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 Dr. Michael Byun - Experience • Artistry • Technique

  • First plastic surgeon to describe midface lift based on a muscle lift. Two decades of experience with midface lift.
  • Developed the Coapt Endotine, a revolutionary product that enhances the midface lift.
  • Only partner to Dr. Peter McKinney, recognized as an authority in rhinoplasty in the eighties.
  • As a pediatric plastic surgeon, Dr. Byun developed innovative techniques to address the unique issue where the face is changing as a child ages.
  • Extensive experience as a trauma plastic surgeon gives Dr. Byun a complete understanding of a person's face from bones, nerves, muscles, and skin.
  • A true artist. Who else has taught art students on facial structure to enhance an artist's ability to draw portraits?
  • Hand picked by Northwestern staff to spearhead the integrated plastic surgery fellowship.
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Dr. Michael Byun - A distinguished career focused on a natural look. No one should know that you had plastic surgery but everyone will notice the difference. Refreshed • Rested • Rejuvenated

At a Glance
  • Board Certified Plastic Surgeon - American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • Northwestern University M.D.
  • Northwestern University Plastic Surgery - 7 additional years in plastic surgery training.
  • University of California - B.S.
  • NIH Research Fellow
  • Northwestern University Instructor '97 - '98
  • Assistant Professor Rush University, Plastic Surgery '99-'02
  • Director of Pediatric Plastic Surgery, Lutheran General Hospital
  • Attending surgeon teaching University of Illinois residents/fellows.

Dr. Byun received his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School and completed his clinical fellowship in Plastic Surgery at Northwestern. He was a research advisor at the University of California, Department of Neurobiology and at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Research.

He is a member of the American Medical Association, Chicago Medical Society, and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Byun has published numerous articles, contributed to numerous publications, authored a consumer book about plastic surgery, "The Non-Surgical Face Lift" and has presented his newest techniques at many National and International Plastic Surgery Conferences.

In 2002 he was featured on FOX and NBC for his innovative procedures with Dermal Spin, and in 2003 on NBC for the permanent wrinkle filler: Bioform.

As Seen On.....

Dr. Byun has been featured numerous times on Chicago Magazine as a "Top Doc"
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Philosophy

Dr. Michael Byun, the director of Chicago Cosmetic Surgery describes himself as an, “Architect of Beauty.” He says that aesthetic surgery is not just skin-deep, instead it is a holistic endeavor involving all aspects of the person as a whole. Thus, plastic surgery should not be seen as simply a means of changing your appearance, but as a medical treatment for the inevitabilities of life. “The millennial approach of cosmetic surgery is not to change someone, but to treat the aging process: the sagging cheeks and sagging eyes, our skin and body.”

Dr. Byun's innovative procedures, his work, and his patients have been prominently featured in the media. NBC News, FOX TV, ABC, Newsweek, Chicago Tribune, Chicago-Sun Times, and 20/20 (just to name a few) have all featured Dr. Byun. Chicago magazine profiled Dr. Byun in it's Jan '05 issue. Click here to see a PDF sheet that you can print.

Dr. Byun uses FDA approved implants. He is experienced in a variety of surgical options, many of which only involve the tiniest, most discreet incisions; so no matter how much you're noticed, his work never is.

