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How Old Do You Have to Be Before Dorsal Hump Can Be Removed?

Also if someone does get the hump removed, will they look better or can it ever make you look worse?

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Appropriate age for Rhinoplasty

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The answer for my practice is when patients have clearly established skeletal maturity.  Some people hit puberty earlier than others, and so develop younger as well. That translates to around 16 for most kids, but as the other answers imply, women develop earlier. Not only are the results more predictable for a lifetime of a balanced result, but patients are better equipped emotionally for the process. Be patient, it will pay off for you!


Madison Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Age for rhinoplasty

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The issue here is that current dogma (not supported by good studies) is that surgery on the nose (especially the septum) can affect growth centers of the midface area. So, for an elective procedure, we'd rather wait until growth is complete rather than take that risk. While maturation will vary for each individual, for young women most facial growth is probably complete by 14-16, and for young men 16-18. Again, each individual should be evaluated separately and some doctors may be more conservative than others.

Hope this helps.

Sam Most, MD
Bay Area Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Age of nasal hump removal

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Generally, we wait unitl completion of skeletal growth which is 14-16 in females and 16-18 in males. Operating prior to this may effect nasal growh due to interference with vital growth centers. Over-resection of the hump can produce a "ski-jump" nose.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Age for Rhinoplasty

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We prefer the patient is physically mature; 14-16 for females and 16-18 for males. See an experienced to avoid concern that the nose will "look worse".

Richard W. Fleming, MD
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Minimum age for rhinoplasty to remove dorsal hump

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Young men need to be at least 16 years of age and young ladies need to be at least 15 years of age before undergoing a rhinoplasty for hump reduction. It is important to make sure that the facial structures and the nose have stopped growing prior to undergoing elective cosmetic surgery. Remember, once the hump is removed the side walls will also have to be narrowed to balance the nose out and not leave you with an open roof deformity or a flat top nose.

William Portuese, MD
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Nasal Hump Removal

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Hello,

Generally we wait until 15 years old for a female and 16 for a male. When performed properly by a highly skilled surgeon, rhinoplasty with hump removal can yield excellent results. Hope this helps answer your question. Thank you and best of luck.

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Paul S. Nassif, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Hump removal can be about 14 years old for girls, 17-18 for boys.

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 There are exceptions to this, but this is a good general rule. Once the nose is done growing. A good surgeon will not make the nose look worse.

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Dorsal hump removal in rhinoplasty

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In women I prefer to wait until the patient is at least 16 years old, and in men at least 18 years. Removing a hump should make the nose look better, but if too much is removed the nose can have an unnatural appearance. You should seek a board-certified surgeon with significant experience in rhinoplasty. Good luck, /nsn.

Nina S. Naidu, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Earliest age for Dorsal Hump Removal Rhinoplasty

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The age where it is safe to do rhinoplasty varies per individual as some boys and girls go through puberty and their growth spurt earlier and later than others. Operating before the growth spurt can allow the nose to grow after surgery requiring a revision rhinoplasty to maintain results. The age range I think is safe for girls is 15 to 17 and boys 16 to 18.

There are extreme cases where we will do surgery earlier when a child's self-esteem is so damaged by their appearance that it impedes their social development and affects their mental health.

Andrew Jacono, MD
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
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You should be over 16 for dorsal hump removal

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Easy answer. You have to be over 16 years of age for dorsal hump removal, so you have full facial growth. Be careful to have this done on a too early an age. Best of Luck.

Darryl J. Blinski, MD
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