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About My Practice
What about your training makes you well qualified to perform challenging cases?
My educational background has provided me with rigorous academic experience. I performed my undergraduate and medical training at Stanford University, and my surgical training at Harvard University, learning the ins and outs of complex, in-depth techniques.
What is most important to you in regards to your surgical practice?
Achieving patient satisfaction will always be the most important goal. Having patients exclaim, 'my results are amazing; why didn't I do this earlier?' Is the ultimate compliment because the decision to have surgery is a major event in any person's life.
What is your philosophy on facial rejuvenation?
I strongly believe that, after treatment, patients need to look completely natural and should have a refreshed appearance without the look of being 'done.'
How would you describe a patient's first visit to your office?
I spend a great deal of time with patients during our consultation reviewing their concerns, helping them understand facial aging and facial anatomy, and developing a treatment plan that targets their personal goals.
How would your patients characterize you?
I think they would say I'm compassionate, knowledgeable, honest and gifted.
Why did you become a facial plastic surgeon as opposed to a different kind of doctor?
I consider the head and neck the most challenging parts of the body. The ability to help people look better involves high stakes and demands a perfectionist approach, which drives me.
Is pro-bono work important to you?
I strongly believe in giving back to the community through medical mission trips aimed at disadvantaged populations.
What do you consider most important in life?
The health and safety of my family and the opportunity to give my all and provide excellent medical care to my patients.
American Board of Otolaryngology / Head and Neck Surgery
Affiliation:American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Diplomate, American Board of Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery
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My happiest professional moment
When I had the opportunity to launch my own medical practice, Yeh Facial Plastic Surgery
Three words that best describe me
Honest, meticulous, caring
The future of my field
In the future we will see a surge of options for more nonsurgical facial rejuvenation as well as less-invasive techniques to address the changes in the face and neck associated with aging
The biggest misconception about my field
That one singular-named procedure exists that will make a patient look years younger—in reality, every face is different, which demands a uniquely tailored approach to each individual patient
My biggest accomplishments
I performed my medical and undergraduate training at Stanford University, and my surgical training at Harvard University where I was fortunate to learn the most advanced techniques in facial rejuvenation
How i would spend extra time in a day
I would spend more time with my little girls
I strongly believe that, after treatment, patients need to look completely natural and should have a refreshed appearance without looking “overdone”
What sets my practice apart
Our consultation process includes a full facial analysis and exam, review of patient pictures, computer simulation of results, review of pertinent case studies with pictures, and discussion of all the available treatment options
What i can’t live without
My dedicated staff
happy and produce
- Micro Fat Transfer
- Botox® Cosmetic
- Aesthetic Injectables
- Laser Resurfacing
- Facial Rejuvenation
- Neck Liposuction
- Chin Augmentation
- Lip Augmentation
- Chemical Peels
- Facial Implants
- Skin Cancer Reconstruction
- Skin Rejuvenation
How is liposuction used in facial plastic surgery?What our experts say:
The fat process has changed over the past 10 years. 10 years ago, it was used too liberally. It was used not only in the neck and cheeks, but in the areas of the jawline in effort to gain a more sculpted appearance of the face. This has shifted because we have a better awareness of the principals of aging that patients encounter from their mid-40s on. More patients have a deflation or loss of volume in the face, so it doesn't make sense to use a liposuction technique or to remove tissue. Today, it is most commonly still used in the anterior frontal part of the neck because some people can accumulate fatty deposits in this area; or for those patients who have fullness in the lower part of face, it can be used. . I feel it is not a good idea for the mid -face or cheeks, cheekbones or anywhere above the jawline. It's exacerbating that part of the aging process.
How are cheek and chin implants inserted?What our experts say:
These have been around a long time. It's far more common to use a chin implant to augment the chin, than it is for cheek implants to augment the cheeks. The chin implant procedure can be performed by itself, or sometimes, along with a rhinoplasty to gain better balance of the face in a patient. It is most commonly placed through a small incision under the chin that is hidden in a small crease, so it is not visible. Some physicians use an intraoral approach, where they go behind the lower lip to access the actual chin. Cheek implants, when used are inserted on the inside of th top lip, and placed over the bone. The reason cheek implants are used less often than in past is because the skin is thinner and there is not so much soft tissue coverage. I worry that there is a great potential to great an artificial look, and instead, turn toward a filling procedure using fat or other fillers that work as multiple layers under skin to enhance the area without creating an artificial look.
Can a brow lift be reversed? How?What our experts say:
There's not a simple answer to that. It depends on the technique and materials that were used. There is potential to reverse it if it does appear to be overdone, but it's very individualized and depends on what is appropriate for that patient. It's not something that we commonly have to deal with because it should be done appropriately and well the first time.
