In order to evaluate how and what rejuvenation surgery can be beneficial for the patient, first a comprehensive consultation should be done to see which and to what degrees, the three main problems of aging process have set in. These are the:
• sagging of forehead (upper 1/3), mid-face (middle 1/3), and jaw-line and neck (lower 1/3)
• deflation of the facial volume from loss of collagen and fat; and, finally
• aging and sun-exposure changes of skin.The degree of aging changes in these three respective areas can truly vary from individual to individual; and, depends on multiple reasons, some of which include your genetical pre-disposition to facial aging pattern, your ethnic make-up, your bony foundation and thickness of skin, and finally based on how well you have taken care of yourself in terms of avoiding excessive sun exposure, vices and stresses in life, as well as nutritionally.
For patients who are looking for long-term surgical improvements, the appropriate surgical option(s), usually using minimal invasive techniques, are recommended, sometimes, combined with non-surgical procedures, to provide the most natural “non-surgerized” look with recovery time usually no more than a week to ten days, no matter how extensive the surgery proposed. Quite often, especially for patients who have only a weekend to recover or for patients visiting from out of state, “Weekend Makeover” is offered which addresses all three areas of sagging, volume loss, and wrinkling all on the same day, in matter of hours. (Please refer to the Non-Surgical Procedure section for more information). Very often, these patients can go out to dinner on the same night without any hesitations whatsoever, and perhaps even receive a complement or two on their improved appearance.
At the time of consultation, Dr. Kang will carefully evaluate your facial aging pattern, and depending on what your goals are, advise you the most appropriate and best combination of procedures tailored to your needs.