Dr. Min S. Ahn
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 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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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?
Though more technically difficult, incorporating the deep plane technique to facelifts has been a true game changer.
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
- 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.