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Tip and bridge narrowed using custom grafts. Nostrils refined and made more symmetric.
Large hump reduction with droopy tip elevation. Tip reshaped completely but with natural result.
Dramatic tip and nasal lengthening and refinement. Diced cartilage fascia graft used to augment bridge. Natural results from major structural changes.
Dynamic tip elevation and refinement along with major bridge reduction and de-projection. Nose is now well balanced with face.
Hanging, bulbous nasal tip, large hump on bridge and long appearing nose. Bridge reduced while refining and balancing the tip shape to match.
Hooked Hispanic nose with droopy nasal tip and large dorsal hump on bridge corrected and reshaped with natural refinement techniques.
Rhinoplasty is the most frequently requested cosmetic plastic surgery procedure amongst teenagers. Plastic surgery performed on teenagers can be controversial, as some professionals argue that a teenager is not mature enough to understand all of the implications of surgery. With proper patient selection and by involving the parents in the consultation and surgical process, the results can be rewarding and very well accepted. Rhinoplasty can also save teenagers from having to endure continual teasing and bullying from cruel classmates as reported in the media. Dr. Ashkan Ghavami is a proponent of teenage rhinoplasty after careful evaluation and discussion with the individual patient and his/her family. Often, teenage patients have their nose surgery performed during school vacations, such as winter, spring or summer break. The splint (cast) needs to stay in place for 6 to 10 days after surgery, so this is very feasible. However, any discussions regarding contact sports need to be addressed during the consultation to ensure a safe healing period.
One of the most important criteria for having teenage rhinoplasty is that the nose has stopped developing, and experts claim that this happens at around age 13 or 14 for girls and 15 or 16 for boys. Dr. Ghavami’s teenage rhinoplasty patients are typically between the ages of 15 and 19. Dr. Ghavami will evaluate the septum and other facial bones and cartilage to see if the surgery can be performed without having to anticipate a second procedure. According to Dr. Ghavami, “I always strive to reduce the revision rates for all my rhinoplasty patients to zero. There are strategies that can be used to do this successfully. This is the holy grail in rhinoplasty.”
There are two reasons that teens seek rhinoplasty surgery: either to improve the appearance of an oversized nose or to correct a nasal breathing issue (e.g., a congenital defect or a post-traumatic injury).
While the majority of patients are female, more and more teenage males are coming in to have their noses re-shaped and return to school with the nose issues out of the way. There is no reason to not have a rhinoplasty, which can so easily put the nose out of the equation when it comes to growing up.
Dr. Ghavami: “These days, it seems that simply going through the rigors of peer socialization is harder than ever. While everyone recalls, tough times here and there in high school and/or college, the internet and social media has made it even more challenging to simple just “be” as a teenager. For me it is an honor to help in this process in any way, with the right patient.”
Having a large or out-of-proportioned nose can make a teenager susceptible to the teases and bullying of classmates. This verbal abuse can severely impact a teen’s self-confidence around their peers. Bringing the nose into better proportion with the rest of the face can have a very positive impact on their confidence and overall quality of life.
It’s important for Dr. Ghavami to establish that a particular candidate has appropriate and realistic expectations of the surgery. It is by no means a cure-all, but when performed on the right candidate, it can tremendously improve self-confidence.
As a responsible medical practitioner, Dr. Ghavami is careful to screen his teenage rhinoplasty candidates. He works closely with the candidate, his or her parents and, in some cases, a psychologist to determine whether the teen is seeking rhinoplasty for the right reasons. It’s important that the teen patient understands the risks and benefits of the surgery and be psychologically mature enough to handle the experience. With the proper support system, some teenagers have said that their experience was better than when they had their wisdom teeth pulled.
One of the benefits of teenage rhinoplasty is that a teenager’s young skin is able to recover from rhinoplasty more easily at a young age. The skin is stronger and more elastic than an adult’s skin, so it is easier to adapt to the new framework underneath. This is one of the unique benefits and considerations that Dr. Ghavami discusses with the teen and his/her parents during a surgical consultation.
If you or your teenager or “young adult” would like more information about teenage rhinoplasty, it’s best to sit down with a board-certified rhinoplasty specialist and talk about the procedure. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Ghavami by calling (310) 275-1959 or sending us an email.