What is Teen Rhinoplasty?
Teen rhinoplasty has grown increasingly popular among both girls and boys, especially when modern techniques are employed. Improvement in nasal shape, facial harmony, self-confidence, breathing, and treatment of nasal fractures are among the many reasons.
Teen Rhinoplasty In Depth
by Monica Tadros, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Dr. Tadros has a lengthy career performing pediatric nasal surgeries and teen rhinoplasties at Columbia Presbyterian, the Children’s Hospital of New York prior to her move to private practice. She advises parents that treatment planning mustinclude an evaluation of underlying breathing disorders, such as a deviated septum or nasal allergies to prevent unmasking of undiagnosed nasal disorders after rhinoplasty.
The concept is simple: “If rhinoplasty is performed to reduce the size of the nose, we have to make sure the airway can handle the size reduction.” This is especially true in the adolescent and teen population, where the structure and function of the nose must endure for more than half a century.
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What Is the Right Age for Pediatric or Teen Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty performed for strictly cosmetic reasons can safely be performed when the nose has reached adult size for the face and body. Typically, this occurs during puberty and can be as early as 13 for girls or 14 for boys.
The “right age” however, depends on the circumstances and the patient. A number of factors, including motivation, obvious external deformity, psychological reasons, and previous injury must be considered.
Realistic expectations and improvement in self-esteem are one of the most important discussions to have with your doctor. The validity of developmental improvement after facial plastic surgery and rhinoplasty should not be underestimated.
Should My Child Wait Till They Are Older to Have Their Deviated Septum or Nasal Fracture Surgery?
Your child should probably not wait if the condition is causing symptoms. Children with nasal fractures and trauma are still misguided to wait for corrective surgery.
This myth is still perpetuated in medical textbooks and stems from the reasonable fear that nasal surgery will stunt nasal development. On the contrary, waiting can often cause nasal and facial mal-development due to obligate mouth breathing and scar tissue.
There are very few surgeons in the world who feel as comfortable as Dr. Tadros operating on the septum and noses of young kids, adolescents and teens. Plastic surgery specialist in NJ has pioneered several safe and effective techniques to treat patients as young as five years of age.
Each patient is treated on a case-by-case basis with an emphasis on improving proper nasal and sinonasal development.
What to Expect After Teen Rhinoplasty
Recovery time for teen rhinoplasty depends on the patient’s overall health. Dr. Monica Tadros is the best plastic surgeon in South Jersey and she will describe all steps of the recovery process and establish clear expectations of rhinoplasty results during the first consultation.
Teen rhinoplasty recovery isn’t painful but may be somewhat uncomfortable. You will experience initial bruising and swelling around the eyes that usually last several weeks.
Some patients may also experience headaches, congestion, and dull aching after teen nose job surgery. Getting plenty of rest, keeping your head elevated, using cold compresses, and maintaining a healthy diet are essential for a successful and speedy rhinoplasty recovery.
It’s important to understand that the full results after teen rhinoplasty surgery in NJ will be noticeable within two years. Follow-up appointments are requested by Dr. Tadros for all teenage rhinoplasty patients in order to supervise your recovery process.
What Associated Conditions Are Often Undiagnosed or Neglected in the Pediatric/Teen Population?
Kids are resilient and many adapt to obligate mouth breathing from a very young age and have never known differently. Others are often misdiagnosed with nasal allergies as the source of their breathing difficulties.
Commonly, these patients have a deviated septum, hypertrophic inferior turbinates, or undiagnosed internal nasal fractures that may not be noticeable from the outside. This can be from birth trauma or from a childhood fall with direct trauma to the nose.
In these cases, the septum may develop off course even years later and cause internal deviation, an external crooked nose or both. In severe cases, non-classical sinus problems including headaches and unexplained fatigue can result.
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Double Board Certified surgeon Dr. Monica Tadros specializes in teen rhinoplasty for her patients in NYC & NJ and Bergen County.
Request your no-obligation teen rhinoplasty consultation with Dr. Monica Tadros today. You may also call our center for plastic surgery in New Jersey to speak to one of our Patient Advisors at (201) 408-5430. Dr. Tadros accepts most POS and PPO insurances for any medical issues related to the ear, nose and throat as an out of network provider.