SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS IN TEEN RHINOPLASTY
We are constantly being bombarded with glamorous pictures of film and TV stars who look fabulous no matter where they are. On the beach, at a film première, or at a nightclub, these women are always in the spotlight. And the largest group of people who see these pictures and want to look the same are teenage girls.
It has actually come to the point where teens are asking for nose jobs because their Facebook profile is not to their liking. If it doesn’t look like Angelina Jolie or Jennifer Aniston, their profile, to the teen, is ugly. They believe that the only answer to their ‘problem’ is to change their appearance. Sometimes this may be warranted, other times it may not.
If a teenager has difficulty breathing because of a misshapen nose, then rhinoplasty may be the way to go. After a complete examination of the nose by a specialist the decision can be made as to whether the surgery is really necessary. If the only reason for a rhinoplasty is for cosmetic enhancement, more considerations must be addressed.
Rhinoplasty is the number one plastic surgery done for teens. It is popular for many reasons, and it can address many different problems. As the nose does not mature until the teen is about sixteen, this procedure should not be undertaken before that age. If performed too early and the nose continues to grow, the results may be compromised. It’s also essential that a teen’s emotional and psychological maturity be taken into account. Teens must be seeking rhinoplasty for the right reasons and they must be emotionally mature enough to handle the impact of surgery as well as the recovery.
Common Reasons for Rhinoplasty:
- To address an injury to the nose
- To remove a noticeable bump on the bridge of the nose
- To make the nose larger or smaller
- To straighten the bridge of the nose
- To open breathing passages
- To refine the tip of the nose
The teenager, the parents, and the surgeon must take every caution when dealing with a teen rhinoplasty, and they must go into detail about every aspect of the surgery. To learn more about rhinoplasty in teens, contact renowned facial plastic surgeon Dr. Kyle Choe of The Choe Center for Facial Plastic Surgery in Virginia Beach, Virginia, at 757.389.5850.