What teens and parents need to know about teen rhinoplasty surgery
Many teens and adolescents are unhappy with their appearance. These individuals may ask their parents for teen rhinoplasty surgery, more commonly known as a nose job. Before a parent says yes to this procedure, there are several important factors to consider. According to Dr. M. Sean Freeman, Charlotte’s top rhinoplasty surgeon, both the teen and the parent need to have realistic expectations from teen rhinoplasty surgery and understand the complications of the procedure. These include what the surgery can and cannot accomplish, the long-term effects of the surgery, and the possible complications. Dr. Freeman brings more than 20 years of experience to the operating room, along with knowledge of the latest techniques, but he still stresses that this is a big decision.
Teen rhinoplasty should not be done before the nose is fully formed. This is typically around age 14 for girls and age 16 for boys, although individual situations may vary. Teen rhinoplasty is the most common facial plastic surgery procedure for teens and is very successful. The teen and their parents will meet with Dr. Freeman for a consultation before he will agree to perform the teen rhinoplasty surgery. This is so that everyone in the family understands the procedure, what to expect, and what follow-on care may be needed. Dr. Freeman will also discuss with the teen their goals for the surgery and can use digital imaging software to help the teen envision their new nose. If a teen has had previous teen rhinoplasty surgery, Dr. Freeman will discuss if and how repairs or improvements may be done. Dr. Freeman also wants to ensure the teen is emotionally ready for the procedure and the follow-on treatment and care.
Dr. Freeman is considered to be one of the top rhinoplasty surgeons in the Southeast United States and is double board-certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and by the American Board of Otolaryngology (head and neck surgery). When he performs teen rhinoplasty surgery he will choose between two techniques. These are the open and closed rhinoplasty techniques. The closed technique is the one Dr. Freeman will use most often since it results in less swelling and the incisions are all internal and therefore, not visible. If a teen’s nose requires more modification or repair, Dr. Freeman may elect to use the open rhinoplasty technique. With this technique, Dr. Freeman makes an incision across the base of the nose, between the nostrils, providing him easier access to the nose’s internal structure.
If your teen is requesting teen rhinoplasty surgery, call Dr. Freeman to set up a consultation appointment.