Apr 09 2011

Best Candidates for Rhinoplasty?: You might be surprised by Dr. Oldham’s Answer


Dr. Roger J. Oldham is a board certified plastic surgeon with more than 25 years of experience caring for young men and women in the Bethesda area.  Young men and women are increasingly interested in plastic surgery procedures and Rhinoplasty (reshaping of the nose) is the most common cosmetic procedure across the board.  Rhinoplasty is a cosmetic procedure whereby Dr. Oldham reshapes the nose to suit a patient’s desire for balance or proportion in relation to other facial features. Nearly 50% of all Rhinoplasty procedures in the United States are elected by patients between the ages of 13 and 29 years of age—and there’s a reason for that.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons often stands as the regulatory board for recommending appropriate, healthy candidates for cosmetic surgery.  And, for rhinoplasty, the ASAP recommends younger patients wait until puberty and growth/development is complete.  For young women, this is around 14 or 15 years of age and for young men, this often means 16 or even 17 years old.  Although it might be surprising, the ASPS also cautions against delaying the surgery into adulthood, when concepts of self-image have solidified.  The psychological advantages of earlier surgery in young men and women include a boost in self-confidence, and a prevention of traumatic self-deprication during a very troubling social period. 

As you can see in these pictures of patients before and after nose reshaping rhinoplasty, Dr. Oldham has performed countless rhinoplasty procedures on young men and women during his decades of experience. Dr. Oldham is familiar with family consultations for younger rhinoplasty candidates and he works to be inclusive and accommodating of both parents and children in the conversation and decision-making process.

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