Reconstructive surgery is performed in order to restore proper form and function to the body. Dr. Lee is a reconstruction specialist utilizing the most up-to-date techniques in order to give you the normal, natural appearance you deserve.
- Breast Reconstruction – Expander/Implants
- Breast Reconstruction – DIEP/Microsurgery
- Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia)
- Autologuos Fat Transfer
- Head and Neck Reconstruction
- Lower Extremity Reconstruction
- Upper Extremity Reconstruction/Hand Surgery
- Wound Care
- Skin Cancer and Melanoma Surgery
Breast reconstruction surgery restores a natural, symmetrical appearance to the breasts, maintains body proportion, allows clothes to fit better, and most importantly, boosts self-confidence for women who have lost one or both breasts due to mastectomy or developmental abnormality. Dr. Lee strives to create a new breast and nipple that resemble a woman’s natural breast as closely as possible in shape, size, and position. He conscientiously considers the aesthetic outcome of the procedure and the impact the reconstruction will have on his patient’s lifestyle. Options for breast reconstruction include the use of expanders and implants for women with minimal breast tissue, or using your own natural breast tissues in conjunction with the most advanced reconstructive options available. (For other options, see DIEP below.) A breast reconstruction with expander and implant will generally occur in three stages. Under normal circumstances, it an be completed within a year (sometimes much less). [More info: here or here]
The DIEP flap procedure is a type of breast reconstruction in which blood vessels and the skin and fat connected to them (no muscle) are removed from the lower abdomen and transferred to the chest in order to reconstruct breast tissue after a mastectomy. Benefits of the DIEP flap include a more natural appearance to the breast, no risk of rejecting an implant, no muscle is removed (thereby eliminating the risk of a hernia or bulge), and a more streamlined abdominal region. Dr. Lee will utilize all of his creative aesthetic techniques to ensure the end result is aesthetically-pleasing, looks completely natural, and feels like you. [More info: here or here | Photos]
Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia)
Gynecomastia or enlarged male breasts affects nearly 40-60% of men, often with no known cause. This condition can not only be embarrassing but physically uncomfortable as well. A common option for removal is liposuction, which involves making an incision just around the areola and removing fat, glandular tissue, and in some cases, excess skin from the breasts. The end result will be a flatter, firmer chest and of the self-confidence you deserve. [More info | Photos]
Autologous fat transfer involves the removal and relocation of the patient’s own body fat to plump up an area that has lost volume after injury, aging or another cause. Dr. Lee removes fat from an undesirable location such as the belly or thighs and places the fat in more aesthetically appealing areas such as the cheeks or the face. The fat can help to smooth wrinkles and facial contours, may help the overlying skin appear younger, and there is no risk of allergic reaction because the transplanted fat comes from your own body. Other advantages of autologous fat transfer include a short recovery time, long-lasting results and effectiveness on any skin type. The length of the procedure varies depending on the number of areas to be treated. [More info | Photos]
If you are a person who has suffered a traumatic injury or has been through the removal of head and neck tumors, you may be left with devastating deformities which significantly impact your quality of life. Post-treatment reconstruction surgery may be needed at the site where the tumors were removed. Repairing these defects are challenging for plastic surgeons, who aim to restore proper form and function to the region with minimal surgical complications. Dr. Lee is extensively trained in this type of reconstructive plastic surgery, and is able to reconstruct facial features and restore skin on the head and neck. By employing a variety of techniques like skin and bone grafts, Dr. Lee will be able to repair and restore the appearance and functionality of the affected area, getting you on the road to recovery and back to a normal, healthy, confident life.
Lower extremity reconstruction is surgery for the thigh, leg, and/or foot. A plastic surgeon may become involved in an acute trauma at the request of an Emergency Department physician when a patient has suffered a more complex injury to the skin that includes muscles and tendons. An orthopedic, trauma, or vascular surgeon may also request assistance from a plastic surgeon in repairing soft tissue or blood vessel reconstruction. For non-acute injuries, a thorough consultation with Dr. Lee can be requested. As all lower extremity reconstructions are unique, Dr. Lee will discuss any complications or risks involved and recommend the best way to proceed.
There are many injuries, disorders and defects of the arm, forearm, and hands that benefit greatly from reconstructive plastic surgery. Often these procedures involve complex techniques that include bone grafts, soft tissue grafts, flaps, nerve transfer, and microsurgery. In an in-depth consultation with Dr. Lee, he will explain your options in detail including risks and recovery time, so you have adequate understanding of the procedures. He will address any of your concerns and answer all of your questions before you proceed.
Complex wound care may involve either surgical or non-surgical treatments depending on the severity of the wound. If you have a severe wound, such as a burn or pressure ulcer, or a traumatic wound that causes loss of sensation, limits your ability to move properly, or is cosmetically unattractive, reconstructive plastic surgery may be an option. There are various techniques involved in complex wound care which include debridement and simple wound care (i.e., removal of bacteria from the wound), skin grafts, tissue flaps, acellular dermal matrices or ADM’s, soft tissue grafts , or free tissue implants. Each treatment will take into account the complexity of the wound and any health issues or concerns of the patient. The amount of time required in hospital and the length of recovery time will depend greatly on the severity of the wound involved and the patient’s overall heath.
The most effective step in treating skin cancer is the surgical removal of the melanoma. Melanoma excision can usually be done in the doctor’s office under local anesthesia. Due to surgical changes over the years, the procedure is much less invasive. Less tissue is removed, thereby producing a much smaller scar. Removing related lymph nodes may also be necessary in order to check them for cancer. If cancer is found, the affected lymph nodes will be removed along with any melanoma that may have spread. After surgery, and depending on the size of the Melanoma incision, Dr. Lee may decide that a skin graft or other reconstructive procedure is necessary for cosmetic reasons or to restore function to the area. [More info]