This question or a variation thereof is commonly asked in online rhinoplasty forums. The answer is that I frequently perform rhinoplasty on female patients 17-18 years of age. In fact, I have done rhinoplasty on a female patient here in San Diego who was 15 years old (although there were extenuating circumstances). Females in this age range have typically reached a plateau in terms of their nasal shape and size. Males usually take a little longer to reach such a plateau, therefore, we normally wait until male rhinoplasty patients are 18 years of age. Hope this helps you younger patients out there considering possible rhinoplasty, or reshaping of the nose.