I have written before about teenage rhinoplasties, and especially how this extremely common procedure can help struggling adolescents find a more confident footing. But it is worth airing the other side of the argument as well, namely that rhinoplasty is not for everyone, and parents and their kids should carefully weigh all the pros and cons before undertaking a procedure of this sort.
One recent article from Baltimore includes a Q&A with a fellow surgeon at my alma mater – John Hopkins University. He is quick to point out that different facial structures, skin types, and indicators for general and mental health must be considered. He also rightly pegs the optimal age for a rhinoplasty:
A good rule of thumb for girls is 15 years of age or older, and for boys 17 years of age or older.
The reason is that these are the ages when the face is largely done developing, so a trained cosmetic surgeon could do the work without bumping up against the question mark of continuing changes in the face.
The other major emphasis of the article is that parents and their kids must maintain a realistic expectation for what is to come, including the various changes they can expect in their emotional lives. Properly prepared and executed rhinoplasty should look and feel natural most of all, and should help to maintain open airways and a lifetime free of complications.
If you want to speak with an expert on Los Angeles rhinoplasty today, please don’t hesitate to contact my LA cosmetic surgery offices for a free consultation.