Rhinoplasty; what is the next step?
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Hopeless Without Rhinoplasty
Nothing is hopeless! I understand that you feel horrible about your nose, and it is very difficult when one is young to feel unhappy with one's face. With great sensitivity I want you to remember something very important: the exterior is just the paint job on the car. It is the motor -- the engine -- that matters. I was chief resident at the burn unit at Cornell, and also at Sloan Kettering's cancer center. You are unlike the patients I dealt with at the two institutions I mention above, who do not have the privilege of looking great after one cosmetic surgery. I suggest you focus on your studies, work hard to save your money, and eventually your diligence will allow you to change something that you don't like about your face. Maybe you can have your therapist help you to outline goals and things you can do to eventually make the changes that you want. All along, though, feel proud of yourself that you are working toward a goal.
Thank you for your question.
Unfortunately, if you are under the age of 18 you need parental consent to undergo elective cosmetic surgery. I would continue talking with your psychologist and if by the time you are 18 and/or financially stable to afford this procedure, then I would reconsider at that point going through with it. You will want to do your research and schedule a few consultations with board certified plastic surgeons in your area to have a nasal examination done, review of your medical history, discussion of your cosmetic goals and an estimate written up for you. You can also discuss payment plans at this time to see if that is an option for you. Best of luck in your endeavors.
James Fernau, MD, FACS
Board Certified ENT
Board Certified Plastic Surgery
Member of ASPS, ASAPS, ISAPS, The Rhinoplasty Society, AAFPRS, OTO/HNS, ASLMS, International Federation for Adipose Therapeutics & Science
Hello and thank you for your question. I am sorry to hear about your troubles with your nose. If you are under 18, you will need your parents consent for surgery. I highly recommend that you talk more with your psychologist. This can often help.
Best wishes and good luck.
Richard G. Reish, M.D.
Harvard-trained plastic surgeon
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Without your parents support, if you are under 18 and not financially independent, you can not do anything. Perhaps seeing the psychologist with y our parents present and expressing you feelings might help.
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