Teenage rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure designed to enhance the appearance or functionality of the nose in adolescent patients. Teenagers do not complete their physical development until their later teen years, which is why age is an important consideration for having rhinoplasty. Generally, it is best to time this procedure after the teenager has completed his or her growth spurt to ensure that the facial structure has completed its development.

The procedure helps improve aesthetic concerns that are causing the face to look unbalanced, but it can also address structural issues that affect proper breathing function.

Reasons To Undergo This Procedure

During adolescence, it is common to have low self-confidence and to experience emotional distress as a result of social pressure. Many teenagers become concerned about their physical appearance, particularly about their noses, which is why some seek rhinoplasty to enhance their looks and thereby improve their self-esteem.

Apart from cosmetic reasons, some patients may also undergo nose surgery to address breathing problems caused by structural abnormalities.

Rhinoplasty can address the following issues:

  1. Crooked nose
  2. Wide or oversized nostrils
  3. Nasal bridge that is too high or too low
  4. Bulbous nasal tip
  5. Functional issues

What Are The Benefits?

When it comes to teenage rhinoplasty, it is crucial to choose a plastic surgeon who runs an ethical practice and employs rigorous pre-surgery evaluations to determine the patient’s eligibility for the procedure.

Dr. Jacob Sedgh believes in stringent patient selection to ensure the safety of the patient as well as the long-term success of the surgery. As a double-board certified facial plastic surgeon, he possesses the knowledge and experience required to accurately assess a patient’s cosmetic and functional concerns, provide the most appropriate treatment, and create superb results that suit the patient’s unique facial features, including:

  1. More refined nose bridge and tip
  2. Smaller nostrils
  3. Better facial symmetry
  4. Improved breathing
  5. Increased self-confidence

Finding a plastic surgeon whom you and your teenager can both feel comfortable with is key to a successful nose job. This ensures open and effective communication throughout the pre-surgery process, allowing the doctor to gain a better understanding of the patient’s individual concerns and establish appropriate and realistic expectations for the outcome of the rhinoplasty.

During the initial consultation, Dr. Sedgh will conduct an interview to help him understand the patient’s desired results and to determine their eligibility for the procedure.

He will also take time to do the following:

  1. Perform a thorough examination of the nasal structure
  2. Assess the patient’s medical history and current physical condition
  3. Discuss the proposed surgical plan
  4. Answer all questions or concerns

If you live out of town or overseas, Dr. Sedgh can conduct initial consultations via video conferencing. His office also provides medical tourism services for those who need assistance in arranging their travel plans for the day of the surgery.

Teenage Rhinoplasty Procedure

Teenage rhinoplasty is commonly performed under general or local anesthesia with sedation. The type of anesthesia to be used will depend on the patient’s preferences and on the extent of the surgery involved.

To begin the procedure, the surgeon will create incisions to access to the underlying structure of the nose. There are two ways to accomplish this: the open approach and the closed approach. Both have distinct pros and cons, but the best choice will still depend on the patient’s specific needs.

With the closed approach, the surgical incisions will be made inside the nostrils. However, due to the limited visibility of the nasal structure, it is usually utilized for simpler or less extensive surgery.

It offers advantages such as potentially decreased recovery time and swelling, as well as no visible scars.

The open approach involves an incision on the soft tissue between the nostrils (also known as the columella) to provide optimum visual access to the internal nasal structures. Some supplementary incisions are also created inside the nose to create the necessary changes.

Once the incisions have been made, Dr. Sedgh will carefully sculpt the nasal bone and cartilage to refine the structure of the nose. He may also remove excess tissues to address overlarge nasal tips or nostrils.

Implants or cartilage grafts may also be used to enhance the appearance of the nasal bridge.

Once the enhancements are complete, the doctor will carefully and strategically close the incisions to avoid visible scarring. He may then apply dressings, nasal packing, or splints to help retain the new shape of the nose as it heals.


Teenage rhinoplasty is usually performed as an outpatient procedure. During the first week of recovery, the patient may experience some localized swelling and bruising, as well as nasal congestion and mild discomfort or pain. To minimize these side effects and make the initial recovery more comfortable, the patient will be prescribed over-the-counter medications and specific aftercare instructions.

The expected downtime is usually minimal, and patients should be able to resume their normal activities within two weeks.

Dr. Sedgh believes that providing comprehensive care and support during the recovery stage is critical to ensuring the integrity of the surgical results, as well as the health and wellbeing of the patient throughout the postoperative phase. Due to this, he will personally monitor your recovery progress through regularly scheduled follow-up appointments, beginning on the first post-surgery day up to a year later, or until the patient has completely recovered.

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