Across the country, more and more teens are looking into cosmetic surgery and choosing procedures to help them improve their own self confidence. In 2008, more than 38,000 teens underwent a plastic surgery procedure and that number continues to be on the rise. This trend is holding true in Huntington Beach as well, where teenage rhinoplasty is one of the most commonly requested procedures in Dr. Kevin Sadati’s office. It’s a procedure that teens tolerate well, and it also gives them the self confidence they need during their formative years.
Rhinoplasty Age Restrictions
It is important that teenagers and their parents sit down together to decide if this is the right procedure during this time of their lives. Dr. Kevin Sadati encourages teenagers to come with their parents to a free consultation appointment, where age restrictions, benefits and concerns can be addressed. Dr. Sadati stresses to all patients that it is crucial to wait until the nose has reached its adult size. If the surgery is done too early, the nose will continue to grow and potentially ruin all of the results of the plastic surgery procedure.
Boys are encouraged to wait until they are about 17 years old while girls are usually able to have this procedure performed by the time they are 15 or 16 years old.
Benefits of this Procedure
In addition to social benefits, there are several medical benefits to teenagers having this procedure done. For starters, their skin is able to stretch easier which allows the surgeon to restructure the nose easier. With more elasticity in their skin, the pain during the recovery process is minimized, and in general the entire recovery period is shorter. For the most part, teenagers handle this surgery better than older adults do.