Eshima Issa MD

(415) 567-7076

1199 Bush St Ste 490, San Francisco, CA | Directions   94109

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Eshima Issa MD

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1 month ago

Making the decision to have plastic surgery is not for everyone, but if you’re contemplating taking this step in self- investment, then you owe it to yourself to consult Dr. Eshima. My dermatologist referred me to Dr. Eshima, saying that his work is the best she has ever seen.

Prior to meeting Dr. Eshima, I did my homework and had consultations with three other surgeons. But after my first consultation with Dr. Eshima I knew my decision was made. Dr. Eshima’s ethics and standards of practice are impressive. He does only facial plastic surgery. That’s right--no liposuction, no tummy tucks, and no breast augmentation—just faces! He does not advertise nor does he have a website. His practice is built strictly by professional referrals and patient-to-patient testimonials. That’s a true specialist! I was in the best possible hands.

My surgery was scheduled a couple months later. Although many of Dr. Eshima’s patients are top fashion models and Hollywood stars, all his patients receive first-class treatment. The first night after surgery all of Dr. Eshima’s patients stay in a private suite at St Francis hospital with a private nurse. My nurse, Grace--otherwise known as an absolute angel—stayed by my side every moment and made sure I had no discomfort. I was ready to go home the next morning.

Thereafter, Dr. E’s nurse and office manager, Magaly, called me every single morning—even on weekends—to see how I was doing and to answer any questions. (And she continued to call until I politely told her that she could stop.) Magaly, who I later learned holds a Ph.D., is incredibly competent. She knows everything there is to know. I was so well prepared before my surgery that I didn’t have many questions, but it was reassuring to talk to Magaly those first few days.

Although my surgery was extensive, my recovery was surprisingly easy. I had absolutely no pain and very little swelling, which was all but gone nine days post-op. I had some light discoloration, but no dark bruising. I took three weeks off work, just to be safe; but I could have returned to work after two weeks.

The best part—the result is nothing short of FABULOUS! I look incredibly good thanks to Dr. Eshima! He turned back the hands of time and no one would ever guess my age—or that I’ve had surgery. I probably look 15 years younger than my 59 years.

I was very concerned with looking overly “done”—that stretched and surprised look, like I had plastic surgery. But no one would ever guess! My closest friends and family have commented about how good I look, and that my new hairstyle is the best ever. Now my facial contours are smooth and youthful without looking pulled or ‘done.’ My neck is as firm as it was when I was 20 years old. I can pull my hair up into a ponytail without worrying about my crepey neck. And it all looks so natural! I am thrilled—and eternally indebted to Dr. Eshima!

I have worked in the medical field for over 25 years and I know there are many doctors with superb training and credentials like Dr Eshima’s. But Dr. Eshima is more than a highly competent physician—he’s a gifted artist with a scalpel.

This was singly the best decision I have ever made and I would do it again in a heartbeat!!!

3 months ago

I traveled from Switzerland: Lip Shortening

Living in Zurich, Switzerland and working in the media industry I knew I had to be operated by the best. I spent many hours researching, speaking with Doctors, colleagues in my field and friends and finally came across a Plastic Surgeon by the name of … Dr. Issa Eshima. Dr. Eshima is a renowned facial plastic surgeon located in San Francisco, California. He does not advertise and does not have a website, which already says a lot about his reputation. Clearly, in my case it would be much easier to be operated here in Switzerland or in Europe than to travel to the United States. However, I was also fortunate to meet personally with several patients who were operated by Dr. Issa Eshima. The women I met with were all timeless exquisite beauties. I was in awe.!!!! His work was so natural, no one would of ever known they had been operated. Having consulted with several renowned Plastic Surgeon in Europe and the US, I knew that Dr. Eshima was the plastic surgeon for me.

During my Skype consultation with Dr. Eshima he suggested a lip shortening procedure would not only rejuvenate my face, but would balance out my facial features and make my eyes appear larger. Dr. Eshima took the time to explain that as we age, the distance between the upper lip and nose becomes longer and looses the youthful contour. After looking at my pictures in my 20’s, 30’s 50’s …I saw that he was right…the distance between my nose and mouth had elongated.

The difference with the lip shortening is subtle and yet the results are huge. At first, I was very frightened of the scar, but after seeing several of his patients and knowing his reputation, I knew I was in good hands and had complete trust. After my surgery, there was no pain and no bruising. I was really surprised and was presentable in 1 week.

