Rhinoplasty in Tampa & St. Petersburg, FL

There are many reasons women and men decide to change the shape or size of their noses. A cosmetic nose job, technically called rhinoplasty, in St. Petersburg, FL, with double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Kailash Narasimhan combines his aesthetic sensibility and surgical skill to create those changes.

People considering rhinoplasty from Clearwater and throughout the Tampa region trust Dr. Narasimhan to provide attractive, natural-looking results. He is certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Otolarygology (Head-Neck Surgery), and he factors your aesthetic goals into a customized surgical plan.

Visit our St. Petersburg practice to learn more about rhinoplasty by requesting a consultation using the online form, or call our office at  (727) 289-7119 to schedule an appointment.

Rhinoplasty Before & After Photos

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28 year-old African American patient interested in Rhinoplasty. Particularly improving the appearance of the tip and the bridge of the nose. She also wanted her nostrils smaller. We performed a rhinoplasty and the patient is overall happy with her results. If you have any quesitons or are interested in a rhinoplasty procedure please call... Read More
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Female in her 20's who desired improvement in the overall appearance of her nose. In particular, improving the hump and narrowing the bridge of her nose. Complete rhinoplasty was performed and cartilages were repositioned. Patient is happy with her appearance and breathing, after photos were taken one month postop. If you desire rhi... Read More
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Male in his 30's who desired improvement in the overall appearance of her nose. In particular, narrowing the bridge of his nose and improving the hump on the profile of nose. Complete rhinoplasty was performed and cartilages were repositioned. Patient is pleased with appearance and breathing. If you desire rhinoplasty and are in the Clear... Read More
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Healthy female in her 30's who desired improvement to her side profile and overall look of her nose after a trauma. Her nose's tip rotation is now in a more neutral position and the bridge of her nose is narrower now giving her a symmetric, better breathing & natural-looking nose!  If you desire rhi... Read More
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Healthy female in her 20's who desired improvement to the side profile and overall look of her nose after a recent trauma. The bridge of her nose is narrower now giving her a symmetric, better breathing & natural-looking nose!  If you desire rhinoplasty and are in the Tampa Bay area please contact Narasimhan Plastic Surgery.&n... Read More
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Female in her 20's who desired improvement in the overall appearance of her nose. Specifcally, narrowing the bridge of her nose and improving the hump on the profile that was from previous traumas. She underwent a complete rhinoplasty and cartilages were repositioned. Patient is pleased with her appearance and breathing. If you desi... Read More
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Young female in her 20's who desired improvement in the overall appearance of her nose. In particular, improving the hump and narrowing the bridge of her nose. Complete rhinoplasty was performed and cartilages were repositioned. Patient is happy with her appearance and breathing. If you desire rhinoplasty and are in the St. Petersburg area, c... Read More
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This 26-year-old male came to us with with a dislike for his nasal bridge and the hump on his nose. We performed a rhinoplasty. The patient is very happy with his results. If you have questions about or are interested in learning morning about rhinoplasty please call Narasimhan Plastic Surgery to learn more about our Double Board Certifi... Read More

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

How Much Does Rhinoplasty (Nose Job) Cost in the Tampa-St. Petersburg Area?

Physician fees for rhinoplasty range from $5,000 to $6,000, depending on the extensiveness of your procedure; although, we cannot quote a specific price without an in-person consultation. Even though cost is a consideration for most rhinoplasty patients in St. Petersburg, FL, it shouldn’t be the primary issue when it comes to choosing a surgeon. To assist patients, we offer financing through PatientFi, an organization that specializes in elective healthcare financing.

A Must-Have Guide to Rhinoplasty

Your path to a successful rhinoplasty and getting the nose of your dreams starts with downloading Dr. Narasimhan’s free e-guide, Your Guide to Rhinoplasty. The informative, easy-to-read guide includes information you need to know about the consultation process and what to expect before, during, and after surgery. It also features before and after photos of Dr. Narasimhan’s rhinoplasty patients.

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Am I a Good Candidate for a Rhinoplasty?

Concerns about the shape or size of the nose are common reasons for wanting a nose job. The bridge and tip of the nose are often the areas of the nose that patients want to change. Dr. Narasimhan performs rhinoplasty to improve these characteristics:

  • A hump on the bridge (also called a dorsal hump)
  • Low nasal bridge
  • Drooping tip
  • Bulbous tip
  • Long nose
  • Over- or underprojected tip
  • Crooked nose

Some patients’ noses have more than one of these features. Nose surgery can also correct structural problems that affect breathing. This is sometimes called “functional rhinoplasty,” and it can be accomplished in tandem with any cosmetic changes. Dr. Narasimhan also specializes in ethnic rhinoplasty for patients of Asian, African American, Indian/Middle Eastern, and Hispanic backgrounds.  

If you want to change any of these aspects of your nose and have realistic expectations about the results, you are probably a good rhinoplasty candidate. Dr. Narasimhan performs revision rhinoplasty to correct the results of procedures performed by other surgeons.

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Your Rhinoplasty Surgical Options

Dr. Narasimhan believes that excellent rhinoplasty results begin with the consultation. He performs a thorough physical examination of your nose, taking the tone and quality of your skin into account, and listens to your specific cosmetic concerns. He will also ask if you experience any difficulty breathing.

Rhinoplasty generally includes reshaping cartilage and bone to produce the results desired. To do this, Dr. Narasimhan uses one of 2 surgical techniques:

  • Open rhinoplasty is the most common technique and involves making a tiny, horizontal incision along the columella, the small strip of skin that separates the nostrils. After making the incision, Dr. Narasimhan lifts the skin covering the nose. This provides a direct view of the nasal structures.
  • Closed rhinoplasty is performed through incisions made inside of the nostrils. Without a direct view of the nasal structures, Dr. Narasimhan reserves this technique for simpler procedures only.

