San Diego Plastic Surgeon
9339 Genesse Avenue, Suite - 39
San Diego, California 92121-2119 US
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"He is a very honest doctor and didn't try to upsell me into a lift or even a capsulectomy as he was pretty sure I wouldn't need either after seeing me and discussing my concerns...." "Dr. Ronald Edelson is an amazing plastic surgeon." "Dr. Edelson and staff were awesome for the consult."

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5 out of 5 stars Facelift

Don't look any further than Dr. Edelson!

Dr. Edelson's work is natural and provides the refresh that I needed. He is a skilled surgeon who took great care to make sure my work looks natural. He is calm and supportive and gentle. Love him.

5 out of 5 stars Rhinoplasty

Let him work his magic!

Dr. Edelson is a true professional. He understands what looks good. Don't say much, let him work his magic! His supporting staff is also full of amazing people. Thank you so much for the painless experience.

5 out of 5 stars Facelift

An amazing experience, outstanding surgeon - San Diego, CA

After contemplating a face / neck lift for 10 years, I finally had it done at age 69. It’s now six weeks later and I wish I hadn’t waited so long! Dr. Edelson is not only a fine surgeon, he is a caring, honest person who doesn’t try to convince you to have procedures you don’t want or procedures that will deliver only temporary results. I was skeptical when he said he could make me look ye...

5 out of 5 stars Eyelid Surgery

55 Years Old, Upper and Lower Blepharoplasty

Wonderful, skilled doctor and fantastic staff!

5 out of 5 stars Eyelid Surgery

Dr. Edelson is an Exceptionally Gifted Plastic Surgeon That Should Be Considered by All! - San Diego, CA

Dr. Edelson is a gifted surgeon that everyone should go to if they need plastic surgery. I had upper eyelid surgery (Blepharoplasty) at the end of December 2015 and am thankful everyday that I had it done. Dr. Edelsons professionalism, kindness, expertise, and before-during-and after surgery care is above and beyond what you expect. I didn't tell anyone I was getting it done and many people...

5 out of 5 stars Breast Implant Removal

40 Yrs Old Mom, Removed 20 Yr Old Implants - La Jolla, CA

Amazing doctor, outstanding nurse, terrific staff and professional, beautiful work!!!

5 out of 5 stars Age Spots Treatment

39 Years Old, 2 Kids...One Teenager and One Newborn - La Jolla, CA

Very knowledgeable and answered all my questions

5 out of 5 stars Facelift

Almost As Good As New! - San Diego, CA

I am extremely happy with my facelift which was performed by Dr. Ronald Edelson. My procedure consisted of chin and neck lift. When I was searching for a plastic surgeon, I started my search on the Internet. I came across Dr Edelson's name. I was very impressed with his qualifications, and his years of experience. I remember emailing his office to request an interview. I was able to book an...

5 out of 5 stars Eyelid Surgery

Puffy Eyes with Bags - La Jolla, CA

I have had an issue with puffy eyes and under eye bags all my life. I decided I wanted to have plastic surgery to have the problem repaired. I spent months researching plastic surgeons on upper and lower eye lifts. I had 3 separate consults with Plastic surgeons in San Diego. My 3rd and finial consult was with Dr. Edelson. He really took the time to answer all my questions, honestly and...

5 out of 5 stars Tummy Tuck

54 year old in shape but finally my abs show--very happy with my new tummy! - La Jolla, CA

Dr. Edelson is a fantastic doctor and I had the utmost confidence in him from the start. He has a great bedside manner, and took excellent care of me. He did an amazing job. I can’t say enough good things about the doctor, his staff, and how well the whole process went.

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Board Certifications

Board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery


American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)

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RealSelf Top Doctor

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Dr. Edelson has hospital affiliations at Scripps Memorial, Sharp Memorial.


  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Medical: Northwestern University
  • Post-Medical School Training

    General Surgery, Northwestern University
    Plastic Surgery, Northwestern University

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I'm a Male With Natural 38C Breasts, Can I Go Much Bigger? (photo)

Okay, you are a male with female breasts. The breasts themselves are larger than those most women have and even look nicer than those on most women. I... READ MORE

Are Revision Facelift and Neck Lift Surgeries Common?

It is true that in some cases a patient will need a second facelift to get the optimal result. Going back to surgery and having things re-tightened is... READ MORE

Normal Looking Breasts After Explant Surgery?

Many women have the same concern about having implants removed that you do. They are worried what the breasts will look like. In my experience, they... READ MORE

I have skin sagging around corners of my mouth & chin that makes me look old. What procedure is best to remove this? (photo)

No question in my mind, you are ready for a facelift. Don't bother with quick fixes or injectables. They will be a waste of money and a... READ MORE

450cc High Profile Recommended For A 5'8 140LB Athletic Frame with AA Cup To Be A D Cup? (photo)

I think that 400 cc implants should be about right for a D cup and is what I would recommend. However, be aware that cup size is often subjective and... READ MORE

Am I a Candidate for Extended Tummy Tuck Now? (photo)

I believe you are an excellent candidate for a tummy tuck. You clearly have a large amount of loose skin on your abdomen which is probably causing... READ MORE

Full facelift or mini facelift (plus upper eyelids)?

A lot of it depends on what your definition of mini or full is. They mean different things to different people. Mini facelifts often produce... READ MORE

Why is it worse to smoke before a breast augmentation than it is to be a smoker while having a c-section?

Smoking has several detrimental effects when it comes to surgery. In some types of plastic surgery it presents more problems than in others, notably... READ MORE

Do older women (60+) who have facelifts still need dermal filler injections after the surgery?

At your age you are probably a good candidate for a facelift. Have the facelift first and then you can decide on whether fillers are also worthwhile.... READ MORE

Ear Cartilage or Rib Graft for Rhinoplasty?

Actually, ear cartilage is more likely to warp than rib cartilage because is is thin and softer than rib. The choice really depends on what the... READ MORE

Before and After Photos by Dr. Edelson

Ronald J. Edelson, MD has shared 17 before and after pictures with 25 helpful votes from the RealSelf community.

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