Breast reduction by Dr. Michael K. Lee

Dr. Michael K. Lee is sought out by patients in and beyond Ladera Ranch, Lake Forest, and Mission Viejo for his meticulous precision, dedication to excellence, and genuine caring bedside manner. As a double-board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, he delivers superior body contouring outcomes uniquely tailored to the individual.

Dr. Michael K. Lee – An aesthetic visionary committed to excellence

Professional training and background

Dr. Lee was born and raised in beautiful Oahu, Hawaii, which informed his sense of aesthetic artistry and balance. After obtaining his medical degree at the John A. Burns School of Medicine, Dr. Lee continued to hone his skills with advanced training at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. He then pursued a prestigious Fellowship in Plastic Surgery at the renowned University of California, Irvine. 

Dr. Lee is board-certified by both the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Over the span of his career, he has been honored with multiple awards, including the prestigious Elvin L. Shelton Award for Excellence and the Dr. Frank and Mary McDowell Award for Excellence in Surgery. 

Treatment approach and philosophy

Dr. Lee is passionate about providing concierge care to his patients, practicing active listening in order to craft a one-of-a-kind treatment plan. He always takes an extra minute – or an extra hour – to answer questions and alleviate concerns, allowing patients to experience peace of mind and confidence as they progress on their surgical journey. Dr. Lee’s aesthetic results are elegant, natural-looking, and customized, thanks to his consummate skill and artistry based on years of elite training. He takes special care to minimize scarring for a virtually flawless finish.

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What is breast reduction?

For many women, enlarged breasts occur with aging or after pregnancy. For others, oversized breasts are genetic. Carrying excess chest weight can result in fatigue, loss of self-confidence, limited clothing options, irritation and chafing, and chronic back, neck, and shoulder pain. Many women with oversized breasts find it difficult to participate in sports, outdoor activities, or even play with their children. Breast reduction surgery in Mission Viejo by Dr. Lee is a popular choice for these patients. This surgical procedure can greatly improve their quality of life while reshaping the figure to be more balanced and youthful. 

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How is breast reduction in Mission Viejo by Dr. Lee performed?

Dr. Lee performs the procedure using general anesthesia, and surgery takes a few hours to complete. During breast reduction, Dr. Lee will create incisions through which he will remove excess breast tissue. Incisions can be made encircling the areola, encircling the areola and running down the breast to the crease, or encircling the areola, running down the breast to the crease, and then stretching horizontally along the inframammary fold. Dr. Lee will base his incision choice on the amount of redundant skin and tissue to be removed. Before closing the incisions, Dr. Lee will reposition the nipples in a more aesthetically advantageous location.

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What are the advantages of breast reduction?

Dr. Lee recommends to patients near Ladera Ranch and Lake Forest breast reduction if they want to achieve any of the following for themselves personally:

  • A more balanced, proportionate figure
  • Reduced pain, fatigue, and irritation
  • Increased clothing and swimwear choices
  • Enhanced self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Boosted energy and stamina
  • Lasting results
  • Natural-looking breasts
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What is the recovery process after breast reduction in Ladera Ranch, Lake Forest, and Mission Viejo

Patients may experience mild to moderate swelling, bruising, and discomfort, as is common after any cosmetic procedure. After the breast reduction surgery in Mission Viejo, Dr. Lee will provide each patient with a detailed aftercare plan, prescription pain medications, and a compression band to help mitigate swelling and keep the new breast shape intact as the body heals. 

During the first few weeks post-op, patients should avoid lifting heavy objects or performing any strenuous activity. They should try to sleep with their upper body elevated to help reduce swelling. Patients should follow a healthy diet and avoid smoking, as smoking can slow the healing process and increase the risk of complications.

Most individuals can resume work and light activity within two to three weeks after surgery. Patients should also attend follow-up appointments with Dr. Lee, who will monitor their progress and ensure a safe, seamless recovery.

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