"Everyone deserves to feel good about the face that they see in the mirror, and this is already a difficult enough time for a young person," said Dr. Kevin Sadati, a board certified facial plastic surgeon who is based out of Newport Beach. "Teenage rhinoplasty procedures have been shown to help improve self esteem. In addition to that, it is the perfect time in a person's life to undergo this type of surgery. Teenagers are young and resilient and recovery easily from this surgery."
A rhinoplasty procedure is commonly referred to as a "nose job." Essentially, this surgery works to improve the aesthetic appearance of the nose while also improving its functionality at the same time. Many people find that after a rhinoplasty they breathe easier and sleep better. It is not uncommon for teenagers to feel self conscious about their noses — the nose is the focal point of the face and has a major impact on a person's overall body image.
Parents and guardians will need to consent to the surgery if the teenager is a minor. Dr. Sadati encourages both parents and the teen child to come to the office together for the initial consultation. Dr. Sadati will help develop a custom plan of action for the patient while at the same time alleviating any concerns the parents might have regarding the surgery. It is important that both parties have a realistic expectation of what can be accomplished during the rhinoplasty, and recognize that the recovery period will take some time.
"Teen patients need to recognize that they will not wake up from surgery and immediately see the true result of the procedure," Dr. Sadati said. "Bruising and swelling will take some time to subside, but most patients find the wait is worthwhile. Within a matter of weeks, they are already feeling better about themselves and branching out more in their social lives."
It is important that teenagers recognize that there are some qualifications for having a rhinoplasty procedure during this stage of life. Teenagers should wait until their noses are fully grown. For girls, this means waiting until they are between 15 and 16 years old. For boys, this means the surgery cannot take place until they are closer to 17 or 18 years old. Dr. Sadati will determine at the initial consultation if the patient is ready for the procedure.
Teenagers, however, are in a good position for this surgery because their skin is more pliable and flexible. Ultimately, many teens see better results than older adults who opt to have this procedure done. Young people are also more resilient, so the recovery period is often easier and shorter. This is why Dr. Sadati feels it is a great time for teens to have this procedure done — there are many different benefits.
For more information on this procedure and to discuss the benefits of teenage rhinoplasty with Dr. Kevin Sadati, contact our office today or visit our website at drkevinsadati.com