While there is no way to stop the body from changing over time, there are surgical procedures that are not related to aging that are considered permanent. Rhinoplasty is a versatile procedure that can produce beautiful, lasting changes to the nose. However, many prospective patients worry about the negative consequences of nasal growth after surgery, and you may be wondering if this is a valid concern.
About Nasal Maturation
Some parts of the body mature more quickly than others, and the nose is one of the slower areas to stop growing. In general, the nose is not considered to be fully mature until the mid to late teens. Girls tend to mature slightly faster than boys, with most nasal growth finished by ages 15-16 in girls and 16-17 in boys. If rhinoplasty is performed before the nose has stopped growing, the results can certainly become distorted over time, and a second surgery must be performed. Past the late teens, however, the nose is highly unlikely to change on its own, and many young adults elect to have the surgery with no problems.
Rhinoplasty in Children & Teens
Because of the nasal maturation rate in children, reputable plastic surgeons will generally not operate on a child or teen’s nose except in exceptional circumstances, such as in cases of severe trauma or breathing problems. This is to avoid the need for another surgery later on, which involves more expense, discomfort, and difficulty, as revision surgery is always more difficult than primary rhinoplasty. Many surgeons prefer to wait until the patient is at least 18 before proceeding.
Results from rhinoplasty should be permanent, but there are no guarantees, and complications can occur due to structural problems, aging, illness, or trauma. For some post-surgical deformities, the surgeon might offer a revision procedure to address breathing problems and/or aesthetic issues, while in cases of trauma or other problems, the patient may need to pay for another surgery (in rare cases, insurance may cover part of the procedure).
Correction With Revision Rhinoplasty
Should changes become necessary after the initial procedure, a revision surgery will be performed. This is an extremely complex procedure that is complicated by weakened structures and scar tissue from the first surgery. However, a skilled plastic surgeon can make significant improvement in revision patients most of the time. That said, revision surgery should be avoided if at all possible.
Growth Complications Are Rare
If you are over the age of 18, you have very little to worry about when it comes to your nose growing after rhinoplasty. Growth complications are rare, and as long as you choose your surgeon wisely, you have an excellent chance of getting the results you want.
Choosing an Expert
Though there is very little risk that the nose itself will grow following rhinoplasty, there are other complications that can occur with nasal surgery, so prospective patients need to take care in choosing a plastic surgeon and making sure they are ready for rhinoplasty. Good results come from a skilled and artistic surgeon, proper preparation and communication, quality aftercare, and reasonable expectations. Patients should make sure all of these conditions are met before proceeding with surgery, to help prevent an unfavorable outcome and a regrettable decision.
The first step is to find an expert surgeon like Dr. Stuart Bentkover to help you. Dr. Bentkover specializes in rhinoplasty and has spent many years customizing procedures to suit individual patients’ needs. Bentkover Facial Plastic Surgery is conveniently located in Worcester (508-363-6500) and Stoneham (617-247-0033), MA. Call either location today to schedule your consultation.