Is 15 Years Old Too Young for Rhinoplasty?
- Asked by jk630 in Chicago, Illinois
- 4 years ago
I am a 15-year-old male. I want to have Rhinoplasty performed and I want to know if it is safe and recommended for my age. My goal isn't to be more popular or well liked, I just want to be able to love my body and be a more confident person. In other words, I loathe my nose. It is big, ugly, and has been making me fearful my whole life. It has a large bump, and is just overall to big. Help!
15 Is Too Young For Rhinoplasty
Thank you for your question. Major anatomical changes occur with growth and maturation between ages 15-18 especially in males. Wait until you are 18 to consider Rhinoplasty. Your face will grow and change between now and then which could alter the effects of a Rhinoplasty done now.
Is 15 Too Young?
At 15 years of age, if you are a female and you have not grown anymore, this is the earliest age you can do a rhinoplasty especially if there is both aesthetic and functional deformity. In a male, I like to wait until they are at age 17.
I wait until my male patients have reached the age of 18
In my practice, I would prefer to wait until my male patients have reached the age of 18 before Rhinoplasty is performed. The exception to this are the cases of traumatic nasal deformities; which I operate on as soon as possible to avoid future problems. In my opinion waiting a few more years is worth not having to deal with poor out come for the rest of your life.
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Wait until 17 years old for male rhinoplasty
It is advised to wait until age 16 or 17 for men since the nose and face have not finished growing at this point. At that 17, it is acceptable to undergo a rhinoplasty to change and alter the shape of the tip and bridge.
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15 years is old enough for rhinoplasty
Yes, 15 years is old enough but it has to be a conservative rhinoplasty. Special attention should be paid to not reducing the dorsum too much. Any work on the nasal septum has to be only minimal to straighten it and no cartilage should be removed.
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You are right around the cut off. The reason we dont like do surgery at an early age is because the face has not completely grown, so the chance of needing revision surgery does increase. Knowing this and if you are willing to take the chance then I would move forth.
You are around the earliest age I would perform rhinoplasty for a female patient.
You should be fine physiologically
A 15 year old male is generally old enough for rhinoplasty.
This operation is emotionally stressful as it changes your appearance, and so you must be mature enough to handle that aspect.
Age for rhinoplasty.
For a boy, 15 is definitely too young to have a rhinoplasty. Boys' faces grow more slowly.
Also, boys mature psychologically more slowly. In New York, we typically wait till a boy is 17 or so.
You should consult now for Rhinoplasty
Most males at 15 are still growing. The best idea is to visit with an experienced cosmetic nasal surgeon. Discuss your desires and be examined. The doctor will ask a lot of questions regarding your physical maturation. Most likely, he or she will suggest waiting one year.
What will help is taking photos at the current consultation. When you return one year later, follow-up photos will tell -- objectively -- if your facial structure has changed. If not, it might be the right time. Or, the doctor may feel it is still best to wait.
There are many factors that go into the decision whether or operate or not so be sure to have a family member join you at the consultation. It's a big decision and they want to help you make the right decision.
The age for rhinoplasty is not absolute
As you read from answers to your question , there is no simple answer. I believe this a decision between you , your family and your doctor. Maturity is not measured by age only and you need a careful evaluation by your doctor to make a decision about your surgery. Your comment about to be more popular and well liked is something that need to evaluate .
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