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can you have rhinoplasty if you are 15?

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Dr. Clark Schierle
Plastic Surgery 18 years experience
Rhinoplasty Choices: If you're young enough that you're still growing significantly, it probably isn't the best idea. I generally ask my patients if their shoe size has been stable for at least a year. If you have a significant deformity and are ok with the idea that the nose may grow and change after you recover from surgery it may be reasonable to proceed. The decision should be made between you and your surgeon.
Dr. John Hoffmann
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
Not advised: 15 is still too young for boys and girls to have a rhinopasty. The face is still growing and changing and will do so for a few years. It is uncommon to perform rhinoplasty in girls before age 17 and boys before 18. Sometimes limited internal nose surgery will be done to open blocked nasal passages at that age but any cosmetic nose surgery should be delayed until you are older.
Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Delay if possible: Best to wait a few years if it is possible. Boys stop growing around age 17 and girls around 16. It is best to avoid surgery until that time to prevent future growth of the nose from distorting the surgery results. If there are severe functional problems, i sometimes make exceptions, but for a cosmetic change, i will always have my patients wait.
Dr. Richard Westreich
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
Age for Rhinoplasty: There are certain standards that are used to determine age appropriateness for rhinoplasty. For women typically we wait until age 16. For men 17 is preferred. Since the concerns relate mostly to damaging growth centers, it is less of an issue when a patient has a larger nose. If you are very developed for 15 then it may be possible. Each case is unique.
Dr. James Bates
Dr. James Bates commented
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 36 years experience
This is good advice. Don't have a rhinoplasty too early in life. Wait until you're through growing and more emotionally mature.
Apr 21, 2012
Dr. James Kallman
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
I concur that cosmetic surgery is something that we should be cautious not to encourage at too young an age. I would add, however, that at times, due to trauma, we are forced to perform reconstructive rhinoplasty techniques on even the very young and they tend to do well. In general, we have not observed mid face hypoplasia in pediatric trauma patients requiring reconstructive rhinoplasty.
Nov 16, 2014
Dr. David Sherris
Facial Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Depends on maturity: Rhinoplasty can be done in a 15 year old if they are both physically and emotionally mature enough. An experienced surgeon can give you advice in a consultation.
Dr. Jeremy White
Plastic Surgery 16 years experience
16 yr average age: The age at which rhinoplasty can be performed has to do with the time at which nasal growth is complete. If surgery is performed too early, the growth centers of the nose can be disturbed and the nose might not develop fully. Nasal growth is usually complete around 16 years old, on average. Another necessity is that, until you are 18 years old, your parents should be involved in the consultation.
Dr. Andrew Pichler
Facial Plastic Surgery 56 years experience
Age for rhinoplasty: Generally, you want to wait until the growth/height has slowed to less than 1" prior year. Usually, 15-16 girls, 17-18 boys.
Dr. Sarmela Sunder
Facial Plastic Surgery 17 years experience
Better to wait: It is generally recommended that girls be at least 16 and boys at least 17 before a rhinoplasty. This depends on both physical and emotional maturity.
Dr. Humberto Palladino
Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
A little too early: The safe answer for rhinoplasty is always 18 years old. This assures that your development is complete and you wont have any growth problems or subsequent deformities.
Dr. Tanveer Janjua
Facial Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
Rhinoplasty @15: 15 is right at borderline. The rule of thumb is to do it once puberty growth is done.

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A 26-year-old female asked:

Ive heard there is a nonsurgical alternative for rhinoplasty. How does this work?

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Dr. Andre Berger
Cosmetic Surgery 40 years experience
Injectable Fillers: Injection rhinoplasty is a non-surgical, non-invasive procedure utilizing injectable fillers such as restylane, (dermal fillers) juvederm, Radiesse or artefill. It works best to straighten or to improve the look of noses with bumps or dips, but is not useful to issues related to the tips of noses. The procedure takes less than 30 minutes and results can last months to years, depending on the filler used.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Is it safe to get rhinoplasty when you have a cold?

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Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 37 years experience
Wait for the OR: As a surgeon the first rule is minimize risk. Having a cold means that you are not in perfect health. The cold can affect your breathing, irritate your lungs and airway. You should not have anesthesia when you are sick. It may be inconvenient but it is much safer.
Dr. Darryl Blinski
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Any systemic infection is a NO NO to having any kind of surgery. Please re schedule when you are better.
Feb 2, 2012
A member asked:

What is anrhinoplasty?

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Dr. Aaron Segal
Family Medicine 19 years experience
"Nose-job": Rhinoplasty is plastic-surgery intended to repair or reconstruct the nose. "anrhinoplasty" is not a real word.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How long will recovery time be for a nosejob?

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Dr. Videh Mahajan
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Post surgery: It depends on your overall health. More medical or complex medical issues, the longer is the recovery.
A 44-year-old member asked:

How long does it take to fully recover from a cosmetic rhinoplasty?

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Dr. Sunil Ummat
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 35 years experience
Up to one year: Although most doctors say that the healing from a rhinoplasty is over in 6 months, it can take up to a year to fully recover.
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Dr. Mike Bowman commented
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Depends on "fully recover." Pain after rhinoplasty is not severe, and most swelling and bruising is gone in 4 weeks. The nose is sensitive if touched at that point, but not much more. After 4 weeks, there are some subtle changes in the nose, but most of the healing is done.
Aug 12, 2012

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