There certainly is a minimum age for rhinoplasty. Dr. Yagoda of Manhattan/ New York City (NYC) recommends that teens desiring cosmetic and functional nasal surgery wait until they have gone through puberty. For female patients, this means waiting until they’re at least 14 or 15 years old and for males, waiting until they’re at least 16. In addition to concerns about maturity and judgment (this is an awfully young age to be making decisions about permanent changes to your appearance), the nose may not reach its full adult size and shape until after puberty (Read more about teen rhinoplasty) But is there an upper age limit for this procedure?
The answer, assuming you’re in good health, is no. Like all surgery, rhinoplasty entails certain risks and you will need preoperative testing to make sure that you’re a viable candidate. However, Dr. Yagoda warns that rhinoplasty in those aged thirty and beyond, may cause much more of a perceived change in image and self-identity than it does in teens. Apparently, after thirty years of looking at yourself in the mirror, the image is finally ingrained!
In New York City (NYC) and Manhattan, Dr. Yagoda routinely sees older patients who seek modifications to the shape and size of their nose. In fact, since the aging process can cause the nasal tip to droop, tip refinement surgery is often combined with other rejuvenating procedures such as a facelift, neck lift or blepharoplasty (eyelid lift).
To determine if you might benefit from rhinoplasty, call Dr. Yagoda today to schedule your personal comprehensive consultation at our Manhattan, New York office.
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