A nose job can enhance your appearance and your self-confidence, but it won’t necessarily change your looks to match your ideal, nor will it cause other people to treat you differently. Before you decide to have surgery, think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with Dr. Lesavoy.
Dr. Lesavoy considers the best candidates for rhinoplasty to be people who are looking for improvement, but not perfection, in the way they look. People who are physically healthy, psychologically stable, and realistic in your expectations, you may be a good candidate.
Before surgery, the rhinoplasty patient in the diagram has a large, slightly hanging nose, with a hump and an enlarged tip.
Rhinoplasty can be performed not only to meet aesthetic goals but also for reconstructive purposes, including correcting birth defects or breathing problems.
Age may also be a consideration for Dr. Lesavoy. Many surgeons prefer not to operate on teenagers until after they’ve completed their growth spurt, which is usually around 14 or 15 for girls and a bit later for boys. Dr. Lesavoy feels that it’s important to consider teenagers’ social and emotional adjustment, too, and to make sure it’s what they (and not just their parents) really want.