Teenage Rhinoplasty

teenage rhinoplastyAs Longfellow once contemplated, “youth comes but once in a lifetime.” And thank goodness for that! The decisions we’re faced with in our younger years often seem overwhelming: dating, school, body issues … Everything’s new and a lot of it can be frightening. And deciding to get your nose “fixed” may be something you have been thinking about for a while but are simultaneously terrified to undertake. But, for many, it could one of the best decisions of your youth.

Prepare 3As with adults, Dr.Nima encourages an initial, complimentary consultation with his teenage patients that can be done alone or accompanied by a parent, whichever is most comfortable. One of the most pressing questions teens have is: when is the right time to schedule a rhinoplasty?

As you might imagine, this is a very individual question, the parameters of which Dr. Nima will explore with each potential patient.

Upon entering high school, many adolescents may finally find the confidence to voice the discomfort they’ve had with their nose for years. In other words, for these individuals, this is not a snap decision; their self-confidence has been rocked due to concerns about their nose’s shape or size.

Other teens may be experiencing profound health problems, such as a deviated septum or enlarged turbinates. For these patients, Rhinoplasty may be deemed a viable option.

If so, the best time to schedule a procedure is after the growth spurt that happens early in the teen years, around 14 or 15 for girls. Females, though, are often ready for a rhinoplasty before their male counterparts, who usually aren’t finished growing until 15 or 16.

Subsequent to this thorough initial meeting, a procedure will be scheduled.

Enhance2As with adult Rhinoplasties, teenage rhinoplasty procedures involve the meticulous recrafting of nasal structure through careful modification of bone and cartilage. Perhaps more importantly, the particulars of the procedure enable Dr. Nima to eliminate the need for uncomfortable nasal packing. This, in turn, significantly reduces post-operative discomfort, bruising, and swelling and helps to alleviate post-surgery breathing complications.

What all of this means for the patient, is that – within about seven days after undergoing the procedure – most of our patients can return to their regular lives.

sustain 170x95So what is in store for the patient during the initial week of recovery?

Immediately after surgery, a dressing is applied. Again, no nasal packing is necessary, making the recovery a more comfortable one. Some temporary swelling and bruising around the eyes can occur, and often resolve after a week. The dressing is removed within about a week, at which time most patients can also return to their normal activities. More strenuous activities will need to be avoided for about two to three weeks. Patients can also expect ~50% of the swelling to go down within 2-4 weeks and the final result will become apparent within six months.

Testimonial

“Dr. Shemirani is amazing! I just got my nose done two weeks ago and my results are wonderful. People have complimented me by saying that it looks very natural. At first I was a bit hesitant on getting the procedure done but Dr. Shemirani made me feel comfortable by answering all my questions and concerns. He is very professional and caring towards his patients. That same day after my procedure he gave me a call to see how I was doing and I thought that was very thoughtful of him. There were no surprises and hardly any pain. I truly recommend Dr. Shemirani to anyone that wants to look fabulous!” – Mary Sol C. (Yelp)

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