Dr. John M. Hilinski

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San Diego, California Map External Link
Specialty:Ear Nose and Throat (ENT)
Website: drhilinski.com External Link
Practice: San Diego Face And Neck Specialties
Med. School:Harvard Medical School
Grad. Year: 1995
Foreign Lang: Cantonese

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Online Appt. Scheduling: Unknown
Accepting New Patients:Y

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Rating: 4.2 out of 5 (5 is best), based on 33 reviews. Dr. John M. Hilinski has a good overall rating on RateMDs.com. smile

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Dr. John M. Hilinski
Ear Nose and Throat (ENT)-related: ears, nose, throat, hearing loss, tonsillitis, nasal surgery, endoscopy, laryngology, reconstructive surgery of the head and neck, thyroid surgery, endoscopic sinus surgery, swallowing disorders, sleep apnea, vertigo
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RID: 5552890
10/06/14 5 5 5 5 One of the most important things to me when I first consulted with Dr. Hilinski is that he's a board certified ENT & plastic surgeon. I really made a point to do my homework on Dr. Hilinski, & he definitely checked out...he's the real deal & a phenomenal surgeon. Dr. Hilinski also has a very good "bedside manner," and both prior to & after my surgery, I was able to directly contact him & get a quick response from him. His office staff is efficient & friendly, & his medical staff during the surgery were all absolutely great. Also, his office worked hard to get insurance approval to cover my surgery. With all of that said, I'm now 2 1/2 years post op, & I'm THRILLED with the work he did. The results he'd estimated in the pre-ops were very accurate to the results I now have. Since the initial surgery, he met with me regularly & did injections to ensure the best possible outcome & avoid any scar tissue. His patience & expertise are the reason my end results are so incredible. 
Insurance: United Healthcare
RID: 5177413
13/02/14 5 5 5 5 This doctor is a very gifted surgeon and artist! I had him do a couple procedures and I'm very happy with my results. One of my family members is very respected surgeon in his field, and I have been around MD's all my life, this man ranks up there with the very best of them in his abilities!  Respond
20/10/13 SYSTEM: First Name changed from "John" to "John M." 
RID: 2893009
03/10/13 5 5 5 5 I had suffered from anxiety all my life because I had a case of Macrotia (large ears). I almost lost all hope after many failed attempts in searching for a reputable board certified plastic surgeon to perform the difficult ear reduction surgery. Not many surgeons heard of this kind of operation let alone perform it. Then I found Dr. Hilinski. Finding him is like finding a pot of gold. Dr. Hilinski and his staff went above and beyond to make me feel so comfortable with their outstanding services and commitment to each and everyone of their patients. After surgery and after all the swelling went down, I could not believed how amazing my ears looked with no visible scar. What Dr. Hilinski did to my ears exceeded my expectations. He has the hands of God. I will never ever let any other surgeon touch me, Dr. Hilinski is the only doctor I have 110% trust in. I will never find a more down to earth, sweet, caring, and talented doctor. I am truly thankful to Dr. Hilinski for changing my life!  Respond
RID: 2743012
31/07/13 1 1 1 1 BUYER BEWARE! I had two surgeries by Hilinski, the second resulting because the first time he did not do what we discussed. I should have been smarter and gone to someone else! My second surgery he was supposed to correct what he messed up on first time( didn't take enough out of my bridge, uneven shaving of my bone resulting in two lumps) and also fix my tip. He missed my computerized imaging appointment bc he was over a hour late! He's always really late btw- I explained multiple time what I wanted . Post surgery over two years later after he first and 1 yr after the second he still tried to use injections to cover up his horrible work. My nose is worse than it was when I started and I paid him for two surgeries. Then I told him I was dissatisfied and he dropped me as a patient. He is extremely unprofessional and morally wrong. There are a ton of doctors DO NOT GO TO HILINSKI! He will rip you off with no remorse! I will be taking legal action. Don't go down the same path I am :(.  Respond
RID: 2740649
