Richard Ellenbogen MD, FACS
About the Practice
“I attribute my success to four factors: first, the utilization of my “artistic eye” to create realism; second, keeping abreast of all procedures performed around the world and adding those I deem meritorious to my own practice; third, my ability to form an understanding of the patient’s needs and desires and accomplishing them; fourth, adhering to safety and avoiding complications.
After observing, evaluating and qualifying a patient (both physically and emotionally), I try to instill trust so that I can come as close as possible to delivering just what the patient expects. My word is very important to me. I never promise what I can’t deliver. I have dedicated myself to the highest standards of the art of plastic surgery, but I never forget the human element. The goal of a plastic surgeon is to improve a patient’s self image, and I take that responsibility very seriously. My staff and I try to give patients a very positive experience with as little inconvenience and discomfort as possible. We are experienced professionals, who strive to the highest standards available.”
—Richard S. Ellenbogen, MD
Dr. Richard Ellenbogen is a Board-Certified Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon who has been practicing cosmetic plastic surgery for almost thirty-eight years. His specialities at this time include facial de-aging surgeries, such as rhinoplasty, facelift, eyelid surgeries, neck and jawline rejuvenation. He is the go to guy to resolve revision of previous unsatisfactory surgeries for which he has been featured on television Prime Time.
Dr. Ellenbogen’s Approach to Plastic Surgery
He has been named in numerous lists as America's Best Plastic Surgeons, where plastic surgeons select the best plastic surgeon by their peers, and Dr. Ellenbogen was selected for Rhinoplasty and Facelift. Dr. Ellenbogen has recently been named the Top Ten in America and won the Aesthetic Association's Top Facial Plastic Surgery in 2013 and has been honored by The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery for the best journal rhinoplasty article. Dr. Ellenbogen has recently finished a chapter in a textbook from clinics in plastic surgery on the neck and has worked for the past thirty years in improving the naturalness, the longevity, and the quick recovery of facial aging surgery. Dr. Ellenbogen in the past has been a silicone researcher and has performed numerous breast surgeries. He has worked with Dr. Janssen Delimpins in the Netherlands under the Premier European Plastic Surgeons to add his knowledge to his scope of American Plastic Surgery. Dr. Ellenbogen also completed a hand surgery fellowship at The Hospital for Joint Disease as well as completing general surgery training at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He is presently in his new offices in Century Park East in Century City specializing in revision of unsatisfactory plastic surgery, rhinoplasty, facelift, eyelid surgery, neck surgery, and fat grafting.
Doctor Ellenbogen studied portrait painting in college. During the summer vacation he illustrated brochures for a company selling homes in Florida to couples from up north. He remembers vividly showing his illustrations to his boss, who was dissatisfied. "Make them younger looking' we've got enough old people in Florida. Dr. Ellenbogen went back to the drawing board and rejuvenated the necks, eyes and bodies. Today on a different palate he does the same thing. He carefully analyzed the older face and transformed the aging face to young vibrant faces. He is considered one of the world’s experts in neck, face and eyelid rejuvenation. Although today he uses a computer for years he would demonstrate to his patient the changes they will see from his surgery by a quick acrylic painting. He exhibits this artistry daily on his satisfied patients.
Background & Certification
American Board of Plastic Surgery
University of Florida with Honors
Graduated with Bachelor’s degree
University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
Graduated with Doctor of Medicine degree
RESEARCH MEDICAL SCHOOL:
The Prenatal Determination of Fetal Sex Using Maternal Blood Through Chromosome Analysis
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Bronx, New York
GENERAL SURGERY RESIDENCY:
Year One: Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, New York
Years Two and Three: Beth Israel Medical Center, Division of Mount Sinai School of Medicine of City College of New York
PLASTIC SURGERY FELLOWSHIP:
Red Cross Hospital
The Hague, Netherlands
HAND SURGERY FELLOWSHIP:
Hospital for Joint Diseases Mount Sinai School of Medicine
New York City
PLASTIC and RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY RESIDENCY:
Nassau County Medical Center of State University of New York
East Meadows, New York
Publications and Presentations
Dr. Ellenbogen has been featured in numerous magazines, TV shows and professional journals, including Allure, The Wallstreet Journal, Time magazine, Newsweek magazine, Cosmopolitan, Business Week, New York Times, CNN, USA Today, Nightline, Primetime, Extra Hardcopy, Oprah, Australian television, Swedish television, and Dutch television.
Dr. Ellenbogen has a probono clinic for cleft lip and palate in San Miguel Guanajuato, Mexico and has volunteered at the Cleft Palate Clinic at the Clinica Noel in Columbia.
Awards & Honors
Dr. Ellenbogen is a former clinical instructor at the USC Department of Plastic Surgery and has recently won the Best Facial Plastic Surgery award from the Aesthetic Association in 2013. He has won numerous top doctors awards, including being Town and Country magazine 10 best plastic surgeons, Top Ten of America, and the Consumers Research Council of America, as well as the textbook of “Top Plastic Surgeons as selected by their peers.” He did his Plastic and Maxillo-Facial Surgery training at the State University of New York and did a Hand Surgery Fellowship in the Hospital for Joint Disease in New York. He did a pediatric surgery fellowship in The Hage Netherlands. He has been invited as visiting professor of both South Africa and Israel where he taught on his expertise to the doctors at that area. Dr. Ellenbogen has twice won the Physicians Recognition Award from the American Medical Association and won the Physicians Recognition Award from the California Medical Association.
Affiliations & Memberships
Diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners, Diplomat of the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Member of the American Medical Association, Recipient of the AMA Physician Recognition Award, Member of the Los Angeles County Medical Association, Member of the California Medical Association, Member of the Los Angeles Association of Plastic Surgeons, Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Fellow of the International College of Surgeons, Member of the Lipoplasty Society of North America, Member of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, Member of the Who’s Who Directory of Medical Specialists, Member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Speaker at the 9th Annual Recent Advances in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery/Endoscopic Education Endoscopic Plastic Surgery Education Seminar, Endoscopic Aesthetic Surgery Symposium
Staff & Facilities
English, Dutch, Spanish