What should I do to my nose? (photos)
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You should wait until you're finished developing, probably closer to eighteen years of age, before you have your nasal surgery. But when you're ready, a simple closed rhinplasty with lowering of the dorsal hump will give you the profile you want.
Both closed and open rhinoplasty can equally address a deviated septum and reduce a nasal hump
I prefer an endonasal or closed approach for most of my primary rhinoplasties. The incision for an open rhinoplasty is tiny and rarely visible, but if all the incisions are hidden inside the nose, then there is zero chance of it being visible. Closed rhinoplasty isn't performed by many surgeons anymore because it takes more time to master. You should find the best surgeon you can, look at their before and afters and make sure you are compatible. Then you can best plan how to get breathing better and have a better looking nose.
Profile-plasty rhinoplasty and septoplasty
From the side picture you submitted it seems that a profile reduction would help to improve the appearance of your nose. I can't say without frontal views if any tip work or deviation correction is also needed. Getting your deviated septum fixed at the same time is very common and makes sense.
Even though you are 16 your nose looks large enough that growth center disturbance is not a concern. Just don't overdo it because you will grow into your nose over the next few years. Be conservative in the profile reduction.
All the best.
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