What Is Dr. BYUN’s Famous Midface Lift?
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!
The midface lift, or vertical face lift, can provide an answer to all of the above issues. This lift has been studied, developed, and applied for over 20 years by famous facial plastic surgeon Dr. BYUN. It targets the cheek and jowl areas that often suffer from drooping, by pulling the tissues Up and In. This significantly changes the appearance of these areas, reversing the effects of age on the face. A common misconception is that facelift procedures are only for those who are older, and have aged significantly. However, Dr. BYUN’s midface lift is for anyone who is beginning to notice the signs of aging, from the early stages to the later stages. Everyone deserves to age well, forever!
Midface Lift Candidacy
You may be a good candidate for a midface lift if you are bothered by sagging or drooping in your upper cheek and lower eyelid area. You might have a “heaviness” under your cheeks, prominent nasolabial folds, or “hollowness” in the area under your eyes.
To qualify for surgery, you should be in good health and not have any chronic medical conditions that could affect your healing process. You should have reasonable expectations of surgery that you discuss with Dr. BYUN during your pre-operative consultation.
Midface Lift Pricing
The current (2023) cost of a BYUN Midface Lift starts at $30k. Dr. BYUN loves to do “The Works” for patients, which includes the whole face and neck. Currently (2023), “The Works” start at $157,000. The price can increase based on factors such as surgical history, prolonged use of fillers or other quick fix methods, or poor/undesired surgical outcomes. Dr. BYUN has broken the face into four (4) different zones (currently, each Zone starts at $30k). This way patients can still benefit from having his repair work done, even if it’s not the whole face and neck. Dr. BYUN and his team will customize a plan for you based on your goals and needs.
How to Prepare for a Midface Lift
To prepare for a midface lift with Dr. BYUN, you must stop smoking several weeks prior to surgery. You also need to stop taking certain medications or adjust your current medications if they raise the risk of surgical complications like bleeding. Dr. BYUN’s team will provide you with a complete list of medications to avoid.
Dr. BYUN may ask you to undergo lab testing or see your primary care provider for a medical evaluation prior to your surgery.
As the Creator of the Reverse Facelift Method, Dr. BYUN’s work is unparalleled. This is why he was voted
“The Facelift Guru”
The Midface Lift Procedure Details
A midface lift is an outpatient procedure performed with anesthesia. It is a slightly shorter surgery than traditional facelift.
Dr. BYUN utilizes techniques that he researched and developed himself. After making 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. If needed, 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.
Midface Lift Recovery
After a midface lift, a bandage will be placed around your head. You need to have a companion drive you home and stay with you for at least the first 24 hours after your surgery.
Mild to moderate bruising and swelling are common after a midface lift. Icing your face and keeping your head elevated at all times (even while sleeping) helps control these aftereffects.
You should be able to return to work about a week after the procedure, at which point the majority of the bruising and swelling will have subsided. It can take a few more weeks for residual bruising and swelling to resolve.
Standing The Test of Time
Procedures Performed: Facelift
Will I Have Scars from a Midface Lift?
Dr. BYUN is careful to place the surgical incisions in the natural creases and transitions of the skin, so scarring is very discreet. With the proper scar management, your scars should fade very well over time.
How Long do Midface Lift Results Last?
To maintain your midface lift results, you should follow healthy lifestyle habits. These habits include, and are not limited to, eating a nutritious diet, staying active, protecting your face from the sun, and maintaining your weight. Using professional-grade skin care is also wise. Dr. BYUN and his team can recommend a suitable product regimen as well as other procedures or treatments to help prolong your results.
Can I Combine a Midface Lift with Other Procedures?
Patients often opt to combine a midface lift with other rejuvenating procedures for more transformative results. For instance, a midface lift can be combined with a forehead lift to elevate a sagging or low brow position, and smooth the skin of the forehead. Another option is to combine a midface lift with a blepharoplasty (eyelid lift) to remove excess eyelid skin and “open up” the eyes. Dr. BYUN’s Midface Lift can also be combined with other Zones. For example, lower eyelid surgery can be combined with Zone III (Midface). Upper eyelid issues can be treated with a Zone IV as well.
