Most cosmetic surgeries are performed exclusively on adults of age 18 or over. However, there are a few instances where plastic or reconstructive surgery may be performed or suitable on teens or children. A few examples include otoplasty, scar revisions, or correction of a cleft palate. However, nose jobs are among one of the most popular surgeries among teens. So, what is a good age to get a nose job?
Unless injury, deformity, or a medical reason are present, most facial plastic surgeons will not perform a rhinoplasty on a teen or child under the age of 15. Even sometimes if a teen breaks their nose, a surgeon will recommend waiting to repair it until they are older. This is because the nose does not stop growing and forming until around the age of 15 or 16. Therefore, performing a nose job on an underdeveloped nose could result in results that do not last.
Even in some teens between the ages of 15 and 18, Dr. Allegra may recommend waiting. There are many reasons why it may be advantageous to wait until adulthood to undergo a rhinoplasty. This could include the risk of re-injury, specifics of the nasal anatomy, or other medical conditions that need to be treated first. Ultimately the best time for a nose job is after the age of 15 and whenever the patient and surgeon feel confident in the procedure.