Who is a Good Candidate For Rhinoplasty? Top Rhinoplasty Surgeons in Portland

By: Dr. Brian Scott


Rhinoplasty is a procedure that’s been around for hundreds of years. It has its origins in nasal reconstruction for cancer and broken noses. As time went on, rhinoplasty techniques have evolved into a sophisticated operation that can address both the appearance and function of the nose. Rhinoplasty, also known as a nosejob, is now one of the most common plastic surgery procedures in Portland, OR and Seattle, WA. 

What makes somebody a good candidate for rhinoplasty?


As we mature, the nose and septum grow and change until they stabilize after puberty This applies for the nose, too, which is why plastic surgeons generally wait until the nose has completely matured before changing it with a rhinoplasty procedure. The typical minimum age limit for a rhinoplasty is around 14-16 years old.


Smokers must quit at least two weeks before undergoing rhinoplasty. Smoking puts large amounts of nicotine in the blood, which can compromise the amount of blood supply your wounds get. With a less-than-ideal blood supply, your wounds are at risk of healing complications or forming noticeable scars. 

Realistic Expectations

The best candidates for rhinoplasty have realistic expectations for their procedure, meaning they understand that while a rhinoplasty will improve the appearance and function of the nose, perfect results cannot be guaranteed. Patients must also understand that plastic surgery is not the answer to emotional or interpersonal issues. . 


A good candidate for a rhinoplasty is generally healthy without major heart or lung diseases.

Do you think you are a good candidate for a rhinoplasty in Portland, OR? You can discuss it further by scheduling a consultation with our talented plastic surgeons Dr. Brian Scott  and Dr. Mark Petroff who are both rhinoplasty experts.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.