Teenage Rhinoplasty

What Is Teenage Rhinoplasty?

Teenage rhinoplasty can make the difference between growing up insecure and chastised, or growing up secure and comfortable. Teenage Rhinoplasty is one of the most popular plastic-surgical procedures amongst teenagers, and can be performed safely after approximately 15 years of age, when the nasal-growth plates have reached 90-95% of their potential adult size. Teenage rhinoplasty corrects aesthetic issues as well as functional issues. Teens can be quite traumatized by unfortunate-looking noses with qualities such as bulbousness, crooked bridges, dorsal bumps, hooked or “beaked” appearances, plunging tips or too-wide nostrils, leaving teens insecure. Self-consciousness can make childhood quite difficult, as the desire to fit in is paramount. Being teased and bullied can leave lasting scars on one’s psyche. Teenage rhinoplasty can change this by promoting confidence and security.

Dr. Weintraub is renowned for ensuring that the resculpted nose looks appropriate not just on a juvenile face, but on an adult face as the teenager matures. A one-millimeter change might make the difference that allows the nose to be attractive throughout a person’s entire life. Top NYC plastic surgeon Dr. Barry Weintraub has decades of experience helping teens achieve results they are confident in, and proud to show off. Rhinoplasty for teenagers can also improve functionality and reduce the effects of troublesome breathing issues, including deviated septums.

It is not uncommon for Dr. Weintraub’s prior rhinoplasty patients to bring in their teenage children for rhinoplasty surgery when they are of appropriate age. This is truly one of the highest compliments, since parents want the best for their offspring. Others find him through classmates, family friends, community referrals, or social networks.

When appropriate, Dr. Weintraub can place an intra-oral chin implant at the same time as the rhinoplasty surgery to help balance a profile with too much nose and too little chin. Done in conjunction, these two corrective surgeries can produce balanced profiles and facial harmony. Many teens choose summer, winter, or spring vacation as the time to undergo rhinoplasty surgery, which requires approximately seven days of downtime. It is important for teens and their parents (or guardians) to decide together if the teen is ready to undergo rhinoplasty. Dr. Weintraub will be happy to discuss all aspects of teenage rhinoplasty in the privacy and comfort of his East Hampton or NYC office.

Considering Teenage Rhinoplasty

Teenagers can safely undergo rhinoplasty surgery after approximately age 15. It is at this time that 90-95% of the growth plates have reached their potential size. It is important for teens to seek the support of parents or guardians regarding this procedure.

When you look in the mirror and see something that truly bothers you – that’s when you should pick up the phone or send us an email to arrange for a consultation. Remember, though, there is only one person to have plastic surgery for: you and you alone. It should never be undertaken due to pressure from others.

Goals of Teenage Rhinoplasty

Teenage rhinoplasty can correct aesthetic imbalances and/or functional issues associated with the nose. Teens looking to add symmetry and definition to the nose, or to smooth bumps, humps, and enhance profiles can do so with teenage nose surgery. Teen rhinoplasty can also correct breathing problems such as a deviated septum, and improve functionality.

Your Consultation

You’ve certainly looked in the mirror many times. However, when you look in the mirror and begin to see things that upset you, that’s when you should schedule a consultation. A consultation will help give you a better understanding of your own issues.

When looking for the best plastic surgeon, you should:

  • Check for board certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (there are many other boards, some legitimate, some not, but there is only one American Board of Plastic Surgery, established in 1931).
  • Ensure that the physician attends a major hospital in your community, and is in good standing with that hospital.
  • Confirm that he or she has a fine reputation amongst other medical professionals in your community.
  • Speak to the surgeon’s patients who have undergone similar procedures.

Remember, this is your treatment, and you are interviewing the doctor as much as he’s interviewing you. Do not hesitate to bring a list of questions with you on your consultation. And remember: a good surgeon is someone who not only has the skill to perform the treatment, but is someone who understands what your specific needs and desires are. A good surgeon should listen, listen, and listen!

Have no fear during your consultation. This is a time to speak, to be heard, and to develop a trusting relationship. Questions can be answered, and fears allayed. And while Dr. Weintraub is at the forefront of his field in terms of his techniques and medical developments, you will find his office environment to be warm, personable, and inviting. He and his staff truly care about each and every patient, and take great pride in making themselves available to help with every step of the process.

How Teenage Rhinoplasty is Performed

Safety comes first. Plastic surgery is surgery, and should therefore be taken seriously.

Dr. Weintraub prefers his patients to be in a comfortable state of twilight sleep, where the patient is unarousable and is awakened only after the procedure is over. Due to advancements in anesthesia and new medications possessing a shorter half-life, no longer do patients have to contend with nausea, vomiting or grogginess; rather, the emergence from anesthesia is crisp and clear.

Dr. Weintraub insists on the most sterile conditions in the operating room, with board-certified anesthesiologists and state-of-the-art monitoring equipment commensurate with the highest hospital standards. The only person performing the surgery is Dr. Weintraub himself. Every intraoperative maneuver is executed with precision and care, and all wounds are sewn in multiple layers by his own hand.

Cosmetic plastic surgery should never be rushed, and Dr. Weintraub always strives for the best, as he understands that patients will live with the result for the rest of their lives. His aesthetic is sophisticated and reflective of understated elegance. In his own words, “Cosmetic surgery is nothing less than artwork on the human form.”

