While cosmetic surgery is nowadays more commonly underwent by adults, more and more teenagers feel the need to do it to correct certain imperfections that they feel insecure about. What is the most requested cosmetic surgery by teenagers? Rhinoplasty, with no doubt. The surgery aims at reshaping the nose and correcting its imperfections. It gives the patient the chance to remodel their nose according to their wishes. The objectives of the procedure vary according to need (removing an unpleasant bump, reducing the size of the nose, or refining the tip). With that said, what is the minimum age to undergo a rhinoplasty? And what results should the patient expect?
Why is teenage rhinoplasty becoming more common today?
The success behind teenage rhinoplasty can be explained by the fact that adolescence period is somewhat fragile (psychologically speaking). Teenagers may feel highly embarrassed about certain parts of their physique, especially if they are subject to bullying and moral harassment at school. If this insecurity has to do with the nose, it is usually very hard to conceal it. Since most teenagers are crazy fans of hollywood stars whose physique is flawless, they constantly aspire to look like them in any way possible. Nose surgery or nose jobs may therefore present itself as a solution for all their problems. During the past few years, more and more teenagers request getting a rhinoplasty from their parents either as a birthday gift or post-school success reward.
The minimum age to undergo a rhinoplasty
Surgeons recommend reaching the age of 18 years old before considering a rhinoplasty; the age after which nasal bones and cartilage are fully developed. In certain cases, patients of 16 years old may undergo a rhinoplasty, but it is strictly unrecommended. Although both males and females have interest in the surgery, it is to be noted that expectations as well as results differ for both sexes.
Teenagers and rhinoplasty: what to expect?
Generally speaking, teenagers see cosmetic surgery as a way to get rid of their insecurity and feel better about themselves. But, it is also possible that a teenager overreact about one tiny imperfection that they have; without it being essentially needing cosmetic intervention. This is one of the reasons why it is important that the surgeon discuss the procedure, expectations, and intentions thoroughly with the patient to make sure that it is not a simple whim.
The role of the surgeon
It is possible that the surgeon refuse to perform a rhinoplasty on a teenager; and s/he has the right to do so. If the surgeon does not believe that the so-called imperfection is a real one, and concludes after an extensive discussion with the potential patient that it is just whim, s/he may recommend psychotherapy to help the patient love and accept their body.