Is A Nose Job Right For Me?
A nose job (also known as rhinoplasty) is one of the oldest and most popular plastic surgery procedures available. Hundreds of thousands of men and women in the United States have nose jobs to improve the appearance of their noses. If you feel your nose is too large, too small, or has what you consider to be an unattractive shape, a nose job may be able to help you get a more attractive shape for your nose, if you are a good candidate for the procedure.
This page gives some basic guidelines about what makes a good nose job candidate, but the best way to determine if you are a candidate is with a personalized evaluation which includes an exam and consideration of your medical history. To get a thorough evaluation, please schedule an appointment with St Petersburg nose surgeon, Dr. Antonio J. Gayoso today.
Factors That Make a Good Nose Job Candidate
The best candidates for nose jobs:
- Have a mature nose (may be as young as 14 for girls, with parental consent)
- Are in good general health
- Are not using certain drugs or supplements
- Are mentally stable
- Understand the procedure and its risks and have realistic expectations
- Age for Nose Job Candidates
The key factor for deciding if you are old enough for a nose job is whether your nose has reached its mature size. This requires an individual evaluation of your nose, but for girls it may be as young as age 14. Boys tend to take a couple years longer to mature physically, so that most boys will not have nose jobs until at least age 16.
Of course, for teenage patients, parental consent is required for a nose job.
Good General Health
There are a few important health considerations for nose job candidates. First, it is important that you are not currently sick, especially with any illness that may affect your healing. You may be discouraged from having a nose job if you are at a high risk for anesthesia-related complications. The best candidates are also nonsmokers.
Make sure you share your full medical history with Dr. Gayoso, including any allergies and previous surgeries.
Drugs to Avoid
In most cases, you should stop taking any anticoagulants or other medication that thins the blood, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. You should also avoid some herbal supplements, such as ginger, ginkgo, and vitamin E.
In addition, people who have used cocaine nasally are not considered good candidates for rhinoplasty.
Mental Health, Education, and Expectations
Most people seeking rhinoplasty are doing so for perfectly normal reasons. They are capable of understanding the procedure and its risks. You can learn more about the procedure by visiting our Questions about Nose Surgery page. Most people also have realistic expectations for their results–they hope it will improve the appearance of their nose.
Other people, though, attribute unreasonable expectations to a nose job, or are not in a good place to make an informed decision about their nose job procedure. Dr. Gayoso will talk to you about what you can expect from your nose job and what constitutes realistic goals for your nose job.
To talk to Dr. Gayoso about whether you are a good candidate for a nose job, please schedule a nose surgery consultation at Gayoso Plastic Surgery today. We happily welcome patients from across Florida including St Petersburg, Tampa, and Clearwater.