Education
  • University of California: Irvine, California, Major: Biology, Cum Laude
  • Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, Illinois, M.D., Honors
Internship
  • Northwestern University Medical School
  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Illinois 1992-1993
Residency
  • Northwestern University Medical School
  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL
  • General Surgery 1992-1995
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Northwestern University Medical School 1995-1998
  • Evanston Hospital Evanston, IL Resident, 1995-1996
  • Glenbrook Hospital Glenview, IL Resident, 1995-1996
  • Bell, Stromberg, Harris, Nagle Hand fellowship, Chicago, IL
  • Chief Resident, Combined Plastic and Orthopedic Hand Service, 1996
  • Children’s Memorial Hospital Chicago, IL Chief Resident, 1996
  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital Chicago, IL Chief resident, 1997-1998
  • Shriners Sick Children’s Hospital Oak Park, IL
  • Chief Plastic Surgery resident, 1997-1998
  • Chief Resident, Cleft Palate Institute, 1997-1998
Fellowship
  • University of California, Irvine, Dept. of Neurobiology,
  • Research advisor: Charles E. Ribak, Ph.D., 1986-1988
  • NIH, NINDS, National Institute of Neurological Disorders & Stroke Research Advisor:
    Ali Patel, 1989
  • NORTHWESTERN, Clinical Fellow in Plastic Surgery, 1995-1998
Current Position/Hospital Privileges
  • Director, Chicago Cosmetic Surgery, Northbrook, IL 1998 ~ Present
  • Director, Pediatric Plastic Surgery, Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, IL 2002 ~ Present
  • Attending Plastic Surgeon, Swedish Covenant Hospital, Chicago, IL. 1998~
  • Staff Plastic Surgeon, 900 N. Michigan Surgery Center, Chicago, IL. 1998-2002
  • Attending plastic surgeon, Rush/Presbyterian, Chicago, IL 1999~
  • Private practice, Aesthetic Plastic Surgery 1999-2000
  • Associate Plastic Surgeon, Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, IL. 1998~2002
  • Omnia Education, Post-Graduate CME Activity, Faculty 2003
Academic Appointment
  • Northwestern Univ. Medical School, Faculty member, Instructor of Surgery 1997-1998
  • Chief Plastic Surgery Resident, Northwestern Univ. Med. School 1997
  • Chief Plastic Surgery Resident, Shriner’s Sick Children’s Hospital, Chicago, IL, 1997
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Plastic Surgery, Rush Medical School, Attending
  • Plastic Surgeon at Rush Presbyterian 2000-2002
Licensure and Certification
  • Illinois Licensure 1992
  • ATLS 1995
  • Certification, Ultra Pulse Laser Resurfacing, Aurora, IL 1996
  • Certification, Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release, Agee 1996
  • Certification, Endoscopic Surgery in Plastic Surgery 1996
  • Maxillofacial Principle and Technique, ASMS, Chicago, IL 1997
  • Certification, Ultrasonic Assistant Liposuction, Chicago, IL 1997
  • Certification, Erbium Laser, Chicago, IL 1998
  • American Board of Plastic Surgery Board Certified 2002
Membership
  • American Society of Plastic Surgery, member, 1998~
  • American Society of Lipoplasty, candidate, 1995
  • Korean American Physician Association, 1995
  • Korean American Physician Association, Chairman, membership committee, 1999
  • American Medical Association, 2001
  • Chicago Medical Society, 2001
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 2003
Honors
  • President’s Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Univ. of Cal., Irvine, 1988
  • Excellence in Bio Sci Research Award, Univ. of Cal., Irvine, 1988
  • Citibank Student Art Contest, Second Place Award, 1988
  • Cum Laude Graduate, University of California 1988
  • Best Scientific Award, Alpha Epsilon Delta, Pre-Med Honor Society, 1988
  • NIH Summer Research Fellowship, 1989
  • National Institute of Neurological Disorders & Stroke,
  • Outstanding Summer Fellow Award, National Institute of Health 1989
  • Ik-Song, Young American Scientist Scholarship, 1989
  • Northwestern University Medical School Scholarship for entering class, 1989
  • AOA membership: nomination by surgery and medicine clerkship directors, 1992
  • Best Teaching Resident, General Surgery, 1994
  • Award by Alumni Affairs, Northwestern University Medical School, 1997
  • Visiting Professorship to Beijing & Shanghai, 2001
  • Certificate of Appreciation, medical exchange to China,from Mayor Richard M. Daley, 2001
  • 18th Annual Healthcare Award by Healthcare Marketing Report, 2001
  • Who’s Who in America, 2001~
  • Who’s Who in America, Health care, 2003~
  • Visiting Professorship to Japan, Japan University 2004
  • Visiting Professorship to Korea, Seoul Ah-San University 2004
National Presentations
  • Charles E. Ribak, Michael Y. Byun, Thomas Ruiz and R.J. Reiffenstein, Increased levels of amino acid neurotransmitters in the inferior colliculus of the genetically epilepsy-prone rat, Univ. of Cal. School of Biology Research Symposium, Univ. of Cal., Irvine, 1988.
  • Isolation of C-erb, chromosome 3 from pituitary tumor by hybridization with a radioactive DNA probe. Presented at NIH 1989 summer student symposium. NIH Student Fellow Summer Project, Bethesda, MD. Sep. 1989
  • V.L. Lewis, T.A. Wiedrich and M.Y. Byun, The incidence of osteomyelitis in pressure sores and the relation to Jamshidi bone biopsy, 31st Midwestern Assoc. of Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting in St. Louis. May 1991
  • P. McKinney, M.Y. Byun, Medical Blepharoplasty Hypothyroidism and its importance to plastic surgery. 3 1st Midwestern Association of Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting in St. Louis. May 1991
  • J. Raffensperger and M.Y. Byun. Sleeve resection for left main bronchus stenosis in patients with VATER syndrome. Illinois Pediatric Surgeons Association in Chicago, IL. Sep.22, 1994
