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Jonathan Zelken, MD

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Jonathan Zelken, MD

Dr. Zelken obtained his undergraduate degree in Biology from Cornell. He went on to pursue study in Medicine at Tufts University and spent two years conducting soft tissue research in New York City. The first two scientific articles he authored have been cited 140 times. He was one of only 2 candidates selected for Plastic Surgery training at Johns Hopkins Hospital, rated America's #1 hospital for 22 years. He was then selected for an equally competitive microsurgery fellowship in Taiwan.


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Meet Dr. Jonathan Zelken


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.
We offer a comprehensive menu of services from laser therapy to photofacials, fillers, botox, stem cell therapy, and skin care. Our private label skin care line – Kaeli Cosmetics, and SkinBetter cosmeceuticals line the shelves. Debbie Miller of Newport Permanent Makeup offers medical-grade tattooing for cosmetic and reconstructive patients.
We offer weight loss solutions, hormone replacement, energy optimization, and metabolism. Dr. Zelken is a member of the American Association for Anti-Aging Medicine. 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.

Patient Testimonials

I recently had the opportunity to meet with Dr. Zelken to get information for a procedure that I never would have considered had it not been for the cutting edge technology he offers. Not many plastic surgeons have embraced this technology and he came highly recommended to me. Meeting with Dr. Zelken was a delight. He is kind, knowledgeable and really listens to his patients. He also is very realistic in his approach and doesn't try to oversell his procedures. He has has top notch training as a Plastic Surgeon which really came through with my treatment. My training in the world plastic surgery/dermatology is extensive and I have worked with many doctors. Dr. Zelken, I would recommend to my best friends, family and others who are looking for a doctor to trust. Not always the easiest to find! Thank you Dr. Zelken and his very kind staff!
Dr. Zelken is amazing! I went in for a consultation for a Breast Augumentation. He educated me on what the procedure was and everything I needed to know pre and post. The staff is lovely and never felt pressured or like they were trying to sell me. He genuinely cares about his patients. I will be getting my surgery most likely this summer after school! YAYY
Dr. Zelken did a beautiful job on my rhinoplasty. He took the time to really understand what I wanted and the results turned out better than I could have ever expected. He let me know what to expect throughout the entire process before, during, and after the procedure all the way through the healing process. He is an incredibly talented surgeon and I highly recommend him for all of your aesthetic needs!!!
Procedures

Procedures Performed

Arm Lift

Body Contouring

Body Lift

Botulinum Toxin

Breast Augmentation

Breast Implant Removal

Breast Implant Removal

Breast Lift

Breast Reconstruction

Breast Reduction

Brow Lift

Burn Reconstruction

Buttock Implants

Buttock Lift with Augmentation

Calf Augmentation

Chemical Peels, IPL, Fractional CO2 Laser Treatments

Chin Augmentation

Chin Surgery

Cleft Lip and Palate Repair

Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic Surgery & Computer Imaging

Dermabrasion

Dermal Fillers

Ear Reconstruction Surgery

Ear Surgery

Endoscopic Technique

Eyelid Ptosis Repair

Eyelid Surgery

Facelift

Facial Implants

Free-Flap Breast Reconstruction

Gender Confirmation Surgery

General Reconstruction

Giant Nevi Removal

Hand Surgery

Hand Surgery for Congenital Differences

Head and Neck Skin Cancer Reconstruction

Head-Neck Cancer Reconstruction

Injectable Fillers

Injectable Fillers and Fat Transfer to the Face

Laser Hair Removal

Laser Skin Resurfacing

Lip Augmentation / Enhancement

Liposuction

Male Breast Reduction

Male Chest Implants

Microdermabrasion

Microsurgery

Permanent Make-up

Post Burn Reconstruction

Retin-A Treatments

Rhinoplasty

Scar Revision

Skin Cancer Removal

Skull/Facial Bone Reconstruction

Surgery for Genitourinary Diseases

Thigh Lift

Tram Flap Breast Reconstruction

Treatment of Facial Fractures

Tummy Tuck

Vascular Malformations

Ask A Surgeon

Ask a Surgeon

Dr. Jonathan Zelken participates in the ASPS Ask A Surgeon service. View responses to public questions below.

