Entering high school, learning to drive, and first dates are all part of our teenage years. For some, those years can also be a struggle with appearance and self worth, with cosmetic surgery as a solution.
That was the decision former “Friends” star, Lisa Kudrow made at 16 years-old when she had a nose job.
“That was life altering,” Kudrow said about having the rhinoplasty procedure. “I went from, in my mind, hideous, to not hideous. I did it the summer before going to a new high school. So there were plenty of people who wouldn’t know how hideous I looked before. That was a good, good, good change.”
The Emmy award-winning actress, who is now 50 and staring on the ABC drama “Scandal,” reflected on her decision in a recent interview with The Saturday Evening Post. It’s a decision shared by patients of some of our LocateADoc.com doctors.
“I certainly have had young patients, but for rhinoplasty in particular, I have had a 15-year-old boy as the youngest patient who needed a cosmetic and reconstructive rhinoplasty,” Great Neck, NY Facial Plastic Surgeon Nathan Monhian, MD told said.
“The 15-year-old young man had a large, twisted nose and had been teased about his nose throughout his life, and that had damaged his self esteem to a great deal. This I was told by his mother, and it was also noticeable in his affect and demeanor. After the surgery, you could see he was proud to hold his head up! For him, it was indeed a life-altering event, and for me, a quite rewarding experience.”
Middleton, WI facial plastic surgeon Dr. Benjamin Marcus, agreed.
"As a busy rhinoplasty surgeon I have the pleasure of working with a wide spectrum of patient ages," Marcus said. "One of the questions that often comes up is the timing of surgery for younger patients. In general we try to delay surgery until patients have reached physical and emotional maturity. Not surprisingly this is sooner for girls than boys. Young women can often be ready for surgery at age 15 while young men may not be ready until they are 16 or 17. It essential to meet with the individual patient, discuss their goals and expectations and determine if surgery is right for them.
"IF these qualities are met surgery can be transforming. I have operated on a number of young women in high school that have had a clear improvement in their self-confidence after rhinoplasty. I prefer to have the motivation come from the patient rather than the parent. A mom or dad who is pressuring their child to have surgery is a recipe for disaster."
Dr. Monhian explained that for minor patients parental consent is required, and that while he accepts all ages in at his practice, each person and his or her circumstances are always considered as part of the evaluation.
“Obviously, every patient's social and psychological situation, as well as their anatomical and pathophysiological situation, must be considered in the decision making process,” Monhian said. “In my practice, younger patients are typically accompanied by at least one, if not both, parents.”