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Learn from the talented plastic surgeons and medical spa providers inside La Jolla Cosmetic, the 20x winner of the Best of San Diego and global winner of the 2020 MyFaceMyBody Best Cosmetic/Plastic Surgery Practice. Hosted by the LJC Chief Community Officer Monique Ramsey and featuring LJC's plastic surgeons Dr. Johan Brahme, Dr. Lori Saltz, Dr. John Smoot, Dr. Luke Swistun, Dr. Hector Salazar, and Dr. Kiersten Riedler, along with our team of medaesthetic expert injectors and laser specialists.
 
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LJC’s laser specialist Julia Jowett, PA-C, and Cameron Vessey, licensed esthetician, discuss why lasers are such a valuable investment for our skin and how to protect that investment for the long term. Julia and Cameron walk us through what to do prior to prepare your skin before treatment, which products to use and which ones to avoid in order to …
 
Eight years ago, Gabriela came to LJC for a mommy makeover and she was ecstatic with her results. Last summer, a friend with gorgeous results from 360 lipo inspired her to return for a consultation with Dr. Swistun to see if he could help her get the dream body she always wanted. 12 weeks after surgery, Gabriela joins us to talk about her experienc…
 
We catch up with Dr. Luke Swistun a week after his broadband light (BBL) & Halo laser resurfacing treatment to hear about his treatment experience and recovery process. Dr. Swistun tells us about how his treatment experience compared to his expectations, describing the pain level as “tolerable pins and needles.” At LJC we offer ProNox to our patien…
 
LJC’s laser expert Julia Jowett, PA-C, lets us in on her strategy for treating plastic surgeon Dr. Luke Swistun’s fine lines and sun damage. Dr. Swistun had treatment on a Friday and he was back to the clinic working with a practically healed face on Monday. To identify problem spots, Julia took photos of Dr. Swistun and his wife with the VISIA Ski…
 
It’s not every day that the surgeon becomes the patient! Moments just before his broadband light (BBL) & Halo laser treatment, Dr. Luke Swistun shares what he thinks it will be like and gives insight into why he’s having laser resurfacing. We’ll be back with more in this 3 part mini-series, including a chat with Julia Jowett who’s treating Dr. Swis…
 
You might think the only option for reshaping your nose is to undergo a surgical rhinoplasty. But there’s another way to change the shape of your nose that isn’t so serious. Facial plastic surgeon Dr. Kiersten Riedler educates us about the liquid rhinoplasty, known as the “non-surgical nose job.” In this procedure, an injectable filler like Juveder…
 
Breathing through your nose is one of those basic things you take for granted until you can’t do it anymore. Guest host Laura Cain talks with facial plastic surgeon Dr. Kiersten Riedler about nose surgery, specifically the septoplasty and rhinoplasty surgeries she does to fix the inside and outside of the nose. If you’re used to going through life …
 
Facial plastic surgeon Dr. Kiersten Riedler answers important questions about noses and rhinoplasty, like do your nose and ears really keep growing as you age? How old do you have to be to have rhinoplasty? What should you do if you get hit in the nose with a baseball? Although no two noses are the same and no two rhinoplasty procedures are the sam…
 
Karina Thompson has been a surgical patient care coordinator here at LJC for nearly three years. A big part of her job is delivering the details about procedures to patients who need more information to move forward, and then guiding them to the doctor who is the best fit. Before she joined the LJC team, Karina managed a medical spa in Encinitas fo…
 
Kristen Heard is a licensed vocational nurse (LVN) at LJC who regularly floats from the med spa down to the surgery center. She helps with fillers, Botox, injections, PDO threads, and more in the med spa and works alongside all of LJC’s doctors in the surgery center assisting with pre-op and post-op appointments. Kristen started her nursing career …
 
Facial plastic surgeon Dr. Kiersten Riedler shares her unique perspective on preventing aging of the face and her layered approach to preventing wrinkles, replacing lost volume, and reversing the effects of gravity. Dr. Riedler’s training has made her an expert in facial anatomy, and her specialties include face lift surgery, complex rhinoplasty, a…
 
