At 56, Am I Too Old for Tip Rhinoplasty?

I know my eyes and neck aren't great, but I've had this huge nose all of my life and I would love to at least have the tip shortened, as it looks like it is drooping more.

Doctor Answers 21

Good Physical Health? Never Too Old for Rhinoplasty

As long as you are in good health, and you have enough time to take out of your schedule for a proper recovery, you are not “too old” to undergo a rhinoplasty. A nose job is a cosmetic surgery solely intended to make the patient look and feel better about their appearance by manipulating the shape and size of the nose to compliment surrounding facial features, and can be tailored to a patient of any age. Like any patient, you will need to have a physical exam and be cleared by your general doctor prior to the date of your surgery. If this is something you’ve been considering, I encourage you to consult with a certified facial plastic surgeon in person and to not let your age hold you back.

New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
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At 56yo - am I too old for tip rhinoplasty?

Hello! Thank you for your question! Age alone is not a contraindication to a surgical procedure. There are a few medical comorbidities that contribute to a higher risk during any surgical procedure including infections, wound complications, delayed wound healing, bleeding, anesthetic risks, etc. Factors such as diabetes, hypertension, coronary artery disease, heart problems, lung problems, etc are more common in the elderly. However, if you are healthy, or these conditions are well-controlled, you would certainly still be a candidate for a surgical procedure. If your complaints or desires are great enough to consider the surgical option, I would seek a consultation with a plastic surgeon to discuss your complaints and go over the options as well as risks and benefits of the procedure.

You should obtain medical clearance from your primary care physician that you are at an acceptable risk for undergoing a surgical procedure. For elective or aesthetic procedures, your surgeon may want to get you to a reasonable health status prior to consideration for a procedure. Discuss all of your medical comorbidities and medication with your surgeon prior and discuss these risks. Also, discuss this with your anesthesiologist as proper monitoring and medications will be watched closely. This procedure should still be very safe for you and hope for an uncomplicated course with an excellent result! Hope that this helps! Best wishes!

Lewis Albert Andres, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty Is Not Age Limited

Age is relevant to undergoing a rhinoplasty. What matters most is whether the changes you desire can be achieved by the operation.

56 not too old for tip rhinoplasty

Fifty-six years of age is not too old to have a rhinoplasty. It is certainly acceptable if you have a nose that is out of balance with the rest of the facial features to undergo cosmetic rhinoplasty. You will most likely have to undergo a full rhinoplasty and not the tip rhinoplasty if your nose is large.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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People of all ages request rhinoplasty


Many patients your age request rhinoplasty. If your tip is drooping or looks overly long, cosmetic rhinoplasty can be very rewarding. It may significantly improve your facial balance and profile. I would recommend a consult with a rhinoplasty specialist and go through the process of computer imaging to see what your options would be. You can find out more about computer imaging by following the link below.

All the best,

Dr. Buonassisi

Thomas Buonassisi, MD
Vancouver Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty at age 56

I will do rhinoplasties on patients your age and much older. Today,individuals like yourself are more educated about cosmetic surgery and therefore change unwanted inherited physical features. Consult with a rhinoplasty surgeon to discuss the surgery.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

Nose tip lift

It is very common for the nasal tip to start drooping, while the face and eyelids sag as well.  Performing a rhinoplasty at your age can reduce the nasal size while lifting the droopy tip.  It is important to evaluate your nasal airway breathing to determine if the septum is deviated and causing obstruction.

If the septum needs to be fixed, it can be done at  the same time(septorhinoplasty) as the nose reshaping.  At your age, a preoperative medical clearance with an internist is recommended. 

Andrew Turk, MD
Naples Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

Too old for tip rhinoplasty

No you are not but a photo could have helped determine the answer to a better degree. Go see 3 boarded plastic surgeons in your area to discuss.


Rhinoplasty can be done safely

You can have rhinoplasty and should get a good result. The best thing is to get multiple consultation with board certified plastic surgeons.Computer morphing can helpful.

Kamran Khoobehi, MD
New Orleans Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 110 reviews

Never Too Old

56 is very young but you're never too old to anything done. If you want to make self - improvement, then go right ahead. As long as you're healthy then go for it. Remember, aging is inevitable growing old is optional.

Oleh Slupchynskyj, MD, FACS
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 263 reviews

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