How old do I have to be to get a
Once you are
done with the growth spurt of puberty, it's okay to have a
rhinoplasty. That age is about 14 for women, and 15 for men.
One way to tell when you're done is to check your height every four months
or so. Once you've stopped getting taller, chances are excellent
that it's safe to operate on the nose.
Inside of the
nose, there are places called growth centers, which help control the
growth of the nose. If we operate too early, before the face is done
growing, we might damage those growth centers, and the nose might not
complete its growth in a normal fashion. For example, if we were to
remove a hump on the nose at age twelve, the nose might grow crooked as it
increases in size over the next couple of years, because some of the
growth centers are working and others aren't. And some of the
hump might return, too!
until puberty has been completed gives the patient time to mature in his
outlook and his understanding of the procedure. He'll be able to
participate in making a better decision about whether the operation is a
good idea, and he'll know more exactly what he wants.
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