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.
As one of the leading Orange County plastic surgeons, Dr. Michael Niccole founded and is the Medical Director of CosmetiCare Plastic Surgery Center & MedSpa. Since opening the doors in 1982, he has turned CosmetiCare into one of the most successful multi-specialty cosmetic rejuvenation centers in Southern California.
Dr. Niccole has extensive experience and a refined technique in performing many cosmetic and reconstructive procedures. His skills as a surgeon and the positive results seen on thousands of satisfied patients have helped him create recognition for CosmetiCare around the world receiving patients from Germany, Italy, France, England, Australia, Israel, Costa Rica, and a host of other countries.
Dedicated to his work as a plastic surgeon, Orange County resident Dr. Niccole loves helping people, and it shows with every patient he sees. He has been honored over the years for his abilities as a surgeon and his countless humanitarian efforts. The MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association) chose him as their “Man of the Year” in 2008 for his continued humanitarian efforts dedicated to reconstructing lives for children and adults through donated plastic surgery.
Dr. Niccole was honored at one of the MDA’s Gala fundraiser, “Gift of Hope”. He was selected by the Consumer’s Research Council of America as one of the TOP PLASTIC SURGEONS IN AMERICA and included in the “Guide to America’s Top Plastic Surgeons”. CosmetiCare was voted one of the “Best Plastic Surgery Centers in Orange County” (multiple times) by The Orange County Register’s “Peoples’ Choice” and published in its guide “The Best of Orange County.”