San Diego Plastic Surgeon
9850 Genesee Ave #480
La Jolla, California 92037-1217 US
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"Dr. Chaffoo is not only triple board certified, but also an ENT doctor.. so my nose is not only beautiful, but also completely functional!" "My results are spectacular and the pain was minimal." "His staff is excellent as well."

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5 out of 5 stars Rhinoplasty

So Happy when the Cast Came off

I just had rhinoplasty done last Monday. Yesterday I got my cast taken off and I was so happy to see what a wonderful job my doctor had done.I was told I need to tape my nose for the next six weeks. I tried taping my nose a couple of times and it doesn't quite feel the same as when the nurse had taped it. Is it possible to be taping the "wrong" way? I don't want to mess up my nose an any way....

5 out of 5 stars Breast Augmentation

Very Natural Breast Augmentation, Wonderful Experience

Dr. Chaffoo is the utmost professional. I had a great experience with him from the start to finish of my surgery process, and continue to have a good experience. He is very attentive and caring, and I ended up with fabulous results from my surgery. I also appreciate that Dr. Chaffoo has me come in once per year for a check up, which gives me added peace of mind.

5 out of 5 stars CoolSculpting

Great new experience

I went to La Jolla Plastic Surgery for Coolsculpting. It was a new experience for me but Dr. Chaffoo and his assistant Robert walked me through it and made sure I was comfortable through it all. I have already recommended them to several friends and I'm sure I'll be back soon. Thanks!

5 out of 5 stars CoolSculpting

La Jolla Plastic Surgery

My experience at La Jolla Plastic Surgery has been top notch. My experience with Robert and the CoolSculpting was particularly impressive. Robert went out of his way to make sure I was happy with the results and any concerns I had were extremely easy to address simply by coming into the office. Robert not only ensured I got a great price for what I wanted but he was extremely thorough and...

5 out of 5 stars Liposuction

A top notch establishment! - San Diego, CA

Dr. Chaffoo and his staff are so polite, professional, and friendly and fun. It's been a while since I've been to an office where everyone is as nice as they are. Shows they've built a comraderie there which is very telling of a practice. I got liposuction and am truly amazed how good l feel. I thought i was going to be down and out for a while but I was walking around the next day with...

5 out of 5 stars Breast Augmentation

44yr Old with Breast Augmentation - La Jolla, CA

Dr Chaffoo is very professional. He listened to my concerns and addressed them all prior to surgery. Most importantly, he asked what I wanted done, and not what he thought I should have (other surgeons didn't even bother asking me what I wanted!). He has a great bedside manner and addressed my recovery issues right away. His staff are friendly and caring. They made me feel comfortable from the very start. I highly recommend Dr Chaffoo!

5 out of 5 stars CoolSculpting

Great Cool Sculpting with Robert

I had a great experience here with Robert. Robert was welcoming and informative on the CoolSculpting procedure. He was knowledgeable on the procedure and really prepared me for what to expect during and after the procedure. During the procedure Robert checked on me regularly to make sure I was comfortable. I was there for 2 hours but the room had a big screen TV and had Netflix connected and...

5 out of 5 stars CoolSculpting

The place to go for coolsculpting !!!

I am so thrilled with my CoolSculpting results . Robert was so knowledgeable and spent so much time with me at my consultation. 8 weeks today and the change is already drastic. Thank you so much Robert for your experience and kindness

5 out of 5 stars Breast Reconstruction Revision

Highly Skilled Plastic Surgeon

I am so excited to say that I finally have success after 6 Breast revisions for Capsular contraction. Dr. Chaffoo is a highly skilled surgeon and he recommended using Strattice for my revision. I have had many plastic surgeons but I have never met a more skilled, detailed oriented and kind and caring surgeon. He has skilled nurses and staff that makes you feel like your family.

*Your results may vary. Any specific claims or permanence length of results vary for each patient and are not guaranteed.

Board Certifications

Board-certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and American Board of Plastic Surgery


American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)
American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
Fellow, American College of Surgeons (FACS)

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Awards & Recognition

RealSelf Top Doctor

Hospital Privileges

Dr. Chaffoo has hospital affiliations at Scripps Memorial Hospitals La Jolla and Encinitas, Sharp Hospitals, Children's Hospital, Tri-City Medical Center.


  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Undergraduate: BA in Chemistry, Catawba College, Salisbury, NC
    Medical: MD, Wake Forest University, Bowman - Gray School of Medicine Winston, Salem, NC
  • Post-Medical School Training

    Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Naval Regional Medical Center Portsmouth, VA
    Department of Surgery Oregon Health and Sciences University (OHSU) Portland, OR
    Facial Plastic Surgery, Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery
    Division of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
    Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, CA
    Burn Surgery, Regional Burn Center USCD Medical Center, San Diego, CA

Treatments offered at La Jolla Plastic Surgery & Dermatology

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CoolSculpting Vs Laser Lipolysis

Our practice offers both technologies so the results really depend upon your desires. If you prefer a result with no downtime that is non-invasive,... READ MORE

Which would be best for my frame. 700cc or 800cc silicone gel implants. (photos)

Hi and thanks for your question. Your aesthetic result looks really good and you risk complications like capsular contracture and sagging or ptosis... READ MORE

Who is Qualified to Operate the Coolsculpting Machine? Should It Be Only a Doctor?

Thank you for your question. In order to operate a CoolSculpting applicator in a treatment setting, you must first be certified by ZELTIQ, the... READ MORE

I asked about the redness from Coolsmooth on abdomen which now has darkened & looks worse. The swelling is unbelievable (Photo)

This is not something we see in our practice where coolsculpting is a procedure we do many times each week. Return to the practice where your... READ MORE

Will most plastic surgeons allow a face lift, neck lift, tummy tuck, and breast lift in one surgery?

No most safe plastic surgeons will not perform so many procedures at one time as you increase the risk for postoperative complications including... READ MORE

Will 600 cc take me from a 36A to 36DD? (Photo)

Hi and thanks for your question. The simple answer is no. There is no standardization of cup size in the fashion industry as bra sizes vary from... READ MORE

My eyes looked like this 30 years ago, how much improvement should I expect? (photos)

Hi and thanks for your question. I think you will see a significant improvement in the appearance of both your upper and lower eyelids. While no one... READ MORE

I Want To Make My Ears Smaller, Not Change Their Projection

Hi! Your question is a good one. From the picture you have sent, I can see your ear from the side and it actually appears quite proportional to the... READ MORE

My nose lost its definition 5 months after rhinoplasty, is it possible that the tip will shrink in time? (Photos)

Hi and thanks for your question. The final aesthetic result following rhinoplasty takes at least a year for you to see, especially in terms of tip ... READ MORE

48 year old wanting to get rid of the excess skin on tummy (Photo)

Hi and thanks for your questions. You appear to be a great candidate for a tummy tuck which will remove the excess, loose skin and many of the stretch... READ MORE

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