Dr. BYUN focuses on 4 areas of the face (4 Zones):
Zone I – Neck & Lower Face: (Best for someone with a “turkey neck” – the Platysma Muscle from the Neck to the Face)
Zone II – The Mouth Area, Chin and Jaw: (Best for someone with a Marionette Line, or a sad/mean look)
Zone III – Midface, Lower Eye & Cheek: (Best for someone with a tired look or dark circles, a heavy smile line(s) called Nasolabial Fold)
Zone IV – Upper face, Forehead, Upper Eyes & Brows: (Someone with heavy lids, sad eye shape, hooded brow or forehead lines)
What Type of Anesthesia is Used for a Midface Lift?
The BYUN Difference
Dr. BYUN works closely with his handpicked team of Board Certified Anesthesiologists. The anesthesia type for Dr. BYUN’s Midface Lift is carefully decided by this team. Oftentimes, general anesthesia or LMA (laryngeal mask anesthesia) will be used. Sometimes, a lighter ‘colonoscopy-type’ sedation can be used. There are many factors that are considered when determining the best anesthesia type for a Midface Lift, such as medical history, the patient’s anatomy, procedure type, procedure length, etc. Our top priority is, and always will be, safety; and second to that is comfort.
Additional Midface Lift Anesthesia Information
Anesthesia is an art. Patients should have safe and comfortable sedation that allows for optimized surgical results. Preventing excessive movement during a Midface Lift procedure is important for obvious reasons; high levels of pain during surgery can increase one’s blood pressure, which can negatively impact the outcome of the surgery, due to extra stress and swelling. An appropriate airway management system will be specifically selected. Continuous airway monitoring is necessary to protect the airway, making sure patients are well oxygenated, avoiding any type of aspiration. An SCD (surgical compression device) is used to massage your calves during surgery to prevent blood clots from forming.
Dr. BYUN has not only perfected his surgical skills, but he has also given just as much attention to protecting his patients throughout the whole Midface Lift surgical process, which includes always anesthesia. Dr. BYUN will be your biggest advocate when it comes to safety.
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.
We have provided a sample copy of an Operative Report. The procedure is subject to change per the patient’s needs.
PREOPERATIVE DIAGNOSIS: Facial rhytids
POSTOPERATIVE DIAGNOSIS: Facial rhytids
OPERATION: Midface lift with elevation of the malar fat pad and the elevation of the jowl using Endotine Coapt Suture
After the induction of general anesthesia in a supine position, the patient was prepped and draped in the usual sterile fashion. A total of 50 ml of ¼ % Lidocaine with Epinephrine were injected to the face area where the temporal incision was made. Subperiosteal dissection was carried out in the supraorbital area and lateral orbital rim and the inferior orbital rim area subperiosteally. This was done bilaterally using the Ramirez dissector.
Next the coapt, endotine sutures were introduced bilaterally and this was pulled up and anchored to the temporalis fascia with 3.0 Vicryl. This successfully elevated the descended malar fat pad subperiosteally.
Next, the retro tragal facelift incision was made from the sideburn area down to the earlobe area where the subcutaneous tissue was dissected and the SMAS flap was elevated there using 3.0 Vicryl to improve the pre-jowl region. This was done using 3.0 Vicryl. Dissection was done also in a similar way on the left side where the subcutaneous tissue as well as the SMAS flap was developed and these were anchored thus superiorly using 3.0 Vicryl. The skin was closed using 4.0 Vicryl and 5.0 Catgut. Good hemostasis was obtained. The skin was closed using 6.0 Prolene.
Schedule A Midface Lift Consultation With Dr. BYUN
For more information about midface lift cost and the midface procedure, please request a consultation with Dr. BYUN today.
Midface Lift for Acne Scars
Dr. BYUN uses his own “Polish & Pull” technique that he has developed using his Endoscope assisted Midface Muscle Lift.
This specialized procedure, specific to Dr. BYUN allows individuals that suffer from acne scars and divots to have clean, restored, and polished looking skin.
While many patients often seek out dermabrasion, lasers, or fillers, very few know that the permanent scar tissue underneath actually needs to be detached and cut away to smooth out the craters in the skin. Rather than fillers that cannot reverse the permanent damages of acne, Dr. BYUN’s process allows for the careful detachment or lifting of the scarred skin from the old scar tissue sitting on top of muscles. The midface muscles are placed back to where they fell from (due to the aging process). Dr. BYUN then meticulously tugs on the skin to redrape it over the new structure and form of the new muscle position. Because the skin now sits on top of a plumper muscle surface, the acne scars, and pits are tremendously improved. Surgical incisions are hardly seen as they are small in size and well hidden in one’s hairline.
