Meticulous. Dedicated. Down to Earth. These are words used to describe Dr. Michael Lee. Not all plastic surgeons are double board certified. Even fewer were trained by recognized “giants” in the specialty. Dr. Lee can claim both. His devotion to world-class results is what distinguishes him as a surgeon. His genuine concern that every patient is heard, protected, and given his undivided attention. That is what distinguishes him as a physician. For Dr. Lee, the difference between being “good” and “great” is not decided solely on the depth and breadth of technical expertise, though with him that is a given. It is also a function of what happens outside the operating room – the trust, respect and care that cannot be measured, but is surely felt. If you choose Dr. Michael Lee you will see how the combination of these factors make all the difference – not only in your result but overall experience at Park Cities Cosmetic Surgery.
“Patients can tell when you truly care. They recognize your passion to help them achieve their goals. Plastic surgery is the most creative specialty in medicine. It requires uncompromised attention to detail and an artistic influence. I absolutely love every aspect of what I do. Changing lives for the better is what energizes me on a daily basis. For many patients, the surgery will transform their life. An opportunity for the outside to better represent the youthfulness felt internally. The privilege to take an active role in someone’s personal journey of self-improvement creates an emotional bond between patient and doctor.”
Dr. Michael Lee’s philosophy and approach are built upon his love of the specialty, his skill as a surgeon, and his passion to help every patient achieve the result they desire.
Elegant, natural results…yet examples of obvious, overdone, and botched plastic surgery are all too common today – even among the rich and famous. Dr. Lee offers the perfect combination of a keen aesthetic eye and deep understanding of anatomical function– particularly crucial in facial rejuvenation and rhinoplasty. Balance and proportion are often a matter of millimeters. This is where Dr. Lee’s experience and judgment become the art behind the science of medicine. Aesthetic intervention that improves appearance without calling attention to exactly what was “done” is the hallmark of a great result.
Training is the biggest differentiator…when comparing plastic surgeons. Double boarded by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery places Dr. Lee in the elite of aesthetic surgery. His training and subsequent teaching appointment at the University of Texas Southwestern, Department of Plastic Surgery are testimony to his education and ongoing commitment to give back. Dr. Lee has published over 50 peer-reviewed scientific articles and book chapters. He has lectured both nationally and internationally, presenting his research and teaching other plastic surgeons techniques in aesthetic surgery. World-class training provided the necessary foundation for Dr. Lee to contribute to the future of plastic surgery. Patients of Dr. Lee benefit from an ideal blend of proven techniques with cutting edge modifications. He is the personification of continuous improvement.
There is no such thing as a “perfect patient”…but according to Dr. Lee, there is a perfect surgeon/patient relationship and it is a two way street. Dr. Lee believes the foundation for a strong connection is making patient concerns the centerpiece of their consultation. His sense of satisfaction comes from making a positive impact that goes well beyond being a brilliant technician. It also involves being a trusted partner in their surgical plan. Dr. Lee contends that finding someone you are comfortable with and know will take care of you throughout your journey is as close to perfection as it gets.
Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Dr. Lee offers a comprehensive range of surgical and non-surgical cosmetic enhancement procedures. Some of the specialized procedures for which he is particularly known include:
Dr. Lee’s double board certification gives him a broad perspective in performing a procedure widely recognized as the most challenging of all aesthetic pursuits. His experience allows him to maximize both function and appearance. Dr. Lee is an expert not only in the physiology of the nose, but in ratios and proportions and how to balance it with a patient’s overall facial features. Nose reshaping can alter a person’s appearance more than any other single operation. Since it is the most prominent facial feature, even small changes can make a big impact. A perfect nose is one that fits the face without compromising breathing. Relatively few surgeons specialize in rhinoplasty. In nasal surgery, revision is even more difficult because it may require replacement of cartilage that was over-zealously treated during the first procedure. All of this mandates that you carefully choose your surgeon, as the first operation is the best opportunity to get the optimal result.
The head and neck training Dr. Lee completed to become Board Certified in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery allows him to think about the face differently than most surgeons versed in plastic surgery alone. Excellent facial rejuvenation outcomes are the result of a comprehensive understanding of anatomy and aging. Dr. Lee was able to build on this foundation, under the mentorship of Dr. Fritz Barton. Dr. Barton, internationally known for his development of the High SMAS facelift, has performed world-class facial surgery for the past four decades. Dr. Lee described watching Dr. Barton perform his operation as, “classical music in the operating room.” Dr. Barton trained and hand selected Dr. Lee to continue his legacy of delivering premiere aesthetic facial surgery in the Park Cities.
Dedication to furthering the specialty of plastic surgery is evident when reviewing Dr. Lee’s speaking engagements and teaching appointments. Recent years have seen plastic surgeons embrace the techniques of S.A.F.E® Liposuction. S.A.F.E® Liposuction is arguably the most innovative advancement in body contouring since the development of liposuction and often applied to breast and body contouring. Dr. Lee spent three years working with Dr. Simeon Wall Jr., developer of S.A.F.E® Liposuction. Dr. Lee adopted the technique and immediately noticed the difference in results. His experience with S.A.F.E® Liposuction has afforded him the opportunity to both lecture and publish on the advanced concepts and how they apply to body contouring.
Double board certified in both Plastic Surgery and Otolaryngology (head and neck surgery), Dr. Lee brings extraordinary skill and experience to every patient. Considered among the elite in plastic surgery by peers and patients alike, Dr. Lee delivers the highest level of precision. Attention to detail in aesthetic procedures of the face, breast, and body are paramount to creating a refined sense of balance and beauty. His roots in functional anatomy of the head and neck combined with the delicate, artistic nature of plastic surgery have earned him a reputation for providing beautiful, natural looking enhancements.
“You can’t try it on, but you will wear it every day. I hope patients sense my confidence and that in choosing me, they are putting their appearance in the best hands.”