Is there a lot of swelling and bruising after a nose job?What our experts say:
It varies from patient to patient. Bruising is less of an issue with rhinoplasy. If their nose is leaning to one side and we have to reshape the bone, those patients have a greater chance of bruising. The bruising occurs on the sides of the nose under the eyes, but not everyone gets it. Swelling is much more common; and is directed to specific areas or can settle in areas that have thinner skin. It depends on the pre-op condition of the nose. If they have only minor changes, than that surgery can be more focal and they may not struggle. If we're reshaping the tip or hump, and there is more that's done, than those patients may struggle with swelling that may take longer to resolve.
How do you get rid of “lipstick bleed” lines?What our experts say:
There are a couple of different approaches. It depends on the severity of the lines that are there. One is if it's more diffuse over the upper lip, than it's caused by over-activity of the muscle and then we can use a small amount of BOTOX to slightly weaken the muscle. For some lines that are worse and deeper, we can consider using soft filler to bring them out and level out the plane of skin. It needs to be done carefully, because we don't want it to turn lumpy. It requires skill. Another strategy is to work on the outer component of the skin. We can do either a chemical peel or a laser procedure which tightens the skin as it heals. It's completely individualized depending on the lines, age of patient, etc.
Are there less-invasive treatments to rejuvenate the face?What our experts say:
Chemical peels are common. Chemical peels involve more application of specific chemicals. They are a minimally invasive office-based treatment. Also, some of our medications are topical treatments. The patient can use them at home at night or in the morning. If it's a good product it may work very well. They are physician-strength skin-based treatments and are used for specific periods of time. They won't solve under-eye problems, or jowls or problems of the neck.
How do you treat under-eye hollows?What our experts say:
If the patient doesn't have bags, but tends to show deflation, and the lower eyelid looks darker (there is shadowing in the trough in area), than I would not use a surgical approach, but would revolumize the lower eyelid using a micro-fat transfer (using the patient's own fat). Many physicians use specific fillers; but those can have potential to look lumpy because the skin is so thin, so it is risky. With a micro-fat transfer, you get about a year's longevity out of it.
How are lasers used to rejuvenate the face?What our experts say:
There are a couple of ways used. Lasers are very focal tools that really have to do with specific wavelengths of light. We have to identify what the problems are, and then have to pick the right laser. If the patient has capillaries and veins on the nose and cheeks, or spider veins on the face; or a rosy hue and extreme blushing, it's more vascular in origin and we have to use a specific type of laser. If they have age spots or brown spots, we might choose a different type of laser specific for brown spots. If they have fine lines and textural changes in the skin, we do a laser resurfacing procedure to remove the outer skin and regenerate new skin, which has a tightening effect. It depends on what the type of skin issues are that the patient is dealing with, and then we pick the appropriate tool. There isn't one individual laser that solves everything. They may have a lot of these issues. It is inappropriate for a physician to characterize a laser as such that will solve all of those problems. They are very specific tools. If we pick the right laser, than we will have great success.
How do I fix hollow cheeks?What our experts say:
Honestly, this is not a common problem, but can occur when someone is underweight or is quite fastidious with their exercise regime and they burn fat off in their face. If that is what they are complaining about, then we usually restore volume that has been lost in that area using a non-surgical procedure. I would turn more toward addressing the issue with fillers. They can do a great job but with hollow cheeks, it can be tough because we have to use a lot more which can cause lumps, bumps, and lines. One type of filler, Sculptra, works better for this area because we can restore more of the whole area and not just a line, and it tends to last longer, up to two years. Another way to fill this area is to use a micro-fat transfer procedure where we are using the patient's own fat.
How do I get rid of jowls?What our experts say:
This occurs later on in life, usually after 50, and is a real problem that gives a frowning look. The best way to get rid jowls for most patients is a surgical procedure called a lower lift. There are different approaches, but usually involve minimally invasive shorter incisions or a mini-lift procedure. Many choose that instead of a larger facelift because the recovery is shorter than with a larger facelift or lower lift procedure. It can be done in an in-office setting with local anesthesia. The recovery is faster and the longevity seems to be for many years.
How do you fix furrows or sagging eyebrows?What our experts say:
A classic way to fix a sagging eyebrow is with a brow lift. The primary goal is to give an appropriate lift to the heavy tissue of the brows. With a brow lift, a patient can get relief from horizontal wrinkles that occur across the forehead as well. The approach I favor is a minimally invasive approach called an endoscopic brow lift where smaller incisions are placed in the hairline using special instrumentation to work in the forehead and the brows. It needs to be done with sensitivity because we don't want the 'deer in the headlights kind of look, or an 'overdone appearance. We have to maintain the natural arch and shape of the brow. It is more appealing to elevate the lateral components rather than medial components of the brow. It's more about artistry or the surgical approach.
