Facelift Excellence Redefined: Trust Dr. Michael K. Lee

Facelift surgery is the gold standard in facial rejuvenation, as it can beautifully restore a smooth, sculpted aesthetic along with self-confidence. If sagging skin in the cheeks and jowls is problematic, a surgical facelift in Mission Viejo may be the ideal solution for lasting improvement.

Dr. Michael K. Lee is known throughout Mission Viejo, Lake Forest, and Ladera Ranch and beyond for his masterful precision and skill, as well as his genuine compassion and caring bedside manner. Dr. Lee's facelift results are painstakingly tailored to the individual, allowing for a highly natural-looking, elegant outcome.

Why Choose Dr. Michael K. Lee? 

Training and Expertise

Born and raised in Oahu, Hawaii, Dr. Lee received his medical training at the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. He then continued to fine-tune his skills with advanced education at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. Dr. Lee's prestigious Plastic Surgery Fellowship was completed at the renowned University of California, Irvine. 

Dr. Lee obtained board certification from the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Winner of the Elvin L. Shelton Award for Excellence and the Dr. Frank and Mary McDowell Award for Excellence in Surgery, Dr. Lee continues to receive accolades for his exceptional results and artistic vision. 

Treatment Philosophy

With Dr. Lee in Mission Viejo, patients can expect concierge care and a treatment plan that reflects their unique wishes for improvement. Dr. Lee listens carefully, taking the extra minute – or extra hour – to ensure that every patient feels valued, respected, and prioritized. Dr. Lee is meticulously detailed, and his passion for excellence is evident in every surgery he performs.

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Deep Plane Facelift: Elevating Beauty From Beneath

As we age, the cheeks and jowls may droop, and the back corner of the jawline may lose definition and blend in with the neck. The extended deep plane facelift is a surgical procedure that can address these concerns. 

The extended deep plane facelift is an innovative surgical procedure that targets the deeper layers of the face, addressing both the visible signs of aging and the structural changes that occur over time. Unlike traditional facelift techniques that focus on tightening the skin, the deep plane facelift involves repositioning the underlying facial musculature and tissues for a more comprehensive and enduring result. 

Dr. Lee, located in Mission Viejo, specializes in this technique, in addition to the traditional SMAS facelift, and achieves exceptional results by releasing multiple tension points and lifting the skin and muscle layers of the face at the most natural angle. This tension-free approach significantly improves healing and eliminates the risk of a "pulled" appearance. 

Unlike other facelift techniques, the extended deep plane facelift can restore and enhance natural volume to the cheeks and redefine the entire length of the jawline, resulting in a more natural and longer-lasting effect. 

Mini Facelift: Subtle Refinement, Maximum Impact

The mini facelift in Mission Viejo is a minimally invasive option designed for individuals with mild to moderate signs of aging. This approach is an excellent choice for those seeking a less extensive approach that provides rejuvenation without the downtime of comprehensive surgeries. 

The smaller incisions in the mini facelift result in minimal scarring discreetly hidden around the ears. Due to being minimally invasive, the mini facelift typically involves a quicker recovery period. 

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Am I a Candidate for a Facelift?

It’s normal to have questions about if a procedure is right for you. Typically, we’ve found that our patients who get the most out of their facelift experience are: 

  • Patients seeking to address visible signs of aging in the face and neck, such as sagging skin, deep creases, and loss of muscle tone.
  • Those desiring a rejuvenated and more youthful appearance to enhance their self-confidence and overall well-being.
  • Non-smokers or those committed to quitting smoking before and after the procedure.
  • Individuals in good overall health with a positive outlook and realistic expectations for the transformative results of a facelift.
  • Those who have engaged in open and thorough discussions with a qualified facial plastic surgeon and have received a personalized evaluation tailored to their unique needs.
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What are the Advantages of a Facelift With Dr. Lee in Mission Viejo, Lake Forest, and Ladera Ranch?

  • A more youthful, inviting countenance
  • Improved facial contouring and balance
  • Reduction in sagging skin, wrinkles, and creases
  • Can be well-paired with a neck lift, blepharoplasty, or a brow lift
  • Natural-looking, customized results
  • Long-lasting changes
  • Rewinds the clock on facial aging
  • Can create a more positive self-image
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What is Recovery Like After a Facelift?

Recovery after an extended deep plane facelift in Mission Viejo is unique to every patient and can vary in duration. Most individuals require approximately 10 to 14 days for recovery, with dressings removed the day after surgery and sutures removed in stages. 

Cosmetics can typically be applied to healing incision sites after approximately 14 days, but the healing process continues for months after surgery. While some swelling and bruising are expected, these postoperative side effects generally improve significantly within 10 to 14 days after surgery and continue to resolve in the following days and weeks.

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What to Expect at Your Facelift Consultation

Your initial consultation with Dr. Michael K. Lee is a pivotal first step in your transformative facelift journey. With a visionary mindset and precision-driven techniques, Dr. Lee will inspire and guide you to rediscover your inner and outer radiance. During this comprehensive consultation, you will have the opportunity to openly discuss your aesthetic goals, express any concerns, and share your expectations. Dr. Lee will collaborate with you to chart a personalized procedure plan that best meets your unique needs, providing expert guidance, unwavering support, and reassurance at every stage of the process.

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