Rhinoplasty commonly referred to as a nose job, is the most common cosmetic surgery procedure among U.S. teens. A nose job is typically an outpatient surgery where you can go home the same day. Teens should never have a nose job until their nose has fully grown to its adult size. This usually occurs by age 16 for girls, and slightly later for boys.
The types of Rhinoplasty
There are many ways a nose job can be accomplished. These include: making the nose more in proportion with the face, getting rid of a hump, realigning the bridge, decreasing or increasing nostril size, widening the breathing passage, or fixing the nose following an injury.
The role of parents and guardians
Open and honest communication between parents and teens is vital to ensuring the success of a rhinoplasty operation. Prior to surgery, parents should arrange a conversation between themselves, their teen, and the doctor to discuss the benefits and risks. The doctor will make sure the teen is mature enough to handle the operation and has a realistic understanding of the results. If a teen thinks that getting a nose job will magically change their life, they are not mature enough. This meeting will give the teen the opportunity to share their goals, concerns, and hopes in relation to rhinoplasty.
Teens should understand that it will take some time before they see the full and final results of a nose job. Following surgery, the head must be elevated for one day. Swelling and pain will develop but can be diminished using medication and a cold compress. It could take weeks before the redness and swelling go down. This is a normal part of the healing process but can sometimes be discouraging to a teen who is impatient.
Schedule a consultation
If your teen is serious about getting a nose job, speak with them about their choice. Arrange a consultation with Bay Area Laser Cosmetic Surgery Center. This consultation will help you determine if a nose job is a right choice. Call us today at 510-724-8282 (Pinole) or 415-461-5755 (Larkspur).