Question: At the age of 11, our daughter is already self-conscious about her nose and starting to talk about plastic surgery. I realize that she’s too young both because of her lack of maturity and because of her level of physical development. Both her father and I know she’s a beautiful girl and tell her that every day. Realistically though, she has inherited her nose from my side of the family and although she is not aware of this, she wouldn’t be the first among her relatives to correct that fact through surgery. What is the absolute youngest age at which we should consider rhinoplasty for her? Would it be a good idea for her to undergo some kind of counseling first?
Answer: The most important thing is what you are already doing: telling her how beautiful she is and counteracting any teasing or bullying she may be experiencing at school. Counseling is always a good idea. The youngest age for rhinoplasty is 14 although 16 is preferable. If at 14, the patient demonstrates physical and mental maturation then 14 is fine.