Should a 15 year old get a nose job?
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Nose job for 15 year old
Thank you for your clinical post and it is a common one. Adolescence is a difficult time to mature both emotionally and physically. From a physical perspective there’s still some controversy as to what is the best time to operate on a nose particularly a nasal bump or overgrowth of the nasal bone and septum as it would be prudent to allow full skeletal maturity and nasal cartilaginous and bony growth prior to removing and shaping the nasal bridge or some recurrence may occur following the surgery. Generally, skeletal maturity occurs when the growth plates in the wrist have fused in teenage women and teenage girls and this is usually within 2 or 3 years after the age of menarche. It can be a simple series of physical test to determine whether you have reached skeletal maturity to the extent that you may have your nasal bridge refined through a nose job surgery. However, the most important question is one of a psychological and emotional maturity. It is tough enough to be a teenager in this day and age without being overly concerned with cosmetic appearance and slight imperfections.
Having said that, there are many body and face asymmetries and the skeletal abnormalities that we do operate on such as cleft lip, cleft lip palate, congenital abnormalities of the ear and eyes, as well as cleft lip nose and even body contouring issues. So, there is no black or white answer is 15 the right age. It depends on the emotional maturity of the patient on full support of your family and you should seek out the advice of a plastic surgeon together with your parents, do some computer imaging during which time the new shape of your nose and nasofacial balance can be discussed. It would also be a prudent, if not essential to ensure that you have reached skeletal maturity and your family doctor or pediatrician can do this through x-ray of your wrist growth plates and metabolic and biologic history.
I hope this information has been of some assistance and best of luck.
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R. Stephen Mulholland, M.D.
Certified Plastic Surgeon
What is the youngest age for rhinoplasty?
I believe the decision to proceed with rhinoplasty isn’t so much as physical as mental. It’s a question of emotional maturity more so than physical. Everyone agrees the best outcomes can happen when it’s the patient who wants the nose job surgery, rather than anyone else. Teenagers are transitioning from dependency towards full independence. Their family, most notably their parents, are to some greater or less degree involved and influence the decision. If the surgeon feels the parents are promoting the surgery while the teenager is equivocal, the outcome and success is at risk. Regardless of the objective improvement, success, as defined by the patient, may not occur. There are several possible outcomes of teenage rhinoplasty, many which are not healthy for the teenage patient or the family.
Teen Rhinoplasty Surgery may be considered in girls as young as thirteen, depending on their examination.
Hope this helps, and wishing you well.
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