Teenage Rhinoplasty

Teenage rhinoplasty: is there a minimum age for a nose job?

At what age can you access nose surgery? Do you have to be of legal age for a rhinoplasty? What are the differences between nasal surgery in adults and in adolescents? How much does teenage rhinoplasty cost? These more than legitimate curiosities are very common among teens who don’t like their somatic traits and, consequently, among their worried parents.

We know that adolescence is a peculiar age. During this critical but fruitful period, young people have the opportunity to explore and accept their personality, values, and physical appearance. However, a 15-16 year old may have a hard time living with a disproportionate, ungraceful nose that they don’t like.

Because of its central position, the nose is the protagonist of the face and decisive for its harmony. Hence the close connection between its shape and what we identify and perceive as our identity. It is therefore not uncommon for young people to turn to the surgeon at the mercy of fears and curiosities.

In this article we want to clarify some doubts regarding adolescent nasal surgery, regardless of the aesthetic and/or functional nature of its main objectives. We will also discuss what to expect when looking at photos of teenage nose job before and after.

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Rhinoplasty in minors: motivations and preliminary evaluations

Given the premises, it is not surprising that many boys and girls turn to the surgeon with the request for a nose job at 15-16 years, if not earlier. However, when a minor asks for a nasal plastic, the specialist will have to make a series of even more complex assessments than with adult patients.

  • On the one hand, he has to consider the psychology and awareness of the young patients: what is behind the request for a nose job at 17-18 or earlier? Especially today, with the role played by social media in the perception of our image, boys and girls must understand that aesthetic perfection is an aleatory and unrealistic concept. The result of teen rhinoplasty depends on individual characteristics such as anatomy, skin type, and so on.
  • On the other hand, the surgeon has to assess various aspects to prevent undesired consequences. For instance, it is better for the bone structure to have completed its development before surgery.

Before operating, the surgeon must see and evaluate the young patient at least 2-3 times. The simulations should be as realistic as possible to help them metabolize the new profile and face, preventing a possible post-operative shock.

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Teenagers and surgery: what is the ideal age for rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is undoubtedly in the Top 5 of the reasons why minors consult the surgeon. Although there is no absolute minimum age for this surgical procedure, the developmental period requires specific precautions. Preliminary anatomical assessments must consider the differences between the structure and development of the male and female nose. According to the data available in medical literature, this essential breathing and sense organ reaches 90% of its development:

  • within 13-14 years for girls,
  • around 15-16 years for boys.

So, what is the minimum age for nasal surgery? In general, it is recommended to wait until patients have at least:

  • 15 years to operate on the male nose (rhinoplasty for boys);
  • 14 years for the female nose (rhinoplasty for girls).

Nose job at 15-16 years: when to operate a teenager

When the defect has objective confirmation, and the dissatisfaction does not depend on a distorted perception of one’s image, it is legitimate to contact the surgeon. So, when is it possible and advisable to operate a minor? The surgeon is generally inclined to perform rhinoplasty in adolescents:

  • In case of health problems or severe dysfunctions (pronounced deviations of the nasal septum or congenital dysmorphism);
  • To relieve or resolve a strong psychological discomfort associated with the physical imperfections (pronounced hump, drooping tip, asymmetries, etc.).

Parental consent is essential for performing teenage rhinoplasty. However, it is the surgeon who must assess the anatomical development and psychological maturity of the patient. So, the last word lies with the specialist.

Getting a nose job at 17-18: when it’s better to wait a few years

In evaluating the request for nasal plasty in minors, the surgeon will have to use all his experience. Only the specialist can decide whether to operate on the adolescent or postpone. Sometimes, it may be advisable to postpone the surgical procedure for a few years, especially:

  • when the young patient has unrealistic expectations or labile motivations;
  • if the anatomical development is still in progress;
  • if the results risk not being consistent with expectations;
  • when the complained aesthetic defects are barely perceptible.

