Neela Rao, MD, Plastic Surgery | Laser and light services in Fort Mill
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Dr. Neela Rao is a functional and cosmetic facial plastic surgery specialist. Her specialty areas include surgical and non-surgical facial rejuvenation including facelifts, blepharoplasty, eyebrow lift, laser skin resurfacing, Botox, and dermal fillers. She also performs aesthetic and functional rhinoplasty, nasal septal perforation repair, facial reconstruction, and scar revision.

Dr. Rao graduated with honors from the University of Michigan. She earned her doctorate with honors from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Her Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery residency was at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Rao completed additional subspecialty training in Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center.

Dr. Rao has published several research articles and textbook chapters in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

In addition, Dr. Rao has taken part in numerous marathon fundraisers and humanitarian outreach programs in the United States, Kenya, Peru, and the Dominican Republic.

Dr. Rao practices in our Fort Mill (601 S. Sutton Road, Suite 201, Fort Mill, SC) office. To make an appointment with her, call 704-295-3000. You can also request an appointment online or through myCEENTAchart.

Education & Fellowship

Bachelor of Science with Honors, University of Michigan, 2009

Doctor of Medicine with Honors, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, 2013

Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2018

Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, University of Texas Health Science Center, 2019

Featured Procedures

Dr. Rao's specialty areas include:


Revision Rhinoplasty



Laser skin resurfacing


Cosmetic fillers

Scar Revision


Chemical Peels

Skin Care Products

Community Involvement

Recent fundraising and humanitarian outreach:

Kenya Relief- Otolaryngology- Head & Neck Surgery
Migori, Kenya, 2017

Marathon Fundraiser for Now Hear This and One Voice Fund
Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Chicago, IL, 2017


Recent publications:

Principles in Rhinoplasty
Rao, N, Toriumi, D
Aesthetic Surgery of the Facial Skeleton. 2018.

Auricular Composite Grafting in Functional Rhinoplasty
Rao, N, Toriumi, D
Facial Plastic Surgery. 2017; 33(04): 405-410.

Ethnic Rhinoplasty
Rao, N., Toriumi, D
Operative Techniques in Plastic Surgery. 2016

Rhinoplasty in the Aging Patient
Rao, N, Chung, V, Toriumi, D
Master Techniques in Rhinoplasty. 2016.

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