Can I Be Sixteen Years Old and Still Be Able to Get a Rhinoplasty?

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Teenage Rhinoplasty

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It's not the age that determines when rhinoplasty can or can't be done. It's the psychological and physical maturity. The nose has for the most part developed at this age. So its usually the emotional maturity that's the deciding point. Parents need to be involved and supportive.  

Rhinoplasty at age 16

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In most females the nose has reached adult size by age 16 and from the medical standpoint rhinoplasty can be performed. Most surgeons would want to be confident that the patient has a complete understanding of the procedure, the risks and the expected results. Parental involvement and approval is a must.

Mark Preston, MD
Columbus Plastic Surgeon

Rhinoplasty at 16

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It's a normal age for noses that have a large and outstanding feature that doesn't belong on the face.  That is a normal age to have it done because of the social implications.  We do the same for young children at the age of 5 when their ears are very prominent with the same indication.

Physical & Mental Maturity for Teenage Rhinoplasty

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Age does not directly decide suitability for a plastic surgery procedure. While I recommend patients wait until they have reached full adult growth for cosmetic procedures, rhinoplasty can be performed in younger patients. Younger rhinoplasty patients usually undergo surgery to address functional issues that can affect breathing. If you are seeking surgery for aesthetic reasons, it’s important to wait until you are finished growing as further growth and development may affect nose surgery results. The typical age of full adult skeletal growth is 13 for girls and 15 for boys. Facial proportions are measured in documenting a patient’s aesthetic deformities, so it is important for adolescents to reach full growth as these measurements could be affected. In addition to physical maturity, it is important for the patient to be mentally healthy and to discuss prospective procedures in-person with his/her parents and a board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon that specializes in facial procedures.

Fernando D. Burstein, MD
Atlanta Facial Plastic Surgeon

Age 16 should be old enough for Rhinoplasty

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Although there is debate, age 16 is usually acceptable when considering Rhinoplasty, especially in females. Facial and nasal growth is often complete by this age. Males may continue to have some facial growth for an additional 1- 2 years, but my rule is to proceed if it appears to be nearly complete. In addition, if little or no septal surgery is needed, then important growth centers will not be affected. Seek out an experienced Rhinoplasty specialist, and good luck.

How young is too young for Rhinoplasty (Nose Job)?

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This is a hotly debated topic amongst rhinoplasty surgeons.  I have many teenage patients coming in for consultation for rhinoplasty.  What is the appropriate age to proceed with this surgery.  The answer is that it depends.

The nose, specifically the septum (the wall that separates the two sides of the nose) serves as the focal point or center for midfacial growth. Prematurely disturbing this growth center could lead to abnormal development of the face. Therefore, it is essential that a qualified surgeon evaluate your facial growth and assure that it is an appropriate time to consider a rhinoplasty. Most teenage girls can have rhinoplasty approximately one year after their menarche (first menstrual period). Teenage boys are more variable, but the surgery can typically be performed successfully by age 16.

It is also essential that the patient is of an age that they are psychologically mature enough, to handle a new body image and make this change to their nose.

Seek a trained rhinoplasty surgeon for consultation.

Rhinoplasty and Teenagers

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From a physical sense, a Rhinoplasty can successfully be performed on a 16 year old. You should first discuss your concerns with your parents. Together you can seek out the advice of a well-trained Board Certified Facial Plastic or Plastic Surgeon. Upon consultation and examination, your surgeon will be able to recommend the appropriate treatment options and expected results.

Michael Sullivan, MD
Columbus Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty is safe at the age of 16

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The age of 16 is a very appropriate age for a rhinoplasty in a young man or young woman.  The physical characteristics of the nose and the emotional maturity of the patient would be the deciding factor on whether the individual is a good candidate for surgery.

Roger J. Oldham, MD
Bethesda Plastic Surgeon

How old do you have to be to have a rhinoplasty

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For females 16 is a common age to become an appropriate age for surgery. Besides age, though, it's important that you have the appropriate emotional maturity to have surgery.

Surgeons typically wait a little longer for males as their faces aren't typically mature enough for surgery until they're 17 or 18.

For either males or females exceptions can be made if there are more functional or reconstructive considerations.

Earliest you can have a rhinoplasty

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From an anatomic and physiologic standpoint, rhinoplasty at 16 years of age is definitely feasible.  I will consider a rhinoplasty on females as early as 15 if they are emotionally mature.  For males, I like to wait to at least 16 since males seem to emotionally mature a bit later.  If there are functional issues then a rhinoplasty can be considered sooner.  Most surgeons will interview young patients to see if they're reasons for the procedure are appropriate and are of appropriate maturity before recommending any cosmetic procedure.  Of course, a parent must be involved to give consent for the procedure. 

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.