Rhinoplasty (Nose Job) Surgery for Children in NYC
What is rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty, also known as nose surgery or a nose job, is a cosmetic procedure that is performed to change the appearance of the nose. Rhinoplasty for children is not appropriate until the child’s nose has reached full maturity, which is usually around 14 years old in girls and 17 years old in boys. Rhinoplasty is the most common cosmetic surgery performed among American teens.
Contemporary rhinoplasty has undergone several changes over the past two decades. Most rhinoplasty surgeries used to be performed as purely reduction surgeries; cartilage and bone were cut away and the natural skin would then “shrink-wrap” down to the smaller framework. In the past, too much cartilage and bone were often removed, which commonly resulted in noses that were too small, upturned, or looked pinched. Sometimes the surgery would even interfere with the natural architecture of the nose and cause breathing difficulties.
To prevent this, Dr. Thomas Romo III, the best rhinoplasty surgeon for children in NYC, developed a unique rhinoplasty technique called reduction structured rhinoplasty, which creates a natural-looking nose that maintains proper breathing function.
What results can rhinoplasty for children achieve?
Rhinoplasty for children may be used to:
- Reshape or resize a large or non-symmetrical nose (also known as reduction rhinoplasty)
- Refine the shape of a nose
- Remove a bump in the nose
- Straighten a twist in the nose
- Change the angle between the nose and the mouth
- Correct birth defects or nasal problems that affect breathing
- Correct a nose or facial fracture from an injury or accident
- Correct a broken nose that was not set properly, resulting in asymmetry
- Build up the size of a small or flat-shaped nose (also known as augmentation rhinoplasty or ethnic rhinoplasty)
Depending on a patient’s needs and desired results, Dr. Romo may also recommend another cosmetic surgery in conjunction with a rhinoplasty, such as a chin implant, in order to help balance the facial proportions. In some cases, a rhinoplasty may also be performed at the same time as a medical surgery, such as surgical repair of a deviated septum (called a septoplasty) or surgery for severe or recurring sinus disease.
Is my child a candidate for rhinoplasty?
While each patient’s specific needs vary, rhinoplasty is typically an option for female children who are at least 14 years old and male children who are at least 17 years old, as cosmetic nose surgery is not advised until a patient’s nose has finished developing.
Reasons for undergoing a rhinoplasty may include:
- Achieve better balance of the facial features
- Make the face more symmetrical
- Build a better facial profile
- Achieve a noticeable change in facial silhouette
- Help a child gain confidence in facial appearance
What does rhinoplasty for children involve?
Before surgery, Dr. Romo uses advanced computer imaging to illustrate how a patient’s nasal appearance can be improved through rhinoplasty. This will allow your child to see how his or her nose will look following surgery.
Here’s an overview of what you can expect during your child’s rhinoplasty procedure:
- The procedure will last from 2‒3 hours, depending on the complexity
- When performed in conjunction with other procedures, the surgery time may vary
- Your child will be given an anesthetic so he or she will not feel any pain during the procedure
- Your child may have some swelling and bruising after the procedure
- Recovery and potential downtime can range from 10‒14 days, although most patients can return to school within one week
- Scars are minimal and located either within the nose or under the tip of the nose to conceal visibility
Why choose Dr. Romo for your child’s rhinoplasty?
Dr. Romo is a pioneer in the field of rhinoplasty for kids, with extensive experience in performing many different forms of this procedure, including revision rhinoplasty and ethnic rhinoplasty. Dr. Romo developed an innovative technique called reduction structured rhinoplasty, a breakthrough approach that does not over-reduce the nasal architecture. In addition, this approach involves strengthening the residual support structures within the nose through the grafting of septal cartilage or implants.
Dr. Romo is currently in the process of working with the world-renowned Karl Storz Instruments to develop his own line of endoscopic instruments for rhinoplasty that work with greater precision and provide more natural results with less downtime. Dr. Romo has written numerous books and book chapters on his unique rhinoplasty approach and frequently lectures internationally, teaching his techniques to other surgeons.
Where can I find the best rhinoplasty surgeon for kids in NYC?
Thomas Romo III, MD, FACS is one of the most experienced and respected plastic surgeons for rhinoplasty in the world, known for his meticulous minimally invasive surgical techniques and for achieving natural-looking results with a shorter recovery period. As a world-renowned innovator in surgical methods as well as an inventor of new endoscopic instruments for facial surgery, Dr. Romo’s practice draws patients from New York City, across the United States, and internationally for all of their surgical and non-surgical facial cosmetic needs.
If you are interested in learning more about rhinoplasty for children or adults, revision rhinoplasty, ethnic rhinoplasty, or other procedures Dr. Romo offers, call our office today at 212-288-1500. You can also schedule a consultation with Dr. Romo by filling out our appointment request form. Your child deserves to look and feel his or her best, so don’t hesitate to contact us today!