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Can’t I Do My Own Microneedling at Home?

The simple answer is no. As much as you want to save money and stay in the comfort of your own home, microneedling is a procedure that a trained professional should do for you. Keep reading to learn more about microneedling, what it can do for you, and who should do it for you.

What is Microneedling Good For?

Microneedling is a great procedure to refresh your skin. It can even skin tone, reverse signs of aging and sun damage, shrink large pores, fade acne scars, and restore elasticity. It works through micro-injuries to your skin surface, which activates your body’s healing processes including collagen formation. Applying top-quality skincare products during this process adds to your result.

How often should I get Microneedling?

For optimal results, three or more treatments are recommended about four to six weeks apart. Depending on the skin issue, you may benefit from up to six treatments. You should avoid Botox injections for a week before or after, and filler injections for a month before or after.

Does it hurt?

There is some discomfort with microneedling. However, Dr. Kim applies a strong numbing cream compounded from a reputable pharmacy. In addition, he injects numbing medication for several regions of the face. These minimize the discomfort of microneedling.

What’s the downtime?

You will see some redness and feel tightness for 2-3 days. During the first few days, sticking to a post-procedure regimen will help the healing process go as smoothly as possible.

What about the dermal rollers?

Stay away from dermal rollers. They are quite popular and easily available at Amazon, Sephora, and other fine retailers. The main issue with rollers is that the needles will never contact your skin in a perpendicular direction. The entry points will always be at an angle, which can shear your skin in an unpredictable direction and depth. Rollers can also spread germs if they are not cleaned properly. In the hands of a trained professional, a proper microneedling pen penetrates the skin at adjustable depths, depending on the thickness of your skin. The needles enter at a 90 degree angle every time, a controlled injury that will have more predictable results. Each needle cartridge is thrown away after each use to prevent contamination.

The best option is to get your microneedling treatments from a trained professional – an aesthetician, a certified aesthetic nurse or physician assistant, or a trained physician. Your facial beauty is so important when presenting yourself to the world, so don’t skimp on your facial procedures and treatments. You’re worth it. Trust your face to Dr. Jae Kim, your specialized and compassionate facial plastic surgeon! Call or text 703-705-2100 today to book your treatment!

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Show Off Your Beautiful Eyes With Asian Eyelid Surgery!

Your eyes are one of the most distinctive features of your face. They allow you to see and express yourself to the world. Now that we wear masks in public, your eyes are the first thing people notice about you. Your eyelids are the platforms on which your eyes rest. Do your eyelids show off your beautiful eyes and let them shine, or do they cover up your eyes? If you are interested in Asian eyelid surgery in Fairfax, VA, give us a call! (703) 705-2100

All About the Crease

Generally, bigger eyes are considered to be prettier. When your upper eyelid has a well-defined crease, your eyes look bigger because people automatically look at the crease above the actual eyelid. About 50% of Asian people do not have a clear upper eyelid crease, making their eyes appear smaller. You may have difficulty applying eye makeup or issues of excess skin and fat drooping over and hiding the upper eyelid. As a result, you may lift your eyebrows to open your eyes, which leads to forehead wrinkles. If you identify with any or all of these issues, eyelid surgery is the answer for you.

Implications for Asian Eyelid Surgery

The general goal of eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is to create a bigger and more youthful appearance of the eyes. For Asian upper eyelid surgery, creating a crease makes your eyes appear more open and brighter. Having a permanent consistent crease can make applying eye makeup easier as well. Other non-surgical treatments cannot reliably make a crease that will last.

How long does recovery take?

Dr. Kim performs upper eyelid surgery in the office with local anesthesia. There is no need to go to a hospital, and you can go home the same day. After surgery, swelling can take two months to come down to normal. During that time, your eyelid creases appear higher and can differ from side to side. Be patient with the healing process. Once the swelling comes down, the creases will rest at a desirable height.

Is the EYELID SURGERY scar visible?

Patients often ask this question. There will be a scar on the eyelid skin, but it will heal very well and hide in the crease. There is an option of scarless eyelid surgery through the conjunctiva, but that approach cannot address some issues like removal of extra skin or fat.


