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A third-generation physician who graduated with honors from both Harvard University and the George Washington University School of Medicine, Dr. Ahn strongly believes in personalized care coupled with cutting-edge techniques at his Boston-area Aesthetic Wellness Center. “I enhance my patients’ beauty while also empowering them to make informed decisions,” he says.

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We achieve great results less-invasively.
Dr. Min Ahn
Facial Plastic Surgeon
Westborough, Massachusetts

Services Offered

  • Necklift
  • Facelift
  • Mini-Facelift
  • Rhinoplasty
  • Blepharoplasty
  • Fat Transfer
  • Small-Incision Browlift
  • Laser Resurfacing
  • Aesthetic Injectables
  • Juvéderm Voluma®
  • Kybella®
  • Fractora™ by InMode
  • FaceTite™ by InMode

A Minute With

1.
MY GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT
Creating a world-class center for facial rejuvenation outside of Boston where people from around the world come for their care
2.
THE FUTURE OF MY FIELD
Combining preventive, functional medicine with surgical and nonsurgical treatment options
3.
THE MOST OUTRAGEOUS MEDICAL MYTH I'VE HEARD
Nonsurgical tightening procedures will give you a result similar to a facelift
4.
MY MOTTO
There is inherent beauty in doing things well
5.
WHAT SETS MY PRACTICE APART
Complementary surgical and nonsurgical therapies that are cutting-edge and more effective when used in combination
6.
THE BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION ABOUT MY FIELD
If you have a facelift, you will always look pulled
7.
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
8.
CAREER-DEFINING PROCEDURE
Perfecting my technique for a natural-looking, long-lasting mini-facelift and necklift
9.
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
10.
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 and swelling
11.
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
12.
WHAT NEW SERVICES ARE YOU EXCITED TO OFFER?
Fractora, and FaceTite by InMode, two minimally invasive radio frequency treatments designed to reduce wrinkles, tighten skin and improve complexion. They can be used to smooth and tighten eyelids, the lower face and neck, lip lines and other areas of the body with very little downtime. They yield significant results without having to undergo surgery
13.
WHAT ARE YOU BEST KNOWN FOR?
Making patients look better without looking like they’ve had surgery

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Philosophy

A third-generation physician who graduated with honors from both Harvard University and the George Washington University School of Medicine, Dr. Ahn strongly believes in personalized care coupled with cutting-edge techniques at his Boston-area Aesthetic Wellness Center. “I enhance my patients’ beauty while also empowering them to make informed decisions,” he says.

About My Practice:

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.

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 far does your patient base reach?

I treat patients who hail from the northeast and around the world.

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. 

About Me:

Alternative occupation

An architect on commercial buildings, designing skyscrapers

Framed photos on your desk

Myself with my wife and two children

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.

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. 

Testimonials

Karen Brumage

Karen Brumage

During Thanksgiving week I had the Duel Fraxel treatment at Dr. Ahn's office. My results are amazing! My skin is glowing and the dark spots are gone. But I really wanted to write about my experience. Fraxel isn't the most comfortable procedure, but what made the difference for me were Rebecca and the staff at AWC. Rebecca is a nurse and has an amazing talent working with people. She explained each step of the procedure, was gentle, and followed my lead as far as the pace. Rebecca kept encouraging me by telling me "You are doing great. Take deep breaths. I know it isn't comfortable but you can do it. You will love the results!" Her voice was calm and soothing. I am a nurse too and I know how important is to receive compassionate care. After the procedure, I walked out and the staff gave me so much encouragement. What I love about AWC is that the staff has also had personal experience with some of the procedures. It makes a world of difference to know that they understand what everything feels like and can offer me the support. Everyone is professional and kind. Dr. Ahn is wonderful. I don't always see him when I go in to the office, but when I do he takes a lot of extra time with me. I feel that he truly understands what will help me look and feel great. Most importantly for me, he recommends procedures that are least invasive. I highly recommend Dr Ahn and the Aesthetic Wellness Center

Virginia Gladding

Virginia Gladding

I couldn't be happier with my new appearance. My skin is amazing... most of the sun damage is gone and i have a healthy glow. I was beginning to show my age and I feel like I've turned the clock back fifteen years! Dr Ahn is a superb surgeon and understood what I was hoping to achieve---a natural, more rested appearance. His staff is the best. Rebecca and Amy were delightful and made the experience as comfortable as possible. I felt like I was the most important patient they had! I would recommend Dr Ahn to anyone who wants to look like a younger version of themselves. He's great!

