The answer to that question depends on a few circumstances. However, most rhinoplasty surgeons will not do a procedure on anyone under 16 years old. There are a few reasons for this.
The first reason is that your nose does not stop growing until you are about 15 or 16 years old. If you have a rhinoplasty procedure done before your nose has quit growing, it can have serious effects in the future. As the nose continues to grow, it may upset the rest of your facial growth, giving you compressed cheek bones or misalignment of the upper and lower teeth, which can cause irregular bite patterns.
The second reason for waiting until at least age 16 is emotional development. Many teens are not emotionally mature enough to make a life-altering decision such as a nose job. They fail to realize that the results are long lasting. It is not something that they can get rid of later on in life like a piece of clothing, a phone, or a pair of shoes. If you are the parent of a teen who wants a nose job, talk to them at length about it. The following are some guidelines you may wish to use:
– It is long lasting.
– Ask them about their expectations for having a nose job. Do they think it will automatically get them more friends or make them more popular?
– Consider a few visits with a counsellor or therapist about their reasoning for a nose job before they visit a rhinoplasty surgeon.
– Make sure they understand the risks involved and exactly what the limitations are to the nose that the doctor can give them.