Q) My 15-year-old daughter has been asking for a nose job. I, however, do not feel it is appropriate for someone her age to have such a serious cosmetic procedure. What are the risks of a teen having this kind of surgery?
A) Risks for cosmetic rhinoplasty in a teenager can be divided into two groups: the physical complications of the surgery and the psychological complications. The physical complications of the surgery are the same as complications that can occur with any rhinoplasty procedure, including failure to correct the deformity, collection of blood in the skin, infection in the skin or trouble breathing afterwards, just to name a few. The psychological component may be different in a teen depending on the maturity of the teen. If they are not fully psychologically developed, they may not be able to withstand the psychological changes that occur in having such surgery. The self-image will change as well as changes in appearance and their relationship with peers and how they think of themselves. Therefore, it is very important to consider both of these factors and make sure that a patient in the younger age group is mature enough and psychologically ready to undergo rhinoplasty. If not, it is wise to delay the procedure for a few years.