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Surgical vs. Non-Surgical Facelifts in Rochester, NY

Natural FaceTM Lift in Syracuse, Rochester, and Ithaca, NYAging is inevitable; try as you might to prevent the visible effects of time, wrinkles and other facial lines will likely appear in some form or another. While this is nothing to be ashamed of, many people find these signs of aging to be unflattering. Your appearance is an integral part of your identity, and you should feel confident about how you look.

Many plastic surgery providers will recommend a facelift as a solution to visible aging, but it’s common for patients to be concerned by the invasiveness of this procedure. Luckily, there are multiple non-surgical alternatives to choose from that provide results similar to, though not as dramatic as, a facelift.

Surgical Face Lift

This is perhaps the most well-known facial rejuvenation procedure. A full facelift is a surgical treatment that is invasive, results in some scarring, and requires significant downtime. However, you will be able to see significant improvement to your appearance, and the results last longer than most, if not all, non-surgical treatments. Full facelifts work best on patients who are experiencing heavy jowls and sagging skin around the face that is too extreme to be effectively treated with non-surgical procedures.

After the procedure, patients should expect to wait about two weeks before going back to their normal routine. The time it takes for facial swelling and redness to go down varies from patient to patient but typically resolves after a month or so.  The procedure results in smoother, healthier looking skin, and can also provide restoration to a patient’s jaw muscles.


Injectable treatments can provide a patient with wrinkle reduction and increased facial volume, both of which aspects of a full facelift. There are a broad range of injectable treatments which all provide slightly different results. Popular products such as Botox® and Dysport® fall under this category. Our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Sang W. Kim, will help each patient decide which option is best for them during their consultation. This will be determined by the areas of concern and how severe the problem is.

Because the procedure is minimally invasive, there is little to no downtime after each treatment, and most patients are able to return to their schedules as normal.

Dermal Fillers

Similar to injectable treatments, there are a wide range of dermal fillers that are used to melt away fat and enhance the skin’s elasticity. One of the more commonly known products in this category is Kybella®, which targets fat reduction in the chin and neck area.

Laser Skin Resurfacing

The least invasive procedure our offices offer, laser skin resurfacing stimulates natural collagen production in sub-surface layers of the skin. The procedure smooths the skin with long-lasting results.

If you have any more questions about which facial rejuvenation procedure is best for you, contact us to schedule a complimentary consultation at our Syracuse, Rochester, or Ithaca, NY locations 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.

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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