A Rhinoplasty procedure is performed to correct various defects in the nose’s structure, shape and functionality. Commonly referred to as a nose job procedure, it is an outpatient procedure, which takes up to 12 months to fully recover, though results are visible after the swelling and bruising from the treatment have reduced after the first 2-3 weeks. We look at the ideal age to have a rhinoplasty.
In most cases, teens and younger adults between 16-45 years old choose to undergo this procedure so to improve their appearance. Older patients (45 years and older) can also undergo this procedure electively in combination with any other cosmetic surgery procedures to help them achieve the nasal profile and shape they wish for. The ideal age to have a rhinoplasty for procedures intended to correct medical conditions or functional breathing is not considered a cosmetic preocedure and can therefore be considered by your GP if younger than 18 years old.
With the above factors in mind, it is still worth considering the ideal age to have a rhinoplasty recommended by doctors.
Teens tend to opt for nose jobs in a bid to change their appearance. This can be in response many reason that also include bullying or lack of self confidence. These patients are often suitable for a Rhinoplasty subject to both parental and GP guidance to manage both any depression and bullying.
The main aim is to correct inherited qualities such as bumps, a drooping tip, bends or size. When thinking about going in for a rhinoplasty procedure, teenagers and their parents are required to see their family GP as well as their cosmetic surgeon before making a decision to undergo the procedure. The recommended rhinoplasty age is after one has attained physical maturity. This means that the teenager’s face should be fully developed. As such, the procedure will not pose any challenges to growth.
Rhinoplasty surgery performed where the physical maturity of facial feature has not been attained, there is an increased risk of further nasal changes after surgery, that may lead to a second rhinopalsty later in life.
Females usually attain physical maturity earlier at the age 16 onwards. Male teenagers, however, have to wait longer, as this occurs at the age of 18 onwards.
Additionally it is important to note that the ideal age to have a rhinoplasty should be after a person has also attained EMOTIONAL MATURITY. This is a permanent procedure where results cannot always be full reveresed afterwards. This means that the patient must be able to comprehend the implications of their decision. It is up to the doctor to determine whether the patient is fully matured emotionally; this may be done through a psychological evaluation by either their GP or the Rhinoplasty Surgeon.
Young adults are deemed to have attained rhinoplasty age since they have attained physical maturity. Some doctors may also recommend a psychological evaluation to ensure that the patient is ready for the procedure as well. This is to ensure that a decision to have a Rhinoplasty is not being influenced by members of your family, friends or partners.
Older adults looking to change their appearance by undergoing cosmetic surgery procedures can also include a nose job; this is because they have attained physical maturity and with it are within the rhinoplasty age bracket. This is mostly the case as most wish they would have done it earlier in life.
If you are the victim of any form or bullying or verbal abuse due to features of your nose and are still in your teenage years, it is imperative you discuss this with your parents, legal guardian and school/college before making any decision to see a Rhinoplasty Surgeon. Your GP appointment may refer you to an accredited Rhinoplasty Specialist thereafter in a responsible manner.