Who is a candidate for rhinoplasty?
Adolescents and young adults compose the largest group seeking rhinoplasty. Minimum age is guided by the concern that nasal growth is complete prior to surgery. Surgery is usually permitted in normally developed females by age fifteen and males by sixteen. Most patients are primarily motivated by the prospect of better appearance but some are interested in improving breathing at the same time. A much smaller group of patients seek improved breathing without wanting to change their appearance.
There is a second group of patients, usually older, who seek corrective rhinoplasty. These patients have had an unsuccessful procedure previously and typically have very specific aesthetic and functional issues to address. Most are good candidates for correcting the problem areas.