Although Dr. Steven Svehlak is now a practicing plastic surgeon in Los Angeles, he came from the small quiet town of Oxford, Connecticut. He attended the University of Connecticut, where he received a bachelor of science in biology. He received his medical degree at New York Medical College in 1994. While at medical school, he was introduced to many different areas of medicine but ultimately chose surgery.
During his five years in general surgery residency at Stamford Hospital in Stamford, Connecticut, Dr. Svehlak was introduced to the art of plastic surgery. He was immediately intrigued with the field, as he found himself being able to work with patients directly as a plastic surgeon and help them reach the image they desired. “Not only will I be able to restore beauty and function,” shared Dr. Svehlak, “but also improve a persons self-image and confidence.” Dr. Svehlak sought further plastic surgeon training and completed an intense and highly competitive plastic surgery program at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., in 2001. He learned the techniques of reconstructive surgery, including those applied in cancer, breast, and trauma surgeries. Dr. Svehlak gained additional training at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., where he focused on facial reconstructive surgery, including cleft lip and palate. He also became quite experienced in treating many types of congenital hand deformities.
In 2002, Dr. Steven Svehlak was offered an Advanced Aesthetic Fellowship in Beverly Hills, California. Dr. Svehlak worked side by side with a 30-year veteran of plastic surgery, performing rhinoplasty, breast augmentations and reductions, liposuction, and facial surgery. He became very knowledgeable in the art of cosmetic surgery and developed a keen eye in aesthetics. Although Dr. Svehlak was invited to join that practice, he decided to open up a practice of his own with a different plastic surgeon, Dr. Dan Yamini.
Dr. Svehlak has been featured in the Consumers’ Research Council of America’s Guide to America’s Top Plastic Surgeons for the past six years consecutively and is proud that Sunset Cosmetic Surgery was recognized among the Top 1% of BOTOX® providers in the nation.
Plastic surgeon Dr. Svehlak has authored and coauthored numerous articles on plastic surgery techniques and has appeared on The View, Dr. Phil, KTLA Morning News, Entertainment Tonight, MTV, VH1 and Dr. 90210. Dr. Svehlak has been quoted in a variety of magazines including US Weekly, Elle, Stuff, Health & Fitness Sports Magazine and Aesthetic Surgery Journal.
Plastic surgeon Dr. Svehlak specializes in the short-scar facelift, brow lift, eyelid and ear surgery, facial fat grafting, lip enhancement, chin implants, and rhinoplasty. In addition, Dr. Svehlak is a skilled specialist in Los Angeles for liposuction and liposculpture, tummy tuck, minimal-incision natural breast augmentation, and breast reduction (both female and male). His practice also includes skin cancer removal and reconstruction, reconstruction after mastectomy, revision breast surgery, and hand surgery.
Every year, thousands of people who want to feel and look their best seek the professional advice of a plastic surgeon. It may be to gain a competitive edge in the job market and advance their career. It may be to reduce the signs of aging and look more vibrant and youthful. It may be emotional to improve self-image and confidence.
The relationship you build with your plastic surgeon begins with a consultation. During your consultation, I consider several factors most important:
1) I strive to create a comfortable non-pressured atmosphere in order to build a trusting doctor-patient relationship. This allows open communication of the patient’s needs and concerns to the plastic surgeon.
2) I believe each Beverly Hills and Los Angeles plastic surgery patient deserves a thorough discussion and thoughtful considerations of the results sought. The consultation is never “rushed,” and every question is extremely important.
3) I make every effort to give each patient an accurate, realistic idea of what they can expect after surgery. When deciding on a treatment with a plastic surgeon, more is not necessarily better. The end result should give the patient the desired effect with a very natural look that is not “overdone.” It should produce minimal discomfort and pain with minimal bruising and swelling, allow quick recovery, and leave minimal scars. I strive to have my patients enjoying regular activities and feeling good about themselves soon after surgery.
4) Finally, as a plastic surgeon, I adhere to the highest standards of safety and strive to avoid any complications. Many of my patients have fast-paced careers, and others are constantly in the public eye. The common factor between all my patients is that they seek confidentiality and the ability to return to their lives immediately. Because of this, the [team/staff] at my Beverly Hills and Los Angeles area practice recognizes the balance between surgery and real life.
—Plastic Surgeon Steve Svehlak, MD, FACS