Where Teenage Rhinoplasty is Performed

Though once limited to a hospital setting, the more modern approach to cosmetic plastic surgery is to perform such procedures in a safe, secure and completely private operating room. Although Dr. Weintraub has privileges at Lenox Hill Hospital, Manhattan Eye Ear and Throat Hospital, and The Center for Specialty Care (outpatient limb of Weill-Cornell Hospital), he prefers the privacy of his hospital-grade, state-of-the-art surgical center attached to his office at 800A Fifth Avenue. This facility is attended by Dr. Weintraub’s team of board-certified anesthesiologists, certified registered nurses, and fully licensed operating-room staff. With its private entrance, its standards are of the highest quality, and offer Dr. Weintraub’s patients the utmost in medical and plastic-surgical care.

The Best Candidates for Teenage Rhinoplasty

The best candidates for teenage rhinoplasty are well balanced, in good general health, and possess realistic expectations. You are an excellent candidate if you’ve done your homework, have had your consultation, and the following three things are present:

  • You are highly motivated to make the change.
  • You have the ability to pause your daily responsibilities (work, family, school etc.) in order to undergo the procedure.
  • You have the financial wherewithal to make an elective cosmetic surgery come to fruition.

Preparing for Teenage Rhinoplasty

Once you have decided to make this exciting new change, you will need to provide medical clearance from your family physician. You will be given instructions as to how to prepare for the specific surgery you have chosen, and will be given prescriptions to be filled in advance. Garments (when appropriate) will be ordered for you by Dr. Weintraub’s office. For those patients who live beyond a 50-mile radius of New York City, Dr. Weintraub advises a two-night post-operative stay at The Pierre, The St. Regis, The Surrey, The Mark or The Carlyle Hotel, where his patients are given a special reduced rate, and where he will visit you after your procedure. A private nurse can also be provided.

The Cost

Each patient is individual in his/her own makeup and anatomical configuration. Therefore, in order to give an accurate quote for teenage rhinoplasty, it is best to schedule a consultation that will allow Dr. Weintraub to appropriately judge what is involved. For those patients who live overseas or outside New York City or the Hamptons, photographs can be emailed or sent to the office, and a phone consultation can then take place.

After Surgery

There will always be a short period of minimal swelling and sometimes bruising. You must carefully follow all instructions provided by Dr. Weintraub in order to achieve the best results possible. He is a firm believer in early showering, because, in his own words, “Clean wounds make for narrower incisions.” He will advise you as to when you can return to your normal lifestyle and exercise routine.

At the time of your teenage rhinoplasty surgery, Dr. Weintraub will apply a carefully fashioned heat-sensitive splint to hold all delicate structures in place. Dr. Weintraub does not employ the use of uncomfortable and outdated nasal packing, but prefers to use more modern inflatable splints which support the interior of the nose. Two to three days of bed rest is best advised. Approximately five days after your teenage rhinoplasty surgery, Dr. Weintraub will remove the heat-sensitive splint and may remove or change the flesh-coloured tape on your nose. After this time, daily showering is recommended. He will advise you as to when you can return to your normal lifestyle and exercise routine.

What Sets Dr. Weintraub Apart

Dr. Weintraub has always been blessed with a strong aesthetic sense. He possesses a unique blend of medical science and artwork, as it truly is artwork that he performs on the human form. His attention to detail ensures that he gets the best results possible, and he is meticulous about everything he does, from pre-op to post-op care and beyond.

He studied medicine at Cornell during a time when core values were emphasized, and it is on these values that he bases his practice. He believes that physicians should be humble and respectful, and should never lose sight that the person they are operating on is exactly that: a person possessing real-life issues and concerns. The chairmen of the department of general surgery at Cornell at the time, Dr. Tom Shires, along with another luminary, Dr. Leon Morgenstern of Cedars-Sinai, taught Dr. Weintraub that “The operating room is a sacred place. It’s a very serious place. Never be cavalier about surgery.”

During his surgical residency training, Dr. Weintraub regularly visited Mexico to donate his time operating on deformed children and adults who couldn’t afford proper healthcare. In less-than-optimal conditions, he learned how to perform surgery with the basics, and received great satisfaction in making profound differences in people’s lives by restoring their faces and bodies. Similarly, when he was Chief Resident at the New York Hospital – Cornell Medical Center, and later when he was Chief Resident at the Reconstructive Unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering, he found that his compassion for patients, along with his skill and precision as a surgeon, could change lives and bring people joy they never thought possible.

Dr. Weintraub believes that surgery is never a race. The patient is always number one. He keeps in his wallet a piece of paper that is his motto in the operating room: “Always demand what is right, and never accept second best.” He likes to consider himself a “thinking surgeon,” and does not enter the operating room with a mechanical series of steps to execute robotically, but likes to remain alert and ready for whatever intraoperative challenges might spontaneously arise. Although many notable surgeons openly listen to music while performing surgery, Dr. Weintraub does not, preferring the mood of the operating room to remain serious and focused.

Over 60% of Dr. Weintraub’s practice is comprised of complex redos of surgeries performed by other offices. Such procedures always involve difficult issues, since there exist not only the limitations of a patient’s own anatomy, but also the limitations of another surgeon’s aesthetic, and the scar tissue that has developed as a result. Patients seek Dr. Weintraub from all over the world to correct their aesthetic problems. He takes great pride in getting the best results, and always enjoys the challenges of such procedures.

Last, Dr. Weintraub will not hesitate to turn patients away if he feels they are not good candidates for surgery. If a surgery is not in someone’s best interest, he will be the first to say so. However, when a patient is a good candidate, the results produced by Dr. Weintraub can be magical, and he feels that it is an honor to give patients a gift they can enjoy for the rest of their lives.

How To Get Started

Dr. Weintraub and his staff will be happy to discuss a teenage rhinoplasty with you. Please call our New York City office for a private consultation. We hope you look forward to our warm welcome and the opportunity for us to help you make an educated and confident decision.

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