About the show

Learn from the talented plastic surgeons and medical spa providers inside La Jolla Cosmetic, the 20x winner of the Best of San Diego and global winner of the 2020 MyFaceMyBody Best Cosmetic/Plastic Surgery Practice. Hosted by the LJC Chief Community Officer Monique Ramsey and featuring LJC's plastic surgeons Dr. Johan Brahme, Dr. Lori Saltz, Dr. John Smoot, Dr. Luke Swistun, Dr. Hector Salazar, and Dr. Kiersten Riedler, along with our team of medaesthetic expert injectors and laser specialists.

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  • Patient Stacy: How I Went From a Size 24 to a 6

    September 27th, 2022  |  19 mins 37 secs
    breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction, optavia, sculpting surgery, weight loss surgery

    After losing 90 lbs, Stacy’s saggy breasts were a constant reminder that confidence was more than the number on the scale. A close friend recommended she consult with LJC plastic surgeon Dr. John Smoot. Together, Dr. Smoot and Stacy agreed the best solution was a breast reduction and augmentation followed by a revision to remove more skin.

  • Meet the Team: Amy Biggs, PA-C

    September 20th, 2022  |  24 mins 7 secs
    fillers, laser skin resurfacing, neurotoxins, physician assistant

    When you meet Amy Biggs, you’ll realize she truly cares about helping you achieve your dream results. Her goal is to ensure you step out of our med spa feeling like your outer appearance reflects your inner beauty.

  • Meet Cameron, Your Skincare Concierge

    September 13th, 2022  |  21 mins 21 secs
    aesthetician, alastin, alpharet, bio cream, nordstrom, sephora, tns advanced plus

    When it comes to skin care, marketing convinces us it’s about instant gratification when in reality it’s a long game. No one knows this better than LJC’s aesthetician Cameron Vessey, who first learned about proper skin care at the age of 13 at her grandmother’s modeling school.

  • Patient Maria: Botox is Better For Your Mental Health Than Therapy

    September 6th, 2022  |  24 mins 24 secs
    botox, halo laser skin resurfacing, medical spa, ultherapy

    While looking at photos of herself about five years ago, Maria noticed that an “11” had appeared between her brows. Those pesky parallel lines were so deep that they didn’t tan with the rest of her face. That was the moment she decided to do something.

  • The Fastest Way to Look Less Tired

    August 30th, 2022  |  17 mins
    blepharoplasty, dark circles, eyelid surgery, puffy eyes

    Many people come to LJC seeking to look less tired, old, or sad – because they are not actually tired, old, or sad! Fillers can only be used for so long before surgery is the only option. LJC facial plastic surgeon Dr. Kiersten Riedler talks about the blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery and how it solves the very common problem of constantly looking tired.

  • If You’re Waiting to Take Care of Your Face, You’re Doing it Wrong

    August 23rd, 2022  |  28 mins 32 secs
    botox, halo, injections, juvederm, laser skin resurfacing, microneedling, neuromodulators

    If you think the treatments available at a medical spa aren’t for you because you’re not old enough, think again. Autumn’s story will change how you think about those barely visible fine lines between your brows, around your eyes, and around your mouth.

  • Swollen, Bloated, and Puffy with Kathleen Lisson

    August 16th, 2022  |  36 mins 35 secs
    ballancer pro, fibrosis, immune system, intermittent pneumatic compression, lymph nodes, lymphatic massage, lymphatic massage therapist, lymphedema, lymphedema therapist, manual lymphatic drainage, surgery recovery

    Lymphatic massage expert Kathleen Lisson explains the important role of your ~800 lymph nodes in post-op recovery.
    If the lymphatic system is disrupted or overwhelmed, which can occur with plastic surgery, lymphatic massage, or manual lymphatic drainage is often recommended to help with healing and recovery.

