Michael I. Kulick MD

SF, CA, US
Michael I. Kulick MD

About the Practice

Practice Philosophy

A healthy level of self-esteem is one of several factors which contribute to an emotionally satisfying life. Having pride in one's physical appearance can affect this level of self-esteem.

Sometimes, individuals may have cosmetic physical problems that cause great personal concern. There may even be a disparity between their own self-image - how they see themselves, and their body image - how other people see them. A problem that is very troublesome to a person, may seem insignificant to a friend or loved one. When such a disparity in an individual's image exists, it can often weaken that person's self-esteem, and lead to associated frustration, anxiety or depression.

Corrective measures to bridge this gap between self-image and body image can take several forms, both surgical and non-surgical. Because cosmetic surgery is not a self-image panacea, Dr. Kulick conducts a preliminary consultation to assess an individual's need and motivation for surgery. Numerous physical conditions can be significantly improved by cosmetic surgery. Even a relatively minor procedure can ease the anxiety associated with a physical condition. Once the patient and Dr. Kulick have a clear understanding of the desired change, the procedure can then be planned.

Through cosmetic surgery, Dr. Kulick has helped many patients overcome their physical concerns from birth defects, deformities caused by injury, problems attributed to genetic structure, and the effects of aging. In such cases, cosmetic surgery provided a heightened level of self-esteem and an enhanced quality of life.

Practice Specialization

Facelift (LASER Assisted Vertical Lift)
Laser Assisted Eyelids (Bleph or Blepharoplasty)
Endoscopic Brow Lift
Lip Augmentation
Chin Implant
Nasal Surgery (Rhinoplasty)
Breast Augmentation
Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
Male Breast Reduction (gynecomastia)
Female Breast Reduction
Ultrasonic Liposuction
Body Contouring
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
Photorejuvenation (IPL, ELOS)
Polaris Wrinkle Reduction
Cellulite Treatment
Laser Skin Resurfacing
Hair Reduction (LASER - IPL)
ReLume (scar / stretch mark treatment)
Skin Fillers (Juvaderm, Fat, etc)
Otoplasty (Ear surgery)

Background & Certification

Board Certification

American Board of Plastic Surgery
Certificate of Added Qualifications in Hand Surgery

Professional Background

Stanford University Hospital
General/Plastic Surgery Resident, Palo Alto, CA

Hand Surgery Fellowship
E.S. Kilgore, M.D., W.L. Newmeyer, M.D., San Francisco, CA

Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University, M.D. Degree, Chicago, IL

Magna Cum Laude
AOA Honor Society

Northwestern University Dental School, Northwestern University, D.D.S. Degree, Chicago, IL

Magna Cum Laude
OKU National Honor Society

Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
Majors: Mathematics/Biochemistry

Teaching Appointments

Clinical Faculty Member, Saint Francis Memorial Hospital, Plastic Surgery Residency Program, San Francisco, CA

Clinical Faculty Member, University of California San Francisco, Department of Surgery, San Francisco, CA

Publications and Presentations

Publications

Kulick, Michael I. “Viral Hepatitis: Key to Early Retirement.” Dental Student Journal .55 (1977): 38-56.

Kulick, Michael I., Ernest, K., Zerwek, J., et al. “Successful Auto-Transplant of Adenomatous Parathyroid Tissue in Four Patients.” America Federation for Clinical Research. October 1978.

Kulick, Michael I., Lewis, N. S., Bansal, V., et al. “Hyperosmolarity in the Burn Patient: Analysis of an Osmolal Discrepancy.” Journal of Trauma. 20(1980): 223.

Kulick, Michael I., and Lopez, R. “Immunological Aspects of Thermal Injuries.” Annals of Plastic Surgery. 7 (1981): 252.

Kulick, Michael I., Brent, B., Ross, J., et al. “Perichondral Arthroplasty: Orientation of the Graft’s Active Surface.” Journal of Hand Surgery. 9 (1984): 213.

