According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), rhinoplasty, or cosmetic nose surgery, is the second most common plastic surgery for those 18 years old and younger. It trails closely behind otoplasty (cosmetic ear surgery), and is then followed by breast augmentation in a distant third.
When Is the Right Age for Nose Surgery?
Unless it is a functional matter, and a younger child is having difficulty breathing because of a functional deformity in the nose, surgery should not be considered until the child is fully grown and their nasal cartilages and bony vault are at full adult development. On average this is around 15 years of age and varies most commonly depending on the sex of the patient. In females, full nasal development is usually about a year or two after their first menstrual cycle. In males, development can vary dramatically from 13 years old until 21 or even a bit older.
Because of this variation, the initial consultation with a doctor to assess all these factors isn’t just important, but essential. The doctor will also assess the patient’s emotional maturity in addition to their physical development to make sure they are mature enough to take care of not only their nose but also themselves following surgery.
How Much Time Should You Schedule Off From School?
Surgery is generally scheduled during school breaks as one to two weeks is usually enough time to recover from rhinoplasty. The most common time is the summer before college.
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Dr. Shervin Naderi, MD, FACS of the Naderi Center Rhinoplasty & Cosmetic Surgery is a facial plastic surgeon located in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Dr. Naderi has dedicated himself and his practice to the specialty of rhinoplasty, treating the area of the nose both cosmetically and functionally. Because of his dedication to each patient as an individual he always seeks the best approach to improve both form and function. His goal is a nose that works with and complements the face so that it looks both attractive and natural. His skills include not just basic rhinoplasty and septoplasty, but he is also often called to perform revision rhinoplasty and reconstruction, a much more complicated procedure than traditional rhinoplasty. The results of just some of his work can be seen here in the Naderi Center Photo Gallery.
For the convenience of his patients, he has two office locations, one in Herndon, VA, (703 481-0002) and the other in Chevy Chase, MD, (301 222-2020). Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The doctor can also be reached by email.