29/07/13 5 5 5 5 Had prior nose surgery many years ago but too much cartilage was removed. Lot of difficulty breathing, septum visible in nostril and had a perforation that caused me to whistle at night. An ENT surgeon told me that he couldn’t help and Dr. Hilinski was the only person in San Diego that could repair the damage. I saw other surgeons who were mostly concerned with aesthetics. Several even told me that my breathing might not even improve. Dr. Hilinski was concerned with the FUNCTION of my nose and was confident he could repair the damage. Dr. Hilinski did my surgery last summer. It was an extremely complicated procedure. Even with the swelling and bandage under my nose, I could tell my breathing was improved! Pain was not as bad as I thought and was only on pain meds for a few days. The ear graft was uncomfortable, but not horrible. My breathing is incredible!! It has totally changed my life. My nose looks beautiful too. Dr. Hilinski is a master surgeon.  Respond
RID: 2588957
18/03/13 5 5 5 5 Dr. Hilinski did nothing short of amazing to fix my nose after a pretty bad dog bite that ripped through one nostril and tore the other one open. I could not be happier with my nose. After the dog bite I naturally thought I would have a gross looking nose for the rest of my life. In a moment where I was vulnerable, Dr. Hilinski gave me back self-confidence. I'm so thankful that I came from Central California down to San Diego. The staff is very helpful and on multiple occasions post-operation I was seated early and out quickly. You will not meet a friendlier or more helpful doctor. I would recommend him to anyone. I think there are pictures on his website of my nose if anyone is curious. 
Insurance: Blue Cross / Blue Shield
RID: 1505739
04/10/12 5 5 5 5 Very kind and caring doctor, was very helpful to me after a bad experience elsewhere. He didn't even charge me, calling all the visits "consults" even though I kept asking him. Great injector as well. A+ doc  Respond
RID: 2382663
23/07/12 5 5 5 5 I had my nose job months ago and still see Dr. Hilinski. I think it looks perfect and I am very happy. But he is like an artist and wants to make it look even better all for no additional fee. I admire this. Plus his office has become more timely  Respond
RID: 2098659
02/05/12 5 4 5 5 I needed to shut the holes in my earlobes with minimum scars in order to join Coast Guard and Dr. John Hilinski did great job!! Now my ears are completely healed and it's hard to say that there were holes before (they were about 3-4mm)! I'm really satisfied with the result and would want to recommend this doctor to others! Thank you!!! 
Paid (or co-pay): $700
RID: 2097895
01/05/12 5 5 5 5 Dr. Hilinski performed a series of reconstructive facial surgeries on my daughter to address a congenital growth on her nose. We are extremely happy with the outcome of the surgery. Dr. Hilinski and his staff provided us with the highest quality care. We would recommend Dr. Hilinski without reservation to anyone considering facial plastic and reconstructive surgery.  Respond
RID: 2065165
21/04/12 5 4 5 5 Since the day I walked in Dr Hilinskis office I felt very welcomed and there was no fee for consultation. He explained everything and answered any questions I had. After the surgery I was very happy with his work. I kept going back for little tweaks that I wanted and he never charged me extra for several visits. As someone who works in the medical field I wanted the very best and had talked to a lot of people who worked with him and patients of him that recomended Dr Hilinski.  Respond
RID: 2052513
19/04/12 5 5 5 5 When searching for a doctor to alter your physical appearance it can be scary and VERY important to obtain a qualified doctor. Dr. Hilinski's education, experience and character is outstanding and rare! I searched and researched hundreds of doctors in the San Diego and La county areas and after each consultation I was more and more discouraged. Meeting with Dr. Hilinski was a breath of fresh air. He was extremely confident and friendly, two characteristics that do not usually go hand in hand in the medical world. When it came to researching for a highly skilled doctor I took full advantage of the many resources out there to help me find the best doctor and that is Dr. Hilinski. In my personal experience I experienced a great deal of scar tissue build up after I had my nose done, this was very depressing. Dr. Hilinksi stuck by my side and performed minor procedure and injections to help with this. Hilinski is loyal and a highly qualified facial specialist. I am happy with my results! 
