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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  • I’m a Plastic Surgeon, I had Halo Laser Treatment and Here’s What Happened (Part 2 of 3)

    May 31st, 2022  |  20 mins 23 secs
    bbl laser treatment, halo laser treatment, laser skin resurfacing, pigmentation, sciton, sun damage, visia skin analysis

    LJC’s laser expert Julia Jowett, PA-C, lets us in on her strategy for treating plastic surgeon Dr. Luke Swistun’s fine lines and sun damage. Dr. Swistun had treatment on a Friday and he was back to the clinic working with a practically healed face on Monday.

  • I’m a Plastic Surgeon, I had Halo Laser Treatment and Here’s What Happened (Part 1 of 3)

    May 24th, 2022  |  12 mins 33 secs
    bbl, halo laser, laser resurfacing, sciton

    It’s not every day that the surgeon becomes the patient! Moments just before his broadband light (BBL) & Halo laser treatment, Dr. Luke Swistun shares what he thinks it will be like and gives insight into why he’s having laser resurfacing.

  • Liquid Rhinoplasty: The Non-Surgical Nose Job [Part 3 of #RiedlerKnowsNoses]

    May 17th, 2022  |  12 mins 16 secs
    filler, juvederm voluma xc, liquid rhinoplasty, non-surgical nose job, non-surgical rhinoplasty, rhinoplasty

    You might think the only option for reshaping your nose is to undergo a surgical rhinoplasty. But there’s another way to change the shape of your nose that isn’t so serious. Facial plastic surgeon Dr. Kiersten Riedler educates us about the liquid rhinoplasty, known as the “non-surgical nose job.”

  • Septoplasty + Septorhinoplasty: Combining Deviated Septum Surgery and Cosmetic Nose Surgery to Breathe Better (and Look Great!) [Part 2 of #RiedlerKnowsNoses]

    May 10th, 2022  |  18 mins 57 secs
    botched, breathing problems, cocaine, deviated septum, ear cartilage, facial plastic surgery, michael jackson, nose job, nose surgery, rhinoplasty, rib cartilage, saddle nose deformity, septoplasty, septorhinoplasty

    Breathing through your nose is one of those basic things you take for granted until you can’t do it anymore. Guest host Laura Cain talks with facial plastic surgeon Dr. Kiersten Riedler about nose surgery, specifically the septoplasty and rhinoplasty surgeries she does to fix the inside and outside of the nose.

  • Rhinoplasty: Everything You Need to Know About Changing Your Nose [Part 1 of #RiedlerKnowsNoses]

    April 26th, 2022  |  28 mins 50 secs
    endonasal surgery, facial plastic surgeon, nose surgery, rhinoplasty, septoplasty

    Facial plastic surgeon Dr. Kiersten Riedler answers important questions about noses and rhinoplasty, like do your nose and ears really keep growing as you age? How old do you have to be to have rhinoplasty? What should you do if you get hit in the nose with a baseball?

  • Meet the Team: Karina Thompson, Patient Care Coordinator

    April 12th, 2022  |  14 mins 2 secs
    california state university, encinitas, patient care

    Karina Thompson has been a surgical patient care coordinator here at LJC for nearly three years. A big part of her job is delivering the details about procedures to patients who need more information to move forward, and then guiding them to the doctor who is the best fit.

  • Meet the Team: Kristen Heard, LVN

    April 6th, 2022  |  18 mins 21 secs
    licensed vocational nurse, lvn, scripps

    Kristen Heard is a licensed vocational nurse (LVN) at LJC who regularly floats from the med spa down to the surgery center. She helps with fillers, Botox, injections, PDO threads, and more in the med spa and works alongside all of LJC’s doctors in the surgery center assisting with pre-op and post-op appointments.

  • Meet the Team: Kiersten Riedler, MD

    March 22nd, 2022  |  19 mins 12 secs
    botox, fillers, revision rhinoplasty, rhinoplasty

    Facial plastic surgeon Dr. Kiersten Riedler shares her unique perspective on preventing aging of the face and her layered approach to preventing wrinkles, replacing lost volume, and reversing the effects of gravity.