Kulick, Michael I., Braslow, R., and Hentz, R. “Injectable Ibuprofen: Preliminary Evaluation of Its Ability to Decrease Peritendinous Adhesion.”

Kulick, Michael I. “Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.” Medical Examination Review Book. Vol. 27, 4th ed. Medical Examination
Publishing Co. Inc., 1985.

Kulick, Michael I. “Management of Maxillo-Facial Trauma.” Hospital Medicine . January, 1985.

Kulick, Michael I., Wong, R., Falces, E., et al. “Silver Sulfadiazine: Identification of Possible Adverse Effects.” Annals of Plastic Surgery. 14 (1985): 401.

Kulick, Michael I., Kilgore Jr., E. S., and Newmeyer, W. L. “Pseudotendon Formation after Flexor Tendon Injury.” Journal of Hand Surgery. 10A September (1985): 638-640.

Kulick, Michael I., and Kim, H. D. “In-Vivo and In-Vitro Effectsof Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Agents on Collagen Synthesis.” Surgical Forum. October,1985.

Kulick, Michael I., Smith, S., and Hadler, K. “Oral Ibuprofen: Evaluation of Its Effect on Peritendinous Adhesions and Wound Healing. A Laboratory Investigation.” Journal of Hand Surgery. January, 1986.

Kulick, Michael I., (co-author). “Section of Head and Neck Reconstructive Surgery.” ECFMG FMG Examination Review Book. Part 2, 6th ed., New York: Medical Examination Publishing Co. Inc., 1986.

Kulick, Michael I., Gordillo, G., Savadi, T., Kilgore Jr., E. S., and Newmeyer, W. L. “Long Term Analysis of Patients That Underwent Surgical Treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.” Journal of Hand Surgery. January, 1986.

Kulick, Michael I., Korman, J., and Sergot, T. “Case Report: 2 year Follow-Up Paraffin Injection for the Treatment of Baldness.” Plastic Reconstructive Surgery. January, 1987.

Kulick, Michael I., and Winslow, J. “Emergency Treatment of Hand Injuries.” Hospital Physician. September, 1987.

Kulick, Michael I. “Topical Minoxidil: Treatment of Androgenic Alopecia.” Annals of Plastic Surgery. Vol. 3 (1988): 273.

Kulick, Michael I. “The Hand Certification Review Book.” Medical Examination Review Book. Elsevier Publishing Company, January, 1990.

Kulick, Michael I. “Treatment of Head Injuries by Non-Physicians.” Hospital Physician. January, 1990.

Kulick, Michael I. “Evaluation of the KTP Laser in Aesthetic Surgery.” Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Vol. 20 (1996): 53-57.

Kulick, Michael I., Hootan, D. “Breast Implantation and the Incidence of Upper Extremity Somatic Complaints.” Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Vol. 21:105-109, 1996.

Kulick, Michael I., Mele, J., and Lee, D. “Laser Blepharoplasty: Is it Safe?.” Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Vol 22:9-11, 1998

Kulick, Michael I. Lasers in Aesthetic Surgery. New York, New York: Springer- Verlag Inc., Oct. 1997.

Oseroff, A., Kulick, M., Keller, G.,et. al. “Light-Reactive Tin Ethyl Etiopurpurin (Purlytin) for Photodynamic Therapy of Common Cancers: A Phase I Study in Human Patients.” Submitted J. Am. Acad. of Derm., June 1998.

Kulick, Michael. “Using Intense Pulsed Light Technology in a Plastic Surgery Practice.” Aesthetic Surgery Journal. Jan./Feb. 2001

Kulick, Michael, I., Mullholland, Stephen, Seckel, Brooke, R., “Treatment of Dyschromia.” Aesthetic Surgery Journal, Jul./Aug. 2003

Kulick, Michael, I., “Evaluation of a combined laser-radio frequency device (Polaris WR) for the non-ablative treatment of facial wrinkles.” J. of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy, 2005; 7:87-92.

