Richard Ellenbogen MD, FACS

Beverly Hills, CA, US
Richard Ellenbogen MD, FACS

About the Practice

Practice Philosophy

Dr. Richard Ellenbogen’s philosophy, in his Beverly Hills Body practice, is the same now decades later as it was in the beginning, to listen carefully and give his patients what they want by use of the most modern, safe, and predictable procedures available. He espouses less is more and to avoid anything that looks unnatural. Dr. Ellenbogen performs surgery because he is a surgeon and artist. He does not have lasers. He does very minimal fillers, injectables, and peels.

Dr. Ellenbogen is basically a trained portrait artist and he uses his computer to show patients what they will get, and he comes very close to duplicating this every time. The best plastic surgery should be absolutely realistic, no pain, minimal down time, and last as long as possible. Achieving this is Dr Richard Ellenbogen’s personal practice philosophy.

Practice Specialization

Dr. Richard Ellenbogen performs all facial procedures for cosmetic and reconstructive ends, including the following:

Buccal Fat Pad Removal
Cheek Augmentation
Chin Augmentation
Cleft Lip & Nose Repair
Eyelid Surgery (Upper and Lower)
Facelift / Facelift Revision
Facial Fat Grafting
Forehead / Brow Lift
Lip Augmentation / Thinning
Neck Lift
Otoplasty / Ear Reshaping

Rhinoplasty / Nose Surgery
Revision Rhinoplasty

Breast Augmentation
Breast Asymmetry
Breast Revisions

Mommy Makeover
Scar Revision
Tummy Tuck

BOTOX® Cosmetic
Facial Fillers
Juvéderm Volbella® XC
Juvéderm Vollure™ XC
Juvéderm Voluma® XC
Juvéderm® Ultra


Additional Information

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.

The Artist
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

Board Certification

Dr. Richard Ellenbogen is a triple fellowship trained, board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon.

Professional Background

University of Florida with Honors
Graduated with Bachelor’s degree
Medical School
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
Surgical Internship
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

Teaching Appointments

For 25 years, Richard Ellenbogen MD, FACS, FICS was the program director of an advanced S30 surgery fellowship in Beverly Hills, California. There are 25 graduates of this program.

Publications and Presentations

USA Today, Time Magazine, Newsweek, Money, Los Angeles Magazine
Newspaper Quotes
The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Medical Society Journal, LA Times Magazine, Bazaar, Shape, Cosmopolitan, Ladies Home Journal, Westworld, Sea Breezes, NOW, Life Extension, American Health Report, Movieline, Dramalogue, American Salon, Human Sexuality, Los Angeles Magazine.

Awards & Honors

Dr. Richard Ellenbogen's Video Credentials- 

  • Dr. Richard Ellenbogen was awarded the Top Doctor Award for 2018.
  • Better Business Bureau A+ Rating
  • Dr. Ellenbogen is listed as an outstanding doctor by Super Doctors.
  • Dr. Richard Ellenbogen was awarded the Spectrum Award for Excellence In Customer Service in 2018.
  • 3 Best Rated named Dr. Ellenbogen one of the 3 Best Plastic Surgeons in Los Angeles, CA in 2018.
  • Castle Connolly America's Top Doctors (2018)
  • Dr. Ellenbogen was listed as part of the “Top Ten Plastic Surgeons in Los Angeles” list at Tops in America.
  • Vitals Patients' Choice Award (2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016)
  • 2014 America's BEST PHYSICIAN
  • Dr. Ellenbogen presented his work at The Rhinoplasty Society in Orlando for “Rhinoplasty: Seeking Excellence” April 2006.
  • Dr. Ellenbogen taught at the Annual ASAPS/ASERF Meeting in Orlando, FL. Dr. Ellenbogen is teaching a course on secondary nose repair and correction of pinched tips. April 20 – 26, 2006.
  • was given 5 STARS by under their “Highest Rated Resources” section:
  • American Society of Aesthetic Surgery Best Journal Article 2005
  • Dr. Ellenbogen spoke at the Twenty-Sixth Annual Plastic Surgery Symposium of the Los Angeles Society of Plastic Surgeons on September 11th, 2004 – he was one of 5 selected for excellence in facelifts.
  • Dr. Ellenbogen gave a presentation at the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery/ASERF Annual Meeting April 16, 2004 – April 21, 2004 in Vancouver.
  • Dr. Ellenbogen gave two lectures and a course; a lecture on facial reshaping, a lecture on less invasive operations, and a course on faster healing variations of standard operations.
  • Dr. Ellenbogen was selected for inclusion in the 2002-2003 “Guide to America’s Top Surgeons” by the Consumers’.
  • Research Council of America, an independent research company based in Washington, D.C., that evaluates professional services throughout America.
  • Dr. Ellenbogen was selected for inclusion in the 2002-2003 “Guide to America’s Top Surgeons” by the Consumers’.
  • Research Council of America, an independent research company based in Washington, D.C., that evaluates professional services throughout America.
  • Dr. Ellenbogen was named one of the Best Plastic Surgeons in America – Town & Country Magazine.
  • Dr. Ellenbogen was invited to teach courses at the annual ASAPS meeting in 2003, including presentations on breast augmentation, liposuction, facelift and rhinoplasty and minimally-invasive techniques.
  • The International College of Plastic Surgeons gave Dr. Ellenbogen the award for Best Presentation 2002-2003.

Affiliations & Memberships

Hospital Affiliations

Southern California Hospital Surgical Facility, Century City Surgery Center

Society 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

Your Consultation

Staff & Facilities

Surgical Facility

The Beverly Hills Body operating room is on site. The technicians, nurses, anesthesiologists and doctors are plastic surgery specialists and understand all the ramifications of plastic surgery. The anesthesiologists are trained in outpatient procedures which require safety and the patient to be awakened minutes after the procedure is over without feeling the effects of anesthesia for a prolonged period.
The Surgery center has been in use for many years and is AAAA certified which is the highest rating. All the equipment is the newest and the most advanced for all plastic surgery procedures including all devices necessary to provide a safe surgery.

Computer Imaging

During your personalized consultation, Dr. Richard Ellenbogen offers computer imaging to allow you to digitally see your positive results.

Skin Care Products

The entire line of SkinCeuticals is offered at Beverly Hills Body.

Languages Spoken

English, Dutch, Spanish

Payment Options

The following are the methods of payment that Beverly Hills Body accepts:

  • Cash
  • Check
  • Most Major Credit Cards
  • CareCredit®
  • Payroll Deduction for Spartanburg Regional Hospital Employees*

*With approved credit application

Richard Ellenbogen MD, FACS

421 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills,

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