Facial enhancement is a delicate art, that, if performed correctly, will leave you rejuvenated rather than the much maligned and stereotyped "tight and unnatural" look. Dr. Byun has received additional experience with facial enhancement and has performed numerous facial surgeries throughout his career. Thus, he is well versed in all the latest techniques necessary to make your face look the best it has ever looked. There are a variety of surgical options you can opt for to keep your face looking young. Best of all, you can return to normal daily activities in days, feeling rejuvenated and revitalized.

When should I consider a facelift/face lift?
It may vary between patients, as there are multiple factors to consider before having facial surgery. Tissue quality and personal aesthetics, in conjunction with age are the main determinants. However, it is you who decide when the reflection in the mirror doesn't truly represent who you are. Whenever you want to look as young as you feel is the right time for you to consider a facelift.

What is a facelift/face lift?
It is the combination of removal of excess skin and the rearrangement and repair of the tissues and muscles beneath the skin of the face, especially the cheeks, to restore youth and resilience to the contours of the face. It helps to eliminate sagging and wrinkles in the cheek and jaw area.

How is it done?
Facelifts are typically performed using incisions near the hairline to remove excess skin on the face and then manipulating the tissue and muscles beneath the skin. Dr. Byun takes a different approach compared to most surgeons by addressing the "midface," the cheek area beneath the eyes which can result in folds between the mouth and nose. It is an area that is often ignored in many facelift procedures but is a major area of concern for many facelift patients. Dr. Byun believes that treatment of this area is key to restoring balance and youth to the face.


You might not be feeling it, but are you looking tired, sad, or upset? Does your facial structure seem to have an emotion of its own? Is your face not representative of the younger person inside? If you answered yes to any of these, we might have a solution for you!

What can I do for these problems?

Luckily, the midface lift, or vertical face lift, can provide an answer to all of the above issues. This lift, studied and developed by Dr. Byun for over twenty years, targets areas in the cheek and jowl that often suffer from drooping, reversing the effects of age on the face.


What techniques separate him from other plastic surgeons?

Dr. Byun utilizes techniques that he researched and developed himself, along with a specialized device called the Endotine Midface implant, a bioabsorbable suture used to connects delicate tissue. Using an incision along the hairline near the forehead, Dr. Byun inserts the suture into the cheek area as it will hold the cheek and malar fat pad in the correct position while the tissues heal and reattach. This procedure provides structure and vigor to the cheek area. Then, a more standard facelift incision is made at the side of the face by the ear. Excess skin is then excised in order to lift jowls along a sagging jaw, which, along with the cheek procedure, gives the face an altogether more youthful appearance.

Dr. Byun's Midface Lift Technique


Dr. Byun first presented this technique to the National Plastic Surgery Meeting at the American College of Surgeons in Orlando in May 1998. He demonstrated how the aging of the midface involves the interconnected muscles and tissues of the lower eye, the cheek, and the corner of the mouth, and lifting this area meant all of these issues needed to be managed simultaneously. Therefore, Dr. Byun proposed that elevating the malar cheek pad using small incisions would solve all of these problems, reshaping the central face and restoring youth to the cheek.


How much down time is involved?

One week after surgery you will need to return to Dr. Byun to remove any external sutures. The Endotine suture, however, is bioabsorbable, meaning that it dissolves on its own over a six-month period. Don't be alarmed; it rests under the skin and will not visible to anyone who looks at you. You may experience significant swelling and bruising, particularly in the first 24 to 72 hours following surgery. To conceal bruising, makeup can be applied three days after the conclusion of surgery.


How do I make an appointment?

From Monday through Friday, you may call us at 847-513-6899 between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

How will I know I won't have that "wind-tunnel," tight look?
While other surgeons may pull the skin tight after trimming excess skin in the facelift technique, Dr. Byun instead prefers to work on each individual area of the face separately in order to restore natural contour. The former can sometimes appear too unnatural and overdone, the latter, Dr. Byun's approach, prioritizes being delicate and making gentle changes in order to reverse the effects of time on your face. His goal is to return vitality to your naturally beautiful appearance.

Our goal is to return vitality to your natural appearance.