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5 out of 5 stars Eyelid Surgery

Incredible! - Palo Alto

I really adore Dr. V. He is so well informed and he's also very conservative in his procedures. I feel like he wants you to look the best you can for your age.

Waiting to Get It Done! - Palo Alto, CA

Five stars thus far!

5 out of 5 stars Chin Liposuction

Love the Results! - Palo Alto, CA

I've always had a bit of chub on my face. Even at my thinnest, it was there. As I’ve aged, the fat hasn't bothered me.. in fact, I'm a bit grateful for it now because I look younger than my age. However, I hated that my jawline was slipping and I had developed a pooch of skin under my chin. I went in for Chin Lipo and WOW, incredible results. The recovery...

1 out of 5 stars Liposuction

Horrible experience

DO NOT GO TO Dr. Vistnes!!! He is horribble! He will disfigure your body! He has done it to me. Please reconsider. I went to Dr. vistness a couple of year ago, and to be perfectly honest it's the worst decision I ever did.

22 Years Old, 5'7", 160 Lbs, was an A cup, Got 560cc Silicone Gel Under Muscle

FINALLY doing this!!!!! I just had my consultation with Dr. Vistnes in Palo Alto, CA, and I scheduled my surgery right after. I have always been pretty bottom heavy, with a big butt and hips but A cup boobs. Victoria's Secret told me I'm a 32C but that's bs haha I'm 100% an A. I'm so flat that pushup bras don't really help, and I've always hated it. I feel so self conscious in bathing suits...

5 out of 5 stars Tummy Tuck Revision

Phenomenal surgeon!

I met with Dr. Vistnes after having a disastrous Smart Lipo procedure that was performed by a surgeon in San Mateo. The skin on my stomach was left loose, wrinkled, and discolored from what appeared to be burn marks. I was embarrassed to change at the gym or have anyone see my stomach, so I lived hiding it for years. I finally decided to meet with three surgeons so I could have a few second...

5 out of 5 stars Breast Augmentation

Incredible result and amazing experience overall

I was planning to do the procedure with another doctor, but after reading reviews on Dr. Vistnes I signed up for a free consultation with him. I was blown away with his knowledge and experience and decided to proceed with him - and now I couldn't be happier with the results! It is my forth month since the surgery and I absolutely love what I see in the mirror. Dr Vistnes was so helpful in...

5 out of 5 stars Breast Augmentation

Dr.Vistnes is the best!!

I couldn't have asked for a better experience with Dr.Vistnes. He was sensitive to my needs, super nice, and I loved how scientific he was about the size, shape, and placement of the breasts. All of my close friends and family can't believe how real my breasts actually look and feel. I'm VERY happy.

5 out of 5 stars Breast Augmentation

Amazing experience

I absolutely loved this place and the staff, everyone was always welcoming and were quick to answer any questions I had. I also appreciated the visits I had for check up to make sure everything was well. Definitely would recommend!

5 out of 5 stars Breast Augmentation

Dr. Vistnes is simply the best!

I am very happy with the results of my procedure(s). Both Dean and his staff kept me informed the entire way through the process. Seems like people think I am younger when ever I visit this office. Dean is a 10 out of 10!

*Your results may vary. Any specific claims or permanence length of results vary for each patient and are not guaranteed.

Board Certifications

Board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery


American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)
American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)

Consultation Fee

Complimentary consultation if you mention RealSelf

Awards & Recognition

RealSelf Top Doctor

Hospital Privileges

Dr. Dean Vistnes has hospital affiliations at Stanford hospital, Sequoia hospital.


  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Undergraduate: BA in Biological Sciences, University of California, Davis
    Medical: MD, Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Post-Medical School Training

    Internship: General Surgery, Stanford University Medical Center, 1988
    General Surgery, Stanford University Medical Center, 1990
    Plastic Surgery, Stanford University Medical Center, 1991
    Plastic Surgery, Stanford University Medical Center, 1993
    Fellowship: Plastic Surgery, Stanford, 1993

Treatments offered at Vistnes Plastic Surgery

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Would I be a candidate for a mini tummy tuck or what would I need done? (Photos)

From these photos, you seem to be a candidate for a tummy tuck. A full tummy tuck with liposuction of the waist and flanks would give you a great... READ MORE

Which procedures would you recommend to fix my eye bags and give me a more youthful look? (Photo)

From what you describe you should be able to get a nice result with an upper and lower lid blepharoplasty. This procedure would make you look more... READ MORE

52, Breast Lift with Implants (Photo)

From your photos, you seem to have a fair amount of breast tissue already. You should be able to get a very nice result with just a breast lift. If... READ MORE

Do I need a lift with a breast augmentation? (Photos)

From these photos, you should get a result you are very happy with by having a straight forward breast augmentation since your nipples are above the ... READ MORE

What size and type of lift for good results but little scarring? (Photo)

You would most likely get the best result with a full breast lift with breast augmentation. Please seek an in person consultation with a board ... READ MORE

Would I be an good candidate for abdominal liposuction? (photos)

It's difficult without seeing you in person if liposuction of any type will correct the problem that bothers you. If you have good thick skin... READ MORE

What is this hard swelling BEHIND my scar from mini abdominoplasty? Will a steroid injection help with the hard swelling?(photo)

The lumpiness, swelling, itching and hardness after a surgery like you had typically persists at least 8 weeks after the surgery then slowly goes away... READ MORE

Drooping eyelid, what can I do? (photos)

It is normal to not be totally symmetric. We are always our worse critic and this asymmetry is most likely only apparent to you.Dean Vistnes.Vistnes... READ MORE

Are 800 cc silicon implants a good size choice for me?

Your best bet when you are trying to decide on implants is to try on sizers of the exact implant you are considering inside a very tight sports bra.... READ MORE

What is the best option for me to tighten up my neck, jawline and jowls? (Photo)

Please seek an in person consultation, you may be a candidate for simple liposuction of the area. Liposuction of the cervical facial area is usually... READ MORE

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