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Laser Skin Resurfacing in Syracuse, Rochester, and Ithaca, NY

Natural Face™ Clinics, led by Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Sang W. Kim, features CoolSculpting® treatments for patients residing in the Syracuse metropolitan area and Central New York area including Ithaca and Rochester.

Finely-etched wrinkles on the skin are known as “atrophic rhytids”.  While it is easy to assume these are changes on the outer surface of the skin, in reality, they are caused by changes happening in the under-surface of the skin – a supportive layer known as the dermis.

People develop fine wrinkles on their skin because their skin’s dermis layer has thinned and undergone changes. These changes include loss of strength and the ability to stretch and recoil due to loss of collagen and elastin in the dermis, as well as permanent changes in architecture of the dermis. This is why any meaningful therapy to restore the skin’s texture and appearance has to involve treatment at the under-surface of the skin to induce repair and remodeling of the dermis.

How Do You Choose Which Laser Therapy is Right for You?

The fundamental decision process for selecting the type of laser therapy should be based on efficacy-to-risk ratio for the treatment of skin texture and wrinkles. Simply stated, the more aggressive the laser treatment, the more likely that you will have noticeable improvement. But it also means a higher risk of complications such as scarring or skin pigment changes.

There are many different types and brands of laser devices available today. A simple way to think about various lasers is to put them into one of two categories: ablative vs non-ablative. Non-ablative lasers are generally considered gentler, and therefore, safer lasers. It also means that the outcome may not be as noticeable, but recovery time is generally shorter. Newer laser devices tend to be based on non-ablative lasers to emphasize safety and a quicker recovery.

From an efficacy standpoint, ablative lasers based on CO2 or Erbium remains the gold standard.  However, first generations of CO2 and Erbium lasers had a high-risk profile due to significant collateral heat damage to the surrounding skin. The subsequent generation of CO2 and Erbium (or a combination of the two) lasers are in fractionated mode to reduce the risk profile. Fractionated means that a precise pattern of laser delivery is performed by the device to preserve surrounding tissue to enhance recovery and repair. The specific pattern of a fractionated laser also allows maximal time for cooling to prevent collateral heat damage to surrounding skin.

In experienced hands, a fractionated ablative laser delivers superior outcomes for deep wrinkles and sun damage while managing the risk of side-effects compared to non-ablative laser therapy.

What is the Recovery of Laser Skin Resurfacing?

In our practice, we utilize the ablative fractionated CO2 laser to improve skin texture and restore skin wrinkles from aging and sun damage. While the energy setting is adjustable depending on the individual patient’s outcome expectation and recovery time, typical protocol involves a recovery of 7- 10 days. If full face resurfacing is planned, then most patients will benefit from conscious sedation. Treatment itself takes 30 minutes or less. If partial resurfacing is planned (around the mouth or eyes), light sedation may be sufficient.

What is the Downtime for Laser Skin Resurfacing?

Based on our typical protocol, patients are expected to have a downtime of about 7-10 days. During this time, meticulous care of the resurfaced area is very important to ensure optimal outcomes. It is not a painful recovery, but the treated site will look impressively raw and covered in emollient. After the initial 7-10 days of downtime, your skin should have completed its initial repair. The redness of new skin will persist for several weeks, but at this stage, patients can cover with light make up, which our staff can demonstrate in the clinic. Patients are expected to avoid sun for the first 3 months. About 6 weeks after, patients will be advised to resume their maintenance skin regimen such as tretinoin and neuromodulator injection.

Double Board-certified Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Sang W. Kim at Natural Face™ Clinics specializes in aesthetic enhancement of the face, head, and neck, exclusively. Patients come to see us from the Syracuse metropolitan area and Central New York area, including Ithaca and Rochester. At Natural Face™ Clinics, we specialize in restoring the youthful neck contour, tired appearance of the brows and eyes, and skin laxity. We offer customized treatments, both surgical and non-surgical. Find out more by scheduling your personal consultation today.


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 found everyone at Natural Face Clinics to be very friendly and accommodating. During the procedure I became ill and both Dr. Kim and Susan were very compassionate and I did not feel rushed. As of this date, the results are great and I am happy with the end result. Dr. Kim has been very kind and professional. He is a great doctor. The staff is very kind and caring. They are always friendly and accommodating on the phone and in the office. I would definitely recommend Dr. Kim to my family and friends. Thank you for everything!

- Joanne – East Syracuse, NY


Everything about the procedure was well explained and it was a breeze! The chin surgery came out well and as expected. The doctor was very professional and put me at ease. He explained everything that he was doing. The staff is top notch and Karen was outstanding.

- Carl – East Syracuse, NY


The initial visit was informative and reassuring. I was given options and a clear understanding as to what to expect. It was very comforting. I received excellent care and I am thrilled with my results! I’ve already booked my next procedure. I was pleasantly surprised with how little pain there was and how quickly I recovered.
Dr. Halliday is wonderful! He is knowledgeable and professional. I wouldn’t trust my face to just anyone. He is an excellent plastic surgeon. The staff is professional, caring and attentive. Appointment times are honored and the visits are never rushed. I am so grateful for the outstanding care I received.

