Dermal fillers by Michael K. Lee

Dr. Michael K. Lee brings the highest level of precision, excellence, and meticulous attention to detail to every procedure he performs. He is dedicated to exceeding expectations for his patients coming from Lake Forest, Ladera Ranch, and Mission Viejo for dermal fillers. Dr. Lee goes the extra mile to deliver a customized, elegant result that enhances natural beauty.

Dr. Michael K. Lee – Flawless artistry combined with superior technical acumen

Training and background

Dr. Lee received board certification from both the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He was born in Oahu, Hawaii, and graduated from the prestigious John A. Burns School of Medicine before pursuing elite training at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Dr. Lee completed his Fellowship in Plastic Surgery at the University of California, Irvine, further honing his skill, artistry, and vision for excellence. Dr. Lee has been awarded the exclusive Elvin L. Shelton Award for Excellence as well as the Dr. Frank and Mary McDowell Award for Excellence in Surgery. 

Philosophy and approach

Dr. Lee is passionate about delivering a highly customized, precise, and nuanced outcome that is perfectly suited to each unique patient. He excels at the technical aspects of plastic surgery while taking great joy in enhancing his patients’ self-confidence. His concierge-style treatment approach is meticulously detailed, resulting in an elegant, natural-looking outcome every time. Dr. Lee is known for giving each patient his devoted attention and practicing active listening to create a one-of-a-kind treatment plan. He always goes above and beyond to exceed patient expectations for aesthetic excellence.

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What are dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers are gel-like substances used to enhance facial volume or fill in static lines, wrinkles, and creases. They are highly versatile and can even be used to perform a non-surgical rhinoplasty, chin augmentation, or facelift. Dr. Lee frequently combines dermal fillers in Mission Viejo with neuromodulators such as BOTOX to provide a comprehensive anti-aging solution.

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What are dermal fillers made of?

The most popular dermal fillers are composed of hyaluronic acid (HA), calcium hydroxylapatite, or poly-L-lactic acid. HA is a natural compound found in the human body that boosts skin volume, radiance, and resilience. Calcium hydroxylapatite is a mineral-like compound common in the bones that adds volume and stimulates collagen production. Polylactic acid is a biodegradable synthetic material that helps to enhance collagen production over time. 

The type of facial fillers in Mission Viejo used depends on the desired results and the area being treated. For example, Dr. Lee often uses hyaluronic acid fillers to enhance volume in the lips, temples, and cheeks, while calcium hydroxylapatite fillers are often used to combat deeper wrinkles and folds. Polylactic acid fillers are typically used to boost collagen production over time and can be used in multiple facial areas. 

It is essential to note that dermal fillers should only be administered by a trained and licensed healthcare provider. Patients can discuss their individual treatment plans with Dr. Lee, who will go over the risks and benefits of each type of filler.

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What are the benefits of treatment with facial fillers?

  • It helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles, restoring a more youthful appearance to the skin.
  • Adds volume to the lips, cheeks, temples, and other areas of the face, enhancing contours and symmetry.
  • Fills in deep wrinkles, such as nasolabial folds and marionette lines.
  • Results are immediate, with little to no downtime required.
  • It is an excellent non-surgical option for facial rejuvenation and a convenient choice for many patients with busy schedules.
  • It is highly customizable, with different types of fillers available to address specific concerns.
  • It is a safe and effective anti-aging option with few side effects and a low risk of complications.
  • It can be used to treat acne scars and other types of scarring, improving skin texture and tone.
  • It can restore lost volume in the face due to aging or weight loss, improving overall facial harmony.
  • A cost-effective option for facial rejuvenation, with results that can last for several months to a year or more.
  • It helps to boost self-confidence and create a more positive self-image.

What can I expect after my dermal filler sessionin Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, and Ladera Ranch?

One of the greatest advantages of undergoing treatment with facial fillers is that most patients can resume their normal activities immediately after their appointments. Unlike surgical procedures, such as facelifts or brow lifts, our dermal fillers in Mission Viejo do not require any incisions or sutures. Instead, they are injected directly into the skin using a small needle or cannula. 

The procedure is typically rapid and painless, with most patients experiencing only mild discomfort or a slight pinch during the process.

After undergoing treatment, patients may experience minor swelling, redness, or bruising at the injection sites. These side effects tend to be minor and short-lived, evaporating within a few days to a week. Patients can apply ice or a cold compress to the skin to help reduce swelling and discomfort.

Dr. Lee advises patients coming for facial fillers from Lake Forest, Ladera Ranch, and Mission Viejo to avoid strenuous exercise, alcohol consumption, and excessive sun exposure for at least 24 hours after their sessions. Patients should also avoid touching, massaging, or rubbing the treated zones, as this can increase the risk of infection or displacement of the filler.

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How long do dermal fillers last?

While there is no downtime associated with dermal fillers, patients should be aware that the results are not permanent. Depending on the type of filler used and the area being treated, the results can last anywhere from several months to a year or more. Patients may require additional treatments to maintain their results over the long run. Dr. Lee will regularly consult with his patients regarding the frequency with which they will need to come from Mission Viejo, Lake Forest, and Ladera Ranch for dermal fillers.

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