How Young is Too Young for Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is the most common plastic surgery performed for teenagers. The procedure enhances the appearance of the nose and aligns it with the rest of the patient’s facial features. Physical appearance plays a key role in teenage confidence, but a rhinoplasty procedure should only be considered if the teen is emotionally mature and has thoroughly discussed this change with his or her family.

How young is too young for Rhinoplasty?

Dr. Menachof’s Denver practice, Facial Surgery & Aesthetics Center, specializes in rhinoplasty procedures. Our teen nose jobs are performed by Dr. Menachof, a renowned facial plastic surgeon.

Should a Teenager Get a Rhinoplasty?

Noses typically do not finish developing until the mid-teens — usually around 14-15 for girls and 16-17 for boys. Rhinoplasties should only be performed after nose growth ends, and an experienced surgeon will be able to tell. If a rhinoplasty is performed before nose growth ends, the growth center will be interrupted and the nose could end up appearing asymmetrical or unnatural, which could necessitate a revision rhinoplasty in the future.

The teen nose job can improve the facial appearance or can fix structural defects. After the nasal anatomy has fully developed, the prospective patient will have identified internal issues with the nose, such a deviated septum which can cause snoring, difficulty breathing, or nasal congestion. Physical abnormalities will also be present by the mid-teens. These types of external abnormalities include a bump on the bridge, disproportional size of nose or nostrils, crookedness, or a dropping nasal tip.

While a teenager’s nose may be finished developing, a rhinoplasty should only be performed if the patient has the emotional maturity to handle facial surgery. If the teen only recently vocalized their desire for a nose job, the desire for a nose job has likely not been thought through. Similarly, if the teen has a new friend group or recently started at a new school, the desire for a nose job may be coming from peer pressure. In these types of situations, the rhinoplasty is likely impulsive and your surgeon should not consent to the procedure.

Before a teen nose job, parents and teens should talk extensively with the surgeon about the benefits and risks of the procedure. Risks can be permanent and non-permanent, including:


Teenage rhinoplasty is a big decision – Dr. Menachof offers in depth patient evaluation to address nasal needs. He makes sure that the teenager is mature enough to handle the procedure, is doing it for the right reasons and has realistic expectations about the rhinoplasty results.

Teenage Rhinoplasty Before & After

Teenage Rhinoplasty Procedure

Rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure, meaning that the patient can go home after the teen rhinoplasty is complete. The nose consists of five pieces of cartilage, four separate bones, multiple ligaments, muscular attachments, varying skin thickness and soft tissue collections. During the rhinoplasty procedure, the surgeon will shape, size and configure all of these components to create a smooth and natural result. Here are the steps to the typical teen nose job:

  1. The patient is given general anesthesia.
  2. Incisions are made in the patient’s nose. The location of the incision depends on the area that the patient would like to change, previously discussed between the patient and surgeon. If the surgeon performs a closed technique, the incisions will be made inside of the nostrils. If the surgeon performs an open technique, the incisions will be made at the base of the nose between the nostrils. After the incision has been made, the skin covering the nasal bones and cartilage will be raised.
  3. Cartilage or bone is removed, reshaped or added to an area of the nose. To fix the function of the nose, the septum, or middle part of the nose, will be straightened.
  4. When the nose is properly shaped and structured, the nasal skin is lowered, and the incisions are closed.
  5. If the surgeon thinks a nose cast is necessary, he or she will place one on the patients nose for additional healing support.


The length of the procedure depends on the purpose and area of concern, but typically takes two to two-and-a-half hours. Talk to your surgeon about your specific teen rhinoplasty procedural details.

The Recovery Process

Teenagers should understand the recovery time needed post-surgery, and that it varies by patient. There is a one-and-a-half to two-week healing period after the procedure, where the patient may experience swelling, bruising and discomfort, causing the patient to miss school. If this is a concern, you may want to schedule the rhinoplasty for a summer or winter break. During the first few days following the surgery, the patient should rest in an upright position to limit swelling and speed up the healing process. Typically, rhinoplasty patients should not participate in contact sports or P.E. class for six to eight weeks after the procedure. Patients generally see the full rhinoplasty results within two years of surgery.

During the healing process, schedule regular appointments with your surgeon to ensure that your recovery stays on track. The patient must also have a realistic expectation for his or her rhinoplasty — the procedure will not solve all of the struggles of teenage years. Pre-surgery computer facial modeling can help the patient understand how his or her appearance will be altered. Rhinoplasties are permanent, so there is no harm in waiting for the patient to mature emotionally.

Teenage Rhinoplasty Cost

The cost of teen nose jobs varies on the procedure and the plastic surgeon. They can vary between $3,000 and $15,000. During your initial consultation, you can discuss pricing for your specific rhinoplasty needs with your surgeon. Each procedure is customized for the patient, so cost will be as well.

Cosmetic rhinoplasty is not covered by insurance, but rhinoplasty to correct a breathing issue or the nose after an injury is typically covered by insurance.

Types of Rhinoplasty

There are many different types of rhinoplasty procedures – some can accomplish aesthetic goals while others are performed for medical reasons. Here are a few examples of the different types of teen rhinoplasty procedures:


Consult an experienced surgeon to determine which of these procedures are right for you.

Why Choose Dr. Menachof?

Dr. Menachof has refined and perfected techniques that he has used in over 4,000 rhinoplasty procedures throughout his career. He will take the time to talk with you about your specific teen rhinoplasty needs and make sure that this procedure is right for you. Dr. Menachof will align your nasal goals to the procedure, ensuring that your surgery will result in an attractive, smooth, natural looking nose.

The results of a rhinoplasty are long-term – if you are considering a teen rhinoplasty, make sure that your nose is completely developed, that you are emotionally ready for the procedure and that you are getting a teen nose job for the right reasons. There are multiple rhinoplasty options for teens. Contact the Denver Facial Surgery & Aesthetics center for a free consultation and to discuss your nasal goals.

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