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Teens & Nose Job

18/11/2019

Teens & Nose Job

Many teens are cheerless with their appearance and ask their parents for a “nose job,” rhinoplasty. But there are a lot of factors to review, such as the limits of surgery, the long-term effects and possible complications.

 

At what age is it appropriate to evaluate rhinoplasty, and how common is the surgery among teens and adults?

Rhinoplasty is the second most common plastic surgery procedure, and it is the most common with teens. Our belief is that for most patients, it is best for the face to completely develop prior to performing such a subtle and important operation; therefore, a good rule of thumb for girls is 15 years of age or older, and for boys 17 years of age or older.

Can the teens choose the kind of nose they want, or are there limitations based on facial features?

It is very important to spend a good deal of time with the teen, and their parents, to discuss what their hopes are with regards to the surgery. We educate the teen about features that can look great for their own particular face in order to strive for harmony and balance. It is true that each patient’s features and the type of skin they have differ to a certain degree, and it is important to take these unique features into account with surgical planning.

Are there factors that make teens, or adults, bad candidates for rhinoplasty, such as allergies, mental health issues or other physical considerations?

When considering anyone for rhinoplasty. Previous surgery or injuries, medical conditions, and mental health are all very important to carefully evaluate. Surgery is not appropriate for everyone. This is an important decision, and one not to be taken lightly.

Are there any potential complications or issues over time to consider such as infections, breathing difficulties, sagging or regrowth?

Yes, there can be complications or issues over time, but new techniques are improving the results and their longevity. The techniques have evolved in recent years through the recognition that the traditional rhinoplasty techniques often caused a lot of problems — months or even years later, people would develop breathing problems, or a collapsed abnormal appearance. Today, most of us who truly specialize in this area now use a “structural approach” to rhinoplasty, which means we pay particular attention to preserving the important structures of the nose. The result appears more natural, and lasts a lifetime. This is a profound change in how the procedure is performed.

What are the costs, and who generally pays?

Rhinoplasty is generally considered a cosmetic procedure, therefore not covered by insurance. However, if the patient has breathing issues, the portion of their surgery to fix those concerns will be covered by insurance. Typically, this is done at the same time as the cosmetic rhinoplasty.

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