By Amy-Marie Cook

Every day thousands of women look at themselves in the mirror and wonder where all the years have gone. For some, the aging process has been kind and gentle. Others wear the years quite visibly. They are convinced by the empty promises of over the counter products, quick fixes, and “lunchtime lifts.”

However, many realize that there is no miracle potion or lotion.  When all else fails, some consider plastic surgery.  This option is often an exciting one, but women often spend far more time deciding in surgery, and very little time choosing their surgeon.  This lack of research can often be seen on the faces of our favorite former celebrities.

Finding a qualified plastic surgeon with the proper credentials is critical. Dr. Jason R. Hess specializes in aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery in San Diego. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the only board for certifying plastic surgeons. Dr. Hess specializes in the most difficult of plastic surgical procedures including facelift, tummy tuck and rhinoplasty. His patients and peers respect him for his meticulous attention to detail and his compassionate approach to patient care.

“It is clear he cares about his patients and strives for excellence in his profession. It’s a pity more doctors do not demonstrate Dr. Hess’ humanity and kindness. Having plastic surgery has had a powerful effect on the way I view myself, not just physically but emotionally too,” remarked Vanessa Feistel Meyers, a plastic surgery patient.

She said she chose Dr. Hess because her friend had excellent results from her surgery. “ I don’t think most people realize what an effect a positive plastic surgery experience has on a person; the results are not only incredible, they’re life altering. Words cannot express the gratitude I have for Dr. Hess,” the woman expressed.

According to Dr. Hess, “Our face is our most unique and powerful means of communicating with one another.  We share our emotions and feelings quite visibly.  An aged and fatigued appearance can affect our relationships as well as our perceptions of ourselves.

He explained that not all facial aging is treated with facelift surgery. Plastic surgery results are the most ideal when approached on a least invasive to most invasive basis. That is, wrinkles around the mouth may be treated simply with fillers. Furrows on the brow may respond to Botox. A sagging neck may require a neck lift alone.

When tissue of both the face and neck demonstrate laxity and sagging, however, a facelift may be the best option. In particular, facelift surgery is effective in restoring mid-face volume and minimizing unsightly jowling as well as the dreaded “turkey neck” appearance that comes with age.

About her surgical experience, Mrs. Meyers concluded, “Dr. Hess’s work is more natural looking. He took a lot of time with me before and after the surgery. The care I got from Dr. Hess and his staff was first class.”

Dr. Hess’ office is located at 4060 Fourth Ave., Suite 120. He can be reached at (619) 357-4552. For more before and after pictures, please visit



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