What is the Best Age for Teenage Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty is typically thought of as a plastic surgery procedure for adults, but it might surprise you to know that teenagers make up a substantial demographic. If your teen has approached you with the idea, it can bring up many questions. It’s important to know that rhinoplasty can be very beneficial for teens who experience low self-esteem or teasing because of their nose – but it’s also important to know the facts and ensure your teen finds a reputable, board-certified plastic surgeon. Here’s what to know about teen rhinoplasty and the right time to schedule an appointment.
Although it’s often best practice to wait until your body is fully developed before opting for plastic surgery, rhinoplasty can sometimes be an exception. Some teens are simply born with a nose that is too large, too wide, or has humps and bumps. This can be the cause of embarrassment and teasing by their peers, resulting in low body image and emotional distress. Some teens also experience injury from activities like sports, requiring a corrective procedure to restore breathing function. In short, teens can benefit from facial plastic surgery just as much as adults, so it’s important to actively hear your teen’s reasoning and explore their options.
As with anything, there’s a time and a place. Although teenagers can benefit from rhinoplasty under the supervision of their parents if they’re under 18 (as early as 15 or 16 for girls and 16 or 17 for boys), your teen’s face may still have further development to do. This stage can be different for everyone, so your teen may still experience changes in their face afterward – this may require another procedure or it may not. It’s best to wait until your teen’s nasal anatomy has completely developed and won’t experience further changes. Your teen’s plastic surgeon is the best person to make this determination.
It’s extremely important that you, your teen, and your chosen plastic surgeon be able to clearly communicate during the consultation process. We’ll discuss your teen’s concerns and goals for their nose so we can create a clear picture of what to expect. If your teen is hesitant about sharing their insecurities, it can be helpful to write down a list of questions and talking points ahead of your appointment. During your appointment, make sure to give your teen time and space to express their own thoughts about the procedure and what they want. Finally, we’ll discuss the risks of surgery and help you plan the right time for it, taking into account your teen’s schedule. You’ll be given a list of aftercare instructions so you can begin preparing for your teen’s recovery, one of the most important parts of rhinoplasty.
The best way to learn more about teen rhinoplasty is by meeting with a board-certified plastic surgeon. At the Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery & Aesthetic Lounge, our team can ensure you and your teen enjoys a luxurious, personalized experience at the hands of Dr. Kevin Sadati and Dr. Whitney Florin. To get started, contact our Newport Beach, CA office by calling or filling out our online form.
Call (949) 706-7776 or fill out our online form to schedule your consultation with us. Conveniently located near Fashion Island, the airport and the beach. Please visit us while you are out in the beautiful area of Newport Beach.