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Rhinoplasty in Sarasota, FL

Rhinoplasty does more than straighten a crooked noise or make a large nose smaller.

In the hands of a highly-skilled plastic surgeon such as Brandon Lambiris MD, rhinoplasty creates a more balanced and harmonious nose that is proportional to the rest of your face. Dr. Lambiris strives to deliver the best rhinoplasty Sarasota has to offer. He helps patients in Southwest Florida including Sarasota, Bradenton, and North Port attain a more beautiful, contoured nose at his private practice for plastic surgery.

What is Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is a surgical nose reshaping procedure that changes the structure of the cartilage, soft tissue, and bones to correct a variety of cosmetic concerns. Rhinoplasty is one of the most popular facial plastic surgeries for obvious reasons; our noses are one of the most prominent parts of our faces. This procedure can correct crookedness, nose bumps, or slim your nose. But, with a skilled surgeon, it can also enhance your facial balance and transform your features. For some, changes to the nose they see in the mirror can mean life-changing confidence and satisfaction.

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Who is a Candidate for Rhinoplasty?

Good candidates for rhinoplasty include those who have full facial growth, are in good physical health, and understand the goals and likely outcomes of undergoing surgery. Rhinoplasty surgery can be utilized for those seeking cosmetic changes, but there are also practical applications as well. Our Sarasota Rhinoplasty patients usually consider this procedure when they have cosmetic or functional issues such as:

  • Droopy tip
  • Dorsal hump
  • Wide nostrils
  • Nose fracture
  • New or past nasal injury
  • Breathing problems
  • Congenital disability (birth defect)
  • Crooked nose
  • Bulbous nasal tip

What are the Benefits of Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty can provide significant positive changes in your appearance or in the functionality of your nose, depending on your goals for nose surgery. A rhinoplasty procedure can improve the shape of your nose, make your nose smaller, and bring balance to your nose and facial features. If you are dealing with breathing problems or sinus issues due to a deviated septum or a previous injury, rhinoplasty can help address these concerns and give you a better quality of life. Rhinoplasty benefits include:

  • Improved confidence
  • More even facial proportions
  • Smoother profile
  • Customized nose shape
  • Better nasal airflow
  • Correction of deviated septum issues

Types of Rhinoplasty

Whether you are looking to undergo rhinoplasty for cosmetic reasons or functional, Dr. Lambiris will be sure to cover each aspect of either and customize the procedure to your particular needs.


If you have difficulty breathing and need your nasal passages widened, are dealing with a deviated septum, or had a past nose break or injury, an ENT doctor may recommend surgery with a cosmetic surgeon for corrections. Your surgeon will carefully assess the practical issues that need to be addressed as well as ensure that the aesthetic outcome is carefully planned and executed.


This type of rhinoplasty is performed by making a small incision on the skin between the nostrils, essentially allowing the nose to be “open” during the procedure. This gives the surgeon the greatest access to the nasal structures and allows them to make more complex corrections with the best possible results.


In a closed rhinoplasty, incisions are only made within the nostrils meaning that there will be no scarring anywhere on the skin. This can typically be used when the corrections or alterations being made are more minor and primarily involve the tip of the nose. Because this procedure limits the surgeon’s ability to access structures, it is not used as often as open rhinoplasty.

Rhinoplasty Procedure Types

Dr. Lambiris works with each patient individually to determine the appropriate type of rhinoplasty. Surgical techniques may include:

Full Rhinoplasty

A standard rhinoplasty entails making changes to the bones, cartilage, and soft tissues of the nose to improve size, shape, and symmetry. During a rhinoplasty Sarasota plastic surgeon, Dr. Lambris may also perform a septoplasty to correct a deviated septum if needed.

Revision Rhinoplasty

Secondary rhinoplasty can correct cosmetic problems that were not adequately addressed during the initial surgery. It can also revise poor cosmetic outcomes of a past rhinoplasty as well as further refine the nose shape and size.

Tip-only Rhinoplasty

A tip rhinoplasty, as the name suggests, only addresses cosmetic issues isolated to the nasal tip. It can correct a bulbous nose base or excessively flared nostrils as well as a drooping nasal tip. While the procedure is less invasive and less costly than traditional rhinoplasty, most patients benefit more from a full rhinoplasty as altering the tip without addressing the entire nose structure as a whole can sometimes produce a result that is not harmonious with the rest of the face.

Rhinoplasty Procedure

The first step during rhinoplasty surgery is the administration of sedation or general anesthesia. Your surgeon will discuss the best option for you during your consultation.

Next, the incision will be made in the space on your nose between your nostrils called the columella. The skin is then gently lifted to allow the surgeon access to the nasal structures. At this point, the major changes happen. Bone and cartilage may be removed or reshaped, and a deviated septum can be straightened. Any nasal projections that block the airway can also be removed.

After reshaping takes place, the skin is repositioned, and the incision is closed. At this point, any additional nostril size-altering incisions would also be made in the natural nostril folds. The surgeon may place splints, bandages, or packing to support healing. As you wake up from surgery, you will likely feel drowsy, but there might not be any noticeable tenderness in the area for a few hours. The entire rhinoplasty procedure typically takes about 2-3 hours, depending on the alterations that are being made. It is performed as outpatient surgery, and you should be going home the same day.