The lip shortening procedure plays a major role in creating youthful proportions. There is a saying in the plastic surgery circles and it goes something like this, "really good cosmetic surgery will make you look better, but, that doesn't mean it will truly make you look younger". Looking naturally younger is really hinged on inclusion of small, well placed subtleties. In my opinion, Eshima is masterful, truly an artistic genius. He shared with me that his mother was an artist and his father was an architect. What separates him from other plastic surgeon is his unique ability to balance out a persons facial features and with minor touches, transform a good-looking person into a human beauty. He has a certain edge in his ability to make a person beautiful. In my case, he suggested a lip shortening. My girl friend who saw me 1 month later said he took 15 years off and my eyes appeared to be much larger.

He has an excellent and dedicated team, Magaly and Cathy. Magaly, the Patient Coordinator called on a daily basis, even on Saturdays and Sundays, to check up on my recovery and if I had any questions. This type of service is almost unheard of.

If any of you are looking to have aesthetic treatments or procedures- take the time and call the office of Dr. Eshima. He made me look beautiful!

6 months ago

Dr. Eshima is a phenomenal surgeon. Trained by the physician who worked on Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, he has personally worked on some of the most beautiful in People's magazine and patients from all over the world. I interviewed many doctors within and without California before deciding on Dr. Eshima. All of them were extremely qualified and most of them were a lot less expensive. None of them, however, performed over 6,000 surgeries and continues to be elected best surgeon by his peers year after year. None of them combines the aesthetic with the technical in a manner that always exemplifies class. None of them has before and after glossies that look as natural and beautiful Dr Eshima's. Reviewing his after photos essentially eliminated any choice.

I completely disagree with a comment posted by one reviewer on Yelp that Dr. Eshima does more surgery than the palate can accommodate. I thought I needed a lower face/neck lift, brow lift and rhinoplasty. Dr. Eshima recommended a lower face/neck lift and lip shortening. He said that these two surgeries would bring better balance to my face and were sufficient to restore a youthful look. He was spot on. Even though my 51-year-old husband are the same age, a friend of his thought I was his daughter. My colleagues all tell me I look younger and prettier than before.

Dr. Eshima's staff are professionals and excellent at ensuring that you are a good candidate for plastic surgery. They also provide fabulous post-operative care. Magaly or Cathy called daily for two weeks after surgery to ensure that I was taking the proper steps for a good outcome and to facilitate the provision of medications and/or cremes. If you use a private duty nurse, ask for Sandy who called ahead and stayed up all night responding sensitively to my needs.

In short and in my view, Dr. Eshima is in a class of his own!

7 months ago

I am a 51 year old woman who has never done any cosmetic procedure until now and I am not a movie star or anything close to being famous.

Dr. Issa Eshima is one of the best decision I ever made next to marrying my husband. Dr. Eshima has improved the structure of my nose, transformed my droopy Asian eyes, reduced my chubby cheeks, and removed my saggy neck. After narrowing the procedures I wanted to get done, the search in finding a doctor was the most daunting process. I found lots of plastic surgeons, but they did everything from toes to noses. Through blogs and articles written about the elusive Dr. Eshima, I was able to determine he was no ordinary plastic surgeon. For one, he doesn't have a website or television infomercials about his services. Secondly, people who have written about him say he was fantastic and worth flying all the way from Russia, Dubai, Japan, and other far away countries. As for his reputation, he is known for performing on academy award winning actresses.

Keep in mind, most of Dr. Eshima's patients are based on referrals, i.e. recommendations from other patients. He has no need or desire to advertise so I was calling to make an consultation appointment without a referral from another patient.

Most plastic surgeons require a consultation fee, but Dr. Eshima does not charge the normal $150 fee because he does not need to live off of these fees.

I decided to combine five small procedures together to reduce the anesthesia and hospital cost: liposuction my neck fat, buccal fat removal ( egg yolk volume of fat in each check) , rhinoplasty (reduce the wide nostril opening), inject Radiesse to create a bridge on the nose, and finally eye lift to remove the heavy lids sitting on my eyelashes.

Magaly, Dr. Eshima's assistant, went through the preparations for my operation at St. Francis Hospital which is across from the office. A long check list of what to do and NOT do before and after the surgery was what created the best results in recovery besides the doctor's skill in the operating room. During the entire one week after the surgery, the two assistants Cathy and Magaly, would call to check up on my recovery. There were always questions big or small during this time period, so I was never alone. I loved to hear Magaly's voice assuring me that everything was going well.

