Min S. Ahn
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About My Practice
Why do you employ a less-is-more philosophy?
While there is no substitute for more extensive procedures, we can help curtail the aging process through less-invasive treatments.
Do you perform any pro bono procedures?
I frequently volunteer with organizations like the face to face domestic violence program. These women have been through so much. It's truly a privilege to be a part of their healing process. I am also involved with faces of honor, another program of the american academy of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, where i perform complimentary surgery for veterans and active military personnel who were injured in battle.
How would you summarize your philosophy?
I believe less can be more and therefore routinely adopt less-invasive surgical techniques, and sometimes even noninvasive protocols, to rejuvenate youth.
What steps do you take to augment patient comfort?
The initial consultation with me is meant to be an educational session. Any questions or concerns are answered in easy-to-understand, nonmedical terms. I believe that the role of the doctor is to educate the patient. An educated patient is better able to make a decision and usually has a more satisfying outcome. We establish long-lasting relationships built on trust and optimal outcomes.
How far does your patient base reach?
I treat patients who hail from the northeast and around the world.
What is your favorite part of your job?
My interaction with my patients before, during and after treatment is the best part of what i do.
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Myself with my wife and two children
Why should patients choose you as their doctor?
I have an eye for natural aesthetics that is unique to my field. I combine this talent with my consistent, meticulous attention to fine detail to achieve beautiful results. I’m specifically known for my mini-lift, necklift and rhinoplasty work, which produces a fresh, youthful appearance without looking like you’ve had plastic surgery.
A Minute With
My greatest achievement
Creating a world-class center for facial rejuvenation outside of Boston where people from around the world come for their care
The future of my field
Combining preventive, functional medicine with surgical and nonsurgical treatment options
The most outrageous medical myth i've heard
Nonsurgical tightening procedures will give you a result similar to a facelift
There is inherent beauty in doing things well
What sets my practice apart
Complementary surgical and nonsurgical therapies that are cutting-edge and more effective when used in combination
The biggest misconception about my field
If you have a facelift, you will always look pulled
What i love most about my profession
Being unencumbered by the negative trends that affect most of medicine today. I am not constricted by time
or third parties dictating patient care. I can focus on the needs of each patient
What is your career changing procedure?
My facelift technique has evolved
through experience, reflection
and ongoing education. The
incorporation of the deep plane
technique to mini-facelifts and
facelifts has been a true game
changer. Though technically
more difficult, it is a much more
effective way of lifting jowls and
tightening the skin on the neck
while not looking too tight
Most memorable patient reaction
Seeing a patient’s demeanor change as a direct result of a greater sense of confidence after a facelift or rhinoplasty
What surgical advancement are you most excited about?
I now use Artiss®, a tissue sealant, at
the end of all my mini-facelifts and
facelifts, which has eliminated
the need for drains and resulted
in less post-operative bruising
My most requested procedures
In terms of noninvasive treatments,
Botox® Cosmetic, fillers and laser
treatments such as Fraxel® are
requested often. The most common
areas of concern from a surgical
perspective are the eyes, jowls,
neck and nose. These are treated
with eyelid lifts, mini-facelifts,
necklifts and rhinoplasties
What new services are you excited to offer?
Minimally invasive radio-frequency
treatments by InMode designed to
approximate the mini-lift, reduce fat
without surgery, and tighten facial
and body skin
What are you best known for?
Making people look a lot better
without noticeable signs that they
have had something done. This
is a result of my constant efforts
to improve by understanding
patient expectations, properly
assessing their given anatomy
and using the best techniques and
What is the best way to rejuvenate the face?
The deep-plane facelift provides
the most natural-looking results.
This technique more effectively
repositions the muscle layer
without pulling the skin, which
results in better rejuvenation
of the mid-face and jowls
What is your dream innovation?
