When can rhinoplasty be performed?

Extensive nasal surgery is generally avoided in children.  There are major growth centers in the nose that affect the growth of the face.  In cases of severe disfigurement due to accidents, surgery is performed in an attempt to restore the alignment of those centers.   For lesser deformities surgery is deferred until after the child stops growing.  Rhinoplasties performed on teenagers and young adults, it seems, are often beneficial to the social development and self confidence of the individual.  The aging process is reflected in many ways in the nose and its correction can add youthfulness and freshness to the appearance.