  • M.Y. Byun. Maximal projection of breast following free nipple reduction mammaplaty. 36th Midwestern Association of Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting, Milwaukee, WI. June 7,1996
  • Michael Byun, Victor Lewis, Jr. Surgical closure of perineal wound using two layer muscle reconstruction: rectus abdominis muscle flap with gluteus maximus myocutaneous advancement flap reconstruction. 36th Midwestern Association of Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting, Milwaukee, M. June 7,1996
  • Byun MY, Bauer BS, Updated treatment for congenital giant pigmented nevi based on 200 cases. 37th Midwestern Association of Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting, St. Louis. Apr, 1997.
  • Byun MY, Laurie Casas, New technique using pillar preservation in free nipple reduction mammaplasty, ASAPS, 30th national annual meeting, New York, NY. May 3,1997
  • Byun, MY, Victor Lewis jr., An improved clinical outcome using a new protocol: Treating grade IV pressure sore in spinal cord injury patients with needle bone biopsy and delayed muscle flap reconstruction, American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive surgeons, 66th national annual scientific meeting, San Francisco, CA. Sep. 23, 1997
  • Byun, MY, Bruce S. Bauer, Hongshik Han, A new look into the treatment of congenital giant pigmented nevi in infancy and childhood: A follow-up study and review of 200 patients. ASPRS, 66th national annual scientific meeting, San Francisco, CA. Sep. 22, 1997
  • Byun, MY, Fine, NA, Mustoe, TA. Clinical outcome of abdominoplasty performed under conscious sedation; Increased use of Fentanyl correlated longer stay in outpatient unit. ASPRS, 66th national annual scientific meeting, San Francisco, CA. Sep. 24, 1997
  • Byun MY, Victor Lewis, Jr. Face lift and endoscopic rnid face lift. 84th Annual clinical congress, American College of Surgeons, Oct 25, Orlando, FL, 1998
  • Hyung Bo Sim, Michael Byun, John Smith. Circumareolar redcution mammaplasty utilizing an inferior dermal pedicle technique. ASAPS national annual meeting, Los Angeles, CA. May 6, 1998
  • Byun MY, McKinney P, The effect of Botox on nasolabial fold. ASAPS national meeting, Dollas,TX, May 1999
Regional Presentations/Abstracts
  • M.Y. Byun, Surgical options for treatment of pure esophageal atresia: use of free jejunal flap for re-do or long-gab pure esophageal atresia. Presented by M.Y.Byun at Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago. Sep. 1994
  • Michael Byun, Thomas Mustoe, Decreased Level of IL- I and Decreased incidence of Seroma Formation in Breast Reconstruction using Latissimus Myocutaneous Flap. Chief Residents’ day, Northwestern Univ. June 12, 1998
  • Byun MY, Victor Lewis, Jr., Peter McKinney. Mid-face lift using VECS Vertical Endoscopically assisted Composite Suspension. Senior Resident competition, Chicago Society of Plastic Surgery, June 18, 1998
  • Michael Byun, Emerging technologies in facial rejuvenation and workshop for aesthetic procedures, Chicago, IL Nov 2003
Publications
  • Charles E. Ribak, Michael Y. Byun, Thomas Ruiz and R.J. Reiffenstein, Increased levels of amino acid neurotransmitters in the interior colliculus of the genetically epilepsy-prone rat, Epilepsy Research, 2 (1988) 9-13.
  • C.E. Ribak, R.C. Roberts, M.Y. Byun and H.L. Kim, Anatomical and behavioral analyses of the inheritance of audiogenic seizures in the progeny of genetically epilepsy-protte and Sprague-Dawley rats, Epilepsy Research, 2 343-355, 1988.
  • Byun MY, Thomas Wiedrich, Victor Lewis. The value of Jamshidi needle bone biopsy for predicting post-operative morbidity of osteomyelitis in patients with grade lV pressure sores. Accepted to Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 1996 (to be published with part II)
  • McKinney, Byun, Ear in Rhytidectomy: incisions, pros and cons. Accepted by PRS, to be published at PRS, 1999
  • Byun MY, Fine N, Mustoe TA, The clinical outcome of abdominoplasty performed under conscious sedation: Increased use of Fentanyl correlated with longer stay in outpatient unit. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 103: 1260-1266, 1999.
  • McKinney, Byun, The value of tear film breakup and Schirmer’s tests in preoperative blepharoplasty evaluation. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 104:566, 1999
  • Casas, Byun, Maximizing breast projection after free-nipple-graft reduction mammaplasty. Plastic and reconstructive surgery. April, 2001, 955-60.
Submitted Articles
  • Byun MY, Fine NA., Blue toe syndrome in free flap: thrombo-embolic event causing partial flap loss in free ornental flap to lower extremities. microsurgery. 1998
  • McKinney, Byun, The bulbous tip of the nose and its treatment. Accepted by PRS, to be published at PRS, Jan 2000
  • Peter McKinney, Byun MY. Hypothyroidism in plastic surgery patients who seek blepharoplasty. New England Journal of Medicine, 1998.
  • Peter McKinney, Byun MY. Clinical presentation of patients with cocaine abuse: collapsed nose. New England Journal of Medicine, 1998.
  • Byun MY, Laurie Casas. Maximal breast projection using medial and lateral pillars preservation. Annals of Plastic Surgery, 1998
  • Byun MY, Victor Lewis. Surgical closure of irradiated perineal wound with two layer muscle flap reconstruction: rectus abdominis muscle flap and gluteus rnuscle flap. Annals of Plastic surgery. 1998
  • Byun MY, Frank Vicari, Clinical presentation of systemic blastomycosis infection: destruction of CMC joint and treatment. Journal of Hand. 1998
  • Hyung Bo Sim, Michael Byun, John Smith. Circumareolar redcution mammaplasty utilizing an inferior dermal pedicle technique. Aesthetic Journal, 1999
  • BOOK CHAPTERS:
    Bauer B, Byun MY: Benign Head and Neck Tumor, Condition, Indication, Treatment and the Outcome. In Current therapy in Pediatric Plastic and Reconstructive JB Lipincott Co., Philadelphia.

