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Natural FaceTM Lift in Syracuse, Rochester, and Ithaca, NY

Double board-certified Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Sang W. Kim offer the Natural FaceTM Lift for patients residing in the Syracuse metropolitan area and Central New York cities including Ithaca and Rochester.

NATURAL FACE LIFT & THE AGING FACE AND NECK

Since birth, the body ages with the passage of each year. At some point, the outside appearance of the body – especially the face and neck – starts to show signs of aging that is socially and psychologically unattractive. While the brain and mind can stay young and active with mental exercise and fulfilling life’s work, aging features of the face begin to diverge from one’s inner self.

Examples of these changes include (from the top of the face to the neck): saggy or tired appearance of the eyelids; baggy or hollowed appearing lower eyes; deepening creases around the mouth, or hollowed cheeks; jowls and loss of defined jawline; and hanging “turkey gobbler” of the heavy neck, or hanging, loose skin with vertical banding on thin neck.

Genetics play a major role in how and when the body progresses through this change, but accumulation of outside factors such as sun exposure, smoking, stress, or weight loss also contribute to these aging signs of the face and neck.

 

 

 

AGING FACE – SKIN LAXITY

There are specific features that characterize aging face and neck. Foremost, it is the change in skin texture and appearance. Environmental factors accumulated over lifetime, such as sun exposure and smoking, and genetics result in changes in skin with loss of elasticity and formation of permanently etched expression wrinkles.

Changes seen in aging skin are more than just the skin surface. Just underneath the outer layer of the skin lies the inner layer of the skin – the layers of supportive fiber network consisting of collagen and elastin. This fiber network allows the skin to stretch and recoil with each movement of the muscle every moment in life. With biological aging and accumulation of damage from the environment, the skin begins to wear out. The inner layer of the skin begins to thin as collagen and elastin begin to disappear. Since the skin no longer stretches and recoils as effectively, some parts of the skin will begin to accumulate wrinkles over time. Other parts of skin where gravity takes hold, will begin to sag and become more lax.

Natural Face Lift Before and After Pictures Syracuse and Ithaca, NY
Natural Face Lift Before and After Pictures Syracuse and Ithaca, NY

 

 

 

AGING MID-FACE – LOSS OF VOLUME AND HOLLOW APPEARANCE

Located between the skin and bone of the face, are the soft tissues of the face which consist of muscle and a series fat compartments. These fat compartments are located in specific areas of the face – especially overlying prominent bony areas, like the outer rim of the eye/cheek junction (malar prominence). Over time, fat compartments of the face begin to lose volume and deflate, resulting in hollowed appearance. This is especially noticeable in areas like the cheeks, inner corner of the eyes (tear trough), and temple areas. The loss of facial volume, especially at the bony prominence, leads to hollowed aging facial appearance and convey loss of vitality.

Natural Face Lift Before and After Pictures Syracuse and Ithaca, NY
Natural Face Lift Before and After Pictures Syracuse and Ithaca, NY

 

 

 

AGING LOWER FACE – JOWLS FORMATION AND LOSS OF JAWLINE

Underneath the skin, other structures of the face are also changing with the aging process. Skin and the soft tissue of the face (fat pad and muscles overlying the bone) are attached and anchored to the bone by series of retaining ligaments. The retaining ligaments of the face are like the supporting cables of a suspension bridge. With the aging process, these retaining ligaments begin to weaken, resulting in sagging of the soft tissue of the face as gravity pulls them down. Because these retaining ligaments are located at specific areas of the face (over the bony prominence of the cheek “zygomatic ligament” or jawline “mandibular ligament”; and along the side of the face “masseteric cutaneous and parotid cutaneous ligaments”), weakening of these supporting cables result in characteristic signs of aging face (jowls, and loss of jawline.

Natural Face Lift Before and After Pictures Syracuse and Ithaca, NY
Natural Face Lift Before and After Pictures Syracuse and Ithaca, NY
Natural Face Lift Before and After Pictures Syracuse and Ithaca, NY

 

 

 

AGING NECK – HEAVY NECK AND VERTICAL BANDS

Type 1: Heavy Neck

Depending on the age, body habitus, and hereditary predisposition, some people present with aging neck in the forms ranging from mild fullness under the chin to hanging, loose “turkey gobbler” neck.

