The Trend of Teenage Rhinoplasty: RealSelf Top Doctor Offers 5 Things to Consider


"Daunting" is a great word to describe the teenage years, where insecurities and fears abound. Additional daunting complications are the facial changes that can accompany puberty.
  • The sinuses grow, changing and enlarging the shape of the face and jaw.
  • The nose changes shape and grows, possibly becoming just one more thing to feel self-conscious about.
If you are the parent of a teen who's considering rhinoplasty, here are five things to keep in mind:

1. Rhinoplasty or “nose job” is the most common cosmetic surgery procedure for US teens. The American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS) states that the number of teenage clients receiving plastic surgery today is more than five times the number it was fifteen years ago.

2. Like any cosmetic surgery, a rhinoplasty is a very personal decision. It's one of the most demanding of all cosmetic surgery procedures, especially for teens, and timing is critical. Operating on the nose before its growth has stabilized may result in unwanted nasal changes and disruption of facial growth.

3.The appropriate age for rhinoplasty surgery is governed by many variables. Ideally, patients should have reached both physical and emotional maturity before proceeding with surgery. The optimum time is around the age of 16 for girls and after the age of 17 or 18 for boys. However, if there is a congenital defect or post-traumatic deformity that causes serious breathing problems, surgery may be done earlier.

4. For the most part, a rhinoplasty is irreversible and teens need to understand the significance of their decision. The nose is located in the center of the face. Their appearance will be altered forever. However, the majority of teens who undergo rhinoplasty report high levels of satisfaction.

5. One of the biggest factors in satisfaction is having clear and, most importantly, realistic expectations. Consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon to clarify your goals and make sure you're both on the same page.

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