Mary Hunt

Mary Hunt

I had a facelift a year ago. I was so happy to find Dr. Ahn and his team! My experience was so great! Dr. Ahn sat with me and showed me what a facelift and having my surgery would look like. The staff made me feel so comfortable and throughout my surgery I always knew I could call and get help if I needed it. They took the time to explain the surgery and recovery to me. You can't even see my scars, and I wear my hair very short! I was surprised at how little pain I had...I only took tylenol! Dr. Ahn gave me back what I looked like when I was younger. I will always appreciate that. I hope someone will be able to find him and get their surgery done and feel the same way I do! Mary

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Defining Beauty

Unhappy with the laxity and sagging skin on her jowls and neck, as well as the overall appearance and quality of her skin, this 55-year-old patient wanted a new look. “She wanted a more youthful and rejuvenated look to match the way she felt,” says Dr. Ahn. “We addressed her concerns with a lower facelift, a necklift and a Fraxel DUAL laser treatment on her entire face."

Defining Beauty

Unhappy with the laxity and sagging skin on her jowls and neck, as well as the overall appearance and quality of her skin, this 55-year-old patient wanted a new look. “She wanted a more youthful and rejuvenated look to match the way she felt,” says Dr. Ahn. “We addressed her concerns with a lower facelift, a necklift and a Fraxel DUAL laser treatment on her entire face."

Surgery-Free Rejuventation

Reversing the ravages of time is a high priority for Dr. Ahn. Ever on the leading edge of technology, Dr. Ahn offers Fraxel Restore®, Fraxel Dual 1550/1927 and Fraxel Repair® laser treatments. Based on Dr. Ahn’s extensive experience with Fraxel laser technology, he gauges patients’ anti-aging needs and adjusts the technologies’ respective settings accordingly. “Fraxel technology can create deep collagen formation and clear superficial pigmentation in the same treatment. Fraxel can be combined with surgical procedures when patients seek comprehensive rejuvenation. But younger patients and those with only minimal signs of aging may attain their desired results with Fraxel alone.” For those patients with hollows in the mid-face, there are injectable treatments where the doctor administers fillers to plump out sunken, deflated features, nonsurgically. “We have a host of innovations at our fingertips that allow for rapid rejuvenation.”

Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures

Dr. Min S. Ahn focuses on a personalized approach to facial rejuvenation using minimally invasive surgical procedures. “By providing each patient with a personalized treatment plan, I am able to restore youthfulness, as well as enhance the natural beauty of each individual,” says the board-certified surgeon. “Some of these minimally invasive procedures include the minifacelift, necklift, small-incision browlift, fat transfer, facial volumization, and combination therapy using the Fraxel® laser.”

Defining Beauty

Unhappy with the laxity and sagging of the skin in her jowls and neck, this 48-year-old patient wanted a new look. “She felt that she looked overly tired,” says Dr. Ahn. “We addressed her concerns with a mini-facelift and necklift.” Here, three weeks post-op, the definition of her jawline and neckline is restored and her skin appears more supple. 

Defining Beauty

Unhappy with the laxity and sagging of the skin in her jowls and neck, this 48-year-old patient wanted a new look. “She felt that she looked overly tired,” says Dr. Ahn. “We addressed her concerns with a mini-facelift and necklift.” Here, three weeks post-op, the definition of her jawline and neckline is restored and her skin appears more supple. 

