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Plastic surgery is the foundation of the Zelken Institute. Dr. Zelken, a Johns Hopkins-trained, board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon specializes in surgery of the face, breast, and body. His niche procedures include facelift, rhinoplasty, laser eyelid surgery, and wide awake surgery. He is a luminary for BodyTite, a scarless skin tightening solution, and holds a leadership role at Hoag Hospital.

He is fellowship trained in microsurgery and is a respected member of the local trauma call panels. Under the guidance of our Wellness Director Sophia Puatu, DNP, we offer weight loss solutions, hormone replacement, energy optimization, and metabolism. All surgical patients visit should speak with a staff anesthesiologist prior to surgery to ensure surgery is safe and to be optimized medically.

We are believers in the perioperative surgical home concept (POSH) where continuity of care is assured, and you can choose this option enhance or maintain your results. We offer a comprehensive menu of services from laser therapy to photofacials, fillers and other injectables, innovative therapies, and skin care.

read more › Dr. Jonathan Zelken is a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon. He was raised in New England and embraces the artistry in his craft; this is what drew him to a career in Plastic Surgery. Dr. Zelken obtained his undergraduate degree in Biology from Cornell University. Dr. Zelken went on to pursue a degree in Medicine at Tufts University and committed to a career as a surgeon-scientist. The first two scientific articles he authored have been cited 140 times. After graduating at the top of his class, Dr. Zelken completed his plastic surgery training at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

read more › Today Linda Evangelista made the news for coming forward with a heartfelt account about her experience with Coolsculpting. Coolsculpting has been around for years and is the industry leader in nonsurgical fat reduction. But is it really the best option? The earliest facelifts were skin-only (subcutaneous) lifts that looked good initially but did not last long due to the weak mechanics of skin (the weakest organ). These days, one of the most-requested facial problem areas is a small shadow that originates from the corner of the mouth and angles downward.

read more › The plastic surgery field has grown exponentially in recent years which means your options for doctors and practices have grown as well. So how do you know if you're getting the highest quality service? Before considering surgery, you should always do your homework on the procedure and the doctor in question. There's no one more qualified than Dr. Zelken to handle your plastic surgery needs. He trained in general surgery and plastic surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital followed by a highly competitive fellowship in microsurgery.

read more › The abdominal wall is a complex structure that must be well-understood before reconstruction is pursued. Think of the wall as a tube, or pressure generator that aids in balance, orientation in three-dimensional space, micturition, defecation, parturition, coughing, breathing, and phonation. Layers including skin, subcutaneous fat, fascia, muscle, pre peritoneal fat, and peritoneum. In simpler terms, there are two layers: (a) cutaneous or superficial and (b) musculofascial or deep, insofar as reconstruction is concerned.

read more › Losing a lot of weight is something to celebrate. Seriously, congratulations! Strut your stuff, and by all means, treat yourself no a new wardrobe. While skin snaps back in some folks, often times, it retains it memory and that extra baggage can be as troublesome as the extra weight. After any substantial amount of weight loss, whether from weight loss surgery or lifestyle changes, the skin and tissues often lack the elasticity to conform to your new, reduced body size. We call this "massive weight loss".

read more › If your hand is impaired in any way, it can limit the activities you enjoy, interfere with work and lower your self-esteem. Hand surgery at the Zelken Institute for Aesthetic Medicine aims to improve hand strength, flexibility and function. We can also correct abnormalities that were present at birth. It's a highly specialized surgery, which is why trusting someone with Dr. Zelken's credentials is in your - and your hands' - best interest. Hand surgery is a surgical option that can correct disfigurement, reduce pain, and improve quality of life.

read more › Stubborn, localized fat is a common complaint among both men and women. At the Zelken Institute, we use state-of-the-art fat removal techniques to help our patients say goodbye to unwanted fat. Liposuction is a surgical body contouring technique that can help you achieve a more sculpted appearance. Liposuction, or suction lipectomy, is a term used to describe removal of fat from the body through a closed suction system. Liposuction can be used to collect fat for transfer to the breasts or buttocks or the fat can simply be discarded.

read more › Breast reduction surgery for men, also called gynecomastia surgery, is performed to reduce breast size in men and to flatten and enhance the chest contours. In more severe cases, the excess breast tissue may cause sagging and stretching of the areola. In such cases, the position and size of the areola can be surgically improved. Male breast reduction surgery is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures requested by men. Gynecomastia is a condition of overdeveloped or enlarged breasts in men, which can occur at any age.

