Arm Lift  Surgeon Dr. Michael K. Lee

Dr. Michael K. Lee is a double-board-certified body contouring authority, serving patients in and beyond Mission Viejo, Lake Forest, and Ladera Ranch. He provides a concierge approach, carefully crafting a personalized treatment plan perfectly suited to each patient’s unique needs and goals. He is well-known for delivering elegant, natural-looking arm lift results that stand the test of time.

Dr. Michael K. Lee – Upholding the highest standards of aesthetic excellence

Practice philosophy

Dr. Lee is passionate about the technical and artistic aspects of plastic surgery while also understanding the enormous impact cosmetic procedures can have on patients’ quality of life. He provides a concierge approach that includes actively listening to patient goals and concerns to create a successful, customized treatment plan. With Dr. Lee, patients feel valued and respected, knowing that their results will reflect their authentic wishes for aesthetic improvement. Dr. Lee’s precision, meticulous attention to detail, and insistence on excellence at every stage of the treatment process have led to his outstanding reputation.

Training background

Born and raised in beautiful Oahu, Hawaii, Dr. Michael K. Lee received his medical degree locally at the John A. Burns School of Medicine. He then continued to hone his unique skills at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX, before going on to complete a demanding Fellowship in Plastic Surgery at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Lee subsequently obtained board certification from both the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Over the years, he has garnered an impressive array of honors, including the elite Elvin L. Shelton Award for Excellence and the Dr. Frank and Mary McDowell Award for Excellence in Surgery. 

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What is an arm lift?

An arm lift, also referred to as brachioplasty, is a cosmetic surgery performed to enhance the appearance of sagging upper arms. Treatment is completed under general anesthesia and takes several hours. Dr. Lee trims excess skin and fat during his arm lift in Mission Viejo, improving upper arm tone and sculpting. Many arm lift patients deal with the effects of aging, genetics, and significant weight loss. And while many of Dr. Lee’s patients live a healthy lifestyle, dieting and exercise are not always enough to produce the slim, youthful results they seek. 

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How is an arm lift in Mission Viejo performed by Dr. Lee?

Dr. Lee will conduct a thorough consultation and physical evaluation to determine if an arm lift is right for the patient. On the day of the procedure, patients are given anesthesia to ensure their total comfort and relaxation during surgery. Next, Dr. Lee will create incisions that stretch from the armpit to the elbow, with their length determined by the amount of excess skin and fat to be excised. Dr. Lee may employ liposuction to ensure a sculpted, shapely result. The remaining skin is then sutured into place, leaving behind a toned, slim, and proportionate appearance.

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Advantages of an arm lift

Whether it is a patient receiving arm lift near Lake Forest, Ladera Ranch, or Mission Viejo, they can expect to achieve some of the following advantages:

  • A more youthful, sculpted upper arm appearance
  • Improved fit and look in sleeveless clothing and swimwear
  • Enhanced self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Removal of bothersome sagging skin and fat
  • Reduced skin chafing and irritation due to drooping skin
  • Procedure can be highly customized to the patient’s wishes
  • Safe and effective when performed by a credentialed provider
  • Minimized, well-hidden scarring
  • Long-lasting changes
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What can I expect after my arm lift surgery?

After your arm lift near Ladera Ranch, Dr. Lee will provide a detailed aftercare plan that goes over what patients can expect in terms of downtime, scarring, bathing, resuming exercise, and returning to work, among other topics. He will write prescriptions for pain medications and outfit the patient with compression garments that help to reduce swelling and keep the newly sculpted upper arm contours in pristine shape. Swelling, bruising, and discomfort after an arm lift typically last a few days to one week. 

Dr. Lee will instruct patients to avoid strenuous activity and heavy lifting for 4-6 weeks to allow for maximum healing and recuperation. Patients should not lift their arms over their heads for the first several weeks. It is imperative that patients refrain from smoking for around 4-6 weeks before and after surgery, as smoking can lead to serious complications and compromise the final aesthetic result. While exercise should be postponed, patients can engage in gentle walks after surgery to encourage circulation, prevent the risk of complications, and uplift their mood.

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