Rhinoplasty at Every Age: How Nose Jobs Different at 16 and 61

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Rhinoplasty is a cosmetic procedure that can be performed anywhere from your teenage years to late middle age. Although you might think you’re getting the same procedure at 16 or 61, rhinoplasty can actually differ based on your life stage. If you’re curious about what to expect from rhinoplasty at your age, then here’s what to know about it and how Dr. Bonaparte can help.

Is There a “Right” Age for a Rhinoplasty?

While there is no definitive “right” age for a nose job, there are definitely some factors to consider when deciding whether or not to undergo surgery. During your teenage years, your nose is still growing and changing. As a result, it’s generally recommended to wait until the nose has finished growing before undergoing surgery. This timeline depends on the individual, but some teens are ready as young as 16. For adults, there’s no set age limit for rhinoplasty. The only requirement is that you are healthy enough to safely go under the knife.

Rhinoplasty Considerations for Older Adults

If you’ve decided it’s finally time for your nose job after a lifetime of insecurity, you’re not alone. In fact, rhinoplasty is a surprisingly popular cosmetic surgery procedure among seniors. It’s a great way to achieve the look you’ve always wanted and can have a significant impact on your quality of life.

That being said, you may need to adjust to the new face you’ll see in the mirror. Unlike teens and younger adults, you have had many years to get used to the way you look. As a result, it can take some time to adjust to your new appearance. While this isn’t necessarily a reason to avoid surgery, it is something to keep in mind when making your decision.

The Anti-Aging Effects of Rhinoplasty

Although nose jobs aren’t typically considered anti-aging procedures, they can have a subtle yet significant impact on the overall appearance of your face. Rhinoplasty can help to correct a drooping nose tip, which can give your face a tired, aged appearance. It can also help to improve the symmetry of your nose, which can make you look more youthful.

Differences in How Rhinoplasties Are Performed Based on Age

The specific procedure is largely the same for older and younger patients. However, they often have different goals. For younger patients, the goal is often to correct asymmetry, narrow or straighten the nasal bridge, or reduce a nasal bump. For older patients, the goal is often to restore lost volume due to aging. For instance, we may focus on lifting the tip of the nose. Additionally, the cartilage in the nose can weaken with age, so a rhinoplasty may focus on correcting any resulting breathing issues.

Schedule an Appointment

Rhinoplasties can be performed on patients of any age. However, there are some important considerations to keep in mind depending on your age. If you’re wondering whether or not a nose job is right for you, we encourage you to contact Dr. Bonaparte at JB Cosmetics to schedule a consultation. You can contact our Ottawa office by calling or filling out our online form.