Is Rhinoplasty Right for Your Teen?
Is your teen asking you for a nose job? It is not uncommon, as teens become more aware of their bodies and others’ perceptions of them, for them to express an interest in plastic surgery. While many parents may initially reject these desires, it may be that under the right circumstances, a rhinoplasty can be a good choice for your teen.
There are many reasons a teen might want a nose job. They might want to remove a hump, particularly if it is the result of a previous break. They may want to adjust the shape or width of their nostrils. Some are looking to lengthen or shorten the tip of the nose. One important consideration regarding nasal surgery for your teen is that they have well-articulated and realistic goals for the operation. A teen should not undergo a rhinoplasty operation in order to be more popular or imitate a celebrity’s look. It is important for anyone considering plastic surgery to be sure that they are having the surgery for their own benefit.
Your teen’s emotional maturity is also important to consider. They should be able to understand and explain all the risks of a rhinoplasty on their own, in addition to having reasonable expectations for the outcome. They should also be well aware of the healing involved, and must be ready to be compliant with physician instructions for aftercare. You and your teen should consider these risks and benefits carefully, together with your trusted surgeon.
Physical maturity is also important. Your plastic surgeon will want to wait until a growing person’s nose is fully mature before operating. For girls, this is generally around age 15-16, while it is a little later for boys, around age 16-17. If carefully considered, a rhinoplasty can be of benefit to your teen.