Question: My 16 year-old daughter is in her late teens and talking about getting a nose job. While her father an I are not 100 percent on board, overall she’s a pretty level-headed kid so we’re keeping the lines of communication on the subject open. As we research the issue further, what should we be looking for in a plastic surgeon in terms of background and experience? Should we be asking for references from patients? Is it important to find a surgeon who has performed surgery on younger patients?
Answer: Parental and family and friend support is very valuable when it comes to any surgery. I have seen level-headed 14 year olds and immature 40 year olds. Age is not that crucial as long as she is at least 16-18 although occasionally as young as 14 years old is OK for Rhinoplasty if they are mentally and physically mature. 16 years old is not a bad age for rhinoplasty especially if she has done her own research and is mentally prepared. Now its your turn as her parents to do additional research and find the right plastic surgeon. There are lots of pieces to the puzzle including the plastic surgeon’s training, specialization (if any), picture gallery of work samples, experience with teenagers, etc.