Dr. Issa Eshima did not make me look like a 25 year old. He made me look beautiful without looking artificial. My new eyes now have a natural crease, a result of his skill in creating a new recessed eyelid from my old saggy Asian eyes . My new nose has a natural bridge which was non-existent until Dr. Eshima injected Radiesse. To reduce my wide nasal passages, he narrowed them down. As a result, my new nose is proportioned to my face. Next to my new nose, my buccal fat in my chubby cheeks (common among asian people) was liposuctioned out from the inside of my mouth (BUCCAL FAT REMOVAL) through two very small incisions near my back molars which I absolutely could not feel! Wow! Finally, my excess neck fat was liposuctioned out through one tiny 1/4" hole under each ear lobe and one hole under the chin. All incisions healed very well in 11 days to the point where my friends all asked "Where are the stitches and scars?" The best compliment came from one friend that said "you look fresh, not stretched".

I recommend interviewing other doctors before coming to Dr. Eshima to appreciate how good he is. He is not just a surgeon, he is an artist!

8 months ago

I just turned 60 and have never before looked so good.

Here's the story. About 20 years ago I got dental braces and crowns which resulted in a fine smile, but caused a lengthening of my upper lip (which worsened with age). My husband would sometimes ask me why I was scowling. The fact is that I looked unhappy even when I felt well. I smiled in every photo taken of me because I didn't want to be reminded of the dour appearance conferred by a disproportionately long upper lip. Then last year I had a passport photo taken - the kind where you're not supposed to smile. I was saddened by how sad I looked.

For many years, I have talked to cosmetic surgery specialists regarding the procedure of shortening the upper lip. They had either been unwilling to perform the procedure due to concerns about scarring or too inexperienced in the operation.

I finally found Dr. Eshima. He showed me many astoundingly successful lip shortening before and after photos. Now that I'm an "after" I know what a difference a few less millimeters can make.

As a doctor I want to appear encouraging and happy to see my patients. I believe that I communicated those feelings before the surgery, but now I'm more confident that there's no false frown even momentarily blocking my honest expression of warmth and welcome.

Dr. Eshima also performed other procedures to improve lax skin around my eyes, neck and lower face. These too were more effective than I could have imagined.

Dr. Eshima did warn me that people will no longer sense my true age and, since maturity can be desirable in a physician, this might be a problem. He was right. Now when I tell people how long I've been in practice, I must quickly rattle off the years I graduated from medical school and completed residency. Their jaws drop briefly but they are reassured. This is a side effect I can live with.

I am extremely happy with Dr. Eshima's artistry - and now that happiness actually shows on my face.

8 months ago

I'm a 54 year old female from Tucson, AZ. I recently traveled to San Francisco for a facelift by Dr. Eshima because my girlfriend had one done 5 years prior and she looks great. And now, thanks to Dr. Eshima, I look great too.

It was worth traveling to San Francisco because Dr Eshima has a stellar reputation. Plus, he only does plastic surgery on the face.

He and his team holds your hand from the time you arrive and continues to stay with the patient for several months after the surgery.

I stayed in San Francisco for 3 weeks so that I would have a reasonable time to recover and I didn't want anyone else taking out my sutures.

While the first 72 hours were uncomfortable, I was pleasantly surprised how much better I felt after that. I had very little bruising and a majority of the swelling settled down certainly by the time my husband came to town which was approximately 10 days after my surgery. And I certainly felt confident by then for him to take me to a really nice restaurant for dinner!

Deciding on plastic surgery is a big step. However, I am so pleased with the results.

I highly recommend Dr Eshima and his wonderful team.

10 months ago

Dr. Issa Eshima fixed my face. He repaired scarring from a previous lift. I never thought this would be possible.

Dr. Eshima is a gifted plastic surgeon who produces beautiful, natural work. Dr. Eshima inspires comfort, I feel at-ease. I trust him with my face. Furthermore, his staff's dedication to service equals his own.

I am a Registered Nurse, I have worked with many world-class surgeons. Dr. Eshima ranks with any of them. I traveled all the way from Canada, I visited him based on a recommendation of a doctor who had a facelift by Dr Eshima.

I enthusiastically recommend him to anybody considering plastic or cosmetic procedures!

