If your son or daughter wants a nose job, the first question is — are they old enough? No matter how uncomfortable a teenager is with his or her features, surgery should be avoided until his or her features have fully matured. This is around age 15 in girls and 17 in boys.
If they’re old enough, the holidays are actually the perfect time for teen rhinoplasty. Because they’ll need to spend some time at home recovering, doing it at this point, when they’d normally be home anyway, won’t cut into their school time. Because of this, however, your Charlotte facial plastic surgeon is likely to be very busy this time of year — so the time to make the appointment is now, assuming he or she isn’t already booked.
First, you have to make sure your son or daughter knows what he or she wants. This will mean having a long talk with the surgeon and looking at computer imaging of his or her face with a possible new nose. Also, go over their medical history to make sure they don’t have any conditions that would make a nose job a bad idea.
It’s to be hoped that your son or daughter is not already in the habit of smoking. Just in case, you should let him or her know that nicotine makes blood vessels constrict and slows the healing process. He or she should also stay away from aspirin, ibuprofen, vitamin E supplements or herbal supplements that might cause blood thinning, and should adjust to wearing prescription contact lenses instead of glasses.
For the next few weeks, he or she should not do any serious exercise, heavy lifting or anything else that would raise blood pressure, which will be a problem if he or she is into sports. Garments that have to be pulled over the head should also be avoided, which is harder in winter when sweaters are so comfortable. He or she should avoid blowing his or her nose.
Dr. Sean Freeman is the best teen rhinoplasty surgeon in Charlotte today. He has been certified by two different boards of surgery, the American Board of Otolaryngology (head and neck surgery) and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Since 1988 he has concentrated on his speciality — facial plastic surgery, including nose jobs. Many of his patients have already gotten nose jobs from other surgeons and are seeking revision rhinoplasty to improve them. If you live in or near Charlotte and you or someone in your family wants a nose job, schedule your appointment with Charlotte’s top rhinoplasty surgeon today — or ask for an online consultation to get a discount on the consultation fee.