Dr. Michael K. Lee provides personalized, natural-looking cosmetic results for patients in and beyond Ladera Ranch, Lake Forest, and Mission Viejo. As a double-board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Lee is known for his precision, compassionate bedside manner, and relentless dedication to excellence. 

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Why choose Dr. Michael K. Lee?

Dr. Lee treats each patient like family, providing a concierge experience from start to finish. He is known to take his time in order to fully answer questions and address concerns that may arise for the patient. His goal is to create a seamless treatment experience that is empowering and rewarding. In terms of results, Dr. Lee delivers near-flawless outcomes with well-hidden scarring.

Dr. Lee is a native Hawaiian who graduated from the John A. Burns School of Medicine. He subsequently completed advanced training at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX, and an elite Fellowship in Plastic Surgery at the prestigious University of California, Irvine. 

Dr. Lee is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and his talents have been honored throughout his career, receiving the Elvin L. Shelton Award for Excellence and the Dr. Frank and Mary McDowell Award for Excellence in Surgery. 

What is a brow lift?

A brow lift (forehead lift) is performed to firm the skin on the upper face, reducing wrinkles, frown lines, and sagging skin. After a brow lift, patients look refreshed and youthful, free from angry, tired, or sad facial expressions.

There are multiple techniques for performing a brow lift, including the conventional coronal approach and less invasive methods such as the endoscopic and temporal brow lifts.

The traditional method involves making an incision along the hairline and lifting the skin to reposition the brow. Endoscopic brow lifts use smaller incisions and a small, tubular camera to visualize the underlying tissue, while temporal brow lifts involve making small incisions at the temples to lift and reposition the brow.

During the procedure, Dr. Lee will choose general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation to ensure the patient is comfortable and relaxed. Brow lift surgery can take anywhere from 1-3 hours, depending on the surgical technique chosen and the extent of the work required.

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What are the advantages of a brow lift?

  • A more well-rested, relaxed, and youthful facial expression
  • Improved field of vision in some cases
  • Erasure of wrinkles, folds, and creases
  • Enhanced self-confidence
  • Natural-looking outcome
  • Lasting results
  • Inconspicuous scarring
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What does recovery after a brow lift entail?

Dr. Lee provides every patient with a thorough and personalized aftercare plan, along with the appropriate prescription pain medications to make recuperation more comfortable. Patients typically experience mild swelling, bruising, and discomfort in the days and weeks following surgery. Ice packs can be utilized to help offset these side effects. It is also essential to elevate the head as much as possible to reduce swelling.

The initial recovery period typically lasts around one to two weeks, during which time patients should avoid activities that put a strain on the forehead or brow area. This can include bending over, lifting heavy objects, and engaging in strenuous exercise. After the first two weeks, most patients can resume their normal activities, although it may take several more weeks for the full results of the procedure to become apparent. During this time, patients should continue avoiding exposure to direct sunlight or extreme temperatures.

Overall, the recovery process for a brow lift can be relatively quick and straightforward, provided that patients follow Dr. Lee’s instructions carefully. With proper care and attention, most patients can expect to enjoy a smoother, more youthful-looking forehead and brow area in the weeks and months following their procedure.

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