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.

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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.

Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty) Before & After Photos

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Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty) Case 129

Dr. Richard Chaffoo

This is a 27-year-old San Diego female who desired a more defined profile to her nose and neck. She had undergone a rhinoplasty, neck liposuction and chin implant placement with Dr. Richard Chaffoo. She now has more defined features to enhance her aesthetic beauty.

Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty) Case 133

Dr. Richard Chaffoo

This is a 22-year-old Hispanic San Diego female who desired a more refined nose. She had searched through many photos and websites to find the right plastic surgeon in the San Diego region. After meeting Dr. Chaffoo, she was confident he was the right plastic surgeon to perform her rhinoplasty. T...

Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty) Case 464

Dr. Richard Chaffoo

This lovely 47 year old San Diego woman desired a more defined, refined, and narrowed nasal tip. She felt that her nasal tip lacked prominence especially on animation and in profile. She underwent an uneventful external rhinoplasty and was delighted with the natural yet improved shape and definit...

Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty) Case 151

Dr. Richard Chaffoo

This is a 20-year-old Hispanic San Diego female who sustained blunt trauma to her nose. She also had trouble breathing through both nostrils. Dr. Richard Chaffoo performed rhinoplasty in San Diego to correct the aesthetic appearance of this patient's nose along with a septoplasty to...

Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty) Case 87

Dr. Richard Chaffoo

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...

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

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Ethnic Rhinoplasty

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 >

Am I a Candidate for Rhinoplasty?

There 2 general reasons men and women in the San Diego area contact Dr. Chaffoo about rhinoplasty (informally called a "nose job"):

  • Aesthetic concerns: a desire to improve the nose's appearance
  • Functional concerns: nasal obstruction makes breathing difficult

In some cases, Dr. Chaffoo combines cosmetic and functional nose surgery. You might be considering nose surgery to:

  • Improve the shape of your nose by smoothing out a hump on the bridge or refining its tip
  • Achieve better proportion with other facial features
  • Repair damage caused by an injury or birth defect
  • Clear your airways that are blocked by internal nasal structures

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:

  • Age: The nose continues developing until the middle teen years in most cases. Male noses generally take a couple of years longer to reach full maturity.
  • Physical health: As with any surgical procedure, you should be in good overall health to undergo nose surgery.
  • Emotional health: Having a positive attitude and realistic expectations is important. It's also critical that you are considering nose surgery because it's what you want, and not to satisfy someone else's notion of what an "attractive" nose looks like.

When performed by an experienced surgeon such as Dr. Chaffoo, rhinoplasty can improve your self-image.

How Much Does Rhinoplasty Cost?

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.


Dr. Chaffoo

Triple board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Chaffoo provides exceptional results and patient care.

  • Surgical Technique

    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:

    • Making incisions either on the inside of your nostrils (closed rhinoplasty) or on the outside, under the nose (open rhinoplasty)
    • Reducing or rearranging bone and cartilage to mold your nose to its desired size and shape
    • Closing the incision and applying a temporary splint to the nose

    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.

    Revision Rhinoplasty

    Unhappy with past rhinoplasty results? It may be time to consider a revision. Dr. Chaffoo knows that revisionary cases require special care. Learn more >

    Combining Procedures With Rhinoplasty

    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.

    Your Rhinoplasty Recovery

    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.

    Rhinoplasty FAQ

    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 >

    Next Steps

    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.