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  • Voluma

Introducing Juvederm VOLUMA!

We are pleased to introduce a new and unique facial volumizer designed to add long-lasting volume to the cheeks and midface. In October of 2013 the FDA approved a new filler for use in correcting age-related volume loss in the cheeks. The product is known as Juvederm Voluma XC.

WHAT IS VOLUMA?
Voluma is a gel that […]

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Earlobe Gauge Repair in San Diego

EARLOBE GAUGES ARE PIERCINGS THAT DELIBERATELY STRETCH THE LOBULE.

Gauges are typically upsized over time and this practice became popular in America some time ago. Stretching is usually done in small increments to minimize the potential for damaging the healed fistula.

As teenagers with gauges mature into adults it is common to desire removal of the piercings. […]

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How to Reduce Scarring After Blepharoplasty

Cosmetic eyelid surgery in San Diego is one of the most frequent aesthetic surgeries performed. Relieving some of the heaviness of the upper and lower eyelids can make the eyes look more refreshed, younger and feel better as well.

A common concern for patients seeking blepharoplasty in San Diego is unnatural or visible scarring. The good […]

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Should I Have Eyelid Surgery In An Office Setting Or At A Surgery Center?

Deciding to have your eyelid procedure performed in an office setting or under sedation at a surgery center can be very challenging for someone just starting to think about the process.

The decision to perform procedures in the office using local anesthesia versus a surgery center has two important considerations: cost and risk.

Is there a difference […]

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Fat Transfer San Diego vs Sculptra, Juvederm, Restylane, & Radiesse

If you are looking a natural way of restoring volume to your face you have two very different options: Injectable Fillers and Fat Transfer.

1) Injectable fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm, Radiesse, Perlane, and Sculptra can be placed in the office, with minimal downtime and with a cheaper cost per treatment. At Kolstad Facial Plastic Surgery, […]

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How To Find A Facelift Specialist

One of the most important aspects of cosmetic surgery is choosing the right surgeon. In California, and in particular Southern California there are hundreds of providers all seemingly offering the same service. The good news for the patient is that most surgeons performing face and neck lifts are well-trained and can achieve good results. Also, […]

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How Can I Find the Best Face Lift Surgeon

One of the most important aspects of cosmetic surgery is choosing the right surgeon. With the greater acceptance of cosmetic surgery, finding a qualified provider is easier then ever. It is important to do your homework as choosing right surgeon can be as rewarding as choosing the wrong surgeon can be disastrous. I typically recommend […]

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  • best fat transfer san diego

The Heart Shaped Cheek

The youthful cheek is shaped like a heart, projecting furthest at the cheekbone and tapering as it descends towards the lips (red arrows point to a full, youthful outer cheek). A linear highlight along the cheekbone is an important feature of the youthful cheek. A shadow cast underneath the cheekbone can enhance the jawline as […]

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In The News: Dr. Kolstad Featured in Ranch & Coast Magazine

“Ranch & Coast was first established in 1983 as an exclusive Rancho Santa Fe community publication, catering to the needs of one of the most affluent zip codes in the United States. The publication’s reach and coverage have expanded to add other areas of affluence including South Carlsbad, Olivenhain, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Carmel Valley, […]

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Asian Liquid Rhinoplasty

Surgical and Nonsurgical Asian Rhinoplasty San Diego

 

A common request at Kolstad Facial Plastic Surgery is to increase the size of the bridge of the nose. Many of our Asian patients have trouble getting glasses to fit because the bridge of the nose is relatively flat across the face. If you are happy with the size […]

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Lip Lift vs Lip Augmentation

One of the most requested services at Dr. Kolstad’s La Jolla Plastic Surgery office is lip enhancement. The options for augmenting the size of your lips are many and you can customize which technique best suits your needs. Whether you are looking for voluptuous movie star lips or simply to restore lost volume, there is […]

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Browlift Frequently Asked Questions

CAN I GO HOME AFTER SURGERY?
You may go home after surgery as long as you have someone to observe you for a 24 hour period. All patients are required to stay within 30 minutes of the office on the night of Surgery.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO RECOVER?
Most people take about 10 days off of […]

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Frequently Asked Questions About Facelifts

CAN I GO HOME AFTER FACELIFT SURGERY IN SAN DIEGO?
You will have a soft dressing covering your neck and cheeks. You may go home after surgery as long as you have someone to observe you for a 24 hour period. All patients are required to stay in the La Jolla (San Diego) area for at […]

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Face and Neck Rejuvenation

Your neck, just like your face, is unique and is best treated by a strategy developed to meet your specific features. At Kolstad Facial Plastic Surgery there is no “one surgery fits all” philosophy. Your options for face and neck enhancement depend on what you are trying to achieve, how soon you need to return […]

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The Eyelid Aging Process: Lower Eyelids

Your eyes are one of the first areas to show signs of aging. Prominent bags under they eyelids can be congenital making the appearance noticeable at a very young age. It is not uncommon for people to display signs of orbital fat prolapse In their early 20s. Injectable fillers like Restylane can be placed into […]

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What Are People Saying About Kolstad Facial Plastic Surgery?