As we age, the lower half of our face slowly begins to fall, causing despair and confusion over how to slow it down or reverse it. Anh Bridgewater, expert injector at LJC, walks us through the non-surgical options for lower face rejuvenation including threads and fillers. Hear how these innovative treatments work in tandem to contour the jawline fo…
 
Nurse Ruth has served patients at LJC for almost twenty years, mostly as Dr. Lori Saltz’s nurse and right hand. Ruth’s earliest introduction to LJC was through her father who served the practice as an accountant in the early years. After nursing school, she worked for several years as an emergency room and urgent care nurse before landing a positio…
 
LJC’s esthetician and skin care expert Cameron Vessey takes us through treatments for melasma that actually work, including hydroquinone, kojic acid, azelaic acid, the Cosmelan peel, and lasers like Moxi or Halo. Melasma is a chronic condition of patterned pigment, for example, the occurrence of a dark “mustache” or circles on the cheeks. Although …
 
Anesthesiologist Steve Saltz, MD took the “long way” to anesthesiology. He first trained in internal medicine, then served full time in an ER, trained some more in pulmonary and critical care before landing on anesthesiology and staying there ever since. Dr. Saltz has cared for thousands of patients every year since 1992. Thanks to his broad traini…
 
Sandra felt self-conscious about her sun-damaged skin and dark spots on her face. Like most of us, she worshiped the sun growing up and never gave a thought to the consequences. At 57, she enlisted the help of LJC laser specialist Brittany who knew the Halo laser would turn Sandra’s skin right around. Blown away by the astounding results and little…
 
Injectable and laser specialist Anh Bridgewater, PA-C has an uncanny ability to make each patient feel as if they are her only one. Find out which procedures Anh believes make the biggest difference for the face and the number one skin care product she would recommend to almost everyone. Like everyone at LJC, Anh’s patients are her top priority. He…
 
As a medical assistant at LJC, Taylor Camarena is one of the first people you’ll meet, and she’s just the beginning of a warm and memorable experience. Her kindness, relatability, and her capacity to convey important information are key to helping people safely and comfortably achieve their goals. An aspiring nurse injector herself, Taylor is alway…
 
There’s nothing quite as magical as the elation of someone who’s lost weight and then had a complete body lift. LJC plastic surgeon Dr. Hector Salazar-Reyes is here to address all the complexities surrounding this life-changing intervention. Those who have had success with weight loss can sometimes feel further from their body goals due to skin lax…
 
How often is it that “you have two doctors taking care of you at one time”? In the spirit of “a full dose of reassurance”, Anesthesiologist Dr. Steve Saltz, details what safety measures they take at LJC for before, during, and after surgery, addresses some of the most common concerns, and suggests how everyday driving might actually be riskier than…
 
Aesthetic injector Julia shares her deep expertise with plumping and reshaping the lips with fillers, which of the Juvederm & Restylane products are her favorites, and why you shouldn’t be afraid of getting your lips injected if you’re in the care of a trained, experienced injector. She covers the latest trends including the Instagram-famous Russia…
 
While cellulite can’t be prevented, advances in technology in recent years have made it possible to successfully treat it. LJC’s injectable and laser specialist Khanh Nguyen, FNP-C discusses the recent success he’s had pairing two popular technologies that haven’t previously been combined. Khanh shares some of the perks of being an LJC patient incl…
 
San Diego plastic surgeon Dr. Luke Swistun is known for being a thoughtful listener and artistic surgeon. Hear about the surprising 21st century way Dr. Swistun landed his dream job at LJC and his unique path from Poland, to Chicago, to the US Navy, to Beverly Hills, and now La Jolla. Find out which surgery is his favorite to do, the work that mean…
 
Longtime patient & Instagram influencer Camille Newbern reveals her three favorite medical spa treatments, the skin care product she never goes without, and the shade of her signature lipstick. Following a necessary update on Moo Shu (her pig) and Pip (her papillon), Camille talks freely about the pitfalls of being “professionally pretty” and expla…
 
