Rhinoplasty for Teens Houston

Questions and Answers About Rhinoplasty for Teens

I don’t like my nose. What can I do?

Middle and high school can be a very difficult time. Your body is changing, especially your face. Your sinuses continue to grow which expands your face. Your jaw (especially for boys) begins to increase in size. Your nose changes shape and enlarges along with your face.

Because of these physical changes, many of our rhinoplasty patients are teenagers who express displeasure with the appearance of their noses. If you’re unhappy with your nose, every time you look in the mirror you may notice only that feature. On Facebook page photos, all you see is your nose. It’s an overwhelming feeling, and one that may easily make you self-conscious. Although your friends and family say your nose is just fine, ultimately it is you who wears it each day. It is you who decides if it is a displeasing feature. This feeling may come and go, but ultimately the uneasiness will typically persist.

Because unhappiness with the appearance of a nose is a common complaint for teenagers and because teenagers represent a significant portion of our practice population, we dedicate this page to teenagers interested in rhinoplasty. We invite teenagers and their parents to schedule a consultation and talk further about the issue.

At what age is rhinoplasty a viable option?

This is a common question asked by teens and their parents. The answer is that it depends. The nose, specifically the septum (the wall that separates the two sides of the nose) serves as the focal point or center for midfacial growth. Prematurely disturbing this growth center could lead to abnormal development of the face. Therefore, it is essential that a facial surgeon at evaluate your facial growth and assure that it is an appropriate time to consider a rhinoplasty. Most teenage girls can have rhinoplasty approximately one year after their menarche. Teenage boys are more variable, but the surgery can typically be performed successfully by age 16. When preparing for your surgery, not only will we evaluate you from a physical perspective, but also from a psychological one. Rhinoplasty patients must be of mature stature and have reasonable expectations. These are all qualities that the surgical team at The Bressler Center for Facial Plastic Surgery and Skin Care will evaluate during your consultation and take into account before proceeding with surgery.

Will my nose continue to grow after rhinoplasty?

As long as surgery was performed at the appropriate time, your nose should not continue to grow, but will actually contract. The healing process actually takes an entire year and your nasal skin will slowly contract over the structural framework of bone and cartilage.

When can I return to playing sports after rhinoplasty?

Typically, teens can return to a normal workout routine at three weeks and engage in contact sports at six to eight weeks.

How much school time will I miss?

On average, most students need about eight days off after surgery.

Can surgery be done during winter break or in the summer?

These are very popular times to have rhinoplasty performed, so it is essential to establish an appointment early in order to obtain a surgical date for these periods of time.

Does rhinoplasty surgery hurt?

Rhinoplasty is not extremely painful, but actually uncomfortable. The first night after surgery, packs will be placed in your nose; they are removed the following day. After that, you may be a little sore but this typically resolves after a week.

Before and After Images

Actual Teen Rhinoplasty Patient Results

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Click here to view more teen rhinoplasty results achieved by Houston facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Fred J. Bressler.