When your facial features are balanced, your face has an aesthetically pleasing appearance. That harmony can be disrupted if your nose looks larger than other features or if its shape attracts attention. It's amazing how greatly your appearance can be improved by changing just this one feature. Specialist Dr. Richard Chaffoo performs rhinoplasty in La Jolla to help his San Diego County patients improve their facial harmony — and their lives.Request Your Complimentary Consultation
When you decide to undergo cosmetic surgery, it's important to feel comfortable and confident about the plastic surgeon you choose. Dr. Chaffoo is among a rare group of plastic surgeons certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery, the American Board of Otolaryngology (Head and Neck Surgery) and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Chaffoo has more than 20 years of experience performing facial aesthetic surgery. To learn more a, request your complimentary cosmetic consultation online or call (858) 997-0096 for an appointment.
41 year old San Diego medical assistant who disliked the size and shape of her nose. She felt her nose was too large and wide with a long nose. She underwent an uneventful rhinoplasty which narrowed her nasal bridge and created a more defined and delicate nasal tip as well as a shorter nose. She...
This 20-year-old woman had a nasal defect and airway obstruction that made it difficult for her to breathe through her nose. The large hump on her nose was also cosmetically unappealing, so she began looking for a rhinoplasty surgeon in San Diego to help reshape her nose to look and function bett...
This is a 26-year-old female who met with Dr. Richard Chaffoo, a rhinoplasty specialist in San Diego, because she disliked the appearance of her nose. Overall, she felt as if her nose was too large for her face. She also had a deviated septum which at times made it difficult to breathe well....
This 29 year old San Diego man had a previous history of facial trauma with a subsequent nasal fracture that had occurred several years ago. He had difficulty breathing through his nose and disliked how his nose appeared flattened, wide, and crooked. He was referred for surgery by his mother who...
This is a 35-year-old Asian San Diego woman who sustained a nasal fracture with subsequent nasal obstruction approximately two years prior to her rhinoplasty consultation with Dr. Richard Chaffoo in San Diego. In addition to correcting the damage from the fracture, the patient wanted improvement...
Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.View All Before & After Photos
Dr. Chaffoo understands that preserving your heritage is just as important as achieving your surgical goals. He has extensive experience working with the unique facial features of Asian-, Latin-, and African-Americans. Learn more >
There 2 general reasons men and women in the San Diego area contact Dr. Chaffoo about rhinoplasty (informally called a "nose job"):
In some cases, Dr. Chaffoo combines cosmetic and functional nose surgery. You might be considering nose surgery to:
Dr. Chaffoo appreciates the unique characteristics of each patient and creates a custom surgical plan to meet all your cosmetic goals. The criteria he uses when assessing potential rhinoplasty patients include:
When performed by an experienced surgeon such as Dr. Chaffoo, rhinoplasty can improve your self-image.
Thanks to the high concentration of local plastic surgeons, the cost of rhinoplasty in greater San Diego is relatively competitive. However, surgeons typically determine their fees based on their qualifications, so plastic surgery is not typically an occasion to seek the lowest possible price.
Dr. Chaffoo determines the price of each rhinoplasty on a case-by-case basis. The extent of surgery plays a role in setting cost. For example, a more invasive surgery that treats respiratory function in addition to nasal aesthetics is likely to cost a bit more than a more straightforward procedure.
During your consultation, Dr. Chaffoo provides you with a cost estimate for your specific surgery. You can learn more about how we determine the cost of rhinoplasty, as well as your payment options, on our Fees & Financing page.
Triple board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Chaffoo provides exceptional results and patient care.
Rhinoplasty techniques can differ from one plastic surgeon to another. With years of experience and training, Dr. Chaffoo is known for his precise techniques and customizing the procedure to meet the needs of each patient. That includes the unique techniques used in ethnic rhinoplasty. In most cases, Dr. Chaffoo performs nose surgery by:
Because it's normally not necessary for Dr. Chaffoo to pack the nose, his patients can expect less swelling and bruising after the procedure than they might with another surgeon.
The procedure takes 1 to 2 hours and is performed under anesthesia, which is monitored by a licensed, board-certified anesthesiologist. Dr. Chaffoo discusses in detail the surgical techniques he'll use in your case at your complimentary consultation, as well as advise you about preparing for your nose surgery. Additional details about the procedure can be found on our Rhinoplasty FAQ page.
Unhappy with past rhinoplasty results? It may be time to consider a revision. Dr. Chaffoo knows that revisionary cases require special care. Learn more >
As a triple board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Chaffoo offers patients the option of achieving more comprehensive facial enhancement as part of their rhinoplasty operation. By including, for example, eyelid surgery or a brow lift along with nose surgery, a patient goes through a single recovery period and saves the cost of certain fees, such as for anesthesia, that would be charged if the procedures were performed separately.
Immediately after your nose surgery, Dr. Chaffoo tapes your nose and uses a splint to temporarily stabilize it. A team of experienced nurses carefully monitors you for any complications. As the anesthesia wears off, you'll likely feel a dull ache in your nose and head; we prescribe pain medication to manage any discomfort.
Over the course of the next day, your face is likely to feel bloated. We recommend keeping your head raised as much as possible during this time. You should expect black eyes initially, as well as swelling and bruising, both of which can be reduced by applying cold compresses. Be sure to refrain from any activity that has the potential to either injure your new nose or increase your blood pressure.
Finally, please be sure to arrange for a family member or friend to drive you home from the cosmetic surgery center and stay with you for the following few days, as you will need some help around the house.
We provide you with detailed postoperative care instructions to take with you. From time to time throughout your recovery, you will meet with Dr. Chaffoo, so that he can evaluate your progress. And even if you do not have a follow-up visit scheduled, you can always contact your patient coordinator whenever you have any questions about your recovery.
Patient experiences vary after rhinoplasty. Overall, the majority of people experience minimal discomfort after nose surgery. It can take as long as 6 to 12 months for the full benefits to emerge for our San Diego nose job patients, but patients are usually free to return to normal routines after just 7 days.
How long does it take? How do you determine the cost? What's recovery like? Head to our FAQ page for more information about all stages of the rhinoplasty process. Learn more >
If you live in the La Jolla area and are considering a facial sculpting plastic surgery procedure such as rhinoplasty, Dr. Chaffoo, MD, FACS, FICS, can help. Benefit from his unique training and his extensive real-world experience when you request your complimentary cosmetic consultation online or call (858) 997-0096 for an appointment. He has an office conveniently located close to you on Genesee Avenue in La Jolla on the Scripps Memorial Hospital Campus at the Ximed Medical Center.