Cosmetic vs Plastic Surgery

Plastic surgeon’s universal warning Consumers looking to have cosmetic surgery will often land on a plastic surgeon’s website who has big warning messages to make sure consumers only go to board-certified plastic surgeons.  The consumer has no idea about the difference between a board-certified plastic surgeon and a board-certified cosmetic surgeon.  However, from the message on the plastic surgeon’s website or social media, they assume that the plastic surgeon has had more training in cosmetic aesthetic surgery, has better results, and fewer complications.  Consumers’ misapprehension in this regard has them relying on incomplete and false information when choosing a physician to perform their cosmetic procedure. The “message” often repeated in various forums and published in advertisements by various board-certified plastic surgeons across the country over the past several decades falsely and deceptively informs consumers that: Certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery evidences competency in cosmetic surgery Physicians who

Coronavirus and Skincare

By Celina Bravo With the spread of COVID-19 on everyone’s minds, one of the widespread pieces of advice being relayed is about washing our hands and applying sanitizer frequently. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends washing our hands often, wash them for at least 20 seconds, YES TWENTY SECONDS with soap and water. Just imagine the amount of time your hands are dipped into or soaked with foaming agents, surfactants, harsh synthetic chemicals and multiply this with the number of times you are using hand sanitizer – another important advice being relayed for prevention of coronavirus! This repeated washing and sanitizing your hands can be painful for your hands, especially when you are using a recommended sanitizer that must contain at least 60% alcohol. That might actually make your hands prone to cracks that can facilitate even more aggressive spread of germs and the dreaded coronavirus. The washing of

Optimizing Health and Wellness during COVID-19

It’s currently April 1, 2020, and we are in the midst of the largest pandemic in the last 100 years.  Hopefully, we are all using our “down” time in productive ways to “better” ourselves and our families. So I want to mention a few ways you can stay healthy and thrive both mentally and physically during this time.  I’m going to give you very practical actions, you can take during this time, to improve your overall being.   For years I have been seeing patients in my office and talking to them about optimizing their health.  So this is nothing new but for many, they will use the COVID-19 social/work isolation to restart healthy habits.   First, exercise… This looks different for everyone.  The local gym is not available at this time, but everyone has a home and a computer or cell phone.  So for those looking for cardio, strength, and pilates

Brazilian Butt Lift

A Brazilian butt lift, AKA “BBL.” Is a procedure Dr. Daniel Lee performs where fat transfer augments the size and shape of the buttocks.

Abdominoplasty Obesity

At New Life Cosmetic Surgery we preach about holistic care for our patients.  This means not only focusing on the patient’s aesthetic results but also their functional results.  Dr. Daniel Lee greatly enjoys doing tummy tucks on women that were told by other surgeons that they were not good candidates because they are obese. Dr. Lee does these surgeries on healthy obese men and women because his patients greatly benefit from the removal of all their loose skin and he sees the functional benefit of the surgery.  Sure, there is a big aesthetic improvement but for many of these patients, it’s the ability to exercise easier, wear clothes that fit better, and improve their overall quality of life.    So why do many cosmetic and plastic surgeons tell patients they won’t do a tummy tuck on a patient if their BMI is over 30?  Well, prior studies showed there may

Intermittent Fasting

At New Life Cosmetic Surgery and Wellness Center we just don’t focus on surgery but also want patients to feel great on their inside.  This occurs through hormone optimization, exercise, sleep and eating well.  In this blog, I want to talk about intermittent fasting as a way to lose weight as well to improve you overall health.   Intermittent fasting (IF) has become very popular over the last few years.  A lot more research has shown the benefits of this model of eating.  Not only are my patients talking about how they have lost weight, I personally have seen a tremendous improvement in my mental focus and stamina throughout the day.  The most popular time restriction for intermittent fasting is a 16 hour period of fasting during the day.  It’s important to still drink plenty of water during this time.  Most commonly the fasting is done from 10am to 6pm

CO2 Laser For Skin Resurfacing

New Life Cosmetic Surgery and Wellness Center has what you need to have your face looking its best.  We offer minimally invasive surgery for skin tightening of the midface, jaw and neck with InMode’s Facetite platform.  We also offer Cynosure’s fractional CO2 laser for skin resurfacing. The CO2 laser is amazing and clearing up pigmentation from sun-damaged skin, to smoothing out moderate and deep wrinkles and even eliminating fine wrinkles.  Dr. Lee will review the most common questions that are addressed with patients interested in this amazing skin resurfacing technology.   What is fractional carbon dioxide (CO2) laser?  It is one of the latest advances in non-surgical skin rejuvenation treatments.  The CO2 laser has the longest wavelengths of all the lasers on the market and can be used safely on darker skin types. The fractional CO2 laser takes the CO2 laser beam and fractionates, or pixellates that beam into thousands of

Holistic Cosmetic Surgeon

I am close to 20 years out from graduating from medical school in 2001.  I have spent many years in training and at times wonder why I didn’t go straight into the plastic or cosmetic surgery.  However, God had other plans and had me go through both family medicine and obgyn residencies prior to going through my most recent cosmetic surgery fellowship.  Many would look at the first two board certifications as a waste. However, if I never had the training in family medicine and obgyn residency then I would not be able to treat my patients from a holistic perspective like I do today.   Many of my non-surgical physician colleagues a decade ago would laugh at my pursuit to optimize men and women hormones through bioidentical hormone replacement.  Now, many of them have realized the health benefits of hormone optimization and are themselves treating their patients with bioidentical hormone

