Rhinoplasty is one of the most common procedures requested among cosmetic surgery patients, but it is especially popular among young adults and teenagers. In fact, rhinoplasty was by far the most popular procedure for teenagers aged 13-19, with over 30,000 rhinoplasties performed on this age bracket in 2013 alone. Rhinoplasty is also highly popular among Asian teens. In countries like Vietnam and Korea, it is not uncommon for girls to have had a nose job by the time they reach their early 20s.
How Young Can Teenagers Be to Get Rhinoplasty?
Performing Asian rhinoplasty on a teenager is not very different from performing it on an adult. Before agreeing to perform the surgery, the doctor will have to determine if the patient’s nose has reached its adult size. This will prevent additional cartilage growth from undoing or causing problems with the rhinoplasty results. Girls usually reach the end of their growth period around the ages of 15 or 16, while boys usually reach that point around 17 or 18. All teenagers go through puberty at different rates, so most surgeons wait to operate on girls until they are at least 16 and boys until they are at least 17. The important thing is that the nose has reached the end of its development.
Why Teenagers Want Rhinoplasty
Not all parts of the body grow at the same rates, especially for teenagers going through puberty. In an area as small as the face, there might be two or more features that appear disproportionate. This can cause teasing or bullying, which can lead to emotional and psychological issues. These are a primary factor in why teenagers decide to have a nose job while still in high school.
Another major reason why teens undergo rhinoplasty surgery is to fix minor problems, usually caused by some sort of trauma or genetic abnormality. Because their nasal cartilage is still growing during puberty, trauma that occurs through accidents or sports injuries may cause problems with breathing or create an odd defect. Rhinoplasty is used to make these subtle changes to improve the teenager’s overall health and restore their self-confidence in their physical appearance.
What Doctors Have to Consider With Teenage Patients
For Asian teens looking to fix their nose due to peer pressure or social convention, or to drastically alter their appearance, rhinoplasty may not be the best idea until the patients are adults. Rhinoplasty surgery is not meant to be treatment for a psychological or emotional problem and surgeons are not therapists. A good candidate for teenage Asian rhinoplasty is someone who has an overall positive self-image. During the consultation, the surgeon will discuss with the patient their reasons behind getting a rhinoplasty to determine if surgery is the best option at this time.
It is also important that the patient fully understands the ramifications of undergoing surgery in their teens. Their maturity level will be significant in their patient evaluation, as will the support network that the patient will have at home to recuperate after the surgery.
How Rhinoplasty Is Different for Teenagers
One of the benefits of getting Asian rhinoplasty as a teenager is a shorter recovery time. Younger tissue is much stronger and has more elastin than older tissue, so it heals faster and recovers from major trauma much easier.
For those who make good rhinoplasty candidates, the surgery can do wonders for the self-image and self-confidence. Even the smallest of adjustments can have a dramatic impact on the individual that can carry through to early adulthood.
Schedule a Consultation for Your Teen Today
If your teen is interested in getting a rhinoplasty, call our office in Beverly Hills to schedule an initial consultation with our Asian rhinoplasty expert. Dr. Paul Nassif is recognized worldwide for his work in rhinoplasty for a wide variety of ethnicities and patients of all ages. Dr. Nassif takes the time to personally work with his patients so they feel comfortable with him and that he understands what the patient’s desired goals. He goes through the entire process from pre-surgery to recovery and makes sure the patient understands what they’re getting into.
Our office can be reached at (310) 275-2467. Call us today to schedule an appointment!