Is It Safe to Have a Septorhinoplasty at Age 16?

Hey i am a 15 years old girl i have breathing problems my noise Is crooked i can't even sleep or smell

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Rhinoplasty at age 16.

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At a minimum, four things are required when deciding whether a 16-year-old should undergo rhinoplasty:

  1. Is the patient physically mature enough? (i.e., Has their nose taken on an adult appearance and lost its juvenile features?)
  2. Is the patient psychologically mature enough? (i.e., Are they making a mature decision? Why do they want a new nose? Can they deal with the discomfort, uncertainties, and prolonged healing time?)
  3. Do the patient's parents (or parent) support the decision? Obviously a patient who's a minor needs legal consent from the parent, but the parent should also agree that the patients perceptions and motivations are reasonable. On the other hand, though, the parent should not be the one pushing his/her child into the procedure.
  4. Is the patient otherwise healthy enough for surgery? Fortunately, most young people are in very good health and thus present a low risk for surgical complications.

Hope this helps. All the best,


Pearson Facial Plastic Surgery®

Jacksonville Facial Plastic Surgeon


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Septorhinoplasty is commonly performed at age 16 and this is a perfectly safe age to undergo a septorhinoplasty or a “nose job.”  The skeletal maturity has occurred and typically the nose has achieved its near final shape by age 16.  There are some advantages to having a nose job before going off to college and 16 to 18 is a perfectly appropriate time to undergo septorhinoplasty.

I typically would not recommend having septorhinoplasty younger than 15 in order to give the nose a chance to complete the growth process.

Mark Codner, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon

Rhinoplasty at 16 for females is generally safe

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Provided your nose is reasonably developed in terms of overall size, you should be able to safely have the surgery at 16. That is not an uncommon age for this type of procedure.

Best of luck

Richard W. Westreich, MD
Manhattan Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 55 reviews

Septoplasty and rhinoplasty is safe at the age of 16.

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Growth of the nose is complete by the age of 16 in corrective nasal surgery can be safely performed. However responsibility for the decision to proceed with surgery rests in the hands of the parents. You

Yes 16 is safe for #Rhinoplasty if......

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Yes 16 or even 15 or 14 are safe ages for Rhinoplasty if you have completed your growth spurt and arent significantly shorter than your parents and if you are mentally mature for an elective surgery and can handle the swelling and bruising, etc.  But you need to see a Facial Plastic Surgeon who understands the nose inside and out and does Rhinoplasties as the main area of his or her practice.  I see too many horrific nose job results and getting a bad nose job at 16 is much worse than getting a bad nose job at 60!


Shervin Naderi, MD, FACS
Washington DC Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Is It Safe to Have a Septorhinoplasty (Nose job) at Age 16?

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It is not uncommon for teenagers your age to have rhinoplasty done (including any medically indicated procedures for septums, turbinates, etc).

It is safe to do a Rhinoplasty once your face & nose has fully developed, which in females is typically by 14-16 years of age, and in males 15-17.   That being said you need to be seen and examined by a qualified surgeon who can determine if you have fully developed, or if you need to wait another year.
One of the major complaints we get from patients in their 30’s, after surgery, is that they regret waiting so long to correct their noses.

Ramtin Kassir, MD
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 179 reviews

Is It Safe to Have a Septorhinoplasty at Age 16?

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 Please share this answer with your parents since you are under 18 years of age.  Yes, Rhinoplasty or Septorhinoplasty is often performed on teens.  If you are interested in having this procedure, you and your parents should be seen in consultation by experienced Rhinoplasty Surgeons to discuss your particular case.  

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

Safe age to have rhinoplasty

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16 is a fairly common age for girls. The important factor is if you have stopped growing, if your shoe size has been stable, etc.

Roy A. David, MD
San Diego Facial Plastic Surgeon

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