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Two Questions to Ask Your Teen about Rhinoplasty

If your teenager is considering a rhinoplasty procedure – with or without your blessing, mind you – it’s important to discuss the possible surgery. By discussion the procedure your teen is considering you’ll not only be supportive and open to his or her concerns, but you’ll also be able to help guide her decision making process and help by asking the right questions.

Why Do You Want a Nose Job?

Ask your teen point blank about her desire for a nose job. Why does she want one? The answer she gives may not be the full truth, however, and additional questioning can help dig down a bit deeper to get the bottom of her rationale. If she wants a nose job to remove a bump or make her nose more proportional to her face, she’s at the starting point of the process. Why does she want that bump removed? Is to feel more comfortable and confident in her body or is to make people like her more?

How Will You Feel With a New Nose?

Ask your teen to do some projecting. Just how will she feel if she changes her face? Often teens expect something like a nose job to change a great deal more than just the proportions of her face. She may expect sudden popularity or a change in attitude. An honest answer would be that she’ll feel an increase in confidence. An answer that would make you hesitate would be something more in line with popularity, pretty, happier or more loved. A new nose does not equate to instant popularity, sadly.

As your child examines the deeper feelings behind her desire for a nose job, she may realize that she’s looking for the wrong thing for her needs right now. She may also convince you that she is being rationale and would benefit from the procedure. Only a frank conversation will tell.

 

Teens and Nose Jobs

Nose jobs seem to be increasingly more prevalent with teens than ever, and this is an ongoing source of debate among those who feel teens should not be getting plastic surgery and those who feel that plastic surgery for teens on something as prominent as their nose will give them a boost of self esteem and affect their life in a positive way moving forward.

Teenage Nose Jobs

Most surgeons will not perform rhinoplasty, or a nose job, on patients younger than fifteen. Some prefer to wait even later. This is for several reasons, but primarily because the nose has not yet finished growing for those younger than fifteen or sixteen years of age. Even with the nose grown fully, the teenage patients may not be sound emotionally to undergo such a difficult surgery.

Of course, patients who understand the limitations and recovery that will come with the procedure are able to benefit from the surgery at a very complex time in their life. The teen years are formative, and those who have unattractive features can struggle not just with their peer group, but with the own identify and self-worth. Often making a small change to the appearance of the nose can make a difference in how not only the teen looks, but in how he or she feels and acts.

Balancing Teen Nose Jobs

Ultimately it boils down to the preferences of the teen and the parents arranging the surgery. If the parents, surgeon and the teen are all comfortable with the surgery and the rationale behind it, once the child is of an age when the nose is fully formed, there is no reason to not proceed with the rhinoplasty if it can make a difference in the life of the child, especially in the long term.