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Am I Too Young For Rhinoplasty Surgery at 18?

By: Dr. Christopher Khorsandi


Without a doubt, rhinoplasty is one of the most sought-after cosmetic procedures by men and women in America year after year. The size, shape, and other characteristics of the nose can have a dramatic impact on the overall appearance of a person’s face, making it easy to see why the nose job remains so popular among patients of all ages. With the increasing pressure from social media and young Hollywood celebrities to achieve a near-perfect look, more and more teens are beginning to turn to cosmetic surgery to help reach their goals. Many patients wonder whether they may be too young for a nose job, but the answer might surprise you.

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Khorsandi, Chief of Plastic Surgery at VIP Plastic Surgery, is dedicated to helping Las Vegas, NV men and women of all ages safely reach their aesthetic goals through a wide array of innovative and exciting cosmetic procedures, including rhinoplasty. To find out when it may be appropriate to begin considering a nose job, read on to learn more about the procedure, how it works, and what kinds of results are possible.

What is rhinoplasty?

Commonly referred to as a nose job, rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure designed to alter the shape, size, and other features of the nose. The majority of rhinoplasty procedures are performed in either an open or closed fashion, which refers to the placement of the incisions. During an open rhinoplasty, Dr. Khorsandi will make an incision on the outside of the nose, while the incisions used in a closed rhinoplasty are placed inside the nose. An open rhinoplasty allows Dr. Khorsandi to access more of the nasal structures and achieve a more dramatic transformation in many cases, though the results of a closed rhinoplasty can be equally stunning. During your initial consultation, Dr. Khorsandi will examine your nose and discuss your concerns and goals at great length in order to determine which surgical technique may best fit your needs.

What does rhinoplasty do?

While a large number of rhinoplasty surgeries are performed for cosmetic reasons, the procedure can also help improve a number of health and functional issues. Some of the most common complaints that can be potentially corrected with a nose job include:

  • Bump in the nose
  • Nose is too wide
  • Crooked nose
  • Hump in the bridge of the nose
  • Nostrils are too large or too small
  • Asymmetry from previous trauma
  • Deviated septum
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Interrupted sleep
  • Snoring

Dr. Khorsandi is highly familiar with the complexities and nuances of nasal surgery and is proud to offer the most effective and personalized level of treatment possible with a number of more targeted procedures, including:

  • Ethnic rhinoplasty: designed to improve the appearance and function of the nose of patient’s with certain ethnic features while maintaining a natural look

  • Septoplasty: allows patients to breathe more comfortably by correcting a deviated septum

  • Turbinectomy: addresses swollen turbinates to improve sinus problems, airflow, breathing, and sleeping

What age can you get a rhinoplasty?

As with many cosmetic procedures, it is important for patients in Las Vegas, NV to wait until they have fully developed before undergoing surgery. In the case of rhinoplasty, the nose may develop at different rates from patient to patient. In general, most young men and women can be considered for rhinoplasty starting between the ages of 15 – 17, though it is important to be evaluated by a highly experienced, knowledgeable, board-certified plastic surgeon to ensure appropriate timing for your procedure. Patients should also understand that, regardless of what age you undergo rhinoplasty, the aging process will not stop, and your facial features will continue to change over time.

Can I get a nose job at 18?

In most cases, fully developed 18-year-old men and women who are in good health, do not smoke, and desire an improvement in the appearance or function of their nose can be considered for rhinoplasty surgery. However, the best way to determine with certainty whether or not a nose job is safe and appropriate for you is to be evaluated by a qualified, skilled, and experienced surgeon.

Call the convenient Las Vegas, NV location of VIP Plastic Surgery today to schedule your one-on-one consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Khorsandi, or take advantage of an online consultation from the comfort and privacy of your own home, and discover how a nose job can finally give you the confidence and gorgeous look you’ve always wanted!

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.