Kulick, Michael I. “Evaluation of the combination of radio frequency, infrared energy and mechanical rollers with suction to improve skin surface irregularities (cellulite) in a limited treatment area.” Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy. 2006; 8: 185-190

Kulick, Michael I., Gajjar, Nupoor A. “Analysis of Histologic and Clinical Changes Associated With Polaris WR Treatment of Facial Wrinkles.” Aesthetic Surgery Journal. January/February 2007.

Kulick, Michael I., “Evaluation of a non-Invasive, Dual-Wavelength Laser-Suction and Massage Device for the Regional Treatment of Cellulite.” Plast and Recon Surg, 2010, 125: 1788-1796.

Kulick, Michael I., “Back to Basics: Understanding the Terminology Associated With Light- and Energy-Based Technology.” Aesthetic Surgery Journal. October 2011.

Kulick, Michael I., “Commentary on : Bleeding Risks of Herbal, Homeopathic, and Dietary Supplements: A hidden Nightmare for Plastic Surgeons?” Aesthetic Surgery Journal, 2012;32 (3): 347-348.

Presentations

“Hepatitis: The Key to Early Retirement.”
American Dental Association National Meeting
Las Vegas, NV, May 1975.

“Hyperosmolarity and the Report of an Osmolal Gap.”
American Burn Association National Meeting
New Orleans, LA, March, 1979.

“Propylene Glycol and Its Effect on Renal Function.”
National Student Research Forum
Galveston, TX, April, 1979.

“Setting up a Burn Unit and Establishing a Burn Team.”
Medical College of Honduras
La Ceiba, Honduras, September, 1980.

“Complications of Wound Healing.”
California Society of Plastic Surgeons
Monterey, CA, March, 1981.

“Perichondral Arthroplasty: Orientation of the
Graft’s Active Surface.”
American Association for Hand Surgery
Hawaii, October, 1982.

“Evidence of Immune Complex
Renal Disease in Burn Patients.”
American Burn Association Meeting
New Orleans, LA, March, 1983.

“An In-Vivo and In-Vitro Analysis of Propylene Glycol:
A Vehicle Used in Silver Sulfadiazine Cream.”
American Burn Association Meeting
New Orleans, LA, March, 1983.

“Identification of Antibodies Reacting with
Sulfadiazine in Burn Patients.” 
American Burn Association Meeting
New Orleans, LA, March, 1983.

“Injectable Ibuprofen: Preliminary Evaluation of
Its Ability to Reduce Peritendinous Adhesions.”
American Society of Hand Surgery
Anaheim, CA, March, 1983.

“Differential Diagnosis of Oral Lesions.”
Medical College of Western Samoa
Samoa, June, 1983.

“Facial Palsy: Various Causes and Treatment.”
College of Honduras
La Ceiba, Honduras, January, 1984.

“Oral Ibuprofen: Evaluation of Its Effects in
Peritendinous Adhesions and Wound Healing.”
California Society of Plastic Surgeons
Maui, HI, April, 1984.

“Evaluation of Oral Ibuprofen Effect on
Inflammation and Tensile Strength.”
American Association of Hand Surgery
Acapulco, Mexico, November, 1984.

“A Study of Patients Who Underwent Surgical
Release for Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.”
American Society of Hand Surgery
Las Vegas, NV, January, 1985.

“Problems of Scar Formation after Hand Injuries.”
Poster Session, American Society of Hand Surgery
Las Vegas, NV, January, 1985.

“Primary Treatment of Hand Injuries.”
Far Eastern University Medical College
Manila, Philippines, February, 1985.

“In-Vivo and In-Vitro Effects on Non-Steroidal
Anti-Inflammatory Agents on Collagen Synthesis.”
American College of Surgeons
Chicago, IL, October, 1985.

“Aesthetic Surgery: What Can and Can’t Be Done.”
Northern California Health Center
San Francisco, CA, October, 1985.

