Statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons shows that nose reshaping surgery (rhinoplasty) is the number one requested cosmetic procedure by adolescents. Having a large, humped or misshapen nose can spark feelings of anxiety, depression and embarrassment among teenagers who feel pressured to fit in with their peers. More than any other demographic, teenagers have an undeniable need to seek validation from friends and classmates – and their own physical appearance plays a large role in this process.
Teen rhinoplasty can help restore facial harmony and balance in young patients who are experiencing significant psychological distress because of a nose that is too masculine, too wide or disproportionate with their rest of the face.
NYC plastic surgeon Dr. Thomas W. Loeb believes that nose surgery can yield positive outcomes – both emotionally and physically – in teens who have healthy and realistic motivations. Though teen plastic surgery is not a catch-all solution for everyone, it can have a major impact on self-esteem and confidence.
Dr. Loeb only performs rhinoplasty procedures on teens who are physically and emotionally prepared for all aspects of cosmetic surgery. In adolescent patients, the nose should be fully developed before surgery is attempted. Generally speaking, most young women can have rhinoplasty by the age of 14-15, while young men may have to wait until they reach the age of 17 or 18 due to later growth spurts.
With proper medical assessment, realistic expectations and parental involvement, teenagers can benefit greatly from nose reshaping surgery. Whether patients desire a more feminine nose, a narrower bridge, or have difficulty breathing due to a deviated septum, rhinoplasty can address a number of issues.
Dr. Loeb always takes a conservative approach when assessing teenage patients. Once patients have been deemed good candidates for nose reshaping surgery, Dr. Loeb will go over rhinoplasty cost, surgery risks and the recovery process. Adolescents under the age of 18 will require parental consent, though this is encouraged for all prospective patients.
Digital imaging gives prospective patients a sneak preview of expected outcomes, but the greatest testament to Dr. Loeb’s skill and artistry can be found in his portfolio of rhinoplasty before and after photos.
“Rhinoplasties can change teenagers’ lives and how they feel about themselves. I’ve had so many young patients come in thinking about themselves one way and you can see months later they think about themselves in a much more positive light – that’s exciting,” says Dr. Thomas W. Loeb. Widely considered among the best teen rhinoplasty surgeons in his field, Dr. Loeb strives to help his adolescent patients get the confidence they deserve.
The results of an expertly performed nose plastic surgery can be life-changing, helping teens avoid the social awkwardness and anxiety that affects so many young women and men. Call today to schedule a private consultation with Dr. Loeb in his Fifth Avenue office.