How does nose job fix a deviated septum?What our experts say:
It's the part of the nose on the inside that separates the left from the right nasal cavity. Ideally, it should be straight and narrow, not deflected from one side to another. Most patients who need something done about it have are having a problem with breathing, a nasal obstruction, or other issues with the alteration of air flow. The approach I use is a septoplasty, which typically involves the inside of the nose. (It isn't expected to change the appearance of the nose.) A small incision is placed inside the nose, and then we alter, modify or remove the cartilage or bone that is creating the problem. It's an out-patient and common procedure. There is less of a recovery than when changing the appearance of the nose, no swelling and a minimal risk of change in proportion. Everything is hidden inside the nose.
How is a patient's own fat used to restore volume to the face?What our experts say:
It's most commonly done in the lower eyelid area, the mid-face which becomes deflated with aging and gets to look very hollow and gives a tired appearance under the eyes. This technique does a really nice job of naturally bringing back volume and creating a rested appearance without long-term recovery. With a fat transfer, we typically obtain fat in one of two areas, most commonly from the abdomen, and, for women often in the upper lateral thighs. When we remove it, it's not really liposuction. It's done very smoothly and delicately, and we have to prepare it because we want the fat to be well. We use very small cannulas and make one tiny incision in either the belly button or upper lateral thighs. We take enough fat, prepare it and then it is re-injected into specific areas of the face. This can be done all at the same time. Another common area that is filled using fat transfer are the smile lines around the mouth, or nasolabial folds. We can use other fillers, but we get more long-term correction using fat.
How long does fat last if used to restore the face?What our experts say:
We recently did a study, the first of its kind, of patients who had fat transferred to the lower eyelid area. It showed that it lasted three to five years in most patients and some went beyond that. With filler like Restylane, we get maybe nine months to a year. So it lasts three to five times as long.
If multiple lasers have to be used to treat different skin issues, do you use them all at one time, or do you have to space out the treatments?What our experts say:
It depends on the laser that's used. We have to limit recovery time and interactions between lasers. We have to keep patients safe. If we are using non-ablative lasers, there is little recovery and bruising and swelling, so we can pair it with something else. But, if it is a more ablative laser, than we can't pair it with anything else because there is a recovery phase.
Is there a lot of scarring after a facelift? What is the recovery time?What our experts say:
Technically there is very minimal scarring. The principle is to help regain those years that have crept on the face, so we camouflage or hide the incisions using the natural folds and small lines around, in front and behind the ears. Those lines are difficult to see. There is a technique component that requires good technical skill on behalf of the surgeon to minimize scarring at the time of surgery. And the patient has to do his homework and follow all the physician's instructions. Most patients don't complain about scarring, but if there is a problem and it is identified early, we can use topical medications and laser treatments to restore appropriate healing. This is not common; otherwise these procedures wouldn't be performed.
What causes wrinkling and saggy upper eyelids?What our experts say:
First it could be the skin itself, which starts to lose its elasticity and the properties of the skin changes. The existing skin loses firmness. We are more prone to that in the upper eyelids because the skin is very thin, it's the thinnest skin in the body. Hooded or heavy eyelids make eyes appear smaller. It's a common thing patients develop as they age, and the procedure called an upper blepharoplasty is one of these most common surgical procedures that we use in facial plastic surgery. . In some patients there is more of a bulge and fullness (herniating fat) in the medial aspect of the upper eyelid. If that's what going on, we can address that by removing that herniation.
What is a stem cell facelift?What our experts say:
This has to do with terminology. It's more of a buzzword and details vary tremendously depending on the physician and what technique they are using. The way I look at it, a stem-cell facelift really means a surgical lifting and some physicians go about using some type of stem cells placed in specific areas to accelerate healing. Some are using this terminology to describe something that's not really a facelift, nothing to do with surgery or an actual lift, but using stem cell products to replicate what we might expect with an actual facelift. Research shows that fat used for a fat transfer may well include some stem cells that can be regenerated on the skin. We are on the cusp of understanding these procedures well.
What is the best way to get rid of under-eye bags?What our experts say:
This is a common problem that has to do with the way the lower eyelid ages. Some patients have heavy bags that are more genetic in nature. The bags are really a herniation, or pseudo-herniation, of small amounts of fat or soft tissue that are protruding. In this case, the best approach to improve them is surgical with a lower eyelid blepharoplasty. The traditional approach is to make a small incision under the eyelashes. An alternate approach, and one that I favor, is a transconjunctival blepharoplasty, where we make a small incision on the inside of the lower eyelid. I favor this approach, if it is appropriate for the patient, because the incision is hidden. It has been shown in many studies that if is done right it reduces the chance of scarring and distortion of the lower eyelid. It's a safer technique, but not everyone is candidate for it.
