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
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 is an insanely talented surgeon with the best bedside manner I have ever seen any doctor have. Not to mention his staff is so nice and genuine and his office is beautiful. From my pre-op to post-op appt for my rhinoplasty and any other appointment I've had with him, he has given me the utmost outstanding care I have ever received as someone's patient. I'm so thankful for him and the amazing new nose and confidence his work has given me. You definitely need to have a consult with Dr. Z if you are ever considering getting any work done. From lip injections to a tummy tuck (and everything in-between), Dr. Z is the plastic surgeon to see! I will forever refer my family, friends, and anyone looking for a truly fantastic plastic surgeon to Dr. Zelken!
Dr. Zelken is hands down the best plastic surgeon I have ever met. I interviewed more than 6 world renowned plastic surgeons ranging from doctors with more than 40 years of experience to ophthalmic plastic surgeons for my desired eyelid surgery. Dr. Zelken surpassed every surgeon with flying colors in all aspects of what I was seeking. It's east meets west with this doctor as he trained at award winning ivy league colleges and hospitals in the US and abroad. As an Asian, I felt his experience managing microsurgery in a reputable hospital in Asia gave him an advantage to anyone in Southern California. I was able to reap the benefits of a surgeon that is American, using state of the art technology, in a modern facility with current techniques, while understanding the distinctive features of my heritage. I was aiming for a refreshed, youthful finished product without taking away any of the characteristics of being Asian. I am 4 days post surgery and I'm already receiving compliments. Yesterday I went to church and was out in public with my children. I must admit that I am a total weakling when it comes to discomfort and the procedure could not have been more pleasant and pain free. I literally felt nothing and was able to listen to music during the procedure-wide awake. During my recovery, I have not taken any prescribed pain meds and Tylenol. I am typically the first to pop Tylenol at even the mere sign of a headache. I wouldn't hesitate to proceed with another surgery with Dr. Zelken and I highly recommend his and his nurturing staff, who have been in regular communication with me. It would be a huge mistake to not take a consultation with this doctor if you are considering any type of plastic surgery.
Breast Implant Removal
Breast Implant Removal
Buttock Lift with Augmentation
Chemical Peels, IPL, Fractional CO2 Laser Treatments
Cleft Lip and Palate Repair
Cosmetic Surgery & Computer Imaging
Ear Reconstruction Surgery
Eyelid Ptosis Repair
Free-Flap Breast Reconstruction
Gender Confirmation Surgery
Giant Nevi Removal
Hand Surgery for Congenital Differences
Head and Neck Skin Cancer Reconstruction
Head-Neck Cancer Reconstruction
Injectable Fillers and Fat Transfer to the Face
Laser Hair Removal
Laser Skin Resurfacing
Lip Augmentation / Enhancement
Male Breast Reduction
Male Chest Implants
Post Burn Reconstruction
Skin Cancer Removal
Skull/Facial Bone Reconstruction
Surgery for Genitourinary Diseases
Tram Flap Breast Reconstruction
Treatment of Facial Fractures
Ask a Surgeon
Dr. Jonathan Zelken participates in the ASPS Ask A Surgeon service. View responses to public questions below.
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.
One Breast reconstructionBreast Augmentation
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.
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.
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
Wound fat graftingLiposuction
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
Post opBreast Augmentation
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
Breast fat transferBreast Augmentation
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
Labia reconstructionGender Confirmation Surgery
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.
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
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
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
Facelift with neckliftArm Lift
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
Component SeparationTummy Tuck
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
Possibly septoplasty problems?Rhinoplasty
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
Spider veinsArm Lift
Have you tried electrocautery for this? We have a tiny needle point cautery device that can help with these nuisance veins. Hope this helps.
Looking for a doctor that specializes in scar revision face reconstructionFacelift
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
Follow up to Dr Ali from trainerguyTummy Tuck
Unless you wanted to explore the OC ;)
After surgery questionsTummy Tuck
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.
Leg scarringGender Confirmation Surgery
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!
Leg scarringArm Lift
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