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Rhinoplasty: Age for Teen Nasal Surgery?

What is the right age for Teenage Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is a common plastic surgery request from teenagers, after otoplasty or scar revision. The teenager’s nose is relatively larger than the rest of their face during this time. Due to this facial imbalance or asymmetry, many teenagers pressure their parents for cosmetic surgery. Keep in mind that body parts that might appear too large or too small now can become more proportionate over time.

The nose continues to grow as we age, but the largest rate of nasal growth occurs during teen years. Generally, this growth rate slows greatly at age 16 for most girls, and 17 for most boys. As a result, most plastic surgeons wait until this age before considering rhinoplasty for teenagers.

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