Monday, December 5, 2011

How old for a Rhinoplasty?

I frequently get questioned by patients and patients’ parents as to what is the appropriate age to have a rhinoplasty. How old does one have to be? When is too early? What are the consequences?

All this depends. Typically, girls and boys differ in terms of their growth and psychological maturity. With girls, I typically wait about 1 year after the girl’s first menstrual cycle before considering rhinoplasty. I will evaluate the patient’s mid face and assess if growth is complete before proceeding with the nose surgery. With girls, the earliest in this case is typically 14. With boys, I await until they are 1-2 years after puberty and have completed their mid face growth.

It is important to wait until the mid face has completed its growth as the septum, which can be deviated, serves as the epicenter for mid face growth and should not be disturbed until this is complete.

Lastly, it is important that both boys and girls are psychologically mature enough to undergo rhinoplasty, and can handle this change in body image.

Dr. Funk is a double board certified Ear, Nose, and Throat Surgeon and Facial Plastic Surgeon. He specializes in rhinoplasty, septoplasty, and all nasal surgery. He sees patients from throughout the Houston area including Katy, Sugarland, Spring Cypress, and the Woodlands, Texas.