A Natural-Looking Lift

Age is the great equalizer, but it doesn’t mean we can’t take steps to keep its effects at bay. At the Zelken Institute, we see range of faces, each one with its unique characteristics. Our goal is to design the best facial rejuvenation plan for each individual.

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A facelift is a surgical procedure that can tone and tighten sagging facial skin.



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Individual results may vary

What is a Facelift

Facelift, also known as rhytidectomy, can rejuvenate the neckline, jawline, jowls, midface, and even the brow. Whether you want one or all of these areas treated, rhytidectomy can improve your appearance drastically, and almost instantly. Men and women alike are candidates for surgery.

Facelift at the Zelken Institute

We all know faces that look artificial or operated-on. Dr. Zelken has compiled his favorite pearls from mentors in the United States and Asia to provide drastic results that are not windblown, overdone, or asymmetric. In most cases, he takes a systematic approach that generates reliable results safely.

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The Procedure

Rhytidectomy techniques have evolved significantly over the past century. Skin excision was the norm for more than half a century. The paradigm shifted in the late 1960s and 1970s when surgeons discovered benefits of manipulating deeper layers of tissue (superficial musculaponeurotic system, SMAS). The SMAS layer is the webbing between your facial muscles, that, when tightened, has a rejuvenating effect that improves longevity and scarring. By tightening the SMAS a skin in a specific direction, Dr. Zelken can help turn your egg-shaped face into an apple-shaped face.

I found Dr Zelken through a friend who could not stop saying how beautiful his work is and that he is a true, genuine person that cares about each one of his patients.


If you are interested in discussing your facial rejuvenation or revision with Dr. Zelken, call (949) 432-4730 to schedule your consultation. At the Zelken Institute we welcome patients from across the world and there is a Mandarin Chinese translator available. If you are interested in exploring this further, call (949) 432-4730 and press option 3 for the Zelken Institute Chinese hotline to speak with a Mandarin-speaking physician and to schedule your appointment.

Wide Awake Mini Facelift

A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is one of the most requested surgeries at the Zelken Institute in Newport Beach, CA. In this instructional video Dr. Jonathan Zelken, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, demonstrates his technique. WARNING:The video contains graphic content.

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Can you have a second facelift?

If you had a prior facelift, you can still have a revision or update safely. Dr. Zelken often performs eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) at the time of facelift and may also use injectables and fillers to further enhance your result.

What are the risks of a facelift?

A facelift, like all surgery, does carry some risks. Men have a higher risk of internal bleeding, simply because hear-bearing facial skin has a greater blood supply, but the risk remains low with meticulous technique. Smokers are typically prohibited from this operation for fear of blood supply compromise and wounding.

Other complications like asymmetry and nerve injury are significant risks. Dr. Zelken has trained extensively in head and neck reconstructive surgery and wrote a chapter on surgical approaches to the face with a focus on pitfalls of dissection.

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