Frequently Asked Questions
Patients often ask these questions at their consultation. To help make your next consultation productive, we provide this list of frequently asked questions. Keep in mind that your face-type is unique and certain aspects of your procedure might vary including the approach, execution and recovery.
Am I a good facelift candidate?
The best candidate for a facelift is a man or woman who is in good health and whose facial skin has started to sag but whose skin retains some elasticity. Patients should also have realistic expectations and understand the risks and benefits of the procedure. It is commonly said that a facelift can make someone look 10 years younger.
Are facelift results permanent?
Like all plastic surgery, results differ from person-to-person. Plus, a facelift procedure does not stop the aging process. Still, most people can expect results to last somewhere between five and ten years.
Is there a common technique for facelift procedures?
Dr. Kim is an expert in a variety of facelift techniques including the less invasive "mini facelift" and tailors each procedure to meet patients' individual needs and desires.
Is a facelift performed under general anesthesia?
Most facelift procedures performed by Dr. Kim can be carried out under local anesthesia.
When can one resume normal activities after a facelift?
It depends on the type of facelift you have had performed. Most people can return to work anywhere between 1-2 weeks after surgery though swelling and bruising may take up to three weeks to disappear. Avoid strenuous activities for at least two weeks and limit sun exposure.
Eye Lift Q&A
What is a blepharoplasty procedure?
Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery or an eyelid lift) is a surgical procedure that can improve an aged, tired, droopy or swollen appearance to the eyelids. Upper blepharoplasty can address sagging of the upper eyelids while lower blepharoplasty addresses under eye bags. An under eye blepharoplasty can also fix wrinkles or crepiness. Surgery may be performed on the upper eyelids, lower eyelids or both. During the procedure, excess fat and skin are removed and the underlying tissue is tightened, for a more youthful, rested eye appearance.
Who is a good candidate for a blepharoplasty?
Good candidates for blepharoplasty should be physically healthy, should not smoke, and should be realistic about their goals. A consultation with Dr. Kim is the best way to determine if blepharoplasty is right for you.
How is blepharoplasty surgery performed?
Dr. Kim performs eyelid surgery in Bellava’s Joint Commission-accredited surgical suite. The upper blepharoplasty procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia, while the lower blepharoplasty usually requires general anesthesia.
What is recover like after blepharoplasty surgery?
The recovery period from blepharoplasty usually takes about 7 - 10 days following blepharoplasty surgery. Stitches from an upper blepharoplasty are usually removed after three to four days, while lower blepharoplasty procedures do not use stitches. Make-up can be worn after approximately 5 - 14 days to help conceal bruising. Patients can usually resume work and other non-strenuous activities after ten days, Exercise and more strenuous activities should not be resumed for three weeks or longer.
Is a rhinoplasty right for me?
Nose cosmetic surgery is a highly individualized procedure and you should do it for yourself, not to fulfill someone else’s desires or to try to fit any sort of ideal image. You should have specific but realistic goals in mind for the improvement of your appearance.
Do all rhinoplasties look the same?
Absolutely not. Dr. Kim contours the nose in a shape and size that is commensurate with the width of the eyes, the height of the cheekbones, mouth width, chin shape and jaw line. A well-performed rhinoplasty is defined by the face and not the plastic surgeon.
Will I still have my old nose?
Yes. Dr. Kim works to achieve the most natural and subtle changes.
Will my nose still be in sync with my ethnicity?
Absolutely. Dr Kim has extensive experience with rhinoplasties in cultures that take pride in the dominance of the nose. Often it is just the desire to tone down an unattractive, hyperbolic feature of the nose.
What happens during a rhinoplasty procedure?
Incisions are made inside the nostrils to alter the nasal bones depending on the patient’s desired result. Cartilage may be trimmed. The nasal passages are then packed and an external splint is applied.
Are the scars visible?
There are no external scars after a rhinoplasty procedure.
Will I require general anesthesia?
Not necessarily. This will depend on the extent of internal surgery that is required.
When can I return to work or the gym?
Generally, a small cast is applied to the nose at the time of surgery for a period of seven days. Patients are instructed not to exercise for two weeks. Depending on the nature of employment, patients can return to work in a matter of days. A longer period of recuperation is recommended for patients who hold high profile positions, as well as those whose jobs entail a high degree of physical activity.
Neck Lift Q&A
What is a neck lift?
A neck lift is a procedure that lifts and rejuvenates a sagging and/or full neck jaw line.
Who is a good candidate for a neck lift?
The best candidate for a neck lift is a healthy man or woman who is unhappy about unwanted sagging of the neck and/or jaw line.
What type of anesthesia is used for a neck lift?
It depends on what kind of neck lift procedure you undergo. Most surgical neck lift procedures require general anesthesia. However some surgical neck lifts are accomplished under local anesthesia and a neck procedure using Sciton Laser Lipo laser liposuction (which is comparable to SlimLipo™) can be done under local.
How long does a neck lift take to perform?
A neck lift can take between 1.5 to 3 hours to complete depending on what approach is being used and how much work is being done.
Can I undergo more than one breast lift procedure?
Yes. While a breast lift provides an effective lifting and firming of the breasts, they may sag again over time. At that time you may choose to have another breast lift.
Are there scars after a necklift?
Though incisions are made that leave scars, they tend to be well concealed, as they are mainly located behind the ear and sometimes beneath the chin.
Is the necklift a painful procedure?
No since patient is under local or general anesthesia. However, patients may experience some discomfort after a neck lift, due to swelling and bruising, which can be managed with prescription or over-the-counter medication.
When are the stitches removed after a neck lift?
The stitches are removed within 4-7 days after the neck lift.
What is recovery from a neck lift like?
Most patients will experience 1-2 weeks of some degree of bruising and swelling. An elastic, compressive bandage is worn after the procedure for a week or more.
When will I be able to return to work after a neck lift?
Most patients are able to return to work within 5-10 days after a neck lift and sometimes sooner.
When can I exercise after a neck lift?
Aerobic activity may be resumed within 10-14 days after the neck lift and more strenuous activity (resistance workouts) within 3-4 weeks.
Chin Augmentation Q&A
Who is a good candidate for a chin augmentation?
If you have a small or receded chin, you may be a good candidate for a chin augmentation. Those looking to improve their overall facial balance and proportion may also be benefit from a chin augmentation procedure which is often combined with rhinoplasty (nose surgery), neck lift and /or laser liposuction. Go here to read more about laser liposuction at Bellava MedAesthetics & Plastic Surgery Center in Westchester, NY.
Is a chin augmentation carried out under local or general anesthesia?
A chin augmentation is usually carried out under general anesthesia.
What can I expect during chin augmentation surgery?
Chin augmentation surgery is performed on an outpatient basis in our state-of-the-art Joint Commission on-site medical suite in Bedford Hills, NY. In general, the chin augmentation procedure takes about 1 hour.
What can I expect after chin implant surgery?
In general, you may expect to have mild to moderate swelling for 1 week after your procedure. Most patients report mild discomfort, which is usually well-tolerated with certain pain medications.