My teenage daughter is extremely self-conscious about the shape of her nose. At what age can she consider a nose job?

Rhinoplasty is a surgery that changes the shape of the nose. The upper portion of the structure of the nose is bone, and the lower portion is cartilage. Rhinoplasty can change bone, cartilage, skin or all three.

There are two reasons for a nose job: medical and cosmetic. Medical reasons include correcting breathing problems related to the nose or correcting disfigurement resulting from trauma or birth defects. Cosmetic reasons will change the nose’s shape and appearance.

A prospective patient’s face needs to reach skeletal maturity or be fully formed before they can get a nose job. For girls, age 14 or 15 is the earliest. Since boys’ faces grow a little slower, age 15 is the minimum. However, a patient’s emotional maturity also plays a role in timing a rhinoplasty.

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A nose job is usually done as an outpatient procedure, meaning there is no overnight stay. She’ll get general or local anaesthesia, depending on what is appropriate. With general anaesthesia, she’ll sleep through the operation. With local anaesthesia, she will be sedated, and her nose will be numbed so she is relaxed and unable to feel the pain.

After surgery, people usually wear a nasal splint for the first week. You can expect swelling and some bruising around her eyes after surgery that will begin to improve after the third day. This can last up to two weeks.

Expect the nose to have a little swelling, which probably only you and your surgeon will notice. This will go away over the next six months. The final shape of your nose will be apparent after it has completely healed.

Your daughter should avoid strenuous activity for about three to six weeks after surgery. She may return to her social activities, and back to school, within two to three weeks without any recognisable signs that she had a procedure done.

Dr Chadi Jaber is a plastic surgeon at Bloom Aesthetic and Laser Centre. Got a problem? Our fantastic panel of renowned experts is available to answer all your questions related to fashion, well-being, nutrition, finance and hypnotherapy. Email your queries to