Everyone wants to feel good about themselves, and the definition of beauty is different for everyone. To achieve their ideal, some focus on flawless skin, a fit physique, or a bright smile. But more than 213,000 Americans opt for rhinoplasty to create the look they’ve always wanted — and 14% of those are teenagers.
The reason for the nose job’s popularity among the younger crowd may be due to the advanced technology and availability of plastic surgery procedures. Or maybe it’s a byproduct of social media and the constant emphasis on selfies and public image. And, of course, many undergo rhinoplasty to solve breathing problems.
Whatever the reasons, children and teens these days have the same concerns about bumps, wide nostrils, and hooked noses as adults do. And the fact is that people are getting nose jobs early in their lives — but what age is the right age?
If you’re a teen — or if you have a teen — interested in rhinoplasty, Dr. Michael Macdonald at Aesthetic Surgery Center can guide you through the process and help you understand the reasons age matters and how to manage your expectations. Here’s what you need to know.
Can children have rhinoplasty?
Children shouldn’t undergo rhinoplasty because they’re still growing, and so are their noses. Once a person has stopped growing, nose surgery is safe and effective. Every individual is different, but in general, girls can be considered candidates for rhinoplasty around age 15 or 16 and boys a year or two after that.
What do teens need to know about rhinoplasty?
Teens, like all rhinoplasty patients, should understand some critical aspects about the procedure before going in. Here are some things especially important for teens considering a nose job.
Manage your expectations
Rhinoplasty changes the shape of your nose, but it doesn’t change who you are. Adolescents who have unrealistic body goals or who think plastic surgery can stop others from bullying should think twice about rhinoplasty.
While Dr. Macdonald can help people of all ages gain confidence in their appearance, you should not expect anything beyond that. Talking openly and honestly with Dr. Macdonald about what your goals are and how you’re feeling throughout the process gives you the best results — physically and emotionally.
Know what’s involved
Dr. Macdonald is one of the leading plastic surgeons in the Bay Area, and his results are amazing. But surgery is still surgery, and you should be prepared for the physical and time demands of the procedure.
Depending on the extent of your nose job, your surgery could last as little as one hour or as long as four hours. When it’s over, you can expect to feel some discomfort and see some bruising and swelling. In most cases, Dr. Macdonald splints your nose to maintain proper positioning while healing occurs — for up to a week. You also shouldn’t wear glasses during this recovery time.
Most teens can’t take a full week off of school without suffering academically, so it’s a good idea to schedule the procedure in the summer.
Is there an upper age limit on rhinoplasty?
If you want to change the shape or functionality of your nose, your age doesn’t matter, but your health does. After you’ve completed the stage of early growth, you can have rhinoplasty anytime during your life as long as your body is up to it. Dr. Macdonald makes sure you’re healthy enough before he greenlights your procedure. You may not be a good candidate if you have:
- Heart disease
- Bleeding issues
- Lung problems
If you’ve always wanted to do something about your nose but haven’t been able to until later in life, talk to Dr. Macdonald about your options.
If you have more questions about rhinoplasty or are ready to schedule a consultation with Dr. Macdonald, call us or request an appointment online today — it’s (almost) never too early or too late.