At Top Rhinoplasty Physicians, we recognize the fact that because rhinoplasty is such a popular procedure, there are likely to be people of all ages interested in this surgery. Teenagers are no exception. Rhinoplasty is by far the most common cosmetic surgical procedure performed on teenagers in Southern California. Thousands of adolescents and teenagers undergo rhinoplasty surgery each and every year in California. Whether you are a teen considering this cosmetic surgery, or you are a parent who is interested in more information, it is important to schedule a consultation with an expert rhinoplasty surgeon specializing in teen rhinoplasty.
Dr. Kevin Sadati is one the leading facial plastic surgeons in southern California who provides comprehensive consultation and computer imaging to help teenagers and their parents to understand both functional and cosmetic aspect of nasal surgery. He will address parents concerns regarding the safety and the surgical risks, as well as teen’s desired nose. It is important to realize that teen cosmetic and functional nasal surgery, when performed by an experienced board-certified facial plastic surgeon, is safer and carries less risk. As Dr. Sadati says “A good rhinoplasty is the one that provides aesthetically pleasing nose with excellent breathing functions. A nasal cosmetic surgery that creates a good looking nose with compromised breathing function is a bad nose job.”
It is important to note that there is a minimum age for both boys and girls in order to have a rhinoplasty surgery performed. A rhinoplasty cannot be performed on a nose that is still growing, so a facial plastic surgeon specializing in nose surgery has to evaluate the teen in order to see if the procedure can be performed. It is imperative that teenagers and adolescents who want to have a cosmetic nose surgery to wait until their faces have completed developmental process before their rhinoplasty. Most expert rhinoplasty surgeons recommend for girls to wait until they reaching the minimum age of 15. For boys, the minimum requirement of age is 17, because boys facial bone and nose continue to grow later into their teenage years. It may come as a surprise to most people, but it is actually more common for boys to have a rhinoplasty surgery than for girls.
There are several benefits to having this procedure performed during the teenage years. For one, a teen’s skin is more flexible and will be able to adjust to the rhinoplasty easier. Also, a rhinoplasty procedure that gives a teenager a nose they can be proud of will help them boost their own self confidence and show their inner beauty. This is a time in their lives when they need to be confident and happy, and a teen rhinoplasty that gives them a better self-image will certainly help them achieve that.
If the surgery is performed during the school year, a teen will have to take about a week off of school in order to rest and recover. However, because of the short recovery time, a teenage student could have this procedure performed during one of the scheduled school breaks. A teenager who plays contact sports will have to refrain from participating in practices and games for at least four weeks, in order to protect their face during the rhinoplasty recovery process. Therefore, summer is a good time for them to have this procedure performed.