Dr. Michael Byun

Chicago's Best Plastic Surgeon

  Dr. Byun's Midface Lift

Dr. Byun's Midface Technique was presented at the national meeting of Plastic Surgery.

The technique was featured as a video at the American College of Surgeons at the Orlando meeting May 1998.

The delicate aging process of the midface involves the relationships between the lower eye, the cheek area, and the corner of the mouth. Thus, the process of one area affects the other.

The concept of Dr Byun's face lift is to restore the natural youthful disposition of the cheek by elevating the descended malar cheek pad through very small incisions therefore helping to reshape the central face and achieving a revitalized look.
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Facelift done by another surgeon.
A scar is visible and the earlobe is pulled.
Mid Facelift performed by Dr. Byun,
corrects this problem with the earlobe.

Unfortunately, ear lobe cannot be cut and replaced, skin and muscle inferior to the ear lobe have to be lifted to reduce tension along the ear lobe. This is the reason why quick skin based facelift will always cause a bad appearance of the ear lobe. Good news is it can be corrected with midface or muscle based facelift along with the ear lobe.

He has been the pioneer and one of the very first to work on mid facelift or muscle lift of the face since 1997. As a matter of fact Dr. Byun was the first to perform the surgery at Northwestern University in 1998 and his video of ' VECS' was first presented to the American College of Surgery in 1998. His presentation of Vertical lift, Endoscopic assisted, Composite muscle flap Suspension technique ( VECS) was its first at Chicago plastic surgery meeting in 1998. He has been perfecting his method of face muscle lift since then, now almost 20 years.

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  • Midface Lift
  • Muscle Facelift
  • Jowl Lift
  • Neck Lift
  • Lower & Upper Blepharoplasty
  • Brow Lift

This patient flew in from New Zealand after finding Dr. Byun on the internet.

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As a medical professional, she knew how to distinquish fact from fiction. After her first consultation, she realized that Dr. Byun's experience, artistry, and technique could not be matched.



  • Midface Lift
  • Muscle Facelift (orbicularis oculi (eye muscle) tightening, zygomaticus major (cheek muscle) lifting and firming, buccinator tightening (droopy lower cheek next to mouth), platysmal (neck muscle) tightening
  • Jowl Lift
  • Neck Lift
  • Lower & Upper Blepharoplasty
  • Brow Lift

All of the above procedures are performed through multiple small incisions using endoscopes. The facial muscles are lifted right above the bone called the periosteal layer. The lifted muscles are anchored to the bone, periosteum (tough thick membrane that lines the outer surface of all bones).

After Dr. Byun repairs the facial elements, the skin for the face, neck, and eyes are gently pulled over the muscle groups. Dr. Byun calls this a skin sparing face lift. It is well known from research done on plastic surgery procedures that a full thickness skin graft shrinks significantly. Undermining the face skin from the tissues below is an essential part of a face lift. As a result of Dr. Byun's extensive experience and the skin's propensity to shrink from a full thickness skin graft, Dr. Byun removes the minimal amount of skin from the face.

Dr. Byun believes that it is erroneous to pull the skin tight because this will result in an unnatural look. It is absolutely archaic to take inches of skin from your face. This antiquated approach will result in a imbalance of tissue tension which will eventually cause abnormal aging. One can think of many examples of a celebrity who have tight bands forming from the sides of their mouth pulling the corners towards their ears. Also, some look like they are balding at the temple area because someone took too much skin from the hair area such as their sideburns.

Dr. Byun's approach gives the patient the opportunity to have dramatic changes with natural looking results. Dr. Byun moves important muscles vertically, he then separates the skin gently, and pulls the skin over gracefully. Dr. Byun relies on the natural shrinking property of the skin. One should pay special attention to the shape of the mouth/lips when looking at the post-op photos of face lift patients. The lips should be the same length or shorter after surgery if the face lift was performed correctly. The shadow at the corner of the mouth should be smaller or it should be lifted.

This unique approach to the face was developed by Dr. Michael Byun. Dr. Byun calls this a muscle lift, multiple vector pull, vertical lift, and multi-plane lift. Dr. Byun's procedure is not a face lift, it is an "Expression Lift." As a result, Dr. Byun reminds his patients that his procedure is a repair and treatment, not a vanity celebrity makeover.

Wedding photos were taken 3 years after her surgery. What a difference a couple of years make!
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before   after   7 years post-surgery
  • Patient: Female
  • Procedures: Endoscopic Brow Lift, Midface Lift
  • Before: Failed midface lift by other doctor. Notice droopy cheek and her original cheek to eye distance. See A (below).
  • After: Subtle, but better contour of cheek to eye relationship.
    Shortened distance from cheek to lower eye. See B.

The patient maintains very youthful features 7 years post-surgery through the multiple-muscle lift technique. This work displays Dr. Byun's ability to produce withstanding, long-term results.

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  • Patient: Female
  • Procedures: Endoscopic Brow Lift, Midface Lift
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  • Before:
    Failed midface lift by other doctor. Notice droopy cheek and her original cheek to eye
    distance. See A
  • After:
    Subtle, but better contour of cheek to eye relationship.
    Shortened distance from cheek to lower eye. See B.
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  • Procedures: Lower Blepharoplasty, Endoscopic Brow Lift, Midface Lift, Jowl Lift, Neck Lift, Lipo Chin, Dermabrasion To Brow Scar, Brow Scar Release, Fascia Graft
  • Above photos were taken 5 months post surgery.

"I now dedicate my life to a healthy mind, body, and spirit. My face however, was starting to look sad and tired. Thanks to Dr. Byun's skills as a surgeon, I now look so youthful and well-rested. It's very natural looking. A 'rebirth' is what I've experienced from Dr. Byun."

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3 years post-surgery

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  • The patient is a healthy female who would like to improve excess lines. She does not want to obtain drastic changes at this point. She has quite significant ripples on the central face from the lower eye cheek to the mouth area that will improve with the muscle lift and face lift from the side and superiorly to be lifted. Patient does not want to change the eye shape at this point. She is lacking slight volume from the cheek area
  • Procedure: Patient had the endoscopic-assisted face and jowl lift and mscle lift, fat graft from the abdomen to the face, cheek and nasolabial fold.
  • Photos taken3-1/2 month after.
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before   after  
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