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Double board-certified Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Sang W. Kim of the Natural Face™ Clinics provide balloon sinuplasty for patients residing in the Syracuse metropolitan area and Central New York area including Ithaca, and Rochester.

What is “mouth breathing”?

Everyone at some point will experience some form of congestion of the nasal passage.  Normal body cycle, hormonal changes, common cold, and allergies are all potential causes for nasal congestion which should improve through medical treatment if needed.  For those with constant nasal obstruction, the causes can be structural, including nasal septal deviation, nasal valve compromise, and nasal turbinate enlargement.

Why is mouth breathing a bad thing?

The nasal passage is the first segment for the airway as the air gets to its final destination at your lungs.  The nasal passage is the narrowest and most restrictive segment of the airway for a good reason – it actually has several important things to do as the air is passing through the nasal passage.  By moving the air through your nose, you actually smell things around you.  The nasal passage is a natural air-conditioner.  The nasal passage humidifies, filters, and controls the temperature of the air you breathe in to keep your lungs happy and prevent any harmful reaction that can develop in your bronchus (the air pipes leading to your lungs).  Finally, everyone knows that breathing through the nose is natural and makes one feel happy.

What can be done to fix this problem?

For patients presenting with nasal airway obstruction, comprehensive medical evaluation should be performed to confirm the diagnosis that the nasal airway problem is structural in nature. Common causes of nasal airway obstruction include environmental allergies, non-allergic rhinitis, and pregnancy.  For these problems, nasal surgery should not be considered as the initial treatment.

All other options should be considered first before surgery is offered as the treatment option.  These include nasal steroid spray, allergy medications (such as Zyrtec or Claritin), and/or avoidance of allergic irritants (identified from allergy test).  Patients should also try the Breathe-Right Strips at night time and/or during exercise to determine whether collapse of the nasal structure is the main problem.

Patients who continue to have problems with nasal obstruction after a consistent trial of medical treatment, and are confirmed to have a nasal airway problem that is structural in nature, are ideal candidates for nose surgery.

Double board-certified Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Sang W. Kim at Natural Face Clinics specialize 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 treatment, both surgical and non-surgical, including facelift, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), nose surgery (rhinoplasty), brow lift, neck lift, and skin resurfacing. Find out more by scheduling your personal consultation today.

 

MEET THE DOCTOR

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.

TESTIMONIALS
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

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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.

- Shelly Cohen

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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

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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

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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

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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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