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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Triple board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Chaffoo provides exceptional results and patient care.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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9850 Genesee Ave #480 La Jolla, CA 92037