San Diego Plastic Surgeon
8929 University Center Lane, Suite 102
San Diego, California 92122-1007 US
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5 out of 5 stars Mommy Makeover

8 weeks PO - Feeling great, still feels better when I wear compression - San Diego, CA

Updated on 30 Apr 2012:I love my results so far, my PS is amazing, I am so happy I chose him! He is an absolute perfectionist, and he cares about his patients. He is an artist and you are his canvas, and he would never put his signature on something that he was not absolutely and totally satisfied with. Its not about the money, its about the art and science of his skill that sets him apart from other PS's. He is a cut above, and truly understands the aesthetics of PS and is a master at what he does. Love, love, love Dr Pietraszek and will recommend him to close friends and family, he IS the best!!!!! The aftercare you receive from this doctor is unbelievable, he sees you often, and believes aftercare plays a huge part in a successful long lasting result! In one word, REMARKABLE!

5 out of 5 stars Tummy Tuck

Dr. James Pietraszek-Best Plastic Surgeon in San Diego

My sister, a registered nurse with over twenty years of experience, helped me research surgeons when I was deciding on a doctor for a tummy tuck and liposuction procedure. We had consults with five different surgeons, and after meeting with Dr. James Pietraszek, it was obvious that he was the doctor for the job. I chose Dr. Pietraszek over the other doctors who I interviewed for a few reasons...

5 out of 5 stars Breast Lift with Implants

Breast Augmentation and Implants. La Jolla, CA

He is amazing! Will and have recommend him to family and friends.

5 out of 5 stars Liposculpture

42 Year Old Liposculpture - La Jolla, CA

Professionalism at its finest. Dr. Pietraszek is absolutely at the top of his game in the field of cosmetic surgery. No scars, minimal bruising and swelling, and fantastic results. If your even considering cosmetic surgery, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Dr. Pietraszek as your physician of choice.

5 out of 5 stars Breast Augmentation

Great Results - San Diego, CA

Dr. Pietraszek is amazing! He is kind, gentle, and an excellent surgeon. I would reccomend him to anyone wanting natural looking and fantastic results.

5 out of 5 stars Breast Lift

I Am So Glad I Had This Experience! - La Jolla, CA

All I can say is that I know the staff by first name! That should say enough! The impact that they have all had on me is a great one! Dr. Pietraszek is nothing short of a perfect Dr.! Tamara is great at what she does and fun along with it! Karen knows who you are as soon as you walk in or call. The OR staff although I only was with for a short time, nurse...and Richard, my anastesiolist...were amazing! Kim needs to go touring hospitals and show wveryone how to do an IV...let me tell ya!

5 out of 5 stars Rhinoplasty

So Happy with my Experience! - San Diego, CA

From day one Dr. Pietraszek has been an amazing doctor. He is very thorough and explained everything in great detail at my consultation. He took his time to answer all my questions, no matter how strange they were. He has a very calming and friendly personality, which is one of the main reasons why I chose him. Another reason was because of his assistant, Tamara. She is absolutely amazing!!! She's so nice and friendly and really takes her time to make sure you have a personalized experience. Everyone at the La Jolla Institute of Plastic Surgery is great! It's not like some of the other offices I went to, which were flashy and intimidating. I am so happy with my results and I can't stop looking at myself in the mirror. I would definitely do it again and I recommend the surgery and Dr. P to anyone and everyone thinking about plastic surgery!

5 out of 5 stars Breast Implants

Brand New - San Diego, CA

Reffered by a friend who also had work done by Dr. Pietraszek. At my first visit I knew Dr. Pietraszek was the surgeon for me. His work is amazing. He is very thorough and his staff is wonderful, very comforting.

5 out of 5 stars Tummy Tuck

Flat Tummy; No Muffin Top - San Diego, CA

years of research on plastic surgeons - Dr. P was one of top 3 referred. My initial consult was for face lift, but that wasn't for me. my decision to do tummy tuck was quick - I was physically uncomfortable and unhappy. I am fit and slim, but middle-age tummy fat battle was winning - could not overcome with diet/exercise. the lobby video caught my eye, and was 'seller' for me to cut out the tummy fat and loose skin.

5 out of 5 stars Breast Augmentation

Very Happy in San Diego - La Jolla, CA

DR. P was a referral from two friends. I did do a consultation with another doctor also, but felt more comfortable with DR. P. He was more professional, not as "flashy", and had great reviews. Not only from on-line sources, but mostly from my two friends.

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

Board Certifications

Board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery


American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)

Consultation Fee

$120. FREE CONSULTATION if you mention Real Self

Hospital Privileges

Dr. Pietraszek has hospital affiliations at Scripps Memorial La Jolla, Ca.


  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Boston College B.S. in Biology

    Medical School,State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Medicine

  • Post-Medical School Training

    Residency in General Surgery, New York University

    Residency in Plastic Surgery, University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School

Treatments offered at The La Jolla Institute of Plastic Surgery

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How long after a tummy tuck can I expect the numbness to disappear? It's been a year since the surgery

Hello Happygirltx, a good idea would be to go back to your surgeon for a 1 year post-operative check-up. He would be able to give you more information... READ MORE

Do I Need a Lift with Implants or Just Implants? (photo)

Dear Littleone31, I would recommend seeing a board certified plastic surgeon to recieve an in depth evaluation. It really depends if you are... READ MORE

Why is my Dr Telling Me to Wait 12 Weeks Post Op to Return to Crossfit when Everything I Find Online Says 4-6 Weeks?

Hello Crossfit mama, The healing process after surgery is a very unique to everyone. Normally after a tummy tuck, I always reccommend waiting... READ MORE

I'll Be 6 Weeks Nicotine Free for my Mommy Makeover Mid October is It Safe?

Great job quitting smoking! I normally recommend 6-8 weeks weeks at a minimum prior to a mommy makeover. This would include nicotine and tobacco... READ MORE

Asymmetrical Breasts. What Do You Recommend? (photo)

Your breasts are never going to be mirror images of each other.In addition to the volume asymetry, there are differences in the position of the... READ MORE

Do I Need a Lift Before Breast Implants? (photo)

It is hard to determine from your photos as to whether you need a lift, but the most important factor is where the nipple is located relative to the... READ MORE

Can I achieve a model's figure with liposuction?

Liposuction cannot replace a healthy diet and regular exercise routine. Liposuction is for spot treatments of stubborn fat areas, like lateral thighs... READ MORE

Why do Drs choose a size, for example 350cc implant and then overfill it to 400ccs?

Saline implants have a range of 50 cc for fill volume. A 350 cc implant can be filled to 350cc as well as up to 400cc.I personally think that filling... READ MORE

How big could I go? Possibly 500 cc or 550 cc? I don't know I am 5'3, 120 pounds.

Hello Amanda, Breast implant sizing is a very personal choice. Please talk to your surgeon about the size you would like to make sure your... READ MORE

How do I get started?

Hello KrystynaO,To get started with Care Credit, please go to carecredit's website and go to the apply here tab. It will ask you what plastic surgeon... READ MORE

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James C. Pietraszek, MD has shared 67 before and after pictures with 10 helpful votes from the RealSelf community.

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