Breast revision and reconstruction by Dr. Michael K. Lee

As a double-board-certified aesthetic expert, Dr. Michael K. Lee is ideal for women seeking breast reconstruction in Mission Viejo, Lake Forest, and Ladera Ranch. His passion for precision, detail, and natural-looking results is evident in every procedure he performs.

Why choose Dr. Michael K. Lee?

Professional Background

Dr. Michael K. Lee achieved double-board certification from the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is the recipient of multiple professional honors, including the Elvin L. Shelton Award for Excellence and the Dr. Frank and Mary McDowell Award for Excellence in Surgery. 

Born and raised in Oahu, Hawaii, Dr. Lee received his medical degree at the John A. Burns School of Medicine. He then further honed his skill and artistry with advanced training at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, where he served as Administrative Chief Resident and was named Best Chief Resident. Dr. Lee completed an elite Plastic Surgery Fellowship at the prestigious University of California, Irvine, further preparing him for an industrious career in aesthetics.

Treatment approach and philosophy

Dr. Lee was initially drawn to plastic surgery for its technical and artistic aspects, but over time, he felt the greatest pride in the difference he could make in his patients' lives regarding their confidence and well-being. As a master of complex surgical techniques, Dr. Lee is often chosen for procedures that other surgeons avoid due to their intricacies. Dr. Lee is laser-focused on providing the highest caliber of care and results for his patients and delivering a concierge experience from start to finish. He personalizes each treatment plan according to the patient's unique wishes and empowers patients at every stage of their journey with the knowledge and information they need. 

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What are breast revision and reconstruction?

Breast revision surgery is typically carried out to correct issues that have arisen following a previous breast procedure, such as breast augmentation or mastopexy. This may include correcting issues such as implant malposition, capsular contracture, implant rupture or deflation, or dissatisfaction with the implant size or shape. 

Breast reconstruction surgery, on the other hand, is typically performed to restore the appearance of the breasts following a mastectomy or other surgical procedure that has resulted in the loss of breast tissue. Reconstruction may utilize breast implants, tissue expanders, or the patient's own autologous tissue to create a new breast mound. 

Dr. Lee offers both breast revision and breast reconstruction in Mission Viejo

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What is explant surgery?

Breast explant surgery, or breast implant removal, is a cosmetic procedure to remove breast implants. It may be performed for many reasons, including a desire to return to a more natural breast size and shape, concerns about the safety of breast implants, or the development of problems such as capsular contracture or implant rupture.

During this breast revision surgery in Mission Viejo, Dr. Lee will make an incision in the breast and carefully remove the implant.

In some cases, the surrounding scar tissue capsule may also be removed. The incision is then sewed shut with sutures, and the patient is typically given a compression garment to wear during recovery. Breast explant surgery can be performed independently or paired with a breast lift or fat transfer for more natural-looking results. 

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What is an en bloc capsulectomy?

An en bloc capsulectomy is often performed when a patient struggles with Breast Implant Illness (BII) or Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). Here, Dr. Lee will remove the implants and the entire surrounding capsule of scar tissue as a single unit. The pocket is carefully examined to ensure all traces of the implant and capsule have been successfully removed.

While en bloc capsulectomy is a more complex procedure than standard implant removal, it is often recommended in cases where there is a risk of implant rupture or other complications. Patients can undergo this breast revision treatment near Lake Forest and Ladera Ranch. Potentially, there is a longer recovery period than those who have a standard implant removal, but the results can be more predictable and long-lasting. It is essential for patients to discuss their options in depth with Dr. Lee and to carefully contemplate the risks and benefits of each approach before making a decision.

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