An online communication platform
that allows patients and doctors
to effectively conduct private
consultations. This would save the
patients time, effort and cost after
visiting multiple doctors. It would
also allow the doctors to choose the
right patients for their practices
- Deep-Plane Facelift
- Fat Transfer
- Small-Incision Browlift
- Fraxel® Laser Resurfacing
- Aesthetic Injectables
- Morpheus8™ Skin Rejuvenation
- FaceTite™ Skin Rejuvenation
- Fractora™ Skin Rejuvenation
- Forma™ Skin Rejuvenation
- Contoura Mini-FX™
What is Sculptra used for?What our experts say:
It's a nice way of adding volume to the face, cheeks, temples and jaw. It's a different approach where volume is gradually restored, and it lasts up to two years. It stimulates collagen formation in the face.
What is a MACS lift?What our experts say:
It's a type of facelift that stands for Minimal Access Cranial Suspension Lift, and has been popularized by a plastic surgeon in Belgium named Patrick Tonnard. It's a short-incision technique that relies on purse string suturing to lift the muscle layer and the jowl and to tighten the upper neck. It's just another way of lifting the muscle layer. It's very effective for lifting the jowl, but less effect if there are jowl and significant neck issues. If they have that as well, then they need work done on the neck through a neck lifting procedure.
Are injectable fillers painful when injected?What our experts say:
They're painful, unless the area is numb, and we numb it first. There are different grades of numbness. Icing is commonly all that is needed for the tear troughs and cheeks. For lips, you need at least a numbing cream and usually some type of local anesthetic. Lips are highly sensitive.
Are laser treatments painful?What our experts say:
They can be. Fractioned lasers are hot and they prickle. Some anesthetic numbing cream is needed, or pills to relax the patient and make them more comfortable.
How can I have a more prominent chin?What our experts say:
Well, that's an issue of volume, so we first have to make sure the chin is truly the issue. Sometimes, it's a full neck that makes the chin looks weak. But if it is the chin, we can increase the projection using filler or a chin implant, a solid silicone specifically designed implant for the chin. The ones used today look very natural.
How can I make my cheeks bigger?What our experts say:
By adding volume with a injectable filler, or by adding volume using their own body fat taken from under the belly button. We process it, and place in cheek. Often, it's a combination of a lifting technique to move the jowls upward, and a fat transfer. Cheek implants are not as popular these days.
How do you avoid the 'pulled up facelift look?What our experts say:
The way you avoid the 'pulled look is to make sure you are doing most of your work underneath the skin layer. With a facelift or a mini facelift, you lift the skin after you make the incision. Surgeons used to just pull the skin. The modern lifting technique also involves lifting the muscle layer underneath the skin layer. It's a more natural look that lasts longer. If the skin is pulled too hard it will give you a pulled look as well. We move things more vertically rather than moving them straight back. Otherwise, it gives the patient a windblown look.
How do you get rid of brown/age spots on the face? On the upper chest (decollete)?What our experts say:
The Dual Fraxel laser is extremely effective for treating brown spots. The IPL (Intense Pulsed Light Treatment) and also topical agents containing Hydroqunone also minimize brown pigment; but they only work on superficial pigmentation. If the patient tries these treatments and they don't really work, then the pigment is deeper and you need to use a laser instead like the Dual. You can use the fractionated laser on any skin service. It's very effective for the decollete.
How do you treat deep smile lines?What our experts say:
I treat laugh lines with filler. I prefer Juvederm Ultra Plus, which is a longer-lasting version of Juvederm. Others use Restalyne or Perlane, and some others use Radiesse. It's really the doctor's preference.
How do you treat Rosacea?What our experts say:
We try to treat it medically first with topical agents like topical antibiotic therapy, like MetroGel, or Azelaic acid, which is used to calm down the redness and to control acne associated with it. Often those don't work all that well. Then we can use a pulsed dye laser called V-Beam ('V for vascular). It works, but takes multiple treatments, three to five separate treatments, given about a month apart, and there is typically a fair amount of bruising after each treatment.
How is rhinoplasty (nose job) performed?What our experts say:
Through one of two approaches: One approach is 'closed, and the other is 'open. 'Open rhinoplasty involves a small incision across the base of the nose bridge between the two nostrils. It lets you see all the structures underneath. In either case, it involves a structural approach with close attention paid to maintaining the tip and the bridge of the nose, so you will have a long-lasting esthetically pleasing nose. Years ago, a reduction approach was used which involved taking away cartilage and soft tissue. This caused the nose to lose structural integrity, and over time the nose would collapse or move. Making it look natural is most important. This involves manipulating cartilage at the tip, along with cartilage and bone of the bridge and various combinations.
