Dr. Glynn Bolitho, MD, PhD, FACS, FRCSC, FCS(SA) - San Diego Plastic Surgeon
Welcome to the online offices of Dr. Glynn Bolitho, located in La Jolla, CA near San Diego. A renowned plastic surgeon with 22 years of experience, Dr. Bolitho dedicates his plastic surgery practice to caring for his patients. He has performed thousands of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures, including:
- Tummy tucks
- Plastic surgery of the upper arms
- Face and neck lifts
- Pediatric plastic surgery
- Hand surgery
- Breast reconstruction
Dr. Bolitho is board certified in reconstructive and plastic surgery in several countries and an associate professor of plastic surgery at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine (non-salaried). A member of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), he has attained the highest level of achievement in cosmetic surgical training, continuing education, and clinical experience. Dr. Bolitho is considered an authority on plastic surgery, having written or contributed to several medical publications and artices on the subject.
His training in reconstructive and plastic surgery is only second to the care and concern he shows his patients. Many of those who need reconstructive surgery have spent months under Dr. Bolitho's care; his patience and gentle, thoughtful manner has made him a highly referred plastic surgeon in San Diego. His patients consider him "very kind, gentle, sophisticated, and extremely talented", a "wonderful breath of fresh air in our medical world".
Dr. Bolitho stresses the importance of individuals researching the procedure they need or want, as well as communication between surgeon and patient. Information and candid, honest consultations help the patient recognize what realistic results are, relax during the surgical process and enjoy the final results of plastic surgery.
We encourage you to look over this website to find out more about plastic surgery, as well as information on the specific procedures Dr. Bolitho performs. Read more on his medical background and personal philosophy. Learn about his patients and manner by reading through the testimonials, and view the results of his work by looking through his before and after photo gallery. Please call our San Diego office for further inquiry on a specific procedure or to schedule a consultation.
About Dr. Bolitho
After observing his father's work as a physician in a South African missionary hospital, Dr. Bolitho knew no other dream than medicine. "I was impressed by the impact of simple medical interventions on patients' quality of life," says Dr. Bolitho. Since then, he has explored the practice of general, reconstructive and aesthetic surgery.
Dr. Bolitho received his medical degree from the University of the Witwatersrand (cum laude) in 1986. He was awarded several prizes, including the prize for Surgery, and the final year student demonstrating the most clinical ability.
He then completed surgical training over a twelve year period including residency at the University of Cape Town and Emory University in Atlanta for plastic surgery training. During this time he was awarded a PhD in organ transplantation research, a diploma in primary emergency care and numerous other awards for laboratory and clinical research.
His clinical fellowships in hand and microsurgery, aesthetic and reconstructive breast surgery, and surgical oncology prepared him for his current practice. In addition to aesthetic surgery, he maintains an active interest in breast reconstruction after mastectomy.
He has made numerous contributions to textbooks and journals on plastic surgery in the fields of pediatric hand surgery, facial aesthetic surgery and tumor reconstruction.
After completion of his training in plastic surgery at Emory University, he remained in university practice as Assistant Professor in the Division of Plastic Surgery at Emory University. After moving to San Diego, Dr. Bolitho was appointed to the faculty at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, where he is currently an associate professor (non-salaried) in Plastic Surgery.
His hospital affiliations include Scripps Memorial La Jolla, Sharp Memorial, and Mary Birch Hospital.
He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a member of the California Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and a member of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic surgeons. He is board certified in plastic and reconstructive surgery in Britain, Canada and South Africa.
From his La Jolla practice, Dr. Bolitho performs aesthetic, breast, hand and micro vascular surgery. He combines enthusiasm for his chosen field with a wealth of surgical training to deliver quality care to all his patients.
Dr. Bolitho's Online MD Profiles:
Articles written by Dr. Bolitho:
- The American Society of Plastic Surgeons
- The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons
- The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
- California Society of Plastic Surgeons
- Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Publisher: Lawren Products
2 volumes, 674 pages
An overview of plastic and reconstructive surgery, to aid in the preparation for the final fellowship in Plastic Surgery.
