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For patients of all ages, a nose that is too prominent or has an overly large dorsal hump can put a damper on their self-image. In younger patients, it can cause teasing and embarrassment, further affecting their self-esteem. 

For teenagers that are unhappy with their noses, a teen rhinoplasty in Houston can give them a more appealing aesthetic. Just like a traditional nose job, a teen rhinoplasty gives patients the ability to redefine the shape and size of their noses, giving them an aesthetic that complements their chin, forehead, and other facial features. This procedure can give teens a vital confidence boost at an important time in life. 

What Is a Teenage Rhinoplasty?

Traditional rhinoplasty is designed to reshape the nose and, if need be, improve nasal function by clearing away obstructions. The primary difference between this procedure and teenage rhinoplasty is that the latter is designed specifically for teenage patients.

In recent years, rhinoplasty surgery has become increasingly popular among teenagers all over the world. The procedure is revered for its incredible ability to improve the nasal shape, leading to a more balanced facial appearance. Beyond cosmetic issues, a rhinoplasty can also alleviate breathing issues by addressing structural problems in the nose.

Teenage rhinoplasty is known for being a complicated procedure. When carried out by a skilled, experienced facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon such as Dr. Eisemann, the results from this procedure can be remarkable. 

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What are the benefits of teen rhinoplasty?

A teen rhinoplasty can:

  • Improve the appearance of a large nasal hump
  • Address a drooping nasal tip
  • Attenuate overly wide nostrils
  • Correct nasal asymmetry
  • Give the patient a boost in self-confidence
  • Address breathing problems (septoplasty)
  • Improve facial symmetry

What are the risks of teen rhinoplasty?

While this procedure comes with many benefits, the risks must be taken into account as well. Some of these risks include:

  • Nose bleeding
  • Scars
  • Prolonged numbness
  • Swelling in the nose and face
  • Permanent nerve damage

As with any surgical procedure, it is vital that the patients and, in this case, their parents weigh the pros and cons before going forward. Dr. Eisemann carries out a thorough assessment of the patients and their needs during the private consultation.

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What to expect during the consultation

In order to be cleared for teen rhinoplasty, a consultation must be carried out ahead of time. The age requirement for rhinoplasty is 15 to 16 for girls and 16 to 17 for boys. While this age requirement must be met, it is not the only prerequisite. The patient’s parents must agree to the procedure. 

As the results of this procedure are life-changing for both parents and their children, they should take ample time to consider the risks and benefits before moving forward. 

Dr. Eisemann performs in-depth assessments of his patients’ noses in order to help them and their parents make informed decisions about their treatment options. Beyond that, he uses the information gleaned from the consultation process to come up with a personalized treatment plan that will address their specific concerns. Everyone is born with a unique nose and has unique goals for what they want to achieve. Dr. Eisemann will make sure that the patient’s goals are met. 

    Are You a Candidate for Teen Rhinoplasty Surgery?

    As mentioned before, there is an age limit that comes with this procedure. Teen rhinoplasty should only be performed on a patient once their nose has stopped growing. This is due to the fact that it is not safe to perform such a surgery on underdeveloped noses, as it can affect their natural growth. 

    With any rhinoplasty procedure, the goal is to help the patient achieve a nose that is proportionate to the rest of their face. Of equal importance is attaining a nose shape that looks natural, without any signs of surgery that will be obvious to onlookers. Dr. Eisemann prides himself on achieving remarkable results that look natural and match their patient’s overall aesthetic. 

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    What is the procedure like?

    Just like primary rhinoplasty, teen rhinoplasty can be performed either using a closed or open technique. With a closed technique, all incisions are made inside the nose, leaving any scars hidden from sight. With an open technique, the incision is made on the columella (the small area of flesh between the nostrils). This usually leaves a scar, but it is nearly invisible. 

    These incisions are used as entryways by which Dr. Eisemann can re-shape bone and cartilage, allowing for a total resculpting of the nose. This process usually involves changing the position of nasal bones in order to make the nose narrower or straighter. In some cases, cartilage and bone may need to be extracted from other parts of the body in order to build up a certain part of the nose. Once all changes have been made, the skin is laid over the nose again. Sutures are used to close the incisions. 

    The procedure is usually performed under general anesthesia and can take anywhere from 2 to 3 hours to complete. 

    What is the recovery process like?

    It’s important for patients to understand that swelling from the procedure can last for up to a year, making it difficult to assess the results until that point. The soft tissues of the nose are known to retain swelling longer than other areas of the body. Even though patients will likely notice a difference by the three-to-four-week mark, the final nose contours can take several months to settle in.

    The nose will be protected both inside and out, with a splint or padding inside the nose and bandages on the outside to support the new nose contours. These dressings will need to stay in place for at least a week, at which point the surgeon will remove them along with any remaining stitches.

    For the first week or two, pain, swelling, bruising, and tenderness are noticeable and can cause some mild discomfort. However, these conditions usually dissipate by the third week.  

    Patients will receive specific post-procedural directions that must be followed closely, including postoperative care, when to take medications, and issues to look out for. Following instructions will ensure a positive recovery and results. 

    It should be mentioned that the best time for a teen rhinoplasty in Houston is in the summer, particularly between high school graduation and the first college semester. This gives the teenage patient ample time to heal from the procedure and settle into their new look before embarking on the next chapter of their life. 

    Why choose Dr. Eisemann?

    Board-certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Dr. Michael Eisemann has years of experience and training under his belt that enable him to achieve remarkable results for his patients. His practice has been proudly serving the greater Houston area for years, providing people with reliable care that is cost-effective and exceeds their expectations. 

    Most importantly, he values communication with his patients, ensuring that they feel comfortable throughout every step of the process. His dedication to excellence and patient satisfaction is what has made Eisemann one of the most highly revered names in American cosmetology. 

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