Everyone knows that self confidence is essential during the teenage years, and everyone also knows that this is not always easy to come by during this tumultuous time. During the last decade, the number of teenage patients at Dr. Kevin Sadati’s Newport Beach practice have increased significantly. There is a variety of procedures available, but the rhinoplasty procedure is the most common procedure picked by teen patients in Orange County. As the nose is the focal point on the face, improving its appearance often improves a person’s entire look.
Teenagers who are considering this procedure need to know how important it is to go to a true facial plastic surgeon expert, such as Dr. Sadati. Dr. Sadati is a rhinoplasty specialist, and he knows there are certain considerations that must be made for patients in this age group. For instance, there is a minimum age requirement for both male and female teenage patients. Male patients need to be at least 17 or 18 years old before having this surgery while female patients need to be at least 15 or 16 years old. This is because the nose is not fully developed until that age, and the surgery cannot be done before development is complete. The nose would continue to grow, and would ultimately destroy the results of the surgery — both functional and aesthetic results.
Any patient under the age of 18 does need to have a consent form signed by their parent or legal guardian. Dr. Sadati also encourages all teenage patients to bring their parents to the initial consultation appointment. This helps foster an open discussion and honest communication between all involved parties. Dr. Sadati can help to address any concerns the parents might have, and he can provide realistic expectations for the teenage patient.
In all actuality, the teenage years are a wonderful time to have a rhinoplasty procedure performed. Young adult patients have more elasticity in their skin, which allows the surgeon more flexibility in terms of improving the appearance of the nose. In addition, younger patients are more resilient and are able to handle the recovery process better than older patients. The average recovery time is anywhere from 7 to 10 days, making it easy to have this surgery done during scheduled school breaks. Contact sports should be avoided for several months after the surgery is complete as the nose is fragile and susceptible to injury.