Rhinoplasty & Teens
The nose is one of the most prominent and defining features of the face. It’s no wonder then that teens who are unhappy with their facial appearance often focus on their nose. In fact, rhinoplasty is one of the most common cosmetic surgery procedures performed on teens today. The teen years are often fraught with insecurities and, for teens who have a large or crooked nose, a hump on the bridge, a bulbous tip, wide nostrils or other imperfections, rhinoplasty can be a very desirable procedure. However, before committing to surgery, it’s important that teens considering rhinoplasty be carefully evaluated from both a physical and a psychological standpoint.
Are Teens Physically Ready For Rhinoplasty?
Physically, it’s important that the rhinoplasty patient’s nose has reached its adult size and is finished growing. This typically occurs around age 15 for girls. In boys, the nose usually reaches its full growth a year or two later. If surgery is performed on a nose that is very small and still growing, continued growth after surgery can negatively impact the results and even destroy them. This is why it is very important to allow the nose to reach its full growth before considering surgery. Exceptions are often made for functional nasal surgery, but it’s important to remember that any cosmetic changes made to the nose before it is fully grown may change as the nose continues to grow and future surgery may be necessary.
Being Psychologically Fit For Surgery
From a psychological standpoint, it’s important to evaluate whether teen patients are emotionally and psychologically able to handle the surgery and its impact. Choosing to undergo surgery is a big decision and one which should not be made lightly. Patients should understand that there are risks involved and they must be able to weigh the risks and the benefits. It’s important that teen patients are choosing surgery for the right reasons and not because they think it will make them more popular or change their whole life. The immediate post-operative appearance can be discouraging. Patients often experience discomfort and they may look very swollen and bruised. Teen patients must be mature enough to understand and accept this and to comply with post-operative instructions and follow-up care in order to ensure a successful result.
Dr. Robert Mounsey is a renowned otolaryngologist and facial plastic surgeon with extensive experience in rhinoplasty. He is happy to meet with younger patients and their parents to discuss the surgery and their motivations in order to determine whether the time is right for surgery or if they need to wait. To learn more about rhinoplasty in teens or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Mounsey, contact Revesse today. We are conveniently located in Toronto near North York, Brampton and Mississauga.