- Hand tumours and reconstruction. DG Bolitho. Oxford textbook of Orthopaedics and Traumatology. Oxford University Press (in press).
- Compressive neuropathies in the upper extremity. DG Bolitho. Emedicine online textbook of Plastic Surgery Aesthetic blepharoplasty and ancillary techniques. P Cajano MD, M Fossarello, MD (Eds).
- Tendon transfers in Hand Surgery. DG Bolitho. Emedicine online textbook of Plastic Surgery.
An overview of plastic and reconstructive surgery, to aid in the preparation for the final fellowship in Plastic Surgery.
- Flexor tendon injuries. DG Bolitho. Emedicine online textbook of Plastic Surgery.
- Extensor tendon injuries. DG Bolitho. Emedicine online textbook of Plastic Surgery.
- Congenital hand surgery. DG Bolitho. Emedicine online textbook of Plastic Surgery.
- Operative Techniques in Plastic Surgery. Quality Medical Publishing. Guest editor of edition entitled "Paediatric hand surgery".
- Liver regeneration after hepatic ischaemia and reduced liver autotransplantation in the rat. Glynn Bolitho, Gert Engelbrecht, Zoe Lotz, Marilyn Tyler, Heather McLeod, Kaz Jaskiewicz, Rosemary Hickman. Hepatology 1993; 17: 273-279.
- Does hepatic ischaemia influence hepatic regeneration in rats? DG Bolitho, GHC Engelbrecht, Zoe Lotz, Marilyn Tyler, Rosemary Hickman, J Terblanche. S Afr J Surg 1991; 29 ; 168.
- Integrins and connective tissue matrix proteins may regulate liver regeneration. C Tilbury, K Jaskiewicz, S Robson, M Voigt, DG Bolitho, D Kahn, R Hickman, R Kirsch. S Afr Med J 1992; 81: 113-114.
- Hepatocyte proliferation and DNA synthesis after reduced-size liver auto- and allotransplantation in rats. DG Bolitho, GHC Engelbrecht, Zoe Lotz, Marilyn Tyler, Rosemary Hickman, J Terblanche. S Afr J Surg 1992: 30; 137.
- Regeneration after in situ flushing of partially hepatectomized rat livers. DG Bolitho, GHC Engelbrecht, Z Lotz, M Tyler, H McLeod, R Hickman. S Afr J Surg 1995: 33; 78-81.
- The superficial temporal venous island flap for eyebrow reconstruction. DG Bolitho, DA Hudson. Eur J Plast Surg 1996.
- Primary epineural repair of the median nerve in children. DA Hudson, DG Bolitho, K Hodgetts. J Hand Surg (Br) 1997; 22(1); 54-56.
- Primary epineurial repair of the ulnar nerve in children. DG Bolitho, M Boustred, DA Hudson, K Hodgetts. J Hand Surg (Am) 1999: 24(1); 16-20.
- Septic arthritis of the small joints of the hand: management and prognosis. AM Boustred, M Singer, DA Hudson, DG Bolitho. Ann Plast Surg 1999: 42(6); 623-629.
- Negative-pressure dressings in the treatment of hidradenitis suppuritiva. ET Elwood, DG Bolitho. Ann Plast Surg 2001; 46(1); 49-51.
- Breast cancer after augmentation mammaplasty: Treatment by skin-sparing mastectomy and immediate reconstruction. Grant W Carlson MD, Bridgett Moore MD, James F. Thornton MD, Mark Elliott MD, Glynn Bolitho MD. Plast Recontr Surg 2001:107 (3); 687-692.
- Results of immediate breast reconstruction after skin-sparing mastectomy. Carlson GW, Losken A, Moore B, Thronton J, Elliot M, Bolitho G, Denson D. Ann Plast Surg 2001: 46(3); 222-228.
- Phlegmasia cerulea dolens of the upper extremity. DG Bolitho, E Elwood, Roberts F. Ann Plast Surg 2000; 45(6); 644-646.
- Endoscopic harvesting of four muscle flaps: safe and effective techniques. Seify H, Sigurdsen L, Sherif A, Refky M, Bolitho G, Bostwick J, Jones G. Ann Plast Surg (in press).