Dr. Jae Kim has specialized training in Asian Blepharoplasty, as well as all other cosmetic surgical treatments of the upper and lower eyelids. You may be a good candidate for eyelid surgery if you desire an eyelid crease, improvement of droopy eyes, removal of sagging skin over the eyelids, or removal of bags under the eyes. In addition, you must be in good health and have realistic expectations for the final result. Keep in mind that eyelid surgery can exacerbate already existing eye issues such as dry eye, eye infections, or glaucoma. Therefore, Dr. Kim recommends a full evaluation by an eye physician (ophthalmologist) prior to surgery to minimize the risk of complications.

Whatever your motivations and goals for getting upper eyelid surgery, your result should complement and bring out your unique facial beauty. Call or text 703-705-2100 to schedule your consultation, and trust your eyelids to a specialist!

Dr. Kim will be seeing patients at Dante Salon and Wellness Spa!

Can you get a manicure, hair, and Botox, all under one roof? YES you can!

Jae Kim, MD Facial Plastic Surgery is excited to announce that Dr. Kim will be seeing patients at a second location: Dante Salon and Wellness Spa! Located in the heart of Old Town Fairfax just minutes from Washington, DC, Dante Salon and Wellness Spa is the perfect place to relax and bring out your facial beauty!

During the past few months, you have probably looked at yourself more than ever. Between Zoom meetings and video calls with friends and family, you may have seen facial features you would like to change or freshen up. Zoom neck is real, and so are undereye bags. Maybe you want to hide that bump on your nose, or those nasolabial folds look deeper than before. Maybe you want to brighten your skin and improve the appearance of wrinkles or fine lines. Whatever it is that bugs you, discuss your beauty goals with Dr. Kim, and he will help you achieve them!

Dr. Kim will be seeing patients at Dante Salon and Wellness Spa!

At Dante, Dr. Kim will offer a variety of exclusive treatments including Botox, fillers, and microneedling. Interested in discussing surgical options? Have a surgical consultation for procedures such as facelifts, upper eyelid lifts, and rhinoplasty. As a Harvard-educated plastic surgeon who trained and works exclusively on the face and neck, Dr. Jae Kim understands the importance of presenting your best face to the world and is focused on achieving a natural change for your unique facial beauty.

For a limited time, Botox is only $10 per unit! Spots are filling up as we speak! To schedule your appointment with Dr. Kim at Dante Salon and Wellness Spa, please visit their website at https://www.dantesalonandspa.com/medi-spa-services or call 703-352-2800!

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Is Botox Preventative?

Botox treatment is the #1 most requested and performed cosmetic procedure. It is quick and easy, and you can go back to your day almost immediately. It used to be the big secret that your friends didn’t know about, and mostly middle-aged women and older got Botox to improve their existing wrinkles. However, cultural trends have shifted in the last 10 years. The overall stigma surrounding it has decreased significantly, and younger people are getting Botox and posting about it on social media. Men are getting Botox too, aka Brotox. As of July 2020, #Botox has been used more than 7.5 million times on Instagram. You may ask, why get Botox if you are too young to have wrinkles?

Physical Differences

If you’re under 30, chances are you have no wrinkles around your eyes or on your forehead. When you raise your eyebrows or squint, you may or may not see faint wrinkles. Why is that? When you are young, your skin is able to spring back to normal aftWher making a facial expression. Unfortunately, as we age our skin gets thinner, drier, and less elastic, resulting in deeper permanent lines.


Botox is used to treat fine lines and wrinkles that happen when you make strong facial expressions again and again over years. Botox works by relaxing muscles and softening facial expressions. What happens over time is the skin looks smoother. If you start before you even have wrinkles, you can prevent the onset of wrinkles for a very long time!

Though widely known as Botox, many other neurotoxin brands such as Xeomin, Dysport, and Jeuveau work in much the same way. During your consultation with Dr. Kim, please note that we carry these four brands of neurotoxin according to your preferences and goals. Treatment involves a series of injections with a very thin needle. The effects usually last about 3 months, so regular treatment with your professional injector is recommended.

Dr. Kim is a fellowship trained facial plastic surgeon with extensive experience in Botox injections. For more information about this and other facial cosmetic treatments, please call or text Jae Kim, MD Facial Plastic Surgery at 703-705-2100 to schedule your free consultation!

