Is there a “right” age for Rhinoplasty?


The members of our Austin plastic surgery group are often asked by parents if there’s a “best age” for their child to have a rhinoplasty. Austin parents ask us this question year-round, but we most often hear it during the summer months when high school and college students are on vacation. Since many older adults wish they’d had their noses “done” earlier in life, it’s not unusual for us to perform a rhinoplasty with other facial surgery procedures, such as a facelift or eyelid surgery here at our Austin plastic surgery practice.



The right age for a rhinoplasty

Most 13-year-old girls and 15-year-old boys are old enough physically for a rhinoplasty–that is, the nose is adult size. However, a patient’s emotional maturity also plays a role in timing a rhinoplasty. Teens and young adults need to approach this procedure for what it is: a better nose. Although it won’t make them more popular, the increase in self-confidence that often follows this procedure can often brings young patients out of their self-induced shell if their nose has been of great concern, thereby leading to more friends and participation in age-appropriate activities.

Rhinoplasty is a fairly short outpatient procedure that isn’t that uncomfortable, other than swelling and some bruising. Swelling will subside in about two weeks and, over the next 6-12 months the nose will assume its final post-operative shape. Any necessary rhinoplasty revisions, though uncommon, are usually performed after 1 year.

If your high school or college student is considering rhinoplasty at the Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery in Austin, summer is a perfect time for it. They have plenty of time to recover and plenty of time to become accustomed to their “new nose.” Austin rhinoplasty patients beneath the age of 18 are treated through our practice at Dell Children’s Medical Center.

We care for pediatric patients (under age 18) in the Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery Program at Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas. Call 512-324-0918 to schedule a complimentary consultation and let’s go back to school this fall with higher self-confidence.  For adults, please contact the Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery at 512-324-2765.

To your health and beauty,
Patrick D. Combs, MD
James R. Cullington, MD
Brent M. Egeland, MD
Raymond J. Harshbarger, MD
Steven L. Henry, MD
Patrick K. Kelley, MD
Sanjay K. Sharma, MD
Adam B. Weinfeld, MD
Aisha D. White, MD
Austin Plastic Surgeons, Austin, TX
Austin Plastic Surgeons