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Dr. Richard Chaffoo

Dr. Richard Chaffoo possesses an unusual set of credentials: he’s triple board certified. He is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), having met the following requirements:

  • A four year medical degree
  • Five years of surgical training (at least two years in plastic surgery)
  • Two years of successful private practice
  • Passing scores on written and oral exams

ABPS certification means Dr. Chaffoo is qualified to perform cosmetic surgery from head to toe, whether it’s eyelid surgery, breast enhancement or liposuction for San Diego patients.

Prior to becoming APBS certified, Dr. Chaffoo was awarded certification by the American Board of Otolaryngology and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. His medical education plus three additional surgical fellowships - focused on Facial Plastic Surgery, Head and Neck Surgery and Burn Surgery - gave him the training and experience required to become triple board certified. For residents of San Diego interested in face lift, rhinoplasty or other facial procedures, this background is evidence of Dr. Chaffoo’s additional skills in facial aesthetic surgery.

Richard Chaffoo, MD, FACS, FICS

La Jolla Plastic Surgery

Scripps Memorial Hospital Campus

9850 Genesee Ave. #480

La Jolla, CA 92037-1217

Walsh Medical Building

25405 Hancock Ave. #108

Murrieta, CA 92562

Phone: (858) 997-0096


Abdominoplasty Endoscopic Technique
Blepharoplasty Face Lifts
Body-Contouring after Massive Weight Loss Forehead Lifts
Botox Gynecomastia
Brachioplasty Hair Replacement
Breast Augmentation Laser Hair Removal
Breast Implant Removal Laser Skin Resurfacing
Breast Lifts Lip Augmentation
Breast Reconstruction Liposuction
Breast Reduction Microdermabrasion
Buttock Lift Otoplasty
Cheek Implants Reconstructive Surgery
Chemical Peels Rhinoplasty
Collagen Injection Scar Revision
Computer Imaging Spider-Vein Treatment
Dermabrasion Thigh Lift

Plastic Surgery in San Diego with Dr. Richard Chaffoo
Richard Chaffoo, MD, FACS, FICS, a San Diego plastic surgeon, performs liposuction, breast augmentation, face lift and many other procedures for his patients. Dr. Chaffoo knows that cosmetic surgery is a big decision; one that many people take years to make. Therefore, when patients seek him out for plastic surgery in San Diego, he recognizes the trust they place in his hands and strives to deliver results that surpass their expectations.
Richard Chaffoo began his education with a BA in chemistry, awarded summa cum laude, from Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina. He earned his MD from Wake Forest University in North Carolina. He joined the U.S. Navy as a medical officer and performed an internship and residency in Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at the Naval Regional Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia.

After his service in the Navy and his fellowship training at Stanford and UC San Diego, he continued on to complete a Plastic Surgery residency at Oregon Health and Sciences University.

Today, practicing plastic surgery in the San Diego area with offices in La Jolla and Temecula, Dr. Chaffoo is committed to striking the right balance between innovation and traditional, “tried and true” techniques. He places patient safety and satisfaction above all else as he serves plastic surgery patients from San Diego and other communities nearby.


“He does absolutely excellent cosmetic surgery.” - Dr. Wendell Smoot

“Dr. Chaffoo is so wonderful. He is amazing. His results are unparalleled. I would recommend him to my family and my friends - I have! And, they’re always so happy. If you want details and you want perfectionism, Dr. Chaffoo is the surgeon to go to. Outstanding!” - Jeanie

“Dr. Chaffoo is just an amazing doctor. His expertise is unparalleled. My results are flawless. I knew this was going to be the best thing for me and it was. It was just great! I can’t say enough good things about him.” - Linda

“I had waited a little bit later in my life to do the surgery, but it was something I really always wanted to do. I did a lot of research - I went on the Internet; I spoke to friends; and, someone else recommended him to me. He was the best choice. Most people thought I did something different with my hair - something subtle - but it was dramatic to me, which is what I was going for.” - Angela

“I come from a family with a history of baggy eyes and baggy chins. In my late 40’s, I decided it was time to do something. I work in the medical field; I’ve worked with some very well known, very famous dermatologists and plastic surgeons for the last 30 years. I chose Dr. Chaffoo to be my plastic surgeon. I chose him because he was very warm and caring, very talented and very detail oriented. My surgery went really well. It looks incredible. Because of my outcome, I refer a lot of patients over to Dr. Chaffoo; they come back and they just thank me. Life is great! He is a great surgeon.” - Vicki

“I’ve been in the plastic surgery field for about 16 years as an RN. Dr. Chaffoo is impeccable. His work is beautiful. It’s subtle. His personality is wonderful. When you are a nurse working in an O.R. with a doctor and they are still friendly and nice… that says a lot. He enhances natural beauty. They don’t look like they’ve had something done. Very subtle. He’s very into the details.” - Nancy (Registered Nurse)

“My experience with Dr. Chaffoo was unbelievable. He is very warm, personable, caring… he made me feel like I was part of his family. Never once did I hesitate about the choices I was making or the procedure I was going to have done. I knew from working in the medical field, that he is one of the best… he is the best!” - Christine

“I was fortunate to know about Dr. Chaffoo and his reputation before even deciding to have plastic surgery. I knew he was someone that I should go and see before having the procedure. He’s professional, nice and easy to talk to. He makes it a lot easier to be his patient and have the procedure, with his professionalism and personality. I have nothing but positive and good things to say about him.” - Judd (Registered Nurse)

Board Certification

  • American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • American Board of Otolaryngology
  • Societies and Memberships
  • San Diego Plastic Surgery Society (Member)
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons (Member)
  • American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (Candidate)
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery (Fellow)
  • American College of Surgeons (Fellow)
  • American Head and Neck Surgery Society (Fellow)
  • American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (Fellow)
  • California Society of Plastic Surgeons (Member)