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What Makes a Beautiful Jawline?

Jawlines are IN! The ideal jawline is a symbol of strength, youth, beauty, and confidence. More celebrities and influencers are showing off their jawlines, making the rest of us wonder what we should do about ours. Just scroll through your Instagram; how many influencers and celebrities flaunt their perfect faces! Some photos might have been altered with Photoshop and filters, but the point is, don’t you want it?

Whose jawlines would you consider pretty or desirable? What is it that makes them stunning? When I think of women, Bella Hadid, Angelina Jolie, and Olivia Wilde come to mind. When you look from the front, the line from the tip of the chin out to the mandibular angle is strong and smooth. The mandibular angle itself is well-defined, but it does not look bottom-heavy. When you look from the side, the lines from the chin down to the neck are seamless, and there is no fat or double chin. When I think of men with great jawlines, Brad Pitt, Chris Hemsworth, and Cristiano Ronaldo come to mind. What makes their jawlines so attractive? It boils down to straight lines and sharp chiseled angles, like a fine sculpture.

There are many ways to make the jawline more beautiful, but you cannot look at it in a vacuum. Is the jawline harmonious with the rest of the face? You want your facial profile to look like an upside down triangle. As you start from the top and work down, the contours should become narrower. A strong beautiful jawline that is out of proportion to the rest of the face can create a bottom-heavy look, which is not beautiful, especially for females. Jay Leno is the prime example of a bottom-heavy face, but because he is male and a comedian, his bigger chin and jawline are compatible with his overall persona.

The following parts determine the shape and contour of your jawline:

Skin – Beautiful healthy skin is essential when it comes to facial features. There are intrinsic factors that affect our skin over time, like genetics, and there are extrinsic factors, especially sun damage. It does not matter what you do to rejuvenate your jawline; if your skin is not healthy, it will not look as good, and the result will not last as long. Skincare is a lifelong process and requires dedication and consistency, but it is absolutely worth it.

Soft tissue – The soft tissue under the skin contains an elaborate framework of collagen and elastin. Collagen contributes to structure and volume, and elastin causes the bounce back you see in youthful skin. This framework becomes weaker and disorganized over time. Newer technologies for facial rejuvenation help stimulate the production and growth of soft tissue.

Muscles – The main muscle that defines the shape of the mandibular angle is called the masseter. Its function is to close the jaw, and pound for pound, it is one of the strongest muscles in the body. When you clench your teeth or bite chewy food, your masseters are doing hard work. The other major muscle along the jawline and neck is the platysma, which is shaped like a thin fan from the mandible all the way down to the collarbones. The aging process can make the platysma and soft tissue saggy, leading to a turkey neck appearance.

Tendons/Ligaments – These are continuous with the facial muscles in many parts of the face. The suspension apparatus called the SMAS gets looser as we get older. Jawline rejuvenation surgery like facelift and necklift surgery involves manipulating the SMAS and suspending it higher to bring back the more youthful appearance.

Salivary glands – The main gland that makes saliva for your mouth is called the parotid gland. There is one on each side of your jaw just in front of your ear. If your parotid glands become firm or enlarged, your face can look bottom-heavy, but more importantly, you should seek medical attention. The submandibular glands can also affect the appearance of your jawline and neck. They can drop over time and start to show a bulge in the upper neck. Some surgeons will reposition or trim part of the submandibular glands to improve the jawline. There is a risk of dry mouth, but on the other hand, the result could fall short of what you want if you leave them alone.

Fat under the chin (double chin) – Fat buildup in this area can be particularly frustrating, even for people who are not overweight. It seems to be the first to grow when you gain weight and the last to go when you lose weight. With age, this fat can sag and make a pooch under the jawbone. In anatomical studies, you see that there is fat just under the skin, but there is also deeper fat behind the platysma muscle. Removal of this fat creates a sharper more attractive jawline.

Bone – The ideal mandibular angle is sharp and full, and the front of the chin projects to about the level of the lower lip when you look from the side. Believe it or not, bone thins over time as well! The mandible can be shaped with synthetic implants or thicker filler materials. It can also be shaved down with saws and drills, as in V-line surgery.

