We had the good fortune of connecting with Dr. Michelle Lee and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dr. Michelle, what is the most important factor behind your success?
The most important factor behind the success of PERK plastic surgery is the first-class experience we provide our clients from every member of our team. In addition to natural results, I think adding a personalized touch to each appointment––from the consultation to each follow-up visit––is key to an elevated aesthetic experience. All team members take their time listening to each client and their story. As a result, clients receive a treatment plan that actually works for them. Each regimen is tailored to the client’s lifestyle, specific goals and anatomy!
The second key to the success of our brand is the people behind PERK. The PERK team consists of people who truly care about aesthetics and our patients. Every team member is motivated to provide the most exceptional aesthetic experience in the world for our clients. We know pursuing and recovering from aesthetic procedures is a sensitive journey for most––which often involves a considerable investment of time and resources. We believe it is crucial that each and every one of our clients feel prioritized, and that they know our entire team is here to offer guidance and support every step of the way. Each team member is actively committed to fostering an intimate, private and luxurious practice setting, which, I’m proud to say, is something I think our patients really value about our practice!
What should our readers know about your business?
Did you know that only 15% of plastic surgeons are women? For all of the strides women have made in medicine (50% of medical students are women), we are still the minority in surgery.
That said, even though plastic surgery is a male-dominated field, I believe being a female plastic surgeon is also one of my greatest assets. I attribute this to the fact that a major bulk of the aesthetic industry’s consumers are female. Over the years, I’ve found that many of my patients have particularly sought the expertise of a female plastic surgeon.
Being a female plastic surgeon is also what gave me an even larger public platform as a media personality. In 2020, I starred in E! Entertainment’s reboot of Dr. 90210, a medical reality tv show, which showcased the first-ever all female plastic surgeon cast.
My journey to becoming a board-certified plastic surgeon and founder of my own practice was by no means easy; however, believe it or not, I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way! The challenges I’ve endured over the course of my career have motivated me to become more innovative, driven, passionate and determined than not only my competitors but past versions of myself! I acknowledge that I would not be the doctor I am today if it wasn’t for the growing pains, the trials and tribulations which revealed themselves to be valuable lessons, and for that I am beyond humbled and grateful.
The most important lesson I’ve learned over the years is to be authentic and honest. There is so much hype and spin in the beauty industry, but ultimately not every treatment is right for every patient. It is always better to under promise and over deliver.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
When I’m not in the operating room or caring for my newborn, I’m exploring the diverse selection of cuisines L.A. has to offer. I love expanding my horizons when it comes to new foods. One of my favorites is Pecorino in Brentwood. The owner, Chef Rafaelle, is so personable and regularly greets all of his patrons! Everything here is absolutely delectable, and the menu features a wide range of seasonal, authentic Italian dishes.
Another activity that is a must when visiting Los Angeles includes a hike up the Mandeville Canyon trail which features gorgeous vistas of the Santa Monica mountains and Pacific Ocean.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to dedicate my shoutout to my parents who taught me that our life is not determined by our experiences, but by the meaning we give to them. I, too, am a firm believer that we create the future we want!
Other: PERKPotions online shop (a medical-grade skincare line by Dr. Michelle Lee) – https://perkpotions.bevhills.com/
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