This patient had Juvederm lip filler to create a plumper, smoother lip contour. Like many younger patients her age, she started off with reasonable lip shape and volume. But she wanted to have even fuller lips. Juvederm is an excellent option that I use on a very regular basis to achieve results like those shown here - where the lips appear enhanced, yet they do not look excessively puffy. This is the essence of doing... Continue Reading
Though the basics of rhinoplasty surgery are the same for men and women, the success of the procedure is dependent upon the artistic eye of your board-certified plastic surgeon. Men and women typically have different cosmetic goals when it comes to the shape and size of the nose. While women typically desire a smaller nose with more defined features and a slightly upturned tip, men often want a longer nose with a higher bridge and... Continue Reading
Recently, there has been some buzz about changing the shape of the nose without the need for rhinoplasty surgery. While non-surgical alternatives are often attractive due to lower costs and shorter recovery times, they may not always be the better option in the long run. In some cases, in order to change the shape of the nose without surgery, it requires a great deal of dermal filler to build up the bridge of the nose... Continue Reading
When it comes to making a large ear smaller, I happen to be one of the few surgeons in the country who does this on a regular basis. This is termed macrotia surgery - also known as scapha reduction since the actual scapha is made to be smaller. Keep in mind this is totally unlike ear pinning, or otoplasty, surgery where the ear is essentially brought closer to the side of the head. Macrotia (scapha... Continue Reading
Despite all the latest fillers and laser devices being advertised out there in 2016, there is no substitute for a beautifully performed lower face and upper neck lift. This patient here exemplifies what this type of facial surgery can do to help reverse the signs of aging while providing a much more rejuvenated facial appearance. You can see from her photos how she had moderate jowling along the jaw line in addition to sagging skin... Continue Reading
Since each blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) is custom-tailored to meet the individual’s unique goals, the price of the procedure will vary from patient to patient. Factors that can influence the cost of your procedure may include: Whether you choose upper blepharoplasty, lower blepharoplasty, or to combine both procedures The complexity of your procedure based upon your anatomical needs The type of anesthesia used and the skill of your anesthesiologist The experience of your plastic surgeon Some... Continue Reading
As we age, the skin of the upper eyelid can begin to droop and may eventually impair the field of vision. Although many upper blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) patients seek to eliminate this excess skin and fat for cosmetic reasons, some patients can also significantly improve their vision with this commonly performed procedure. If your eyelids sag or droop to a degree that impedes your natural line of sight, upper blepharoplasty can restore your field of... Continue Reading
Many patients who undergo surgery for their ears are concerned with how much the ear protrudes from the side of the head. Otoplasty surgery is commonly used to “pin” the ears back to cosmetically improve their natural position. However, some patients have ears that are disproportionately large compared to the size of their head, even when the ears are otherwise positioned close to the scalp. Macrotia ear surgery is designed to reduce the height and... Continue Reading
Read about correction of a droopy, or plunging, nasal tip in this latest addition to our expanding online rhinoplasty tutorial - one of the most detailed and informative resources online for prospective cosmetic nose surgery patients. This case example reviews the nuances of evaluating a droopy, or ptotic, nasal tip deformity and includes a series of before and after photos describing the changes that have taken place.
See what early healing looks like following macrotia ear reduction surgery performed by Dr. John Hilinski. Macrotia ear reduction surgery, or scapha reduction surgery, is an unusual type of cosmetic ear surgery that is intended to actually make an ear smaller in size - not just pinning the ear back closer to the head. Dr. Hilinski is one of the nation's few experts in macrotia ear reduction. Learn more about this by using this link... Continue Reading
Lip implant surgery is one of the few methods available to us facial plastic surgeons when it comes to providing permanent lip augmentation for our patients. This young lady from San Diego was simply tired of getting repeat Juvederm lip injections over the past several years. She researched her options and discovered that I was a local expert in performing permanent lip augmentation using lip implants. After consulting with me, she opted to go with... Continue Reading
This is a great example of how rhinoplasty technique is used to help correct a collapsed nasal tip - or narrowed external nasal valve area. This very pleasant gentleman from San Diego was having problems breathing through his nose - especially on his left side. As you can see in his before rhinoplasty surgery photos, the nostril wall would collapse inward upon inspiration. I ended up performing a complex open rhinoplasty procedure that included placement... Continue Reading
Otoplasty is one of the few cosmetic surgeries performed on children. The procedure is often considered when parents recognize that their child is embarrassed of having prominent ears as they try to hide them. For example, girls may not want to wear their hair up, and boys may want to keep their hair long. Ear pinning is most commonly performed on children who are between the ages of five and ten, since their ears will... Continue Reading
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