Dr. Jay Calvert, Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon, performs teenage rhinoplasty as a major part of his practice.
The common question that patients and parents alike ask is, “At what age can my teenager have their rhinoplasty safely and get a great result?”
“Can I get a nose job at 15?”
The answer is, “it depends.”
About Teen Nose Jobs
The first question I have is are you male or female? For the female teenager, the age for a teen nose job depends on whether or not she has started menstruation.
If not, then the answer is that we need to wait.
Menstruation marks the completion of the majority of primary facial growth and rhinoplasty can be performed safely.
If the teenager is male, then the question is not only have they gone through puberty, but have they leveled off on their height growth spurt.
If they are still growing at a good rate, then I think it is best to wait.
Typically, the female teenager can get her rhinoplasty earlier than the male teenager.
There are no hard and fast rules, though.
Sometimes there are circumstances that cause the operation to move up the agenda such as nasal fractures or breathing problems.
These are all part of the judgement that must be exercised by the parents and me together.
I do remember one case where a boy of 12 years of age had not gone through puberty and he SMASHED his nose.
His septum was fractured and deviated and breathing was difficult.
We opted to do a limited operation to straighten his septum without disturbing the growth centers of the nose.
His helpful office staff can answer questions for you or talk to Dr Calvert in person by booking a consultation now.