San Diego Facial Plastic Surgeon
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San Diego, California 92103 US
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5 out of 5 stars Mini Lift

Mini Facelift Was Done Beautifully! - San Diego, CA

He specializes in only face and neck procedures. He is a gifted surgeon who also listens to his patients. I interviewed several renowned plastic surgeons in this area and Dr. H's experience, bedside manner and extra effort to make me feel comfortable was way beyond the call of duty!

5 out of 5 stars Rhinoplasty

Highly Recommend but You Have to Be Patient

I visited tons of doctors' websites before choosing my doctor... When I came in for a consultation, I was immediately impressed with him. He actually listened to what I wanted (a subtle change that would make me feel less self conscious about the size of my nose, but not so dramatic that my friends/family would notice.) It's been three months since the operation, and I'm really happy with the results! Plus, none of my friends even noticed! They just said things like, "you look great" or "you keep looking younger and younger" or "your eyes look really nice"... They could see that I looked better, but they weren't sure why! :) Great doc - highly recommend him!

5 out of 5 stars Eyelid Surgery

Upper Eye Lift Looks Completely Natural

He was recommended by a friend who is a surgical nurse who's been in the operating room with him and said he is the best. He believes in a very natural look. My eyes are perfectly symmetrical and look very natural - no wide-eyed plastic look. I will definitely go back to him.

5 out of 5 stars Lip Implants

Saline Lip Implants Clinical Trial - Thanks Doc, I Love my Lips!!! - San Diego, CA

Harvard Medical School graduate. Highly experienced in lip augmentation. Dr.H chose the perfect size of saline implants to balance out my features.

5 out of 5 stars Rhinoplasty

Still You... just Better - San Diego, CA

I had a great experience and fabulous results!!

5 out of 5 stars Facial Reconstructive Surgery

Facial Fat Transfer #2 ... I Look More Like my Realself Now! Thank You! - San Diego, CA

I knew i was right all along, and all i needed was to find a good, trustworthy doctor and voila! My expectations were reasonable all along ¡ I also expected much from this doctor, and he lived up to my expectations thank you so much! I would post my pics but I am dealing with issues with being impersonated so sorry! I will be giving my pictures to Dr. Hilinski so if you want to see my results he can show them to you during your consult, :)

5 out of 5 stars Facelift

Amazing Facelift - San Diego, CA

Had a face and neck lift for my 60th birthday and I went to 3 other surgeons before I saw Dr. Hilinski. Firstly his office staff is friendly, helpful, and generally outstanding. He's easy to talk to and his solution to my under eye hollows was to fill them with permanent filler. The other surgeons I saw had rather 'scary' ideas as how to fix that area. My face and neck lift along with the filler were 100% success. Don't worry about seeing Dr. Hilinski for a facelift, he's not going to make you look scary, strange, or oddly stretched, just gorgeous!

5 out of 5 stars Revision Rhinoplasty

Happy Camper - San Diego, CA

Dr. Hilinski is a wonderful physician. He performed a rhino revision for me several years ago. I referred a friend to him for a mini face lift, she was also very happy with her results. Skilled, patient and a good choice.

5 out of 5 stars Botox

Patient and a Registered Nurse - San Diego, CA

See comments...highly recommend!

1 out of 5 stars Laser Resurfacing

No Results - San Diego, CA

I paid $3100 for a full face laser skin resurfacing and took a week off work. On the day of surgery, I was called excessively by his staff to come in 3 hours early because he finished his earlier surgeries and the rental machine was there. He did the surgery in 30 minutes and I was wheeled out the door still sedated from the anaesthesia. I healed in 3 1/2 days and looked exactly the same. He said I would have results in 2 months. I didn't. I offered that he provide partial refund or even some juvederm injections since I had no results. He sent me a letter discharging me from his office. I took him to Small Claims court. I lost. Judge ruled that it was medical malpractice case and I did not have an expert witness as burden of proof.

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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)

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Dr. Hilinski has hospital affiliations at Sharp Memorial Hospital, Scripps Green Hospital.


  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Medical: MD, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
  • Post-Medical School Training

    Internship: General Surgery, University of California, San Diego Medical Center, San Diego, CA
    Residency: Head and Neck Surgery, University of California, San Diego Medical Center, San Diego, CA
    Fellowship: Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, University of Illinois, Chicago Medical Center

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Too Soon After Surgery to Be Worried About Uneven Nostrils?

Kacee, I would encourage you to discuss your concerns with your surgeon - the current one and any future ones that might arise. The surgeon who... READ MORE

Insurance Cover Rhinoplasty or Nose Job Surgery?

As pointed out by other surgeons, the answer to this question can get very complicated. Your health insurance plan should cover any nose surgery... READ MORE

Upturned Pig-like Nose After Rhinoplasty

New Lady, I would just try and be very patient with the healing process. First off, as others have noted here, your bandages should still be in place... READ MORE

Bad Nose Job

Firstly, I sympathize with your situation and am sorry that you have to go through this experience. However, I think there is one part of your inquiry... READ MORE

Which Type of Procedure is It? (photo)

Hi there. I was the actual surgeon who did this patient. This patient was done with a combination of suture reshaping of her bulbous cartilage along... READ MORE

Pros/cons of Steroid Injections After Rhinoplasty?

This happens to be a somewhat controversial topic when it comes to rhinoplasty surgery healing. Below is a link to a page we have on our website that... READ MORE

When is my Nose Bone Strong Enough to Not Break Easily After Rhinoplasty?

At 8 weeks out from rhinoplasty surgery, or a nosejob, you should have fairly good stability of your nasal bones. It is usually sufficiently strong to... READ MORE

How Long Will the Results of Chin Liposuction Last?

Liposuction of the upper neck and chin region involves removal of unwanted, excess fatty deposits. If done at the proper time, your skin will shrink... READ MORE

Best Rhinoplasty Surgeon

Finding the best rhinoplasty surgeon for your particular desires can and should be a discriminating but worthwhile process. There are many factors to... READ MORE

Rhinoplasty Scar Tissue

During the recovery phase of rhinoplasty some patients may develop unwanted scar tissue under the skin. This unwanted scar tissue can cause excess... READ MORE

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Watch This Woman's Cheek Augmentation With Bellafill

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Juvederm for Lip Enhancement — Watch This Woman's Injections

Dr. John M. Hilinski injects Juvederm into this woman's top and bottom lip. Find out what happens during the procedure. WATCH VIDEO

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