Rhinoplasty is a popular facial plastic surgery for men and women. Many patients who are dissatisfied with their nose’s size, shape, or function look to rhinoplasty to enhance their appearance or improve breathing. However, patients should not undergo rhinoplasty surgery until they have reached full facial maturity. For young patients, that age can be as young as 15-17 years old.
What is Rhinoplasty?
Typically called a nose job, rhinoplasty can enhance the nose’s appearance by addressing its size, shape, or proportions. Rhinoplasty can also repair damage from trauma, congenital disabilities, or breathing difficulties, such as a deviated septum. Rhinoplasty can be performed for aesthetic purposes, breathing difficulties, or both.
The most rewarding benefit of rhinoplasty is the confidence boost that many patients enjoy after their results appear. Increased confidence and self-image can lead to a better quality of life and more professional opportunities.
Why Does Age Matter for Rhinoplasty?
To determine whether patients are good candidates for rhinoplasty, Dr. Hamwi assesses patients’ facial structure to ensure they have reached full facial maturity. For girls, facial maturity may be reached at 15-16 years old, and for boys, that age may be 17-18. If a patient does not reach full facial maturity prior to rhinoplasty, the nose may continue to grow and change, affecting facial anatomy proportions and undermining the surgical results.
Younger patients should also be emotionally mature enough to make the decision to have rhinoplasty and understand the surgical risks.
Adult patients who have completed full facial growth may elect to have rhinoplasty if they are physically and mentally healthy. While no official upper age limit exists for rhinoplasties, some older patients may be ineligible due to underlying health concerns.
Other concerns such as skin quality and physiological changes to the nose’s structure must also be considered when determining whether a patient is a good candidate for rhinoplasty.
Is Rhinoplasty Right for You?
Along with completed facial growth, suitable candidates for rhinoplasty in Sarasota should be physically healthy, not smoke, and have realistic goals for their procedure. Candidates for rhinoplasty may be struggling with:
- Deviated septum
- Congenital disabilities
- Bumps and asymmetries
- Contouring issues
- Bulbous tip
- Bumps or dips along the bridge
- Overly large nostrils
- Enlarged nasal tip
- Droopy nasal tip
- Disproportional size
- Crooked nasal bridge
Choosing Dr. Kristopher Hamwi for Your Rhinoplasty
The first step in any successful plastic surgery is selecting an experienced provider who listens to understand your concerns and goals. With over 10 years of training at the world’s top institutions, double board-certified Dr. Kristopher Hamwi is rated as one of the leading aesthetic plastic surgeons in the country.
With an artist’s eye and a surgeon’s hand, Dr. Hamwi delivers results that complement your profile, making him your choice for the best rhinoplasty in Sarasota. When you are ready to achieve your aesthetic goals, partner with Tampa and Sarasota’s leading rhinoplasty surgeon! Contact us today to learn more.