Will I grow into my nose or would I be a good candidate for alarplasty? (photo)

I have disliked my nose since the sixth grade and now being 17 I continue to dislike it. My question is as a 17 year old female do you think my nose has fully developed or is it possible that I might grow into it, and if not would I be a good candidate for alarplasty? I would like the nostrils and tip to look natural but more refined so that it is in proportion to the rest of my face. Is this possible?

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Will I grow into my nose or would I be a good candidate for alarplasty?

At the age of 17, your face should not change dramatically enough to accommodate your nose. Although this can be variable, this is usually the case. With respect to your question about “looking natural”, when we analyze nasal width, we usually like for the nose to be as wide as the distance between the inside corner of the eyes. This holds true for the Caucasian nose. The proportions in ethnic rhinoplasty are different. We generally accept a ratio of 1.25:1 meaning that the width of the nose can be slightly wider than the width between the inner corners of the eyes. By those standards, your nose fits your ethnic background but that does not mean that you have to like it. There are surgical maneuvers that can narrow the width of your nose but you should know that they involve making very small incisions on the face and for this reason are much more challenging. For this reason, I suggest you consult with a facial plastic surgeon who has a lot of experience with ethnic rhinoplasty. It is the surgeon’s job to place those incisions in appropriate places to hide them but there is always the unpredictability of scar healing. You are certainly a candidate so seek the advice of a board certified facial plastic surgeon. Good luck.

Columbus Facial Plastic Surgeon
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When to think about rhinoplasty?

For most cosmetic rhinoplasty issues, women should be at least 16-17 yo and men 17-18 to make sure their nose has stopped growing. You can undertake rhinoplasty now or at anytime in the future...

I would suggest consultation with a local rhinoplasty expert. You would probably benefit from tip refinement and elevation. However, alarplasty is a vague term. Before your consultation work on being able to express what you would like to change about your nose, rather than worrying about the technique used (i.e. regarding your nasal ala are you wanting the base of your nose narrowed?)

Sometimes it is help helpful if you can photographs of a nose that you like (and would fit your facial features well).

Michael Bowman, MD
Roanoke Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Now Is The time To Have Your Rhinoplasty.

Dear Luckycharms;At 17, your nose should be fully developed. It is not likely that you are going to have any significant change. It seems to me, the most important issue for you is an evaluation that would explore all the possibilities to improve your nose. Among the imperfections of your nose is the length.The angle between your nose and the lip on the profile is not ideal.The tip needs to be lifted so as to increase the angle and make your nose look smaller.You should be able to have a natural result.The photos demonstrate a nose that is not grossly disproportional to your face. As far as an "alar plasty," I am not sure exactly what you are referring to, but if you are considering the narrowing of the nostrils, I do not think that that is necessary for you.The most important thing with any nose is that it looks natural. Unless the nose is unduly wide and unduly disproportional to your face, a nostril narrowing procedure is generally not indicated.Now is a good time to start your consultation process.Visit with surgeons who specialize in nasal surgery and who have a large volume of before and after photos to share.You should have computer imaging that shows the predicted result the surgeon believes he can deliver. Spend time studying by reviewing websites, reading books, and getting up to speed on the subject.If you have waited since you were 11 years old to have this, now would be the time to begin your consultation process in earnest and direct yourself to achieving self-satisfaction.

Robert Kotler, MD, FACS

Facial Plastic Surgeon



Robert Kotler, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Will I grow into my nose or would I be a good candidate for alarplasty?

I think the nostrils and the tip can be improved in the way you would like with a closed rhinoplasty.

Find a plastic surgeon with ELITE credentials who performs hundreds of rhinoplasties and rhinoplasty revisions each year. Then look at the plastic surgeon's website before and after photo galleries to get a sense of who can deliver the results.

Kenneth Hughes, MD

Los Angeles, CA

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty in 17 year old female.

Rhinoplasty in 17 year old female is possible to refine and narrow your nose. The growth of your nose is done so the surgery can be done with your parents consent or after 18 without. See an experienced rhinoplasty surgeon.

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

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