It is usually safe to operate when the facial bones have stopped growing, which in girls is usually between sixteen and eighteen and in boys is usually between sixteen and eighteen and, of course, when the patient is emotionally mature enough for the procedure.
This depends partly on your own response to surgery, but mainly on how much bone work must be done. In most cases today there is surprisingly little bruising, which resolves quite rapidly. It is very rare for people to get black eyes lasting weeks after surgery like we used to see routinely.
This depends on your nose. Sometimes we need to cut and shift the bones ( an”osteotomy”) but we don’t “break” them. A controlled cut is less traumatic. This may be for several reasons, including as part of straightening the nose, to narrow a wide nose, and to bring the bones together after a large bump has been removed from the bridge.
To learn more please visit our Cosmetic Nose Surgery information page.