Paid (or co-pay): $5000
RID: 1823367
29/03/12 3 3 1 1 I paid $3100 for a full face laser skin resurfacing and took a week off work. On the day of surgery, I was called excessively by his staff to come in 3 hours early because he finished his earlier surgeries and the rental machine was there. He did the surgery in 30 minutes and I was wheeled out the door still sedated from the anaesthesia. I healed in 3 1/2 days and looked exactly the same. He said I would have results in 2 months. I didn't. I offered that he provide partial refund or even some juvederm injections since I had no results. He sent me a letter discharging me from his office. I took him to Small Claims court. I lost. Judge ruled that it was medical malpractice case and I did not have an expert witness as burden of proof. 
Paid (or co-pay): $3123
RID: 1650884
02/12/11 5 4 5 5 I had really bad deviated septum problem and my nose didn't look nice due to deviation. Dr. Hilinski fixed it in September 2011, and each day it looks better and better. I am so grateful to him and his staff for everything they had done for me. He exceeded all my expectations and I would highly recommend him to anyone that has breathing problems or wants to fix the look of their nose. He is the best, no need to search more! I would highly recommend Dr.Hilinski! He is knowledgable, listens to patients and most important honest. I really feel like I hit jackpot by going with Dr.Hilinski. I look amazing and feel amazing all thanks to Dr.H 
Insurance: Aetna
RID: 1572815
27/10/11 5 5 5 5 I received Botox treatment by Dr. Hilinski and will definitely go back for another treatment when it wears off. (So far, results have lasted two months.) The staff were friendly; and the cost of treatment was reasonable. Best of all, I had received treatment in the past by other doctors -- and I did not get the impression that Dr. Hilinski nor his staff were trying to "over-sell" their products. I especially appreciated that the results of the treatment were a fresh and naturally youthful look (as opposed to the frozen-faced look that I'm certain most of us want to avoid). I highly recommend Dr. Hilinski to anyone looking for a Botox treatment. 
Paid (or co-pay): $240
RID: 1562111
15/10/11 4 4 1 2 Dr. Hilinski is a very nice man, and his training is excellent. He is charming and likable, and I wish I could give him a better rating. Based on my result, however, I can not. He performed a revision rhinoplasty on me, which fell very short of my expectations. I was not expecting perfection, but he introduced more issues than he corrected. He removed too much tissue on one side of my nose, and grafted too much on the other, creating a very crooked, asymmetrical look. Unfortunately, I can not recommend him. 
Paid (or co-pay): $10500
RID: 1541042
19/09/11 5 5 5 5 Had a face and neck lift for my 60th birthday and I went to 3 other surgeons before I saw Dr. Hilinski. Firstly his office staff is friendly, helpful, and generally outstanding. He's easy to talk to and his solution to my under eye hollows was to fill them with permanent filler. The other surgeons I saw had rather 'scary' ideas as how to fix that area. My face and neck lift along with the filler were 100% success. Don't worry about seeing Dr. Hilinski for a facelift, he's not going to make you look scary, strange, or oddly stretched, just gorgeous! 
Paid (or co-pay): $10000
RID: 1534882
11/09/11 5 5 5 5 Dr. Helinski performed a much needed surgery on me in 1996, my neck had a large growth. The doctor labored on a project that most surgeons would not have touched. The work was marvelous and I remain faithful to him as a client 5 years later. He is a "saint" in my book!! 
Insurance: Tricare
Paid (or co-pay): $1500
RID: 1512807
15/08/11 5 5 5 5 I went to Dr. Hilinski for my first Botox treatment for migraine pain. I chose him because he was affordable and had great Yelp reviews. He was very straightforward, the injections were quick and painless, and the results were immediate. I had the most wonderful experience and am recommending all my friends who suffer from migraines to visit him. 
