According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, or ASPS, plastic surgery is becoming more popular among teenagers, with nearly 64,000 teens getting plastic surgery procedures done in 2013. Rhinoplasty is one of the most common types of plastic surgery among both teens and adults, and as the stigma associated with plastic surgery continues to decrease due to celebrities and social media stars being open about their procedures, plastic surgeons expect the number of people getting rhinoplasties and other types of plastic surgery to continue to rise. However, it is highly important to visit a board-certified, experienced, ethical facial plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Kulbersh, in order to make sure you get the best treatment.
Reasons for Teen Rhinoplasty
Teenagers may choose to have a rhinoplasty for a number of reasons, both cosmetic and functional. Before agreeing to perform a rhinoplasty on a teen, Dr. Kulbersh will have a consultation with both the teen and their parents in order to ensure that the patient has the correct motivation for rhinoplasty. Facial plastic surgery on a teenager is a delicate and complex business, as they have not finished growing and their appearance may still change in the future. The facial plastic surgeon needs to take this into account as performing a rhinoplasty for completion of growth may be to a substandard result. Growth must be completed to ensure the nose has the strength and foundation to undergo surgery..
Cosmetic reasons for a nose job may include a nose that is crooked, too long or too short, a dorsal hump, or has been disfigured due to an accident or sports injury. In addition to aesthetic reasons, some teens may require a nose job for medical reasons, including chronic sinusitis or nasal obstruction. Structural problems with the nose, such as a deviated septum or enlarged turbinates may also lead to difficulty breathing, which could be corrected with rhinoplasty.
Who is a Candidate for a Teen Rhinoplasty?
Many factors must be taken into account when thinking about a nose job, including age and emotional maturity. The teenager should be aware of the risks, and their motivation should be internal, rather than bowing to peer pressure or a societal ideal. An ethical facial plastic surgeon will always have a thorough consultation before agreeing to perform a rhinoplasty on a teenager in order to make sure that they understand both the physical and emotional details of the surgery. The teenager’s parents should also be involved, aware, and supportive of their child’s motivations.
The youngest age at which a rhinoplasty can be performed for a girl is 16 years old, and they must have already started their menstrual cycle. For boys, the youngest age is 15. Undergoing a rhinoplasty is a big decision, and the patient must be 100% confident that they are ready for rhinoplasty. If a patient is unsure or not emotionally ready to undergo surgery Dr. Kulbersh will recommend that the patient wait until later date to have a rhinoplasty.
Recovery from Teen Rhinoplasty
The recovery process is important information for most teens as they have responsibilities at school. Teenagers want to undergo a rhinoplasty, but they want to ensure that it will not affect their school work. After a teenager undergoes a rhinoplasty, they will have a cast on the nose for one week. During this time, patients typically will not go to school. After three or four days from the surgery, patients will feel well enough to do homework, study, and work on the computer. The cast is taken off after the first week and most patients will go back to school at this time. For these reasons, the majority of teenagers will have their rhinoplasty during school breaks or the summer months.
Many teenagers are also physically active and very interested to know when they can resume sports after rhinoplasty. Noncontact exercise can be resumed 3 to 4 weeks after rhinoplasty. Contact exercises including football, volleyball, and soccer can be resumed three months after surgery.
Schedule a Rhinoplasty Consultation Today
If your teenager is thinking about having a rhinoplasty procedure, you may schedule a consultation with Dr. Kulbersh at Carolina Facial Plastics. Dr. Kulbersh is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon and rhinoplasty expert. His office is located in the South Park area of Charlotte, North Carolina. During a consultation, Dr. Kulbersh will listen to your concerns and help you and your child to make an informed decision. To learn more about teen rhinoplasty and to make your appointment, call (704) 908.3063 or fill out the online contact form on this website.