San Diego Facial Plastic Surgeon
4150 Regents Park Row, Suite 325
La Jolla, California 92037 US
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5 out of 5 stars Botox

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

This was my first Botox experience and I'm beyond thrilled with the results. I'm in my early 30s and was just starting to notice my first frown lines. What bothered me more then the lines themselves however was the lumpy appearance that had developed between my eyes that made me appear tense even at rest. It took about two days for me to see the results and now I have no visible lines or lumps...

5 out of 5 stars Botox

Kind and Caring - La Jolla, CA

I'm a professional woman in my late 40's and Dr. Kolstad went over many options with me. We decided on Botox to start with and I would definitely consider him for blepharoplasty surgery in the future.

5 out of 5 stars Chemical Peel

Dr. Kolstad is Very Patient and Kind and Really Cares About His Patients - La Jolla, CA

My skin was looking very rough and sun damaged

5 out of 5 stars Facelift

My Dreams Have Come True! - La Jolla, CA

I was going through a very difficult time in my life when my self- image had taken a huge blow. The face I saw in the mirror every day didn't match the youthful person I felt inside and I desperately wanted to change that. I really appreciated Dr. Kolstad's candidness and honesty. He never made false promises. He explained everything and went through the entire procedure step by step...

5 out of 5 stars Lip Augmentation

Best Experience!! - La Jolla, CA

I was always insecure about the size of my chin and upper lip. I always felt like my chin was abnormally large for my face and my upper lip was abnormally small for me face. It's unbelievable how this quick and painless procedure made my face more proportional, not to mention attractive. My chin and lips fit my face perfectly and my self esteem has skyrocketed! I can't thank Dr....

4 out of 5 stars Botox

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

I've had two Botox treatments done by Dr. Kolstad, and I'm happy with the results. I've had injections done by other doctors but the results I experienced from Dr. Kolstad are significantly better. My forehead creases are gone with some natural movement but without that manican-like frozen appearance.

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

I have been thinking about rhinoplasty for the last 20 years. I did some research and met with a few plastic surgeons before meeting Dr Kolstad. My consultation was the most thorough of any of the surgeons I met with. Dr Kolstad took a lot of time to answer my questions and address my concerns and worked with me to achieve the natural looking results I wanted. He is incredibly talented and...

Board Certifications

Board-certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology


American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS)

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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... READ MORE

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

Hello, Dark circles under the eyes are a common complaint amongst patients. Dark circles can form early in life and make you look tired even... READ MORE

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... 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 unhappy... READ MORE

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

Hello, Facial fat transfer can be safely performed in the office without sedation. We routinely transfer smaller volumes 10-15 mL using a... 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,... 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 with... 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 to... READ MORE

What determines the price of Facelifts?

Hello, You have asked a very interesting question and received amazing feedback. The only thing that I may add is to beware a provider that... READ MORE

Before and After Photos by Dr. Kolstad

Christopher Kolstad, MD has shared 23 before and after pictures with 77 helpful votes from the RealSelf community.

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