San Diego Facial Plastic Surgeon
4150 Regents Park Row, Suite 325
La Jolla, California 92037 US
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"I love the results of my lip augmentation; he gave me back natural plump lips that overtime age had taken away from me." "It was the best price, great staff, very friendly, comfortable environment, and I loved the end results." "So he's not going to have you walking out of his office looking like a muppet face and telling you it looks good!"

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5 out of 5 stars Botox

Great Experience and Results! First Time Doing Botox - San Diego, CA

Dr. Kolstad was absolutely wonderful. He spent a considerable amount of time answering my questions and addressing all of my concerns. I have an intense fear of numbing medicines since the numbing sensation triggers my panic attacks but I was also unsure if I was prepared to try Botox without a little help. Dr. Kolstad was very understanding of this and did not rush me through my options and gave me the time I needed to think through my decision. I felt comfortable enough to try it without the numbing cream and it was a PERFECT experience. I will definitely go back for future treatments when I'm ready.

5 out of 5 stars Botox

Kind and Caring - La Jolla, CA

Dr. Kolstad was very welcoming and answered all my questions. I didn't feel rushed. He made me feel very special.

5 out of 5 stars Chemical Peel

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 skin for a few minutes and after a few sessions gives the result of a major chemical peel. It works for me because I am really active and can't take a week out of my life to heal from a major peel. Dr. Kolstad is really patient and sits and explains the process and he encourages patients to call at any time if there is a problem. I really enjoy going to his office it's a great atmosphere and his assistant is really nice and helpful. She called me after my first appointment to make sure everything was going OK.

5 out of 5 stars Facelift

My Dreams Have Come True! - La Jolla, CA

Dr. Kolstad made this venture feel more like a friendship, rather than a doctor patient arrangement. He took the extra time to address all my fears and questions. I am so gracious for the time and effort he put into making me feel comfortable with the surgery and the recovery following. I was touched by the personal calls and emails inquiring about my healing progress and my peace of mind. It is important for a woman to feel beautiful at any age, and he gave me back the youthful look that I longed for. I would more than recommend him to any person considering plastic surgery and I would definitely go to Dr. Kolsatd again for future procedures if the opportunity presents itself.

5 out of 5 stars Lip Augmentation

Best Experience!! - La Jolla, CA

This was, without a doubt, the best experience I've ever had going to a doctors office. I am thrilled with my spectacular results and will definitely go to Dr. Kolstad in the future.

4 out of 5 stars Botox

I'm Glad I Went to Dr. Kolstad - San Diego, CA

I choose Dr. Kolstad because of his humanitarian work. I went back to him because I liked the results I got as a result of his expertise. I've been to a few dermotologists and plastic surgeons, some of them recommended treatments and procedures that were in the doctor's best interests, not mine. Dr. Kolstad has not done that to me. Because of my experiences with him so far, I am comfortable to report that Dr. Kolstad has shown himself to be ethical and genuinely concerned that his patients get the results they want. Also, he gave me an enormous amount of his time to thoroughly and graciously answering my (many, many) questions about a neck and face lift procedure.

5 out of 5 stars Rhinoplasty

25 Yr Old - Rhinoplasty - San Diego, CA

I've wanted a nose job every since I was a teenager. My nose was large, had a hump, and hooked a bit at the end. I am so happy I went through this procedure with Dr. Kolstad. I met with him a few times before I decided to take the plunge. He answered all of my questions and was very patient. Not only was it very easy to discuss my concerns about my nose but he was honest and realistic with...

5 out of 5 stars Revision Rhinoplasty

love him

Dr kolstad performed revisional rhino on me and i love the results. i wouldnt go to anyone else. i trust him completely. my nose was pretty messed up from a prior dr and so choosing another surgeon was pretty scary. so happy i chose him!!!!

5 out of 5 stars Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty and Deviated Septum - La Jolla, CA

Outstanding!! We interviewed six different doctors and decided to go with Dr. Kolstad for a rhinoplasty and deviated septum procedure. The entire process could not have gone any smoother, and the final results are better than anticipated. Dr. Kolstad is very professional, meticulous, accessible, and caring. I highly recommend you consider him.

5 out of 5 stars Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty - La Jolla, CA

Dr Kolstad made me feel comfortable throughout the whole process and he has impeccable bedside manner. He is very patient, answered all of my questions and I never felt rushed in any of my appointments. From initial consultation to post op appointments, I have always felt genuinely cared for. I highly recommend Dr Kolstad!

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Board Certifications

Board-certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology


American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS)

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Free. Please mention RealSelf when calling or emailing the office

Awards & Recognition

RealSelf Top Doctor

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Dr. Kolstad has hospital affiliations at Scripps La Jolla, Scripps Encinitas.


  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin Madison
    Medical: MD, Texas Tech University School of Medicine
  • Post-Medical School Training

    Residency: Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, University of California, Davis
    Fellowship: Facial Plastic Surgery

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Bald Spot After Swollen Lymph Nodes from Facelift

Hello,   Thank you for including a photograph with your question.  It helps make a meaningful discussion about your concerns a little more a... READ MORE

Prominent Eyes- Will Under Eye Filler Solve Problem? (photo)

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Do I Have an Aesthetically Ideal Nose for a Female? (photo)

Hello,   You have a very well-proportioned and aesthetically pleasing nose.  If you were to come into my office with this question I would not r... READ MORE

Does the Droopy Tip of my Nose Affect my Smile? And if So, Will Getting a Nose Job Fix This? (photo)

Hello,    You have asked a very interesting question.  The answer can be very technical in description, but also very simple: If you are un... READ MORE

Must I have general anesthesia for fat transfer or is there an alternative?

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Is It Possible to Use Septal Cartilage for the Nose Bridge/dorsal Augmentation?

Hello,   If you are only unhappy with the bridge of your nose, cannot get glasses to fit, ect, there are 2 options.   1) Nonsurgical r... READ MORE

Lip Lift Vs. Lip Augmentation To Create More Sultry Lips?

Hello,      Everyone feels a little bit differently lip lift surgery, I tend to discourage most patients from pursuing it.  There will always be ... READ MORE

Can Rhinoplastic Surgeons Create a Small 'Button' Nose? (photo)

Hello,     Rhinoplasty can be used to change the size and shape of a nose improving both the way that it looks and functions.  Creating small, bu... READ MORE

My Nose is Bulbous and Asymmetrical, What Can Be Done to Improve It? (photo)

Hello,     Thank you for including photographs with your question.  It makes meaningful discussion a little more attainable.  Before meeting wit... READ MORE

What is the Miracle Facelift?

Hello,   You have asked a very interesting question and received amazing feedback.  One of the great values of RealSelf is that it allows experts t... READ MORE

Before and After Photos by Dr. Kolstad

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