The surgeon will have to investigate the motivations, anxieties, and points of view of the young patient. He’d better act in collaboration with the parents, applying all of his wisdom and patience. In case of doubt, the surgeon should advise them to wait a few years and get their nose job after coming of age.

Teenage rhinoplasty: frequent doubts

In addition to the minimum age, teens frequently ask other questions to the surgeon. Let’s briefly answer the main doubts about nose jobs at 15-16 and nose jobs at 17-18.

Will I have to be operated on again when I’m older?

This risk decreases the more experienced, attentive, and dedicated the surgeon is. It is precisely to spare the young patient a second surgical procedure that we are so strict and thorough about preliminary evaluations. Secondary rhinoplasty is always a more complex operation than primary: therefore, sometimes it may be advisable to wait a few years for the teenage nose job.

Will I recognize myself after the surgery?

Again, the surgeon’s eye, hand, and mind make the difference. Rhinoplasty in adolescents, as well as in adults, is not intended to alter the features but to bring harmony. We do not want to reach an unrealistic ideal of beauty: we want to correct imperfections while respecting individual anatomical and psychological characteristics. We propose simulations to present the patient with the new aspect of his/her profile and face: for this reason, we aim to make them as realistic as possible. By helping the patient to metabolize the changes, we prevent post-operative shocks.

When can I resume sports after surgery?

After teenage rhinoplasty, the structures need some time to settle down. So the patient must observe 2-3 weeks of complete rest before resuming sports activities. Therefore:

  • About three weeks after surgery, the patient can return to moderate physical exercise, slowly increasing the intensity;
  • It is advisable to wait at least two to six months for contact sports and all activities with a potential risk of trauma (depending on individual assessments and indications).

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Rinoplastica negli adolescenti: dubbi frequenti

Oltre a interrogarsi sull’età minima per la rinoplastica, gli adolescenti che si rivolgono al chirurgo si pongono tipicamente alcune domande. cerchiamo di rispondere in breve ai principali dubbi sulla rinoplastica a minorenni (dai 15-16 anni).

Dovrò essere operato un'altra volta quando sarò più grande?

Se ci si rivolge a un chirurgo di esperienza, scrupoloso e con una forte etica del lavoro, questo rischio è minimizzato. È proprio per evitare al giovane paziente di dover essere operato più di una volta che il chirurgo indaga così a fondo le sue motivazioni e valuta attentamente lo sviluppo anatomico. La rinoplastica secondaria è un’operazione sempre più complessa rispetto alla prima: ecco perché in alcuni casi è preferibile aspettare qualche anno e rifarsi il naso a 18 anni.

Mi riconoscerò ancora dopo l’intervento?

Anche in questo caso, a fare la differenza sono l’occhio, la mano e la mente del chirurgo. La rinoplastica negli adolescenti, così come negli adulti, non ha lo scopo di alterare i lineamenti della persona, quanto piuttosto di armonizzarli. Non vogliamo raggiungere un ideale il realistico di bellezza, ma vogliamo correggere delle imperfezioni nel rispetto delle caratteristiche anatomiche e psicologiche della persona. Le simulazioni proposte hanno proprio lo scopo di presentare al paziente il nuovo aspetto del suo naso e del suo viso: per questo motivo puntiamo a realizzarle nel modo più realistico possibile, così da accompagnare il paziente nel metabolizzare i cambiamenti, evitando ogni possibile shock post operatorio.

Quando posso riprendere l'attività sportiva dopo la chirurgia?

Dopo l’operazione occorre osservare 2-3 settimane di riposo completo prima di riprendere l’attività sportiva per dare tempo alle strutture di assestarsi. Quindi:

  • è possibile riprendere un’attività sportiva leggera a intensità crescente circa 3 settimane dopo la rinoplastica;
  • per gli sport di contatto e per tutte le attività che presentano un potenziale rischio di traumi, è invece consigliabile attendere almeno due-sei mesi (a seconda delle valutazioni individuali).

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