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If a child has had 3 injuries to her nose and has some breathing and appearance problems is having a rhinoplasty recommended ?

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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Have her evaluated

A discussion with your local ent/facial plastic surgeon can help sort out the problem. Certainly rhinoplasty may be an option, but there are may problems that could contributing including allergies, sinus infections, etc.
Exact recommendations depend on the nature of the problem, the severity of the problem and the child's age. A consultation should bring you answers specific to your loved one.

In brief: Have her evaluated

A discussion with your local ent/facial plastic surgeon can help sort out the problem. Certainly rhinoplasty may be an option, but there are may problems that could contributing including allergies, sinus infections, etc.
Exact recommendations depend on the nature of the problem, the severity of the problem and the child's age. A consultation should bring you answers specific to your loved one.
Dr. Mike Bowman
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Dr. Nima Shemirani
Facial Plastic Surgery
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In brief: Rhinoplasty surgery

Dear sarahm, it depends on how old the child is.
We wait until after puberty (15-16 for girl, 16-17 for a boy) before operating. Once they are passed that age, the bone and cartilages are mature to operate on. A rhinoplasty will fix the breathing problems and the look. Best, nima shemirani.

In brief: Rhinoplasty surgery

Dear sarahm, it depends on how old the child is.
We wait until after puberty (15-16 for girl, 16-17 for a boy) before operating. Once they are passed that age, the bone and cartilages are mature to operate on. A rhinoplasty will fix the breathing problems and the look. Best, nima shemirani.
Dr. Nima Shemirani
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Dr. Brock Ridenour
Surgery - Plastics
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In brief: Depends on severity

In considering rhinoplasty on a child, one must weigh the potential benefits of surgery (improved breathing, sleep, and sinus health) against the concern that surgery might impair future nasal growth.
If nasal blockage is severe, a limited operation may be needed to improve the quality of sleep, which effects cognition, growth and school performance. Otherwise surgery is delayed until maturity.

In brief: Depends on severity

In considering rhinoplasty on a child, one must weigh the potential benefits of surgery (improved breathing, sleep, and sinus health) against the concern that surgery might impair future nasal growth.
If nasal blockage is severe, a limited operation may be needed to improve the quality of sleep, which effects cognition, growth and school performance. Otherwise surgery is delayed until maturity.
Dr. Brock Ridenour
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Dr. David Sherris
Facial Plastic Surgery

In brief: Yes

If the child is emotionally and physically mature enough, and not participating in contact sports a rhinoplasty can be considered.

In brief: Yes

If the child is emotionally and physically mature enough, and not participating in contact sports a rhinoplasty can be considered.
Dr. David Sherris
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Dr. Francisco Agullo
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Not always

It is difficult to determine without a full examination.
Rhinoplasty for cosmesis is best performed when the child reaches maturity and full growth. This can be between the ages of 16 and 18 in most cases.

In brief: Not always

It is difficult to determine without a full examination.
Rhinoplasty for cosmesis is best performed when the child reaches maturity and full growth. This can be between the ages of 16 and 18 in most cases.
Dr. Francisco Agullo
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Depends on age

It is my understanding that ENT surgeons are willing to do nasal reconstruction in cases of deviated septum and injury.
Most like proceed after a childs facial bones have reached their adult size and structure. Check with your local source about their procedures.

In brief: Depends on age

It is my understanding that ENT surgeons are willing to do nasal reconstruction in cases of deviated septum and injury.
Most like proceed after a childs facial bones have reached their adult size and structure. Check with your local source about their procedures.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Anthony Sclafani
Typically, septorhinoplasty is not performed in children, and boys should be at least 16-17 and girls 15-16. However, a limited septoplasty (without any external changes) can be performed early if there is severe nasal obstruction. Since the noses of young children are still growing, the growth centers of the nose, located in the septum, should be avoided until the face matures.
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