A nose that is too big, or too small, too long or too short or presents with an obvious bump or physical deviation, can impact a persons facial appearance as well as their self-esteem. A nose has the ability to overshadow other aesthetically attractive aspects of the face, and in fact can act as a distraction due to the lack of balance or facial harmony.
Rhinoplasty is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures amongst teenagers. Often this age group can be far more sensitive to their appearance due to the new societal norm to take “selfies” and pictures regularly, and then share them on different social media platforms for likes. However, typically the driving force for rhinoplasty surgery amongst this age group is to correct characteristics of the nose that are not in harmony with the rest of the face in order to boost confidence at a young age while having a lifetime ahead to enjoy the result.
How young is too young, is the question. The rule of thumb is once a teen has reached physical maturity. That means they have completed puberty and are no longer growing. On average, girls tend to be physically mature by age 15 or 16, which typically falls 2 years following the start of their menstruation cycle. For boys, full maturity can range from 16-18, with 17 being about the average.
A Plastic Surgeon must also gage whether their patient is mentally and physically capable of enduring the post-surgical recovery. Older patients can take longer to heal, may bruise more easily and may have looser skin than that of a younger patient. On the upside, a mature patient likely has had plenty of life experience and the maturity often required to get through the recovery process.
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It’s not recommended to undergo rhinoplasty surgery until a teen has fully matured as the nose is still in transition and growing, therefore the final result may not be balanced or in proportion to the rest of the face. In addition to physical maturity, it’s important that a Plastic Surgeon assess a teenaged patient thoroughly to ensure they are both physically and mentally prepared for rhinoplasty surgery.
Teenaged patients who are fully mature, may not yet be emotionally mature enough, or be equipped to handle the psychological impact plastic surgery may have on a person. A thorough consultation will help a Plastic Surgeon determine if their teenaged patient is ready for rhinoplasty surgery or if they should delay surgery until their emotional maturity has caught up with their physical maturation.
As far as the upper age limit and just how old one can be to undergo rhinoplasty surgery? That too depends on a patients’ physical and mental health. A mature patient that has a chronic medical condition such as asthma, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure or an active uncontrolled disease would likely not be a candidate for rhinoplasty surgery.
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African American rhinoplasty is a unique procedure that requires the expertise of a facial cosmetic surgeon who is experienced in handling and enhancing the natural beauty of African American noses. Generally speaking, there are differences between the noses of African American patients and European patients.
For example, African-American noses tend to have thicker skin, wider nasal passages, flatter nasal bridges, and wider nasal bones, as well as other subtle differences in facial features. While Caucasian patients may wish to reduce the overall size of the nose with “reduction rhinoplasty surgery”, an African American nose is a little bit different. It is never our goal to “make a Caucasian nose”. When we complete an African American rhinoplasty, it is our goal to ensure that the patient receives a nose that preserves their ethnicity and respects their ethnic background.
Asian rhinoplasty works with the unique anatomy of an Asian face, building from the natural beauty and providing a result respectful of a patient’s heritage. The goal of an Asian rhinoplasty is to create a harmonious, natural and refined nose that is compatible with Asian patient’s facial features.
The goal of Asian rhinoplasty is not to create a Caucasian nose, but to augment the pleasing features of an Asian nose within the context of Asian-specific facial proportions.
If you are seeking an Asian rhinoplasty, you want a surgeon who is familiar with Asian facial proportions. Dr. Solomon is highly skilled, experienced and accomplished surgeon in this field, having completed Asian rhinoplasty procedures for nearly 20 years. Through the initial consultation process, Dr. Solomon will discuss with you the goals of your Asian rhinoplasty and what is realistically achievable with regard to your own unique anatomy.
Persian rhinoplasty is extremely popular within the Persian culture. Both Persian women and Persian men are accepting of the benefits one can achieve with rhinoplasty surgery. Persian patients are often knowledgeable and open minded regarding cosmetic surgery, particularly those in the greater Toronto community. It is our goal with each Persian rhinoplasty, to reshape the nose according to the patient’s interests, without losing the natural beauty of their Persian features.
Persian rhinoplasty makes up a significant percentage of the rhinoplasty procedures we perform at our clinic. So much so, that Dr. Solomon is considered a highly respected expert in the Toronto Persian community. Many female Persians come to Dr. Solomon looking to reduce the appearance of an overly dominant nose or sometimes to create a more intrinsic facial appearance.
“Persians are an interesting case. They have slightly thicker skin and are often looking for a relatively significant change to their nose to better balance other facial features, such as large eyes and high cheek bones,” says Dr. Solomon. If you are a member of the Toronto Persian community seeking a rhinoplasty, Dr. Philip Solomon is a name you have likely heard many times, consistent with his outstanding results.
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