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5 out of 5 stars Mentor Breast Implants

My Breast Implants Look Natural and Feel Great - I LOVE THEM. La Jolla, CA

I love my new breast implants - very pretty and only two weeks out - zero pain or bruising.  I had mine inserted through an incision around the areola and under the muscle - I went from a 32B to a 32DDDD with 450 cc Moderate Plus.  I had them done in La Jolla - the doctor was fabulous.  I also had a short scar facelift at the same time - I am 45 yrs old and look 35!!!! I...

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

44yr Old with Breast Augmentation - La Jolla, CA

I LOVE my new breasts! And so does my husband! After many years of debating whether to have the procedure done or not, I finally decided I should. After interviewing Dr Chaffoo and other surgeons in the area, I chose Dr Chaffoo. I explained that my first priority was a natural looking result and a balanced figure. I got both! I feel more sexy and confident.

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.

5 out of 5 stars Rhinoplasty

Very smooth

I had a nose job in mud oct 2016. I am very happy with the whole process from the beginning to the end and most importantly the results. I also really liked that after the surgery I had dr personal phone number to call in case of emergency. I had sort of emergency, I started bleeding too much and my packing came out. So I called and he gave me some tips and was willing to meet me and check...

5 out of 5 stars Rhinoplasty

Lovely Results, Difficult Recovery! - La Jolla, CA

I had thought about a rhinoplasty before but never seriously considered it until my 18 month old bashed me in the nose during a tantrum. When he slammed the back of his head into my nose it bled and I saw stars. I ended up with two mild black eyes for a few days after. I had a little crookedness to my nose, but after that incident it seemed more pronounced. I decided to go ahead and have it...

1 out of 5 stars Rhinoplasty


I have thought long and hard about whether I should leave this review and decided I have to SAVE anyone thinking about going to Chaffoo for Rhinoplasty. I wish this had a 1/4th star or even no star and I wish I had never let Chaffoo touch my nose. I have lived with a physically damaged nose my entire life. I decided to get Rhinoplasty done for my Wedding Day and now--post surgery with a hook...

5 out of 5 stars Liposuction

Arm Lipo 400cc Removed Per Arm - La Jolla, CA

I had arm and chin lipo (will do separate review for chin) done while I was already under having a breast lift and rhinoplasty. I'm not sure of the exact cost because it was bundled in with the other procedures. I honestly wasn't expecting much because I'd read so many reviews of people disappointed after arm lipo. I didn't want to get my hopes up and figured any improvement would be a nice...

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

Slim Lipo vs. Cool Sculpting for Belly Fat and Love Handles?

You're right that the photos on the website show better results with smart lipo. That is because smart lipo is a surgical procedure where a laser... 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

Should you do a tummy tuck when you do BBL w/ lipo?

Hi and thanks for your question. Yes I often combine these procedures as the fat obtained for a BBL is collected during liposuction. Placement of your... READ MORE

Before and After Photos by Dr. Chaffoo

Richard Chaffoo, MD, FACS has shared 28 before and after pictures with 44 helpful votes from the RealSelf community.

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