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 114

Dr. Richard Chaffoo

This 24-year-old 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 surgical options. Dr....

Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty) Case 155

Dr. Richard Chaffoo

This woman in her early 30s decided to undergo rhinoplasty in San Diego that improved the appearance of her nose and included septorhinoplasty to correct her internal nasal deformities. After triple board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Chaffoo completed the pa...

Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty) Case 146

Dr. Richard Chaffoo

This is a 49-year-old female who desired a more refined and elegant nose. She was bothered by the shape of the tip and small hump on the nasal bridge. There was also a significant amount of asymmetry. The patient trusted San Diego's premier plastic surgeon, Dr. Chaffoo for his expertise in no...

Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty) Case 133

Dr. Richard Chaffoo

This is a 22-year-old 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. The patient underwen...

Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty) Case 51

Dr. Richard Chaffoo

This young woman had rhinoplasty, also called nose surgery, with San Diego plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Chaffoo. During rhinoplasty surgery, Dr. Chaffoo can enhance both the shape and function of the nose to improve his patients' appearance and help them breathe more freely.  

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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 essentially permanent, 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.