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Skin Defect Surgery in Syracuse, Rochester, and Ithaca, NY

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

Our surgeons specialize in plastic and reconstructive surgery exclusively in the face, head, and neck.  Our referral network for evaluation and treatment of skin lesion and cancer comes  from the primary care practices and skin care specialists in Syracuse and the Central New York area including Ithaca, and Rochester.


Over the years, we have developed a collaborative partnership with the pathologists at Clearpath Diagnostic Lab.  The group has one of the most extensive expertise in the dermatopathologic diagnosis in our area.  We are able to provide a coordinated, same day excision, diagnosis, and reconstruction in our private practice setting.

If you have been diagnosed with skin cancer, or have a lesion that has been concerning you, please call us for an appointment.  Most lesions are considered medical necessity and will be covered by your health insurance.  Alternatively, if you wish to self-pay or the lesion is considered cosmetic in nature, then we can provide you with the detailed cost of the procedure which includes the dermatopathologic diagnosis by our partnered pathologists.

What to expect on your procedure day

If the skin lesion of concern has been confirmed to be cancer, typically you will be scheduled for a mid-morning appointment.  Most lesion removals are performed with local anesthesia but mild sedative medication can be provided if requested by the patient in advance.  We begin with excision of the lesion and the surrounding tissue to ensure complete and clean margin.  Usually within an hour, our pathologists are able to let us know whether we have achieved excision of the lesion and adequate clean margin of the surrounding area.  Next, we will proceed with the repair of the skin defect.  The vast majority of the skin defects are repaired in our office procedure room under local anesthesia.  Patients should be able to go home by late morning/early afternoon and return for suture removal typically in 1 week.

Skin Cancer Before and After | Rochester, NY
Skin Cancer Before and After | Syracuse, NY

Patient had basal cell carcinoma with full thickness defect measuring 2.5cm

Scar revision

The face, head, and neck are very important aesthetic areas.  Sometimes our patients, or those who underwent excision by another physician, may develop a scar that healed with suboptimal cosmetic appearance.  We can help improve on those scars through various revision procedures such as steroid injection, re-excision and repair of the scar, dermabrasion, laser resurfacing, light therapy, or even hair transplantation to improve and camouflage the existing scar.

If you have a visible scar from trauma or surgery that bothers you, please call us for an appointment.  While we cannot guarantee perfect repair of all scars, we can always improve the appearance of the scar through numerous tools that are available to us.

Skin Cancer Before and After | Rochester, NY

Patient had 3cm defect after removal of squamous cell carinoma

These are some examples of the before and after pictures of the skin defect repair.  We understand that having conspicuous scar or skin cancer in the face, head, and neck areas can be a daunting and stressful situation in one’s life.  These patients have graciously agreed to share their pictures for us to help reassure for others who are going through what they have gone through.  More patient cases will be available for viewing at our clinic.

Skin Cancer Before and After | Syracuse, NY

Skin Cancer Before and After | Rochester, NY

Patient had 2cm defect following removal of basal cell carcinoma

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.


Plastic Surgeon in Syracuse, Rochester, and Ithaca, NY


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.

- Shelly Cohen

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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