3 Reasons Rhinoplasty Should Wait

Often when you decide that rhinoplasty is right for you, you’re interested in having the surgery as quickly as possible. After all, why wait any longer than you need to? There may actually be a few reasons to put off rhinoplasty for some patients in order to have the best possible results.

 

The Patient Is Too Young

While it may become obvious from an early age that the nose is out of proportion with a face or is off center or unflattering, it’s not advisable for surgeons to operate on patients younger than sixteen or so. The nose continues to grow until between age fifteen and seventeen and surgeons must be sure that the patient is old enough to have the surgery without unfortunate side effects from working on a patient who is too young.

 

The Patient Is Looking for the Wrong Thing

Rhinoplasty is a big procedure with big consequences. Making slight changes to the nose can change the proportions and the dynamics of the face, altering your entire appearance. Patients seeking a nose job who have given the procedure a great deal of thought and consideration understand that the surgery isn’t going to change who they are or any areas of their life. They won’t become rich and famous because they have a prettier nose. Would-be patients who fail to understand this should not have the procedure.

 

The Patient Isn’t Well

Rhinoplasty is a major surgery that can take months to fully recover from. If a patient has long-term medical conditions or unhealthy habits like smoking or drinking heavily as well as frequent use of prescribed medications, the rhinoplasty procedure is not safe or appropriate. Patients should be healthy and free of any substance dependence for up to six months prior to surgery.