What is the difference between a traditional facelift and a mid-facelift?What our experts say:
A mid-facelift, specifically addresses the area that is the mid-face, defined by the area underneath the lower eyelid and on top of cheekbones. In some people, this area deflates and descends downwards, giving the appearance of a blunted or flatted mid-face. A mid-facelift is very focal with what it addresses. It's an approach where we use small incisions in the hair line, where they can be well hidden. This tends to be more for younger patients tends who show early signs of facial aging. It is different than a standard facelift where the area we are talking about is the actual cheeks themselves, the lower face, the jowl area along the jawline, and the front and lateral side parts of the neck. I have found in general in my practice going away from using the mid-facelift. It is being replaced by an approach where we are augmenting that area with something like a natural fat transfer. There is less recovery involved than with a facelift and it gives a very natural result.
Who is a good candidate for rhinoplasty (nose job)?What our experts say:
Anyone who is struggling with some anatomic difficulties with their nose, and it is a self-confidence issue. The nose is the most anterior projection of the face, so if it really trouble s them and they are struggling with self-confidence, they may want to consider it in their earlier years; but there is an age-related factor. We have to make sure, if it's a younger patient, that they have finished maturing emotionally as well as physically. There are structural changes that occur as we grow, to the outer and inside of the nose, just like growth in rest of body. There are also many patients that wait until they are older because they were not in a position where they could do it earlier. Anyone considering it needs a good exam to make sure there is potential to help them. The nose is an important organ that controls the way we breathe and smell. We must always maintain the structure and integrity of the nose to make sure it functions appropriately. An overaggressive approach can't be used and the surgeon and patient need to have realistic expectations.
Are nurse practioners as qualified for laser treatment as MDWhat our experts say:Most physicians who perform aesthetic treatments and surgery are aware that physician extenders, such as nurse practioners, do not have the same level of experience with these treatments. Depending on what the aesthetic treatment is, there may be very important factors such as a detailed understanding of the facial anatomy and of the physics and properties of the device being used in order to deliver the most optimal result. Nurse practioners may have been trained under close physician guidance to learn these procedures, but the experience and level of training is going to vary significantly from practice to practice. If state laws allow physician extenders to run their own clinic, there is a basic requirement that a qualified physician supervises and is responsible for patient care. Inthe end, it is up to the patient to decide their own level of comfort as they consider the benefits and potential risks of various aesthetic treatments.
What is the average recovery time for fat transfer to correct under eye hallows?What our experts say:
Fat transfer is a safe and effective technique to address under eye hollows and volume loss to the cheeks. Typically, most patients report a recovery of around 1 week. The recovery from this procedure may involve resolution of bruising to the treated area as well as reduction of swelling to this area after the procedure is performed. Many patients choose this procedure because it provides the potential for greater longevity. We conducted a recent study of patients who had fat transfer to the under eye area and cheeks and many patients obtained results of 3 years and up to 5 years. The procedure is safe, but needs to be performed by a surgeon with experience in this technique to avoid issues such as asymmetry or lumps.
Does it makes sense to travel to a less expensive location for a face lift? I wonder about follow up care etc. I live in Hawaii where things are very expensive! Thank you.What our experts say:
The decision to undergo an invasive facial cosmetic treatment such as a facelift should not be taken lightly. I would recommend that any patient considering this treatment should undergo a thorough consultation and exam with a board certified qualified surgeon who specializes in facial cosmetic surgery. The choice of where one travels should be carefully weighed by the particular surgeon who is located in that area, as well as other factors such as the patient's ability to comply with the expected recovery time and follow-up appointments. A surgeon who specializes in facial cosmetic treatments should be able to help guide you regarding the appropriate treatment plan which will give you the most optimal aesthetic result.
Does a chemical peel reduce wrinkles?What our experts say:There are multiple approaches to help reduce wrinkles near the mouth and eyes. These include surface skin treatments such as chemical peels as well as laser resurfacing procedures. Often, neurmodulators such as botox or facial fillers can be used to soften the deeper lines. The appropriate treatment choice is best determined during a thorough facial consultation with a physician who specializes in facial cosmetic surgery.
About Juvederm FillerWhat our experts say:
It is difficult to understand exactly what is going on in this case, but it is possible that there is improvement in the area of the nasolabial fold where the filler was injected, but it now appears that there is a depression in the nearby tissue where filler was not placed. It is not usual for patients to report a contour depression in the skin in the area of injection unless the patient has developed scar tissue which is pulling the skin inwards. A good follow-up appointment with your provider is required so this area can be carefully examined. If the filler needs to be removed, there is an injection that can be performed which can help remove the Juvederm and restore the pre-injection appearance.