Cosmetic Surgery Procedures
- Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
- Brachioplasty (Plastic Surgery of the Upper Arms)
- Breast Augmentation (Augmentation Mammaplasty)
- Breast Lift (Maxtopexy)
- Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
- Face and Neck Lift
- Facial Implants (Facial Fat Grafting)
- Forehead Lift (Browlift)
- Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia)
- Medial Thigh Lift
- Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery)
- Post-Bariatric Body Contouring Surgery
- Skin Rejuvenation
- Retin-A® Treatment
- Chemical Peel Treatment
- Glycolic Acid Treatment
Reconstructive Surgery Procedures
- Breast Reconstruction
- Breast Reduction (Reduction Mammaplasty)
- Hand Surgery
- Pediatric Plastic Surgery
- Skin Cancer
Breast Augmentation (Augmentation Mammaplasty)
Breast augmentation, technically known as augmentation mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure to enhance the size and shape of a woman's breast for a number of reasons:
- To enhance the body contour of a woman who, for personal reasons, feels her breast size is too small.
- To restore breast volume lost due to weight loss or following pregnancy
- To achieve better symmetry when breasts are moderately disproportionate in size and shape
- To improve the shape of breasts that are sagging or have lost firmness, often used with a breast lift procedure
- To provide the foundation of a breast contour when a breast has been removed or disfigured by surgery to treat breast cancer
- To improve breast appearance or create the appearance of a breast that is missing or disfigured due to trauma, heredity, or congenital abnormalities
By inserting an implant behind each breast, surgeons are able to increase a woman's bust line by one or more bra cup sizes.
Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
Over the years, factors such as pregnancy, nursing, and the force of gravity take their toll on a woman's breasts. As the skin loses its elasticity, the breasts often lose their shape and firmness and begin to sag. Breastlift, or mastopexy, is a surgical procedure to raise and reshape sagging breasts. Mastopexy can also reduce the size of the areola, the darker skin surrounding the nipple. If your breasts are small or have lost volume--for example, after pregnancy--breast implants inserted in conjunction with mastopexy can increase both their firmness and their size.
Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia)
Gynecomastia is a medical term that comes from the Greek words for "women-like breasts." Though this condition is rarely talked about, it's actually fairly common, affecting an estimated 40 to 60 percent of men. It may affect only one breast or both. Though certain drugs and medical problems have been linked with male breast overdevelopment, there is no known cause in the vast majority of cases.
Breast reconstruction is a physically and emotionally rewarding procedure for a woman who has lost a breast due to cancer or other condition.
The creation of a new breast can dramatically improve your self-image, self-confidence and quality of life. Although surgery can give you a relatively natural-looking breast, a reconstructed breast will never look or feel exactly the same as the breast that was removed.
Breast Reconstruction (Reduction Mammaplasty)
Women may experience a variety of medical problems caused by the excessive weight of very large breasts. Back and neck pain, difficulty finding clothes that fit, extreme self consciousness and difficulty participating in sports are just a few of the hardships associated with overly large breasts. Many women can greatly benefit from the physical relief and cosmetic improvement that breast reduction can give.
Breast reduction, technically known as reduction mammaplasty, is a cosmetic procedure that removes fat, glandular tissue, and skin from the breasts, making them smaller, lighter, and firmer. Breast reduction can also reduce the size of the areola, the darker skin surrounding the nipple. The goal is to give a woman smaller, better-shaped breasts that are in better proportion with the rest of her body.
Dr. Bolitho will describe the procedure in detail at the time of your consultation, explaining its risks and limitations and the results you can expect. Some insurance companies will pay for breast reduction when it's medically necessary, provided certain criteria are met. The staff at Dr. Bolitho's La Jolla, CA (San Diego) office will provide assistance in pursuing insurance authorization where appropriate.
Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
Abdominoplasty, known more commonly as a "tummy tuck", is a major surgical procedure to remove excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen and to tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall. The procedure can dramatically reduce the appearance of a protruding abdomen. But bear in mind, it does produce a permanent scar, which, depending on the extent of the original problem and the surgery required to correct it, can extend from hip to hip.