  • The Fastest Way to a More Defined Jawline (Without Surgery)

    March 15th, 2022  |  26 mins 25 secs
    dermal filler, injectable filler, jawline contour, lower face, neck rejuvenation, pdo threads

    As we age, the lower half of our face slowly begins to fall, causing despair and confusion over how to slow it down or reverse it. Anh Bridgewater, expert injector at LJC, walks us through the non-surgical options for lower face rejuvenation including threads and fillers. Hear how these innovative treatments work in tandem to contour the jawline for immediate improvement without surgery.

  • Meet the Team: Ruth D., RN, BSN

    March 8th, 2022  |  32 mins 46 secs
    breast augmentation, dr. lori saltz, face lift, mommy makeover, nurse

    Nurse Ruth has served patients at LJC for almost twenty years, mostly as Dr. Lori Saltz’s nurse and right hand. Ruth’s earliest introduction to LJC was through her father who served the practice as an accountant in the early years. After nursing school, she worked for several years as an emergency room and urgent care nurse before landing a position at LJC at age 27. She loved LJC so much, the rest is history!

  • 3 Treatments for Reversing Melasma that ACTUALLY work

    March 1st, 2022  |  26 mins 20 secs
    azelaic acid, brown spots, cosmelan peel, halo, hydroquinone, kojic acid, melasma, moxi

    LJC’s esthetician and skin care expert Cameron Vessey takes us through treatments for melasma that actually work, including hydroquinone, kojic acid, azelaic acid, the Cosmelan peel, and lasers like Moxi or Halo.

  • Meet the Team: Anesthesiologist Steve Saltz, MD

    February 22nd, 2022  |  17 mins 35 secs
    anesthesia, anesthesiologist

    Anesthesiologist Steve Saltz, MD took the “long way” to anesthesiology. He first trained in internal medicine, then served full time in an ER, trained some more in pulmonary and critical care before landing on anesthesiology and staying there ever since

  • Sandra’s Story: How We Reversed Decades of Sun Damage

    February 15th, 2022  |  26 mins 56 secs
    botox, cooliebar, halo, laser resurfacing, sciton, skinmedica, tns

    Sandra felt self-conscious about her sun-damaged skin and dark spots on her face. Like most of us, she worshiped the sun growing up and never gave a thought to the consequences. At 57, she enlisted the help of LJC’s laser specialist Britney who knew the Halo laser would turn Sandra’s skin right around.

  • Meet The Team: Anh Bridgewater, PA-C, Injectable and Laser Specialist

    February 8th, 2022  |  16 mins 38 secs
    chin fillers, elastin, injectable fillers, physician assistant, retinol, skinbetter, skinmedica

    Injectable and laser specialist Anh Bridgewater, PA-C has an uncanny ability to make each patient feel as if they are her only one. Find out which procedures Anh believes make the biggest difference for the face and the number one skin care product she would recommend to almost everyone.

  • Meet the Team: Taylor Camarena, Medical Assistant

    February 1st, 2022  |  23 mins 54 secs
    baby botox, botox for tmj, co2 laser, halo, hydroquinone, medical assistant, profractional laser, skinbetter

    As a medical assistant at LJC, Taylor Camarena is one of the first people you’ll meet, and she’s just the beginning of a warm and memorable experience. Her kindness, relatability, and her capacity to convey important information are key to helping people safely and comfortably achieve their goals.

  • What Losing 100+ Lbs Does to Your Body (& How We Can Fix It)

    January 25th, 2022  |  48 mins 52 secs
    body lift, excess skin, skin removal surgery, weight loss

    There’s nothing quite as magical as the elation of someone who’s lost weight and then had a complete body lift. LJC plastic surgeon Dr. Hector Salazar-Reyes is here to address all the complexities surrounding this life-changing intervention.