Newspaper and Magazine Articles
Take a peak at the below published articles that have been written by or about New Image Maxillofacial‘s surgeons:
A Reconstructive Breakthrough. American Society of Cosmetic Physicians ASOCP Connect, Nov/Dec 2015.
Brevard Surgeon Rejuvenates Patients’ Faces. Florida Today June 4, 2015. (See article below as well as the provided link)
Brevard Surgeon Rejuvenates Patients’ Faces
George White, For FLORIDA TODAY 12:04 a.m. EDT June 4, 2015
Medical mission trips to needy patients in foreign countries are an important part of Dr. King Kim’s career with maxillofacial surgery. He also made a mission trip to help the underserved in rural Mississippi.
“There was a remote location where there was a severe lack of access to care,” he said. ” It was so rural that people were lining up. It was the same situation as a foreign country. I try to do one a year. I’m always looking for new areas. The mission trips that I go on are essentially to underserved areas where there is a severe lack of access to medical care. These places are usually remote and in Third World countries.”
Kim talked about the variety in his specialties and how important outward appearance can be for recovering facial trauma patients.
QUESTION: Did you always expect to go into medicine as a career?
Kim: I remember saying to my mother when I was about 8 years old that I wanted to be a doctor. I read Sunday morning comics every week and the comic strips had various portrayals of doctors. That’s when I told her. There are some things that you just remember.
Q: Where and when did you choose your specialty?
Kim: It was actually doing my predentistry classes, so I was already interested in that. Psychology was also very interesting but I just didn’t identify with psychology. It got into a lot of philosophy that I didn’t agree with. I was in the first year of dental school when I decided to go into surgery. I was in a classroom watching a slide show about oral surgery procedures. These are like monumental moments that I remember. After that, I kind of assumed that route.
Q: What was it about the specialty that attracted you?
Kim: You can get some extremely fantastic results that can take somebody from having essentially no jaw to have a functioning jaw and teeth. There’s a titanium jaw that you put bone on top of. I did not get sidetracked. I went like a beeline toward it. The sacrifices I made was additional schooling. It was extra years but that’s what I wanted to do: to make people functional again.
Q: What are some of the recent innovations in your field in terms of patient outcomes?
Kim: The specialty encompasses various procedures, including cosmetic surgery. A lot of research has been done with stem cells in your own blood. It has benefits to help the body heal and rejuvenate skin.
Q: What about Botox?
Kim: It’s a cosmetic procedure to reduce lines but it paralyzes muscles, so if you use it correctly, you can keep somebody from spasming. It has now gone off into more of a functional use. It reduces pain in the hip, neck spasms, and it’s been used to reduce sweating.
Q: What is your typical day like now?
Kim: My background is I have training in jaw surgery, (temporomandibular joint dysfunction) surgery, dental implants and surgery of the mouth, trauma and cosmetic surgery. Do I want to give any of that up? No. Some people do one thing and that’s what they do. I like the variety. A typical day is mostly around the mouth and jaws.
Q: There was a time when TMJ seemed to be over diagnosed. Was that really the case?
Kim: If you look at what their problem is, there is a reason why they are in pain. It’s a real condition. In the past, there was this thing of associating TMJ people with psychosomatic illness.
King Kim, 43, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon
Hometown: Seoul, South Korea raised in Beaverton, Oregon
Family: Wife, Amber; sons, Shayan, 6, and Cyrus, 4
Hobbies: Golf, snow skiing, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, mission trips to underserved areas
Education: Bachelor’s degree in psychology, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah; doctor of dental medicine, University of Pittsburgh; residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Nova Southeastern University/Broward General Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale; fellowship in facial cosmetic surgery, Baptist Golden Triangle Hospital, Columbus, Mississippi
Contact: New Image MaxilloFacial, 1325 S. Pine St., Melbourne; 321-725-5377