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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.

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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.

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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.


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Meet Dr. Zelken

Dr. Jonathan Zelken is a board-certified, Ivy League and Johns Hopkins-trained plastic and reconstructive surgeon. He has written more than 50 scientific articles and has trained throughout the world. His favorite operations are facelift, rhinoplasty, blepharoplasty, tummy tuck, and breast augmentation.




The Zelken Institute was founded in 2016 as Z Plastic Surgery. Dr. Zelken’s early vision was to create a practice focused on plastic surgery alone. But he quickly realized that adjunctive technologies and treatments, like lasers, fillers, and vitamins, vastly enhanced the results of surgery. In response to this realization, he recruited a veteran anesthesiologist from Hoag who shared his vision, and a world-class nurse injector and trainer. By incorporating wellness medicine, skin care, tattooing, injectables, fillers, and lasers, this was no longer just a plastic surgery practice. Dr. Zelken changed the name of the practice to Zelken Institute for Aesthetic Medicine in 2017 to respect the benefits of this unique multidisciplinary and evidence-based approach to patient care.


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Dr. Zelken has been honored as a 2017, 2018, and 2019 Super Doctors™ Rising Star — Los Angeles Magazine

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Dr. Zelken address every patient individually. During your visit, make sure to clearly identify what it is you want. Unique goals and desires vary widely across cultures, geographic borders, and personalities. Dr. Zelken will do his best to match your vision.

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Dr. Zelken is an Ivy-league graduate and trained at Johns Hopkins Hospital, America’s #1 hospital for 21 years in a row. He has trained internationally, and is fellowship-trained in microsurgery and facial reconstruction. He has authored more than 60 textbook chapters and scientific articles.

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Dr. Zelken features the work of celebrated local artists. Many of the pieces are for sale. He also celebrates the work of Slim Aarons, whose work is featured throughout the space.


If you are looking for a Doctor who knows his stuff, definitely see Dr. Zelken. He is a perfectionist and it shows in his work.

Stephanie M

I just had a Blepharoplasty and my ears done and now every time I look in the mirror it makes me want to cry from happiness!

Lori M.

I am most impressed with Dr. Z. He is thoughtful about the approach, strategizes as to how he’s going to get the best outcome and talks through everything before and while he’s doing it.

Stacy W.

Dr. Zelken is very kind and caring to all his patients and the office is so chic!

Raquel V.

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