Board Certification

Facelift

Member Response:

This generally means he completed his training in ENT (otolaryngology) and went on to study Facial Plastic Surgery. It is a common combination and is probably legitimate. With so many ABPS board certified plastic surgeons in Newport, why are you restricting your search to Temecula. I know NB is a bit far, but the stakes are high and you deserve options.

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One Breast reconstruction

Breast Augmentation

Member Response:

Hi Tatiana, Fat grafting to the breast is certainly a possibility to help her reach her goals. While there are some lingering concerns about injecting fat into a breast where cancer once was, in practice I have not seen and adverse complications. In fact, fat grafting has the potential to improve the seemingly irreversible changes associated with radiation. I would be happy to see your cousin for a second opinion. I hope this helps.

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Face tite

Facelift

Member Response:

FaceTite is a brilliant new technology that relies on controlled burn contracture to shrink wrap your skin. It is really designed for that sweet spot of men and women who are not getting results from nonsurgical therapy but are also not ready for a facelift. The results approach, but will never match those of an excisional procedure. Many patients come to me for FaceTite and BodyTite, and I have to be honest with them from time to time and let them know that only a facelift or necklift will make them happy. In some cases, I pair Facetite with neck band tightening. Over 6-12 months, the collagen will realign and continue to contract. Once it plateaus, this is your final and permanent result. If you do not think enough tightening has occurred you may seek further intervention like a face or neck lift, but I seldom perform a second FaceTite treatment as the result, in a sense, is permanent.

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Smoking

Tummy Tuck

Member Response:

Shayna, I generally recommend 4 weeks before and 4 weeks after. Tummy tuck and breast reduction are two of the riskiest operations in the context of smoking and complications. Might be better to wait, and I applause you for your attention to this important matter. Best wishes, Dr Jonathan Zelken

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Wound fat grafting

Liposuction

Member Response:

Hi there, The tone of your note sounds like you are very eager for a fix to what sounds like a challenging problem. Sadly, it is difficult to understand exactly what happened and what we can do to help. It sounds like you may have nutritional issues that need to be addressed first. Have you seen a local board certified plastic surgeon? Would love to help, Dr Jonathan Zelken

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Post op

Breast Augmentation

Member Response:

Hi there, While it can be, and usually is normal to have pain before 2 weeks, this really is a question that should be directed squarely to your plastic surgeon. If he or she is unavailable, ask the staff if a covering surgeon is available. You're probably fine, but this needs to be seen in person. If there is suspicion of internal bleeding, ibuprofen can potentially make things worse. Hope this helps, Dr Jonathan Zelken

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Breast fat transfer

Breast Augmentation

Member Response:

I think every time this question comes up in clinic, a friend or spouse raises his or her hand and says "ooh, ooh, I can donate!" All joking aside, this is not an option at this time. There is a commercially available product that allows surgeons to inject fat-related material into other peoples' bodies, but the cost of injecting a meaningful amount of this product (Renuva) would likely be quite prohibitive and may be unsafe. Hope this helps, Dr Jonathan Zelken

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Labia reconstruction

Gender Confirmation Surgery

Member Response:

Any well-trained board certified plastic surgeon (you've come to the right place) should be well versed enough with reconstructive methods to help you OR REFER you to a respected colleague who feels comfortable helping you.