Education & Credentials

EDUCATION:

Degree:

  • George Washington University

Residency:

  • University of California, San Francisco

Fellowship:

  • University of California, San Francisco

BOARD-CERTIFICATION:

  • American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • American Board of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery

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FAQ's

Q. 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.

Q. 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.

Q. 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.

Q. 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.

Q. 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.

Q. 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.

Q. 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.

Q. How long does a facelift last?

What our experts say:

About eight years.

Q. 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.

Q. 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.

Q. 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.

Q. 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.

Q. 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.

Q. 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.

Q. 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.

Q. What is the best treatment for crow's feet?

What our experts say:

By far the best treatment is BOTOX or Dysport.

Q. 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.

Q. 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.

Q. 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.

Q. 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.

Q. 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.

Q. 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.

Q. 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.

Q. 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.

Q. 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.

Q. 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.

Q. 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.

Q. 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.

Q. 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.

Q. 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.

Q. 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.

Q. 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.

Q. 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.

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About Dr. Min Ahn
About Me

Alternative occupation

An architect on commercial buildings, designing skyscrapers

Framed photos on your desk

Myself with my wife and two children

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.

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. 

About My Practice

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.

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 far does your patient base reach?

I treat patients who hail from the northeast and around the world.

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. 

Education & Credentials

EDUCATION:

Degree:

  • George Washington University

Residency:

  • University of California, San Francisco

Fellowship:

  • University of California, San Francisco

BOARD-CERTIFICATION:

  • American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • American Board of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck 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

MY MOTTO

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

CAREER-DEFINING PROCEDURE

Perfecting my technique for a natural-looking, long-lasting mini-facelift and necklift

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 and swelling

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?

Fractora, and FaceTite by InMode, two minimally invasive radio frequency treatments designed to reduce wrinkles, tighten skin and improve complexion. They can be used to smooth and tighten eyelids, the lower face and neck, lip lines and other areas of the body with very little downtime. They yield significant results without having to undergo surgery

WHAT ARE YOU BEST KNOWN FOR?

Making patients look better without looking like they’ve had surgery

Insights

Defining Beauty

Unhappy with the laxity and sagging skin on her jowls and neck, as well as the overall appearance and quality of her skin, this 55-year-old patient wanted a new look. “She wanted a more youthful and rejuvenated look to match the way she felt,” says Dr. Ahn. “We addressed her concerns with a lower facelift, a necklift and a Fraxel DUAL laser treatment on her entire face."

Defining Beauty

Unhappy with the laxity and sagging skin on her jowls and neck, as well as the overall appearance and quality of her skin, this 55-year-old patient wanted a new look. “She wanted a more youthful and rejuvenated look to match the way she felt,” says Dr. Ahn. “We addressed her concerns with a lower facelift, a necklift and a Fraxel DUAL laser treatment on her entire face."

Surgery-Free Rejuventation

Reversing the ravages of time is a high priority for Dr. Ahn. Ever on the leading edge of technology, Dr. Ahn offers Fraxel Restore®, Fraxel Dual 1550/1927 and Fraxel Repair® laser treatments. Based on Dr. Ahn’s extensive experience with Fraxel laser technology, he gauges patients’ anti-aging needs and adjusts the technologies’ respective settings accordingly. “Fraxel technology can create deep collagen formation and clear superficial pigmentation in the same treatment. Fraxel can be combined with surgical procedures when patients seek comprehensive rejuvenation. But younger patients and those with only minimal signs of aging may attain their desired results with Fraxel alone.” For those patients with hollows in the mid-face, there are injectable treatments where the doctor administers fillers to plump out sunken, deflated features, nonsurgically. “We have a host of innovations at our fingertips that allow for rapid rejuvenation.”

Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures

Dr. Min S. Ahn focuses on a personalized approach to facial rejuvenation using minimally invasive surgical procedures. “By providing each patient with a personalized treatment plan, I am able to restore youthfulness, as well as enhance the natural beauty of each individual,” says the board-certified surgeon. “Some of these minimally invasive procedures include the minifacelift, necklift, small-incision browlift, fat transfer, facial volumization, and combination therapy using the Fraxel® laser.”