“Advances in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.”
California Dental Hygienist Association
Monterey, CA, November, 1986.

“Cosmetic Surgery: Is It for Me?”
California Dental Hygienist Association
Monterey, CA, November, 1986.

“Wound Care and Burn Injury Management.”
Hospital Consortium of San Mateo County
Burlingame, CA, July, 1987.

“Advanced Facial Contouring Symposium.”
Lipoplasty Society of North America
San Diego, CA, February, 1989.

“Cosmetic Surgery: Trends for the 1990’s.”
Commonwealth Club
San Francisco, CA, March, 1990.

“Preliminary Investigation of
Lasers in Cosmetic Surgery.”
7th Annual Advances in Plastic Surgery Symposium
Beverly Hills, CA, August, 1992.

“The KTP Laser and Sculptured Fibers in
Aesthetic Surgery.” 4th Congress Asian Pacific Association for
Laser Medicine and Surgery
Singapore, October, 1992.

“Minimally Invasive Cutaneous Laser Surgery.”
Western Institute for Laser Treatment
Santa Barbara, CA, October, 1992.

“Lasers in Aesthetic Facial Surgery.”
American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
Boston, MA, April, 1993.

“Role of Laboratory Tests in Evaluation of
Somatic Upper Extremity Pain.”
California Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Napa, CA, May, 1995.

“Role of Lasers in Aesthetic Surgery.”
California Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Napa, CA, May, 1995.

“XIIIth Biennial Congress Instructional Courses.”
International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
New York, NY, September, 1995.

“Lasers in Aesthetic Surgery.”
International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
New York, NY, October, 1995.

“Laser Re-Surfacing: Long Term Evaluation.”
Canadian Plastic Surgery Society
Whistler, Canada, February, 1996.

“Advances in Laser Applications.”
American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Orlando, FL, May, 1996.

“Advanced Applications of Lasers for
Vascular and Pigmented Lesions.”
California Society of Plastic Surgery
San Francisco, CA, March, 1997.

“Surgical Applications of Lasers.”
Harvard Aesthetic Symposium
Vail, CO, March, 1997.

“Laser Symposium: The Role of
Lasers in Aesthetic Surgery.”
American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
New York, NY, May, 1997.

“Laser Resurfacing for Pigmented Patients.”
Emerging Technologies in Plastic Surgery
New York, NY, May, 1997. 

“Lasers in Aesthetic Surgery: Recent Advances.” 
American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 
Los Angeles, CA., April, 1998. 

“Using Lasers for Hair Removal.”
American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons
Dallas, TX, May, 1999.

“Using Lasers for Hair Removal.”
American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
Orlando, FL, May, 2000.

“Using Lasers for Hair Removal.”
American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
New York, NY, May, 2001.

“Using Intense Pulse Light Technology in Plastic Surgery Practice.
American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
New York, NY, May, 2001.

“Using Intense Pulse Light Technology/Photorejuvenation in Plastic Surgery Practice.”
American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
Las Vegas, NV, April, 2002

“Arnica Montana: Fact or Fiction.”
American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
Las Vegas, NV, April, 2002

“Use of IPL for Photo-rejuvenation of non-facial areas.”
International Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Sydney, Australia, August, 2003

“Re-pigmentation of Facelift Scars; Analysis of 15 Patients”
International Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Sydney, Australia, August, 2003

“Utilizing UVA and UVB energy for scars and stretch marks”
American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
San Diego, CA, October, 2003

“Use of Radio Frequency {RF} for the non-ablative reduction of facial wrinkles.”
American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
Vancouver, Canada, April, 2004

“The Utilization of Radio Frequency (RF) for the reduction of cellulite and/or facial wrinkles”
The 9th International Congress of Oriental Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
Bangkok, Thailand, December 2004

“Laser Hair Removal”, “Use of IPL in Private Practice”- “RF to
Reduce Facial Wrinkles”
American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, National Meeting
New Orleans, Louisiana, April 2005