read more › Dr. Zelken agrees that 50 is the new 30. Increasing life expectancy, changes in societal norms, and improvements in healthcare and rejuvenation technologies may provide a second wind to parents approaching middle age. A Mommy Makeover is designed to restore and enhance the shape of the body after childbirth. Mommy makeover is a catchall phrase used informally by patients and plastic surgeons alike. A mommy makeover is not a type of surgery, but rather an assortment of surgeries to address the common signs of the aging postpartum or post-weight loss female form.

read more › Pregnancy, fluctuations in weight and age can all affect the shape and structure of the stomach region, resulting in a potentially undesirable abdominal profile. At the Zelken Institute, we specialize in abdominal correction procedures, bringing the possibility of a well-toned stomach within reach. An abdominoplasty can restore weakened abdominal muscles and sculpt the stomach to give a slimmer, firmer appearance. Tummy tuck surgery, a colloquial term for abdominoplasty, is a great way of eliminating excess skin and fat that can't seem to go away with diet and exercise alone.

read more › You may hear about trends or fads that exist in breast augmentation, but in Dr. Zelken's experience, every woman wants something different. While patterns or trends may exist, your voice deserves to be heard. Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that can enhance your body and even out your proportions. Breast augmentation, sometimes called a boob job is a time-tested, safe, and predictable way to increase your breast size or improve symmetry when breasts are uneven. The procedure often takes 90 minutes or less, and the result can last for decades.

read more › Breast ptosis is the medical term for sagging. Gravity, time, childbirth, weight loss, and anatomic variation can cause breast ptosis to occur in women of all ages. Dr. Zelken has performed this operation on women as young as 19 years old. Breast lift, or mastopexy, is the art of repositioning the nipple and redistributing parts of the breast from the lower pole of the breast upward. There are a number of ways to accomplish this, and the approach will differ according your unique goals, physique, and sometimes, from breast to breast.

read more › At the Zelken Institute, we encourage every woman to focus on the positive aspects of the breast cancer journey: beating cancer and living a full life. Dr. Zelken will do his best to restore your femininity and sense of wholeness. Most women we meet are unaware of the options they have. Dr. Zelken has access state-of-the-art tools and a fellowship trained skillset to rebuild your breast using implants or your own tissue. If you are interested in learning more, call (949) 432-4730 to discuss your story and options.

read more › Macromastia, Gigantomastia, and Titanomastia are medical terms for large breasts. Genetics, childbirth, ethnic variations, and obesity are some of the factors that can lead to overly large breasts in women of all ages. Large breasts, although desired by some women, can lead to psychological and emotional distress, in addition to back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, shoulder grooving, and rashes. If you are experiencing any of these or other issues related to your large breasts, you are probably a candidate for breast reduction surgery.

read more › There are those complications of breast augmentation and breast reconstruction that can be prevented, and those that cannot. Botched surgery is a term that was recently popularized on television, but it encompasses a whole spectrum of outcomes - preventable or not - that warrants additional surgery. A breast revision procedure can address complications from a primary breast augmentation surgery. Meticulous technique and careful planning during your first breast augmentation operation can often prevent asymmetry.

read more › Women everywhere understand the struggle of having breasts that are too loose and saggy. This can be due to changes in weight, hormones, or dietary habits. Additionally, women often notice a significant change after pregnancy and/or during breastfeeding. Lower levels of elastin in the breasts will stretch the ligaments and cause sagging. The Zelken Institute in Newport Beach offers an effective solution to this problem in the form of the BreastTite procedure. BreastTite lifts and reshapes the breasts, without extensive surgery and significant downtime.

read more › As we grow older, our foreheads are there to make sure everyone knows that another year has come and gone. Inevitably, unsightly wrinkle lines begin to appear. At the same time, frown lines between the brows may develop, making us look angry or "too serious." The good news is you have plenty of options to combat those signs of aging, including a brow lift. The better news? At the Zelken Institute of Aesthetic Medicine, you have an award-winning, board-certified plastic surgeon to perform your brow lift.

read more › Buccal fat removal, also referred to as a cheek reduction, bichectomy, or buccal lipectomy, aims to thin the cheeks, particularly in the area of the cheek hollows, to give patients a more contoured facial appearance. Although a face that is naturally soft and filled out is considered youthful, some people feel their face is too full. In addition, the area can be highly resistant to any sort of exercise and diet, so even though you may be thin everywhere else, your face can still appear chubby. If you're unhappy with the appearance of your cheeks, buccal fat removal at the Zelken Institute for Aesthetic Medicine may help restore your confidence and boost your self-esteem.

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