Often adolescence comes with insecurities and frustrations about one’s physical appearance. For some, the pain of teenage insecurity can last into adulthood. As a father of three, Dr. Cilento can certainly understand and empathize with a parent’s struggle in deciding what’s best for their child. It is normal and expected to have concerns about whether a rhinoplasty is right for a child at this critical juncture in their life.
what is teen rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty (nose job) is the number one requested surgical procedure by teenagers. Insecurity and awkwardness may attribute to their most distinctive facial feature—their nose. Rhinoplasty may be a solution, however, your first steps should be to get educated about why your teen wants the procedure, what is involved, and who can perform it.
Many of Dr. Cilentio’s adolescent patients struggle with allergies, sinusitis, nasal obstruction as well as other nasal concerns. If the teen also has a nasal appearance issue, it is likely that they will want to discuss it during the course of their visit.
Am I a candidate for Teen rhinoplasty?
Most teenage girls can get a rhinoplasty 1-2 years after their first menstrual period. Typically, most teenage boys can get rhinoplasty surgery by age 16.
Teen Rhinoplasty Procedure
First, the growth of the midface and nasal bones needs to be understood and accounted for when planning the surgery. A child’s sinuses will continue to grow during adolescence which expands their face. Their jaw begins to increase in size as well which will change the relative balance of your nasal appearance. The nose changes shape and enlarges along with the face. This is why many teenagers express their displeasure with the appearance of a “large nose”.
A rhinoplasty will not be the cure-all to the pains of teenage life. It will, however, improve the nose cosmetically, creating better harmony with other facial features. Generally speaking, This can often help with self-confidence. Following the rhinoplasty procedure, Dr. Cilento has seen many of his patient’s blossom. Some patients are getting better grades, expanding their circle of friends and increased maturity thanks to their new appearance that gives them the confidence to excel.
is a Teen rhinoplasty painful?
Rhinoplasty, or nasal surgery, is not necessarily painful but is slightly uncomfortable. Dr. Cilento has developed many techniques to minimize the pain and discomfort normally associated with rhinoplasty.
The first night after surgery, you experience some discomfort in the form of nasal stuffiness, but very little pain. Each subsequent day you will find you are feeling better and better. Pain medications are provided to alleviate any discomfort after surgery if it exists.
Teen Rhinoplasty Recovery
Typically, most patients need at least 1 week off after the procedure. There will be mild bruising, if any, around the eyes. This bruising should dissipate within a week and patients can get back to normal activity at 2 weeks.
Patients can return to a normal workout routine after three weeks and engage in contact sports after six weeks. Because the nasal bones take 6 weeks to heal, the patient cannot wear glasses for a full 6 weeks after surgery. Accommodations should be made to adjust for this.
Schedule a consultation
To learn more about the Teen Rhinoplasty procedure, call the leading plastic surgeon based out of Houston, Dr. Ben Cilento at 346-413-9313 or 346-300-FACE to schedule a consultation at our office in Spring, TX.