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My Teen Wants Rhinoplasty: What Do I Need to Know?

Rhinoplasty is the most popular cosmetic surgery treatment for teens. Parents of teens considering the procedure often have questions. They worry about their teen and want to help guide their child through this complicated surgical decision. This parent’s guide will guide you and your teen through the rhinoplasty decision process. If you have any questions that aren’t addressed here, contact our offices and schedule an in-person consultation where you and your teen can meet with Dr. Sajjadian to decide the best next step.

What’s the Best Age for Rhinoplasty?

Many teens with problem noses opt for rhinoplasty during the teenage years. This gives them the opportunity to head into adulthood with confidence and/or to correct breathing problems while still on their parent’s insurance policies. Rhinoplasty is best completed once the nose reaches its full adult size (girls 16, boys 17-18).

Is My Teen Ready for Rhinoplasty?

While the physical size of the nose is an important consideration, it is also important to make sure your teen is emotionally ready and mature enough for surgery. Talk with your teen extensively and see where they are at. Dr. Sajjadian will also talk with your teen during your consultation to gauge their readiness for surgery. If you’re looking for a good starting point to talk with your teen about rhinoplasty, try these questions:

  • Why do you want surgery?
  • What results do you hope to achieve?
  • How will rhinoplasty change your life?

Teens who think rhinoplasty will make them more popular or that surgery will transform everything, may not be ready for surgery.

Special Concerns for Teens of Ethnic Heritage

Choosing your surgeon carefully is important for all rhinoplasties, but even more so for teens with a non-Caucasian heritage. Patients of Middle Eastern, Hispanic, African, and East Asian descent often have different nasal structures and unique facial features. A skilled hand is needed to carefully create a nose that will be complementary to the other facial features while retaining functionality. Dr. Sajjadian is one of only a few triple board-certified plastic surgeons and specializes in nose surgeries, including ethnic rhinoplasty.

What Are My Non-Surgical Options?

If your teen isn’t yet ready for surgery, they do still have options. Dr. Sajjadian is highly skilled in non-invasive nasal correction, a type of nasal correction that uses non-permanent fillers instead of surgery. While this technique isn’t permanent like surgery, it’s a good option for those who aren’t yet ready for surgery or who don’t have the time to spend recovering. You can enhance your nose without rhinoplasty.

If your teen is ready for rhinoplasty, see Dr. Sajjadian and take that next step.