Rhinoplasty La Mesa and San Diego

The shape and size of your nose contributes significantly to your overall appearance. Subtle changes can create better balance with other facial features without completely altering the way you look.

Dr. Susan Kaweski offers rhinoplasty to San Diego and La Mesa patients to help them achieve the appearance they want. In addition to rhinoplasty’s cosmetic benefits, about one-half of her procedures also address concerns with breathing.

Dr. Kaweski has been in practice for over 25 years and has extensive experience in craniofacial procedures and plastic surgery. She combines these areas of expertise to deliver results that are attractive, natural-looking, and functionally improved.


Exploring Rhinoplasty

As a patient of Aesthetic Arts Institute, you’ll have the support of professionals dedicated to your comfort and care. Dr. Kaweski and her staff believe your experience is as important as your final outcome. Expect timely appointments, a personable medical and administrative team, and the information you need to make the right decision about treatment.

San Diego and La Mesa rhinoplasty patients begin with an initial consultation. During your visit, Dr. Kaweski will:

  • Talk with you about your concerns and the changes you’d like to make.
  • Identify whether you have a functional problem to resolve, prefer to make cosmetic changes, or require a combination of both approaches.
  • Conduct an examination of your nose and face.
  • Learn about your medical history to ensure that you’re a good candidate for rhinoplasty.

This process is a collaboration between you and Dr. Kaweski so that you are always involved in your care and so that Dr. Kaweski can create an effective surgical plan.


Options with Rhinoplasty

Based on your needs, Dr. Kaweski can use craniofacial and plastic surgery techniques to:

  • Reduce the size of your nose.
  • Increase the size of your nose with an implant or graft.
  • Reshape your nose or nostrils.
  • Change the projection or slope.
  • Repair the septum or use grafts to the nasal valves to aid in breathing.

Dr. Kaweski tailors each rhinoplasty to the patient and communicates her planned approach well in advance of surgery so that there’s a shared expectation of what a successful outcome will look and feel like.


Your Experience with Rhinoplasty

San Diego-area patients have their procedure at La Mesa Surgery Center under general anesthesia. You can expect to go home the same day as your procedure.

The length of your surgery will depend on what you want to accomplish and the approach that Dr. Kaweski uses. Most procedures take several hours.

After your surgery, you will wear a cast on top of your nose for about one week. Dr. Kaweski recommends keeping the cast on at night as well for about one month after surgery.

Expect to be away from normal activities for about two weeks while sensitivity and swelling reduce. After this point, you should begin to recognize the benefits of your rhinoplasty, though it generally takes a full year for all swelling to go down and for you to see your final results: a more aesthetically-pleasing and functionally improved nose.


Reshape or repair your nose with a single surgical procedure. Contact our San Diego and La Mesa offices about rhinoplasty through our website or by phone at (619) 464-9876.