You and Dr. Narasimhan will discuss these 2 options during your consultation and decide which approach is most appropriate for you.

Your Rhinoplasty Surgery

Dr. Narasimhan performs rhinoplasty as an outpatient procedure using local anesthetic with sedation or general anesthetic. The procedure typically takes 1 to 2 hours to perform. He usually uses the open technique because it provides a clear view of and access to the internal structures of the nose. Once the surgery is complete, the incision is closed with fine sutures, covered with gauze and a small bandage. A splint may be placed over the nose to protect it during the early healing process.

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Dr. Narasimhan is an excellent choice for your cosmetic procedure for many reasons, including:

  • Double board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology
  • Highly trained in procedures of the face, breast, and body
  • Passion for cosmetic procedures and patient care
  • Compassionate care and attention to detail
Accreditation: Amercian Board of Plastic Surgery, The Aestheitc Society, The Rhinoplasty Society Accreditation: American Board of Otolaryngology, American Academy of Otoraryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Recovery After Rhinoplasty

Because rhinoplasty is an outpatient surgery, you will need to have an adult friend or family member drive you home afterward. It’s also recommended that someone stays with you during the first 24 hours immediately following the procedure.

Recovery Timeline

While recovery varies from patient to patient, you can expect to achieve the following milestones within this general timeline:

  • Discomfort: Usually involves stuffiness, not pain, and is controlled with either prescribed or over-the-counter medications for about 3 to 4 days.
  • Swelling and bruising: Peak during the first week and diminish quickly during the second week.
  • Splints: Placed within the nose during surgery and are removed in about 7 days.
  • Return to work & school: Ready to return to non-strenuous activities within 10 to 14 days.

Dr. Narasimhan explains the recovery process using an actual patient case in this blog post.

I am so extremely grateful to Dr. Narasimhan for the knowledgeable insight and guidance he offered throughout my rhinoplasty consultation, surgery, and post-operative care. I am beyond thrilled with my results, and I would confidently recommend Dr. Narasimhan and his caring, attentive staff to anyone who is considering cosmetic surgery.

Read more testimonials from Dr. Narasimhan’s real patients.

Tips for a Successful Recovery

It’s important to follow the postoperative instructions Dr. Narasimhan provides; they are designed to make your recovery as speedy as possible, with minimal discomfort. Here are some helpful tips:

  • Fill prescriptions prior to surgery.
  • Arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery and help you get settled.
  • Make sure you get plenty of rest in the days following surgery.
  • Sleep with your head elevated and apply cool compresses as directed.  
  • Do not take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen.
  • Avoid blowing your nose or wearing glasses until cleared by the doctor.
  • Refrain from smoking because it will impact the healing process.

When Will I See My Final Rhinoplasty Results?

Results continue to evolve during the first 3 months. At that point, you should see what is close to the final results, but expect subtle changes to occur for up to a year.

Will I Have a Scar After My Rhinoplasty?

Open rhinoplasty leaves a scar that is hidden in the crease where the upper lip meets the columella and is typically virtually imperceptible after it heals. After a closed rhinoplasty, the only resulting scar will be inside the nostrils.

What’s the Difference Between Surgical and Nonsurgical Rhinoplasty?

Nonsurgical rhinoplasty is accomplished by injecting a dermal filler into the skin of the nose instead of surgically reshaping the nose’s internal structures. Review the table for a comparison.

AspectNonsurgical RhinoplastySurgical Rhinoplasty
Benefits“Try out” changes before committing to surgery
Enhancing the nose without surgery
Improve the size and shape of the nose
Correct breathing problems
LimitationsNot all enhancements can be made this way
Procedure time1 to 2 quick office visits while awake1 – 2 hours of surgery with anesthesia
ResultsTemporary (repeat every 6 months – 2 years)Last indefinitely
PainLittle to no discomfortMinor pain for about 3 days usually controlled with oral medication
DowntimeNone1 – 2 weeks

Rhinoplasty FAQ

Is there anything I can do to reduce swelling after a rhinoplasty?

We ask patients to refrain from medications (we provide a list) that can cause bruising, such as certain herbal medications, fish oil, vitamin E tablets, etc. Avoiding nose blowing and heavy activity the first 6 weeks after surgery is also important. Dr. Narasimhan will also provide a steroid medication and anti-nausea medications to reduce inflammation and the risk for vomiting and heaving after anesthesia. Taking these medications will minimize your swelling. Lastly, but most importantly, we strongly emphasize the use of cold compresses over the eyes and forehead at all times, for 7 days after the procedure to minimize swelling.

When can I wear glasses after rhinoplasty surgery?

Dr. Narasimhan asks patients to wait 8 weeks before wearing glasses. If absolutely necessary, glasses can be worn over your nasal cast. But wearing glasses or placing any weight on the nasal bridge too early can stimulate some irritation at the nasal bridge area.

Can rhinoplasty be combined with another procedure?

Yes, patients interested in other forms of facial rejuvenation, such as eyelid surgery or a neck lift, can combine the procedures. Combining procedures has 2 main advantages: you will save money by avoiding paying the same fees more than once, and you can recover all at once.

Can someone be too young for rhinoplasty?

It’s best to postpone cosmetic nose surgery until your nose has finished developing. For girls, that usually occurs by about age 15 or 16. Boys typically reach the same point a couple of years later. Nose surgery to correct breathing difficulties is an exception, and Dr. Narasimhan can discuss the specifics with you if that is the main concern.

There is no upper age limit for a nose job — the only boundary there is to make sure you are healthy enough to undergo surgery — but most patients choose to have rhinoplasty in their 20s and 30s.