Teenage Rhinoplasty: A Growing Decision
People of all ages can be self-conscious about their appearance. But “looks” can be a particularly sensitive issue for teens. Peer pressure, mass media, social media, and cultural norms often combine to heighten stress levels for teens and their parents. Teenage girls and boys can be especially concerned about the way their noses look. Sadly, some teens are subjected to teasing and even bullying because of the shape or size of their noses. Cosmetic plastic surgery for non-adults is always a sensitive subject for patients, parents, and physicians. If such surgery is desired, it must be performed by a top-tier surgeon who combines state-of-the-art technical skills with the highest professional and ethical standards.
Board-certified Dr. Christopher Godek is the region’s leading nasal surgeon. He views the practice of medicine as an opportunity to serve people and families. Dr. Godek invites you to schedule a consultation about teenage rhinoplasty. Please call our New Jersey office at (732) 281-1988 or our Wall Township practice at (732) 375-0202.
A Delicate Decision
Rhinoplasty is surgery that changes the shape of the nose. Teenage rhinoplasty carries multiple considerations, both medical and emotional. The procedure should be performed only on patients whose noses have reached at least 90 percent of their full and final development. For girls, that is generally around age 15. Boys typically reach that stage at about 16 or often a little later. Teenage rhinoplasty candidates must be carefully screened to assess their levels of emotional maturity and the reasons they desire nose surgery. Teenage rhinoplasty also requires parental consent.
Confidence Can Breed Success
Properly patient-screened and expertly performed teenage rhinoplasty can greatly enhance a teen’s self-esteem and social comfort. That confidence can then have a positive impact on virtually every activity and endeavor in the teen’s life. Rhinoplasty can also be performed to correct structural breathing impediments. When undergoing teenage rhinoplasty New Jersey patients that visit us often benefit from the advantage that younger nasal skin tends to heal faster and adapt more easily over a revised nose structure compared to adult skin.
Your Choice of Surgeon Matters
Teenage rhinoplasty is a team endeavor. The teen, parents, and surgeon must all be on the same page. There are a number of considerations that must be taken into account in deciding whether to proceed with teen rhinoplasty, including:
If all parties desire to move forward with surgery, Dr. Godek will review the teen’s medical history, and some lab work may be required. He will examine both the exterior and interior of the teen’s nose and will likely take pictures from multiple angles to aid in surgery and help establish goals and objectives for the procedure. Dr. Godek is a great listener and will take time to answer all questions from teens and parents. Scheduling teenage rhinoplasty can sometimes be challenging. Most teen patients and parents prefer school vacation surgeries to avoid interfering with school. Sports schedules are often taken into account as well.
Here’s How It’s Done
Just as no two noses are alike, no two rhinoplasty procedures are identical. The procedure typically takes between one and two hours and is usually performed at an outpatient facility, meaning the teen can go home later on the same day of the surgery. Keep in mind that a teen girl’s nose is structurally different from that of a boy and that our culture has gender-dependent notions of nasal attractiveness. Dr. Godek takes that into account when designing a patient’s surgical plan and technique. Most incisions are concealed inside the nose or along natural creases. At our practice in New Jersey teenage rhinoplasty, as well as other nose surgery procedures, is generally considered a “scarless” surgery.
An Inspiring Outcome
Results will be apparent once surgical swelling subsides, usually in a couple of weeks, although it may take up to a year for the new nasal contour to be fully evident. Remember, the objective of teenage rhinoplasty is never to create an entirely different facial appearance or a “new person.”
Happy and Healthy Healing
Healing from teenage rhinoplasty only takes a couple of weeks, and teens can resume routine activities after only one week. But patients need to wait at least six to eight weeks before resuming sports, particularly contact sports. Results can be preserved and protected by the daily use of a high-SPF sunscreen.
You can expect the results to be structurally permanent, but noses naturally change in shape and size over the course of our lives.
If the procedure addresses a medical condition such as breathing problems, insurance may cover all or some of the costs. But if rhinoplasty is performed solely for cosmetic reasons, insurance will not pay. Total costs will depend on the extent and complexity of the procedure.
Schedule your New Jersey Rhinoplasty consultation
To enhance the form and function of your nose, Dr. Christopher Godek and his team at Rhinoplasty New Jersey are unrivaled in the Tri-State area. Their dedication to detail and commitment to quality care will ensure you are comfortable and ready for a life-changing rhinoplasty. Schedule your consultation today. We look forward to answering any questions you may have!