Education, Awards & Affiliations

Dr. Svehlak, MD, FACS is one of the leading plastic surgeons in LA, and is the co-founder of Sunset Cosmetic Surgery. He specializes in precision cosmetic enhancements of the breasts, body and face. Dr. Svehlak is double board certified (plastic and general surgery), and is also highly experienced in repairs and correctional plastic surgery. Dr. Svehlak has performed more than 5,000 cosmetic procedures to date.

To learn even more about Dr. Svehlak, please visit our videos page, or, call us at (310) 858-9100 to set-up a consultation. You can follow him on Twitter @drstevelipo.

Awards, Honors & Press

Dr. Svehlak was chosen to receive the 2014 Los Angeles Top Doctors and Dentists Award for his achievements in plastic surgery. This recognition is for doctors who are chosen by their peers or have exceedingly positive ratings on review sites such as Web MD, Rate MD or other leading healthcare rating websites.

Dr.Svehlak was designated as a Top Ten Doctor in 2012. Top 10 Doctors are selected by the millions of patients who visit each year. The recognition is given to physicians within a certain specialty and geographic area who consistently earn top ratings from their patients.

Dr. Svehlak has been recognized three times as one of America’s Most Compassionate Doctors (2010 – 2012). Less than 3% of all active physicians nationwide are recognized with this honor. Voted by patients on & tabulated by MDx Medical, Inc.

Dr. Svehlak has been recognized with three Patients’ Choice Awards (2010, 2011, 2012).  This award is voted on by patients, who rate various components of over 40,000 physicians, including doctor-patient face time, bedside manner, follow-up, office staff, and overall opinions. Only a select few receive uniformly positive reviews, and of those, only the few doctors with near-perfect scores are voted by their patients for this recognition. Voted by patients on & tabulated by MDx Medical, Inc.

Dr. Svehlak is among the plastic surgeons in LA who has been listed in the Consumers’ Research Council of America’s Guide to America’s Top Plastic Surgeons multiple times.

Click to download a One-Sheet
about Dr. Svehlak (PDF)

Dr. Svehlak appeared in Newsweek Magazine’s 2011 Top Physicians Showcase.

Dr. Svehlak was featured has been featured in the New Beauty Magazine. Sunset Cosmetic Surgery has been recognized by Allergan as a Black Diamond level provider, which indicates the practice is among the TOP 1% of BOTOX® providers in the nation. Source: Allergan, Inc.

Dr. Svehlak has coauthored and authored a variety of articles on plastic surgery, and has appeared on The View, The KTLA Morning Show, Dr. Phil, MTV, VH1, Entertainment Tonight, and Dr. 90210

Among other plastic surgeons in Los Angeles, Dr. Svehlak has been quoted in local and national magazines including Health & Fitness Sports Magazine, US Weekly, Stuff, Elle, and The Aesthetic Surgery Journal

For more information about past articles and press, please visit our Articles page.

Board Certification & Licesensure

Board Certified in Plastic Surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (website)

Board Certified in General Surgery by the

American Board of Surgery (website)

Licensed by the California Board of Medicine (website)


Professional Affiliations

American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (website)

American Society of Plastic Surgeons (website)

California Society of Plastic Surgeons (website)

Los Angeles Society of Plastic Surgeons

Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (website“F.A.C.S.” stands for Fellow, American College of Surgeons. It means that Dr. Svehlak’s education and training, professional qualifications, surgical competence, and ethical conduct have passed a rigorous evaluation, and have been found to be consistent with the high standards established and demanded by the American College of Surgeons.

Member of the International Society for Plastic Regenerative Surgery (ISPRES)


Hospital Privileges

Olympia Medical Center (website)


Education & Training

Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Training

Beverly Hills, CA

Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Training Fellowship

Fellowship Plastic Surgery

Plastic Surgery at George Washington University Medical Center, Washington, DC

Plastic Surgery at Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, DC


General Surgery Residency, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center/Program in Surgery, Stamford, CT

Surgical Internship

The Stamford Hospital, Stamford CT, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, intership in general surgery

Medical School

New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY

Degree: Medicine

Undergraduate Education

University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

B.S., Biology, Chemistry Minor


Lectures & Presentations

As one of the several well-respected plastic surgeons in Los Angeles, Dr. Svehlak is often invited to speak about his specialties and techniques.

“Gummy Smile” lecture at “The Perioral Plastic Surgery Syposium” October 24, 2003

The plastic surgeons in LA, Drs. Svehlak and Yamini, along with Dr. Richard Ellenbogen, taught courses at the annual American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery meeting (May 2003, April 2004), including presentations on breast augmentation, liposuction, facelift and rhinoplasty minimally-invasive techniques.

Los Angeles Society of Plastic Surgeons

Speaking to other Plastic Surgeons in Los Angeles on:

“Leukotriene Blockers: Improving Capsular Contractures”


The Metropolitan Washington Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, All Surgeons’ Day, “Striking and Spectacular Case Presentation Trauma”

Connecticut Society of the American College of Surgeons, “Management of Blunt Splenic Trauma in Patients > 55 Years of Age”

Connecticut Society of the American College of Surgeons “Preoperative Bowel Preps in Elective Colorectal Surgery”



“Zafirlukast (Accolate): A New Treatment for Capsular Contracture” Co-Authored with S. Larry Schlesinger, MD, Richard Ellenbogen, MD, Michael N. Desvigue, MD and Robert Heck, MD in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, July/August 2002

“Management of Blunt Splenic Trauma in Patients > 55 Years of Age,” Journal of Trauma, January 1999