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Is There A “Right” Age for Rhinoplasty?

Posted in Rhinoplasty

rhinoplasty, also known as a nose job, can correct various cosmetic and even medical concerns. Men and women of all ages, including teenagers, choose to have a nose job for a number of reasons. Young adults often consider this procedure either to escape emotional traumas associated with a nose that may be regarded as unattractive or ill-proportioned by their peers. The reason could also be due to a medical reason that causes breathing difficulties. Whatever the reason might be, you might be wondering what the best age for a nose job is. 

At Livingston Plastic Surgery, double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher K. Livingston is an exceptionally skilled rhinoplasty surgeon who consistently provides beautiful results and is highly regarded for his outstanding operative skills. Located at the Houston Texas Medical Center, the world’s largest medical center, Dr. Livingston utilizes the most advanced, state-of-the-art techniques and years of medical experience to help his patients achieve their aesthetic goals.

Lower Age Limit for a Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty is most often encouraged for patients who have reached complete facial maturity or patients whose noses have stopped developing. 

People reach full nasal maturity at different ages: 

  • Girls generally stop growing at around 15 or 16 years of age. 
  • Boys should be at least 17 or 18 years of age before considering the procedure.

Patients shouldn’t undergo rhinoplasty surgery until they reach full facial maturity because the nose is still growing and changing. If the procedure is done before you have reached full facial maturity, then the results of the rhinoplasty could be compromised by the continued changing of the nose, negating the treatment results. That’s why Dr. Livingston will conduct a thorough assessment of your facial structure before proceeding with the treatment.

Upper Age Limit for A Rhinoplasty

There are no official upper age limits when it comes to rhinoplasty surgery. Once you have attained full facial maturity, you can pursue a rhinoplasty as long as you are physically and mentally sound.

So, When is the Best Time?

You can opt for a rhinoplasty any time after you’ve reached full facial maturity, as long as you are: 

  • mentally and physically healthy and mature
  • understand the risks of surgery
  • have realistic expectations for the procedure
  • have met with a highly experienced plastic surgeon

Rhinoplasty in Houston, Texas

Award-winning plastic surgeon Dr. Livingston is a renowned rhinoplasty specialist who employs his many years of experience and training to achieve outstanding functional and aesthetic results for his trusted patients. When you choose to partner with Dr. Livingston and his team of experts, you can rest assured that you are in the best hands. Is now the right time for your rhinoplasty? Contact us via our website or call us by phone at (281) 501-1812 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Livingston.