Rhinoplasty

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

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.
  • Rhinoplasty case #97 before photo
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    Rhinoplasty case #97 after photo
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    Case #97

    28 year old female desired improvement in the overall shape and size of her nose. She underwendt a complete rhinoplasty and cartilages were repositioned. Photos were taken at 5 weeks after surgery.... View Case 

How Much Does Rhinoplasty Cost?

Although we cannot quote a specific price without an in-person consultation, depending on the extensiveness of your procedure, physician fees range from $5,000 to $6,000. 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 CareCredit®, an organization that specializes in elective healthcare financing.

Who Is a Good Candidate?

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.

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.

Common Characteristics

Your Rhinoplasty Procedure

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 also asks whether or not you experience difficult 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: An 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. The external incision results in a scar that's virtually imperceptible.
  • Closed rhinoplasty: Dr. Narasimhan makes incisions on the inside of the nostrils only when performing a closed rhinoplasty. Without a direct view of the nasal structures, Dr. Narasimhan reserves this technique for simpler procedures only. After a closed rhinoplasty, the only resulting scar will be inside the nostrils.

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

Why Choose Dr. Narasimhan

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 face, breast, and body
  • Passion for cosmetic procedures and patient care
  • Compassionate care and attention to detail

Recovery Following Rhinoplasty

Because rhinoplasty is an outpatient surgery, you should plan to have someone drive you home afterward. It's also recommended that someone stays with you during the first 24 hours immediately following the procedure. Recovery varies from patient to patient, but most patients need to take about a week off from work.

Bruising and swelling are common during the first week, and they often diminish quickly during the second week. 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. Some residual swelling typically lasts for several weeks, but most patients are comfortable returning to work or attending social events within 10 to 14 days.

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

Rhinoplasty FAQ

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.