My 15 year-old-daughter has been asking for a nose job. I, however do not feel that it is appropriate for someone her age to have such a serious cosmetic procedure. What are the risks of a teen having this kind of surgery?
15 is an appropriate age for a female to have a rhinoplasty from a purely growth related perspective. That does not include maturity level however. The risks of the surgery are low and are not different for a teenager verses an adult. Having said that, as a parent you must feel comfortable with your daughter undergoing a major surgical procedure and your daughter must be mature enough to undergo the procedure and the recovery. While many parents may not have difficulty with the procedure, if you are uncomfortable then wait until a later time or perhaps never.
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