Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty)

Performing Rhinoplasty for Younger Patients


Requests for rhinoplasty in Orange County on younger patients are very common. It’s hard being a teenager, especially if you’re feeling self-conscious about your appearance. Parents and teens alike often want to know, how young is too young?

Performing nasal surgery on younger patients is not a new idea. There’s a difference, though, in whether the surgery is being performed for medical or cosmetic reasons. Surgical procedures which are necessary in order to ensure proper nasal function may be necessary at any age. However, it’s important to take extra precautions in order to ensure that the structural support necessary for ongoing nasal growth is not compromised.

For cosmetic-based rhinoplasty in Orange County, it’s necessary to wait until the full growth of the nose has been achieved. Normally, this occurs around age 15, although the age itself is not an absolute and does vary among individuals. Operating prior to full growth being reached can have an adverse impact as these younger teens reach adulthood. Since the goal of rhinoplasty is to create a balanced aesthetic, the hard work can be undone if the nose continues to grow after the procedure is completed. With more growth, the carefully created proportions will be skewed, necessitating additional procedures to repair this imbalance.

When it comes to rhinoplasty, it’s really better to wait rather than risk sub-par results or multiple surgeries. Teens are also particularly susceptible to peer pressure, and may want surgery for the wrong reasons. Emotional maturity as well as physical maturity is a necessary component for a successful rhinoplasty. Once both have been achieved, it’s time to come in for a consultation.

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