According to a recent study published in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery, corrective nasal surgery has been proven safe for patients prior to full adolescence. Double board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Fernando Burstein has performed reconstructive rhinoplasty on different patients of various ages, nasal structures, and conditions for over 25 years. Nose surgery can resolve congenital disorders such as a cleft lip/palate or deviated septum or trauma to the nose that require surgery for improved nasal function and appearance.
The study investigated patients in their teens who sought rhinoplasty for nasal obstruction and deformity. Congenital disorders can affect patients’ ability to breathe as well as aesthetic appearance. Cleft lip and palate deformities affect the nose since cartilage is displaced in the separation of the lip and/or palate (roof of the mouth). A deviated septum, or when the nose’s interior wall is misaligned, can be a congenital defect or a result from trauma. A deviated septum affects breathing and can cause congestion in patients. Another skin condition, rhinophyma, develops in severe cases of rosacea that causes the nose to swell and enlarge which can constrict nasal airways. For the best results, Dr. Burstein uses specific techniques to improve breathing and restore the nose’s appearance as many congenital disorders can affect its original appearance.
Another common reason for younger patients to seek reconstructive nose surgery is repairing injury caused by trauma that alters nasal bone and cartilage structure. Nasal fractures are breaks or cracks in the bone over the bridge of the nose. Sometimes trauma may also cause cartilage to shift or scarring to form on the nasal septum. Dr. Burstein carefully realigns affected bones and/or cartilage to restore an open nasal passage and create a more aesthetically pleasing appearance.
Rhinoplasty, especially reconstructive rhinoplasty for younger patients, is a difficult and complex procedure so it is important to find a highly skilled and experienced board certified plastic surgeon that specializes in facial procedures. It is vital to preserve normal nasal structures and correct any functional issues during rhinoplasty. If you are interested in rhinoplasty or other facial procedures, please contact us today to schedule your consultation. Follow Dr. Burstein on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest updates on facial plastic surgery.