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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  • 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.

  • Is Anesthesia Dangerous? We Asked Our Anesthesiologist

    January 18th, 2022  |  44 mins 34 secs
    aesthetics, anesthesia, anesthetics, general anesthesia, iv, lal mask airway, mommy makeover, narcotics, outpatient, oxygen, plastic surgery, pre-op, surgical technology, trac heel tube

    How often is it that “you have two doctors taking care of you at one time”? In the spirit of “a full dose of reassurance”, Anesthesiologist Dr. Steve Saltz, details what safety measures they take at LJC for before, during, and after surgery, addresses some of the most common concerns, and suggests how everyday driving might actually be riskier than undergoing anesthesia

  • Lip Flips, Duck Lips, and Fillers: Oh My!

    January 11th, 2022  |  43 mins
    botox, defyne, hyaluronic acid, juvederm, kysse, lip augmentation, lip filler, lip flip, lip injections, refyne, restylane, volbella, vollure

    Aesthetic injector Julia shares her deep expertise with plumping and reshaping the lips with fillers, which of the Juvederm & Restylane products are her favorites, and why you shouldn’t be afraid of getting your lips injected if you’re in the care of a trained, experienced injector.

  • Two Surprising Treatments Winning The War On Cellulite

    January 4th, 2022  |  27 mins 21 secs
    cellfina, cellulite, novathreads, qwo

    While cellulite can’t be prevented, advances in technology in recent years have made it possible to successfully treat it. LJC’s injectable and laser specialist Khanh Nguyen, FNP-C discusses the recent success he’s had pairing two popular technologies that aren’t usually combined.

  • Meet the Team: Luke Swistun, MD

    December 28th, 2021  |  20 mins 55 secs
    board certified plastic surgeon, consultation, luke swistun

    San Diego plastic surgeon Dr. Luke Swistun is known for being a thoughtful listener and artistic surgeon. Hear about the surprising 21st century way Dr. Swistun landed his dream job at LJC and his unique path from Poland, to Chicago, to the US Navy, to Beverly Hills, and now La Jolla.

  • Top LA Influencer Reveals 3 Medical Spa Treatments She Can't Live Without

    December 21st, 2021  |  41 mins 28 secs
    botox, fillers, halo laser, instagram influencer, kybella, miradry, threads, ultherapy

    Longtime patient & Instagram influencer Camille Newbern reveals her three favorite medical spa treatments, the skin care product she never goes without, and the shade of her signature lipstick.

  • Meet the Team: Kayla Lopez, Lead Patient Coordinator

    December 14th, 2021  |  14 mins 11 secs
    consultation, medical assistant, patient coordinator

    Kayla is a Certified Medical Assistant who has worked in aesthetics for nearly 5 years. She has experience assisting with nonsurgical services such as cosmetic injectables, lasers, and skin treatments, as well as assisting in minor plastic surgery procedures and pre/post-op care. Kayla helps guide our patients through the consultation process, supporting them from their first call or email, continuing up to the day of surgery.

  • How the “Skinny BBL” Works (Without Gaining Weight)

    December 7th, 2021  |  22 mins 16 secs
    bbl, bmi, brazilian butt lift, buttock implants, fat transfer, hip dips, liposuction, sculptra

    Dr. Luke Swistun lets us in on how he adapts the popular booty-enhancing procedure to create curves for those who don’t have as much body fat to spare.

  • Meet the Team: Miriam Villanueva, Concierge, Plastic Surgery

    November 23rd, 2021  |  11 mins 37 secs
    espanol, patient concierge, patient coordinator, skinmedica lytera 2.0, spanish

    Miriam Villanueva joined La Jolla Cosmetic as a bilingual Patient Concierge for Plastic Surgery in early 2021 when she moved to San Diego to be closer to her family. Miriam is passionate about patient care and her friendly nature will make you feel at home. She is here to help you feel comfortable, support you, and guide you through your journey.

  • Friends and Trolls React: Laura Cain’s Breast Augmentation, Part 3

    November 9th, 2021  |  24 mins 7 secs
    breast augmentation, breast implants, laura cain, laura cain after dark podcast, skinmedica neck correct cream, social media trolls

    Eight weeks after surgery, Laura Cain reflects on her breast augmentation results, her surprisingly easy recovery, and why she regrets waiting so long to move forward.

  • Patient Lesa: Breast Augmentation and TRL

    November 2nd, 2021  |  25 mins 53 secs
    botox, breast augmentation, eltamd, ha5 rejuvenating hydrator, juvederm, recovery, skinmedica, trl, tunable resurfacing laser

    Lesa is a patient of La Jolla Cosmetic who had breast augmentation at the age of 57. Since then, she returns regularly for treatments and services to maintain a vibrant look that matches her spirit. Lesa takes us through her journey with La Jolla Cosmetic and how she learned to invest in herself.

  • Meet the Team: Kara Pennington, PA-C, MMS

    October 26th, 2021  |  27 mins 2 secs
    alpharet, lip augmentation, lip filler, lip injections, pdo threads, skin care, vollure

    Kara Pennington, PA-C, MMS sees her patients as friends and loves to educate people about their options for non-surgical rejuvenation in the medical spa at LJC. Get to know Kara and her favorite treatments and products including Vollure, lip injections, PDO Threads, and Alpharet.

  • Mommy Makeover: Timing it Right and Avoiding Regrets

    October 19th, 2021  |  35 mins 12 secs
    breast augmentation, breast lift, breastfeeding, diastasis recti, exparel, j-plasma, mommy makeover, muscle separation, pain management, recovery, renuvion, tummy tuck

    Plastic surgeon Dr. Lori Saltz answers all of the questions women have about the mommy makeover including incisions, c-section scars, non-surgical alternatives, and costs. She explains why recovery is so challenging for women with young children and how long you should wait before having surgery.