Some of these features are what you were born with. For example, some people’s jawbones and chins are thinner or shorter than others. Other features are a result of time and gravity. These include atrophy or thinning, sagging, turkey neck, or jowling. The approach to treating jawlines should be different when it comes to features you were born with versus features related to aging.

One of the jawline and neck features that you cannot change is the position of your larynx, or voicebox. If your larynx is set higher and farther back, it accentuates and complements the length and contour of your mandible. A nice sharp angle demarcates the contour from the front of the chin down to the neck. The celebrities we mentioned above are naturally blessed in this way. If your larynx is set lower and farther forward, the angle from the chin to the neck is less sharp and more curved. No matter how aggressively you tug, pull, or tighten with any of the following procedures, your jawline and neck will appear heavier. Your proceduralist or surgeon should analyze your facial features and explain the expectations for your treatment accordingly.

How Do You Get an Awesome Jawline Contour?

You can work on the different structures of the jawline that make up the shape and contour. There is a very wide range of treatment options. Generally, younger patients can achieve very nice results without surgery. We can break down treatments into several categories: At home regimens and products, office injectables, minimally invasive procedures, and surgery.

At Home Exercises

There are various at home exercises and tutorials on the internet aimed at the toning the muscles of the jawline and neck. Some of the resources you find on Google or YouTube may help you. If you experience anything more than expected muscle soreness, stop and talk to a medical professional.

Jawzrsize is a product that works out your chewing muscles with about 40 pounds of resistance. Exercising your masseters can increase blood flow and muscle mass. The more you work out the muscle group, the more it will grow. The effect on your jawline is the appearance of a sharper angle.

A STRONG WORD OF CAUTION: if you suffer from jaw pain aka TMJ, or if you grind your teeth, jaw exercises may worsen your condition. If any of these exercises cause clicking or pain outside of expected muscle soreness, stop immediately and speak to a medical or dental professional.

Neck Creams

Don’t forget to take care of your neck skin! Compared to your facial skin, your neck skin is generally thinner and drier. It needs more moisturizing ingredients and sunscreen. All too often, sun damage on the neck and décolleté goes unchecked, leading to loose crepey dry skin in your 40s and beyond. Don’t leave your neck behind while taking care of your face, and don’t skimp on the products you use.


Genucel and other creams you may have seen on infomercials advertise themselves as quick fix products that obviate the need for invasive procedures and surgery. One of the ingredients, Eyeseryl, is a peptide that is able to draw away swelling from your skin and make it appear tighter. The difference between Genucel and medical grade neck creams is that the main ingredient in Genucel draws something out of your skin. The key to healthy skin long-term is feeding your skin with great ingredients. Talk to your aesthetic or skincare professional about medical grade products for your neck and décolleté.


Botox injections can slim your jawline. This is a popular procedure that many of my Asian patients request. The masseter bulk determines the overall width of the jawline from the front view. When you clench or bite down, your jawline looks wider. Injections of Botox into your masseters cause them to relax and shrink over 6-8 weeks. It lasts up to 6 months. The reason this procedure is popular is because some patients want their cheeks and jawline to look slimmer than the upper and middle part of the face. Many Asian females want a slimmer lower third of the face so that features of the upper two thirds, including the eyes, appear larger. Masseter Botox also helps relieve symptoms for patients who suffer from TMJ or teeth grinding. You can still chew most foods without difficulty because you have other chewing muscles that pick up the slack.

Botox can relax muscle edges that stick out along your neck. Some people have really strong platysma muscles, and when they flex even a little bit, it looks like a web of cords from the jawline down to the collarbones. Strategically placed Botox injections along the upper neck, known as the Nefertiti lift, can improve the appearance of excessive muscle tone.


There are various filler products that can replenish lost volume and improve definition, angles, and projection. Filler can be placed along several areas. Thicker hyaluronic acid fillers and calcium hydroxyapatite fillers are good options. Shaping the front of the chin with filler works very nicely to make a short chin appear longer. The effect generally lasts about a year, sometimes longer. Your injector may use filler for your cheeks and midface as well to prevent a bottom-heavy look.

