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Most Popular Injectable Filler Lately

Many patients interested in having injectable filler treatment for volume enhancement of the face don't really know which of the many fillers they should choose. In fact, many of our patients here in San Diego ask us, "What is the most popular filler right now?" Currently, I would say that Juvederm Vollure is one of the hottest fillers currently being used. For years, Restylane was the only filler that we used under the eye region... Continue Reading
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Macrotia Surgery Instant Change

Macrotia surgery is a specific type of cosmetic ear reshaping procedure that helps to reduce the size of one's ear. Ear pinning is a completely different type of cosmetic ear surgery (otoplasty) that simple pulls the ear closer to the head and is much more commonly performed. Macrotia surgery involves actually making the size of the ear smaller - primarily focusing on reducing the upper half of the ear. This is a great example of... Continue Reading
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The Truth About Botox

Dr. Hilinski recently added a new page to our Botox cosmetic section that focuses on the truth about Botox injections here in San Diego. He goes into detailed information regarding Botox pricing, so-called Botox specials and how to know what you are getting for your money. Spend a few moments reading this important information before you consider getting Botox treatment by just any office here in San Diego.
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Botox for Sweating

Did you know that Botox is commonly used for excess sweating? Most of our Botox patients in San Diego come to our office for treatment of unwanted face wrinkles and creases. This is far and away the most popular use for Botox (as well as Dysport). But, Botox is also regularly used for treatment of excessive sweating that can involve the armpits - also referred to as the axilla in medical terminology. Many patients, for... Continue Reading

Scapha Reduction Macrotia Surgery

Here is another example of one of my patients who underwent scapha reduction, or macrotia, ear surgery. This is a very rare type of surgery currently only performed by less than a handful of plastic surgeons - but one that I perform on a fairly regular basis. Although this is often discussed as being part of otoplasty surgery - it is quite different than doing ear pinning surgery.  There are quite a few plastic surgeons... Continue Reading
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Bigger Lips With Filler

Some people wonder how much filler do we typically place in somone's lips? The answer is - usually 1 syringe of Restylane or Juvederm - or less. However, there are definitely patients out there who desire more volume than that to give them even fuller, plumper lips. Most of these Restylane and Juvederm filler patients tend to be on the younger side. This is a great example of what it looks like when lips are... Continue Reading

Is Laser Skin Resurfacing Right for Me?

Typically, good candidates for laser skin resurfacing have a number of cosmetic concerns that can be treated simultaneously with our dynamic Lumenis® UltraPulse® Encore™ laser. With two configurations, this laser can be used to minimize the appearance of fine facial wrinkles, enhance skin tone, and improve texture. Since the laser encourages skin cell turnover, new collagen growth can tighten the skin, making skin resurfacing a beneficial procedure for patients seeking a non-surgical lift. Patients who... Continue Reading

What Are the Benefits of Laser Skin Resurfacing?

Designed to rejuvenate the surface of the skin, laser skin resurfacing treatments use a distinctly different tactic than facelift procedures. While a facelift is best used to minimize the appearance of deep facial creases and folds, laser skin resurfacing can better address fine facial wrinkles. Since laser skin resurfacing is a non-surgical procedure, the recovery from these treatments can be both faster and easier. At our practice, Dr. John Hilinski uses the Lumenis® UltraPulse® Encore™... Continue Reading

Juvederm Lip Filler Treatment

Example of lip augmentation using Juvederm to give this young lady fuller, plumper, more shapely lips. A key to performing lip enhancement with injectable fillers like this is to always try and maintain a natural look. Contact our office today for a personalized consultation with Dr. Hilinski to see what filler (Juvederm, Restylane, the new Vollure) may be your best option to have more beautiful lips.
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Restylane Wrinkle Filler

It is no surprise to see how fillers, such as Restylane and Juvederm, help to improve the appearance of facial wrinkles. But here is a great visual of just how much improvement can be realized with this type of simple office-based procedure. This older, female patient would certainly have benefitted from a laser skin procedure, but didn't want to deal with the downtime. So she opted for a quick filler injection treatment done in the... Continue Reading

How Can I Tighten Skin on My Neck?

Loose or sagging skin along the jawline or neck can make a person look older than they actually are. This can occur even when the face itself does not show prominent signs of age. Although there are some laser and non-surgical techniques that can tighten the skin to some degree, the success of these methods can often be minimal. A neck lift is a surgical procedure designed to eliminate excess skin and tighten the remaining... Continue Reading

Am I a Good Candidate for a Facelift?

A facelift is designed to reduce visible signs of aging, including facial wrinkles, sagging skin, and jowling. After the procedure, patients typically look years younger, enjoy a rejuvenated and rested appearance, and experience a boost in confidence. With so many benefits, facelift surgery is one of the most frequently requested facial plastic surgery procedures performed in the United States. If you are considering facelift surgery, a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon will determine if... Continue Reading

How Long Should Swelling and Numbness Last After a Facelift?

Since the facelift procedure is customized to address each patient’s unique needs, the recovery will vary depending upon the techniques used by the surgeon. Mild swelling and bruising should be expected after surgery, and isolated areas of facial numbness are not uncommon. However, most patients report discomfort instead of pain after the facelift procedure, which can be easily managed with oral pain medication. Within a week of surgery, postoperative swelling and bruising should begin to... Continue Reading

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