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Rhinoplasty services offered in the greater Newport Beach, CA area


Rhinoplasty services offered in the greater Newport Beach, CA area

Rhinoplasty, more commonly called a nose job, consistently ranks as one of the top cosmetic procedures across America. Board-certified plastic surgeon Jonathan Zelken, MD, in Newport Beach, California, brings balance to your face with surgery personalized to reshape your nose and improve your appearance. Call the office today or use online booking to request an appointment to discuss rhinoplasty. The Jonathan Zelken, MD, team treats patients from every ethnic background. It employs a Mandarin translator available to answer your questions.

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The nose is the centerpiece of the face, when it is not harmonious with the rest of your face it can have a psychological impact. At the Jonathan Zelken, MD we treat a wide variety of patients from every ethnic background and respect the anatomic and cultural nuances that exist.

Rhinoplasty, one of the most widely performed plastic surgeries in the United States, can bring balance to the face.

Rhinoplasty Q&A

What is rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is a cosmetic procedure to enhance the appearance of your nose. It’s also done to repair structural problems in your nose affecting your breathing, like a deviated septum.

Consider rhinoplasty if you want to:

  • Reshape any part of your nose
  • Reduce or enlarge the size of your nose
  • Straighten a crooked nose
  • Change the width of the bridge
  • Change the size of your nostrils
  • Remove a bump on the bridge
  • Eliminate a depression on the bridge
  • Restore symmetry

Though rhinoplasty is a standard plastic surgery procedure, it’s difficult to perform, requiring surgical skill and an artful hand. Just as every face is unique, every rhinoplasty procedure must be tailored to the person.

Can I get a rhinoplasty and preserve my Asian identity?

Yes, you can preserve your ethnicity while improving the overall appearance of your nose. Dr. Zelken spent time in Asia and trained under plastic surgery experts. He specializes in not only improving your nose while honoring your ethnic identity but also in restoring characteristic Asian qualities.

Am I a good candidate for rhinoplasty?

If you want to change your nose, the first step is scheduling a consultation with Dr. Zelken. You can explain what you don’t like about your nose and the changes you want to achieve. Dr. Zelken discusses whether you can achieve your goals with rhinoplasty or need to adjust your expectations.

You’re probably a good candidate if:

  • Your facial growth is complete
  • You’re generally healthy
  • You don’t smoke (or will quit before the procedure)
  • Have realistic expectations

Facial growth stops sometime between 13 and 25, depending on each individual and their gender.

What happens during rhinoplasty?

Dr. Zelken could make the incision inside your nose (closed rhinoplasty) or between your nostrils (open rhinoplasty), depending on the changes you want to make. With a closed procedure, you won’t have a visible scar. While an open procedure leaves a tiny scar, it’s well-hidden and barely visible.

During your procedure, Dr. Zelken changes the shape of your nose by sculpting the bone and cartilage. He can remove cartilage or take cartilage from another body area and transplant it into your nose.

If you want to change the size or shape of your nose, call Jonathan Zelken, MD, or go online today to request a consultation.


Rhinoplasty, often called a nose job, is a way of improving appearance by reshaping, enlarging, or reducing the nose. Although rhinoplasty is a common procedure, it is also a difficult one to perform, requiring surgical skill and an artful hand. Just as every face is unique, every rhinoplasty procedure must be tailored to the individual.






Individual results may vary


In plastic surgery training, Dr. Zelken learned about ideal angles, proportions and shapes. Dr. Zelken thinks these parameters are somewhat dated and should be used as a general guideline only, and will evaluate your nose on an individual basis. While respecting your goals, Dr. Zelken will offer you a candid analysis of your anatomy and what to expect after surgery.



Historically, rhinoplasty was a means of Westernizing noses of various ethnic and religious groups to a European and Caucasian standard. Dr. Zelken spent a year in Asia and has trained under experts who are famed for their innovations. He has written several papers on the topic of Asian rhinoplasty. As worldwide wealth accumulates amongst ethnic Asians and stigma dissipates, there is an increasing demand for aesthetic surgery that emphasizes enhancement of natural beauty rather than Westernization. Rhinoplasty is increasingly common, second to blepharoplasty in popularity. A new set of aesthetic standards specific to the ethnic Asian nose is emerging. As standards evolve, so do the methods to achieve them; this is demonstrated by a rapidly expanding scientific literature on the topic.

Though significant variation exists, several features characterize the stereotypical Asian nose: thick skin, low bridge, and a blunted and under projected tip. When these features become disharmonious, tip projection and nasal lengthening can be achieved using a variety of shapes of cartilage grafts from your nose, ear, or rib, and implants when necessary. The deft plastic surgeon must address the cultural values, high demands, and individual goals of his Asian patients.

My surgery was somewhat more challenging than expected and with Dr Zelken's talent and expertise, it was a huge success...With my nose being straight, my confidence in how I look has sky rocketed!

– Cindi S.


At our clinic 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 our Chinese hotline to speak with a Mandarin-speaking physician and schedule your appointment.



If you had previous rhinoplasty and are botched or unhappy with your result, Dr. Zelken will discuss revision options for you. While risks of rhinoplasty surgery increase with a history of nasal trauma or rhinoplasty, we may be able to offer helpful solutions to get your life back on track. Schedule your appointment today for a thorough physical examination and strategic plan.


In some cases, post-traumatic deformity and botched surgery that affects airway patency may be partially or entirely covered by your insurance. If you are suffering from airway obstruction or a chronically stuffed nose, call us to review your story.

Blepharoplasty Expectations: The First 6 Days

Blepharoplasty before and after images

Day 0

Preoperative. Avoid ibuprofen and alcohol, and any other blood thinners
Blepharoplasty before and after images

Day 01

Night of surgery. The patient has marked swelling and is able to open her eyes part-way. She does not have visual complaints and has no need for pain medication
Blepharoplasty before and after images

day 02

The next day, she reports a slight improvement of swelling, attributable to wearing off of the fluids used to numb the eye.
Blepharoplasty before and after images

day 03

Postoperative day 2 and 3 are usually the worst in Asian eyelids as the fluid swelling is replaced by the body’s natural inflammatory responses.
Blepharoplasty before and after images

day 04

The next day is more of the same, but avoidance of strenuous activity and use of the ointment prescribed facilitates quicker recovery. Bruising begins to fade
Blepharoplasty before and after images

day 05

As swelling resolves the result begins to show, although we are months away from the final outcome. There are still bruises and asymmetries.
Blepharoplasty before and after images

day 06

Stitches generally come out on postoperative day 6 or 7. The act of stitch removal usually stirs up a small amount of swelling, and can be somewhat uncomfortable, but without stitches there, the healing process speeds up and you can be red carpet ready within 2-3 weeks.