James Knoetgen, M.D.
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

About Dr. James Knoetgen

A highly skilled plastic and cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Knoetgen (pronounced “no gin”) takes pride in providing his patients at Beautologie Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center in Bakersfield with the very best in personalized care and attention.  A visit to Dr. Knoetgen at the Beautologie office allows you to get to know him before  you move forward with  your procedure.  Dr Knoetgen believes this level of service is the only way to deliver the results each patient wants.  By taking the time to get to know each and every patient, he can  deliver the results people all over California have come to know Dr. Knoetgen for.

With a caring manner, he always puts his patients at ease so they feel great about achieving their cosmetic goals.  Along with the entire team at Beautologie, Dr. Knoetgen is passionate about making the experience of every patient unique and personalized.  No matter what your needs are, he wants to help you discover the best and healthiest solution.  With a wide variety of services to choose from, patients can turn to Dr. Knoetgen when they want to look and feel better than ever.

Services Offered by Dr. Knoetgen:

  • Breast Augmentation— Breast augmentation is the most popular plastic surgery procedure performed in the United States. It’s a great technique for making your breasts larger, or for returning your breasts back to their original size before you breast fed! This  involves the use of saline or silicone breast implants.  Dr. Knoetgen has performed more than 1,000 of these procedures and is able to help you achieve your goals and feel better about yourself.  There are several techniques that can be used which Dr Knoetgen will  discuss with you during your consultation, because he strongly believes in providing each patient with an individualized plan tailored to your needs and desires
  • Tummy Tuck—Also called an abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck allows patients to flatten and contour the front of their stomach and their waistline, which can become flabby throughout the aging process.  Especially helpful after having children or  after weight loss, a tummy tuck can also be done along with liposuction to achieve maximum results
  • Mommy Makeover – Having children is a beautiful thing, but it can certainly change a womens body! A mommy makeover is a combination of procedures Dr Knoetgen performs to help reverse the changes brought about my pregnancy. It usually involves breast augmentation and a tummy tuck, with some liposuction of the lower waist. It can also be combined with more liposuction or a breast lift, depending on your needs. Dr Knoetgen is happy to discuss all these options with you at your complimentary consultation at Beautologie.
  • Breast Lift—This procedure will involve lifting and reshaping the breast to give your breasts a firmer, lifted, and more youthful appearance.  Depending on your desires and personal goals, Dr. Knoetgen may also suggest a breast implant to help give your breasts a rounder and fuller appearance.

Body Contouring after weight loss— After losing a significant amount of weight, you can be left with lots of loose skin in a variety of places. Dr. Knoetgen can help to contour these areas to give you a tighter and more youthful appearance  Depending on your individual  desires and needs, this might involve a tummy tuck, liposuction, arm lift, thigh lift,  or other procedures to eliminate excess skin and help to improve your appearance .

  • Liposuction—Liposuction can be performed in various areas of the body, including the arms, legs,  stomach, hips, back, and ‘bra rolls’.  This can  help you to have the stubborn areas of fat removed, even when diet and exercise won’t work to get rid of them.

Dr. Knoetgen’s Education and Training
After completing his general surgical residency training at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital of Columbia University in New York City, Dr. Knoetgen went on to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota for his plastic surgery residency, which is ranked among the top medical facilities in the world. Dr. Knoetgen was then  asked to stay at the Mayo Clinic  as a staff plastic surgeon and plastic surgery instructor, and he worked there for seven years. .  During his years at the Mayo Clinic, Dr Knoetgen performed  thousands of surgical procedures including many aesthetic procedures for the breasts, body, and face.

While at the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Knoetgen  specialized in body contouring procedures and conducted a study on arm lift surgery, which resulted in an important scientific paper in a prominent plastic surgery journal.  .  Dr Knoetgen presented this study at national meetings, leading him to be regarded as a leading expert on arm lift surgery. He has been published in various media outlets and plastic and cosmetic surgery journals and textbooks over the years.

During his time at the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Knoetgen became acquainted with Dr. Darshan Shah, who is the founder of Beautologie Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center in Bakersfield, California.  This relationship led to Dr. Knoetgen’s  relocation to Bakersfield to join the team at Beautologie.  In his 3 years at Beautologie, Dr. Knoetgen has truly enjoyed being a part of such an incredible team.

Awards and Memberships

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons— Considered to be the most prestigious plastic surgery society in the world.
  • American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery—Considered to beThe most prestigious society for aesthetic surgeons in the world.
  • Board Certified, American Board of Plastic Surgery

If you want more information about the procedures and treatments provided by Dr. Knoetgen at Beautologie, contact him today.  He is available for personalized consultations in Bakersfield and Fresno to discuss his procedures.  Dr. Knoetgen can help you achieve your goals and improve your self-confidence.