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Dr. Michelle Lee

Exceptionally Dedicated and Skilled Plastic Surgeon in Los Angeles

Dr. Michelle Lee, MD is a fellowship-trained and board-certified plastic surgeon with deep expertise in aesthetic and reconstructive procedures for the chest/breast and face. Based in Beverly Hills, California, Dr. Lee is as well-known for her surgical precision as she is for the compassion, care and understanding that she has for all of her patients. Dr. Lee takes an extremely personalized and holistic approach to surgery, and views the transformative power of gender-affirming surgery as a catalyst for personal development and overall wellness. She has achieved a high level of technical proficiency and has the skill and artistry to help produce the aesthetic goals that transgender and non-binary patients seek with Top Surgery, Breast Augmentation and Facial Gender Confirmation Surgery.

Dr. Lee founded PERK Plastic Surgery in 2019 after relocating her practice from Chicago, and is widely regarded as being among the finest plastic surgeons in the Los Angeles area. Adored by her patients for her excellent bedside manner and natural-looking results, Dr. Lee has unanimous 5-star reviews across all major surgeon review platforms. The whole team at PERK is very professional, efficient and kind, and genuinely look forward to welcoming you as a valued patient.

Dr. Lee’s journey to becoming a plastic surgeon began with art. She graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor’s Degree with a double major in English Literature and Piano Performance and embarked on a decade-long career as a concert pianist. This experience refined not just her artistic approach but also her ability to perform under pressure. She obtained her medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania on a merit scholarship, an honor given to only a handful of medical students in the country. After completing a six-year integrative plastic surgery residency at Case Western Reserve University, Dr. Lee pursued fellowship training in aesthetic and reconstructive breast surgery at Harvard Medical School’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

Dr. Lee is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons and an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. She serves on the editorial board for the Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Journal. Her original research has been published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the flagship journal in the field, and other esteemed academic publications. In 2017, Dr. Lee co-authored a study related to the accessibility of online resources for gender-affirming surgery. She has also authored multiple textbook chapters focusing on optimizing outcomes in breast surgery, rhinoplasty, facial rejuvenation and migraine surgery. Dr. Lee has presented her research at conferences around the world.

“I have known Dr. Lee since 2009 when we were still in residency training to become plastic surgeons. As a fellow colleague I can attest that she is detail-oriented and truly has a passion for aesthetics.” — Dr. Haruko Okada

Dr. Lee offers the following gender-affirming procedures:

ProcedurePrice (USD)
Top Surgery Los Angles: Double Incision with Nipple Grafts, Inverted-T, Peri-Areolar, Keyhole, Buttonhole$8000-12,000
Non-binary Breast ReductionVaries
Facial Masculinization: Non-surgical jawline contouring$1000-7000 (based on the number of syringes of fillers needed)
Breast Augmentation Los Angeles$9000-13,000
FFS: Hairline Correction$8000-12,000
FFS: Brow Lift$10,000-12,000
FFS: Rhinoplasty$15,000
FFS: Lip Lift$4000-$6000
FFS: Nonsurgical Facial Feminization$650-5000 (depending on the treatment)

Exact pricing can only be determined following a consultation. Pricing includes surgeon’s fee, OR/anesthesia fee, facility fee, garment, and breast implants (if applicable.)

Dr. Lee is affiliated with Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California. Surgeries take place at Summit Surgical Center in Beverly Hills.

Surgery Requirements
Dr. Lee follows the WPATH Standards of Care for gender-affirming surgery. Patients should adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Support letter from a qualified mental health professional, written to WPATH standards.
  • Smokers must quit at least 6 weeks prior to surgery
  • General good health

Testosterone is not required for Top Surgery. While not explicitly required, it is recommended that patients having Breast Augmentation undergo feminizing hormone therapy—unless medically contraindicated—for a minimum of 12 months prior to surgery to maximize breast growth in order to obtain better surgery results.

Dr. Lee will operate on minors with parental consent.

Financing & Insurance
Dr. Lee accepts cash, credit card, check and medical financing (ie. CareCredit), as well as Medicare.

Booking a Consultation
Dr. Lee offers virtual and in-person consultations for a fee of $150 and $300 respectively. The consultation fee goes toward the cost of your procedure. At your consultation, Dr. Lee will thoroughly go over all your options and help you understand the risks and benefits, what recovery will be like, and the expected outcomes for your procedure. You’ll find Dr. Lee to be extremely professional, compassionate, respectful, and happy to answer any questions you might have. Contact Dr. Lee’s office to book your consultation and you’ll hear back with more details.