A frequent question I get asked during a rhinoplasty consultation is: what is the best age to have a nose job?
The best age for rhinoplasty is generally for individuals between the ages of 16 and 35. The youngest age for rhinoplasty in women is age 15 and for a young man, it is age 16, as the nose has finished growing by that time.
Why the difference? Typically, females mature faster than males, and we want to ensure that the growth plates are fully formed before pursuing surgery. It is also a good idea to avoid injury or contact sports following cosmetic rhinoplasty. WebMD offers additional information about teens and rhinoplasty on its site.
Is there a nose job age limit?
There isn’t a top rhinoplasty age limit per se. There are some patients who wait for rhinoplasty until age 40 and older and still have very nice results. The oldest patient I have operated on for cosmetic rhinoplasty so far is age 84. The reasons my older patients often give for waiting are:
- I wanted to wait for my children to grow up.
- I had a sense of guilt about changing something that God gave me.
- I finally have the financial foundation to move forward with this cosmetic procedure.
Regardless, a cosmetic rhinoplasty to change the shape of the nose, remove a hump, straighten a crooked nose, or lift the tip and make it smaller are gratifying at any age and is extremely rewarding and life-changing for the patient. You can see why in our patients’ before and after photos below:
Who can have rhinoplasty surgery?
Provided the patient is in good health, age is really not a factor in determining who can be a rhinoplasty candidate. The majority of patients I see for nose jobs are teenagers or young adults. The beautiful thing about rhinoplasty is, for a small investment of time—usually 1 week—the nose and profile can be changed forever, which is a fantastic return on investment and hugely rewarding to me as a facial plastic surgeon.
Computer Imaging To See What Is Possible With Rhinoplasty
The featured image you see here is of an actual patient who was 16 years old at the time of her rhinoplasty. Kristine had wanted a nose job since seventh grade when other children teased her about the size of her nose.
After meeting with Kristine and her parents, we performed computer imaging to show her an anticipated result. She was very excited, and we completed her nose surgery over the summer before she completed her next year of high school.
You can learn more tips for visualizing your perfect nose in our related blog post.
Whatever your age, if the shape of your nose bothers you or if you have some nose-related breathing problems, rhinoplasty might be an option. To find out whether your breathing or confidence can be restored with a nose job, contact our Orlando facial surgery practice.