Bolitho MD

9834 Genesee Ave Ste 311 La Jolla San Diego, California
Phone: (858) 458-5100


8Jul, 2016

Facial rejuvenation for summer events

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Facial rejuvenation for summer events

Nonsurgical facial rejuvenation treatments provide a boost of youth before special events.

Summer is a popular time of year for hosting special events since the weather is perfect for outdoor venues. Be it a wedding or another type of gathering, many already have their invitations or know they are on the way. Some may wonder what types of nonsurgical facial rejuvenation procedures to consider before their event to provide them with a youthful boost.

And there are some excellent choices on the aesthetic menu.

Non-operative facial rejuvenation treatments can be quite appealing because they are cost effective and there is limited to no downtime. While these treatments are minimally invasive, it’s important to note that they are still considered medical treatments so it’s always recommended to seek these procedures in a medical setting. Many plastic surgery offices have their aesthetic nurses performing these treatments.

Registered nurses who are trained in aesthetics have comprehensive knowledge of the facial anatomy which is vital for optimal outcomes. They are also skilled in an array of areas for nonsurgical facial rejuvenation. It’s important to partner with a medical professional about the treatment(s) one is interested in a few weeks before an event for perfect timing.

Cosmetic Injections

Botox, Voluma, Juvederm, and Kybella have single handedly changed the world of aesthetics. While Botox smooths out fine lines and softens wrinkles, Voluma adds fullness to the cheek area which naturally diminishes with aging. While the effects of Botox last a few months or more, for some patients, Voluma can last up to two years.

For the lower portions of the facial canvas, Juvederm lessens the appearance of marionette lines, also known to many as parenthesis around the mouth. Juvederm can add volume, suppressing these lines for six months to a year.

Kybella addresses submental fullness, destroying fat cells located on the underside of the chin. As long as a patient maintains their weight the visual results are considered permanent.

There is little to no downtime with the above injections.

Chemical Peels 

While cosmetic injections offer excellent results, chemical peels address skin texture. A chemical peel can help with the following skin concerns:

  • Minimize fine lines and wrinkles
  • Lessen the appearance of age spots
  • Even out skin tone
  • Soften skin texture

A series of light chemical peels can provide optimal results.


This procedure also enhances the skin and is considered excellent for exfoliating the top layers of dead skin cells and removing vellus hair (peach fuzz). Dermaplaning can be a solo treatment or be done prior to a light chemical peel. If combined, the full treatment takes under an hour. And since there is no downtime, patients can resume their day.

When done in tandem, the chemical peel product will have deeper penetration.

Dermaplaning leaves facial skin baby soft and smooth for excellent makeup application. Dermaplaning has become so popular, patients receive a treatment on a monthly basis.

There are a host of nonsurgical treatments to help prepare individuals for a special occasion. And if there is none on the horizon, invest in oneself for a more youthful and luminous glow.

8Jun, 2016

Kybella® garners attention

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Kybella® garners attention

In the world of aesthetics, science and technology is becoming more refined. When a new non-operative treatment enters the aesthetic market, it takes notice — and Kybella® is an impressive treatment which has come to the forefront.

The manufacturer of Kybella® is Allergan, home to Botox®, Latisse®, Juvederm® and Voluma®.  Since its launch, which was approved this spring by the FDA, many have praised the product for outstanding results.

Registered aesthetic nurse, Elizabeth Reed, who works for San Diego board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Glynn Bolitho is thrilled that their practice is a trained facility which now offers the new Allergan product.

According to Reed, the product is ideal for the right candidate who wants to decrease submental fullness, otherwise known as a double chin, without surgical intervention. Kybella can address this issue with minimal downtime.

“Kybella is an injectable and I consider it as minimally invasive,” said Reed, noting how she has had patients attend special events that very same evening.

While downtime is minimal following an injection series, Reed does recommend some icing afterward.

“Bruising is patient dependent, but typically, I don’t see a lot of that, and a little bit of swelling for a few days is normal,” she said, adding how topical makeup can help camouflage any residual discoloration. “But really, people resume back to their normal day of business.”

When a patient visits Reed, she maps out the underside of the chin, numbs the area with topical lidocaine and gingerly delivers the injections. Reed shared that Kybella destroys the fat cells in this location.

Generally an optimal treatment may consist of two to four visits and is spaced six weeks apart. The decision on the frequency is dependent on the patient’s aesthetic wishes.

“It definitely varies per person,” Reed said.

Follow-up visits will help navigate the next series of injections. And ultimately, the final visit will dictate that the treatment has reached its completion.

As with all non-operative facial rejuvenation treatments, Reed tailors everything to a patient’s needs and wants. It’s her aesthetic philosophy that she abides by each and every day.

Reed added like some other aesthetic journeys, one that undergoes a Kybella treatment should also have some patience. Because the treatment is individually tailored, it may take a couple or more visits.

Oftentimes, Reed is asked about the age range of patients which can benefit most from Kybella. Candidly, she shared that while this is dependent upon the quality of a patient’s skin, the typical age range is thirties to fifties.

The right candidate is one that doesn’t have redundant skin or heavy wrinkles in the area. For those that do, surgery may be a more optimal choice.

Reed is thrilled that Kybella can offer a solution to an area that many women have had challenges with over the years. Sometimes it’s a genetic challenge while other times it may be after one has reached their weight loss goals. For those who reached this weight loss milestone, Reed recommends that their weight remains stable for six months or more before seeking treatment.

“Kybella provides a nonsurgical answer to submental fullness challenges,” Reed said. “Patients can see real and permanent results and that is a wonderful thing.”


