When discussing age and rhinoplasty, the conversation typically turns to teen nose jobs and how young is too young for surgery. However, many patients who are considering the surgery later in life also have questions. Some may assume that they are too old for a nose job. Age is not usually a factor, but there are some considerations to take into account to ensure a safe surgery with the outcome you are looking for.
The Average Age for a Nose Job
On average, rhinoplasty patients can be anywhere from their 20s to 50s. However, patients outside of this age range, both older and younger, may also be candidates for a rhinoplasty. This is because the nose completes development during the teen years, and can change due to the aging process. Due to decreased collagen, the tip of the nose can begin to droop in your older years, resulting in a longer appearance and even obstructed breathing. While it is significantly less common for patients in their 60s and above to choose rhinoplasty, this loss of structure in the nasal tip is a common reason for older patients to pursue the surgery. Assuming that you are active and healthy, rhinoplasty is an option.
Rhinoplasty for Older Patients
For a majority of older patients, the rhinoplasty procedure will be more or less the same as a surgery performed for a younger patient. However, there are some considerations that Dr. Diktaban may make to ensure your procedure yields the intended results. First, he may opt to avoid cutting the bones as much as possible, as older patients have more brittle bones that can have more difficulty healing.
Next, older patients do not have the same skin elasticity. This can mean that Dr. Diktaban recommends less dramatic changes to avoid complications when redraping the skin following your rhinoplasty. One option is Dr. Diktaban’s VAPOR Nose procedure, which can address a hump on the bridge of the nose without requiring extensive excisions.
Finally, Dr. Diktaban often recommends more subtle changes for an older patient for the simple reason of creating a more natural-looking result. As an older patient, you have lived with the same nose for many years. A sudden drastic change can be shocking after being so accustomed to looking one way, and the goal of plastic surgery should be to still look like yourself.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are interested in rhinoplasty at any age, schedule a consultation with Dr. Diktaban. He will take your health and cosmetic goals into consideration to determine whether this is a good option for you. To schedule your consultation at our Upper East Side office, call (646) 906-9449 or contact us online.
Dr. Theodore Diktaban, MD FACS, a double board-certified plastic surgeon with 35+ years of experience, specializes in safe and subtle cosmetic treatments, enhancing natural beauty and boosting self-confidence in the Upper East Side and New York City.