“Non Ablative Skin Rejuvenation”
Aesthetic Panel
American Society of Plastic Surgery, National Meeting
Chicago, Illinois, September 2005

“Non-ablative technology for facial rejuvenation.”
Instructional Course
American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
Orlando, Florida, April 2006

“Non Ablative Skin Rejuvenation”
Aesthetic Panel
American Society of Plastic Surgery, National Meeting
San Francisco, CA. September 2006

“Non-ablative technology for facial rejuvenation.”
Instructional Course
American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
New York, New York, April 2007

“Non-ablative technology for facial rejuvenation.”
Instructional Course
American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
San Diego CA, April 2008

“Latest Treatment for Cellulite – Non-invasive, dual laser device.” IMCAS Meeting, Paris France, January 2009.

“Emerging New Trends in Technology.” American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Las Vegas Nevada, May 2009

“Course Director – Cosmetic Medicine,” American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Boston MA, May 2011

“Course Director – Cosmetic Medicine,” American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Vancouver, Canada, May 2012

“Course Director – Cosmetic Medicine,” American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, New York, New York, April 2013

“Course Director – Cosmetic Medicine,” American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, San Francisco, Calif April 2014

Awards & Honors

Clinical Editor – Aesthetic Surgery Journal
Journalist Achievement Award from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
Certificate of Advanced Education in Cosmetic Surgery, Presented by American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
First Place Award, Best Scientific Paper, California Society of Plastic Surgery
Third Place Award, Resident Contest, American Association for Hand Surgery, National Meeting, HI
First Alternate, American College of Surgeons Resident Research Award, Investigation of Immunologic Aspects of Burns
Counselor, Medical Scholars Program, Stanford University Medical School
Upjohn Achievement Award for Excellence in Medicine
SCADA Honorary Society - Student Clinician of the American Dental Association
First Place Award, Clinical Presentation, East Coast Dental Convention

Affiliations & Memberships

Hospital Affiliations

St Francis, St Lukes, Seton, CPMC

Society Memberships

American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)
American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)

Your Consultation

Your personal consultation will be scheduled after your initial conversation with our cosmetic consultant. This office visit will be made at a time convenient for you, based on availability. Evening hours are available on certain days (after 6:00 pm). Occasionally, cancellations occur because of illness or personal reasons. If you are flexible and can move up your appointment, let the scheduler know this. Hopefully, this will decrease the length of time you have to wait for your consultation.

During your initial visit at our office, you will discuss the area(s) of your concern. The key to a successful outcome is to adequately communicate your aesthetic wishes with Dr. Kulick. This may entail bringing pictures of your expectations, or even addressing questions you may have after consultation with another doctor. If you have more than one area that you want addressed, try and prioritize your list. Your input is critical and is the basis for any suggestions Dr. Kulick may have. Dr. Kulick will review each of your concerns and then explain the various procedures available to you. He will also go over the other changes that may occur as a result of the primary procedure you desire. His recommendations regarding the exact techniques he believes will give you the best and long lasting result will be explained, and compared to other methods available. If you have visited other doctors, bring your notes with you so you can make a direct comparison. The immediate and long-term recovery process will be discussed, as well as instructions you should follow before your treatment. Possible risks, alternatives to surgery and long-term planning for your appearance will be openly discussed. Please plan enough time for this visit with Dr. Kulick and his staff so that all your questions will be answered.

Finally, he may make suggestions for ancillary treatments or procedures. These other procedures might add to the overall aesthetic harmony. Your privacy and confidentiality is of the utmost importance to Dr. Kulick. Let him know if he can discuss your visit with friends and family as they sometimes call.

Staff & Facilities

Payment Options

Check, Financing, Cash

"Ask a Question" Responses

Can old white scars be removed?

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Is it possible for a forehead lift to change eye brow angles?

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Face lift and when to do it?

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Michael I. Kulick MD

450 Sutter Street, Suite 2620,
San Francisco, CA, 94108, US

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