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Skin Care Regimen

Face Cleansing

The first step in good, basic skin care is finding the right face cleansing regimen for your skin.  The goal of facial cleansing is to remove dead skin cells, oil, dirt, make-up. After good facial cleansing, your skin pores should be unclogged from debris and skin should be prepared for the next step to: 1. Rehydrate 2. Enrich and 3. Protect.

Essentially, good facial cleansing is a balance of removing the bad stuff, while retaining the good stuff (protective barrier).  In the past (especially for acne prone skin), the emphasis was on removing bad stuff through abrasive exfoliation and drying out the skin.  We now know that this can result in skin damage, discomfort, and sometimes skin will compensate by making even more oil, resulting in a vicious cycle of dry skin → oily skin and clogged pore → acne → dry skin.


When to use an oil-based cleanser, water-based cleanser, or both?

If you have regular or oily skin, but do not use heavy make-up, then a water-based cleanser alone should be sufficient.  Cost-effective foam facial cleansers that we recommend are Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser, or CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser, and they are widely available.  Foam-based facial cleanser is recommended because they don’t rely on sulfates which can also break down the “good” natural skin barrier.

An oil-based cleanser is more helpful in removing oil-based make-up and dirt, but it is not as effective at unclogging the pores.  It can also leave some residue on the skin. So if you tend to wear a lot of make-up, you should use an oil-based cleanser first, followed by water-based foam cleanser to remove remaining residue.

A few times a week, an exfoliating skin cleanser should be used to perform deeper cleaning and remove dead skin.  Alpha hydroxy acid are a group of compounds best known to be exfoliants that reduce wrinkles and fine lines while stimulating collagen build-up and other restorative changes in the supportive layers of the skin.  Among the alpha hydroxy acids, glycolic acid is likely the best known compound for skin exfoliation because of its small size and better penetration within the skin. However, with so many skin care lines now containing some form of exfoliants (citric acid, lactic acid, or glycolic acid) as well as mechanical exfoliation available (microderm, hydrafacial, brush-devices), you can easily over-exfoliate your skin, resulting in constant red and sensitive skin. To avoid this, we recommend using this cleanser no more than 2-3 times a week, and use the gentle foam facial cleanser for the other times. Also make sure to use sunscreen as exfoliated skin can be more sun sensitive.


Essence, Serum, and Moisturizer

There was a time when facial lotion was all we knew.  But over 200 years ago, women in Japan were using “beauty water” or essence as we now call it, which contained extracts from various botanicals, herbs, yeasts, seaweed, algae, and other secret ingredients.  They were known to make the skin feel soft, plump, and glow in natural light. Fast forward to today, there is a plethora of popular skin care regimens based on their origin. The K-beauty regimen emphasizes a complex, disciplined approach of multiple steps of cleansing, restoration, and protection, which can add up to 10-steps for its daily skin regimen.  The J-beauty Japanese regimen is comparatively simpler with the focus on key traditional formulas and essence. The French beauty regimen is even simpler yet and more naturalistic in its approach. Its focus is on restoring the natural skin with most of the regimen consisting of three steps – micellar water for cleansing (less chemical or irritant than conventional cleansers), toner to restore the natural slightly acidic skin environment (which also promotes good skin bacteria), and moisturizer to add a layer of protection.  Frequent cleaning to disrupt the natural environment is discouraged.


Our Recommended Skin Care Line

Over the years, our patients have asked us for recommendations in skin care.  After researching several physician-dispensed skin care options, we decided on a select skin care regimen created by NeoCutis based on efficacy, simplicity, cost factor, and brand reputation.


Neo Cleanse Exfoliating Skin Cleanser

9.9% glycolic acid based exfoliating skin cleanser without any additive.  Use for 2-3 days a week followed by gentle foam based facial cleanser for the other days of the week as we described above.

Moisturizer – Journée

One-step anti-aging skin care combining skin revitalization, anti-oxidant care, sun-protection, and hydration


NeoCutis’ patented ingredient “Processed Skin Cell Proteins” PSP®️  consists of a blend of protein and polypeptide including human growth factor and cytokines designed to nourish and stimulate your skin to revitalize.  Studies have shown benefits of this blend, in which, 6 month twice a day application has shown 25-33% improvement of wrinkles around the mouth and eyes, and restorative changes of the skin under the microscope.

  • Anti-oxidant:  Blend of Green Tea extract, Vitamins C and E. Addition of melanin for further protective role against photo damage.
  • Protection:  SPF 30 UVA/UVB protection with Zinc Oxide and Octinoxate.


Hyaluronic acid in topical cream helps retain water.  As a large, charged molecule, it may not penetrate the skin (for that you need injection treatment with fillers like Restylane or Juvederm), it stays on the surface of skin and holds onto the hydration.

Hyalis Hydrating Serum

Concentrated hyaluronic acid serum designed to hydrate and retain water for the skin.



Microfirm Neck & Décolleté

Specifically formulated to rejuvenate signs of wrinkles and damages on the delicate skin of the neck and décolleté.

Under The Eyes


Rejuvenating eye cream designed specifically for the delicate eye area.  Emphasis is on re-hydration of skin and reduced puffiness.



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


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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


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- 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.

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

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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.

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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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