1Jun, 2016

Where Travelers Seek Plastic Surgery

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Where Travelers Seek Plastic Surgery

The news of people traveling to a destiny to receive cosmetic procedures is garnering more attention. While some people coin this as “medical tourism,” depending on the destination, it can very well be a rejuvenation vacation.

In a recent edition of Travelers Today, reporter Joseph Peter Capaque revealed the top destinations where people journey for cosmetic surgery.

These top countries include the following:

  • USA
  • Italy
  • Brazil
  • Colombia
  • South Korea

Before delving into the procedures patients seek in these countries, it is imperative to note that cosmetic procedures are medical procedures/surgeries so due diligence must be performed in locating the best board certified plastic surgeons for both safety and positive surgical outcome.

In the United States, patients are encouraged to seek doctors who are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Plastic surgeons of this caliber are highly trained, skilled, and are considered masters in their field of surgery.

While a doctor may be “certified,” if one is seeking a plastic surgery procedure, they must be certain that a doctor’s board certification is in plastic surgery.  In addition to test taking, it can require several years to become board certified. But this distinction gives patients peace of mind.

Yes, this research may take a bit more time, but it is worth every moment spent by visiting sites such as the American Board of Plastic Surgery and American Society of Plastic Surgeons.  Another important item to research is whether or not the plastic surgeon has hospital privileges. And if so, determining how those hospitals are rated is of additional importance. A top-notch hospital is as equally vital as finding a masterful surgeon.

So if one is seeking surgery in the USA, it’s highly advisable to perform the above protocol. And if one decides to visit other countries for plastic surgery procedures, it is highly recommended that they take great care making sure the facilities and surgeons being considered are up to par.

According to Travelers Today, those who seek a rejuvenation vacation in the states generally have the following procedures:

In Italy, the treatments people seek are cosmetic injections such as Botox and fillers as well as liposuction. The procedure of liposuction is also popular in Brazil as well as breast augmentations. Adjacent to Brazil is Colombia where liposuction is also highly sought.

South Korea has become one of the fastest emerging countries for operative facial procedures. Capaque reported that in addition to rhinoplasty and double eyelid procedures being on the surgical roster, liposuction was also a surgery which was also frequently scheduled.

As noted earlier in the article, safety is of the utmost importance so do take great care in finding the most experienced board certified plastic surgeon to carry out those aesthetic goals.

21Apr, 2016

How to get beautiful eyes

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How to get beautiful eyes

Even in the Old Hollywood era, beautiful eyes were an asset for the silver screen. Decades later, gorgeous eyes are still a sought after commodity. While many beauty experts have touted their own secrets, the truth of the matter is that there is a three-step protocol to rejuvenate the eye area. The burning question, “How to get beautiful eyes?” can be answered with these simple and valuable steps.


Fabulous Lashes with Latisse

According to Elizabeth Reed, an aesthetic nurse who works with board certified plastic surgeon Dr. D. Glynn Bolitho in San Diego, lashes are the first ingredient to beautiful eyes.

“Latisse can help lengthen, strengthen, and achieve darker eyelashes. Long, healthy lashes frame the eye area better and attract attention to the eyes,” she said. “I use Latisse, and a lot of the ladies here in the office use it, too. We just love the results.”

According to Reed, users will start to see lash improvement within the first month. However, the incredible results will start to grow in within two to three months.

Applied on the upper lashes every evening, Latisse is incorporated into a nighttime skin care regimen.


The Wonders of Botox

Over time and with repeated muscle movements, fine lines begin to emerge around the outer corners of the eyes. Some call these lines crow’s feet while others describe them as squint lines. But one thing that can be agreed upon is that most women would prefer them to disappear.

And that aesthetic wish can be achieved with Botox.

Reed delivers small amounts of Botox into these facial crevices to help smooth out those lines. She was also quick to point out that Botox for this very reason is not meant to change the shape of the eye nor should it. The goal is to minimize the appearance of fine lines around the eyes.

“I believe less is more and I am definitely a more conservative injector because I really don’t want someone to know that you’ve had Botox,” she said. Reed continued, “I want patients to look refreshed.”

Reed wants people to know that the amount of Botox used is dependent upon a person’s muscle movement. In other words, there is not a standard amount for everyone – instead it’s an incredibly tailored procedure.


SkinMedica TNS Eye Repair

While Latisse can help create gorgeous lashes and Botox can erase squint lines around the eyes, a daily topical skin care treatment can help rejuvenate this fragile skin area with complete hydration. The goal is to locate a topical which can gently help erase imperfections while improving the quality of one’s skin.

Reed describes SkinMedica TNS Eye Repair as an amazing product offering an anti-aging component to achieve the three-step process to attain beautiful eyes.

“This product is really great in minimizing those fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes,” Reed said. She added, “It has a high concentration of Vitamin C and E and hyaluronic acid to increase the hydration.”

A results-driven formula used on a daily basis can offer maximum benefits which help create and maintain healthy and beautiful looking eyes.


29Oct, 2012

A party in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Dr. Bolitho’s staff members gave guests a warm welcome during the Oct. 26 soiree.

Dr. Bolitho and his staff recently hosted a thoughtful soiree in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Their patients, undergoing or who had undergone breast cancer reconstruction, enjoyed an evening of pampering, great conversation, live music, savories and more.

As the women arrived, many signed up for complimentary massages and manicures. When the activity began to settle down, the energy peaked once again for the opportunity drawings portion of the party.

Many guests walked away with prizes. A handful of “must-haves” included beauty products, beauty services, Botox and Juvederm treatments, a Latisse giveaway, restaurant gift certificates, and water sport adventures.

The evening was a memorable one and the ladies thanked Dr. Bolitho and his kind staff for such a generous gesture.