Many patients today wonder if they are too old for rhinoplasty, and whether their nasal aesthetic or functional problems can’t be improved simply because of their age. In the modern era patients are living healthy at older ages and enjoying excellent benefits from all kinds of elective procedures, including rhinoplasty surgeries.
Aging naturally affects the nose just as with other tissues and structures of the face. Skin loosens and sags and becomes thinner. The tip of the nose itself tends to droop down, causing loss of rotation and projection. In some cases, the drooping or “ptotic” nasal changes actually lead to the development of nasal obstruction which is a major reason patients seek out rhinoplasty at an older age. Additionally, many patients in their 60’s and 70’s feel much younger and seek to have their facial features match the age they feel and their energy level. All of these are legitimate reasons to seek out rhinoplasty later in life.