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One-Sided Ear Pinning

We get many patient inquiries about having just one ear pinned back. There are quite a few patients out there who are bothered by one ear sticking out - while the other is totally normal looking. That is just the case here where this male patient had one ear - his left side - that just stuck out along the top half. He was happy with the position and shape of his right ear. So... Continue Reading
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Ear Reduction Experience

Want to know what it is like having your large ears made smaller in size? Have you been bothered by excessively big ears your whole life and now want to consider ear reduction surgery? Maybe your journey and experience are similar to Manny's when it comes to having big ears. Take a look here and enjoy his candid discussion.
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Otostick for Big Ears

As someone who sees patients quite regularly for surgical correction of big ears, I have heard from several patients saying they were using Otostick to help make their ears look less prominent. So what is Otostick? And is this a long-term option for patients with ears that stick out too far? Otostick is basically an over-the-counter device that was designed to give patients a non-surgical option to pin their ears back closer to the side... Continue Reading
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Shaving Your Hair For Transplant?

Many patients ask whether or not their hair will need to be shaved in preparation for hair transplantation surgery. The short answer is yes for follicular unit extraction, or FUE. In the region where the hair is being taken from (called the donor site) we will need to shave the hair down to an appropriate level that allows us to harvest the grafts more readily. But it is not as if we shave the entire... Continue Reading
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Do Hair Grafts Look Natural?

Do hair grafts look natural? Absolutely! Modern day techniques for hair transplant have advanced considerably compared with the days of hair 'plugs' as they were called. Nowadays, hair restoration surgery can provide you with a new hair line that blends very naturally with your native hair. This is in great part due to expert hair transplant surgical technique that allows us to use the finest, delicate micro grafts in recreating lost hairlines. In doing so,... Continue Reading
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Does Coolsculpting Actually Work?

We get asked all the time from prospective patients - does Coolsculpting actually work? Can you really freeze fat away without having liposuction surgery? It almost sounds way too good to be true. But it isn't! Just take a look at this case example provided here, which visually demonstrates to you that Coolsculpting actually does work to freeze fat away - and can do so with fairly dramatic improvement. This 77 year old female from... Continue Reading
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Pinning Effect of Ear Reduction

Here is a great 2 minute video that shows how Dr. Hilinski can make the ear look pinned back using macrotia ear reduction surgery technique. So many patients who have excessively big ears end up undergoing traditional otoplasty surgery, or ear pinning. Unfortunately, many of these patients end up in our office still unhappy with their excessively large ears. That is because ear pinning can help make the ear look a little less prominent from... Continue Reading
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Ear Pinning Expert

Who does more otoplasty, or ear pinning, than any other facial plastic surgeon in San Diego? Our guess is that Dr. John Hilinski performs ear pinning surgery more frequently than all other plastic surgeons here in town. If you look, for example, at his online photo gallery of otoplasty results, you will find that Dr. Hilinski has more real-life examples of ear pinning compared with most doctors in San Diego. Here is just one of... Continue Reading
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Exosomes in Plastic Surgery

We recently had a series of inquiries from prospective patients who wanted to have 'exosome' cosmetic treatment. Given this recent trend (as of late 2020), we decided to post on our blog here to shed a little light on the whole concept of exosome treatment in plastic surgery. What Are Exosomes? So what are exosomes? They are microscopic particles that get released from a cell and, simply put, signal surrounding cells to change their biological... Continue Reading
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Excess Neck Fat

One of the most common procedures performed in all of plastic surgery is liposuction. This procedure is also known as lipocontouring since it utilizes liposuction technique to remove excess fat while contouring the neckline. This young male patient came to Dr. Hilinski desiring to have a more defined jaw and neck. He was most bothered by the accumulation of excess fatty tissue under his chin and along this jawline. Despite his best efforts to reduce... Continue Reading
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Evening Out Upper Eyelids

So many patients who undergo upper eyelid lift surgery also have issues with asymmetry. Meaning, one eyelid is usually much heavier than the other and can draw even more unwanted attention to an already concerning area. Here is a great example of just that - a San Diego patient who had excess upper eyelid skin on both sides but had more droopy skin on her left upper eyelid. She consulted with Dr. Hilinski about a... Continue Reading
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Amazing Eyelid Rejuvenation

Check out these amazing eyelid rejuvenation results obtained by one of San Diego's leading blepharoplasty surgeons, Dr. John Hilinski. This female patient in her 40s wanted to have the heavy eyelid skin removed to give her a more rested look. As you can see in her preoperative photos, there is a significant amount of excess, weighted, loose eyelid skin that literally drapes over her eyelashes. Dr. Hilinski recommended an upper blepharoplasty (pronounced blef-R-O-plasty) to carefully... Continue Reading

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