Insurance: Anthem
Paid (or co-pay): $219
18/04/11 SYSTEM: 2 positive duplicate or disallowed ratings automatically removed 
18/04/11 SYSTEM: 2 negative duplicate or disallowed ratings automatically removed 
RID: 1382388
08/03/11 5 5 5 5 After numerous consultations with several doctors(telling me they couldn't help me and/or the nasal reconstruction needed wasn't possible) I was FINALLY referred to Dr Hilinski. To say my encounters with him and his staff have been positive is an understatement! Not only was Dr Hilinski able to fix my sinus and nasal problems and restore my quality of life, he and his staff also went to bat for me with regard to insurance coverage issues. He is a skilled Dr/plastic surgeon that truly goes above and beyond with his "patient first approach". There's no one else I would trust with my facial reconstruction needs... Dr Hilinski truly makes the impossible; POSSIBLE! 
Insurance: Workers Comp
RID: 1346506
25/01/11 5 5 5 5 Dr. Hilinski specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery. Credentials are outstanding.I came to Dr. Hilinski to fix the poor repair after cancer removal on my nose. My internist recommended this surgeon to me,known for his artistic skill and concern. The Dr. was clear it would not be an easy repair, and might need to occur in stages. He did compassionate pt. education. His post-operative care was outstanding. As an RN, I was interested to hear the nurses in the OR rave about his skill and kind treatment. Thanks to Dr. Hilinski I knew what to expect with surgery, and felt confident in his hands. I now no longer feel disfigured and am beyond grateful. In 2010 my mother was diagnosed with the same cancer on her nose. We knew to see Dr. Hilinski after the cancer removal.You now would not even know that a scalpel ever touched my mother's nose. I have referred 3 friends to the Dr. All were very satisfied. Simply, you would not want anyone else to touch your face.  Respond
RID: 1316499
17/12/10 5 5 5 5 I consulted with Dr. Hilinski after a previous general plastic surgeon operated on my nose. I presented with a severely blunted nasal tip along with abnormalities in my nasal bridge that was visible through the thin skin of my nose. Dr. H was able to build up my nose using ear cartilage and fascia. My rhinoplasty journey (as most rhinoplasty journeys) was long and fraught with ups and downs. However, whenever I felt down Dr. H was always there to remind me that he wasn't giving up so I shouldn't either. Although a doctor's skill is measured by medical knowledge and experience, there are other components to a doctor that elevates a good surgeon to a great one. Dr. H is hands down a great surgeon and a great person. He doesn't back down from a challenge and he doesn't give up. There are a lot of doctors out there with good credentials but there needs to be more with compassion. Dr. H has it all.  Respond
RID: 1294450
16/11/10 5 5 5 5 I can't say enough good things about Dr. Hilinski. He is the most talented and caring surgeon who really takes pride in his work. I went to him after several failed rhinoplasties from 3 different docs. From the first time in his office, he clearly explained what improvements can be made and what techniques he would utilize. Well, 2 years later I am ecstatic at the results. I look and feel like a completely different person! He is absolutely amazing and his staff was wonderful. A great experience overall!  Respond
RID: 1292497
12/11/10 4 5 5 5 I went to Dr. Hilinski because I could not breath through the left side of my nose after it was operated on and made worse by an ear nose and throat doctor who was trying to fix my deviated septum. Dr. Hilinski performed surgery and my nose was better but still not functioning perfectly. Dr. Hilinki discussed what could realistically be done to improve the outcome. I agreed to a second surgery and my nose now looks and works better than it has in years. I am very happy with my results and I sleep better because I can breath better. My results were so good that my husband who also had a deviated septum (from a hockey stick to the face when he was young) decided to have surgery with Dr. Hilinski. My husband also breathes better now that the surgery was done. Based on my experiences and those of my husband I think Dr. Hilinski is an excellent surgeon and he has always been very sympathetic and professional with us. Regina L. 