- Susan – East Syracuse, NY


My experience was very professional and helpful. My questions were answered that I did not think to ask. They were very friendly and accommodating. The procedure went smoothly. Post-op care was especially spoiling, considering it was during the holidays. Everything was done to ensure I had an optimal outcome.
My results are splendid! I am receiving compliments that I look 15-20 years younger than prior to my procedure. My doctor was outstanding and genuinely concerned. He wanted me to understand what was being done and why. I had clear and concise answers to questions and received excellent bedside manner. The staff is friendly, efficient, on time and on task. They are eager to assist! I would recommend and would use again when needing cosmetic enhancements. I am very, very pleased with my experience and results.

- D.L. – East Syracuse, NY


When I look in the mirror, I know I made a great choice. Dr. Halliday and his exceptional staff were thoughtful, knowledgeable, and caring. My results were very good and not over-done like some actress on TV. I have referred friends and they also had great results.

- Mary - New York Mills, NY


I cannot begin to tell you how happy I was and continue to be with Dr. Halliday and his staff. I felt very comfortable the first time I met him and talked with his staff. I was treated professionally and with dignity. I originally met Dr. Halliday to discuss fillers. After talking to him and discussing all my options, I decided to have a face lift and surgery on my upper and lower eye lids. He never pushed me into making a decision, in fact, he told me to think about it. I left and headed to work and I called the same day and booked my surgery. He is an artist and a master at what he does. I am extremely happy with my results. I have and will continue to recommend Dr. Halliday and his staff to anyone interested in improving their appearance.

- Debbie - Syracuse, NY


This whole process has been an amazing experience. The staff and Dr. Halliday treat you with respect and also assure your privacy. The staff is efficient and communicates well; you have complete knowledge of the process and the outcome is absolutely awesome. Thank you!

- Dale - Ilion, NY


At my initial visit I was met with a short wait time and a friendly staff. Throughout the whole procedure I was comfortable and I healed well and had no problems; I am happy with my results. Dr. Kim is so nice and friendly. He answered all my questions and made me feel safe and comfortable. The office staff has been very friendly and helpful as well. Everyone is so nice here.

- Karen – Syracuse, NY


When I met Dr. Kim and the staff, everyone was friendly. Dr. Kim did a good job with my procedure and made me feel comfortable. My hair has started to grow and I feel like the procedure has worked. Everyone here is nice and I liked Dr. Kim’s honesty with me. My doctor wanted me to go to a different doctor for my nose but I told him “no I want to go to Dr. Kim”.

- Ljupco – Syracuse, NY


At my initial visit Dr. Kim and the staff were very informative on what was going to happen with the surgery. He removed Melanoma from the left side of my nose and it very good. All of the Melanoma has been removed and is healing well. Dr. Kim has been very informative on all that has taken place and what is in the future after surgery. The staff has also been very helpful throughout the whole process. I would see Dr. Kim again if I had any more cancer to be removed.

- Eugene – Syracuse, NY


My initial consultation was very informative. The doctor was honest about the procedure, as well as, the cost and I felt no pressure to make a commitment. The office itself is very comfortable and the staff is friendly and welcoming. My procedure went smooth and the doctor was very cautious to not release me until he was sure I was ready to leave. I am very happy with my results and the healing time was even better than expected. Dr. Kim has an excellent bed side manner and his staff made the whole process enjoyable. He is easy to talk to and very informative about the procedure, as well as, advice on the healing process. I would definitely refer my family and friends to this practice.

- Linda – East Syracuse, NY


Dr. Kim and the entire staff are nice. Dr. Kim did a good job and everything is 100%.

- Nevzad – East Syracuse, NY


My husband and I met with Dr. Halliday and Terri. We arrived to a very clean and inviting office and did not have to wait long. Dr. Halliday and Terri did not tell me what should be done but were interested in what my goals were for a cosmetic procedure. They answered all my questions and explained their recommendations clearly. On the day of my procedure everyone went out of their way to make sure I was as comfortable as possible. I liked the “privacy” of the operating and recovery area. I feel like l look years younger while still looking “age appropriate”. Friends and family have commented I look good and the natural lift is exactly that; very natural. The only way people know I had a procedure is because I told them. Dr. Halliday was very professional and friendly the entire time. I completely trusted all the decisions he made during the procedure. He took his time and even took time to put my husband at ease about having the procedure done. Everyone at the office is extremely friendly and I have never had to wait long for my appointment. I feel like I have made an investment in my face and while I am happy to be my age I am even happier to have a face that matches the body I have. I will continue to make enhancements along the way with Dr. Halliday, Terri, and everyone in his office who made me feel and look special.

- Nicki – East Syracuse, NY


The staff is very pleasant and helpful. I am very pleased with Dr. Hallidays expertise.

- Debra Victor - East Syracuse, NY


This is a wonderful place to come, everyone is great and happy. I had the best care and will recommend this surgery center to my friends.

- Linda - Syracuse, NY


I was very worried about my surgery. However, the doctor and staff were wonderful and my surgery and recovery were well worth it.

- Shirley – Syracuse, NY

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