Should Teens Get Their Nose Done?

Teenagers are still growing until about 15 or 16 years of age in girls and a year or two older in boys. Normally, doctors don't operate on bones and cartilage that are still growing, except in very special cases. The fact is, most teens have no choice but to wait until their facial growth is complete, and that occurs following puberty. This is an advertorial.

Rhinoplasty, which is the proper name for a nose job, can produce amazing and wonderful changes in a person's face. It is often combined with septoplasty, usually done for deviation in the septum. Not only is this one of the most requested surgeries spanning coasts, but this is also the most highly requested procedure amongst teens.

Why do you have to wait? 

The nose is in the centre of facial growth. Surgery on growing bone and cartilage can slow or stop the growth, or even accelerate it. Manipulating the tissues can change the direction of the growth. The result can be disastrous: a nose too small or too big for the face, or a deformed nose. This is one of these situations when a teen's parents must weigh out the pros and cons, reasons to and not to.

There are a wide variety of reasons for having a rhinoplasty, and they vary from repairing an injury to just being unhappy with the way your nose looks. However, one key factor surgeons often keep in mind when deciding whether teens qualify for the procedure or not is motivation. Rather, the motivation a teenager wants to change their nose.

Motivation is a little different than a reason. A good surgeon will want to know what your real reasons are. Are you trying to meet the expectations of someone else? A boyfriend or girlfriend? Your parents? Is anyone pushing you to get this done? Have you been bullied about your nose? The questions are endless, but these are things potential patients must think about before and during a consultation with their doctor. You have to want this for yourself, and you have to be fully committed, as even the outcome of your surgery depends on it. Your ability to commit yourself to follow the instructions, given by your surgeon, is essential to a beautiful result, as these guidelines will prevent terrible side effects and complications from occurring.

The surgery

There are several changes a surgeon can make in your nose.

  • Changing the size - making the nose bigger or smaller.
  • Straightening the nose - eliminating deformities in the bridge.
  • Smoothing out bumps or humps in the bridge of the nose.
  • Changing the size of the nostrils - making them bigger or smaller.
  • Remodelling the tip of the nose - usually making it smaller or less pointy.
  • Opening up the sinuses for better breathing.

Rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure. That means you go to the surgery centre in the morning, have the operation, and go home when you're fully awake. The surgery is done under general anaesthesia. In other words, you'll be asleep. You won't feel anything. When you wake up in the recovery room, you will be given pain medication. Obviously, you will need your parents to drive you home.

You should plan to have the procedure done when you're on vacation from school. It will take at least two weeks for the swelling and bruising to disappear. You will need pain medicine for several days. Don't plan to do much more than lie around watching TV and sleep for the first few days. No strenuous activity or sports for at least 6 to 8 weeks. Otherwise, you'll be back to normal in three weeks.

What are your expectations? 

You are not going to look like a movie star after the surgery. Rhinoplasty will improve your looks, but it won't change who you are, aesthetically or not. You need to talk to your surgeon about what can and cannot be done, and how much change it will make in your appearance. It could improve your breathing if you have had problems with this.

What are the risks of rhinoplasty?

As with any surgical procedure, rhinoplasty may pose some risks, though the chances of them happening are minimized when in the hands of an expert surgeon.

  • Scarring - especially at the base of the nose.
  • Numbness - You may notice some numbness, but it should disappear.
  • Nosebleeds
  • Nerve damage - This can result in either permanent numbness or pain.
  • The risks for any operation include bleeding, infection, and untoward reactions to the anaesthesia.

If you are ready, and your body is mature enough, you need to pick the best plastic surgeon in your area. Take a long look at the testimonials on the website. Talk to your own doctor. He or she can often direct you to a surgeon with an excellent reputation. Find a doctor who specializes in rhinoplasty.

In Princeton, New Jersey, the Glasgold Group has an international clientele. Drs. Mark and Robert Glasgold are known across the country and beyond for their brilliant technique and beautiful results. Both are board-certified plastic surgeons. Both have published articles in journals, as well as lecturing at conferences here and abroad. And both have received awards for their work.

Dr. Robert Glasgold specializes in rhinoplasties and has a large teenage patient population. He takes the time to talk to his patients, evaluating and teaching them, making sure they understand the procedure. He also assures that they will follow through.

The Glasgold Group is one of the best plastic surgery centres in the country, as attested to by patients New York, Pennsylvania and all over America.

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