Rhinoplasty Recovery

Bruising under the eyes and around the nose is common after rhinoplasty. Swelling and tenderness are prominent for the first six weeks and then gradually subside.

Immediately after surgery, you will still be feeling the effects of the anesthesia. You will be in recovery for 1-2 hours as those effects wear off. An adult must be present to drive you home on the day of surgery due to anesthesia. It is normal to feel groggy for the first 24 hours. You will probably not feel much pain or tenderness in the nose area until a few hours later or the next day. Pain can be managed with prescription or OTC meds depending on the extent of the surgery. Bruising under the eyes and around the nose is common after rhinoplasty. Most of our Sarasota rhinoplasty patients take one to two weeks off work. Driving is safe to resume once you feel comfortable behind the wheel. An adult must be present to drive you home on the day of surgery due to anesthesia. It is normal to feel groggy for the first 24 hours. Exercise is off-limits for the first six weeks. Playing sports, especially those that pose a heightened risk of a nose injury, should be exercised with caution or avoided entirely in the first year post-op.

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Rhinoplasty Results

Since the initial healing process takes weeks to months, you won’t be able to see much evidence of results until after 2-3 months. After this, it takes approximately a year to see the final results of rhinoplasty as it takes time for the swelling to resolve. Since the healing process is gradual, you may see different gradual stages of change and improvement before your optimal result is fully realized. Rhinoplasty results are considered permanent, although age-related changes may change the nose shape slightly over time.


Possible risks include numbness, nasal obstruction, infection, scarring, poor wound healing, bleeding, dissatisfaction with results, blood clots, prolonged bruising and/or swelling, and the need for revision surgery.

Other risks and complications are possible. Generally speaking, the rhinoplasty procedure is considered safe for most eligible candidates. The most important step you can take to safeguard your health is choosing an experienced plastic surgeon such as Brandon Lambiris, MD. Following all preoperative and post-operative instructions, such as avoiding nicotine, greatly reduces the risk of rhinoplasty complications.

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Rhinoplasty surgery is a high-precision, detailed procedure that requires a highly skilled surgeon who will be receptive to your particular needs and requests. Dr. Lambiris had his own personal experience with plastic surgery after aesthetically impactful injuries occurred when he was a child. He knew that if it hadn’t been for an adept and caring plastic surgeon, the visible results of his injuries would’ve had a lifelong impact. Dr. Lambiris continues to be inspired by his stellar treatment to help his own patients correct aesthetic concerns, whether they are brought about by injury, genetics, or environment. With dozens of awards and honors, as well as noteworthy respect from colleagues and patients, Dr. Lambiris is one of the premier plastic surgeons in Florida.

Find Out More About Rhinoplasty

To find out more about your rhinoplasty options, book your consultation with Dr. Brandon Lambiris today. Call (941) 366-9818 or click the booking link on this page to schedule your appointment. Dr. Lambiris is an experienced plastic surgeon serving patients in Sarasota, North Port, Bradenton, and surrounding areas in Southwest Florida.

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Rhinoplasty FAQs

The average rhinoplasty cost nationwide is $7,700. Rhinoplasty is an individualized procedure. As the extent and type of surgery vary greatly among each patient, the best way to obtain an accurate nose job cost in Sarasota, Florida is to book a private consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon such as Brandon Lambiris MD.

The vast majority of patients pay out of pocket for a rhinoplasty when it is done for purely cosmetic reasons. Pre-existing medical conditions such as a deviated septum, nasal obstruction, or fractured nose that require reconstructive nose surgery may be covered by some insurance plans.

Everyone experiences pain differently. Most rhinoplasty patients experience only mild to moderate discomfort in the recovery period.

While these procedures are related, they serve different purposes. Rhinoplasty is a cosmetic nose shaping procedure that improves nasal size and contour, while septoplasty addresses a deviated septum that makes it difficult to breathe properly. If you want to improve how your nose looks and also have a deviated septum, Dr. Lambiris can perform a septoplasty during your rhinoplasty to correct both issues at once.

In most cases, Dr. Lambiris hides the rhinoplasty scars discreetly in or around the nostrils where they are not easily noticed.

Generally, it is ideal to undergo rhinoplasty once full physical and good emotional maturity is reached, but while the skin still retains elasticity. Usually, this is a range between about 18-40 years old, but there is no one specific age that is best.

While certain nose types may be considered more desirable by some, there is no one nose shape or size that is perfect for everyone. The ideal nose for you can only be decided by you and a great plastic surgeon who can take detailed measurements and evaluate your face shape and other factors.

Commonly, a turned-up or celestial nose is considered one of the most requested nose shapes by patients undergoing rhinoplasty. Ultimately, the choice is up to the preference of the patient, and the results are up to the skill of the doctor, which is why it’s so important to choose a great plastic surgeon.

There are certain methods where dermal fillers can be used to reshape the contours of the nose, often known as “liquid rhinoplasty” or “non-surgical rhinoplasty.” Patients can see great results from this type of treatment. However, this is only a temporary change. If you are looking for something permanent, rhinoplasty is currently the best option.

Dr. Brandon Lambiris believes everyone deserves the opportunity to look their best. If you’ve dreamed of having plastic surgery to unlock your true potential, we encourage you to join us for a consultation. Experience the real difference plastic surgery can have on your life at West Coast Plastic Surgery in Sarasota, FL.

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