Is there a right age to have a nose job?
Laura Livesey: Can you give us a little bit more information in terms of the age of your patients?
Mrinal Supriya: There is a lower limit. We offer rhinoplasty once the development is complete. That would equate to about 15 to 16 and above for females, and maybe 17 to 18 for boys, but there is no real upper limit. Anyone who is fit and willing to have it, any adult can have it at any point in their life.
Are you suitable?
There are certain features which will make you less suitable as a candidate. For example, if you are actively involved in a contact sport, then that is not a good idea. If you are a heavy smoker, then it can impact your healing from the surgery. You’ve got to consider giving up smoking to get the best out of the surgery. Of course, you need to be physically fit to have the anaesthesia and the surgery itself.
Equally important is mental fitness. You should not undergo any cosmetic surgery as something that is going to change your life.
It is there to add to your life rather than change it. You should be comfortable within yourself, and you should take the idea of the rhinoplasty as something that is going to add to your confidence.
It is not something that will completely bring your confidence up from scratch.
We have to be very clear that facial cosmetic procedures are not lifesaving or essential surgery. These are procedures which are done to enhance your quality of life, so you should never jump into these operations quickly.
Be aware of the outcomes
It would be best if you took your time to understand what the surgery involves, what the recovery is going to be like, and what are the expected eventual outcomes.
You need to have an honest discussion with your surgeon. You should look at their before and after pictures, so you should have a very clear picture about what you’re getting into and what you’re going to get out of it.
I, for one, would never operate on someone who wants it done because there is a discount on offer elsewhere, or because I can offer it much quicker than another surgical provider. Any surgery is not to be taken lightly. Particularly, when you are having a surgery which is a lifestyle surgery rather than a clinically essential surgery, please do take your time, make yourself comfortable, make yourself knowledgeable about what you’re getting into.
You should never have surgery done after being pressurized by a sales agent or patient liaison as might be the case with some national chains.