Looking into getting a rhinoplasty in Tampa?
Double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Dominic Castellano is a native Tampa rhinoplasty surgeon with a reputation as one of the top plastic surgeons in our area. He is also the founder of Elite Facial Plastic Surgery.
Rhinoplasty, also called a “nose job”, is a surgical procedure that is tailored to create symmetry and balance between a patient’s nose and the rest of the face. Dr. Dominic will help you achieve this balance between your nose and the rest of your face in our state-of-the-art facility in Tampa, Florida. At Elite Facial Plastic Surgery, you’ll get the rhinoplasty that will provide you the appearance you’ve always wanted.
Improve your Confidence
The nose is undoubtedly the most noticeable part of the face; this is due to its central location and the fact that we do most of communicating with our mouths and with our eyes. It is difficult to overlook a person’s nose or ignore its appearance.
If you have any nasal deformities or irregularities, these are difficult if not impossible to camouflage with make-up or hide in any way. Even if there are no obvious flaws, the size and shape of the nose is one of the key factors that determine facial beauty. A nose that is out of proportion to the rest of the face, or to the body, can throw off the entire symmetry. Tampa rhinoplasty surgeon Dr. Dominic Castellano can help you to achieve the desired symmetry between your nose and the rest of your face.
Rhinoplasty is actually a great way to enhance your appearance and can transform your face more completely than as with any other form of plastic surgery. Often people think that a nose job is only for those with a large proboscis , but rhinoplasty can help straighten the nose or reduce a hump. The tip of the nose can be lengthened to help improve the angle between the nose and the upper lip or the size of the nasals can be reduced if desired. Once surgery is completed the face will look more balanced and well proportioned.
One of our rhinoplasty patients put it best:
“I can’t believe I walked around with this nose for all of my life until I finally got the courage to call Dr. Dominic. I really didn’t think it would make such a dramatic impact. Before the nose job, I would go to extreme lengths to even adjust my face before a family picture so it didn’t get my bad side. My nose looks so good now, I don’t care what angle the picture is taken from. My confidence is through the roof. I love it. Thank you!”
To find out more about rhinoplasty and non-invasive rhinoplasty procedures at Elite Facial Plastic Surgery in Tampa, Florida, please request a free consultation online, or call our office at 813-975-3223. We look forward to helping you improve your appearance and your confidence.
Real People. Real Results.
Dr. Dominic Castellano
Double Board-Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon in Tampa, FL
Board certified in both facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (head-neck surgery), Dr. Dominic performs cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the face and neck exclusively. His rhinoplasty expertise and exceptional outcomes earned him the 2019 Top Doc award for facial plastic surgeon in Tampa by Tampa Magazine.
Rhinoplasty Cost in Tampa
A primary rhinoplasty in Tampa typically costs $4500 to $9,000 depending on the complexity of the procedure. During your consultation with Dr. Dominic, we will provide you with a specific estimate for your procedure that you can take with you and consider it without pressure.
We offer 0% financing for 12 months. We can discuss your financing options during your rhinoplasty consultation.
The Different Types of Rhinoplasty Procedures
Rhinoplasty is a very complex plastic surgery procedure as your nose is often your most defining facial feature. Dr. Dominic is very careful in not over-working or under-working your nose surgery as any slight alterations can greatly impact your appearance and lead to an unnatural look.
Many of our patients choose to combine chin augmentation and neck lift surgery with their rhinoplasty to enhance the appearance of their profiles. The appearance and shape of one’s profile can be dependent upon the harmony between the nose, chin, and neck.
Open Rhinoplasty vs. Closed Rhinoplasty
Open rhinoplasty is often the preferred approach when easier access to the surgery site is required. This is often the case when performing revision rhinoplasty or when a significant reshaping of the nose is going to be performed.
This allows for greater visibility of the surgical site and anatomy of the nose. This can allow for greater precision during the rhinoplasty procedure.
Open rhinoplasty involves placing an incision along the columella. Normally, this results in a virtually invisible scar.
There are cases when a closed rhinoplasty makes sense.
For example, nose surgery patients that do not require significant reshaping of the nose can often benefit from a closed rhinoplasty. While an open rhinoplasty normally leaves the nose with a scar that is virtually invisible to the naked eye, a closed rhinoplasty leaves no visible scar. In addition, some patients report less swelling during recovery.
