Rhinoplasty (nose surgery) is a cosmetic and reconstructive procedure commonly pursued by patients of all ages. Patients seek rhinoplasty for both aesthetic and functional reasons, which sometimes raises concern if there is an appropriate age to have surgery. Adolescence is a time where individuals develop both physically and mentally, greatly influencing their self-image. While many young patients undergo rhinoplasty for functional reasons, patients also choose this procedure to address aesthetic concerns that can negatively affect their self-image.
Double board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Fernando Burstein has performed rhinoplasty on a wide range of patients since 1989. It is strongly recommended for patients to wait until they have achieved full adult facial growth, typically at age 13 for girls and age 15 for boys, before pursuing cosmetic surgery as further development can affect results. In addition to physical maturity, it is equally important to be mentally and emotionally mature before having a cosmetic procedure. Patients must have realistic goals based on their individual aesthetics rather than choosing photos or images demonstrating an ideal nasal shape.
For those younger patients who require rhinoplasty after experiencing trauma or being born with congenital defects, Dr. Burstein restores nasal function by realigning cartilage or bones that may obstruct air passages. Additionally, Dr. Burstein may also address aesthetic concerns for an improved look. During consultation, Dr. Burstein evaluates the patient’s medical history, performs a physical examination of the nose, and discusses goals and expectations with each patient. For adolescent patients, Dr. Burstein encourages parents’ to discuss similar expectations and goals with their child and surgeon. A thorough pre-operative plan is important to gain realistic expectations of rhinoplasty results.
Regardless of age, each patient should choose a board certified plastic surgeon who is highly experienced performing rhinoplasty. If you are interested in nose surgery or any other facial cosmetic or reconstructive procedure, please contact us today. Be sure to connect with Dr. Burstein on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+ for the latest news in facial plastic surgery.