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Question: My 14 1/2 year old daughter is going to have sinus surgery soon. I want to know if her facial bones are fully developed by now or are they still developing at this age? Karen

Answer: Dear Karen,

By the time a person reaches the teenage years, the facial bones are all fused. Overall bone development continues throughtout adulthood. Even though bones stop growing in length in early adulthood, they can continue to increase in thickness or diameter throughout life in response to stress from increased muscle activity or to weight.

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