Q: Dr. Eppley, I’m 14 going on 15 and I hate the shape of my nose. What i want is some kind of injectable filler to go in the top of my nose (the part in between my eyes) because that is where you can really see the hump and I want to lift that bit of skin/fat to even out my nose. Would I be able to do that at the age of 14?
A: The first thing to point out is that at age 14 I can not have any type of communication with you without written consent from your parents. I am not even able to answer your questions until I receive such consent. Providing medical information to potential patients on the internet is somewhat similar to seeing you in the office. I wouldn’t be able to that without at least one parent in attendance. (sent to patient)
Injectable fillers can be used to build up the upper bridge of the nose (radix) to help camouflage a hump or bump on the nose. This is probably one of its best uses when it comes to non-surgical or injectable nose reshaping. Whether this is a good idea at age 14 is a matter of debate and that is best determined by a discussion between the teenager and the parents. It can certainly be a good test to determine if a more formal rhinoplasty will one day be a satisfactory procedure to undergo.
Dr. Barry Eppley