Natural Face Lift Before and After Pictures Syracuse and Ithaca, NY
Natural Face Lift Before and After Pictures Syracuse and Ithaca, NY
Natural Face Lift Before and After Pictures Syracuse and Ithaca, NY

Type 2: Vertical Bands

Some people (typically thin people with long neck, or those who have lost significant body weight) may develop prominent vertical bandings at the center of the neck and hanging skin under the chin. This banding at the center of the neck is formed by the edges of curtain like muscle called “platysma” wrapping each side of the neck as it begins to relax and splay apart at midline.

Natural Face Lift Before and After Pictures Syracuse and Ithaca, NY
Natural Face Lift Before and After Pictures Syracuse and Ithaca, NY
Natural Face Lift Before and After Pictures Syracuse and Ithaca, NY

 

 

 

COMPLEMENTARY PROCEDURES

On the day of consultation, we may mention additional procedures that the patient may consider at the same time for face lift. Most common procedures to combine with face lift include blepharoplasty (“eye lift” or eyelid procedure), cheek or chin implant, laser resurfacing of the skin around the eyes and mouth, fat or SMAS transfer to deep crease lines/lips, or rhinoplasty. Advantage of combining these adjuvant procedures with face lift are: 1. Cost efficient for the patient 2. Same time commitment for recovery

 

CANDIDATE FOR FACELIFT

Face lift is one of the three most common cosmetic facial surgeries with a total of over 125,000 procedures performed in the US alone in 2015 according to data published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. People often ask what is the correct age for facelift. Patients who undergo facelift for men and women range between the ages of 40-70, with the average age around early to mid-50. More important than the chronological age is the “biological age” determined by the patient’s hereditary features combined with lifestyle choices accumulated over time.

 

RECOVERY FROM FACELIFT

There is an on-call physician during off-hours, and surgical patients will also have access to the surgeon’s personal cell phone for any specific surgery -related questions/concerns.

Week 1: Patients should expect some swelling and bruising. Patients do not typically complain of pain, but they may experience some numbness which will resolve over time. Expect to have a slow and restful week. Plan for a few good read and movies during this week. Sutures will be removed on day 7 after the surgery.

Week 2: Some patients are almost back to normal by week 2, but most will take another week to fully get back to their normal selves. During week 2, each day rapid improvement (less swelling) will be noted. Some people may be able to return to work sooner than 2 weeks after the surgery. By the end of week 2, patients should expect recovery back to normal and return to work.

1 Month visit: We return to the photo room and take a full set of photos. Next, we will upload these photos and compare next to the photos from the consultation day (before pictures). This is an exciting day for everyone, and reminds us at our practice why we love what we do.

 

COST OF FACELIFT

The average cost of facelift was $6,759 according to 2015 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. This number represented surgeon’s fee only, and varied widely depending on the type of facelift and qualification of the surgeon.

The figure above did NOT include the anesthesia, and the operating room facility fees. The cost of anesthesia, and the operating room facility fee will vary greatly depending on where the surgery takes place (hospital vs. day-surgery facility vs. licensed private operating suite).

The net cost for the patient includes the surgeon’s fee, facility fee, anesthesia fee, and medication/medical test if needed.

We maintain a lower than national average cost for comparable facelift to our patients, because we can control the cost of anesthesia and facility fee at our own licensed private operating suite. When the patients come for facelift consultation at Natural Face Clinics, the cost of the procedure is a comprehensive figure including the surgeon’s fee, anesthesia, and the facility fee.

 

CASE STUDIES – SURGICAL FACIAL REJUVENATION

These case studies are meant to illustrate the key features of the aging face and how we can improve through safe and effective surgical treatments.

Each patient is unique – they present at different biological ages with different sets of changes to their facial image. Also, each patient has a unique self-image of what bothers them, and what kind of improvement they are looking for – a dramatic make-over or a natural, refreshed rejuvenation.

Based on this, a unique treatment strategy is offered for each patient, and we focus only on those key features in this case study. To view a complete Before/After gallery, please click here

 

AGING FACE – SKIN LAXITY

Natural Face Lift Before and After Pictures Syracuse and Ithaca, NY
Natural Face Lift Before and After Pictures Syracuse and Ithaca, NY

This patient, in her mid-50’s, presented with laxity of cheeks, neck, and jowls. She was also bothered by early showing of the platysmal bands. She underwent facelift only without any additional treatments.

Natural Face Lift Before and After Pictures Syracuse and Ithaca, NY
Natural Face Lift Before and After Pictures Syracuse and Ithaca, NY

This patient, in her early-60’s, presented with heavy neck laxity and loss of youthful jawline. She underwent facelift with fat/soft tissue SMAS transfer to supplement correction of deep crease around her mouth.