Insurance: United Healthcare
RID: 1285979
04/11/10 4 4 2 2 Did not get the result I was hoping for. He performed a revision rhinoplasty, which left me with a short, upturned pig snout. Cartilage grafts are now showing thru my skin. Do not be fooled by this doctor. He talks a good game, but in the end delivers bad results.  See Responses
RID: 1285629
03/11/10 5 4 5 5 I absolutely love Dr. Hilinski. He did my rhinoplasty about 3 years ago, and it turned out perfectly, very natural and not too noticeable. He was able to show me on the computer beforehand what my nose would look like. More recently I had blepharoplasty on my droopy/uneven eyelids, and that too turned out great. It was a relatively simple and inexpensive procedure with amazing results. I am so happy with my face and feel I do look younger than my age. Dr. Hilinski is very informative, caring, a perfectionist. Very thorough in follow-up, wants the results to be perfect. He goes for a natural look which I appreciate. Overall a great guy, excellent surgeon and I might even call him an artist! Nowadays I go in for injectable fillers and get my Latisse through him. He does such a great job. Also his office is comfortable and not too stuffy, and I like the staff too.  Respond
RID: 1285113
03/11/10 3 2 4 5 Dr. Hilinski is very personable and frindly. He takes time to listen,chat and pays attention to ones concern and interests. The staff has changed and the office moved since I was last there for treatment, so I have not interacted with them at this clinic.  Respond
RID: 1270640
13/10/10 4 4 1 1 Very charismatic doctor with great bedside matter but the result of the surgery was very unfortunate. I specifically asked him to narrow my nostril and smooth a bump from the tip. He made it sound that the problems to be corrected were easy and simple. In the post op appointment I was very disappointed that the bump was still there and the nostril was now uneven with the left side larger than the right side. He couldn't figure out why the bump was still there and kept telling me to wait. I kept going there every few months and he would say to " wait and see". So well over a year went by until I realized that the surgery with Dr Hilinski had been a waste of my time and money. He never offered to redo and was unable to give me an explanation of what happened. In relation to my nostril ending up uneven, he offered to fix it but I would have to pay a second time. I thought that was unethical.  See Responses
RID: 1262348
30/09/10 5 5 5 5 I came to Dr. Hilinski with a very complicated rhinoplasty surgery that had been operated on twice before, with failed results. I took my time very carefully in selecting Dr. Hilinski. I drove to LA to see Dr. 90210 and my uncle is even a plastic surgeon. Ultimately, it was Dr. Hiliski's expertise, attention to detail, honesty, and calm demeanor that made my decision. It was the best desision I ever made. He did an increadible job! 
Insurance: CIGNA
Paid (or co-pay): $7500
RID: 1114558
25/02/10 5 3 5 4 Dr. Hilinski is a very nice doctor, he was the doctor that I contacted immediately after another surgeon with the same first initials made a disaster of my face. Dr. Hilinski was very helpful and knowledgeable and he replied to my emails quickly and spent time discussing my problems , which really says a lot about him. I truly regret missing my appointment with him , I am sure I would be happy with his work. I have trust issues with doctors , but this doctor actually cares and he is smart and i admire him for helping people who have been botched. Thank you doctor and I am sorry.  Respond
RID: 1094268
01/02/10 4 1 3 3 I am sorry to say it but Dr. H is not that good ! I was impressed at first by him, he is really nice, humble and seemed knowlegeable. He did not botch my nose but I am not pleased with the outcome. He always has to do touch ups and correct something that went wrong, it's been going on for months .. I am getting disappointed and frustrated. Be careful with your choice.  See Responses
RID: 961412
12/08/09 2 4 2 3 Like the other review says, once surgery is over, the customer service goes down the drain. No return correspondence or after care concern. You may think he understands what you want but he simply doesn't deliver. I cannot figure out why. Lack of talent? I definitely did not get what we agreed on and am now looking for revisionists. What a waste. Also, some of the people in the office are useless. They must've messed up my appointments at least twice. He seems very nice until the day of surgery. Insincerity. Don't be fooled.  See Responses
RID: 950317
29/07/09 4 3 1 1 He was caring during my surgeries but not professional when things didn't turn out the way him or I expected. You are on your own if something goes wrong.  Respond
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