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About Brent Moelleken, MD, FACS

Introduction
Dr. Moelleken specializes in cosmetic surgery of the face, and is known for the superficial cheeklift operation, a surgery to rejuvenate the lower eye and cheek area. Surgery should be individualized and tailored for each patient, with attention to "covering tracks" and establishing a natural appearance.

Professional Background

Dr. Moelleken has innovated various procedures including LiveFill®, autologous fat-fascial grafts; the USIC® & LUSIC® cheeklifts, short incision cheeklifts; the 360 Facelift®, a comprehensive natural appearing facelift procedure; and the Hybrid Tummy Tuck®, a short incision tummy tuck for fit moms. He believes in publishing the results of his innovations in peer-reviewed journals. Results of Dr. Moelleken’s studies have been published in books, articles and the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery journal; have been presented at various international meetings.

He has been selected by Marquis’ Who’s Who in America’s Top Plastic Surgeons in Los Angeles, LA Magazine’s “Top Doctors in Los Angeles”, and is on numerous Top Doctors Lists including Vogue Magazine’s.

Education & Training

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING
General Surgery Internship, University of California, San Francisco 1985 – 1986
General Surgery Residency, University of California, San Francisco 1985 – 1992
General Surgery Chief Resident, University of California, San Francisco 1991 – 1992
Plastic Surgery Research Fellowship, University of California, San Francisco (Dr. Stephen J Mathes), and the Fetal Treatment Center (Dr. Thomas K Hunt, Dr. Michael R. Harrison) 1988 – 1990
Plastic Surgery Fellowship, University of California, San Francisco 1992-1994
Plastic Surgery Chief Resident, University of California, San Francisco 1993-1994
Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship, University of California, Los Angeles 1994-1995
Private Practice, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Beverly Hills, California 1995-present

Locations

Practice, Brent Moelleken MD, FACS

601 E Arrellaga St
#103
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
United States

Practice, Brent Moelleken MD, FACS

120 S Spalding Dr
#110
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
United States

Questions Answered

Questions Answered
Asked 2016-04-30

I am 5 weeks post op tummy tuck I have sarcoma and scar tissue. My plastic surgeon advised me to schedule surgery to remove the scar tissue: I am scheduled to have the operation June 5th. A few days ago I developed fluid leakage (common) but now I have developed a redness on my tummy, pain, and flu…

3 Answers
Brent Moelleken, MD, FACS
Answered: 2016-11-17
It is always best to treat an infection fully prior to proceeding with elective surgery, unless the surgery is specifically for curing the infection.
Asked 2016-09-23

I am 6 weeks post-op and my left eyebrow was over-corrected (on purpose, per my surgeon) and my crease/left eye feels tight and looks bigger. Can a drop of Botox help soften this and does in interfere with the natural healing process? My right side has settled perfectly. Also, what about massage?

4 Answers
Brent Moelleken, MD, FACS
Answered: 2016-10-17
Surgeons differ on recommending Botox during the early healing process. The same goes for massage: you wouldn't want to hurt the surgical results! In general I prefer to avoid Botox if a cheek lift was performed. The healing tissues underneath the eyes need all the strength to preserve lower eyelid tonicity. Remember Botox lasts 3 months, and healing often changes fairly quickly. What might be a great dosage one week may not be a few weeks later if the healing changes the appearance or position of the target tissues.
Asked 2014-08-26

I had reduction from DDD to D 10 months ago (lollipop procedure). One breast has more weight/volume and is heavier than is comfortable. A 2nd opinion was to have the original doctor just lipo the larger breast in the OR vs office. He said the risks associated with revision surgery weren't warranted…

2 Answers
Brent Moelleken, MD, FACS
Answered: 2016-10-17
Your second opinion doctor may have just the right idea to achieve greater breast symmetry without having to undergo an entire redo surgery just when your incisions are probably settling in. Hopefully you can discuss with your original doctor and arrive at a simple, inexpensive solution!
Asked 2016-09-28

Hello! Which thread lift gives the best lift effect if you want to change the face shape from round to more oval? ( I'm only 30 years old) I've heard that thicker threads give a better lift.

5 Answers
Brent Moelleken, MD, FACS
Answered: 2016-10-17
I'm not a fan of thread lifts. They tend to recur quickly. Fillers may be a better option for patients who need a temporary improvement of facial volume distribution in the face, especially for a 30 year-old. Because we have a very active facelift practice, we see many of the thread lifts firsthand. few if any of them are still working at the time the facelift is done! Also modern facelifts enable better volume distribution, particularly in the upper third of the face, than they did previously.

Additional Information

Board Certifications
American Board of Surgery (ABS)
American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS)
Society Memberships
The Aesthetic Society
American Academy for the Advancement of the Sciences (AAAS)
American Medical Association (AMA)
American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
California Medical Association (CMA)
California Society of Plastic Surgeons (CSPS)
Fellow, American College of Surgeons (FACS)
Los Angeles County Medical Association (LACMA)
Los Angeles Society of Plastic Surgeons (LASPS)
Los Angeles Surgical Society
Santa Barbara County Medical Society
The Aesthetic Society
Wound Healing Society, Founding Member
Hospital Affiliation(s)
UCLA Medical Center, Attending Surgeon
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Attending Surgeon
West Los Angeles Veterans Administration Hospital (UCLA)
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Contact
Contact

Brent Moelleken, MD, FACS

Practice, Brent Moelleken MD, FACS

601 E Arrellaga St
#103
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
United States

Practice, Brent Moelleken MD, FACS

120 S Spalding Dr
#110
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
United States