How long does a facelift last?What our experts say:
About eight years.
How long does facelift surgery take?What our experts say:
If it's the lower face and neck, about three hours; if it's just the lower face, then two hours. If you do the eyes and brows, too, then it would take four-and-a-half hours or so.
If I don't like the way an injectable filler looks, can I get it removed?What our experts say:
Not with Radiesse and not with Sculptra. Yes, with hyaluronic acid fillers as long as you're not allergic to bees. The enzyme that breaks it down is actually in bee venom.
If you start treating the skin with fillers, BOTOX, etc., early on; will you prevent wrinkles later on in life?What our experts say:
That's true with BOTOX for frown lines, forehead lines and crow's feet. Treating them early on will prevent wrinkles in the future. It's not so true with fillers. It also does apply to fractionated laser treatments. Women who have had a series of treatments before they start seeing sagging or creases will have skin that holds up better over time. Think of it as preventative maintenance.
Is there much pain after a facelift? Scarring?What our experts say:
To be honest, people don't complain about pain, but they feel sore primarily located around the ear and if doing neck work, in front of neck and underneath the chin. Eye surgery tends not to hurt much at all. Scarring is dependent on the technique used. There are ways to minimize scarring in the design and how the closure is performed. The lift incision can be a straight line in front of the ear and that leaves a more noticeable scar, or it can be a series of short curves that follow the contour behind the ear, which makes it more discreet. There is a movement now toward a shortened incision that ends at ear the lobe or in back of the ear crease, instead of extending across the back of ear and into hair in back of the neck.
Should I use my own fat to fill wrinkles or synthetic injectable fillers?What our experts say:
You can use both. It depends on the wrinkle, and upon the time you have to recover. With a fat transfer you will have a surgical recovery.
What are the benefits of a macs lift?What our experts say:
In terms of facial surgery, macs lifts allow for a quicker recovery because the incisions are shorter. Patients are put into a light sleep, so there is no general anesthesia required. This short-scar facelift procedure removes excess skin and tightens underlying facial structures. When we combine a macs lift with a necklift, we can achieve dramatic and long-lasting results, without making long incisions.
What is a 'complete facelift?What our experts say:
I think that's an old term, but most would say it includes the brows, eyelids, lower face and neck.
What is a Fraxel laser and how does it work?What our experts say:
A Fraxel laser is a brand of fractionated laser therapy, where instead of an entire layer of skin being threated all at once with side effects--the laser columns are separated from each other so you are treating a fraction of the skin surface with each treatment. Because you are only treating a fraction of that skin surface, and the in-between skin in not being treated, the skin heals quicker and safer. The key is that you are still getting collagen formation throughout the whole skin surface area or dermis, and not just in the single area where you created that small hole.
What is a mini neck lift?What our experts say:
It's just a way of focusing on the neck. Some people only have extra neck skin and banding, but not jowl, so a small incision is made underneath the chin, with a j-shaped incision around the ear lobe on both sides. The key with any kind of neck lift is we to have to work on the two bands of muscle, the platysma muscles. A platysmaplasty sutures those two bands together to make the neck smoother.
What is Asian eyelift surgery?What our experts say:
It's a term used to describe a specific procedure where a crease is purposefully created in an eyelid that doesn't have a crease. About 50 percent of Asians are born with some sort of crease, and those Asians who don't have them naturally want to create a crease to make their eyes look more open and attractive. The key is that it has to look natural.
What is melasma and how is it treated?What our experts say:
Called the 'mask of pregnancy, it's a chronic skin condition characterized by patches of brown pigment across the cheeks, nose, forehead, upper lip and chin; often associated with hormonal changes during pregnancy or from the use of oral contraceptives. It is a chronic problem and can get worse with sun exposure. It's a challenging problem to treat, honestly, but we can try topical agents like Azelaic acid or Hydroquinone. Fractionated lasers can be tried but there is always chance that it can recur. It's different than spots caused from too much sun.