His approach truly repairs the damaged skin that is a full thickness injury from the old acne scars. He often wishes that we had ‘spare parts’ to replace the damaged tissues, but we don’t. Therefore, we have to make sure we do not damage what we have, but improve the functionality without damaging tissues any further.
What to Stay Away From:
- Lasers only work on ‘normal skin’, and unfortunately do very little to help restore thinned out, damaged skin from the acne.
- Accutane often damages normal skin.
- Fillers dissolve and migrate, thus only putting a ‘band aid’ on the actual problem.
This Patient’s acne scars were a daily reminder of her teenage acne. With Chicago’s top plastic surgeon Dr. BYUN’s “Polish and Pull” Technique, this patient’s confidence has been restored.
Midface Lift FAQs
WILL I BE IN PAIN?
You will not feel anything during the procedure, since anesthesia will be used. However, after the anesthesia wears off, you will feel some pain and discomfort. It is highly recommended that you start off taking Extra Strength Tylenol, every six (6) to eight (8) hours, alternating with Motrin. Please DO NOT MIX pain relief medications together at the same time. If you are experiencing a higher level of pain, please take the prescribed pain medication (Norco, or other prescribed pain medication).
HOW LONG DOES THE RECOVERY TAKE? WHEN CAN I GO BACK TO WORK & EXERCISE?
Depending on both the surgery and your own physiology (your body’s healing), most patients have a downtime of two (2) to three (3) weeks before returning to daily activities such as exercising. During the first ten (10) days, we ask that you do not do any activity that increases your heart rate. This is to help the healing process, since the blood clot that has stopped the bleeding from the surgery dissolves in about seven (7) days. After ten (10) days, increase activity by ten percent (10%) each week as tolerated. Stop activity if you see a dramatic increase in swelling when you wake up the following day. At the one (1) week post-op visit you will be provided with healing instructions and what specific activities are allowed. Patients can usually return to work after one (1) week.
WHAT TO DO IF I BECOME CONSTIPATED?
Reduce Norco usage, walk around, and take an over-the-counter medication like Colace or MiraLAX. It is recommended that you start using an over-the-counter stool softening medication one (1) day before surgery and continue taking it until you no longer need to be taking Norco for pain.
WHAT DOES THE HEALING PROCESS LOOK LIKE?
Bruising, Swelling, and Stitches (which can pucker) are all NORMAL. Tissue firmness is NORMAL. Your body may not heal symmetrically, meaning one side may take longer to heal than the other, this is NORMAL. Any previous asymmetry may remain.
WHY ARE MY RESULTS UNEVEN?
Post-op asymmetry is NORMAL. Pre-existing asymmetry will continue since the human anatomy of left vs. right does not always match. Human tissue is naturally asymmetric. This applies to Breasts, Face, Eyes, and even the Nose.
WHY IS MY SWELLING LASTING LONGER ON ONE SIDE?
This is very common. The function of your Lymphatic System (which acts as a highway of Arteries, Veins, and Lymphatic Channels) is to filter out fluid from particular areas of the body. Lymph Nodes, Bone Structure & Tissue Shape are different from right to left, so when it comes to draining, the “clearance rate” of the swelling is also entirely different on each side. The heart is located on the left side of the body and distributes blood throughout the body using different paths & pressures. The drainage of the heart is not completely linear; thus another reason why Lymphatic Clearance is different on each side.
HOW SOON CAN I TAKE A SHOWER?
We recommend waiting forty-eight (48) hours to shower. Make sure you are steady on your feet. Do not soak the incisions and pat them dry when done.
CAN I GET MY SUTURES WET?
After forty-eight (48) hours, stitches can get wet. It is highly recommended, however, that only normal saline (over-the-counter medical cleaning solution) is used to clean the stitches. DO NOT use any cleansers or alcohol products on the suture site. Picking or pulling at the sutures is not approved and can cause damage. Pat dry the sutures if need be.
HOW OFTEN CAN I APPLY HEAT AND COLD PACKS?
Hot packs are NOT recommended due to a side effect of increased inflammation which can further delay the healing process. However, cold packs are recommended with frequent usage in fifteen (15) minute intervals.
HOW SOON CAN I GET ON A PLANE?