Defining Beauty

Unhappy with the laxity and sagging of the skin in her jowls and neck, this 48-year-old patient wanted a new look. “She felt that she looked overly tired,” says Dr. Ahn. “We addressed her concerns with a mini-facelift and necklift.” Here, three weeks post-op, the definition of her jawline and neckline is restored and her skin appears more supple. 

Defining Beauty

Unhappy with the laxity and sagging of the skin in her jowls and neck, this 48-year-old patient wanted a new look. “She felt that she looked overly tired,” says Dr. Ahn. “We addressed her concerns with a mini-facelift and necklift.” Here, three weeks post-op, the definition of her jawline and neckline is restored and her skin appears more supple. 

FAQ

Q. 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.

Q. 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.

Q. 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.

Q. 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.

Q. 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.

Q. 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.

Q. 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.

Q. How long does a facelift last?

What our experts say:

About eight years.

Q. 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.

Q. 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.

Q. 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.

Q. 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.

Q. 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.

Q. 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.

Q. 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.

Q. What is the best treatment for crow's feet?

What our experts say:

By far the best treatment is BOTOX or Dysport.

Q. 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.

Q. 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.

Q. 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.

Q. 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.

Q. 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.

Q. 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.

Q. 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.

Q. 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.

Q. 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.

Q. 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.

Q. 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.

Q. 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.

Q. 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.

Q. 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.

Q. 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.

Q. 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.

Q. 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.

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Services
  • Necklift
  • Facelift
  • Mini-Facelift
  • Rhinoplasty
  • Blepharoplasty
  • Fat Transfer
  • Small-Incision Browlift
  • Laser Resurfacing
  • Aesthetic Injectables
  • Juvéderm Voluma®
  • Kybella®
  • Fractora™ by InMode
  • FaceTite™ by InMode
Testimonials

Karen Brumage

Karen Brumage

During Thanksgiving week I had the Duel Fraxel treatment at Dr. Ahn's office. My results are amazing! My skin is glowing and the dark spots are gone. But I really wanted to write about my experience. Fraxel isn't the most comfortable procedure, but what made the difference for me were Rebecca and the staff at AWC. Rebecca is a nurse and has an amazing talent working with people. She explained each step of the procedure, was gentle, and followed my lead as far as the pace. Rebecca kept encouraging me by telling me "You are doing great. Take deep breaths. I know it isn't comfortable but you can do it. You will love the results!" Her voice was calm and soothing. I am a nurse too and I know how important is to receive compassionate care. After the procedure, I walked out and the staff gave me so much encouragement. What I love about AWC is that the staff has also had personal experience with some of the procedures. It makes a world of difference to know that they understand what everything feels like and can offer me the support. Everyone is professional and kind. Dr. Ahn is wonderful. I don't always see him when I go in to the office, but when I do he takes a lot of extra time with me. I feel that he truly understands what will help me look and feel great. Most importantly for me, he recommends procedures that are least invasive. I highly recommend Dr Ahn and the Aesthetic Wellness Center

Virginia Gladding

Virginia Gladding

I couldn't be happier with my new appearance. My skin is amazing... most of the sun damage is gone and i have a healthy glow. I was beginning to show my age and I feel like I've turned the clock back fifteen years! Dr Ahn is a superb surgeon and understood what I was hoping to achieve---a natural, more rested appearance. His staff is the best. Rebecca and Amy were delightful and made the experience as comfortable as possible. I felt like I was the most important patient they had! I would recommend Dr Ahn to anyone who wants to look like a younger version of themselves. He's great!

Mary Hunt

Mary Hunt

I had a facelift a year ago. I was so happy to find Dr. Ahn and his team! My experience was so great! Dr. Ahn sat with me and showed me what a facelift and having my surgery would look like. The staff made me feel so comfortable and throughout my surgery I always knew I could call and get help if I needed it. They took the time to explain the surgery and recovery to me. You can't even see my scars, and I wear my hair very short! I was surprised at how little pain I had...I only took tylenol! Dr. Ahn gave me back what I looked like when I was younger. I will always appreciate that. I hope someone will be able to find him and get their surgery done and feel the same way I do! Mary

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