Rhinoplasty in San Diego, CA

Rhinoplasty definition

It is a surgical procedure, commonly  called a nose job or nose reshaping, that involves changing the proportions and shape of the nose. Therefore, the goal is to create facial balance and harmony and improving your overall appearance.

There are, however,  many different reasons to undergo rhinoplasty, including a crooked nose, humped nose and wide nose. Rhinoplasty can be performed as part of nose reconstruction to enhance shape and breathing. Moreover, it is also performed for congenital defects, cancer treatment and trauma.

Nose surgery

Common reasons patients seek Dr. Jaibaji for nose surgery include:

  • A hump on the bridge of the nose

  • A wide bridge and /or a wide nasal tip

  • Being able to see the nostrils too much

  • Large or wide nostrils

  • A crooked nose

  • A “ski-jump” nose

  • High or flared nostrils

Rhinoplasty Surgery

Before surgery, Dr. Jaibaji will evaluate your nose and look at many different factors, such as:

  • Your general health and any medical problems
  • Previous nasal injury, surgery or allergy
  • How you breathe through your nose, and whether or not this needs to be addressed at the time of surgery; i.e. performing septal surgery
  • The size and shape of each part of your nose (tip, bridge, nostrils, etc.) in relation to the other parts of your nose; i.e. is it proportional
  • The size and shape of your nose relative to the rest of your facial features (your chin, lower jaw, etc)


Rhinoplasty procedure?

The surgery is usually performed under general anesthesia as a same day surgery. Depending on the desired results and the complexity of your specific problem, the surgery may take anywhere from 1-3 hours.

The details of the specific type of nose surgery are suited to your specific aesthetic concerns and functional requirements and the placement of the incisions are determined will be discussed at length by Dr. Jaibaji during your first consultation.

There are , however, risks and complications with all surgical procedures such as bleeding and infection. Therefore, these as well as complications specific to rhinoplasty will be discussed at the time of your consultation.

Types of nose surgery

There are two surgical approaches to rhinoplasty; 1- Open rhinoplasty 2- Closed rhinoplasty. At Jaibaji Plastic Surgery, the open approach, however, is used most. It involves making an incision at the narrowest part of the columella and it is extended into the inside of the nose. The nose cartilages and bones are exposed very clearly and reshaped to provide the desired shape. After the surgery the incisions are closed with suture and a splint is applied.

Will I need cartilage graft ?

In some rhinoplasty cases cartilage graft is needs. The graft is used to correct a deviation in the nose septum or to improve tip appearance. Dr. Jaibaji will discuss with you this option prior to surgery. The cartilage is usually taken from the nose septum. In some cases ear cartilage or even rib cartilage is needed.

Do you perform septoplasty at the same surgery?

Yes. If septoplasty, reshaping and trimming of the septum, is needed it will be performed at the time of surgery. If the septum is deformed or displaced it will be reshaped and reattached to the correct position. Cartilage graft can be utilized to correct septal deviations and to improve the airway.

Rhinoplasty risks

Like any surgery, rhinoplasty surgery carry some risks. General risks include DVT and anesthesia complication. Local risks to the nose include bleeding, infection, persistent swelling, numbness of the nose tip, residual deformity and scarring. Pinched tip, hanging columella, breathing difficulty and residual dorsal bump are common causes for revision. During your consultation with Dr. Jaibaji the risks of surgery will be addressed.

Will I get a splint after surgery?

Yes. Most rhinoplasty cases will need a split applied to the back of the nose. The splint is usually removed after one week. In some cases an internal splint is required. All the splints are applied during surgery and will be removed by Dr. Jaibaji. In some cases splints are not allied such as tiplasty.

Rhinoplasty Cost?

Nose surgery cost starts at $8500. The price includes the cost of facility, anesthesia and professional fees. For more complicated and involved procedures the cost will be higher. Financing is available at Jaibaji Plastic Surgery offices.

Rhinoplasty recovery

Following your rhinoplasty, you will have your first postoperative visit within 48 hours to check for bleeding, level of discomfort, and to answer any immediate concerns.

One week after surgery, the splint is removed. External sutures (if any) are removed. Despite swelling, the difference in the appearance of yor nose is often immediately evident. At this time, you may resume normal, light daily activities. You may return to work 10-14 days after surgery. Most bruising is usually resolved  by 2-3 weeks and swelling is reduced at this time. Vigorous activity (exercise, heavy lifting) are usually restricted until about three weeks after surgery.

Contact sports can be resumed at 6-8 weeks after surgery. You may resume normal activities and exercising 6- 8 weeks after surgery. Any swelling will be significantly reduced at that point. Within 3-6 months, most of the swelling will be gone. Any remaining swelling will disappear within 9 months to a year.

Can I have another surgery with Rhinoplasty?

Yes you can. Patient can ask to o have neck lift, eyelid surgery, liposuction and breast augmentation ,and  Breast reduction with rhinoplasty.

What is Rhinophyma?

Rhinopehyma is a subtype of rosacea that affects the nose. Therefore, It makes the nose bigger, uneven and can obstruct breathing overtime. Moreover, It  gives an unpleasant look.

It usually affect adults over the age of 40.  In addition, It is more common in males with fair skin and have history of rosacea.

Are there other common names for rhinopehyma?

Yes, It is commonly called drinker’s nose, sometimes referred to as Whisky nose or alcoholic nose. However,  rhinopehyma is a skin disorder and may not be related alcohol.

What is the treatment of Rhinophyma?

Surgery is the main treatment for rhinophyma. There are several surgical options: 1- Surgical excision with scalpel. 2- Dermabrasion. 3- Cryotherapy. 4- Laser treatment. The type of treatment will be determined during a consultation with Dr. Jaibaji. 

