More than almost any other age group, teenagers are subjected to the pressure of their peers. Physical appearance plays a key role in how confident teenagers may feel in the social world at large.
For many teens, a nose that is too large or misshapen can be the source of teasing, embarrassment, and discomfort. Teenage rhinoplasty helps correct the appearance of the nose while maintaining the proportional balance of a younger face, providing emotional support to an extremely sensitive age group. It’s usually an outpatient procedure done either under general anesthesia or local anesthesia plus sedation.
WHEN ARE TEENS READY FOR PLASTIC SURGERY?
Before contemplating teenage rhinoplasty, a teen’s nose must be fully-grown. Girls often achieve full growth at about 14 to 16, while boys may take longer. If nasal reshaping is attempted earlier, before full growth is attained, the remaining growth will essentially distort the new look.
Psychologically, it is one of the biggest factors that a surgeon considers before allowing a teen to go “under the knife.” Although a healthy mental attitude is critical for anyone, of any age, who is seeking any type of plastic surgery—for teenage rhinoplasty, it’s especially crucial.
Your rhinoplasty surgeon must be certain that the teen considering getting nasal work done has a realistic expectation of what his/her nose is going to look like post-surgery and understands the effects it will have on his/her life.
WHAT ARE SOME ISSUES THAT CAN BE IMPROVED WITH RHINOPLASTY?
Rhinoplasty can help with:
- Removing a hump on the nose
- Straightening the bridge
- Reshaping the nose’s tip
- Increasing or decreasing the size of the nostrils
- Correcting the nose after an injury
- Opening breathing passages
- Making the nose bigger or smaller
Nose jobs can be done to change how you look or for medical reasons. For example, some people may need surgery to repair a problem with the cartilage that divides one nostril from the other. Others may just want to make their nose smaller.
WILL PEOPLE NOTICE THAT I HAVE DONE A NOSE JOB?
Dr. Marco takes great care to craft noses that enhance the appearance. He prides himself in achieving extremely natural results that will leave people wondering, “what’s different?” The best compliment following rhinoplasty by Dr Marco is when patients are told they “look great” but the observer cannot pinpoint what has been done.
By using a closed technique, there won’t be any visible scarring. If an open technique is used instead, there will be a scar at the base of the nose between the nostrils, but this incision will likely fade over time. During your consultation, Dr. Marco will discuss which technique is most appropriate for your unique nose.
WHAT TO DO BEFORE RHINOPLASTY?
Before getting a nose job, teens and their parents or guardians should discuss extensively with the surgeon and weigh all of the risks and benefits. Honest communication is very important for the success of the operation.
A couple of consultations are needed prior to surgery to ensure that the teen is mature enough to handle it, is doing it for the correct reasons, and has realistic expectations about the results. For instance, thinking changing your nose will change your whole life and make you more popular is not being realistic.
Remember, beauty comes from the inside.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this post is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, it is provided for educational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your plastic surgeon or other qualified healthcare provider before starting any new treatment or discontinuing an existing treatment. Always speak to your healthcare provider about any questions you may have regarding a procedure.