Rhinoplasty with Dr. Usha Rajagopal

Dr. Usha Rajagopal and the medical staff at San Francisco Plastic Surgery and Laser Center are 

Bay Area leaders in rhinoplasty procedures for men and women.

Do you feel that the size or shape of your nose detracts from your natural attractiveness? Get the nasal profile and look you’ve always wanted with Dr. Usha Rajagopal.

  • 21 years of experience in cosmetic plastic surgery
  • Over 10,000 successful cosmetic procedures performed
  • Top-rated Bay Area female cosmetic surgeon (yelp.com)
  • Televised beauty and cosmetic surgery consultant (Healthline, KRON 4 News)

San Francisco board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Usha Rajagopal has over 20 years of technical experience in performing this delicate surgical procedure. An expert cosmetic surgery, Dr. Rajagopal performs rhinoplasty procedures to balance facial proportions and improve nasal shapes. Dr. Rajagopal is a leader in surgical rhinoplasty and non-surgical rhinoplasty treatments: rapidly growing in popularity across the United States.

What is a Rhinoplasty?    

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Rhinoplasty, commonly called a nose job, is nose reshaping surgery to correct structural defects and harmonize proportions of the face.  Cosmetic rhinoplasty is used to alter the size, shape, and overall appearance of the nose for both functional and cosmetic reasons. 

Rhinoplasty surgery can change:

  • Width of the nasal bridge
  • Size and shape of nostrils
  • Bumps or dips along the bridge
  • Enlarged or unfavorably shaped nasal tips
  • Size in proportion to other features
  • Nasal asymmetry

Though forms of cosmetic nose reshaping have existed for thousands of years, modern rhinoplasty is still a common procedure around the world. In 2015, over 215,000 cosmetic nose surgeries were completed in the United States alone– ranking among top 3 most popular nationwide.

Rhinoplasty is considered one of the most technically challenging surgeries a plastic surgeon can perform. Due to the three-dimensional property of the nose, this procedure requires an experienced surgeon with a skilled hand and a natural eye for aesthetics. Dr. Rajagopal specializes in surgical rhinoplasty and several common facial treatments and procedures.

See also:

Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty         

Is Rhinoplasty for Me?

To determine if you are the right candidate for surgery, visit Dr. Rajagopal for an in-person evaluation. You may be a good candidate for a surgical rhinoplasty if:

  • Your facial growth is complete
  • You are physically healthy (non-smoker)
  • You have a positive outlook and body image
  • Set realistic goals for the improvement of your appearance

Find out if you are the right candidate for a rhinoplasty. Schedule a free consultation with Dr. Usha Rajagopal at our downtown San Francisco office at 415-392-3333.

Using 3D Vectra XT Technology for Rhinoplasty

Considering rhinoplasty surgery? …Take a glimpse into the future of your facial features.

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We use the most advanced body simulation technology at the San Francisco Plastic Surgery and Laser Center: the 3D Vectra XT imaging system. 3D Vectra XT is a cutting-edge body scanner that takes high-resolution photos of your body and face. We use this technology to capture ultra-detailed 3D images of your real features to simulate procedures using your dimensions, shapes, and skin tones.

With our simulations, we can realistically preview how changes will appear on your body. Overlaying simulated images over your digital self shows us your look “before” and “after” surgery. We can view these results from multiple angles to see the real differences a procedure will make. With the help of the Vectra XT, we can determine what approaches are best for your individual body and give you a glimpse of what you can expect from your surgical procedure.

To learn more about our technology and our scanning process, contact San Francisco Plastic Surgery and Laser Center to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Usha Rajagopal today.

Rhinoplasty Procedure

The rhinoplasty procedure is determined by the type of correction to be made. In most cases involving a reduction in size or shape of the nose, the removal of a hump or the improvement of an angle, incisions are made inside the nose. Working through these incisions, Dr. Rajagopal is able to cut bone and cartilage (the soft, movable tissue inside the nose) to reshape it.

To remove a nasal hump, a special file or chisel is used. A narrower nasal bridge is then formed by bringing together the bones on either side of the face. In patients in whom the size of the nasal tip is too large, cartilage is removed through the inside incision. The angle between the nose and the upper lip can be improved by elevating and trimming the septum, the dividing wall between the two chambers of the nose.

In some cases, it is necessary to narrow the base of the nose. This procedure involves removal of skin from both sides of the nostrils at the center, in order to improve the contour of the noses of some patients. It is sometimes necessary to add tissue. These procedures can last from one and a half to two hours or more, depending upon the extent of surgery.


*Disclaimer: Results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person.

After Your Surgery

A lightweight splint is applied to maintain the new shape of the nose. The splint is usually removed within a week. Nasal pads may be inserted at the time of surgery to protect the septum. This packing is removed within two to three days. Before and even after the packing is removed, there is frequently some stuffiness of the nose.

Pain connected with the surgery is minimal to moderate and is controlled with oral medication. Bruising around the eyes occurs but begins to fade within a few days. Discoloration usually disappears in two to three weeks. Swelling can be reduced by keeping the head in a slightly elevated position when reclining. Cold compresses may be recommended. Some slight swelling may be present for as long as four months to a year.


Zia A. (yelp.com) – Malibu, CA  4/23/16

Dr. Rajagopal (and her staff!) are phenomenal at what they do. I have been to her SF office twice for nonsurgical rhinoplasty and am genuinely thrilled with the results; she understood precisely how to shape my nose to produce the most natural and beautiful end-result. Admittedly, I feared she may have injected too much product into the tip of my nose on my second visit– but just as she predicted, once the swelling went down two days later, the look was PERFECT.

She is not only a talented and attentive physician, but a supportive and warm individual. I am extremely satisfied with my results and intend on staying with her in the future. I highly recommend her for nonsurgical rhinoplasty– she truly is the best.

Samantha D. (yelp.com) – Palo Alto, CA  4/14/08

I would LOVE to recommend Dr. Rajagopal to anyone looking for an attentive, professional and skilled Plastic Surgeon. I talked to quite a few doctors when I was looking for a rhinoplasty and she was the best listener, and educator, to help me with what I was looking for.

Her office staff couldn’t have been nicer either, so friendly in everything from scheduling apts to walking me through pre-op on the phone the night before, to their bedside manner in recovery room and way the treated my fianc while he waited for me. I feel like the service from and skill of Dr. Rajagopal was the best, I love my new nose

Read More: Rhinoplasty Frequently Asked Questions

Rhinoplasty Procedure Cost

View San Francisco Plastic Surgery and Laser Center’s pricing chart for cost of this procedure and other affordable treatments and procedures.

Rhinoplasty Before & After Photos


Why choose Dr. Rajagopal and the San Francisco Plastic Surgery and Laser Center for your rhinoplasty?

  • Practice Led by Board Certified Female Surgeon
  • 21 Years of Cosmetic Surgery Experience
  • Friendly and Professional Female Staff
  • Reliable, Positively Reviewed Results
  • Affordable Pricing and Financing Options
  • Free Consultation

If you have any questions regarding Rhinoplasty or wish to schedule a consultation with Usha Rajagopal, MD in the San Francisco Bay Area, California, please call the San Francisco Plastic Surgery Laser Center at 415-392-3333.