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According to the 2010 American Society of Plastic Surgeons report, the number one cosmetic procedure among teens was rhinoplasty, making up 45% of all teen plastic surgery procedures. More than 35,000 teens got nose jobs in 2010.
Since the nose is at the center of your face, it naturally attracts a lot of attention, and it is hard to miss when you look in the mirror. As a result, the shape and size of the nose seem to have a more negative effect on self-image than any other physical attribute. This is one of the leading reasons that nose jobs are highly requested by teens, as well as adults.
Before surgery, Dr. Azizzadeh will hold a consultation with a prospective teenage rhinoplasty patient. It is important that Dr. Azizzadeh understands the young patient’s reasons for wanting to undergo nose surgery, as well as their goals for the procedure.
Honest communication between the teenage patient, their parents and Dr. Azizzadeh is of utmost importance throughout the entire process. Dr. Azizzadeh always makes sure the teen wants surgery for the right reasons.
While some teenage patients seek a rhinoplasty in order fix functional issues, such as breathing issues or to repair a deviate septum, others want to improve the shape of their nose to improve their self-esteem. With the help of Dr. Azizzadeh’s surgical expertise, young rhinoplasty patients can achieve the nose they want and avoid years of self-image problems or emotional distress.
Common teen rhinoplasty procedures address the following:
- Remove a hump
- Straighten a bridge
- Reshape the tip
- Increase or decrease the size of the nostrils
- Correct the nose after an injury
- Open breathing passages
- Increase or decrease the size of the nose
Rhinoplasty should not be performed until the nose has reached its adult size. This is typically achieved at age 15 or 16 years old for females and 16 to 17 years old for males.
The best time for a teen to undergo rhinoplasty surgery is often during the summer when they have plenty of time to recuperate and relax. Additionally, since it takes a few months for swelling to go down and the final results to become visible, having nose surgery at the beginning of summer provides the patient with adequate time to recover before going back to school and seeing all of their friends and classmates. To find out what to expect from your initial consultation, contact us today.
Before and After Teenage Rhinoplasty Pictures
You can also read our blog post on teenage plastic surgery.