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Rhinoplasty Age-Related Issues in New York, NY

Rhinoplasty Age-Related Issues
 in New York

Age-Related Issues:

Too old for rhinoplasty? How about too young? Children, teenagers, and the elderly each have their own special considerations.

Older Patients

Assuming the patient is in good health and has realistic expectations, there is no age that is too old for a rhinoplasty. While most rhinoplasties are performed on patients in their 20’s and 30’s there are more patients that are choosing to undergo rhinoplasty even into their 60s. Many patients in their 40s have a rhinoplasty operation because they always wanted one when they were younger and finally have the resources and the time. Patients in their 50s and 60s elect to have rhinoplasty as part of their facial rejuvenation process. As one ages, the tip of the nose drops and it is a tell tale sign of an aged face. Those patient undergoing facial rejuvenation surgery choose to not only raise the sagging brows and neck, but also to restore their nose to it’s youthful contour.

Younger Patients

The vast majority of rhinoplasty patients are in their late teens, 20s and early 30s. Their motivation is to create a more proportioned nasal contour in relation to their facial features, as well as to improve their breathing. Both can be accomplished at the same time.

The youngest a patient can have a rhinoplasty is after the patient's nose has completed growing. This occurs in females after the age of 16 and after the age of 19 for males. Another good indicator of nasal growth is the patients' height compared to their parents. If the patient is as tall as the their tallest parent, then they are probably finished growing and so has their nose.

The problem with operating on patients earlier than their ideal age is that the nose will continue to grow in an unpredictable fashion. So, despite creating a balanced nose after the rhinoplasty, the continued nasal growth destroys the proportions that were created. Furthermore, while each patient has to be evaluated independently, younger patients are less mature and may not be ready to deal with the psychological impact of cosmetic surgery.