11 months ago

Dr. Eshima changes my life!!! I couldn't be happier and so glad that I found an artist of cosmetic surgeon in SF. I got so many compliments from friends, colleagues etc etc. I had twice Asian eyelid surgeries back in Japan long time ago. The result were OK back then but not impressive. After I had my eye-lid surgery + some nose job (not a vigorous procedure, ask his opinion what he recommends to you), the result is phenomenal!

I love Dr. Eshima and all of his fellow staff members, they are the BEST of the BEST!

Oh, I need to mention that Dr. Eshima does not charge for a consultation, that is a big plus, so I recommend all of people who consider to have the best cosmetic surgery on face, go Dr. Eshima and ask his opinion. You will find out what you should trust and what you can do the best for your future! again, Love Dr. Eshima's work!! Thanks a million!!

12 months ago

Dr. Eshima is a gifted plastic surgeon. He is a perfectionist with an artist's eye. About 9 months ago, Dr. Eshima turned back the hands of time and greatly enhanced my appearance. He far exceeded my expectations especially with regard to sculpting a significantly improved chin and jaw line.

I had previous cosmetic surgery that left me with a number of issues, particularly at the jaw line. So, I was looking for a plastic surgeon that concentrated only on facial work and who had the expertise and experience to deal with my issues. Though Seattle has excellent plastic surgeons, I was looking for a super specialist .

I started my search by asking my world- renowned dermatologist who he would recommend. He said that Dr. Eshima is the only plastic surgeon that he would let touch his wife's face.

Researching at various medical sites I learned that Dr. Eshima's credentials are first rate: Stanford undergrad-Phi Beta Kappa; UCSF Medical School; Castle Connolly's Top Doctors™ (2012); Top Doctor Plastic Surgeon (US News & World Report 2012) etc. I began making preliminary contact with Dr. Eshima's office and his staff was most helpful in providing me with more information concerning his background. I was also pleased to learn that Dr. Eshima only does facial cosmetic surgery.

At my consult with Dr. Eshima, I was impressed with his dedication, energy and aesthetics. The many before and after photos he showed me revealed that he avoids the "done look" in favor of natural looking results. Dr. Eshima's results though went beyond rejuvenation to a significant enhancement of appearance. I was not surprised to learn that Dr. Eshima comes from a family accomplished in the arts as he definitely has a keen sense of beauty and balance.

Dr. Eshima operates at St. Francis Hospital, a lovely private hospital across from his office. I was wowed by the facility and staff at St. Francis. Not only were the admissions people very helpful, but the nurses in the pre-surgery unit, Marjorie and Susan, were outstanding.

Dr. Eshima has been wonderful about follow-ups and post-surgical questions. During my recovery period in SF, Magaly or Cathy called daily to confirm that I was progressing well. Dr. Eshima's staff could not have been more professional and friendly. They were always there to help with whatever came up whether it was a big or a small question. I must add that my recovery proceeded quite uneventfully. I had very little bruising or swelling and was soon out walking the beautiful SF hills.

My husband and friends are amazed at my results. Generally, the comment is that I look so much better but not "done". It was totally worth going to SF to have Dr. Eshima operate on me and he most successfully dealt with those issues left by my prior surgery.

I can well understand why people come from all over the world to see Dr. Eshima. He is a world-class surgeon.

over a year ago

There is a reason why people travel from all corners of the globe to get facial plastic surgery with Dr. Issa Eshima in San Francisco. It is simply this: He is by far the very best there is! In addition to being a consummate professional with stellar credentials and an unsurpassed track record, he is a caring and charming man. Dr. Eshima and his excellent staff (Magaly and Cathy) support their patients through the preop and recovery process, taking every precaution to ensure that they achieve the best possible outcome.

I am a former model and business executive in my mid 50s. I began to see the signs of aging creeping up on me. I have always been active and athletic and my body had remained in good shape but my face had not. I was not ready to look old and worn – but I was afraid of looking “done” with my skin pulled too tightly and/or my features becoming radically changed. After a year of research, I found Dr. Eshima. I had a lower face and necklift and restylane injections around my eyes. I just received my before and after photos – The results are nothing short of astonishing. I really look like me nearly 20 years younger! I have newly restored confidence and am ready to tackle a new job.

Choosing to have facial plastic surgery is a big decision. I can only urge you all to do your homework, on and offline and DO NOT COMPROMISE! No matter where you are, you should arrange a consultation with Dr. Eshima. You will not be disappointed.

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