Kayla is a Certified Medical Assistant who has worked in aesthetics for nearly 5 years. She has experience assisting with nonsurgical services such as cosmetic injectables, lasers, and skin treatments, as well as assisting in minor plastic surgery procedures and pre/post-op care. Kayla helps guide our patients through the consultation process, supp…
 
Dr. Luke Swistun lets us in on how the popular booty-enhancing procedure works to create curves for those who don’t have as much body fat to spare. If your BMI is less than 25, you might think the BBL isn’t for you or believe the myth that you must first gain weight to make it possible, neither of which is true. Dr. Swistun explains where he moves …
 
Miriam Villanueva joined La Jolla Cosmetic as a bilingual Patient Concierge for Plastic Surgery in early 2021 when she moved to San Diego to be closer to her family. Miriam is passionate about patient care and her friendly nature will make you feel at home. She is here to help you feel comfortable, support you, and guide you through your journey. M…
 
Eight weeks after surgery, Laura Cain reflects on her breast augmentation results, her surprisingly easy recovery, and why she regrets waiting so long to move forward. In the third and final conversation of this three part series, Laura reflects on how much she’s changed throughout her breast augmentation experience at LJC. She shares how the decis…
 
Lesa is a patient of La Jolla Cosmetic who had breast augmentation at the age of 57. Since then, she returns regularly for treatments and services to maintain a vibrant look that matches her spirit. Lesa takes us through her journey with La Jolla Cosmetic and how she learned to invest in herself. Lesa discusses why she chose La Jolla Cosmetic and D…
 
Kara Pennington, PA-C, MMS sees her patients as friends and loves to educate people about their options for non-surgical rejuvenation in the medical spa at LJC. Hear why lip injections are her favorite treatment, which fillers she prefers to use, and how she selects the product that is best for each patient. Find out the truth about Instagram trend…
 
Plastic surgeon Dr. Lori Saltz answers all of the questions women have about the mommy makeover including incisions, c-section scars, non-surgical alternatives, pain management, costs, and recovery. If you have breastfed for any length of time, Dr. Saltz discusses why it is almost certain that you’ll need a breast lift and why breast implants alone…
 
Khanh Nguyen, FNP-C, is an aesthetic nurse practitioner, laser and skincare specialist with a background in fashion PR, art, photography, and hospital management. His passion and enthusiasm for helping patients achieve their goals is matched only by his extensive knowledge, skill, and artistry in the aesthetic medical field. Links: Read more about …
 
You don’t have to look far to find scandalous headlines about the Brazilian Butt Lift. Catapulted to popularity by social media influencers, this booty-enhancing fat transfer procedure is no stranger to controversy and plastic surgeon Dr. Luke Swistun is here to set the record straight. Dr. Swistun walks us through how plastic surgeons banded toget…
 
Three days after surgery, we check in with Laura Cain to see how she’s feeling after her breast augmentation with Dr. Luke Swistun. Missed part 1? Listen to the first installment in Laura’s breast augmentation mini-series Listen to the Laura Cain After Dark podcast Follow Laura on Instagram See LJC’s breast augmentation before and after photos Take…
 
Plastic surgeon Dr. Johan Brahme takes us through the differences between each tummy tuck procedure and shares his secret tips for creating gorgeous waistlines, finding the perfect belly button position, and minimizing post-op pain with Exparel. Variations include the mini tummy tuck, standard tummy tuck, extended tummy tuck, and belt lipectomy. Fi…
 
Before padded bathing suits were invented, 15-year-old Laura Cain’s mom sewed stuffing into her swimsuit tops to give her some curves. Decades later, Laura’s about to have breast augmentation at LJC with Dr. Luke Swistun and we’re talking to her about her thoughts and feelings before surgery and what led her to finally make the decision to get brea…
 
It’s the most common question we are asked about CoolSculpting, and spoiler alert -- the answer is yes, it does! With many thousands of the world’s most popular fat freezing treatments completed at LJC, we are experts in non surgical fat reduction technologies of all kinds and are excited to share our inside secrets for successful results. Khanh Ng…
 
