I do not recommend Dr. Michael Byun (in fact I would use no star if that was an option on the above rating). After consulting with Dr. Michael Byun on several occassions and doing research on him, I would definitely not go to him for surgery nor would I recommend that anyone shoud either. (Just to be clear – he is the same doctor at 1 East Erie in Chicago and at 1775 Walters in Northbrook).
I don’t know where to begin with how disappointed I was as I learned more and more about Dr. Michael Byun. First of all, he talks a big talk—-but it’s just overexaggerated praise for himself. I’ve learned since seeing Byun that much of the praise you see about doctors in their ads online is construed and hype that they have paid for themselves. Byun certainly has quite a few very arrogant ads about himself.
Byun showed me a portfolio of his patients before and after pictures hoping to impress me. I pointed out that many if not most of the pictures seemed unfair. The before picture showed a somber or sad client with hair unruly, no make up, poorly dressed, in a darker background etc. and in the after picture the client was smiling, hair and make up done well, dressed well and with a cheerful background. Byun said “his assistants put the portfolioi together and he’d have to talk to them about that”. (I seriously doubt they did something without his approval).
His prices are outrageous — far more expensive than even various top doctors throughout the U.S. He of course is constantly telling you that he will give you his “lower” or “discounted’ price which even then is still outrageous. When I questioned his prices, he had the gaul to say to me “You’re lucky to get me now with these prices before I become world famous and then you wouldn’t be able to afford me.” (I’m not making this up–he really did say that).
He (oddly) broke down each “procedure” of the various steps of a facelift surgery and what each would cost, whereas these procedures should all (normally) be part of just one procedure and just one cost (a facelift, period). I’ve spoken with quite a few plastic surgeons in as well as outsife of the Chicago area over the years, and Byun was the only one who broke down each part of a faclift surgery cost. He apparently is trying to try to impress with medical terns and also in order to charge more.
Byun brags that he uses “expert facelift techniques” such as using endotine suture which “separates him from other doctors”. Other doctors I interviewed and read about say the entotine suture is nothing new, and in fact these doctors have stopped using endotine years ago because of the risks it entails. So, yes, Byun does indeed use a tecnique that other docrtors do not use, and it is because other doctors do not want to use it (or rarely use it) or recommend it.
The “quote sheet” he filled out and gave me for my procedurre (facelift) of prices and procedures itself was sloppy and very unprofessional. You’d think I was buying a houseplant. On only the second visit with Byun, and before I was even considering Byun I was given “pre-surgery instruction” –what to do day of surgery–which is something you do not recieve until well after you have decided what you want to do when, where, etc. It was extremely premature and pushy to hand that to me.
As I was researching Dr. Michael Byun and looking for reviews, I ran across the name “Dr. Young Byun” who had very negative reviews (on RateMDs.com site) and when I asked Byun in an office visit if that was also him, he said “no, it was another doctor”. When I investigated furthur I found that Dr. Michael Byun DOES also go by Dr. Michael Young Byun and that both Michael Byun and Young Byun were at the exact same address with the exact same phone no, same medical school, etc.
I called his office and asked why Dr. Byun would not tell me he was also Michael Young Byun and the criticisms I read really were of him. His assistant said (exact quote)—“this is very embarassing”. She didn’t know (or more likely want) to explain it and even tho I asked her to have him call me to explain, I never heard from him again.
My recommendation to anyone is to not to be impressed by “salesmanship” and to do lots of research. Talk with many different doctors (even if it’s just by phone)—–look up reviews (some may be true and some may be unfair)—-but find out all you can and don’t rush to a conclusion or decision. Even rich and famous people have been poorly advised. Take your time–ask a LOT of questions. There are really good doctors out there—I did my reseach and found an excellent surgeon–far cheaper and a terrific person.