Who Is San Diego's Top Plastic Surgeon?

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In everything I do, I believe in challenging the status quo; I believe in thinking differently. I challenge the status quo through a relentless commitment to quality, innovation and customer service.

In most metropolitan areas there are dozens of plastic surgeons to choose from.  If you want the top surgeon in his or her field, how do you find them?  In San Diego, Ca. look no further than the October 2018 issue of San Diego Magazine for the Physicians of Exceptional Excellence and you will find your Top Plastic Surgeon.

In an annual poll by the San Diego County Medical Society, all area physicians are asked whom each believed to be the best physician in their specialty.  Voting for yourself was not allowed.  Polling for Top Docs began in 2002, and Dr. Gilbert Lee earned his first Top Doc award in 2006.  Now, for the 12th consecutive year, Dr. Gilbert Lee and Changes Plastic Surgery & Spa have once again earned the highly regarded award of Top Doc in Plastic Surgery. Only 28 San Diego area physicians can make this claim. So who is San Diego’s Top Plastic Surgeon?


Dr. Gilbert Lee is a triple board-certified plastic surgeon who performs cosmetic and reconstructive surgery for both men and women.  He opened his practice, Changes Plastic Surgery & Spa, in 1994 and has only added to his repertoire through the years.  Dr. Lee was one of the first to believe in the power of autologous fat grafting, the process of extracting fat from the body and re-injecting the stem cell-rich purified fat back into the face, body, and hands for volume restoration.  Being an early adopter means a longer history of performing the procedure and the added benefit of perfecting the technique through repetition.  Patients can now consider using their own fat for breast augmentation or buttock enhancement, a more natural approach than the use of silicone or gel implants.

The patient experience and well-being is foremost in the way Dr. Lee molds his practice.  He is always looking for ways to improve and expand.  In 2009 when the economy was bleak, Dr. Lee developed an affordable option to a traditional facelift.  His Changes Rapid Lift, a lower face and neck lift, gave patients the option of avoiding costly hospital and anesthesia charges while still getting the full benefit of a facelift.  The difference?  Dr. Lee is highly skilled, a dedicated perfectionist and a strident believer in patient safety.  He has the ability to perform the Rapid Lift in a time period that is safe and comfortable for the patient using only local and oral sedation.  The results are astounding.  The downtime is minimal, and the fee is affordable.

Elective cosmetic surgery can be a difficult decision to make in part because the outcome is unknown.  Results can only be imagined.  Dr. Lee found a way to take away the fear of the unknown by adding Vectra 3D computer imaging to the practice in 2010. Another first for Dr. Lee and Changes, this state-of-the-art technology provides a rotating, three-dimensional likeness of the patient complete with tools to replicate a rhinoplasty, face or neck lift, breast augmentation including varying sizes and shapes of implants, liposuction, and butt augmentation.  It can even show sun damage and broken capillaries that might be unseen by the naked eye.  Patients have the unique ability to actually see their surgical results before surgery.  Imagine the benefit of seeing your nose reshaped or deciding on just the right size of breast implants for your frame during your consultation.  It happens at Changes.

Pioneer of New Technology

Changes Plastic Surgery & Spa is aptly named as changes are constantly happening with Dr. Lee and his quest to conquer new ways of performing an aesthetic enhancement.  Surgery without scars became a reality in 2016 when Dr. Lee was introduced to a ground-breaking method of skin tightening using radiofrequency heat.  Having always hoped for a modality or mechanism that really worked for scarless surgery, Dr. Lee was the first plastic surgeon in San Diego, CA to provide facelifts, neck lifts, breast, arm and thigh lifts without the need for surgical incisions.  He became an educator and luminary for the InMode RFAL (radiofrequency assisted lipoplasty), and as with fat grafting, has the longest history of performing scarless surgery with the patient numbers to prove it. Never one to be limited, Dr. Lee is now applying the RFAL to a variety of cases as an adjunctive skin tightening treatment to enhance the results of surgical cases as well.

In everything I do, I believe in challenging the status quo; I believe in thinking differently. I challenge the status quo through a relentless commitment to quality, innovation and customer service.

In addition to Dr. Lee’s recognition as a Top Plastic Surgeon by the San Diego County Medical Society, patients also represent a popular vote as revealed in extensive positive patient reviews.  Reviews are unbiased, as is the Top Doc award, and reveal the personal reflections of Dr. Lee has a kind, gentle, empathetic man, with a general concern for his patient's well-being and satisfying surgical outcomes.

In selecting a plastic surgeon for your own transformations, do a little homework.  If you are outside of the San Diego area, search your city’s Top Doc designations via your local Medical Society website and locate the reviews for the awarded surgeons.  Who is San Diego’s Top Plastic Surgery? The choice is clear; Dr. Gilbert Lee, 12 times awarded Top Doc in Plastic Surgery, praised by his patients for delivering superior surgical results and a dedication to unsurpassed care for each patient.

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