  • BOOK AUTHOR:
    Michae Byun , Mendelsohn, William Truswell, The non-surgical facelift book ,Addicus Books, Nebraska, 2003

  • BOOK REVIEW:
    Plastic Surgery, Grabb and Smith, 5th Edition, Editor, Sherril Aston, Lippincott-raven Publishing, 1998

Articles In Progress
  • Byun MY, Victor Lewis, Jr., Peter McKinney. Mid-face lift using VECS Vertical Endoscopically assisted Composite Suspension.
  • Byun, McKinney, The effect of the BOTOX in nasolabial fold.
Current Research
  • Michael Byun, Victor Lewis jr. , Role of Polymerase Chain Reaction in diagnosing infectious etiology of osteomyelitis in Grade IV pressure sore.
  • Michael Byun, Peter McKinney, Role of dorsal nasal graft and its functional benefit in rhinoplasty.
  • Michael Byun, Peter McKinney, Retrospective review of patients with endoscopic brow lift: review of complication.
  • Michael Byun, Peter McKinney, The role of Botox in face lift: improving medial part of nasolabial fold.
  • Michael Byun, Thomas Mustoe, Decreased Level of IL- I and Decreased incidence of Seroma Formation in Breast Reconstruction using Latissimus Myocutaneous Flap.
Video Tapes
  • For American College of Surgeons. Face lift and endoscopic mid face lift.1998 (presented in Oct, 1998 at Orlando meeting)
  • Byun MY, McKinney P, The effect of Botox on nasolabial fold. ASAPS national meeting, Dollas,TX, May 1999
  • Michael Byun, Circumareolar redcution mammaplasty utilizing an inferior dermal pedicle technique. ASAPS national annual meeting, Los Angeles, CA. May 6, 1998
  • Michael Byun, Emerging technologies in facial rejuvenation and workshop for aesthetic procedures, Chicago, IL Nov 2003