Every case is unique. Typically, short distances (short domestic flights) are okay. However, we recommend that you wait until you see Dr. BYUN’s team at the one (1) week follow-up appointment for final approval. Please keep in mind that extra swelling can occur due to pressure changes in the plane.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE FOR MY TISSUES TO HEAL SO THAT I CAN GO OUTSIDE / LOOK PRESENTABLE?
There are many factors that determine the progression of the healing process, for these reasons, we cannot determine exactly how long it will take to heal. We do our best to follow your healing progression. During each follow up visit, we observe how your tissues are healing and we make the proper care adjustments if needed. Feeling comfortable and confident to go outside, and look presentable again, reflects both your personality and the healing ability of your tissues. Some individuals are proud to go out after just 3 weeks, while others may still feel extremely shy to be seen out in public so soon. Most of the healing will be complete at the 3 month mark.
WHY ARE MY EYES SWOLLEN SHUT?
After surgery your body’s natural response is to swell. This is NORMAL and will subside within 1 – 2 weeks. This will be monitored, as you are assessed at your follow-up appointments.
WHY IS THE WHITE PART OF MY EYE RED?
Whether just 1 eye, or both eyes are experiencing redness, this is NORMAL. This is a small blood spot and is harmless. This is a very common side effect and will subside within a few weeks. This will be monitored, as you are assessed at your follow-up appointments.
WHY DO MY EYES TEAR ALL THE TIME?
Similarly, to eyes having difficulty closing all the way, eyes can also start to tear in an attempt to lubricate the eye. When this occurs, apply artificial drops and perform the eye exercises given to you at the 1 week post-op visit.
WHY CAN’T I CLOSE MY EYES ALL THE WAY?
This is very common with eyelid procedures, especially lower eye surgery. It is important not to force your eyes shut or wide open, as this will cause the sutures to potentially break. Blinking becomes weak after surgery; this is NOT caused by any nerve damage. Lubrication of the eye, normally performed by squinting, becomes less effective after surgery due to the suture presence & swelling in the area. This will normalize once the eyes are done healing.
A HELPFUL TIP: You should apply artificial tears during the day and perform simple eye exercises, as provided by staff during follow-up appointments.
WHY IS IT PAINFUL TO CHEW FOOD?
Dr. BYUN uses a special technique that involves muscle repair in which everything is done internally. Because of this, the muscles will have a harder time working while they’re healing (i.e. chewing & talking). This is only temporary as muscles usually repair within 1 week. We recommend a liquid diet right after surgery, advancing to a soft diet until the muscles are healed.
A HELPFUL TIP: Have protein shakes & soups ready before surgery.
WHAT SHOULD I EAT IF IT HURTS TO CHEW?
Nourishment, especially protein, is needed for the healing process. Protein and meal replacement drinks (such as Ensure and Premier) are highly recommended. However, DO NOT use a straw, instead, use a finger to lift the top lip, and then drink normally to help maintain the surgical work.
WHY IS MY SCALP ITCHY?
This is common after face surgeries and it happens because new nerves are making new connections and healing after the procedure. The Supraorbital Nerve is located from your eyebrows and reaches all the way up through your forehead and onto your scalp. When this nerve is stimulated during surgery it can create a lingering itch. This will go away as you heal but may last up to 2 – 3 months. If this becomes too bothersome, we can help manage the itching at future follow-up appointments.
WHY DO I FEEL A NUMB SENSATION ON TOP OF MY HEAD? HOW LONG WILL THIS LAST?
The sensation of feeling numb on your head is due to the branches of the Supraorbital Nerve. The nerve runs along your eyebrow upwards and branches out onto your forehead. This nerve is responsible for sensation to your scalp, forehead and eyebrow. Think of it as a tree – the trunk of the tree is the nerve and the branches & leaves are the branches of the nerve. The trunk is never harmed but the leaves can fall off and then they regrow. Right now, your “leaves” are growing back and once they grow in, you should regain sensation back onto your head. This is only a temporary feeling and is NORMAL.
WHEN CAN I GET DENTAL WORK?
Since you’re still recovering from the surgery, we suggest you hold off all dental work, unless it is urgent or an emergency. Dental offices often manipulate the mouth to stretch wide for their procedures, which can alter and damage the surgical work.
HOW SOON CAN I USE MAKEUP TO COVER SCARS?
