Rhinoplasty FAQ

Many of the men and women considering rhinoplasty (nose surgery) in the San Diego area come to our practice with a lot of questions. It can sometimes seem difficult to understand exactly what's involved in this complex procedure. Rhinoplasty specialist Dr. Richard A. Chaffoo at La Jolla Plastic Surgery & Dermatology™ takes the time to clearly answer all your questions during your complimentary consultation. To help in the process, we've compiled some of the most common questions Dr. Chaffoo's patients ask.

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Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty) Case 230

Dr. Richard Chaffoo

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...

Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty) Case 114

Dr. Richard Chaffoo

This 24-year-old San Diego Hispanic female was unhappy with the shape and size of her nose. She wanted to reduce the bump on the bridge of her nose, decrease the width of her nose and correct the plunging tip. Women and men who are concerned with the appearance of their noses have a number of sur...

Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty) Case 224

Dr. Richard Chaffoo

This delightful 29 year old San Diego young woman was unhappy with the prominence of her nasal bridge  following an accident and nasal fracture. She had a prominent nasal hump and underwent an uneventful rhinoplasty to remove her nasal hump and create a straight and natural nasal bridge. She...

Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty) Case 373

Dr. Richard Chaffoo

This 20 year old San Diego woman disliked her nasal profile. She desired a straight nasal bridge with removal of her nasal hump and narrowing of her nasal tip. She underwent an uneventful rhinoplasty to create a straight nasal profile with a narrowed and well defined nasal tip. She was thrilled w...

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...

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  • Can cosmetic and functional rhinoplasty be combined?

    Yes. In some cases, patients who want rhinoplasty to correct a breathing issue also request aesthetic changes. Likewise, a rhinoplasty performed for cosmetic reasons may also bring functional benefits. That's something Dr. Chaffoo discusses during the complimentary consultation. Even though your health insurance may cover the cost of functional rhinoplasty, it may not pay for cosmetic changes performed during the nose surgery.

    How long does the surgery take?

    Most of the rhinoplasty procedures Dr. Chaffoo performs can be completed within 1 to 2 hours. In some cases, the surgery is more complex, including revision rhinoplasty, which can take several hours.

    Is rhinoplasty performed using general anesthesia?

    In most cases, Dr. Chaffoo uses a general anesthetic for rhinoplasty surgery. A board-certified anesthesiologist is present throughout the surgery to monitor the anesthesia. Local anesthesia with sedation is an option in some less extensive cases.

    When will I see the results of rhinoplasty?

    Most of our patients can observe changes to their noses about 2 weeks after surgery, once the initial swelling and bruising subside. But the permanent appearance of your nose emerges gradually in the months following the procedure because residual swelling affects the nose. It might take a year before you fully appreciate the final results.

    How much does rhinoplasty cost?

    Surgical costs vary, depending on the duration of surgery and the expected complexity of the procedure. A surgeon's training and the geographical location of the practice are other factors influencing the total price of plastic surgery.

    Our patients receive a specific quote at La Jolla Plastic Surgery & Dermatology™ before scheduling the procedure. Dr. Chaffoo believes in making plastic surgery as affordable as possible for his patients and offers several financing options for qualified men and women.

    What are the risks of rhinoplasty?

    Complications can occur in any surgical procedure. Numbness, difficulty breathing, postoperative nose bleeds, infection, and holes inside the septal area of the nose are potential risks. The thing to keep in mind is that they're infrequent. And, that they can be minimized by properly preparing for surgery and diligently following the comprehensive postoperative instructions Dr. Chaffoo provides.

    It's also important to select a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in nose surgery and who is also board-certified in otolaryngology (head and neck surgery), meaning the surgeon has extensive knowledge of facial anatomy. In other words, choosing a plastic surgeon such as Dr. Chaffoo goes a long way toward ensuring your health and safety.

    Are there limitations to who can get rhinoplasty?

    Other than making sure a person's nose is no longer developing, which usually stops in the late teen years, there aren't many reasons a healthy person who wants rhinoplasty couldn't get it. The biggest limitation with rhinoplasty is thick skin, because this is difficult to shrink and conform to the underlying framework of the procedure. A surgeon can only do so much with a large nose if the skin won't contract.

    That being said, if you are in good health and think you may be a candidate, Dr. Chaffoo would be pleased to meet you for a complimentary consultation and evaluation.

    How long will my results last?

    You can expect the results of your rhinoplasty to be long lasting, as long as your nose isn't significantly injured or traumatized at any point after surgery. Although the nose naturally changes with time, it doesn't age the way a neck or other parts of the body do. The appearance of your nose should stay relatively static for the rest of your life.