There are many types of nose surgeries that Dr. Dominic performs for his patients. Below are four of the most common.
Dorsal Hump Reduction
Many patients come to Dr. Dominic because they are unhappy with the bump on the bridge of their nose. This is the most common type of rhinoplasty and involves significant reshaping of the nose. Because of this, rhinoplasty surgery involving a reduction of the dorsal hump is an often open rhinoplasty done under general anesthesia.
With a dorsal hump reduction, one can improve the profile of the face, creating greater symmetry with the chin, jaw, and neck.
A reshaping of the tip of the nose, also called a tip plasty, is also a common type of rhinoplasty procedure. Patients wanting to achieve a balance to the face by reducing a broad or bulky nasal tip can often do so through this type of rhinoplasty.
Dr. Dominic can help you to achieve the right symmetry for your face, whether that is reducing a bulbous nose tip, shaping a nose tip that is too pointy, or a tip that droops.
Septoplasty and Fixing a Deviated Septum
The nasal septum is bone and cartilage that separates the two sides of the nasal cavity. Sometimes, due to genetics or trauma, the septum can become significantly off-center and affect a person’s breathing, cause nose bleeds, or even result in frequent sinus infections. A septoplasty can correct this.
Though both involve correcting asymmetry of the nose, there is a difference between a septoplasty and a rhinoplasty. A septoplasty deals with the structure inside the nose, while a rhinoplasty aims to correct the aesthetic appearance of the outside of the nose. They are often performed in combination with another.
Rhinoplasty Can Correct Damage Follow Nasal Fractures
There are many ways in which a nasal fracture can occur and affect the nose anywhere along the “bony pyramid”. Without correction, the fracture can cause obstruction of breathing and result in a misshapen nose. Different types of fractures will require different types of rhinoplasty surgeries. Some common types of fractures that can occur in the nose are as follow:
- Saddle deformity
- Le Fort
Rhinoplasty Can Improve Facial Balance
The nose is one of the most obvious features of the face, so if it is oversized or lopsided, the overall face can be impacted and look off-balance. For both males and females, one of the biggest determining factors of attractiveness is based on facial balance, and people tend to find people less attractive if the nose is asymmetrical. Rhinoplasty is a solution to facial imbalances. Rhinoplasty, also known as a nose job, is a way for people to change the size and dimensions of their nose in order to improve facial symmetry. All forms of rhinoplasty, minor or intricate, can help improve facial harmony.
How Long Does it Typically Take to Recover From a Rhinoplasty?
The time that it typically takes to recover from a rhinoplasty varies depending on the type of rhinoplasty (medical vs. non medical) and the individual’s person’s healing process and care. It can take up to a year in some cases, although most cases are completely healed within four to six months.
Rhinoplasty Recovery: Week 1
Rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure. Depending upon the complexity of the work being done, the actual procedure should take no more than a couple of hours under general anesthesia. You will go home that same day; however, you are required to rest for the first week or two after the surgery.
You will have bandages on your face and probably a splint supporting your nose. The splint will be taped to your cheek or forehead. There can be bloody discharge from the nostrils, so gauze is often taped under the nose as well.
You can expect to be sore and experience pain during the first week of recovery. The nose and surrounding area will be swollen and appear bruised. There will be bruising under your eyes. Keeping your head elevated while resting will reduce swelling and discomfort.
A rhinoplasty patient should take off from work and should expect to stay home, rest, and avoid strenuous activity during the first week after surgery, at least. Resting for the first few days is essential.
Rhinoplasty Recovery: Week 2
For most rhinoplasty patients, the splint and bandages will come off in the second week during their follow-up visit with their plastic surgeon. There will still be some bruising and swelling.
Whether to return to work or go out in public after the first week is entirely up to you and how you feel about your appearance. Regardless, you should still avoid strenuous activity or heavy lifting, and if that sort of activity is part of your job, it might be prudent to take more time off.
Rhinoplasty Recovery: Month 1
Most swelling and bruising should have subsided after the first two weeks, and the discomfort caused by the surgery and the healing process will have decreased for most patients after a month. You will likely be able to see many of the results you expected from the rhinoplasty. While some swelling of the nose could remain, it may only be noticeable to you and your family.
