Santa Barbara Facial Plastic Surgeon
215 Pesetas Lane
Santa Barbara, California 93110 US
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5 out of 5 stars Facelift

Santa Barbara, CA 45 Year Old Facelift

Dr. Lapatka is an artist. I am thrilled with the results of my facelift procedure. I now have the defined neckline that I always wanted. My results are very natural looking. If you are considering facial surgery, he is the very best!

5 out of 5 stars Chin Implant

30 Year Old - Rhinoplasty, Chin Implant and Chin Lipo - Santa Barbara, CA - Surgery Scheduled June 4, 2015

Dr. LaPatka is a face genius. He knew immediately what would work for my face to give me the look I wanted without looking like I had anything done. Dr. LaPatka let me text message him before and after surgery whenever I had a little concern. My husband also was able to get a hold of him right away when we had a question about pain killers. My post surgery concerns have always been addressed and Dr. LP is always very honest with me about the healing process and the results. The office is clean and friendly, almost a spa like setting. His staff was amazing. They were gentle and kind and made sure I was comfortable the entire process. Overall, I love my results. I think my photos say more than I can, honestly. He gave me a beautiful, natural looking nose and chin and I can't thank him enough!

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Personal Statement

For more than twenty years, Dr. David F. LaPatka has performed thousands of surgical and non-surgical corrections of the skin, forehead, brow, eyelids, nose, cheeks, chin, and neck. In addition to facial plastic surgery, Dr. David LaPatka is a highly qualified Reconstructive Head and Neck surgeon.

Board Certifications

Board-certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and American Board of Otolaryngology


American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS)
Fellow, American College of Surgeons (FACS)

Consultation Fee

Free. Complimentary consultations for aesthetic patients only.

Hospital Privileges

Dr. Lapatka has hospital affiliations at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.


  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Medical: MD, Creighton University
  • Post-Medical School Training

    Internship: LaCrosse Lutheran Hospital, Gunderson Clinic
    Residency: University of California at Irvine

Treatments offered at Sansum Clinic Facial Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics

Blog Posts and Articles

How to Get Your Skin Ready for Big Life Event

Whether you are attending your 30th reunion or getting married, looking your best on the big day requires some planning. While every bride wants to walk down the aisle with beautiful skin tone and texture and picture-perfect symmetry – achieving the best results with no worrying side-effects requires some planning on the part of you and your aesthetician. Here are a few tips to help brides and others prepare to look their best on their special day and in those photos that will capture...

Affordable Facial Cosmetic Treatments

In these times, many are looking for ways to “keep up appearances” which are more affordable yet effective. Today, I would like to mention a few.1) Pigmentation. Don’t just think of your face, it also affects the hands, chest, neck and sun-exposed areas. It is very common and treatable. The hands and chest can be treated at the same time. These brown splotches that vary from a few millimeters to areas the size of a quarter are caused by sun damage. The skin becomes dull and aged. They...

Summer Skin Care Tips

Hot weather, salt water, humidity, and chlorine take their toll on our skin during the summer months. Here are some helpful summer skin care tips and solutions for keeping your skin safe and beautiful all summer long.Don’t neglect your skin.Did you know that most skin aging occurs during the summer? So…consistent application of sun protection, regular professional facials, and a good home skin care routine are your best defenses against fun in the sun and heat.Wearing sunscreen every day...

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How can i get rid of rings around my neck (horizontal neck lines)? (photo)

In my experience, the only thing that will help these lines is a neuromodulator such as Dysport or Botox. Fillers can also help ..There are several... READ MORE

I have read that fillers can help conceal bags but can also make them worse. Why does it work for some and not for others?

Lower lids can be improved with fillers if the lower lid " bags " are not too prominent . If too much filler is placed then this can give an... READ MORE

How Can My Ear Be Fixed?

From this one photo, it appears that your right earlobe is somewhat detached. I can not tell if it is asymmetric without seeing a frontal view.This... READ MORE

Prominent Indented Columella Scar. What Are my Treatment Options? (photo)

I agree that a simple excision of the scar with closure would be the best choice. This most likely could be done under local or sedation if you are... READ MORE

Am I candidate for rhinoplasty and a facelift? (photos)

Thanks for your question In reviewing  your photos, I believe what you don't like about your face is more the lower portion . You have some ... READ MORE

Any chance of reversing "sagging central platysma muscle" as a result of Neck Lift? (Photos)

Thanks for your question This looks like persistent or recurrent  platysma bands . An exam is essential to determine if you also  have prominent di... READ MORE

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

From  From  the limited photos , It is my opinion that you would need eyelid surgery.  Of course, an in office consultation is essential to dete... READ MORE

I am 46 years old, and I am starting to see the signs of aging. Mini Facelift? Neck Lift? Standard Facelift? (photo)

You do have some jowling and some laxity in the neck area. In order to treat this adequately and give the most long-lasting results you would need a "... READ MORE

Had a rhinoplasty 2 years ago but I hate it. Is it possible to do a revision on this nose? (Photo)

It sounds as though your biggest concern is that the right side appeared to slightly more bulbous than the left. Certainly, this can be made somewhat... READ MORE

How easy is this depression on nose to fix (post revisions rhinoplasty). (photos)

It looks as though the alar rim is slightly raised on the right .This is due to either mal -positioning of the lower lateral cartilage or loss of... READ MORE

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Patients of Dr. David F. LaPatka share their experiences with procedures including brow lift, chin lift, nose job, and facelift. Learn about their stories! WATCH VIDEO

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