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It would be best to wait until she is fully grown up unless she is having major problems with breathing. The septum contains a growth centre which is important for maxillary (skeleton of the mid-face) growth. In the average patient this is growth is complete at the age of 20 years. With 16 years of age there would only be an estimated change of about 5% which is minimal.

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Mr. Hagen Schumacher

Plastic Surgeon

Huntingdon

Aesthetic rhinoplasty addresses the appearance (=mainly the outside of the nose) and functional rhinoplasty addresses breathing problems (=mainly the inside of the nose). In practice these two are often combined in one operation.

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Mr. Hagen Schumacher

Plastic Surgeon

Huntingdon

Difficult to say without knowing exactly what was done and seeing the appearance of your nose. Generally speaking, to maintain the shape, cartilage support is needed. The lower part of the lateral (=outer aspect) of the ala does not contain cartilage and hence has the potential to move to a lower position.

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Mr. Hagen Schumacher

Plastic Surgeon

Huntingdon

It is better to replace like for like. Alar cartilage can therefore be reconstructed by harvesting cartilage from the ear. In more complex nasal cartilage reconstruction i.e. where the vast majority of the cartilage is missing, cartilage can be harvested from the ribs and shaped to suit.

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Dr. Kavin Andi

Oral and Maxillo-facial surgeon

London

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