According to statistics rhinoplasty is the most commonly requested facial surgical procedure for both men and women. In the age of social media, it’s no surprise that it’s becoming more popular among teens who are looking to improve their self -image. Undergoing this procedure during teenage years is a big decision but can have a very positive impact on the patient’s confidence and self-esteem. There are a few important considerations to keep in mind when considering a teenage rhinoplasty. At the CENTER for Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Beverly Hills, expert surgeon Dr. Babak Azizzadeh specializes in teen rhinoplasty, customizing each surgery to fit each patient’s individual needs.
How young is too young for a rhinoplasty?
There isn’t a specific age that makes teens eligible for a rhinoplasty, but rather where they are in terms of their physical and emotional development. As with any elective surgical procedure, the patient needs to be mature and in a stable and positive state of mind in order to promote the best possible outcome. If the patient is under 18, the teen, the surgeon, and their parents need to have a healthy discussion and interact quite a bit leading up to the surgery, which can add a level of complexity. Dr, Azizzadeh takes great care to take the physical development of his teen patients into consideration because the patient’s nose needs to have reached its adult size before surgically altering it. Operating too early does not allow the nose to fully develop, and therefore can lead to an undesired result. Be weary of opinions to operate at an early age and address any developmental concerns with your surgeon during the consultation.
Timing is everything!
It’s important to consider the timing of teen rhinoplasty for many reasons. School and extra-curricular activities often create very full schedules for teens. Additionally, many teens prefer to keep their surgery private and don’t want to return to school looking markedly different. For these reasons, a lot of teen patients choose to plan their rhinoplasty after they graduate high school and before they begin college. This transition period seems to lend itself well to provide plenty of time to recuperate, and leave patients feeling confident and ready to take on college life.
Selecting the right rhinoplasty surgeon
It’s important to do a lot of research when choosing a surgeon for a teen rhinoplasty. Ask about the physician’s credentials and experience to make sure that they are well trained and specialize in rhinoplasty procedures. It’s also important to make sure that the surgeon’s philosophy aligns with your own. Dr. Azizzadeh recommends getting multiple opinions so that you can compare different recommendations. Finally, it’s important to find a surgeon whose goal is to provide a natural result.
Schedule your teenage rhinoplasty consultation today!
If you are looking for a teen rhinoplasty expert who specializes in achieving a natural outcome, contact Dr. Azizzadeh at The CENTER for Facial Plastic Surgery (310) 657-2203 to schedule your consultation.