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After almost twenty years and two facelifts, one woman discovers new-generation dermatologic treatments that compliment surgical procedures without having a repeat operation.
Min S. Ahn, MD FACS, Facial Plastic Surgeon and Medical Director of the Aesthetic Wellness Center, is prominently featured in the April 2010 issue of Vogue magazine in a cover story titled “My Three Facelifts: A 20-Year Nip & Tuck Diary.” The author, Joan Gage, describes her 20 year journey through the ever changing field of cosmetic surgery, starting with her first facelift from world-renowned surgeon Daniel C. Baker, MD of Manhattan, to her most recent procedure with Dr. Min S. Ahn, MD, FACS of Westborough, MA.
Eighteen years ago, Joan Gage wrote a sensational article titled “Diary of a Face-Lift” in Vogue magazine. The article chronicled her entire experience undergoing a facelift when it was still considered somewhat taboo. Sixteen years and an additional facelift later, Joan chose to have a consultation with Dr. Min S. Ahn of The Aesthetic Wellness Center in Westborough, MA.
After their initial meeting, Dr. Ahn recommended the Fraxel re:pair treatment, a breakthrough laser resurfacing treatment, as well as injections of the hyaluronic-acid filler Juvederm, to rejuvenate her appearance. Dr. Ahn, who graduated from Harvard University and is double board certified in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Head and Neck Surgery, was one of the first physicians in the country to offer the Fraxel re:pair laser treatment.
The author describes her experience with Dr. Ahn and the Fraxel re:pair laser and Juvederm treatments from the initial seminar at his office, up to one year post-Fraxel. Using a combination of cutting-edge, non-surgical techniques, Dr. Ahn was able to extend the results of a facelift the author received nearly a decade ago. Two years later, she is just one of many who experienced the exceptional results of the Fraxel re:pair laser and Juvederm treatments available at the Aesthetic Wellness Center.
In addition to the Fraxel laser treatment, Dr. Ahn offers an array of both surgical and non-surgical options that rejuvenate your natural beauty, while providing a very personal experience for each individual client. These options include Botox and Juvederm treatments, Mini Facelifts and Necklifts, Fraxel re:pair and re:store laser treatments, laser hair removal, physician strength peels, and more. For more information on Dr. Ahn and the services provided at the Aesthetic Wellness Center please visit www.awcenter.com or call 508-366-2020.
The article on CNN.com focused on the high demand for surgical procedures during the busy holiday season:
“Surgeons in many specialties are seeing patients who, for a variety of reasons such as insurance and a slowdown at work, find that the end of December is the best time to have an operation.“
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Article discussed how record number of multi-cultural people are accessing cosmetic surgery. Read the article here.
More and more women want to look younger and more attractive. So they’re heading to medical spas; places where you can get facials and massages, and some minor cosmetic procedures. But some women are leaving these medspas anything but beautiful. 7Healthcast reporter Dr. Deanna Lites has more.
The pictures tell a terrible story.
Women who’ve gone in for minor cosmetic procedures and who’ve left with major and sometimes irreversible damage…
Dr. Min Ahn says, “I’ve seen superficial burns, and deeper burns from chemical injury.”
Dr. Ahn is a facial plastic surgeon at Aesthetic Wellness Center in Worcester. He’s treated many patients after their beauty treatments went bad, including Wendy Bergeron of Worcester. She wanted fuller lips so she went to a medical spa for restylane shots.
She says, “It was uneven. There were a lot of lumps.”
And Wendy says her injections were performed by a registered nurse, not a doctor.
Dr. Ahn says, “In the state of Massachusetts, only physicians are allowed to perform filler treatments such as the use of restylane for lips and wrinkles.”
Beth Brooks of Holden says, “It’s supposed to be relaxing and a nice soothing treatment.”
But that wasn’t the case. She went to a traditional spa for a hot stone massage. But she says she ended up with these second and third degree burns on her back because the stones were way too hot.
Beth says, “Immediately after there were about 6 red welts on my back.”
Two weeks later her back still isn’t quite healed, and Beth is taking antibiotics to fight off infection.
“I wish I would just have spoke up,” says Beth.
Beth also wishes she would have checked the massage therapist’s credentials. That’s something Dr. Ahn says is even more important when you’re going to a medspa for a medical treatment. He recommends asking a few simple questions. “Is there a physician on site…is that physician board certified, and who is performing the procedure?” he says.
A mistake that Wendy won’t make again.
It’s important to remember that when it comes to medical spas regulations vary from state to state.
And before you get that chemical peel or botox injection find out if the spa has a medical professional on call after hours in case you run into a problem.
ABC 5 Interviews Dr. Ahn about Asian Eyelid Surgery
BOSTON – The group of people having cosmetic surgery is becoming more diverse as more and more people look for ways to turn back the hands of time.
NewsCenter 5’s Heather Unruh reported Friday that 1.3 million procedures were performed on patients of various ethnicities last year — an increase of 44 percent since 2004. The challenge for plastic surgeons is creating a younger appearance without altering that ethnic look.
Appearance is important to Mei Ling Hester — a hairdresser on Newbury Street — but she said that when she looks at her eyes, they appear tired.
“We all spend money working out and eating healthy, and I think we need to take care of our face too,” Hester She spoke with Dr. Min Ahn about a surgery that would better define her eyelids. About half of Asian women are born without eyelid creases, and even those who do have them, like Hester, often lose the crease as they age.
“We’re trying to create a rejuvenated look that looks natural. We’re not trying to create a westernized look,” Ahn said.
About 25 percent of Ahn’s practice involves non-white patients. The biggest trend is Asian eyelid surgery, which may have been sparked by the popularity of Korean soap opera actresses who have fuller eyelids.
But the procedure is tricky. It involves placing stitches to create a crease, and doctors must be sensitive to reshaping the lid without getting rid of the Asian appearance.
“We don’t want to create an eyelid crease that is too high — that is more typical in a Caucasian or western individual,” Ahn said. “We don’t want to remove all of the extra skin that is possible to remove, because it is natural for an Asian eyelid to have a little bit of hooding, a little bit of extra skin.”
The procedure costs between $2,000 and $3,000. The result is instant and permanent. Hester envisions a livelier, alert appearance.
“I hope in the morning, I wake up and look nice and fresh for my clients,” she said.