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Can rhinoplasty be medically approved? My son just turned 15

Question:

Can rhinoplasty be medically approved? My son just turned 15. He plays basketball and soccer. His nose has been broken three times in sports and I notice that he makes wheezing noises with his nose when he breathes, especially if he is playing sports. His nose drips all the time. Would the noisy breathing and dripping go away with a nose job? My son is not interested in changing the shape of his nose.

Answer:

Rhinoplasty is often medically approved when there is a breathing issue or the nose has a functional problem. There are many times when this is the case, for example, a patient who has broken their nose has a deviated nasal septum, weak nasal valves or often sometimes when the nose is severely crooked. This would be determined during the consultation but would be covered under those circumstances.

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