It doesn’t take long for a teenager to feel embarrassed and humiliated by their most dominating facial feature if they don’t like their nose. What may seem to a parent or friend to be a charming and distinctive characteristic can wreak havoc on self-esteem and confidence. Whether the imperfection is slight or dramatic, a bump on the bridge of the nose, a heavy, drooping tip, wide, flaring nostrils or lack of proportion to the size of the face, rhinoplasty can correct the flaws and rescue a person’s self-confidence and self-esteem.


While making corrections to the nose through rhinoplasty as early as possible is important to salvaging a young person’s confidence, you must wait until the nose is fully developed. For a girl that is around age 16, while boys noses continue to grow until around age 18.


Whatever age you are when you make the decision to have rhinoplasty to correct an imperfection, an injury or a medical condition that interferes with your breathing, you can rest assured the results will be positively life changing. In the hands of a fine surgeon, rhinoplasty can be so subtle and aesthetically pleasing that most people will not be aware of the correction to the nose.


When searching for a qualified surgeon, be sure to take into consideration whether there are particular ethnic characteristics that you want to preserve. If the surgeon does not bring this topic up, you might want to consider someone else. Also work with a surgeon who will show you what specific sizes and shapes of nose look like on your face through 3D imaging.


Rhinoplasty is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries in the U.S. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported more than a quarter of a million rhinoplasty procedures were performed in 2013. Imperfections do not have to be dramatic to create a greater sense of confidence in one’s appearance when attended to by a highly skilled reconstructive surgeon.  Subtle modifications to the nose can make all the difference in the world.


Discuss recovery time and carve out the appropriate amount of time you will need before facing friends and co-workers. Generally within a week, the splint should be removed and you will feel comfortable going out in public. Holidays, as well as spring and summer breaks are popular times for scheduling cosmetic surgery.
If you’ve been embarrassed by a nose that is less than perfect, you deserve to look and feel your best. Rhinoplasty has enhanced the self-worth of millions of people over the years. Continuous advancement in medical techniques has made cosmetic rhinoplasty procedures virtually painless. And the payoff is absolutely priceless.

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