  • Revision Breast Augmentation with the Internal Bra Technique

    August 9th, 2022  |  20 mins 26 secs
    breast augmentation, breast lift, breast surgery, galaflex, internal bra

    If you’re disappointed that your breast implants are sagging or haven’t lasted as long as expected, the “internal bra” is a superb breast implant revision technique that uses GalaFLEX, a bioabsorbable mesh-like material to add support.

  • Patient Taylor: Surprisingly Smaller Than Expected

    August 2nd, 2022  |  28 mins
    360 lipo, garments, mental health, renuvion

    Taylor’s least favorite body part has always been her arms. Working in the medical spa at La Jolla Cosmetic, Taylor knew there were a lot of ways to approach body contouring, including those arms.

  • Patient Kathleen: How I Got Life Flighted To My Nose Job

    July 26th, 2022  |  32 mins 51 secs
    brow lift, chin implant, deviated septum, face lift, neck lift, neck liposuction, rhinoplasty, trauma

    For our patient Kathleen Lisson, an accident while hiking in the desert led to a broken nose, which led her straight to Dr. Brahme for a rhinoplasty… and while he was at it, a face lift, brow lift, neck lift, chin implant, fat transfer to her cheeks, and a septoplasty to fix her deviated septum.

  • Breaking Down the Breast Implant Black Box Warning

    July 14th, 2022  |  37 mins 57 secs
    bia-alcl, black box warning, breast implant illness, breast implants, lymphoma, natrelle, sientra, silicone implants

    This year, the primary concern of women researching breast implants became safety instead of cost. LJC’s own Dr. Hector Salazar-Reyes joins us to share his thoughts on breast implant safety and walk us through the FDA’s updated labeling requirements, known as the “black box warning.”

  • Corey Does Ultherapy

    July 12th, 2022  |  19 mins 24 secs
    collagen, fda, kfbg-fm 100.7, ultherapy, ultrasound

    Corey Dylan from San Diego’s KFBG BIG FM 100.7, tells her story about doing Ultherapy for her face and neck. At 51, she felt like her cheeks were looking jowly and knew there was no way to reverse that with skin care products.

  • Ultherapy: The Non-Surgical Facelift

    July 8th, 2022  |  20 mins 59 secs
    collagen, non surgical face lift, ultherapy, ultrasound

    If you aren’t quite ready for a facelift, Ultherapy is a great way to delay surgery by lifting and tightening your face and neck. In the first of our two part series about Ultherapy non surgical skin tightening, Anh Bridgewater gives us the full rundown of what Ultherapy is, what it does, how long it takes to see results, and who is a good candidate.

  • Don’t Have a Laser Treatment Until You Hear This Advice

    June 21st, 2022  |  28 mins 43 secs
    alastin skin nectar, bbl, broad beam light, halo, laser skin resurfacing, spray tans, tns advanced+ serum

    LJC’s laser specialist Julia Jowett, PA-C, and Cameron Vessey, licensed esthetician, discuss why lasers are such a valuable investment for our skin and how to protect that investment for the long term.

  • Gabriela’s Dream Body: From WTF Did I Do To 100/100 Would Do This Again

    June 14th, 2022  |  28 mins 42 secs
    360 lipo, abdominoplasty, brazilian butt lift, fat transfer, mommy makeover, renuvion, skinny bbl

    Eight years ago, Gabriela came to LJC for a mommy makeover and she was ecstatic with her results. Last summer, a friend with gorgeous results from 360 lipo inspired her to return for a consultation with Dr. Swistun to see if he could help her get the dream body she always wanted.

  • I’m a Plastic Surgeon, I had Halo Laser Treatment and Here’s What Happened (Part 3 of 3)

    June 9th, 2022  |  17 mins 29 secs
    bbl, halo laser, laser resurfacing, recovery, sciton

    We catch up with Dr. Luke Swistun a week after his broadband light (BBL) & Halo laser resurfacing treatment to hear about his treatment experience and recovery process.