One of the most common cosmetic procedures among American teens is rhinoplasty, otherwise known as a nose job. This outpatient procedure is either complex or simple, depending on what the individual wants to change their nose. If your teen wants a nose job, be sure to discuss the following information with them.
Who can get a nose job?
Throughout the teenage years, the nose continues to grow until it reaches its adult size. For girls, this is age 15 or 16. For boys, it is a year or so later. If your teen is below this age limit, they need to wait a few years before their nose has fully developed.
What are the types of rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty can adjust some nose-related issues. It can remove a nose hump, create a straighter bridge, reshape the tip of the nose, change nostril size, enhance airways, or make the nose larger or smaller. Nose jobs can be done to alter your appearance or for medical reasons. For instance, some may need a rhinoplasty to repair a cartilage problem.
What are the risks?
As with any cosmetic procedure, there are always risks involved. But ensuring you have a doctor with the proper experience and credentials can minimize these. Risks of rhinoplasty include: numbing, nose bleeds, infection, need for a second operation, swelling, or scarring.
Speak with your doctor
If your teen is interested in getting a nose job and they are of the proper age, arrange a consultation with your doctor. During this consultation, you, your teen, and the doctor can have a frank discussion about the expectations, benefits, and risks of a nose job. Be sure your doctor takes the time to discuss these important topics with your teen. If your teen thinks that getting a nose job will suddenly make them more popular, they are too immature for this procedure and should wait.
Schedule a consultation
Schedule an appointment with Dr. Samuel Lin today to discuss if a nose job is right for your teen. You can contact our office at 617.632.7827. We look forward to hearing from you and addressing your questions!