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Rhinoplasty, or a nose job, is a highly desired facial procedure by people of all ages. In this article, we’ll be taking a look at different types of nose jobs, how they work and how old you must be to have the treatment.

Different Types of Nose Jobs

Surgical Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty surgery is a procedure that offers a more significant and permanent change to the size, shape and sometimes function of the nose. Whilst it is most commonly carried out for cosmetic purposes, a surgical nose job can also help to fix noses which have been damaged through injury or sports as well as correcting breathing problems and alleviating symptoms of sleep apnoea and snoring.

The surgery can take anywhere between one and three hours depending on the complexity of the procedure and has an average recovery time between six to eight weeks.

Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty

Non-surgical rhinoplasty is a procedure that offers a more temporary and less significant change to the size and shape of the nose. It involves a dermal filler being injected to fix minor imperfections, give the illusion of a smaller nose or build the nose up to make it larger. 

The procedure itself takes around five to fifteen minutes, but the practitioner will usually apply a topical anesthetic for 20-30 minutes prior to the treatment for comfort. There is no downtime or recovery period for a non-surgical nose job, however, you should avoid touching or applying makeup to the area for 6 hours to prevent infection.

The results of a non-surgical rhinoplasty aren’t as permanent as a surgical nose job as the results last up to 12 months at which point the filler begins to dissolve, however, this may be a more appealing option for those who are afraid of or unsure about the risks of permanent damage involved with a surgical nose job. The results of a non-surgical rhinoplasty are also easily reversible as fillers can be dissolved professionally if you aren’t completely happy with the results.

How Old Must You Be To Get a Nose Job?

Surgical Rhinoplasty

The current UK law states that anyone over the age of 16 can consent to undergo cosmetic surgery, however, many professional cosmetic surgeons won’t perform on anyone below the age of 18. This is usually because the facial growth itself continues until the age of 18 (and sometimes even after) and so the structure of the face is yet to set into its adult appearance. 

This is especially true with features such as the nose which individuals often see as oversized before their face has fully matured but come into balance as they reach adulthood.  Having cosmetic surgery before the face has fully developed could also interfere with the growth itself, leading to negative side effects such as bone distortion or detrimental effects on the skin.

Lastly, it would also be irresponsible to perform cosmetic surgery on someone under the age of 18 if the psychological reasons behind them wanting it done aren’t sound. Whilst people of any age can experience anxiety or insecurities about their appearance, these feelings are particularly common during teenage years due to the way in which the body undergoes such drastic changes with the addition of hormonal surges. 

Many young people also feel pressured to conform to certain beauty standards as seen on television and social media and can become obsessive, seeking other cosmetic procedures in the impossible pursuit of perfection. Whilst these feelings are experienced by people of all ages, adults are more likely to be able to rationalise these feelings and make better, more informed decisions.

There are some exceptions, however, such as in instances where an individual is experiencing breathing difficulties which could be corrected by surgery or where there has been severe trauma to the nose or face.

Many professionals believe it is unethical for anyone under the age of 18 to undergo purely cosmetic procedures, so if you find a practitioner offering this without taking an interest in the reasoning behind it and without seeking parental consent, it is wise to be cautious.

Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty

In the UK, there is no legal age limit for dermal fillers, however, as with a surgical nose job, many professionals would be unwilling to carry out a non-surgical rhinoplasty on somebody under the age of 18.

Again, this is because many young people’s faces don’t finish maturing until adulthood, so it would be irresponsible to interfere with that growth or offer the procedure for the wrong reasons. Although dermal filler isn’t as permanent as surgery, it is still important to consider the psychological effects having cosmetic fillers could have on a young person who is still developing both physically and mentally.

Unfortunately, with a lack of regulation within the industry, there are a number of unscrupulous people posing as trained professionals attempting to lure in clients with cheap prices, something which is especially appealing to young people. In these cases, practitioners are often negligent and unethical, posing great threats of infection or long lasting damage.

Here at Skin Consultants, our procedures are carried out by a Licensed Medical Professional, Dr Chirs, who will only carry out non-surgical procedures on individuals over the age of 18. 

Our approach is simple, we put your health and wellbeing first. You’ll be welcomed with a complimentary consultation where we try to understand what it is you’re trying to achieve and we’ll then go through your suggestions and our recommendations together. 

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*New laws concerning the age at which certain procedures can be carried out have recently been passed. Take a look here for more information.

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