"Nose job" or rhinoplasty is the most common cosmetic procedure done among the teens in America. Teenage rhinoplasty is mostly done to improve the appearance of the nose, the size and shape of which is very important with regard to one’s facial appearance and self-image. Occasionally rhinoplasty is also provided for medical reasons, for instance, to correct a problem with the cartilage that divides one nostril from the other, or to improve breathing.
Clear Communication with the Plastic Surgeon is Vital
There should be excellent communication between the teenage patient and the chosen plastic surgeon. A good surgeon always makes sure that the teenager is undergoing the treatment for the right reasons. Another important consideration is their age. Nose surgery can be performed only after the nose has reached its adult size. This is usually 15 to 16 years of age for a female, and 16 – 17 years of age for males.
Reasons for Undergoing Rhinoplasty
The most common reasons why teenagers opt for a nose surgery include the following.
- Reshape the nasal tip
- Remove a hump
- Straighten a bridge
- Correct the nose after an injury
- Increase or reduce the size of the nostrils
- Improve breathing
Summer is the Ideal Time to Undergo a Teen Nose Job
In the US, summer would be the ideal time to undergo a nose job as teens would get ample time to recuperate and relax. Since some time is required for the swelling to subside and the final results to become visible, teens are usually advised to have the procedure done at the beginning of summer so that they get sufficient time to recover before going back to school.
The ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons) has no formal position on plastic surgery for teenagers. However, parental consent is mandatory for all plastic surgery procedures performed on teens below 18 years of age. They advise parents to evaluate their teenager’s physical and emotional maturity when undergoing plastic/cosmetic procedures including nose surgery procedures. Moreover, the guidance of a board-certified plastic surgeon is vital to handle individual cases.
Nose reshaping is popular among teenagers because of the facial enhancement and improved self-esteem it ensures. When a misshapen nose is corrected, teens gain self-esteem and confidence. They will find it easier to interact with others in the society and lead normal lives.
It is important that teenagers and their parents understand that plastic surgery, like other surgical procedures carries some amount of risk. It is important that teens maintain realistic expectations regarding the results that can be achieved.