After 1 full week, all incisions should be closed. Once the incisions are closed, risk of infection or sensitivity to makeup will be minimized, if makeup is used. Makeup usage will need to be approved. This can be brought up at your one (1) week postoperative visit.
I AM INTERESTED IN MICROBLADING / TATTOOING MY EYEBROWS, WHEN CAN I DO SO?
It takes 1 full year for the face to recover from surgery. Due to residual swelling and sensitivity from the surgery, we suggest waiting 1 full year before microblading (tattooing) the eyebrows.
WHEN CAN I WAX MY FACE?
Waxing requires tugging and pulling of the skin to remove hair, with a common side effect of inflammation, therefore, waxing should not be performed for at least 6 months after surgery. Facial waxing will need to be approved by MD. Any waxing that occurs before the 6-month mark can alter the surgery results.
IS THERE MAINTENANCE REQUIRED AFTER SURGERY?
Yes. Whatever face wrinkles you had prior to the surgery will not fully disappear. This is mostly based on genetics, the environment, and the natural aging process. As swelling decreases, some wrinkles will reappear. Once you’re a client of Dr. BYUN, he will carry you through each step of the rejuvenation process, continuing to see you, observing results, and providing maintenance procedures as needed. Maintenance will help you maintain surgical results and prolong its longevity. These treatments may include Botox, PRP Injections, PRP Treatments, and secondary skin tightening. We also have a highly trained Aesthetician, who, under the supervision of Dr. BYUN works to help your skin look its best. Our Aesthetician tailors services to fit your needs after surgery, and to ensure the best results for the longest duration. You will age more gracefully than you did before.
BYUN Recovery & Postoperative Care Instructions for a Midface Lift
IMPORTANT: If you have the urge to vomit, sneeze, or cough let it out!
IMPORTANT: If you’re continuously vomiting, call the office.
IMPORTANT: If surgery is more than 5 hours, the Anesthesia Care Team may insert a catheter to monitor your body fluid during surgery. The catheter is removed at the end of surgery; discomfort is normal and present for 24 hours.
IMPORTANT: Sore throat feeling from the Endotracheal Tube placed by the Anesthesiologist resolves within 1 – 2 days; using ice chips or hot tea will help to soothe sore throat.
IMMEDIATELY AFTER SURGERY
Start stool softener as directed: Colace, Miralax, or fiber supplements.
Start antibiotics (take with food).
Consume 1 protein drink per day.
ICE – Apply ice around the surgical area (please refer to the instructions below).
Start pain management (see pain management options below).
Complete the above steps until your 1 week follow up appointment.
Aches & Pains
BLEEDING within the first 24 – 48 hours is normal.
Muscle repair of the face will cause muscle pain as you heal – most intense during the first few nights.
It will feel like a muscle ache, or toothache along the cheekbone and jaw areas (it’s not a bone pain – it is muscle).
Aches and pains will lessen as time passes and much of this muscle ache will go away within 1 week.
Pain Management Options
Start with Tylenol Extra-Strength & Motrin (1 – 2 tablets / capsules, alternating every 6 – 8 hours).
For Intolerable Pain: Norco, or other prescribed pain medication (take with food and as directed).
DO NOT drive and DO NOT mix Norco with Tylenol and Motrin (alternating okay).
If taking Norco, take with stool softener, as Norco can slow down digestion.
ICE every hour for 20 minutes (while you are awake).
The first 3 days are the worst; majority of swelling subsides within 2 – 3 weeks.
Elevate head above heart level (prop head and back up on 2 – 3 pillows, continue this for 2 weeks).
Start foot exercises (foot pumping) – 10 times every hour (this helps to prevent blood clots).
Start breathing exercises (see steps below):
- Begin by taking a deep breath in (hold for 10 seconds) then exhale
- Repeat for a total of 10 times every hour
- Do these exercises for the first 5 days
Perform these foot and breathing exercises at your own pace. Foot and breathing exercises help to prevent lung collapse and pneumonia from anesthesia.
Dressing & Bandage Wraps
You will have a bulky dressing consisting of:
- Tape directly on your skin
- Gauze pads
- Gauze wrap
- ACE wrap
DO NOT REMOVE THE TAPE directly on your skin.
DO NOT remove bandages and/or dressings until after 48 hours, unless instructed by the doctor. You can expect the dressing/tape to be removed and replaced at your 48hr postoperative follow up appointment.
