Many teens want plastic surgery, and part of this is due to the influence of their peers and the media. However, there are times when procedures such as a nose job are appropriate. In fact, plastic surgery performed for the right reasons can have a variety of benefits, including higher self esteem and less insecurity. So how is a parent to know when their teen is ready?
Can Teens Make Good Decisions: Although teens are prone to being influenced by peers, family, and society, there are times when they can make good decisions. Although we restrict teens from making permanent choices as a whole, they often can make good long term decisions. For instance, a typical 15 year old will be deciding where to attend college in just a year or two. They will be voting in less than three years. Adolescents often can make solid, reliable decisions, especially when they have the advice of a trusted adult.
Teens who are considering plastic surgery often have flaws that lower their self confidence. They may have a nose that is too large, has a hook or other unwanted features, or otherwise does not work harmoniously with the rest of their features. Even small details can have a huge effect both psychologically and aesthetically. Even teenagers can tell when one of their features is “off.” In this way, they are very similar to adults considering plastic surgery. Loving family members such as parents can help them to make a solid decision that will have positive lifelong results.
Physical Considerations: A person’s facial features are not fully developed until the teens. It is important that children be allowed to finish growing before considering a major cosmetic surgery such as a rhinoplasty. In general, the facial features of girls are done growing by 15 years of age, while boys are done at around 16. An experienced plastic surgeon can help you decide if your child has completed their facial growth.
Boys are generally done later because they go through puberty at a later age. Although young men are not finished growing until around age 18- to 19, their facial features should be permanent by around 16. It is easy tell around this age whether a child’s facial features will affect their self-confidence and future. However, there is a difference between physical and emotional maturity when it comes to making medical decisions.
The Process of Rhinoplasty: It is important for both parents and children to understand the process of any medical procedure that they are considering. In general, rhinoplasty, or a nose job, is an outpatient surgery. Most people will go home the same day and not spend a single night in the hospital. However, there is still a recovery period of around two weeks. During this time, patients will experience mild pain, swelling, and bruising.
Once healed, a rhinoplasty should make a nose more aesthetically pleasing. The nose should be more symmetrical, more proportionate, and more harmonious with the rest of the person’s facial features. In addition, the nose should be more functional as well. People should notice that they are able to breathe more easily. Although there are many benefits to a nose job, it is not a miracle. A nose job usually leads to a subtle change in appearance rather than a complete makeover. Teens and their families should have realistic expectations about this procedure.
Is My Teen Emotionally Ready: A teen who is physically at the right age for a rhinoplasty still may not be emotionally ready. This is a very important consideration when deciding whether a nose job is a good option for a teen.
Teens who get a nose job should be capable of making an informed decision. They should understand what to expect both in terms of recovery and results. In addition, they should be able to handle the mild pain they will encounter in recovery. Lastly, teens should be able to understand that a nose job is a permanent procedure. Plastic surgery is not easily undone, so it is important that the teen sincerely want this change to their appearance without pressure from family or peers.
Informed Consent Is Key: As with all medical procedures, informed consent is important in teen nose jobs. Both the teens and their parents should understand what to expect from this procedure. They also should understand that there is a small possibility of complications. A qualified plastic surgeon knows how to evaluate teens to decide if this step is the right decision for them. They also will be experienced in talking to teens so the adolescent understands what to expect.
A nose job can improve a teen’s appearance, reduce their anxiety over their appearance, and increase their self confidence. If you are in New York and are interested in finding out whether this procedure is right for you or your child, contact Dr. Andrew Jacono today by visiting his website at www.newyorkfacialplasticsurgery.com. Dr. Jacono is a board certified facial plastic surgeon who specializes in rhinoplasty and other procedures. He will be able to help you and your teen decide if this step is the right one for their bright future.