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Peter A. Hilger, MD, MS, FACS, Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Minneapolis, MN

Peter A. Hilger, MD, MS, FACS

Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery


Hilger Face CenterMedical Doctor5050 France Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55410


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Before & After Albums

Top procedures performed by Peter A. Hilger, MD, MS, FACS

Facelift Before, Female 61 - 1915Facelift After, Female 61 - 1915


Chin Augmentation Before, Male 27 - 1910Chin Augmentation After, Male 27 - 1910

Chin Augmentation

Blepharoplasty Before, Female 45 - 1906Blepharoplasty After, Female 45 - 1906


Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty Before, Female 55 - 1904Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty After, Female 55 - 1904

Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty

Endoscopic Brow Lift Before, Female 70 - 1911Endoscopic Brow Lift After, Female 70 - 1911

Endoscopic Brow Lift

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About Peter A. Hilger, MD, MS, FACS

Dr. Hilger has been a leader in facial plastic surgery demonstrated by the techniques he teaches, national and international leadership positions, and the thousands of happy patients for whom he has cared. His decades-long career is driven by a passion for patient care and attention to detail that has had a lasting impact on facial plastic surgery.

Professional Title

Director of the Division of Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery University of Minnesota

Top Procedures

  • Alarplasty
  • Blepharoplasty
  • Botox
  • Brow Lift
  • Chemical Peels
  • Chin Augmentation
  • Chin Reduction
  • Closed Rhinoplasty
  • Dermabrasion
  • Dermabrasion Treatment
  • Dermal Fillers & Injectables
  • Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)
  • Earlobe Surgery
  • Endoscopic Brow Lift
  • Facelift
  • Jaw Implant
  • Jawline Slimming with Botox
  • Laser Skin Resurfacing
  • Lip Augmentation and Injections
  • Lip Augmentation with Autologen
  • Lip Augmentation with Fat Transfer
  • Lip Lift
  • Microdosing with Botox
  • Modified Lip Lift
  • Neck Lift
  • Open Rhinoplasty
  • Orthognathic Surgery
  • Otoplasty
  • Periorbital Botox for Crow's Feet
  • Permanent Lip Fillers
  • Restylane®
  • Revision Rhinoplasty
  • Rhinoplasty
  • Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty
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Board Certifications

American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive SurgeryAmerican Board of Otolaryngology

Years of Experience

44 years of experience


  • Undergraduate School: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • Graduate School: University of Minnesota Medical School
  • Residency: Fairview University Medical Center
  • Fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery


  • English

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Subnasal Lip Lift?


A subnasal lip lift elevates the top portion of the lip and reduces the distance between the upper lip and bottom of the nose. The result is a smile that is fuller and more youthful.

How is a Subnasal Lip Lift Performed?


To begin the surgery, Dr. Hilger will make a very small incision at the junction between the nose and lip. The surgeons usually make the incision in the natural crease of the area, so that it is well concealed. After making the incision, a small, curved strip of skin is trimmed away, to lift the lip area. The resulting wound is stitched up with sutures. Most of the sutures will be removed within 5 to 7 days. Some of the sutures are dissolvable and will fade on their own.

Are there any non-surgical alternatives to nose-surgery?


Injectable fillers have been used off-label for non-surgical rhinoplasty. While this is a good option for some patients, it comes with several drawbacks. First, the procedure is temporary. The results typically last no more than 6-12 months. It is also not appropriate for fixing many of the problems patients are concerned with. Only subtle changes can be made. Finally, there are some risks for unfavorable scarring. During your consultation, if you are interested in non-surgical rhinoplasty, be sure to discuss the option with your surgeon, as they will be able to advise you based on your individual case.

What are the risks of rhinoplasty surgery?


Although the surgery is overall very safe when performed by a reputable facial plastic surgeon, all surgery carries some risks. Bleeding, infection, anesthesia complications, unfavorable scarring, numbness, nosebleeds, hematoma, nerve damage, and poor aesthetic outcome are all possible complications. Experienced surgeons like Dr. Hilger know how to minimize these risks during surgery, and patients should follow postoperative instructions carefully to further minimize risk.

Am I a Candidate for Facial Augmentation?


You may be a good candidate for facial augmentation with fat grafting if you are in good health and have experienced a loss of facial volume to due to aging. If you feel that you look tired or older than you really are due to a loss of volume in the cheek area, fat transfer can not only restore fullness to the face, it can also help you feel more confident. There are cases when a younger patient, who has little facial volume due to congenital conditions, might be a good candidate for fat transfer. But it’s often more likely that younger patients are better served by more permanent facial augmentation options, such as cheek implants.

How is Otoplasty performed?


For protruding ears, the surgeon will make small incisions behind the ears to trim, remove, and reshape the cartilage. The ears are then secured with sutures so that they lie closer to the head. Other deformities or shape issues can be corrected by removing skin and cartilage through incisions in the front of the ear or otoplasty. In both cases, scars are barely visible. Children’s surgery is performed under general anesthetic. The surgery typically takes about two to three hours. At the end of the procedure, a soft protective bandage is applied and this remains in place for 2 to 5 days. We generally then ask patients to wear a light elastic headband at night for an additional three weeks to minimize the risk of inadvertently putting traction on the ear or otoplasty.




  • American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • American Board of Otolarygology


  • Professor and Director of the Division of Facial Plastic Surgery in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery University of Minnesota
  • President of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • A Director of the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • President of the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
  • Associate Editor JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery
  • A Fellowship Director of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Selected as “Top Doctor” by Minnesota Monthly and Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine

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