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What is the Best Age for Rhinoplasty?

When your nose is out of proportion with the rest of your face or when it lacks the desired appearance, rhinoplasty is often the best option. Noses aren’t easily hidden and are one of the prominent features. This is especially problematic for children and teens, anxious to undergo surgery and embrace their new look.  How long do they need to wait before rhinoplasty is appropriate?

Teens and Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty is the most common cosmetic surgery performed on American teens. In 2013 this procedure was performed on more than 30,000 teens. While rhinoplasty can safely be performed teenage patients, it isn’t always the right time. Working closely with a trusted cosmetic surgeon is essential in determining if the timing is right. Here are some factors to consider:

  • Wait Until the Nose is Grown– Teens should wait until their nose reaches its adult size before they undergo rhinoplasty surgery. Females typically achieve this at a younger age than male patients. Girls are typically ready for rhinoplasty at 15 or 16 (sometimes earlier) while boys are usually ready about a year later at 16 or 17.
  • Maturity Matters– Size of the nose isn’t the only aspect to consider when thinking about teenage rhinoplasty. It is also important to make sure the prospective patient is sufficiently mature for surgery. Rhinoplasty is a permanent surgical procedure. Teens considering rhinoplasty need to choose the procedure for the correct reasons and to have realistic expectations for after the surgery. Rhinoplasty can change the look of your nose, but it isn’t going to change how you feel about yourself deep down.
  • Consider Non-Invasive Nasal Correction– In some cases non-invasive nasal correction (using various fillers to improve the shape and contours of the nose) can be an effective option for those not yet ready for surgical rhinoplasty. This technique isn’t permanent, but can give stunning results in about 15 minutes with no recovery time.

Rhinoplasty in Adult Patients

The teenage years aren’t the only time to consider rhinoplasty. Adults often undergo this procedure as well both to correct aesthetic problems and to resolve nasal obstructive issues. In 2013 more than 168,000 nose reshaping procedures were performed on adults between the ages of 20 and 54. Rhinoplasty is quite uncommon in patients 55+.

Revision Rhinoplasty

For adults that have undergone a previous rhinoplasty surgery, but not yet achieved the desired results, rhinoplasty revision is an option to consider. Many patients feel frustrated at the prospect of another surgery and worry they will be able to achieve the results they want.

Dr. Sajjadian is a highly skilled rhinoplasty revision specialist and uses his years of experience to address aesthetic and breathing issues in patients with previous nose surgeries. His triple board certification gives him a unique range of skills that are particularly useful when performing this challenging surgical procedure.

Is now the right time for your rhinoplasty? Come see Dr. Sajjadian and find out. Contact us today!