esteem. Social pressure is extremely high in these years, and many teens who feel uncomfortable with their looks tend to develop complexes that accompany them for life. If you are a teenager, or a parent of a teenager, who experiences any kind of discomfort from the shape of your nose, contact us today, it may change the rest of your life.
Dr. Sadati welcomes teens and their parents or guardians to come in for a consultation if they are considering teen rhinoplasty. This will allow the option to talk extensively with an experienced surgeon so they can properly weigh all of the risks and benefits.
The procedure will require some time away from school and the healing process will require them to take it easy for a couple of weeks after surgery. Because teens have school and extracurricular activities to worry about, it is often advised to schedule a teen rhinoplasty during the summer, spring breaks, or Christmas and New Year holidays, when they are out of school and have fewer responsibilities.
It is extremely important that any teens considering rhinoplasty are fully aware of what to expect during the recovery and healing process, as well. While it may vary slightly for everyone, especially depending on the extent of treatment and what was corrected to achieve the desired result, patients will need to discuss things like aftercare, swelling, and how long it may take to see results.
In the vast majority of cases, the minimum age for young teenage girls to receive rhinoplasty or nose job surgery is 14 or 15 years.
Everyone is different which is why there is a slight range, but the most important part of the minimum age rule is that the rhinoplasty surgery should not be done on a nose that is still growing. If you are a teenage girl considering a nose job, you can book a consultation with one of our rhinoplasty specialists today to find out the right age for you, and what type of results you can expect to see. Please note, that in order to go through a nose plastic surgery your parents’ consent is mandatory.
The minimum age for teenage boys to receive rhinoplasty surgery is usually 16 or 17 because they continue growing into their later teenage years.
Again, every individual is unique and each case will be considered separately. It is best to consult with a surgeon in order to find out what age is best for you and what result you can expect to see from the procedure.Rhinoplasty among teenage boys is quite common, and rhinoplasty surgeons perform these surgeries each and every day.
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