Can You Be Too Old for a Nose Job?

Rhinoplasty is a complex procedure that can deliver aesthetic and functional improvements. By skillfully manipulating bone and cartilage, Dr. Yula Indeyeva can transform your nose’s shape, size, and breathing ability.

Your reasons for wanting nose surgery are just as unique as you are. If you are exploring this procedure later in life, you may wonder if you’ve missed your window of opportunity. The good news is that there is no such thing as an “ideal age” for most plastic surgeries.

Benefits of Rhinoplasty for Older Patients

As you get older, your nose will start changing. For instance, many people believe the common misconception that noses get larger or longer with age. Instead of getting bigger over the years, your nose can start drooping with a loss of skin elasticity, creating an illusion of growth that might look out of place among your other facial features.

Breathing obstructions like sleep apnea can also develop or worsen as you get older, which could severely impact your quality of life and put you at a higher risk of health issues like cardiovascular disease.

If you’re worried about a nose that no longer fits your desired appearance or is causing respiratory problems, you might want to pursue rhinoplasty in your 40s, 50s, and beyond.

Are There Extra Risks of Nose Surgery for Older People?

When performed by a Double Board-Certified, fellowship-trained Facial Plastic Surgeon, rhinoplasty is typically a safe surgery. However, every surgical procedure carries some degree of risk, which tends to increase with age. Potential issues can include anesthesia complications, infection, bleeding, and delayed healing.

Since the decision to have your appearance surgically altered is so personal, waiting to get a nose job could be ideal if you aren’t 100% ready to commit to the time, energy, and patience necessary to have a successful rhinoplasty and recovery. Here are some questions to ask yourself when evaluating whether you are a good nose job candidate.

  • Is your motivation for pursuing surgery solely for yourself, not to please anyone else?
  • Are you willing to follow all pre- and post-surgical instructions for a healthy preparation and recovery?
  • Do you have a positive outlook and realistic expectations?
  • Could any aspect of your medical history put you at a higher risk of complications during or after the procedure?

Change Your Looks – and Your Outlook

You may be surprised by the psychological effects of undergoing Facial Plastic Surgery. When performing a rhinoplasty, Dr. Indeyeva won’t make you look like an entirely different person. Still, your results can profoundly affect your self-image. When your external appearance aligns with how you have always pictured yourself, the resulting self-esteem boost could be life-changing.

Many of our older rhinoplasty patients have been dreaming of improving their noses’ shape, size, and function for years, but they have only recently reached a stage in their lives when they are emotionally mature enough to feel confident that it’s a good choice.

It’s Never Too Late to Look and Feel Your Best

Deciding to improve yourself is an empowering experience. Patients who undergo cosmetic procedures enjoy a long-term improvement, along with the added satisfaction of following through on a decision to make a positive change. As a former rhinoplasty patient herself, Dr. Indeyeva understands the need for compassion and care when planning nose surgery. She uses her training and talents to enhance lives, elevate confidence, and enable her patients to look and feel their best at any age. If you’re ready to learn more, schedule your consultation today.

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