The best candidates for abdominoplasty are men or women who are in relatively good shape but are bothered by a large fat deposit or loose abdominal skin that won't respond to diet or exercise. The tummy tuck surgery is particularly helpful to women who, through multiple pregnancies, have stretched their abdominal muscles and skin beyond the point where they can return to normal. Loss of skin elasticity in older patients, which frequently occurs with slight obesity, can also be improved.
Patients who intend to lose a lot of weight should postpone the abdominoplasty. Also, women who plan future pregnancies should wait, as vertical muscles in the abdomen that are tightened during surgery can separate again during pregnancy. If you have scarring from previous abdominal surgery, particularly gallbladder removal using a long incision, Dr. Bolitho may recommend against tummy tuck surgery or may caution you that other options may be more appropriate. Tummy tuck surgery can enhance your appearance and your self-confidence, but it won't necessarily change your looks to match your ideal, or cause other people to treat you differently. Before you decide to have surgery, think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with Dr. Bolitho.
Liposuction is a procedure that can help sculpt the body by removing unwanted fat from specific areas, including the abdomen, hips, buttocks, thighs, knees, upper arms, chin, cheeks and neck. During the past decade, liposuction. Today, Dr. Bolitho has a number of new techniques at his disposal, including ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty (UAL), and the tumescent technique. These options provide selected patients with more precise results and quicker recovery times. Although no type of liposuction is a substitute for dieting and exercise, liposuction can remove stubborn areas of fat that don't respond to traditional weight-loss methods.
BOTOX® is a commercially available form of botulinum toxin used for relaxing frown lines. It is used for the treatment of moderate to severe wrinkles on the brow, around the eyes and in selected locations elsewhere on the face and neck. Several million people are treated with BOTOX every year, with gratifying results.
Facial Implants (Facial Fat Grafting)
Dr. Bolitho uses facial implants to improve and enhance facial contours. Frequently, these implants will help provide a more harmonious balance to your face and features so that you feel better about the way you look. There are many implants available, manufactured from a variety of materials. They may help strengthen a jawline or bring the chin or cheekbones into balance with the rest of the face.
Dr. Bolitho performs facial implant surgery on patients in the Southern California area, including Del Mar, Encinitas, La Jolla, Oceanside, San Diego, and Vista, California.
Face and Neck Lift Surgery
As people age, the effects of gravity, exposure to the sun, and the stresses of daily life can be seen in their faces. Deep creases form between the nose and mouth; the jawline grows slack and jowly; folds and fat deposits appear around the neck. A facelift can't stop this aging process. What it can do is "set back the clock," improving the most visible signs of aging by removing excess fat, tightening underlying muscles, and redraping the skin of your face and neck. A facelift can be done alone, or in conjunction with other procedures such as a forehead lift, eyelid surgery, or nose reshaping.
Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
Eyelid surgery is a procedure to remove fat--usually along with excess skin and muscle from the upper and lower eyelids. Eyelid surgery can correct drooping upper lids and puffy bags below your eyes - features that make you look older and more tired than you feel, and may even interfere with your vision. However, it won't remove crow's feet or other wrinkles, eliminate dark circles under your eyes, or lift sagging eyebrows. While it can add an upper eyelid crease to Asian eyes, it will not erase evidence of your ethnic or racial heritage. Eyelid surgery can be done alone, or in conjunction with other facial surgery procedures such as a facelift or browlift.
Forehead Lift (Browlift)
If you are bothered by expression lines or other signs of aging in the brow region, a brow lift may be right for you. A brow lift:
Rejuvenation procedures typically performed in conjunction with a brow lift include:
- Minimizes the creases that develop across the forehead, or those that occur high on the bridge of the nose, between the eyes
- Improves what are commonly referred to as frown lines, vertical creases that develop between the eyebrows
- Repositions a low or sagging brow that is hooding the upper eyelid
- Raises the eyebrows to a more alert and youthful position
- Eyelid surgery to rejuvenate aging eyes
- Facelift to correct aging changes in the mid- to lower face and neck regions
- Skin resurfacing techniques