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Aging Skin Characteristics for Rochester Residents

Injectables in Syracuse, Rochester, and Ithaca, NYAll tissues in the body gradually break down with age, and the skin may also undergo a unique aging process that is linked to the UVA and UVB light from the sun. Early detection of these two aging processes in the skin enables plastic surgeons to intervene with the most conservative options that promise optimum results.

Fine Lines and Wrinkles

Fine lines and wrinkles evolve from changes within the dermis, the layer of skin between the outer cuticle and epidermis and the deeper hypodermis. An abundance of elastin and collagen in the dermis provides volume to young skin, making it resilient to the formation of wrinkles. Photoaging aside, the skin undergoes changes that diminish the ability to maintain volume. Collagen production decreases once a person reaches the age of 20 and continues to decline at an average rate of 1% each year. Moisture retention declines when a person reaches age 30, and this causes fat cells to decrease in size, resulting in even less skin volume and a dull appearance. Regular collagen production ceases at age 40, and any existing collagen fibers become stiff and break down. The changes continue until age 50 when the subcutaneous tissue lose fat stores and thin. Dermal fillers, injectables and surgical facelifts address these changes and rejuvenate the skin.

Solar Lentigines

Commonly known as age spots, solar lentigines are small areas of the skin with excess melanin. The most common cause of solar lentigines is sun exposure. The brown appearance of solar lentigines is believed to be caused by the accumulation of lipids, proteins and cell waste. Removal of these damaged cells with laser skin resurfacing stimulates cell turnover and the production of new healthy cells.

Skin Cancer

The effects of sunlight on skin cells are well documented and understood by most patients. Sunlight contains energy that changes cell structure down to the DNA level. These changes create abnormal cells that grow without the cellular turnover that is seen in normal healthy cells. As the damaged cells reproduce, the lesions that develop are designated as skin cancer. The cancerous cells may remain isolated in a single type of tissue, such as the skin, or infiltrate other tissues, such as internal organs. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, and most skin cancer can be addressed with surgical excision of the cancerous cells and reconstruction of the healthy skin.

Learn More About How Your Skin is Aging. Contact Natural Face Clinics.

Double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Sang W. Kim, offers advanced treatments for photoaging and chronological aging of the skin. To learn more, contact us to schedule a consultation.

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Dr. Sang W. Kim

Harvard Trained, Double Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon

Sang W Kim, MD is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon who specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive facial plastic surgery, nasal/sinus surgery, and hair restoration surgery.

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I was working in Central New York and had an upcoming event and needed to get 2 areas of Dystport done. They were able to accommodate my schedule( as it was short notice) Dr. Kim’s entire staff was so friendly and welcoming!! During the procedure , even Nurse Dan held my hand and kept me smiling the whole time!! I was incredibly impressed with Dr Kim as he made sure he took the time to explain the process as well as not “ being rushed” something I have experienced with previous Doctors. I live in Florida but will be seeing Dr Kim from now on, and will be recommending their office to my fellow New Yorkers! It’s been almost 2 weeks since my appointment and the results are amazing!!! So happy! Thank you so much Dr Kim, Mary and the rest of the staff !

- michele goodwin

Dr. Kim is a world-class facial plastic surgeon. I’ve been to the top surgeons in the country from Beverly Hills to Miami and I found Dr. Kim to be superior. His face and neck lift were flawless and so natural that no one could tell I had anything done, but everyone said I looked ten years younger. As Syracuse is a discreet location, I would highly recommend anyone who wants a top notch face and neck lift to fly in. His bedside manner is as fantastic as his work. I can’t recommend Dr. Kim enough. I think he is the best Facial plastic surgeon in the country.

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I am very happy with Dr. Kim and all of his staff. Not only did I have a surgical procedure done but I also go there every week for allergy shots and they couldn't be nicer. And Dr. Kim is awesome - - great bedside manner! I highly recommend them!!!

- Sheila Guenette

57 years old and wanted to start my new path in life retired...not looking tired! I did extensive research and sought out 5 surgeon recommendations. I was extremely impressed with Dr. Sang Kim for several reasons: 1 - He specialized in and only performs /neck surgeries, 2 - Dr. Kim is younger and probably more newly established, but there was no doubt that he is a perfectionist and a professional in his field, 3 - He is patient and really listens. I felt confident and trusted that he was giving me his best recommendation for my concerns, 4 - He didn't try to push unnecessary or extra procedures, 5 - I was impressed by how obvious it was that Dr. Kim's administrative and medical staff liked him and respected his work. But most of all, I am extremely satisfied with the results of my face lift!

- Shannon F

I can't say enough good things about Dr. Kim. He is the most patient, professional, and personable physician I have ever had the pleasure of seeing. Instead of being rushed through the practice, every member of his staff made me feel welcome and important from the moment I walked through the door. He wouldn't perform a single procedure on me until he fully answered every minute question I had (all of which he eloquently and candidly answered); you can tell that his formal training was exceptional. His bedside manner and skilled technique easily make him one of the best kept secrets in Syracuse. I have referred numerous friends to him who have also, in turn, referred their friends. Make the consult and see for yourself... you won't be disappointed!

- Deanna Hillman

Dr. Kim and his staff were incredible. I had a face lift done this past summer and I was treated with dignity and respect by everyone. Dr. Kim is an exceptional surgeon and one of the nicest and kindest doctors I have ever met. I had a wonderful experience and I would highly recommend Dr. Kim and his entire staff. I recently went back to Dr. Kim for injections. Again my experience was wonderful. He explains everything he is going to do and what to expect. I didn't bruise and I love the fact that he doesn't overdo. He and his staff are just incredible. If I could give more than 5 stars I would.

- Debbie Ely

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