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Very disturbing physical and aesthetic problems during puberty

Hello,

Is it a frequent thing for a male in his teenage years (15-17) to experience a lot of problems with his physical appearance which are definitely not psychological?

The most bothering of my problems involve my nose and my jaw.
The former is, objectively, very big and full of what I think are sebaceous filaments. A lot of people have been making comments about my nose being "really big", which pretty much confirms what I thought, it's not a psychological thing.
Does it have any chance of decreasing in size over the years? It bothers me quite a lot, as I don't think my nasal bones could become smaller in two or so years.

As for my jaw, I think it's literally too high. Apart the fact that I have a rather mediocre jawline, I literally can't show my teeth when I smile, my upper lips won't go that far up - it's physically impossible for me, it just ends up with my face looking stretched from me "pulling" too hard on my lips, and it doesn't help show my teeth even then.
Does one's jaw become much more defined after puberty? I'm not sure if my smile will improve over time, as of now it's almost nonexistent.

Those two problems are very concerning, therefore I'd really appreciate some insight on what causes them and if I'll be able to fix them with anything else than surgery - or if they'll just fix themselves when I'm done with puberty.
There are a bunch of other issues which I feel a little concerned about, namely a bad bloodflow which makes my hands and feet red and puffy, my oily skin, overall lanky profile (which I'm sure is a common problem amongst teenagers) as well as my scalp and hair being a nightmare to maintain in good shape.

If any of these issues could be adressed, I'd be very thankful.
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134578 tn?1614729226
You know, that is a time of life where parts of the body do seem almost to grow at separate rates.  Ironically this happens often to big guys who have body height that other guys envy.  

See a dermatologist, sweetheart.  The nose thing you mentioned could be almost nothing (i.e., an overdose of teenage self-consciousness) or it might be that thing J.P. Morgan had (Google "JP Morgan nose condition") or anything in between.  A good dermatologist will be able to tell you right away, and will also be able to prescribe some meds so your skin won't drive you crazy at this most self-conscious stage of life.

The good news is, by your early to mid-20s, the body does more or less put itself together.  The bad news is, ultimately you're going to look a lot like your parents.  lol

Never hesitate to see a doctor in the meantime, though.  A lot of the worst parts of adolescence, such as acne, can be handled with good meds.  And make a friend of the best haircutter in town for men, and take his advice.
1340994 tn?1374193977
For oily skin:  Tea tree oil products, neem products, white vinegar.  

You sound normal, like a tall guy going through changes.  There are faces that don't do smiling.  It's a configuration I guess.  Try not to worry.  Most everybody in school is worried about being odd and they sometimes focus on somebody else.  Just joke around like you are fine with it, or ask them why they are so interested.  Act like you are self-confident.  It is your best defense.  They may be quite jealous that you are tall and have no idea they are getting you worried about your appearance.  
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Thanks for answering.

Yeah, that's quite annoying. I had a normal nose until I was about twelve and then I just began looking like Adrien Brody or something. As for my height, it's normal, I think - I'm fifteen, and 5'9'' which seems like average, I'm okay with it.

Well, I get a lot of comments on my nose's length (it goes as far as people actually asking me "are you Jewish?")
So yeah, I doubt it's self consciousness. JP Morgan's condition is horrible, I hope it's not some early stage of that.

What can a dermatologist do about the length itself, which most likely comes from the bone which is quite thick? Sebaceous filaments are a small annoyment compared to the actual length and width of my nose. My biggest concern is the latter.

By my early to mid 20s... So I can expect everything to begin fixing itself when I reach the age of eighteen or so?

It's concerning you tell me that I'll end up looking a lot like my parents, because my father has a problem with his jaw which is much more extreme than mine but still looks the same (prevents him from really smiling).
Should I understand that my only way of being able to smile properly and have a decent jawline would be some kind of orthognastic surgery?
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As I said, I'm 5'9'' as of now which I don't think is very tall. Given I'm fifteen, I doubt I'll go over 5'11'' but I don't really mind.

Faces that don't do smiling? But that's embarassing. I mean, smiling is necessary for most social interactions and looking really awkward while doing it isn't really attractive.

My peers commenting on those problems isn't really what makes me concerned about them, to be honest, I had noticed them before they started talking about it so they're merely confirming what I thought.
134578 tn?1614729226
If you are so concerned, there is nothing wrong with talking to a plastic surgeon even if you might not do cosmetic surgery, or might only do it after you hit your 20s.  Nobody on the Internet can really tell you if either your nose or your smile and jaw are abnormal or if you just have the average teenager's overly self-conscious focus on it.
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Oh, I was asking you to assume that what I said didn't come from being overly self conscious. Regardless, my only way of knowing for sure how it'll evolve is to talk to a physician?

Is it impossible to know if one's jaw and nose shape are going to change after puberty?
134578 tn?1614729226
I think a doctor would be your best bet ... if anyone can tell, first of all if your jaw might need some looking at later, and second of all, if you might wind up looking a lot like your father, it would be someone trained in anatomy.  Good luck.
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