In this close up we see that the front face of her right ear looks
unnaturally smooth in the before picture. Some of the normal folds and hills and valleys of the
ear cartilage are missing, and the lack of those folds contributes
to the ear's position out away from the head. One of the tasks of the
otoplasty operation is to recreate those folds by placing sutures that force the cartilage into a folded position.
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Why do I have to wait until I'm 18 years of age to have my nose fixed?
When I was about 10 or 12 I broke my nose in a car crash. I am 16 now and my nose is bent and my left nostril is blocked because of my nose bending towards the right because it's broken. I really want a doctor to just break it back or set it straight but when I went to hospital when I was 15, the doctors said I will have to wait until I am 18 to get it fixed. They said that my face is still developing so that's why they wont do it. Would it be possible if I could get it fixed at this age?
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Dr. Denenberg's answer: Hmm. I think you're probably ready.
In my practice, most women aged 15 or older are ready for a rhinoplasty. We like to see that a woman is having regular periods and is about done getting taller. Then it's okay.
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