Teenage Nose Surgery
What is the earliest age for rhinoplasty?
There are no specific guidelines for the minimum age for rhinoplasty. Dr. William Portuese, a Seattle rhinoplasty surgeon, does not perform rhinoplasty on girls under the age of 15 or boys under the age of 16. He does this to ensure that the face skeleton has reached the end of its growing period. Dr. Portuese customizes each nose to fit the individual’s features. As a result, it is preferable to wait until one’s face has finished growing. A portion of the septum serves as a growth center for the nose. Before the face growth cycles end, this area should not be surgically disrupted unless absolutely required.
What are the concerns for teenage rhinoplasty?
Some claim that an adolescent is not mature enough to make decisions that may affect their appearance. This decision should be made with the consent of both the parents and the child. This is required for minors (those under the age of 18).
What are the advantages of rhinoplasty for teenagers?
Rhinoplasty can dramatically improve a teenager’s self-esteem and change the way they see themselves. A big nose can detract from facial characteristics like the eyes. A Septo-Rhinoplasty can also improve respiratory function, which can improve sleep, exercise, reduce infection frequency, and increase general quality of life.