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17 Years Old (Almost 18) and Getting Rhinoplasty

Hi I'm 17 years old and I'm getting rhinoplasty this summer! I'm nervous about one thing: people noticing. If people at my high school find out, well lets just say it won't be a very fun year for me. I'm going to dye my hair a different color so people will hopefully think thats whats different about me. Do you think they'll find out? Also I'm taking 4 weeks off sports, is that ok? I can't really take off any more time then that :/

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Ready for Rhinoplasty?

Sounds like you may not be ready to have a Rhinoplasty during your high school years. Dyeing your hair may be a good distraction, but it’s not the answer. These years can be difficult for teenagers who are self conscious about a particular aspect of their appearance. You may be surprised that some people may have a positive reaction. Rhinoplasty is a common and popular procedure during the teenage years. One goal with Rhinoplasty is to achieve natural looking refinements. Many teenagers welcome this change. Whether your goal is dramatic or subtle, find a surgeon who has your goal in mind. Four weeks off sports is acceptable, however, the bone is usually fully fused in approximately six weeks so just be careful.

Detroit Plastic Surgeon
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People only notice rhinplaslty results if they are also self-conscious about their noses

You will find that most people will not notice anything as long as your result is natural.  People only "see" features that they themselves worry about.

I predict that you will find it an easy transition.  It is more important to choose your surgeon wisely.   If anyone gives you a hard time, it's all about them, not you.


Mark B. Constantian, MD, FACS
Nashua Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty fine if necessary for teens

Great question.  Your nose is likely fully developed by that age and it is perfectly acceptable to have your nose corrected at your age.  The nose sits right in the front of your face and it is very difficult to camoflage.  Make certain that you see a doctor with experience with both the cosmetic correction and breathing/septoplasty experience.  You don't want to adversely affect your breathing through your nose just to make it look better.  Usually an ENT or Facial Plastic Surgery has this background.

Good Luck

Robert F. Gray, MD, FACS

Robert F. Gray, MD, FACS
Bay Area Facial Plastic Surgeon
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People don't pay much attention to noses after rhinoplasty.

People don't pay much attention to noses after rhinoplasty if it is natural looking! You would be surprised especially if you change you hair color. You should be ok 4 weeks later. Choose an experienced rhinoplasty surgeon for the best results.

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Will people know I had a Rhinoplasty

 I can understand your concern.  The issue of whether people will notice the change in your nose after a Rhinoplasty really has everything to do with the shape and size, of your nose now.  IMHO, if you have a large nose, large hump, wide nasal tip...then yes, if your nose shows up much smaller, people will most likely notice.  If this will ruin your senior year in high school, I would advise you to wait until your graduate high school and have your Rhinoplasty then before you start college or working.

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

Will others recognize that I underwent rhinioplasty?

Hi Avery. You question raises a common preoperative concern among rhinoplasty patients. There is a chance that people will 'find out.' However, in my experience, unless the change in your nasal appearance is dramatic, usually your peers will not recognize that you underwent rhinoplasty. They may recognize that something is different about you, but won't be able to pinpoint what that difference is. However, your close friends - those very familiar with your facial features - will be more likely to recognize the change. Changing your hair color can be an effective distraction, in that others will more likely attribute your changed appearance to your hair. As for sports, it depends on what type of sports you engage in. Usually, you will be able to resume most activities by 4 weeks, but I would not recommend resuming any contact sports for 6 weeks at a minimum. Even then, your nose remains at elevated risk for deformity after injury. Remember, your rhinoplasty result is intended to last you for many years. I would advise caution. An additional couple of weeks away from at-risk sports is a relatively small price to pay for that. Good luck.

James M. Pearson, MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty - nose job - for teenagers

Rhinoplasty, aka nose job, is a delicate procedure that can be performed successfully on teenagers.  It's essential that the patient's midface growth is complete and that they are psychologically mature enough to handle this body image change.  A good rhinoplasty is not seen in the nose, but in the eyes.  The nose SHOULD blend in with the face after surgery and poeple should NOT be commenting on your nose, but on your eyes, lips, and hair.  I think it's a great idea to dye your hair as a "distraction" so that people might not be able to put a finger on just what is different.  Good luck!

Etai Funk, MD
Houston Facial Plastic Surgeon
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17 Years Old (Almost 18) and Getting Rhinoplasty

Best to fully discuss these issues with your chosen surgeon. Ask ALL your questions before the operation. Get fully informed! 

Best Teen Age Rhinoplasty

Hi Avery,

Your concerns about having classmates find out about your rhinoplasty are shared by many young patients.  Many patients decide to have the surgery between high school and college for that very reason.  You should discuss your concerns with your rhinoplasty surgeon.  If a natural, subtle rhinoplasty is performed then it is possible that your classmates will only notice your change in hair color.

Many teens and young adults have minor complaints about their nose (a little dorsal hump, or a little too wide tip, etc.) that they never end up fixing because they are afraid that they will look totally different.  Rhinoplasty surgeons should be able to correct these concerns with subtle, natural results.  (See reference below) 

I tell my patients that one of the best compliments that will receive following their rhinoplasty is "You look great, did you change your hair style?" or "Did you lose weight"?  Be sure that your surgeon understands your expectations and can deliver the results for you.  Good luck and be well.  Hope that you love your new nose.

Dr. P

Michael A. Persky, MD
Encino Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 24 reviews

17 Years Old (Almost 18) and Getting Rhinoplasty

If you have a large hump and wide nose then your friends will notice the change. A lot of people get rhinoplasty,  Sometimes you do thing because you think it is good thing to do and you should be ready to defend your decision.

Mohsen Tavoussi, MD, DO
Huntington Beach Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

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