Do you have a teenager who is teased due to a large, misshapen, or broken nose? Or does your teen suffer from breathing problems? Rhinoplasty (nose surgery) can help to correct obstructions to breathing, as well as aesthetic issues that harm the teen’s self-esteem.
Of course, performing surgery on a young person is an important decision, and your choice of surgeon is also vital. Dr. Epstein has performed complex nose surgeries on numerous teenagers, and he is a well-respected expert in rhinoplasty techniques. He is aware that it can be scary for teens and their parents to decide on any kind of surgery, so he will spend as much time as necessary with you to discuss your options and help you to feel comfortable about your decision.
During your consultation and preparation for surgery, Dr. Epstein will explain everything that you and your teenager can expect from the surgery, including his surgical plan and what will happen during recovery. Most teenage patients have rhinoplasty during the summer so that school attendance is not disrupted.
Please review our General Rhinoplasty page for more detailed information about how the surgery is performed. The procedure is usually done with the patient under a local anesthetic and deep sedation. The patient is continuously monitored by a board certified anesthesiologist in an accredited office based surgical facility. Be sure to view our Before and After Photo Gallery of rhinoplasty procedures to see real patient results at MAE Plastic Surgery.
Before & After Gallery
Why do teenagers seek Rhinoplasty?
Teens frequently seek nose surgery to correct a variety of issues, including breathing abnormalities. Cosmetic improvements include excessive length or width of the nose, large nostrils, a crooked or broken nose, a bump or depression on the bridge of the nose, a hooked nasal tip, or asymmetries.
Computer Digital Imaging – Your Ideal Nose!
As part of your Chicago rhinoplasty consultation, Dr. Epstein uses an advanced computer-imaging software program to help you and your teen visualize the potential surgical outcome. After speaking with you to gain a better understanding of your teen’s goals and expectations, Dr. Epstein will take several pictures of the child’s nose from different angles, upload them onto a computer, and work with the software to help visualize what may be necessary to correct your teen’s specific deformity. Additionally, a 3D image can be taken for the purpose of digital imaging. Together, these images will help explain why and how the procedure is performed.
It is important to remember that the manipulated rhinoplasty photos through digital imaging are not a guarantee of the result, but they will ensure that all of you share a common surgical goal and that the expectations are realistic.
After the imaging is complete and all of you are happy with the outcome, Dr. Epstein will upload the images to a private password-protected program called TouchMD. This will allow you and your teen to review the information given at the consult from home. In the majority of cases, Chicago patients have found that their actual rhinoplasty results are very close to the digital images that the surgeon produced.
What to expect during the Rhinoplasty recovery period
For more information about what to expect from recovery, see our general Rhinoplasty page. For teenagers, the recovery period can be uncomfortable. That said, many teen patients report that it is easier than they expected. We will do everything we can to help the patient through this period, including providing pain medication.
Light activity can be resumed in a few days, and full activity can be resumed in 3-4 weeks.
Schedule your Chicago Teenage Rhinoplasty consultation
Dr. Epstein performs rhinoplasty surgery for teen patients all over Chicago and the surrounding areas. Our office is only 8 miles east of Wheeling and 12 miles north of Evanston IL, so you can easily set up a teenage rhinoplasty consultation at your convenience. Call us today to schedule a consultation for you and your teen.