Schedule a Rhinoplasty Consultation with Dr. Moneer Jaibaji 

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Jaibaji to learn how rhinoplasty can benefit you. Call our San Diego or Coronado plastic surgery offices to inquire about an appointment.



Rhinoplasty before and after

Patient Case Study

This patient from San Diego was concerned about the bump on her nose. She underwent rhinoplasty ( nose Job) and the hump was removed. Her recovery was uneventful.

Patient Case Study

This patient from Orange County was interested in rhinoplasty. She was concerned about the high nose bridge, the wide and poorly defined tip and her nose tip points slightly down. She had a consultation with Dr. Jaibaji, double board certified plastic surgeon, at his San Diego office. The patients goals were to correct the hump, improve her tip shape and rotate the tip upward. The operation discussed was open rhinoplasty. In this procedure an incision is made in the narrowest part of the columella . This would allow complete visualization of the nose cartilages and allow to shape the cartilage to give her a better tip. At the same time, the dorsal hump was removed.

Patient Case Study

Rhinoplasty San Diego
Gender: Female, Age:19
Facial Surgery San Diego
Facial Procedure: Nose Job San Diego, Coronado.
Smoking History: Non-Smoker
Rhinoplasty Options: Open Rhinoplasty

This patient was concerned about the wide and depressed nasal tip. She also had a bump at the back of her nose. She had open rhinoplasty. 

Patient Case Study

Gender: Female
Facial Surgery San Diego
Facial Procedure: Nose Job San Diego
Smoking History: Non-Smoker
Rhinoplasty Options: Open Rhinoplasty

This patient, from San Diego, was concerned about the shape of her nose. She had a bump at the bridge and wide nose base. Images show before and after results.

Patient Case Study


Patient Case Study

This patient was concerned by the bump at the back of her nose. She also had trauma to the nose. She underwent removal of the bump and her recovery was uneventful.

Patient Case Study

Gender: Female, Height: 5′ 4″
Months Post-Op: 2
Facial Surgery Procedure: Rhinoplasty
Smoking History: Non-Smoker
Rhinoplasty Options: Open Rhinoplasty

This patient had tip surgery, removal of the bump at the nose dorsum, and narrowing of the bones. Images are shown for the before and after.

Patient Case Study

Patient Age: 45
Patient Height: 5.2
Patient Weight: 112

This patient had silicone nasal implant to augment the nose bridge. The procedure was performed in the far east. Initially, she was pleased with the results, but, as the swelling started to subside she noticed deformity of the nose. The implant was shifted to the right side causing widening of the nose and was giving her constant pain. She saw Dr. Jaibaji for a consultation. After complete evaluation of her nose and her goals, she elected to have a nose revision surgery. During surgery, diced cartilage graft was used to replace the silicone implant. The silicone nose implant was removed.

This patient from San Diego had septal and nasal deviation. He underwent rhinoplasty to correct the septal deviation and removal of the bump at the back of the nose. Results are shown several months after surgery.

This patient had rhinopehyma, a condition of skin thickening of the nose and is related to rosacea. The excess skin was removed and the after pictures were taken 5 weeks after the surgery.

Revision rhinoplasty. Saddle nose deformity. This was corrected with placement of a diced cartilage graft to the nose dorsum.

Rhinoplasty FAQs

What is a Dorsal Hump?

The dorsum of the nose refers to the top of the nose. Normally, it is straight or has a gentle convexity towards a more projecting nasal tip. The dorsum of the nose may be satisfactory when viewed from the front, however, it may show too much projection when viewed from the side.

The nasal dorsum determines the character of the nose.  Therefore, when the dorsum of the nose is concave or has a bump or a hump, this may interfere with the desired profile. In addition to the height and configuration of the nasal dorsum, the projection and shape of the nasal tip affects the nasal profile, and the contribution of both of these factors must be considered.

Moreover, the quality of the skin is especially important in nose surgery. Thick skin may not allow the altered anatomy to show through, whereas very thin skin may show any slight irregularity. When doing a nose reshaping surgery, a number of surgical techniques are available to reduce the dorsal hump to create better balance to the shape of the nose.

Can a wide nasal tip be changed with rhinoplasty?

Another common concern with which rhinoplasty patients seek Dr. Jaibaji is a wide, bulbous or boxy tip. This is most often the result of heredity and may be partly a result of a thick nasal skin. Most patients seek refinement of the tip, and this must be carried out by the surgeon in such a manner as to maintain the natural appearance of the nose. A tip that is too pointy or small, particularly in proportion to the rest of the nose may result in an unnatural “operated on” appearance.

In patients with thin nasal skin, a wide tip is a consequence of large or splayed cartilages that form the tip.

In order to increase the precision of reshaping and resizing the tip, Dr. Jaibaji uses an “open approach” rhinoplasty technique. This method facilitates direct visualization of the nasal cartilages. It will, also,  increases the predictability of the final surgical result. The open approach also allows for precise suturing of the nasal cartilages to reshape and refine them as well as position them more accurately.

Can a crooked or asymmetrical nose be corrected?

A nose may be crooked as a result of heredity, previous surgery, or trauma. It may be crooked in certain portions (tip, bridge, nostrils) or the entire nose may be asymmetrical.

Regardless of the cause, Dr. Jaibaji will determine the structural problem causing the asymmetry. It may be a cartilage problem (e.g. the septum), a bone problem, or a combination of both. The specific procedures to address the asymmetry will depend on these structural factors. Often, obstructed nasal breathing accompanies asymmetry of the nose, and these can be corrected using the techniques mentioned below.

The surgery may include cutting and repositioning the nasal bones (osteotomies), reshaping the nasal septum (septoplasty), septal extension, cartilage grafts and a variety of other techniques with which Dr. Jaibaji is familiar.



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