 

 

 

AGING MID-FACE – LOSS OF VOLUME AND HOLLOW APPEARANCE

Natural Face Lift Before and After Pictures Syracuse and Ithaca, NY
Natural Face Lift Before and After Pictures Syracuse and Ithaca, NY

This patient, in her early-60’s, presented with hollowed loss of midface volume, and wishes to restore the youthful cheek contour. She has been receiving non-surgical filler treatments for many years and wished to have permanent and lasting options. She underwent cheek implant procedure.

Natural Face Lift Before and After Pictures Syracuse and Ithaca, NY
Natural Face Lift Before and After Pictures Syracuse and Ithaca, NY

This patient, in her early-50’s, also presented with loss of midface volume, and wished to restore the youthful cheek contour. She underwent cheek implant procedure.

 

 

 

AGING LOWER FACE – JOWLS FORMATION AND LOSS OF JAWLINE

Natural Face Lift Before and After Pictures Syracuse and Ithaca, NY
Natural Face Lift Before and After Pictures Syracuse and Ithaca, NY

This patient, in her early-50’s, began to notice jowls and neck laxity. She underwent face lift to achieve restful and natural facial rejuvenation that she was looking for.

Natural Face Lift Before and After Pictures Syracuse and Ithaca, NY
Natural Face Lift Before and After Pictures Syracuse and Ithaca, NY

This patient, in her late-50’s, began to notice jowls, neck laxity, and platysmal banding. She underwent face lift with platysmaplasty to achieve restful and natural facial rejuvenation that she was looking for.

Natural Face Lift Before and After Pictures Syracuse and Ithaca, NY
Natural Face Lift Before and After Pictures Syracuse and Ithaca, NY

This patient, in her late-60’s, presented with jowls, heavy neck, and loss of jawline. She underwent facelift with platysmaplasty, and fat/soft tissue SMAS transfer.

 

 

 

AGING NECK – HEAVY NECK AND VERTICAL BANDS

Type 1: Heavy Neck

Natural Face Lift Before and After Pictures Syracuse and Ithaca, NY
Natural Face Lift Before and After Pictures Syracuse and Ithaca, NY

This patient, in her early 30’s, was bothered by fullness under her chin “double chin”. She considered many other non-surgical options online, and then decided to undergo submental liposuction. She was surprised to learn that her submental liposuction actually costed less than the non-surgical options she was considering, and the procedure took about 30 minutes in the office-setting.

Natural Face Lift Before and After Pictures Syracuse and Ithaca, NY
Natural Face Lift Before and After Pictures Syracuse and Ithaca, NY

This patient, in her early-50’s, was bothered by fullness and laxity of her neck, and loss of jawline. She presented to our office after undergone non-surgical treatment at a local medispa without any noticeable improvement as shown on left picture. On the right is 2 months follow up picture after facelift..

Natural Face Lift Before and After Pictures Syracuse and Ithaca, NY
Natural Face Lift Before and After Pictures Syracuse and Ithaca, NY

This patient, in her late-60’s, presented with very heavy, hanging neck. Her main concern was to improve the neck only, therefore she underwent direct submentoplasty “neck lift”.

 

 

 

Type 2: Vertical Bands

Natural Face Lift Before and After Pictures Syracuse and Ithaca, NY
Natural Face Lift Before and After Pictures Syracuse and Ithaca, NY

This patient, in her early-60’s, presented with jowls, neck laxity, and platysmal banding.
She underwent facelift with platysmaplasty.

Natural Face Lift Before and After Pictures Syracuse and Ithaca, NY
Natural Face Lift Before and After Pictures Syracuse and Ithaca, NY

This patient, in her early-50’s, presented with face and neck laxity, platysmal banding, and jowls.
She underwent facelift only.

Natural Face Lift Before and After Pictures Syracuse and Ithaca, NY
Natural Face Lift Before and After Pictures Syracuse and Ithaca, NY

This patient, in her late-60’s, was bothered by the jowls, laxity of the neck, and platysmal banding.
She underwent facelift with platysmaplasty.

 

 

 

Double board-certified Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Sang W. Kim at Natural Face™ Clinics specialize in the 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.

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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 and hair restoration surgery. He graduated from the University of California – Berkeley with summa cum laude. He received his medical doctorate degree from Harvard Medical School, and completed his residency training through the Harvard Combined Program in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Kim completed the prestigious dual fellowship accredited by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery.

TESTIMONIALS
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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

- Nevzad – East Syracuse, NY

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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

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

- Debra Victor - East Syracuse, NY

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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

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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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