I'm sixteen years old, and I've been self conscious about my nose since middle school. I absolutely hate it - it's without a doubt the one part of my appearance that I truly can't stand. Also, it hurts almost constantly. I don't know why. It just constantly feels like it's bruised, as if someone punched me in the face. It has hurt on and off for years, but it's felt more constant recently. It hurts right where the bump is. Would I benefit from rhinoplasty?
How Much Would I Benefit from Rhinoplasty?
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Rhinoplasty is not for pain
First of all, a rhinoplasty will not fix pain. If anything your nose is going to be cut on and the bones broken and traumatized so you may feel some sensations after the surgery that you dont feel now. You need to see a good general ENT surgeon and have him examine your nose and pass a scope inside your nose and take a look to make sure nothing else is going on regarding the pain issue.
As far as the appearance of your nose: A nice rhinoplasty can improve the appearance of your nose and improve your self confidence but a poorly done rhinoplasty can make matters much worse. So do your homework, find a good surgeon and go from there. You and your parents should be the ones deciding "if you would benefit from a rhinoplasty."
Rhinoplasty improves nasal bump but will not improve pain
Having had a rhinoplasty myself at age 14, I can tell you that it helped my self-esteem more than anything I have ever done, which is why I became a rhinoplasty surgeon. Yes, you are a candidate for surgery to improve your nasal appearance. It's not clear,however, why you have pain. Pain is not an indication for cosmetic surgery. You need a complete exam to see if there is a medical reason for the pain you describe.
Rhinoplasty at age 16
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If you are unhappy with the appearance of your nose, certainly this can be improved. As for "pain"? this is unusual and may not be improved at all from surgery and could make it worse. It probably deserves an evaluation.
Benefit from rhinoplasty is in the head as well as the nose.
Pain does nor come from the nasal bump! Have your surgeon check your sinuses. If removal of the bump and refinement of the tip, is what you want you can have that with an experienced rhinoplasty surgeon. It often gives patients more self confidence but you need to be sure of your goals first. Your nose is done growing and you can have surgery when you have clear goals.
Physical and psychological benefits of rhinoplasty
Patients who undergo a rhinoplasty to improve their appearance typically improve their self image as well according to most published studies. However, the decision to do a rhinoplasty is a personal one and should be carefully thought out. If the hump bothers you, the procedure to correct it is quite straight forward. I would involve your parents in the decision making process if you choose to do the procedure prior to 18 or when you can afford to pay for the procedure on your own. I hope this information helps.
The benefit from rhinoplasty depends on the patient, the surgeon, and the goal.
You have a nose with a bump that can be removed, and your tip can be refined. That does not necessarily mean that you should have a rhinoplasty.
What is your goal? Straight bridge? Still a small bump (a more common request than you might guess)? A sharper tip? Better airway? The answers to all these cushions will determine your goals. Then find a surgeon whom you trust, and who can show you results in other patients with noses like yours that you like.
Benifits of rhinoplasty
It sounds like your body image is effecting your confidence and social interaction at a very critical time in your life and a rhinoplasty MIGHT be benificial ,BUT many at 16 have not acheived facial matururity. So it might be better to wait a few years to see the eventual balence and harmony as your lower face mature
As for the pain do you wear malfitting glasses? If not surgery would probably not help.
You neeed to discuss your concerns with your parents
Your concerns about the nasal shape should be discussed with your parents and your plastic surgeon. Your level of complain about the nasal shape does not correlate to the limited views that you have posted. You also need to wait till you have finished with your growth.
How Much Would I Benefit from Rhinoplasty?
By your own writing you "want" a rhinoplasty. So obtain at least 3 opinions in person from boarded surgeons in your area of the country.
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