Rhinoplasty: Candidacy & Teen Safety

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Rhinoplasty is among the five most popular plastic surgery procedures performed in the United States, with more than 200,000 procedures performed in 2013 alone. During the procedure, a plastic surgeon sculpts the cartilage and bone of the nose to achieve a patient’s desired look. For men and women who are unhappy with the size and shape of their nose, rhinoplasty, otherwise known as nose reshaping surgery or a “nose job,” offers a safe, effective, and time-tested cosmetic solution. When performed by an experienced, skilled cosmetic surgeon, rhinoplasty can greatly improve the balance of facial features, helping patients discover new found confidence. Rhinoplasty can also be used to correct structural defects, including those that cause breathing problems.

If you have considered undergoing rhinoplasty, there are a few important things to consider. Here you can learn more about the procedure, its costs, the possible risks and benefits, and much more.

Candidacy

The majority of individuals who undergo nose reshaping surgery are dissatisfied with the appearance of their noses and wish to improve the proportions of their facial features. A smaller percentage of rhinoplasty candidates are patients who deal with discomfort or breathing difficulties due to structural abnormalities or previous nose injuries. The optimal candidates for rhinoplasty are in good general health, understand the risks associated with surgery, and have realistic expectations regarding the surgery results.

A good candidate for nose-reshaping cosmetic surgery may:

  • Have a wide nose
  • Have a nasal tip that droops, protrudes, or is enlarged
  • Have a bulbous tip
  • Have nostrils that are excessively flared or pinched
  • Have a nose that is crooked or off-center
  • Have been injured so that the nose is asymmetrical
  • Have problems breathing due to irregularities with internal nose structure (i.e. a deviated septum or related problems)

Teen Safety 

Rhinoplasty is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries among teenagers. It is important for teenage patients and their surgeons to consider whether or not nose reshaping is an appropriate cosmetic surgery option. Doctors should ensure that the decision to undergo rhinoplasty is the patient’s own choice, rather than the result of peer or parental pressure. Regardless of the reason for surgery, doctors recommend that girls wait until age 14 or 15, and that boys wait a few additional years to undergo rhinoplasty. By this time, the nose should have finished growing.

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