Julia Jowett, PA-C, MSHS joined the La Jolla Cosmetic Surgery Centre & Medical Spa team in 2019. Whether you’re about to meet her for the first time or have been a patient for years, listen in to hear Julia’s philosophy of treating patients, why she believes being a good listener is the key to getting great aesthetic results, and how her surprising…
 
Nothing seems more daunting than solving the homeless problem, but there’s a special San Diego organization making a real and meaningful impact. On this episode we spotlight Humble Design, which serves individuals, families, and veterans emerging from homelessness by transforming empty houses into welcoming homes using donated furniture and househo…
 
Our miraDry expert Julia Jowett, PA-C tells us how this amazing procedure to treat hyperhidrosis can leave you clean, cool, and dry for the rest of your life. LJC patients give miraDry 4.88 out of 5 stars, making it the most rewarding and satisfying treatment in the LJC medical spa. Since 2017, the LJC team has completed thousands of miraDry treatm…
 
Dr. Hector Salazar shares his unique expertise with HD Lipo, a specialized liposuction technique for sculpting the body in incredible detail following the natural lines of your musculature. He covers the full HD Lipo experience, including BMI range requirements and exceptions, typical recovery and post-op pain management, and the importance of comp…
 
Dr. Luke Swistun explains the 360 Lipo technique for body contouring, who this full-circle approach is best for, and how it’s different from traditional liposuction. Hear how Dr. Swistun combines 360 Lipo with Renuvion to “shrink wrap” the skin by targeting the collagen and achieve beautiful results. Read more about 360 Lipo at LJC See our liposuct…
 
For many people, the first experience in a cosmetic practice is the consultation appointment and the process is a mystery. Here at LJC, we want you to know exactly what to expect from beginning to end! Our lead patient coordinator Riana M. knows this process better than anyone, and she’s here to take us through every step and detail of the consulta…
 
LJC has a laser for everything. But with so many choices, how can you possibly know which one is the best for you? Brittany Haley shares her deep knowledge of the latest Sciton laser treatments, particularly the new Moxi and longtime patient favorites Halo, BBL, and ProFractional. Because of their high quality results, Brittany refers to Sciton as …
 
After spending the last year looking in the 21st century mirror that is Zoom, many people discovered their lower face and neck looked a bit too tired. Although the condition itself hasn’t changed, the name “turkey neck” has been replaced by the more modern “Zoom neck.” Plastic surgeon Dr. Johan Brahme and non-surgical aesthetic nurse practitioner K…
 
As the en bloc capsulectomy procedure for removing breast implants becomes more common, many women have questions about their choices for implant removal or replacement. Plastic surgeon Dr. Luke Swistun takes us inside his unique specialty to help make sense of the challenging topics of capsular contracture, breast implant illness, and breast impla…
 
What is SmartGraft and how does it work? Plastic surgeon Dr. Hector Salazar discusses how SmartGraft is different, explains the problems with older methods, and helps us understand how he keeps the newly transplanted hair from looking fake or obvious. Dr. Salazar covers all the most common questions people have about SmartGraft, including where doe…
 
An all-encompassing (and sometimes funny) conversation with plastic surgeon Johan Brahme, MD and Kara Pennington, PA about the reasons women seek vaginal rejuvenation and the treatments available at LJC to help with these concerns including Labiaplasty , Vaginoplasty, Mons liposuction, ThermiVa , and the O-Shot . The book that Kara mentioned, The G…
 
After 32 years in practice, plastic surgeon Dr. John Smoot explains why when it comes to breast implants, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Every breast augmentation patient knows there will be a time to remove or replace their implants. Listen to Dr. Smoot’s wise perspective on breast revision, find out how he helps patients visualize their surgery…
 
Raving fans across all of San Diego follow esthetician Cameron Vessey’s expert skin care recommendations, and we’re here for it! If you’ve ever wondered why products from the drugstore are different from medical grade skincare or how some people have skin that truly glows, Cameron’s advice for good skin care will be truly life-changing. Read more a…
 
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