IMPORTANT – if you become uncomfortable and feel that the wrap is too tight, or that the wrap is
cutting off your circulation, it is okay to loosen the wrap or cut a small slit in the wrap to alleviate the tightness/pressure.
It is ok to gently clean wounds with saline 1 – 2 times a day after your initial 48hr postop appointment.
After cleaning wounds, pat dry with a clean gauze and apply antibiotic ointment.
More detailed wound care instructions will be discussed at your 24 phone follow up, or 48 hour in-person or virtual visit; as wound instructions may vary per patient.
PLEASE NOTE – if your 48 hr postop appointment is a virtual visit, please follow instructions provided by Dr. BYUN and the BYUN Recovery Team.
We recommend waiting 48 hours to shower.
IMPORTANT – anything that is applied directly to the skin must remain on (even in the shower).
BE VERY CAREFUL when you shower.
IMPORTANT – try not to saturate the incision site(s) or sutures with water.
It is okay for water to splash the area, but please avoid soaking or submerging the incisions.
A sponge bath is recommended if you cannot avoid getting these areas soaked.
When you wash your hair, baby shampoo works best (it doesn’t sting).
After showering, brush your hair with EXTREME CAUTION as to not tug or pull on any sutures near the hairline; (even brushing the hair far away from the scalp can cause some tugging).
Expect discomfort for the first few nights.
Protect your bed sheets/pillows with old towels or blankets as fluid/blood may be dripping from the incision areas within the first 24 – 48 hours after surgery – don’t worry, this is completely normal.
AVOID laying on one side of your body:
- This can cause an increase in swelling to that side of the body.
- This can worsen asymmetrical appearances and delay the healing process.
For at least 2 weeks, sleep using 2 – 3 pillows to elevate your head, neck, and shoulders.
It is ok to reposition yourself by slowly turning left and right, as long as you feel comfortable in doing so.
Should you have difficulty sleeping, Tylenol PM is the recommended sleep aid (as long as you are not taking the prescribed pain medication, such as Norco). Please DO NOT mix the medications.
If sleeping problems continue, please call our office to discuss with the BYUN Recovery Team.
1 – 2 Weeks Post Op
FACE TAPING – IMPORTANT
IMPORTANT – you MUST wear postoperative face tape as instructed by Dr. BYUN and the BYUN
IMPORTANT – the purpose of postoperative face taping is to insure that the repositioned facial muscles create and maintain MUSCLE MEMORY; supporting muscle position and muscle integrity as you continue to heal.
Taping will be done for the first 2 – 3 weeks and will continue for 2 – 3 months (will vary per patient).
More detailed taping instructions will be discussed at and throughout your follow up appointments.
Taping acts as a “retainer” for the face muscles, which will help the muscles to heal in their intended position.
Taping will remind you to avoid using the cheek muscles, avoid smiling, and to avoid hard chewing.
Taping instructions will vary per patient.
REMOVAL OF TAPE
Tape can stay on for a few days if it is still holding.
- Remove tape in an upward direction.
- Start from the bottom of the tape.
- Move tape slowly upward.
- Remember to gently hold the skin as you remove the tape.
If the tape becomes itchy or is coming off, remove it for a few hours, then reapply new tape.
If the tape is too tight, it is okay to cut the tape to loosen it, allowing yourself relief from the pressure / tightness.
Ace Wrapping, Removal of Ace Bandage, and Further Instructions
IMPORTANT – you MUST wear the ACE wrap as instructed by the Dr. BYUN and the BYUN Recovery Team.
ACE wrapping should be done IN ADDITION to face taping (see face taping instructions in the next section).
Instructions on how long you will need to wear the ACE bandage will be discussed throughout your appointments.
ACE wrapping instructions may vary per patient based on procedure type.
ACE wrapping works like face taping by acting as a “retainer” for the face – creating muscle memory.IMPORTANT – please review the ACE WRAP INSTRUCTIONS below for a step-by-step guide on how to properly wrap your head and face using the ACE bandage.
Ace Wrap Instructions
- Measure the ACE wrap, making sure it is long enough to circle from the chin to the top of the head.
- Then cut the ACE wrap to the length of 22 inches – 24 inches.
- Adjust the length to your specific face/head measurements.
- Capture the chin in the middle of the ACE wrap and pull both wings of the wrap upwards towards the top of the head.
