Many stories in today's media have stated that teenagers are flocking to plastic and cosmetic surgeons to have rhinoplasty surgery, but in reality this surgical procedure is performed on a very selective basis. Teenagers who have the physical and emotional maturity for cosmetic surgery may undergo rhinoplasty as early as 14 or 15, or possibly older for boys. There is no upper age limit for rhinoplasty, as long as you are in good health. Rhinoplasty is sometimes performed along with a facelift or other facial surgery to correct aging changes of the nose such as a drooping tip.
What Can Rhinoplasty Achieve? The goal of rhinoplasty, at any age, is a natural-looking nose that achieves a harmonious balance with your other facial features. In the earlier days of rhinoplasty, patients and theitended to think in terms of an "ideal" nose, and this ideal often varied only slightly from patient to patient. Today, plastic surgeons are sensitive to the unique aesthetics of each individual's appearance. This includes factors such as ethnicity and the strength of other facial features.
Some patients are looking for only subtle improvements, while others desire more substantial changes in the appearance of their nose. An important part of your nose surgery consultation with a surgeon is the discussion of your personal goals for rhinoplasty surgery.
Nasal length and projection are key measurements that a plastic surgeon will consider in determining the ideal aesthetic relationships between your nose and other facial features. In surgery cases where the chin lacks satisfactory projection, your plastic surgeon may elect to place a chin implant at the same time as the nose is reshaped in order to create proper balance and facial harmony.
A rhinoplasty can increase or decrease your nasal bridge, reduce the size and width of your nose, narrow your nostrils, change the angle between your nose and upper lip, or reshape your nasal tip. In many instances, your plastic surgeon will place all of the incisions inside the nose, where they will not be visible.
In some cases, a short incision is made across the vertical strip of tissue that separates the nostrils. This technique is called an "open rhinoplasty." Other incisions are used to narrow the base of your nose or reduce your nostrils. No matter which incisions the plastic surgeon uses to reshape your nose, they will ultimately be very inconspicuous.
Generally, bruising around the eyes and cheeks is most apparent during the first three days following surgery. Most discoloration will disappear within a week, and you can begin wearing makeup as a concealer after just a few days. The majority of the swelling will fade after several weeks. You will notice some minor swelling that may continue for months after, but it probably won't be noticeable at all to others.
The final results of rhinoplasty take longer than those of most other cosmetic surgeries. At the same time, the psychological impact of rhinoplasty can be very positive, bolstering self-confidence and self-esteem to a remarkable degree. If you decide to undergo rhinoplasty, just remember that once the recovery is completed, the benefits will last a lifetime!