Rhinoplasty San Diego

San Diego and La Jolla Rhinoplasty Specialist Dr. Tom Pousti

Dr. Tom Pousti is a highly skilled rhinoplasty (nose surgery) specialist who now has offices in La Jolla where he can see La Jolla rhinoplasty patients. In the paragraphs below, Dr. Pousti describes the rhinoplasty procedure.  He has helped many patients achieve a more balanced and attractive facial profile.

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Frequently Asked Questions


Nasal surgery, often called a “nose job” or by its technical name “Rhinoplasty,” is usually performed to alter the size and/or shape and the function of the nose. The exact appearance of the nose cannot be determined before surgery is carried out. A patient cannot expect to be able to select a particular nose since changes are limited by such factors as skin and bone thickness, nostril size and general facial configuration. The patient must be very comfortable with the surgeon’s surgical and aesthetic judgment before proceeding with surgery.

The Surgical Procedure

The length of time required to perform the operation is 1 to 3 hours. The surgical procedure is done through incisions inside the nose, so the scars are not visible. If work on the nasal tip is necessary, or if this is a revision surgery, it is frequently helpful to expose the cartilages of the nose and repair them directly. Modern concepts in rhinoplasty include building up the nose to achieve an aesthetically pleasing form (rather than just breaking the bones and removing tissue). Very importantly, the surgeon must individualize the surgery and “diagnose” the nose. Each thing done to the nose should be easily explained to the patient. Breathing should improve after nasal surgery. Often, internal breathing surgery is necessary.

What To Expect After Surgery

There is usually discomfort due to headache and a feeling of stuffiness. Swelling and bruising may occur usually around the eyelids. The bruising is usually gone within 7-10 days as is a major portion of the swelling.

Resumption Of Physical Activities

Driving: 5-7 days.

Non-contact sports: 3-4 weeks.
This includes jogging, swimming, hiking, etc.

Contact sports: 6 weeks.
This category includes tennis, skiing, football, basketball, etc.

Scuba diving: 8-12 weeks.

Dr. Pousti has treated many San Diego and La Jolla rhinoplasty patients. Pousti plastic surgery also now has a rhinoplasty La Jolla office where he consults with and treats La Jolla plastic surgery patients.

In addition to facial procedures, such as rhinoplasty and facelift, Dr. Pousti also performs liposuction, breast augmentation with breast implants, tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) and other body contouring procedures. Many San Diego and La Jolla plastic surgery patients have chosen to undergo body contouring procedures to obtain a more youthful and shapely profile. Please visit the liposuction, breast augmentation and tummy tuck pages of this website to learn more about these procedures.