The nose is often one of the most noticeable features of the face and often plays a significant role in a person’s overall attractiveness. When the nose negatively affects a person’s appearance, no person is affected more than a teenager. During the last few years, the number of teenagers undergoing surgical procedures to improve the shape of their nose has skyrocketed. Known as rhinoplasty, Dr. Alex Mesbahi performs this procedure for patients of all ages at his state-of-the-art practice.
Rhinoplasty can effectively correct the following:
- Overall nose size
- Nose width
- Size/position of the nostrils
- Nose profile
- Nasal tip (bulbous, upturned, hooked)
- Humps and bumps on the bridge
- Breathing problems
Good Candidates for Rhinoplasty
While a consultation will ultimately determine if someone is a good candidate for rhinoplasty, there are some guidelines that all teenage patients must meet. Most students have their procedures performed during holiday vacations or summer breaks to allow for adequate healing time.
All teenage rhinoplasty patients must:
- Be at least 15 years of age
- Be in good emotional health
- Have consent from their parent/guardian
- Have realistic expectations about the results
Performing a successful rhinoplasty takes the knowledge and steady hands of an experienced surgeon. A typical procedure usually lasts between two and three hours using either general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. Depending on whether the open or closed method is used, tiny incisions are made on the columella under the nose or inside the nose to minimize the chances of noticeable scarring after surgery. Once the nose cartilage is resculpted and the nose is shaped to a more pleasing profile, the incisions are closed.
In most instances, a week of downtime is needed before patients feel good enough to resume school and their daily routines. The results will become more apparent over the next few weeks as swelling subsides, but it may take up to a year to see the final results. Most teenagers find the outcome of rhinoplasty to be life changing, and they often develop a renewed sense of confidence.
To schedule a rhinoplasty consultation with Dr. Alex Mesbahi, feel free to call (703) 287-8277 or fill out our online contact form today. As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Mesbahi and his well-trained staff look forward to seeing you soon!