- Make sure to capture the cheek with the wrap as well; this will help to keep the muscle repair in place.
- Apply a gentle, yet firm compression to the wrapped areas when completing the wrap around.
- Attach the wrap to itself on the top of your head using the velcro.
- Make sure that the wrap is placed in the middle of your scalp.
- The wrap should not be too tight that it is uncomfortable, but should feel snug and secure.
- IT IS IMPORTANT that you DO NOT create a dent under the chin when applying the wrap.
- The wrap should be applied with enough tension to support the tissue under the chin so that it is in a flat position.
What to Avoid After Surgery
IMPORTANT – Dr. BYUN and the BYUN Recovery Team will advise you on when you may resume activities.
IMPORTANT – activity can increase your heart rate which disrupts the healing process.
IMPORTANT – do what feels comfortable – if it hurts, STOP!
AVOID activity that will increase your heart rate.
AVOID bending over, strenuous activity, and/or lifting heavy objects for at least 4 – 6 weeks.
DO NOT EXERCISE – you can return to exercising and regular activity after week 3 or 4 (given MD clearance).
Once cleared by the BYUN Recovery Team, you can increase activity by 10% every week (as tolerated).
AVOID moving your facial muscles – less talking and smiling, rest the face muscles.
AVOID facial animation and minimize facial movements.
AVOID using the upper lip when talking and eating.
IMPORTANT – hold the upper lip with your finger when you eat or speak.
VERY IMPORTANT – DO NOT massage the surgical site (this can ruin the repair work from surgery).
DO NOT make “O” or “TOO” sounds with the mouth.
AVOID using a straw (if you must – prop up the straw out of one corner of the mouth, and gently sip).
AVOID fully closing your mouth (keep lips slightly open by relaxing oral muscles, pressing tongue on the pallet).
DO NOT open your mouth wide when brushing teeth (go slow, slightly open mouth, and use a small toothbrush).
AVOID hard chewing (hard chewing will put too much strain on the cheek muscles).
DO NOT refrain from yawning or sneezing (let it out – as to not strain the repaired muscles from surgery).
DO NOT squint.
AVOID rubbing your eyes.
AVOID touching the swollen areas as much as possible until your follow up appointment.
DO NOT force your eyes to open all the way; only open your eyes as much as they can open naturally
during the healing process. Forcing your eyes open can cause the internal stitch to rip and lead to improper healing.
AVOID wearing contact lenses for at least 1 week – further instructions regarding contact lenses will be provided at your follow up appointments.
AVOID wearing clothing that needs to be pulled over the head.
NO CHEMICALS to scalp for at least 6 weeks after surgery (this includes hair dye and perm products).
NO MAKEUP for 1 week.
NO EARRINGS for 1 month.
Normal Side Effects
BRUISING can appear away from the incision, this is NORMAL – bruising will change colors as it heals.
PUCKERING after surgery is NORMAL and a great sign – this shows that your muscles are adhering to the tissues.
DO NOT massage the puckered areas – they will go away with time.
SENSATION, NUMBNESS, and TINGLING is NORMAL
New nerves awaken and grow after muscle repair; it may take up to 6 – 12 months for normal sensations to return.
Things to Remember
KEEP A POSITIVE MINDSET – do not complain; we are here to help and support you throughout this process!
REPORT YOUR SYMPTOMS – report any major issues/concerns, however, please do not overanalyze your healing.
REMEMBER -natural changes will occur throughout the healing process; this is normal!
MENTALLY PREPARE YOURSELF – yes, you will look bad for the first few months until healing is complete.
ACCEPTANCE – you must accept the fact that you’ve had surgery done.
TAKE TIME TO HEAL – please be patient and kind to yourself while healing; take the necessary time to recover.
Be Kind to Yourself and Trust the Healing Process
BE PATIENT – the healing process takes months.
BE KIND TO YOURSELF – please avoid criticizing yourself and Dr. BYUN’s work.
AVOID social media, google research related to plastic surgery; do not spend too much time in front of the mirror.
THE “ALIEN LOOK” may last for between 4 – 8 weeks (depending on how your body heals).
REMEMBER – each patient is different; please do not compare!
In The Media
Six things to be aware of before going under the knife.
Dr. Michael BYUN is a serious doctor with seriously comprehensive experience unlike many of his peers, setting him heads and shoulders above the rest.
Chicago magazine profile of Dr. BYUN.