Often adolescence comes with insecurities and frustrations about one’s physical appearance. These insecurities and concerns about appearance affect everyone differently. For some, the pain of teenage insecurity can last into adulthood. Houston Rhinoplasty Surgeon, Dr. Cilento, a father of three, can thoroughly understand and empathize with a parent’s struggle in deciding what’s best for their child. It is normal and expected to be concerned about whether surgery is right for a child at this critical juncture in their life.
With this being said, Rhinoplasty (nose job) is the number one requested surgical procedure by teenagers. Insecurity and awkwardness may be attributed to their most distinct 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. Dr Cilento is double board certified in facial plastic surgery and Otolaryngology (ENT). Because of this, many of his patients are adolescents struggling with allergies, sinusitis, nasal obstruction and other nasal concerns. If the teen also has nasal appearance issues, it is likely that during the course of their visits, this will be brought up and discussed. Dr. Cilento is often asked by parents and teen patients, “How old do you have to be for a rhinoplasty or nose job?”. It is important to understand the issues that go into answering this question.
How old do you have to be for a rhinoplasty or nose job?
First, growth of the midface and nasal bones needs to be understood and accounted for when planning the surgery. A child’s sinuses continue to grow during adolescence which expands your face. The jaw begins to increase in size which will change the relative balance of your nasal appearance. The nose changes shape and enlarges along with the face which is why many teenagers express displeasure with the appearance of a “large nose”.
Second, What does your teen expect after the procedure? Rhinoplasty will not be the panacea to the pains of teenage life. It will, however, improve the nose cosmetically, creating better harmony with other facial features. This often helps self-confidence. Dr. Cilento has seen many patients blossom after rhinoplasty getting better grades, expanding their circle of friends and increased maturity because their new appearance gives them the confidence to excel. This is why Dr. Cilento thinks parents should consider the surgery if the issues are brought up by their child. It can be a positive life changing event in the right child.
Given the above most teenage girls can have surgery 1-2 years after their first menstrual period. Boys can typically proceed by age 16.
How much pain is there after a rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty, or nasal surgery, is not necessarily painful, but is slightly uncomfortable. Houston Rhinoplasty surgeon, 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.
How much time off school for a nose job?
Typically, most patients need at least 1 week off after a rhinoplasty. 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.
What are my restrictions after Rhinoplasty?
Typically, teens can return to a normal workout routine at three weeks and engage in contact sports at 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.
If you would like to start a dialogue with Dr Cilento about teen rhinoplasty, please call for an appointment 346-413-9313 or 346-300-3223.