It's time to get out your ruler and measure some angles. In the before
picture, an imaginary line drawn from the front of his chin through the front of
his lips to the middle of the base of his nose points far forward, away from his
face. That same line, from chin through lips to nose, is much more
vertical in the after picture. With a projecting nose and a weak chin,
the face seems to "point" toward the nose, making the nose appear even more
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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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