Teen Rhinoplasty in New York City : What Age is Best?
Your teen may surprise you when they tell you they wish to have a nose job. According to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Rhinoplasty is the number one requested surgical procedure by teenagers. There may be a variety of reasons your teen may want to have rhinoplasty, possible reasons include the social pressures from peers to acquire a certain look, the need to feel confident about their looks and most recently, the new “selfie” picture craze that has swept through social media. Parents and teens alike may wonder if there is an age requirement associated with rhinoplasty for teens.
Is Your Teen Old Enough?
The first question for parents and teens is the age factor. Girls are considered fully developed at the age of 14 to 15 and boys are fully developed by 15 to 19 years old. Dr. Phillip J Miller also takes into account the maturity level of his clients and their ability to make mature responsible decisions. Teens should understand that rhinoplasty is a permanent change to their appearance and they are making a life changing decision. Dr. Miller is so passionate about his clients that he insists on having the consultation with the teen who is interested in rhinoplasty and their parents. Both parties are always involved in the consultation and encouraged to discuss their point of view openly with Dr. Miller. While all teen patients have to mandatorily meet the age requirement, at times, other reasons may play a factor in possibly delaying the procedure for a short period of time.
Who is a Good Candidate?
Teen candidates for rhinoplasty need to have realistic expectations of the outcome, fully understand the risks as well as the benefits of the surgery and have proper motivation towards rhinoplasty. Usually rhinoplasty is used to correct constricted breathing issues, deformities and provides subtle changes to the shape and size of the nose. Teens need to be psychologically ready for the procedure as well. This is determined by the doctor during consultation.
The consultation is an in-depth conversation that requires the teen who is interested in rhinoplasty and their parents or guardian to meet in person at the plastic surgeons office to discuss the procedure. Dr. Miller is passionate and dedicated to ensuring the candidate is psychologically ready for all aspects of surgery by conducting an assessment. Dr. Miller discusses the procedure, risks and benefits of the procedure and allows the future patient and their parents to ask as many questions as they wish. Educating candidates about the procedure, is the first step towards making the future patient understand that this is a permanent decision that will affect the way they look throughout the rest of their lifetime.
Parents may become concerned about the timing and reason their teen is seeking to have rhinoplasty. Parents may also feel that it is best for their teen to wait a bit longer before undergoing the procedure. Teens under the age of 18 need parental approval to undergo surgery, and therefore the final decision rests on the parents. The teen candidates parents or guardian should take their time and weigh all factors, risks and benefits before making their final decision to approve the procedure.
Teens who receive rhinoplasty surgery, which is also commonly referred to as a nose job, tend to feel rejuvenated, have a fresh outlook on life and improved self-confidence and self-esteem. Many teens will also continue to make improvements such as eat healthier to maintain a healthy body weight and purchase new clothes to express their new found self confidence and outlook on life.