I Am a 15 Year Old and I'm Considering Getting a Nose Job at 18, Is This A Good Age?

Here are my nose characteristics: Small bump, bulbous tip, slightly wide nose... I was wondering if my nose would be a little more proportional with my face, and if so at around what age. I know girls who get surgery at my age but I still get nervous about the idea. Thank you and I would like a response as soon as possible.

Doctor Answers 13

Nose Job After Physical Maturity

Many patients are anxious to have the surgery done, and do no wait until their bodies have reached full physical and emotional maturity. By waiting this time, you are ensuring that your nose has stopped growing and evolving and can thereby increase the likelihood of a successful rhinoplasty. 

Birmingham Ophthalmologist
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My recommendation

Waiting until your body has fully matured and grown physically and emotionally is the best time to decide for cosmetic surgery. By waiting, the likelihood of a great successful procedure is increased.

Miguel Delgado, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
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Nose job at 18 yo

The correct age for rhinoplasty or nose job is when facial growth is completed. As early as 16, facial growth is completed in females. Having this procedure at 18 yo is a good time to correct the bump, bulbous tip and wide nose.

Balance is important for the nose to match the face. Preoperative evaluation with your plastic surgeon  will determine how much to reduce the bump, tip and width of the nose. Using 2D or 3D pictures of your nose and simulating surgery can help reach a mutual expectation between the patient and surgeon.

Andrew Turk, MD
Naples Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 31 reviews

Rhinoplasty at Age 15

Most young girls are physically mature enough to have a rhinoplasty at age 15. However, mentally you may not be ready to make the change. Discuss this with your parents and then consult with an experienced rhinoplasty surgeon whenever you want to consider this operation. 

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 39 reviews

Nose job at 18

For many girls 16 is fine and certainly 18 should be great. More important then numeric age though is the maturity to handle the face altering nature of rhinoplasty (even if modest). The more you are able to get comfortable with your decision to have surgery the better it will be. Involve your parents in your goals as well.

Michael L. Schwartz, MD
West Palm Beach Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

I'm 15 and considering a Rhinoplasty at 18, is this a good age?

 I have performed Rhinoplasty for over 20 years and the rule of thumb is to have the majority of nasal growth completed before undergoing a Rhinoplasty.  Generally this is around 15-16 for girls and 16-17 for boys however, I think the more realisitic factor is when the teen feels ready for the Rhinoplasty which you clear state you are not at this time.  I agree, with you, that you should wait until you are a bit older and are truly prepared for the surgery.  You'll know when it's the right time and if you still have to guess, the answer is "not yet."  Keep your parents in the decision making loop as well.  Their your best source of support before and after the Rhinoplasty.

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

Rhinoplasty at age 18

18 is a great age to consider a rhinoplasty.  While they safely can be performed at a younger age, I think it is better to wait a little longer to be sure that your nose is fully mature and that you have had time to really think about it.  If you have surgery before age 18, then a parent will have to sign the consent form for you.

Jeffrey E. Kyllo, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

Rhinoplasty and bump on nose and bulbous tip.

Rhinoplasty and bump on nose and bulbous tip can be done any time after 15 in females. It doesn't sound like you are sure as to this and therefore I would wait until you are.

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 34 reviews

Usually after 15

For girls, usually any time after 15 a rhinoplasty can be performed. This is done in consultation with the patient and their family. Speak to your parents about your wished and seek help from a qualified experienced rhinoplastic surgeon.

William B. Rosenblatt, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

18 is perfect age for rhinoplasty

Actually, 16 is pretty good as well, as your face and nose are mature enough to get a very nice and predictable result. If you are uncomfortable with the idea, certainly wait. The time just after high school and transitioning into college can be a time where changes are less noticed, and explanations unnecessary.

Best of luck,


Peter E. Johnson, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 43 reviews

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