What is the best alternative to a facelift?What our experts say:
Some type of volumizer, whether in the deep crease in front of jowl or by adding volume to the cheeks to make you look more youthful. Hyaluronic acid filler is the most common class of filler, such as Juvederm or Restylane. The difference is Juvederm has a different manufacturing process and has a higher degree of cross-linking, so it is more of a smooth gel and it lasts longer, a year to year and a half. Restylane is more particulate and lasts about six to nine months. A different class of filler is Radiesse, which is made of calcium hydroxylapatite, and is used for creases and folds. Hyaluronic is something we have in body, whereas Radiesse is a white paste. Both add volume and fill in folds, but Juvederm and Restylane can be dissolved if you don't like the way it looks. Radiesse can't be dissolved, so you have it for a year even if you don't like it. Radiesse also can't be used in areas with thin skin, like the lower eyelid tear trough area.
What is the best treatment for crow's feet?What our experts say:
By far the best treatment is BOTOX or Dysport.
What is the difference between a fractionated and non-fractionated laser?What our experts say:
Non-fractionating, or ablative, lasers were the original lasers from 10 to15 year ago that removed the superficial skin surface all at once.
What is the difference between Fraxel lasers and when is each one used?What our experts say:
There are two main Fraxel lasers are called Dual and the Repair. The Repair is used for tightening and to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. The Dual is used more for refreshing of the skin by stimulating collagen and clearing out brown pigmentation or sun damage. The Restore was the original Fraxel that has since been upgraded to the Restore/Dual. The Erbium laser is what was first used, and when it was upgraded to the Dual, they added a second laser called a Thullium laser, hence the 'Dual because it incorporates two lasers that work at two different levels. The Erbium builds collagen, while the Thullium clears out pigment. The Repair uses a carbon dioxide laser which is a stronger laser. It does not just heat up tissue, but vaporizes it and causes more surrounding heat which makes the recovery longer.
What is the recovery like after rhinoplasty (nose job) surgery?What our experts say:
The recovery is usually 10 days. Stitches, if there are any, come out at one week. The tip and bridge of the nose will still be swollen for about the first two weeks. Contrary, to popular belief, it's not a painful recovery. It's only painful if packing is used, which most modern surgeons don't use any longer.
What's the best acne treatment for scars?What our experts say:
Traditionally, they were treated with surgical scar revision or dermabrasion; but these days most would agree the fractionated laser is the best treatment. The CO2 Fraxel Repair laser is the best or a series of Fraxel Dual/Restore treatments. They work best on depressed acne scars (versus narrow, deep icepick scars). The important thing is to manage the patient's expectations; it's not going to be perfect even after treatment. At best, they can expect a 50 to 75 percent improvement, but most are very happy with that.
Which injectable filler is best for lip enhancement?What our experts say:
Hyaluronic acid fillers. Most would agree that Juvederm Ultra is best for the lips.
Which injectable filler is best for under the eyes (tear troughs)?What our experts say:
One of the hyaluronic acids. I prefer Juvederm, but some prefer Restylane. Radiesse cannot be used, nor can Sculptra, under the eyes.
Who is a good candidate for revision rhinoplasty (nose job)?What our experts say:
Someone who has had results they are not happy with, and who has realistic expectations in terms of what improvement can be achieved and how good the ultimate outcome will look like. There is more scarring and longer recovery with revision rhinoplasty because something has already been done to the nose that didn't work out quite so well.
Why go with a temporary injectable filler when you can use one that lasts much longer?What our experts say:
Sculptra in generally used for larger areas that have lost volume, and it takes a while to get to the final state. You need three treatments, four to six weeks apart, so it takes you about 12 to 18 weeks to get to where you want to be. Some people want something more immediate. There are also some areas you can't use Sculptra, like in the tear troughs and lips. If you have laugh lines and that's all you want to fill, Juvederm works immediately and lasts a year-and-a-half, so it would be a better option if you want to fix it today.