Facial plastic surgery in Chicago

Facial plastic surgery can help you realize your dreams for your appearance. Whether you struggle with signs of aging, dislike disproportionate features or experienced an injury, Dr. John Kim can restore your self-confidence through one or more face procedures at Northwestern Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

From subtle facial rejuvenation to dramatic enhancement, Dr. Kim has the technical skill and artistic talent to help you achieve a healthy, positive transformation. For those looking to achieve their facial aesthetics of yesteryear, Dr. Kim offers an array of surgical and non-surgical treatments designed to address all aspects of facial aging. These procedures are often combined for complete facial rejuvenation or reconstruction:

Facelift and Neck Lift

As we age, we experience a natural breakdown of collagen, which causes the skin to loosen and sag, and wrinkles to form. A facelift smoothens lines and wrinkles by removing excess fat and repositioning muscles to turn back time with a younger, smoother look. A necklift can address horizontal lines and fat accumulation in the neck and jawline area.


Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, offers a variety of cosmetic and medical benefits. Drooping, sagging eyelids can affect your appearance and your vision, and under-eye bags cause many people to struggle with looking tired all the time. Upper or lower blepharoplasty can rejuvenate your face. Dr. Kim also offers Asian blepharoplasty to create an upper eyelid crease while maintaining your ethnic heritage.

Skin Cancer Reconstruction After Mohs Surgery

Skin cancer reconstruction is a valuable part of treating skin cancers, such as melanoma and basal cell carcinoma. Even small tumors can require sizeable skin removal to get rid of all traces of cancer. Dr. Kim works closely with surgical oncologists and dermatologists to restore your face after Mohs surgery so you can look and feel like yourself again.

Brow Lift

A brow lift is designed to elevate the eyebrows and smoothen deep lines in the forehead and between the eyes. Sagging brows can make you appear tired or angry, but a brow lift renews your appearance by tightening the underlying muscles and lifting the layers of deep tissues to provide a smooth, youthful upper face.


Facial cosmetic surgery in Chicago

Repeated facial expressions and muscle movements are the culprits behind some facial lines and wrinkles. Botox is an injectable treatment made with a neurotoxin that temporarily immobilizes the muscles responsible for lines and wrinkles around the eyes, along the forehead, between the brows and more. Botox is a non-surgical way to reduce signs of aging, though repeat treatments are required to maintain results.


Volume loss is another part of the aging process that defines lines and wrinkles and causes hollowing in the cheeks. Injectable dermal fillers can reverse the clock in several ways. From using your own fat cells to fill in sunken areas to hyaluronic acid for lip augmentation, these injectables have many treatment applications for most areas of the face.

Face Surgery FAQ

Why choose a board-certified plastic surgeon? 

The American Board of Plastic Surgery holds board-certified plastic surgeons to higher standards with additional training requirements and mandatory annual continuing medical education (CME) courses. Dr. John Kim has an outstanding record with over 10,000 procedures performed. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University and earned his medical degree and Master of Arts in English at Stanford University. For Dr. Kim, plastic surgery is more than a vocation; it’s the opportunity to bring health and happiness to his patients and an honor he holds in high regard. 

When you choose a board-certified plastic surgeon for your face surgery or non-surgical treatment, you know you’re in excellent hands. 

Am I a candidate for face surgery? 

Brow lift in Chicago

You could be a good candidate for face surgery if you have one or more cosmetic concerns with your face, such as jowling, neck banding, drooping eyelids, or sagging brows. To qualify for face surgery, you must be healthy with no medical conditions that could increase the risk of complications. Nicotine use impairs the healing process, so smokers or vapers must be willing to quit for several weeks before and after their procedure. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Kim to discover your options for facial rejuvenation. 

Do I need face surgery or injectables? 

The right procedure for you depends on your concerns about your appearance and desired results. Non-surgical treatment with injectables can provide subtle results that make you appear younger for six months to two years or longer, depending on the product. There’s no recovery time, and injectables provide immediate results. Face surgery is invasive, requiring downtime to heal, but the results last 10 years or longer with good skincare and sun protection. 

What is the typical recovery like for face surgery?

Recovery after a face procedure is unique to the patient and the type of surgery. Generally, the surgical site and incisions are covered with bandages to minimize swelling and bruising. Dr. Kim may prescribe medications to ease discomfort and will provide post-operative instructions to help patients care for the area and understand what to expect. Most patients need one or two weeks off work and must avoid strenuous exercises for about six weeks. Face surgery results take several months to settle as swelling disappears, but patients may see a glimpse of their results a few weeks into healing. 

Am I too young or too old for face surgery? 

Adults of all ages may qualify for face surgery if they have fully developed facial features and are in good health. However, most patients are in their 40s and 50s and have loose skin, facial volume loss, under-eye bags, and other age-related concerns. Younger people may want to tweak their appearance with face surgery but are often happy with non-surgical results with dermal fillers or Botox. 

What is a Botox brow lift? 

Chicago Botox brow lift

The Botox brow lift injects Botox into the lateral part of the eyebrows to elevate drooping eyebrows for a subtle lift and smoother skin along the forehead and between the brows. The minimally invasive treatment offers a non-surgical alternative to brow lift surgery. While the Botox brow lift won’t provide dramatic results, it does offer immediate improvement that lasts three or four months. Some patients choose a Botox brow lift to test out their potential results before undergoing brow lift surgery.  

What is the least invasive procedure that will make me look younger? 

Injectables offer a more youthful appearance with less commitment. Botox and dermal fillers are quick and safe ways to smooth lines and wrinkles and volumize the cheeks, lips, and other areas. With immediate results and no downtime, you can look younger without interrupting your busy lifestyle. 

Schedule Your Consultation with a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

No two patients are the same, which is why Dr. Kim and his experienced staff work with each facial rejuvenation patient to understand their aesthetic concerns and develop the optimal custom treatment plan to best address their needs. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Kim today to get started.