Dr. Michael K. Lee serves patients in and beyond Ladera Ranch, Mission Viejo, and Lake Forest, delivering nuanced, natural-looking outcomes painstakingly tailored to each patient. Dr. Lee is a double-board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon who offers concierge care in a technologically advanced practice setting.

Why choose Dr. Lee?

Treatment approach and philosophy

Dr. Lee provides a respectful practice atmosphere where each patient experiences concierge care and a customized treatment approach. Dr. Lee is known for taking an extra minute – or an extra hour – to ensure patients are fully educated and informed about their procedures so they can move forward with confidence and peace of mind. Meticulously detailed and precise, Dr. Lee delivers exquisite aesthetic results that reflect his passion for excellence. He pays special attention to minimizing postoperative scarring for a flawlessly natural outcome.

Professional background

Dr. Lee is a native Hawaiian who received his medical degree at the John A. Burns School of Medicine. After pursuing additional in-depth training at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX, Dr. Lee completed an elite Fellowship in Plastic Surgery at the University of California, Irvine. He subsequently obtained board certification from both the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Lee is the recipient of numerous professional awards, including the Elvin L. Shelton Award for Excellence and the Dr. Frank and Mary McDowell Award for Excellence in Surgery. 

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What is eyelid surgery?

Eyelid surgery is a cosmetic procedure designed to improve the appearance of drooping, puffy eyelids to refresh and enliven the facial expression. After blepharoplasty, patients enjoy a more youthful appearance, and some may even experience improvement in their field of vision. Surgery may involve removing excess skin and fat from both the upper and lower eyelids. During the procedure, Dr. Lee will create small, imperceptible incisions within the upper eyelid creases and/or the lower lash lines. Scarring is typically inconspicuous, thanks to Dr. Lee’s precision-oriented approach. 

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Upper blepharoplasty

Upper blepharoplasty focuses on the upper lids, removing excess skin and fat for a more toned and youthful aesthetic. Upper blepharoplasty is typically recommended for patients who are struggling with a tired, aged appearance despite being in excellent health. When low-hanging lids are blocking vision, upper blepharoplasty can help improve the patient’s eyesight. The procedure is completed under local anesthesia and may take several hours.

Lower blepharoplasty

Lower blepharoplasty focuses on the lower lids, reducing puffiness and bags under the eyes. Lower blepharoplasty is typically recommended for patients who struggle with wrinkles and sagging skin that makes them look tired, sad, angry, or aged. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia and may last several hours.

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Advantages of eyelid surgery

  • A more youthful, rejuvenated appearance
  • Diminished under-eye bags and puffiness
  • Enhanced field of vision
  • A more well-rested, inviting facial expression
  • A boost in self-confidence
  • Improved symmetry in the lids
  • Lasting results
  • Natural-looking outcome
  • Minimal scarring
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Recovery after blepharoplasty

After eyelid surgery, it is common to experience mild bruising, swelling, and discomfort. Rest assured, Dr. Lee will provide a complete and personalized aftercare plan along with prescription pain medications, should you need them. Cold compresses may be recommended to help manage these side effects. Patients should avoid rubbing, massaging, or touching their eyes during the recovery period.

Patients should refrain from strenuous exercise and heavy lifting for at least four to six weeks after the procedure to allow for maximum healing and to reduce the risk of complications. It is important to keep the incision sites clean and dry to sidestep the risk of infection. Eye drops or ointments suggested by the doctor can help lubricate the eyes and reduce irritation.

The results of blepharoplasty are typically long-lasting, with many patients enjoying a more youthful and refreshed appearance for years to come. However, it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle and protect the skin around the eyes from sun damage to ensure the best possible results. Recovery after blepharoplasty requires patience and adherence to postoperative instructions. Patients should follow Dr. Lee’s instructions carefully and attend all follow-up appointments to ensure a safe and successful recuperation.

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