NOSE SURGERY (RHINOPLASTY)
Nasal Surgery or Rhinoplasty (“nose job”) is the precise surgical alteration of the nose to change its overall shape and/or improve or maintain its function. Cosmetic nasal surgery can correct a variety of conditions including an over-sized nose, a hump on the bridge, or an undesirable shape of the nasal tip. Dr. Filiberto creates facial harmony among his rhinoplasty patients by surgically altering the nose to balance all the features of the face. He believes in the natural look.
Not all nose surgery is performed for strictly cosmetic purposes. Septoplasty can correct structural abnormalities, such as a deviated septum, which can lead to breathing problems, chronic stuffiness, post-nasal drip, and even snoring. Surgeries performed for functional breathing issues may be reimbursed by most medical insurance companies. However, many of our Brevard County Rhinoplasty patients elect to add a cosmetic component to achieve the best aesthetic outcome from their functional procedures.
Dr. Filiberto is trained in two disciplines, making him uniquely qualified for nasal surgery. As a Board Certified Otolaryngologist (Ear, Nose, and Throat) and Fellowship Trained Facial Plastic Surgeon, he has the ability to improve both the appearance of the nose while simultaneously improving breathing function to permit the best possible outcomes from nasal surgery. Dr. Filibertos’ goals for each rhinoplasty surgery is to make sure that the result matches closely with the desires of the patient. His goal is to improve the nose functionally and aesthetically and to create harmony with the other facial features. His rhinoplasty outcomes are always individualized to each patient. He aims to create a well-proportioned nose, that enhances the beauty of the eyes and allows for comfortable nasal function.
Dr. Filiberto is often sought after for not only primary or first-time rhinoplasty but also revision rhinoplasty. This is due to his extensive training with some of the best rhinoplasty surgeons in the world. He brings with him years of experience and has been involved in thousands of rhinoplasty cases. Dr. Filiberto’s passion for rhinoplasty surgery stems from his intense training and dedication for this operation. Rhinoplasty is often considered one of the most challenging operations and it is therefore important for patients to seek out surgeons who have dedicated the time and effort to study this operation. Dr. Filiberto’s background in head and neck surgery and facial plastic surgery has taught him to appreciate cosmetic aspects of nasal surgery. He strives to improve nasal breathing and function while improving the overall cosmetic appearance of the nose.
One of Dr. Filiberto’s teachers and world-renowned Rhinoplasty surgeons stated that the results of a good rhinoplasty should be seen in the eyes. This is Dr. Filiberto’s goal – to have attention directed to the eyes, rather than the nose after the surgery. We feel you will be comfortable and satisfied with your consultation, surgery, and outcome if you decide to choose Dr. Filiberto.
The surgeon begins by making an incision, either from within the nose or across the columella (the vertical strip separating the nostrils). The skin is then separated from the underlying framework of the nose and the bone and cartilage are sculpted to the desired shape and size. Finally, the surgeon reattaches the skin to the new contoured framework and stitches the incision. Surgery usually lasts one to two hours and is performed on an outpatient basis.
Rhinoplasty AFTER THE SURGERY
Following surgery, a splint is applied to the nose to maintain the new shape. The surgeon may also decide to place nasal packs or soft plastic splints in the nostrils to stabilize the septum (the dividing wall between the air passages). Patients can experience some swelling and bruising around the eyes and nose, although medication greatly reduces any discomfort you may experience. Stitches are usually removed in five to seven days and patients can return to work in ten to fourteen days. Patients who wear eyeglasses must have them specially fitted to their heads for up to seven weeks.
You will return to the office twenty-four hours after surgery for your first post-operative appointment. One week after the surgery you will return again to our office to check on the progress of your healing and have your sutures removed. Under normal circumstances, you will have your two to three more post-operative checkups in the next several months to confirm that all is well and to evaluate the early results of your transformation. Dr. Filiberto will see you more frequently during the healing period should you or he deem it necessary.