See our FIVE STAR REVIEWS on RealSelf.com

“Dr. Kolstad is Very Patient and Kind and Really Cares About His Patients – La Jolla, CA”

I got the “lunch time” peel from Dr. Kolstad. It’s a chemical peel which just sits on your skin for a few minutes and after a few sessions gives the result of a […]

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The Eyelid Aging Process: Upper Eyelids

The effects of the time and gravity around the eyes are frequently the most noticeable signs of aging in the face. Your eyes are where people look when they interact with you. Heavy eyelids may make you look tired even after a good nights sleep. In the upper eyelid there are three separate processes all […]

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The Eyelid Aging Process: What Can I Do Besides Surgery?

Do you find that people keep assuming you are tired and fatigued even though you actually feel well rested? Do your eyelids feel heavy towards the end of the day? Are the frown lines between your eyebrows getting too deep? This is a complaint that we hear from many of our patients beginning in their […]

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Facial Fillers vs Facelift, Which Is Better?

A “liquid facelift” is a popular term for nonsurgical facial rejuvenation. A combination of dermal fillers, volumizers and Botox can provide a noninvasive solution for a refreshed, rejuvenated look. A liquid facelift works best on faces without significant laxity or advanced signs of aging.

Facial fillers and Botox work best to correct the following areas:

Creases […]

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How Do I Reduce Swelling After Rhinoplasty

This is a question that everyone will ask themselves at some point during the recovery period. After rhinoplasty surgery the nose will look “puffy” and feel “spongy”. Surgical swelling can last in the nose for up to 12 months. The nasal tip will not show its true definition until all of the swelling is gone […]

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How Much Does Botox Cost?

Botox is one of the most popular anti-aging treatments performed in the United States. Since its introduction as a cosmetic procedure over 20 million Botox injections have been performed. The safety and effectiveness of Botox has led many providers from multiple different backgrounds offer it in their offices. Botox can be administered by nurses, aestheticians, […]

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Is Botox Safe for the Body?

When used by trained professionals Botox can be safely applied to many different areas of the body. Botox is by far the most common “neuromodulator” in the world and it owes its popularity to its effectiveness and its safety. Botox gets its name from the botulinum toxin that is its active ingredient. A different type […]

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Help! My Skin Was Pulled Too Tight After a Facelift.

An unfortunate complication of a facelift is skin that is stretched too tight during the closure. Suturing the skin together under tension can lead to an unnatural, pulled appearance (windblown face) or unacceptable scarring in front of the ears. This completely avoidable complication is actually becoming more frequent.

Why is an avoidable facelift complication becoming more […]

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Asian Rhinoplasty in San Diego

Every nose is unique and requires specific alterations to bring it into balance with the rest of the face. This is even more true in ethnic rhinoplasty. In California ethnic rhinoplasty is a general term commonly referring to noses of Asian descent.

Asian noses tend to have fewer growth centers across the midface. This genetic predisposition […]

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Why Do I Have Dark Circles Under My Eyes a Month After Rhinoplasty

Bruising under your eyes should be expected with every rhinoplasty. When the nasal bones are narrowed there is almost always a little bleeding underneath the skin. Dark circles under the eyes usually don’t appear for at least 24 hours and typically peak within the first 2 days after surgery.

When the rhinoplasty cast is removed seven […]

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Recovering From Rhinoplasty

Recovery from rhinoplasty is easier then you might think. It is uncommon for patients to complain of pain with many only using prescription pain medicine for the first two days.

RECOVERY FROM RHINOPLASTY
Your procedure will be performed under anesthesia, and you will require a ride home after your surgery. Dr. Kolstad will call you or a […]

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BOTOX Treatment of Chronic Migraines in San Diego

Botox can be used for more then just wrinkles and creases. The FDA has approved Botox for treatment of chronic migraines. Chronic migraines are a neurological disorder impacting an estimated 3.2 million Americans. A migraine headache is typically characterized by severe pain unrelieved by over-the-counter medicines. This intense pain typically last hours but can persist […]

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Martinis and Makeovers, San Diego 2012

Kolstad Facial Plastic Surgery is pleased to offer the Martinis & Makeovers Silent Auction a terrific trio of treatments designed to refresh your skin and brighten your Spring!

