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I'm a 16 year old male student and have considered rhinoplasty for a long time

Your questions answered by our surgeon, Lucian Ion, FRCS(Plast)

Asked on 04 January 2011

Question

I'm a 16 year old male student and have considered rhinoplasty for a long time. Only in the past 6 months, I have seriously given it more thought and started to explore the options. My nose isn't really big but I'm self-conscious and would just like some changes to increase my confidence.

I live with my mum and she is slightly against the idea as she thinks there's nothing wrong. I don't want anything dramatic happening, I would just like it made smaller, the size of the tip and nostrils reduced and generally, more straight in profile.

What options are available for me? I'm slightly embarrassed to discuss it with family ... but it's something I'm keen on having done soon so it's out the way. I feel like I have to evaluate social situations, e.g. if I talk to someone close-up, I'll pretend to itch my nose to cover it up - If I make my hair bigger, it will give the illusion that my nose is smaller etc.

Is there anything you could recommend? What are the possibilities of having it done at this age? I don't want to leave it much longer ... I'm at the stage where I like someone but I refuse to be in a relationship until I'm more confident with my appearance ... therefore, generating anger. I appreciate any suggestions you can make.

Answer

As a rule, I tend to perform cosmetic rhinoplasty surgery for patients that are above 18. This is primarily because the face undergoes considerable changes during the teenage years, and the choice of aesthetic balancing of the facial and nose characteristics is better done after this.

One thing I would say though, and this is of course a generalisation, most people would not notice that you have had rhinoplasty anyway. Because of this, there is little point to refrain from being in a relationship until such time that you have had surgery.

There is no doubt that feeling comfortable about your appearance has value, and is something that surgery may achieve for you. Nonetheless, when you feel that the facial feature which other people do not particularly notice to be striking is holding you back, there is also scope for a psychology assessment, as the answer may come from that direction, or from psychology and plastic surgery.

Lucian Ion Cosmetic Surgeon Mr Lucian Ion FRCS(Plast)
129 Harley Street
London
W1G 6BA

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