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1515 El Camino Real, Suite B
Palo Alto, California 94306 US

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5 out of 5 stars Eyelid Surgery

Incredible! - Palo Alto

Where to begin! This was truly one of the best procedures I've ever done. After YEARS of wanting to get this done I was always scared. What if it all went wrong? There's no hiding your eyes. After an exhaustive search for the right doctor, I did it. I, did, almost pulled out on the morning of the surgery but I bit the bullet and did it! The recovery was quick and...

Waiting to Get It Done! - Palo Alto, CA

In some ways, I feel it may be premature for me to write this review, but I'll write it nonetheless. My back-story: I am a 33-year-old female Sergeant in a local police department. I state my occupation only because as a result of my job, I've had a ridiculous number of injuries, partially leading to my weight gain. During my 20s, I weighed anywhere between 120-135 pounds (I'm 5'6"). I...

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...

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!

5 out of 5 stars Breast Augmentation

awesome doctor and experience!!!

I am 45 years old and breast fed my daughter for over a year. My breasts were sagging and I lost a lot of volume. I chose Dr.Vistnes because he was very professional, friendly and has a lot of experience. He made me feel extremely comfortable. I am 2 weeks post op and i love my boobs!! i went with a 345cc moderate profile implants. So far so good! The staff at his office are super...

5 out of 5 stars Smart Lipo

Passion + Trust = Happiness - Palo Alto, CA

Approximately 6 years ago after surgery performed by another plastic surgeon, my wife and I visited Dr. Dean Vistnes seeking help to fix problems after second corrective surgery done by Dr. Josh Korman with a very unsatisfied result. Dr. Dean Vistnes explained to us the procedure and what needed to be done to fix our previous surgery. Because of a very bad previous experience we were very...

5 out of 5 stars Smart Lipo

I would highly recommend Dr. Vistnes!

Dr. Vistnes is amazing!! He and his staff go out of their way to make you feel totally calm, comfortable and at ease both before, during and after surgery. My results were perfect - I could not be happier with his work!

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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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

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

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

Mini Tummy tuck for pannus? (photos)

From this pictures it seems like you have enough skin laxity for a full tummy tuck. See a board certified plastic surgeon in your area with an... READ MORE

I got 240cc and wondering about drop/fluffing and sizing. Any suggestions? (photos)

At 2 weeks it is still early in the healing process after breast augmentation and some asymmetry is to be expected. As the implants soften, settle and... READ MORE

I'm 5'5 and 215lbs. How much weight should I lose before having a Mommy Makeover?

The key to long standing success is a stable weight. If you can get your weight as low as possible the risks of healing from a tummy tuck will go down... READ MORE

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