While technically not a filler, Sculptra (Poly-L-lactic acid) improves facial volume by stimulating long-term collagen production. It does take a while to notice an effect, so you must be patient with the treatment. Your injector places the material where volume is desired, and it dissolves over the next several days to weeks. Several months after that, your body responds to the injection by ramping up collagen production, which continues for up to two years. Sculptra was initially used for patients with HIV who suffered from facial hollowing and atrophy, known as lipodystrophy. It is now used to restore volume of the face. One area in particular where it works well is in front of the ear, where hollowing and atrophy are commonly overlooked.


Kybella is an injection treatment of deoxycholic acid. For patients who do not want or qualify for surgery but want to get rid of the double chin, Kybella injections are performed in the office to melt away fat in a targeted manner. The ideal candidate has isolated fat without skin excess or laxity. When the fat melts away, the skin and soft tissue under your chin bounce back. If you have saggy skin along with fat, your chin can look even saggier once the fat melts away. Instead, you should have a procedure that treats the excess skin and soft tissue as well, some of which are described below. Make sure to seek out an injector who specifically received Kybella training. You may need more than one session to achieve the desired result.

Thread Lifting

Threading is a minimally invasive office procedure that can help improve jawline contour. The threads are inserted under the skin along the front of the ear. They have barbs along the length that hook the underlying soft tissue and suspend it for a more youthful jawline position. The threads dissolve over several months, and there is also evidence of residual collagen production for about a year. For younger patients who want a temporary effect, this is a good option. The flipside is that it can last shorter than expected, especially if you have thicker skin and looser soft tissue.

Energy-Based Treatments

This topic is worth a blog all by itself. Over the past 10-15 years, we have seen an explosion of technology in medical aesthetics. There are many devices out that that use heat energy to shrink wrap skin and make it tighter. Some transmit energy from the skin surface only, like Ultherapy. Others are more invasive and work by transmitting heat energy under the skin, like FaceTite or Renuvion. Some of these can be used along with surgery to complement a great result. Radiofrequency energy (RF) can be combined with the physical microtrauma of microneedling to stimulate healthier skin and tighten soft tissue. Some therapies include Vivace, Pixel8, and Morpheus8.


Less invasive treatments are very popular because of the lower price and shorter downtime. Even though all the procedures listed so far are less invasive than surgery, they can come with some downtime as well and are not without risk. In general, they can yield very good results, but the gold standard of rejuvenation and transformation is still surgery in the hands of a skilled plastic surgeon. Also, there are some issues that only surgery can treat. One of those is the turkey neck, which comes from laxity and excess of the platysma muscle.


Two areas of the jawline can be augmented with implants: the front of the chin, known as the mentum, and the mandibular angles. Synthetic implants can be carefully placed in snug pockets created along the jawbone, sculpted to feel completely seamless. They can be inserted through an external surgical approach involving a skin incision, or through an internal surgical approach involving an incision in the mouth. The major advantage of the internal approach is there is no scar on the outside, and angular implants are easier to insert this way. The major advantage of the external approach is that there is no risk of germs in the mouth getting into the surgical area, which can potentially infect the implant.

Mandibular Contouring

If you want a slimmer tapered appearance to your jawline, surgery is an option. Mandible contouring, or V-line surgery, softens the lower third of the face permanently to appear more feminine. It is popular among Asian patients and also performed as part of facial feminization. The surgery is performed through the mouth, so there are no scars on the outside. The surgeon works along the bottom surface of the mandible to slim down and shape the bone. Your diet will be limited to liquids and purees for a couple weeks, and swelling and pain can be significant.


While it is considered surgery, liposuction can be performed in the office with local anesthesia. Like Kybella, the ideal patient for liposuction alone does not have skin excess or laxity. Risks of liposuction include removal of too little or too much fat, bruising and swelling. The benefit of liposuction over Kybella is that results are more consistent, and you likely won’t need multiple treatments. You can expect to wear a head wrap for the first few days to help compress the swelling. Most patients are ready to go out in public about 10-14 days after surgery.