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Brea

Breast Reduction

Member Response:

I agree with all of the above. First thing's first, please obtain a second opinion by an ASPS member surgeon. I reserve free nipple grafting for salvage only and will always attempt to spare the nipple if possible. Having said that, there is a chance even with nipple preservation that your capacity to breast feed may be affected after surgery. Other methods like weight loss, support bras, and physical therapy may allow you to postpone surgery for a while. Hope this helps! Dr Zelken

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Cupping

Liposuction

Member Response:

I would not recommend it for 4-6 weeks. Cupping applies negative pressure which can increased localized swelling. One of the principles of liposuction is compression which causes liposuction channels to scar down. Cupping, at least in theory, seems like it's a bit of the opposite. I hope this helps, Dr Zelken

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Smoker

Facelift

Member Response:

Hi there, yes. However, many plastic surgeons mandate a urine cotinine screen that ensures that you've quit for 3 weeks prior to the operation. If you can't kick the habit, less invasive options like CO2 laser resurfacing and FaceTite radiofrequency tightening can be offered- albeit with a heightened complication profile. How much do you smoke? Would you consider cessation for 3 weeks prior and after surgery? Warmly, Dr Zelken

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Facelift with necklift

Arm Lift

Member Response:

I'd like to jump in on this topic as well. Everybody's answer is fairly consistent, and I am particularly fond of Rohrich and Rad's responses because they are emphasizing the importance of harmony and subtlety in facelift surgery. The neck and face, indeed, are contiguous in many more ways than one. In many women I see, the turkey neck extends to the sides of the chin and connects to jowls, which then carry onward to the corners of the mouth. Correction of the neck alone is warranted in some cases, and you really need to be seen for an accurate answer to your question, but likely a proper facelift will promise a more harmonious and elegant result. Hope this helps! Warmly, Jonathan Zelken MD

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Component Separation

Tummy Tuck

Member Response:

A component separation reduces lateral tension to promise a tension-free closure at the midline. This is used almost exclusively for abdominal wall reconstruction. My fear is that a component separation, if properly executed, may cause bulging laterally that does not currently exist. Also, the midline might be bullet proof, but it may have more of an anterior bulge after component separation as well. I hope this helps and vote "no" on the topic at hand. Warmly, Jonathan Zelken MD

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Possibly septoplasty problems?

Rhinoplasty

Member Response:

Silini, I hope this finds you well. This does not sound normal 6 months out. Is there a bump or stitch that you can feel under the skin? If not, there may be a scar ball called a neuroma causing this. Fortunately, all these issues are treatable. I would certainly bring it up to you plastic surgeon. If the answer does not satisfy you, you are entitled to a second opinion. Thanks, Dr Zelken

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Spider veins

Arm Lift

Member Response:

Have you tried electrocautery for this? We have a tiny needle point cautery device that can help with these nuisance veins. Hope this helps.

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Looking for a doctor that specializes in scar revision face reconstruction

Facelift

Member Response:

Hi Kmarsmd, Much of my practice is traumatic facial reconstruction that includes bone, skin, and everything in between. Many plastic surgeons offer this service. You may call upon local plastic surgeons for consultations and recommendations for facial reconstructive surgeons. Hope this helps, Dr Zelken

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Follow up to Dr Ali from trainerguy

Tummy Tuck

Member Response:

Unless you wanted to explore the OC ;)

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After surgery questions

Tummy Tuck

Member Response:

Hi Trainerguy, It sounds like your surgeon feels that a satisfactory result was obtained. I'd wait 2-3 more months, assuming things continue to heal as planned, and revisit the topic with your surgeon. If you are still unsatisfied, you are certainly entitled to obtain a second opinion. Thanks for reaching out and sorry you're not 100% better.

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Leg scarring

Gender Confirmation Surgery

Member Response:

Thanks. Probably best to be seen in person due to the various origins of these lesions. Some may benefit from steroids, others from laser, and others possibly with tattoo. I'm happy to see you if you are in Southern California!

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Leg scarring

Arm Lift

Member Response:

Please be more specific. I know we don't have the capacity to review photos (yet), but what are the scars from? Did they occur from shaving? The answer to your question really relies on an in-person exam. This can dictate treatment plan (which may range from steroids to tattooing to excision and closure or laser) and cost. Hope this helps, Jonathan Zelken MD

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