The nose is the focal point of a person’s face, and when a teen feels uncomfortable with their nose it can have a devastating effect on the person. A nose is a huge part of a first impression, and for teenagers, a large part of their social circles and peer groups depend on having self confidence and a positive body image. For this and other reasons, many Newport Beach teenagers and their parents opt to have a teenage rhinoplasty procedure done. In fact, these procedures are on the rise. In 2008, more than 38,000 teens went in for cosmetic surgery.
However, it is important that parents consider their child’s age before agreeing to have this cosmetic procedure done. In a free consultation appointment, Dr. Kevin Sadati often sits down with patients and their parents to explain the importance of waiting until the nose is mature before performing the surgery. For girls, their noses are mature by age 15 or 16. For boys, their noses are not mature until closer to 17 or 18 years old. Dr. Sadati will help patients determine whether or not they are ready for this procedure.
If a rhinoplasty is performed on a patient that is too young, the chances of revision increase dramatically because the nose continues to grow and can hamper with the surgical work that was done.
Benefits of this Procedure
In addition to helping teens gain self confidence and improve their body image, chances are high that they will tolerate this surgery better than an older person. Teenage skin has a lot of elasticity which makes it easier for the surgeon to restructure the nose. Typically, teens do not have as difficult of a recovery as older patients and the results are known for lasting a longer time when the surgery is done sooner rather than later.