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Springtime Surgery

All parts of the year will offer some benefits to having plastic surgery at that time. In the summer, a vacation or two is expected, so it’s simple to keep your procedure private. Autumn months provide cooler, more comfortable weather […]

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How Long Do Fillers Last?

There are many different types of fillers available to us today, and they can all be tailored to what you’re looking for, appearance-wise. If you want fuller lips, there is a filler that can mimic the texture of luscious lips. […]

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Timeless Skin

There are so many things that people will tell you to try when you’re looking for beauty and confidence. We’ve heard it all: whiter teeth, an expensive haircut, fancy clothes. But, we’re already aware of what brings you a beautiful […]

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Rhinoplasty: The Nose Knows

We focus on facial services here at Kolstad Facial Plastic Surgery, and with good reason. The face is made up of so many tiny bones and muscles that all come together to make your beautiful face. And we know that […]

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New Year, New Nose

The New Year brings with it so many goals that it makes our heads spin. You may want to learn a new language, take time off work to travel, take up dance lessons, or hit the gym more often. Weight […]

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Rhinoplasty Questions

This time of year is a great time to treat yourself to a treatment or surgery that requires a little more downtime. But, do you know why? Because insurance deductibles have been met, and work tends to slow down this […]

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Types of Fillers for Quick Results

How is it that the year is almost over? November arrived quickly, and soon we’ll be celebrating the New Year. But while we’re all in a whirlwind, trying to shop for parties, find the perfect gifts, and get dinner parties […]

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Facelift: Frequently Asked Questions

If you’re not comfortable with the level of age your face shows, then you’ve come to the right place. A facelift can help remove wrinkles and sagging skin that make us look older than we feel. Keep reading to learn […]

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What Medications Can Help with Hair Loss?

Summer is winding down, which means that it’s time to transition back to warmer clothes in many parts of the world. You may love sweater weather, but how do you feel about winter hats? If you find yourself drawn to […]

What Is A Vampire Facelift?

Are you looking for a less invasive facelift option in San Diego? A vampire facelift uses growth factors from your body to stimulate collagen production improving lines and wrinkles in the skin. Platelets are cellular components circulating through your […]

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Dreaming of a Nose Job?

Whether you’ve been curious about rhinoplasty (also called a nose job) for a long time or just for a few months, there’s probably a lot you’ve been wondering about. Maybe you’re curious what you would look like with a new […]

Trends in Facial Plastic Surgery: Surgical Vs. Non-surgical

You know you’ve picked the right job when you are excited to learn all about the newest technologies and products, and can’t wait to get your hands on them. Thanks to a study done by the American Academy of Facial […]

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NeoGraft: Is it a Good Option for Me?

Did you know that both men and women experience thinning hair? Though we first think of men when it comes to balding, the truth is that thinning hair affects 40% of women by the time they are 40 years old. […]

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Benefits Of Chin Augmentation

Chin augmentation is one of the lesser known types of plastic surgery. Most people focus on changing their lips, noses, cheekbones and brow area. The reasons to consider changing your chin may surprise you.

Look Better from Every Angle

Have you ever […]

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Hats Off To Spring!

Now that winter is over, you can no longer hide your balding and thinning hair under a favorite knitted hat. Perhaps it is time to learn about your hair restoration options and the many benefits of NeoGraft®.

Hair Restoration Has Evolved

For […]

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Treating Scars Can Improve Your Appearance and Your Life

Many people live with visible scars that are serious enough to affect their happiness and self-esteem. Scars can be the result (and reminder) of a serious accident, illness or years of acne. Whatever the reason, scars can have a profound […]

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The Truth About Hair Loss In Women

More than 20 million women experience hair loss and thinning, most of them being over 65 years old. Despite what the social norm seems to be, women often suffer more than men. Women most often lose their hair due to hormonal […]

Lifting the Brows Carefully

People use facial cues to interpret your communication. This is especially true of the area around your eyes because the eyes are the focal point of the face. The position of your brows can give the impression that you’re very […]

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How Long Do Hair Transplant Surgeries Take?




On the day of your hair restoration you should plan for six to eight hours to complete the surgery, typically from 7:30 AM to 5 PM. You will be awake throughout the procedure and Dr. Kolstad will prescribe Valium and […]

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What Type of Hair Transplant Is Best For Me?

One of the most important aspects of hair transplant surgery is the technique used to obtain the donor grafts.   Hair follicles are typically obtained from the back of the scalp using either a strip harvest technique (FUT) or as individual […]

How Are Middle Eastern Noses Different From Those Of Other Ethnicities?

Persons of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern descent can have noses that appear to be elongated and overly prominent.  When examining a nose it is helpful to evaluate the individual subunits.

Nasal Tip:

Middle Eastern noses can have tips that droop or are […]

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How Much Does A Hair Transplant Cost?

One of the first questions we get asked at Kolstad Hair Restoration is about the cost of a hair transplant.   The procedure fees are calculated based on the type of transplant, the length of time required and complexity of the […]

How Can I Find the Best Hair Transplant Surgeon?

One of the most important aspects of hair restoration is choosing the right surgeon. With the greater acceptance of hair transplant surgery, finding a qualified provider is easier then ever. It is important to do your homework as choosing right […]

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What Are Hair Flaps?

The first procedures used to create a hairline were large rotational flaps.  Lamont’s double temporoparietal flap, the occipital flap and the Juri flap represent historical attempts to cover areas of baldness using hair bearing scalp.

Hair flaps created a very unnatural […]

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What Are Hair Plugs?

Hair restoration has evolved significantly from it’s earliest attempts to treat male pattern baldness.  Round grafts represent the earliest form of hair transplants using grafting techniques.  Round grafts are groupings of 10-30 hairs placed using punch biopsies in the scalp. […]

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 […]

Earlobe Gauge Repair in San Diego


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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Browlift Frequently Asked Questions

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 […]

Frequently Asked Questions About Facelifts

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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? […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

Your procedure will be performed under anesthesia, and you […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

What Else Can I Do to Improve Acne Scarring?

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) […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

What is the Recovery Time for a Chemical Peel

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 […]

NonSurgical Fat Transfer


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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

What Are the Different Types 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 […]

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 […]

Considering Cosmetic Surgery?

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


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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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