Skin Tightening

By Dr. Daniel Lee Skin tightening procedures have come a long way in recent years.  Prior to the advent of subdermal radiofrequency (RF) skin tightening, there were no great alternatives to the traditional methods of tightening skin by excision.  However, many people don’t want a scar and thus opted to just deal with the loose skin on their abdomen, arms, and other areas. For the surgeon, it was always a challenge to do liposuction and potentially create more loose skin, because the fat that was previously filling out the skin was removed.  All this has changed with a new device called BodyTite by InMode. Dr. Lee at New Life Cosmetic Surgery uses BodyTite on a weekly basis and has been amazed by the results.  How does BodyTite tighten skin? BodyTite tightens skin by heating a layer under the skin that provides the scaffolding or framework for the skin. When heat

5 Reasons MelanoLyte Skin Brightening System Is Right for You

This blog post is provided by Epionce The MelanoLyte Skin Brightening System was uniquely formulated to help reduce the visible appearance of dark spots on the face, décolleté and hands. Here are five reasons why the system may be a good solution for you. 1. You want a gentle alternative to traditional brightening ingredients Botanical ingredients in MelanoLyte Skin Brightening System work synergistically to help reduce the visible appearance of dark spots. These results are clinically proven in multiple studies to provide the same or better outcomes as the leading traditional hydroquinone and retinoid-based regimens.  Both products in the system, MelanoLyte Txand MelanoLyte Pigment Perfecting Serum, are kojic acid-free and hydroquinone-free so you won’t experience irritation common with these ingredients. 2. You’re cycling off your regular brightening products If it’s time to cycle off your current medically-directed dark spot regimen, the MelanoLyte Skin Brightening System is a safe and gentle way

Breast Augmentation with Fat Grafting | Dr. Daniel Lee

By Dr. Daniel Lee Breast augmentation with fat grafting has become more of a popular surgery over the last few years.  The reasons a woman may want a fat transfer to the breast versus an implant for breast augmentation include: they prefer their own fat versus an implant, they are already having liposuction and want to transfer some of their own fat to the breast, they are looking for a subtle increase in breast volume.  It is great for patients that are looking to increase their breast size by ½-1 cup, correct breast asymmetry, improve soft tissue coverage over a current breast implant or reduce rippling in thin patients.  The benefits are the procedure can be quickly done, there is no scar, rapid recovery, and will avoid implant complications. The main complication is fat necrosis, which can lead to hard nodules.  It is important to understand the limitations of fat

Lymphatic Drainage Massage After Liposuction | Dr. Daniel Lee

By Dr. Daniel Lee Q: Why do I need lymphatic drainage therapy or lymphatic massage after my liposuction? A: If you have ever had liposuction then you know that hardness or lumpiness can result in the areas where fat was removed.  These post-surgical changes are caused by inflammation and trauma from the cannula (an instrument that sucks out the fat) moving under the skin. Channels are formed by the cannula that can fill up with fluid and the tissue also becomes swollen. Manual lymphatic massage helps to move the fluid by gently moving it back into the lymph vessels. Reducing swelling can reduce discomfort. Without lymphatic massage, the inflammation can evolve into fibrosis (a permanent hardening of the tissue) or a seroma (pocket of blood) can form.  Dr. Lee recommends lymphatic massage after liposuction to make sure patients get the best possible results.  Q: Is lymphatic massage and deep massage

Breast Augmentation | Dr. Daniel Lee in McAllen

By Dr. Daniel Lee Breast augmentation or getting breast implants is the most popular cosmetic surgery in the US.  There are many reasons why women seek a cosmetic surgeon for breast implants. At New Life Cosmetic Surgery Center, patients are usually wanting to enhance their breast volume and sometimes add a lift if their breast tissue is drooping.   When a patient comes to see Dr. Lee for a consultation, they go over the patient’s desires for size and appearance.  It’s an in-depth visit where he goes over the following: type of implant, incision location, placement of implant, size of implant, and whether a lift is needed.  Below let’s briefly discuss these so you have a better idea prior to your consultation.   There are multiple decisions to make in regard to the implants: silicone gel (gummy bear) or saline, size, shape, placement location, incision location, and shell.   Implants are filled with

O-Shot: What is it?

New Life Cosmetic Surgery and Wellness Center is excited to offer another advanced treatment for women. The O-Shot is a treatment of sexual health and urinary incontinence.

Estrogen Replacement Does Not Cause Breast Cancer

There is a lot of public awareness that goes towards cancer research, prevention and treatment

Why You Should Stop Taking Estrogen Orally

I often see patients coming to me from other offices that are on oral estrogens for menopause symptoms

What Is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement?

Bioidentical hormones are identical to those hormones produced in our body. They differ from the synthetic hormones

What’s Hormone Pellet Replacement?

Dr. Lee has been a leader in the Rio Grande Valley in treating men and women with symptoms of hormone deficiency


When Dr. Lee performs liposuction surgery he is removing excess deposits of fat to improve the shape of a patient’s body. While liposuction is best known as a fat removal procedure, it should not be considered a weight loss surgery. 

New Life Cosmetic Surgery Center AAAHC Accreditation

New Life Cosmetic Surgery Center has been awarded “Full Accreditation” by the Accreditation Association for …

Fractional CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing

It is one of the latest advances in non-surgical skin rejuvenation treatments. 

Scarless Face Lift- FaceTite

If you feel like the lower part of your face is sagging or that your neck has too much loose saggy skin then you might be a candidate for the FaceTite procedure.

BodyTite- Tighten Skin Without a Scar!

BodyTite is a scarless, incisionless and minimally invasive surgical procedure that Dr. Lee is performing at the office.

FemTite- Scarless Labia Surgery

FemTite is a scarless procedure in-office procedure that was pioneered by a colleague of Dr. Lee’s.  Dr. Lee was the second physician in the World to perform this innovative surgery.