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Removing Cast After Rhinoplasty Surgery in Seattle WA

Teenagers underwent five times as many plastic surgery procedures in 2012 than they did in 1997, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
The most popular plastic surgery on teenagers among these operations is rhinoplasty. Teenage years can be opportune for rhinoplasty because procedures can be done over the summer and winter breaks and the nose has typically finished maturing. Teenage rhinoplasties can produce effects that last a lifetime and leave almost imperceptible scars from the treatment. But the age at which a rhinoplasty is not appropriate still remains a mystery.

After the Nose Stops Growing

The Nose Stops Growing Around the Age of 14 for girls and 15 for boys, the nose typically stops growing and abnormalities start to show up. This is when rhinoplasty surgery is performed. Only after the growth of the nose has stopped should rhinoplasties be done. A skilled surgeon will be able to determine when a nose has reached its full size.
The growth center of the nose will be stopped if rhinoplasty is done before it stops growing, which may result in an unnatural or asymmetrical appearance that may require a revision rhinoplasty in the future.

Outpatient Surgery

Teenagers can choose rhinoplasty, an outpatient procedure, once the growing of their noses has finished. By this time, the potential patient will be aware of any internal nose problems, such as a deviated septum that can lead to snoring, breathing problems, or nasal congestion. By the middle of adolescence, physical deformities will also be evident.
A bulge on the bridge, an unproportionately large nose or nostrils, crookedness, or a lowering nasal tip are examples of these outward deformities.

Preparing for Facial Surgery

A rhinoplasty should only be done if the patient has the emotional maturity to tolerate facial surgery, even though a teenager’s nose may have stopped developing.
If the youngster has only lately expressed a desire for a nose job, it is likely that this desire has not been carefully considered. The desire for a nose job may also be the result of peer pressure if the teenager has recently started attending a new school or has a new group of friends. The rhinoplasty in these cases is probably impulsive, and your surgeon shouldn’t approve the treatment.

Rhinoplasty Recovery

Teenagers need to be aware of the potential 6–8 week absence from contact sports required for recuperation following surgery, as well as possible bruising, swelling, and discomfort. The patient must also have reasonable expectations for their rhinoplasty because it won’t make all of their teenage problems go away. The patient can better grasp how his or her appearance will change through pre-surgery computer face modeling. There is no danger in waiting for the patient to emotionally grow because rhinoplasties are permanent.

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