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Does Your Teen Client Want a Nose Job?—With Exclusive Teen Rhinoplasty Checklist from Sam Rizk, MD

Posted: June 2, 2011

Only on SkinInc.com: Exclusive commentary from Sam Rizk, MD, New York plastic surgeon, is included in this news item providing a checklist for teen rhinoplasty surgery, offering information including surgical details, motivations and warning signs.

Among teens, rhinoplasty—surgery to correct the appearance of the nose—is the most popular plastic surgery procedure, according to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons. But how do you know when it’s time to let your teen have the operation? After all, the procedure has emotional, as well as physical implications.

“The first thing I try to ascertain, is if teens are being pushed to do it by somebody else, whether they are doing it for themselves, or if it is a combination of external and internal factors,” says New York facial plastic surgeon, Sam Rizk, MD, FACS, who recently appeared in a segment about teen plastic surgery on NBC’s Today.

Factors that can influence a teen’s desire for “a nose job” include peer or parental pressure, celebrity and media ideals, and the belief that a change in their appearance will alleviate teasing or bullying in school.

In addition, reasons to consider rhinoplasty are divided between cosmetic and functional goals. Sports and accident-related injuries or a congenital malformation of the nose may affect a teen’s ability to breathe easily, a condition that can be corrected with surgery.