Teen rhinoplasty is more popular than ever
Teen Rhinoplasty is becoming a common discussion. Rhinoplasty is the most common form of facial plastic surgery for teens, just as it is for adults. In fact, more than five times as many teenagers sought rhinoplasty in 2012 as they did fifteen years ago. Teenagers are more worried about their looks than adults, and more sensitive to the social judgment of their peers. In addition, the face of a teenager goes through changes during puberty, including an increase in the size of the sinuses which raises the prominence of the nose.
But precisely because these changes are still ongoing, teen rhinoplasty should not be performed until the patient is old enough and the nose is fully developed. Assuming the patient in question is in good health, this is about age 15 in the case of girls and 17 in the case of boys, but only an experienced teen rhinoplasty surgeon can tell you if the face of your child has finished developing and is ready for surgery.
Choosing the time, choosing the surgeon
If your son or daughter needs to wait for a few years, this is good — it gives you some assurance that this is no temporary whim. Have a good long talk with him or her in which he or she has the chance to express his or her hopes and expectations precisely, and make sure the surgeon is involved and can offer the benefits of his or her experience.
The surgeon should have before and after photos, testimonies from other patients and frequently asked questions about teen rhinoplasty that the patient can consider. The most useful tool for the potential patient would be computer facial imaging, which would allow your son or daughter to choose exactly what he or she wants.
To recover from teen rhinoplasty, your son or daughter should drink plenty of fluids, get a lot of sleep, and keep his or her head elevated to reduce swelling. For the next few weeks, he or she should avoid heavy exercise, bending over or wearing glasses or pullover sweaters. You may need to remind him or her to be patient until the swelling has gone down.
Charlotte’s most experienced rhinoplasty surgeon
Dr. Sean Freeman is the best 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 specialty — 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 or your son or daughter lives in or near Charlotte and want teen rhinoplasty, schedule an appointment or online consultation today.