Thanks to his extensive training and inherent eye for beauty and precision, Dr. Michael K. Lee is known throughout and beyond Ladera Ranch, Lake Forest, and Mission Viejo for his nuanced and natural-looking surgical outcomes.

Dr. Michael K. Lee Concierge-level care and meticulous attention to detail

Dr. Lee provides individualized treatment plans that accurately reflect each patient’s unique goals and wishes. He is known to take an extra minute – or an extra hour – to thoroughly answer questions and address concerns so that patients feel confident and secure moving forward on their aesthetic journeys. Dr. Lee’s passion for excellence and precision-based technique are evident in his stunning results and beautifully camouflaged incisions. 

 In terms of his training background, Dr. Lee was born in Oahu, Hawaii, and received his medical degree from the John A. Burns School of Medicine. He then continued his advanced training at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX, before pursuing an elite Fellowship in Plastic Surgery at the prestigious University of California, Irvine.  

Dr. Lee is double-board-certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Over the span of his professional career, he has received noteworthy recognition, including being honored with 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 a neck lift?

Neck lift surgery can be instrumental in creating a firmer, tighter jawline and lower face appearance, softening the signs of aging. The procedure is ideal for addressing vertical neck bands, loose, sagging skin, and stubborn submental fullness. 

During neck lift surgery, Dr. Lee will create incisions tucked behind the ears and beneath the chin to access the underlying tissue. Excess fat and skin are excised, and the muscles and connective tissue in the neck and jawline are tightened. Dr. then uses fine sutures to close the incisions, and the patient is fitted with a compression bandage to help minimize swelling and support the healing process.

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Advantages of a neck lift

  • A more youthful, energized appearance
  • Reduction in sagging, crepey skin
  • Removal of wrinkles and creases
  • A slimmer, more sculpted profile
  • A more contoured jawline
  • Firmer, tighter neck muscles
  • Softening of vertical neck bands
  • Improved symmetry and balance
  • Well-paired with a facelift or brow lift
  • Enhanced self-confidence
  • Lasting results
  • Natural-looking outcome
  • Minimal scarring
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What does neck lift recovery entail?

As with every cosmetic procedure he performs, Dr. Lee offers a detailed, customized aftercare plan and prescription pain medications to help keep patients comfortable and at ease while they heal. Mild to moderate discomfort, swelling, and bruising may occur, but these symptoms can be minimized through the use of a compression garment and by following Dr. Lee’s instructions to the letter. 

For the first several weeks, patients should focus on rest and avoid strenuous activity that may put pressure on the incisions. Patients should rest on their backs with the head slightly elevated to help reduce swelling. Most will be able to resume normal activities within two weeks. All patients should take care to wear the proper sunblock in order to protect the skin from the sun’s harmful rays.

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