Is Your Teen Ready For A Nose Job

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 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.

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  • Reply Sarah Bailey

    I can’t imagine a teen thinking about a nose job, but hey I guess that is how the world has changed a lot since I was one. I guess as long as all are informed and understanding and doing it for the right reasons.

    April 17, 2018 at 9:36 pm
  • Reply Sheri - A Busy Bee's Life

    I just don’t think I could let m teen do this. I think if it was due to an injury or something yes, but not to boost self esteem and the issue is not the nose but something else.

    April 17, 2018 at 10:32 pm
  • Reply Kacie Morgan

    I’m not a parent, but even if I was, I would never ever let my child have a nose job. I would hate to my child to think I was agreeing that their nose looked bad and consenting to them having surgery due to this.

    April 18, 2018 at 11:56 am
  • Reply Rhian Westbury

    I don’t think that teenagers are ready to have any form of plastic surgery unless it’s needed for a medical reason because their bodies are still changing x

    April 18, 2018 at 12:39 pm
  • Reply Jem

    I wouldn’t let my teenager have a nose job. I would try to instill a positive body image and that they don’t need to change their physical appearance to fit in. However, I imagine this is a tough topic to discuss.

    April 18, 2018 at 4:50 pm
  • Reply Melanie

    This is such a tricky one, tough one…This depends on the individual set of circumstances x

    April 18, 2018 at 7:56 pm
  • Reply Jenni

    Plastic surgery is such a huge decision and I don’t think the majority of teenagers are ready for that decision

    April 20, 2018 at 7:47 am
  • Reply lisa prince

    i think encouraging your child to learn more about self esteem and self respect is where the issue lies mostly in todays society , i think once you teach them self worth and self respect it will come natural to them to feel secure and happy in themselves and not worry about what others feel , i think the problem is that girls this age now feel pressured by other teens who are allowed to do these thing because mummy or daddy can throw money at them or buy them all the new and exciting things in life instead of sitting down with them and showing them they love them just like they are and not by what they look like , wear or how many friends they have int heir circle

    April 20, 2018 at 3:46 pm
  • Reply Danielle

    It really depends on the individual and how much it affects their life. But they may regret it.

    April 23, 2018 at 8:20 pm
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