For years, face lifts and other major cosmetic procedures were reserved for mature men and women who were suffering from the natural effects of aging. In recent years, however, more and more young people have been pursuing cosmetic surgeries.
In the U.S., rhinoplasty is the most prevalent procedure being performed on teens. This is because rhinoplasty has both cosmetic and medical benefits, so there are some legitimate reasons for a teen to undergo the procedure other than just looks.
But how young is too young to have this procedure done?
Physical Development Considerations
The first thing your doctor will be concerned about when it comes to rhinoplasty is whether or not your nose is finished developing at the time of surgery. It doesn’t make sense to undergo a transformative surgery of the nose, only for it to keep growing for several more years, possibly changing the finished look altogether, necessitating further corrective surgeries.
For girls, the nose is generally done developing around age 15 or 16, and for boys it’s usually done around 16 or 17.
The second important factor is your emotional maturity. If the look of your nose has been plaguing you throughout your life, and you have wanted to have the procedure done for years, you may well be ready.
However, those who are looking for a quick fix to make them popular or to fix all of their self-confidence issues may be disappointed by the final result. Rhinoplasty can successfully remove humps in the bridge of the nose, fix crooked noses and even reduce the size of the nose, but it cannot transform your entire life overnight.
Teens and young adults who are considering rhinoplasty should take time with their doctor and parents to discuss the emotional implications that come surgery.
If you wish to pursue rhinoplasty, take time to schedule a consultation with Dr. Shumway, who has performed may rhinoplasty procedures with excellent results. During your complimentary consultation, he will make recommendations based on your age, current development, shape of the nose and functional breathing.
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