Your doctor will advise whether you can return to normal activities, or whether you should continue to avoid strenuous activities.
Rhinoplasty Recovery: Months 2-3
This is when your face will start to feel and look like itself again, but with an improved nose shape, size, and/or contour.
Be aware that the very tip of your nose is very susceptible to swelling and could retain some subtle signs of swelling for up to a year.
Rhinoplasty Recovery: Months 6-12
For some rhinoplasty patients, it takes up to a year for that small amount of swelling at the tip of the nose to subside. Once it does, you will see the result you hoped for.
Rhinoplasty Recovery Time May Vary
Three Factors That Impact Recovery Time
Factor #1: Rhinoplasty Recovery Time Depends on Procedure
There is temporary, non-surgical rhinoplasty available that has little to no recovery time attached. But for surgical rhinoplasty, there will always be a period of recovery. The length of that period and your limitations will be dictated by how quickly you heal and the complexity of your procedure.
Factor #2: The Health, Age, and Lifestyle of the Patient Can Affect How Quickly They Recover from Rhinoplasty
If the patient is older and has one or more medical conditions, this may slow the healing process. As a general principle, younger patients heal more quickly, barring health or lifestyle issues. Regular use of caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco can also slow the healing process.
Factor #3: Whether the Patient Complies with Discharge Orders
Your discharge orders will expressly provide instructions on what to do and what not to do in the days and weeks following your rhinoplasty. If you fail to follow these instructions you risk extending the recovery period and compromising the results of the surgery.
How Can I Speed Up My Rhinoplasty Recovery Time?
In order to speed up rhinoplasty recovery time, follow this advice:
- Rest for the first two weeks and otherwise comply with discharge instructions
- Manage expectations for when the bandages initially come off
- Take it easy for the first couple of months and let your body heal
- Accept that the final result may not reveal itself until a year has passed
- Stay confident that you will soon look like you want to look like
How Long Will My Nose Be Swollen After My Rhinoplasty?
This depends upon the complexity of your procedure, how easily you bruise, how quickly you heal, and whether you follow the discharge instructions or not. For those with everything going for them who follow the discharge instructions, they can expect most swelling to subside in two to three months. However, the very tip of the nose may retain some subtle swelling for up to a year, in some cases.
Choose the Best Surgeon to Ensure The Best Rhinoplasty Results
Since nose surgery is a complex surgical procedure, it is important to choose a board-certified facial plastic surgeon with years of experience in rhinoplasty. Even if you opt for non-surgical rhinoplasty, the doctor’s knowledge and skill is the deciding factor in providing a natural appearance post-procedure.
If you are interested in improving your nose, please feel free to contact Dr. Castellano to schedule a complimentary consultation. He is double board-certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Surgical vs. Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty Recovery Time
Non-surgical rhinoplasty is done by injecting dermal fillers into the nose/ surrounding tissue to contour and reshape a person’s nose. The purpose of this procedure is to reduce the appearance of a bump/curve. Depending on the type of dermal fillers used, the results can last anywhere from six to eighteen months before the treatment will need to be done again. Besides bruising and tenderness, there are no side-effects or long recovery times associated with non-surgical procedures.
On the other hand, surgical rhinoplasty is a more intense procedure that is often used to change the size of one’s nose. When it comes to recovery time for surgical procedures, a patient should expect seven to ten days until they can return to everyday life. However, recovery time may be longer depending on the extent of the surgery and whether any changes need to be made to facial bones or cartilage. Patients should expect bruising and swelling after their operation that can last up to four to six weeks.
Some people will benefit more from surgical rhinoplasty than non-surgical rhinoplasty and vice versa. Before choosing one over the other, be sure to talk to a medical professional that will advise you in which procedure is best for your specific needs.
Don’t be nervous. The first step is the hardest. Dr. Dominic will personally meet with you during your rhinoplasty consultation to address and answer all of your questions. Call 813-359-1267 or fill out the online form to schedule a free consultation today. Don’t put it off any longer.
*The results and experiences depicted illustrate results you may achieve if you choose to have a plastic surgery procedure. Individual results and experiences may vary by patient.