Soften unwanted lines and wrinkles with 1 treatment area (25 units) of BOTOX Cosmetic(value: $375)
Add volume and definition to your lips or soften the creases around your nose […]

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Do Liquid Facelifts Really Work?

A “liquid facelift” is a popular term for nonsurgical facial rejuvenation. A combination of dermal fillers, volumizers and Botox can provide a noninvasive solution for a refreshed, rejuvenated look. A liquid facelift works best on faces without significant laxity or advanced signs of aging.

HOW A LIQUID FACELIFT WORKS
As your skin ages it loses collagen and […]

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Chinplants – Is Chin Augmentation the New Cosmetic Procedure of Choice?

MSNBC news recently reported on the rapidly rising number of people seeking enhance the shape and appearance of their chins. They reported that chin augmentation increased 71 percent between 2010 and 2011, outdoing breast augmentation, liposuction and even Botox, which increased a mere five percent between 2010 and 2011, according to new statistics released by […]

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What is Rhinoplasty?

Nose surgery (rhinoplasty) can be performed for many reasons. Many times patients are not concerned with the size and shape of their nose, but have a difficulty breathing through one or both sides of their nose. When the goal of surgery is to improve the way the nose works it is termed a “functional rhinoplasty”. […]

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Nonsurgical Rhinoplasty

Can I have a nose job without going to surgery? What is injectable rhinoplasty? I have a small nasal bridge do I need surgery to fix it?

These are common questions asked in Dr. Kolstad’s San Diego plastic surgery office. The good news is that not everybody looking to enhance the appearance of their nose needs […]

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Recovery from Eyelid Surgery

An eyelid lift can improve the fatigued and heavy-eyed look common to aging. Recovery from cosmetic eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is relatively quick without significant discomfort or pain.

In most cases the sutures are removed 3 days after surgery and people are back to work in a week. There will be swelling and bruising around the eyelids […]

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What are my Options to Correct Acne Scarring?

Acne scars that result from severe cystic or nodular lesions can be improved using skin resurfacing procedures, dermal fillers or a combination of both. Skin resurfacing techniques are most effective in treating a global scarring pattern that affects multiple areas of the facial skin. Dermal fillers soften both superficial and deep, ice-pick scars. Dermal fillers […]

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Acne in your Late Twenties? You’re Not Alone.

ABC News recently published an article addressing a frustration of many women. Adult onset of acne affects even those that did not experience acne during adolescence or their teenage years. For many women, hormonal fluctuations are the culprit leading to large cystic acne eruptions. The typical age of onset is between 20-29 years old.

The good […]

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What Else Can I Do to Improve Acne Scarring?

DERMAL FILLERS
Depressed acne scars can be raised using injectable fillers. The goal is to elevate the surface of the scar to the level of the skin so a shadow is not cast in the depressed area. Any HA (hyaluronic acid) filler will work. HA products currently available include Juvederm, Restylane and Perlane. Radiesse and Sculptra […]

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My Acne is Gone but I Still Have a Red Mark, is it a Permanent Acne Scar?

POST-INFLAMMATORY HYPERPIGMENTATION (PIH)
PIH may also result from acne, leaving behind a flat area of discoloration on the skin ranging from pink to red, purple, brown or black depending on your skin tone and depth of the discoloration. While often mistaken as acne scarring, many of Dr. Kolstad’s patients are relieved to learn that these marks […]

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How Can I Fix My Lipstick Lines (Smoker’s Lines)?

Deep creases around the mouth are without a doubt the most difficult to treat rhytids (wrinkles) on the face. Even with the best technology available, multiple treatments using several modalities are typically required for a complete correction.

That being said, the best treatment for deep creases around the mouth is prevention. Daily sunscreen combined with daily […]

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What is the Recovery Time for a Chemical Peel

CHEMICAL PEEL RECOVERY TIME
Recovery from a mild chemical peel will require almost no recovery time at all. Some pinkness may be apparent for a short time, but this will fade quickly.

Medium chemical peels may provide discomfort, redness, and some swelling for one to two days. Most people take about one week off of work to […]

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NonSurgical Fat Transfer

ADD VOLUME TO YOUR FACE, PERMANENTLY.

