Tummy Tucks by Dr. Michael K. Lee

Dr. Lee is a meticulously detailed double-board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon serving patients in and beyond Mission Viejo, Lake Forest, and Ladera Ranch. He provides individualized body sculpting results that appear natural and age-defying. Tummy Tuck surgery in Mission Viejo can not only revitalize the figure and expand wardrobe options but also boost self-confidence and enhance the overall quality of life.

Why choose Dr. Michael K. Lee?

Training background

Dr. Michael K. Lee is a native Hawaiian who obtained his medical degree at the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. He then continued to hone his skills with advanced training at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX, and a prestigious Fellowship in Plastic Surgery at the University of California, Irvine. 

Dr. Lee is board-certified by both the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is the recipient of the coveted Elvin L. Shelton Award for Excellence as well as the Dr. Frank and Mary McDowell Award for Excellence in Surgery. 

Treatment philosophy

Dr. Lee chose to enter the profession of plastic surgery based on his love of precision, technical acumen, and dedication to improving quality of life for countless patients. He upholds the highest standards of excellence, going above and beyond to ensure a seamless, personalized outcome. Patients enjoy concierge care in a technologically advanced practice setting. Dr. Lee is known for his ability to listen intently, allowing each patient to feel valued, respected, and understood. This is the basis for a successful and long-lasting surgical result. 

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What is a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty surgery?

Tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) involves the surgical removal of excess skin and fat in the belly. The abdominal (“six-pack”) muscles are also tightened, and the belly button may be repositioned in a more youthful and flattering location. Abdominoplasty is ideal for those struggling with the effects of aging, pregnancy, or massive weight loss, as it can transform the figure and create a more sculpted, attractive silhouette. 

With Abdominoplasty in Mission Viejo, Dr. Lee is especially able to help those who have found little to no success with body contouring through dieting and exercise alone. 

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Types of tummy tucks

Dr. Lee will often consult with patients regarding the multiple versions of tummy tucks in Mission Viejo. This helps select the best treatment approach based on your unique needs and goals. Varieties include:

Standard tummy tuck

This is the most common type of abdominoplasty, which involves the creation of a horizontal incision across the lower abdomen to remove excess skin and fat. The abdominal muscles are firmed, and the remaining skin is sutured into place.

Mini tummy tuck

This abdominoplasty option is less invasive than its conventional counterpart and is typically performed for patients with excess skin and fat only beneath the navel. The mini tummy tuck incision is smaller, and the abdominal muscles are not usually tightened during surgery.

Extended tummy tuck

This type of tummy tuck is similar to the traditional tummy tuck, but excess skin and fat are also removed from the hips and lower back.

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Advantages of a getting a Tummy Tuck

  • Improved lower body appearance
  • Flatter, smoother midsection
  • A more youthful, sculpted physique
  • Enhanced self-confidence
  • More clothing choices
  • Boosted energy and stamina
  • Improved motivation to stay in shape
  • Better posture
  • Diminished back pain
  • Improved abdominal muscle tone
  • Stronger pelvic floor muscles, reducing urinary incontinence
  • Enhanced quality of life
  • Lasting results
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Recovery after abdominoplasty in Mission Viejo, Lake Forest, and Ladera Ranch

As with most cosmetic surgeries, patients can expect mild to moderate swelling, bruising, and discomfort following their coming from Mission Viejo, Ladera Ranch, or Lake Forest for a tummy tuck. Dr. Lee will provide a complete aftercare plan and pain medication prescriptions. Patients will usually need to wear a compression garment to minimize swelling. Small drains may be placed in the abdominal region to escort excess fluids out of the body while it heals.

Dr. Lee advises that patients avoid heavy lifting and any other strenuous activity for several weeks after surgery, taking time to rest and heal. Patients are instructed to sleep on their backs with their heads elevated.  

While exercise will need to be postponed, patients can take gentle walks right away, which can help with circulation and may minimize the risk of certain complications.

Patients should adhere to a smoke-free lifestyle both 4-6 weeks prior to and post-surgery, while also ensuring a nutritious diet. Optimal outcomes are attained through meticulous adherence to Dr. Lee's recommendations and attending all scheduled follow-up appointments for Lake Forest abdominoplasty patients and other areas.

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