Lower Face and Necklift

For patients whose jawlines have changed due to significant sagging and volume loss, lower facelift surgery with necklift is the most definitive option. This aging process can start as early as your 40s and is more obvious if you are thinner. The most obvious point where you see the jawline break is along marionette lines. Jowls form here as sagging skin and tissues bunch up at the mandibular ligament. This ligament, along with several others, is repositioned in facelift surgery, turning back the clock to a more youthful version of you. Surgery is also the only treatment where extra skin and tissue is cut away and permanently removed. Your facelift surgeon can also help the turkey neck bands, the fat under the chin and jawline, and even trim the salivary glands under the jawbone that can sink down and bulge. If you’re concerned about visible scars, the only scar that others might see is hidden in the fine lines in front of your ears. After surgery, you’ll be restaurant ready in about two weeks and back to full physical activity in four weeks.


Every person’s chin, neck, and jawline are uniquely beautiful, and there is no single treatment that works for everyone. The process may take more than one treatment session and more than one type of treatment. The expertise and credentials of the provider you choose are also critically important. Make sure that they are familiar with various treatment options for your jawline and are able to perform them safely and effectively. Make sure that they understand your goals and you trust them before undergoing jawline rejuvenation.

As a facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Jae Kim uniquely appreciates the anatomy, function, and beauty of the face and neck. To discuss your jawline concerns with Dr. Kim, call (703) 705-2100 or email info@jaekimmd.com today to schedule a consultation. Dr. Kim would be glad to discuss your facial beauty and treatment options to help you look and feel your best!

Whose jawlines would you consider pretty or desirable? What is it that makes them stunning? When I think of women, Bella Hadid, Angelina Jolie, and Olivia Wilde come to mind. When you look from the front, the line from the tip of the chin out to the mandibular angle is strong and smooth. The mandibular angle itself is well-defined, but it does not look bottom-heavy. When you look from the side, the lines from the chin down to the neck are seamless, and there is no fat or double chin. When I think of men with great jawlines, Brad Pitt, Chris Hemsworth, and Cristiano Ronaldo come to mind. What makes their jawlines so attractive? It boils down to straight lines and sharp chiseled angles, like a fine sculpture.

Ask Me About Maskne: How to Treat and Prevent Facial Acne Due to Masks

Over the past several months, the coronavirus pandemic has upended life as we know it. One of the many changes we have made is wearing masks in public. The purpose of masks is to protect other people from the germs in your nose and mouth. Now that the weather is warmer, your mask can get sticky and uncomfortable. Your nose, lips, and chin sweat. The combination of germs, oils, and sweat in a warm musty environment can contribute to mask acne, or maskne, as we’ll call it.

When you’re out in public, avoid touching your mask once it’s on. If you need to adjust it, touch the sides and edges if possible. This is much easier said than done, especially when it’s sticky and uncomfortable. Keep your hands away from your hair and face as well. Wash your hands frequently, and carry hand sanitizer.

When you get home and remove your mask, wash your face. Remember to wash your hands first with soap thoroughly for 20 seconds. It’s always better to wash your face with clean hands. Use a gentle facial cleanser and lather your face without too much pressure from your hands. Avoid harsh chemicals, generic bar soap, or beaded scrubs that dry out your face and damage the skin barrier.

After washing your face, it is important to apply good ingredients to protect your skin health. Retinol cream at night is great for your face. It helps clear away the damaged skin on top and bring newer healthy skin to the surface. What you see is improvement in appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as brighter skin. It can make your skin more sensitive, so make sure to use an oil-free moisturizer and sunscreen during the day. If you’re trying retinol for the first time, start using it two nights a week, then work your way up to nightly as your skin gets used to it.

If you do get maskne, don’t fret! Benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid are two great ingredients that bring down the redness and swelling of acne spots. They are commonly found in face wash, creams, and spot treatments. A common side effect is dryness, so make sure to apply moisturizer to the remainder of your face. When looking for skin care products, it’s ok to spend a little more for quality. You have one face your whole life, and you deserve the best!

If you have an unexpected reaction to any of these products, stop using them and call a skincare specialist. As a facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Jae Kim has dedicated his entire career to the health and beauty of the face and neck, and his passion is to help you look and feel your very best! For further details and inquiries, email Dr. Kim at info@jaekimmd.com or call his Fairfax office at (703) 705-2100.

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