Our patients have several options for facial rejuvenation at Dr. Kolstad’s La Jolla Plastic Surgery office. A common complaint we hear from our patients pertains to the loss of facial volume. Even in faces without skin sagging, loss of facial volume can result in a deflated appearance. There are many […]

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Permanent Solution to Thin Lips

One of the most requested services at Dr. Kolstad’s La Jolla Plastic Surgery office is lip enhancement. The options for augmenting the size of your lips are many and you have the privilege of choosing which best suits your needs. Whether you are looking for voluptuous “movie star” lips or simply to restore lost volume, […]

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Should I Have a Facelift or a Laser?

Facelift surgery is the ultimate solution for facial aging. A lower facelift or necklift is the ideal treatment for improving the jowls, falling cheeks and a blunted neckline. For many people a facelift can turn back the clock 10 years or more. In San Diego and La Jolla the cumulative years of sun exposure are […]

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Revision Rhinoplasty in San Diego

Revision rates with inexperienced physicians have been reported to be as high as 20%. Rhinoplasty surgery is complicated and without question requires an experienced surgeon who specializes in plastic surgery of the face. While a dissatisfying outcome in nasal cosmetic surgery is possible in the most skilled hands, more commonly it comes from the hands […]

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What is the Difference Between Sculptra and a Facelift?

There is no single event that defines facial aging. Rather, several independent phenomena evolve over time changing the way our face looks in the mirror. Cumulative years of sun exposure accelerate the aging process in San Diego and La Jolla.

As we age we lose fat and volume in our cheeks. In addition, the fat that […]

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Will I Have a Plastic Look After Facelift Surgery?

A frequent concern of our patients is looking plastic after facelift surgery. There are limitless examples of unnatural, operated results. When surgeons pull too tight, the corners of the mouth can change, the neck looks stretched and the skin can lose some of it’s natural contours.

Your face and neck should not “done” after surgery. Your […]

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What is a Chemical Peel

WHAT IS A CHEMICAL PEEL?
Skin resurfacing is the removal of the outer layer of the skin. The deeper skin cells replenish the outer layer resulting in smoother, younger-looking skin with fewer wrinkles and pigment changes. Chemical peels are an excellent way to reduce the appearance of imperfections such as sun and age spots, as well […]

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How Can I Improve the Appearance of my Chin?

A recessed (weak) chin is analyzed in three dimensions. From AP (front) view, the chin is evaluated for horizontal width and vertical length. A chin deficient in these two dimensions will appear like a small ball without much distance separating it from the lower lip. In contrast, oversized horizontal and vertical proportions are synonymous with […]

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What Are the Different Types Chemical Peels

SUPERFICIAL CHEMICAL PEELS
A superficial peel is typically performed by an aesthetician. This type of peel is a mild exfolliator of the very superficial layers of skin. The main advantage of a superficial chemical peel is the lack of downtime associated with the resurfacing. Many patients receive the peel over a lunch break and go back […]

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Is 13 Too Young for a Nose Job?

In my practice it is common for both adolescent young men and women to be unhappy with the size and shape of their noses. Teenagers express many of the same complaints that I hear from
adults. The nasal tip is too big, there is a prominent dorsal hump, and they have been unhappy for quite some […]

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Considering Cosmetic Surgery?

A Facial Plastic Surgeon’s advice on how to find the right provider.

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How to find a good surgeon.
How to avoid a bad apple.
Where to go for more information.
Things to consider when choosing a plastic surgeon.
What questions to ask and where to look for answers.

HOW TO FIND A GOOD PLASTIC SURGEON
One of the most important aspects of […]

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Which Fillers Fix Dark Circles Under Eyes?

Frequently Asked Questions From Our Patients:

Why do I have bags under my eyes?
What is a good way to treat dark circles under my eyes?
How do I remove dark circles under eyes?
Are there nonsurgical treatments for under eye bags?
Do I need surgery to fix dark circles under my eyes?

Dr. Kolstad’s Philosophy […]

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Do Acne Scars Go Away?

DO ACNE SCARS GO AWAY?

 

Acne scars, especially pitting ‘ice-pick’ scars tend to be permanent. The good news is that there are a variety of treatments depending on the size of the scars.

Resurfacing peels / microdermabrasion are very superficial in nature and consequently will only slightly improve deep, pitted scars. A good resurfacing tool is dermabrasion, […]

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What is the Average Cost of a Nose Job?

QUESTION: WHAT IS THE AVERAGE COST OF A NOSE JOB?

 

There are a number of specific considerations which determine the cost of rhinoplasty, the cost of facelift surgery, or any other cosmetic procedure.

Generally speaking, prices will vary based on geographical region similar to housing prices. The operational costs of an office in Beverly Hills are greater […]

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