Montreal Plastic Surgeon

About Dr. Chen Lee

Dr. Chen Lee is a board certified plastic surgeon and founder of Cosmetic Surgery Montreal

Dr. Chen Lee is a board certified Montreal Plastic Surgeon and co-founder of Cosmetic Surgery Montreal, AestheticaMD. Dr. Lee attended undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto. Dr. Lee excelled in the classroom, where he studied premedicine, majoring in Applied Mathematics. During the premedicine years, Dr. Lee was awarded two scholarships for academic excellence (University College Alumni Scholarship and CL Burton Open Scholarship). Dr. Lee finished his pre-medicine studies at the University of Toronto ranking 6 in more than 1000 students at University College, with a GPA of 4.15.

Journey of a renown plastic surgeon

In 1982 Dr. Lee was accepted into the respected University of Toronto Medical School. Dr. Lee’s scholarly success continued through medical school where he was further awarded 3 scholarships (John Melady Award, Walter F Watkins Scholarship, and Dr. C S Wainwright Memorial Scholarship).

In 1986 Dr. Lee graduated from the University of Toronto Medical School and relocated to Montreal where he was accepted into the highly regarded McGill University Surgical Scientist Residency Program. As a compulsory component of this rigorous surgical training, Dr. Lee was simultaneously enrolled as a postgraduate Master of Science student in Experimental Surgery at McGill University.

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Dr. Lee’s research was novel and basic in nature, investigating the fundamental reasons for ischemic plastic surgical flap failure. This plastic surgery research was extensively peer-reviewed, published, and recognized for its significance by being awarded the “best scientific paper” at the following meetings: Plastic Surgery Research Council, McGill University Surgical Resident’s Day, Quebec Society of Plastic Surgery, and The American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons. Dr. Lee submitted and successfully defended his thesis, “Role of the Neutrophil in Post-Ischemic Skin Flaps”.

In 1991 the Master of Science degree in Experimental Surgery was conferred to him at McGill University. Dr. Lee completed his clinical Plastic Surgery training in 1992.

Dr. Lee is a Plastic Surgeon, certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Lee’s comprehensive grasp of the broad scope of Plastic Surgery was demonstrated during the written examinations of the American Board of Plastic Surgery in 1992, where he was ranked 99th percentile in more than 350 candidates taking the examination.

Craniofacial Subspecialization

After a full residency and training in plastic surgery, Dr. Lee completed two additional subspecialty fellowships, training in Adult Craniofacial Trauma and Pediatric Craniofacial Surgery.Dr. Chen Lee subspecializes in the field of Craniomaxillofacial Surgery.

In 1994, Dr. Lee was recruited as an academic full-time Plastic Surgery faculty member at the prestigious University of California at San Francisco Medical Center. During this time, Dr. Lee specialized in the treatment of complex cosmetic, reconstructive and oncologic deformities of the face, head, and neck.

Dr. Lee soon became well-known for his expert management and cosmetic reconstruction of nasal, orbital and facial defects resulting from trauma or cancer. Dr. Lee developed and published his own techniques for the repair of complex facial bone injuries using cosmetic considerations called “Endoscopic and Minimal Access Repair of Complex Facial Fractures”.

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Dr. Lee’s novel ideas were rapidly recognized and supported by an industry grant of $120000 to Chair a specially selected group of 6 international experts. Their objective was to advance instrumentation for minimal access facial surgery. This mission was accomplished with the launch of an instrumentation system that is now freely accessible to practicing Plastic Surgeons.

Prominent Plastic Surgeon in San Francisco

Dr Chen Lee practiced as a plastic surgeon in San Francisco

In 2000, Dr. Lee was promoted to the honored rank of Associate Professor (in-residence-series) at the University of California at San Francisco. While practicing Plastic Surgery in San Francisco, Dr. Lee also sought to bring compassionate Plastic Surgery care to the community. One proud program in which Dr. Lee was integrally involved, was to bring the benefits of Laser procedures to the underprivileged. To that end, Dr. Lee organized and served as the medical director for the outreach program “Second Chance Gang Tattoo Laser Removal” to help troubled youths reintegrate into society.

McGill Chairman of Plastic Surgery

In 2002, Dr. Lee was recruited back to Montreal as the Chairman of Plastic Surgery and Associate Professor at McGill University. After three years as Chairman of Plastic Surgery at McGill University, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada fully accredited and commended the program for changes instituted by Dr. Lee and his faculty. Dr. Lee subsequently partnered with a wonderful friend and colleague, Dr. Carlos Cordoba, to co-found AestheticaMD.

Private practice – Montreal Cosmetic Surgeon

In 2005, Dr. Lee left academic surgery, to devote his whole practice and attention to the private practice of plastic surgery, where he uses his extensive training and expertise to solve challenging cosmetic surgery problems of the face, neck, and body.

To date, Dr. Lee has been integrally and directly involved in the training of more than 50 certified specialists in Plastic Surgery. These graduates are currently certified Plastic Surgeons practicing in the following countries: Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Korea, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and the USA.

In addition to training the next generation of Plastic Surgeons, Dr. Lee has contributed to the process of credentialing Plastic Surgeons, medical doctors, and maintaining standards of care in Canada and the USA.
Dr Chen Lee is board certified in plastic surgery with the Royal College of Surgeons, Canada and also by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

In Canada, Dr. Lee has previously held a 4-year post as a sitting Member of the Plastic Surgery Examination Committee of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada. Dr. Lee has also served as an examiner on multiple occasions for the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada, and the Medical Council of Canada.

AO Craniomaxillofacial Chairman

Recognized as leader in Plastic Surgery, Dr. Lee has been previously appointed or elected as Chairman of the Board of Craniomaxillofacial Surgery AO North America, member of the AO International CMF Specialty Board, senior member of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Plastic Surgery Education Foundation, past Parliamentarian and member of the Board of Directors for the Plastic Surgery Education Foundation in the USA.
As a recognized expert and authority, Dr. Lee is often asked to serve as a peer reviewer for manuscripts submitted for publication in the following journals: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the Journal of Craniomaxillofacial Trauma.

Montreal Plastic Surgeon with International Recognition

Dr. Lee travels abroad frequently to lecture and teaches plastic surgical techniques to physicians from around the world. Over the past decade, Dr. Lee has been invited to lecture in Australia, Canada, China, Columbia, India, Japan, Mexico, South Africa, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, and the USA advancing the knowledge base of physicians of those countries. Dr. Lee has also lectured to over 100 learned medical societies and has published over 60 plastic surgery articles in peer-reviewed journals and many book chapters in Plastic Surgery. Montreal plastic surgeon lectured extensively at international destinationsNotable contributions include authored publications in the leading medical peer-reviewed journal “Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery” and the most highly regarded textbook in plastic surgery, Mathes textbook on “Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery”.

He has been an invited visiting professor or keynote speaker by the Mexican Society of Plastic Surgeons, Japanese Oral Maxillofacial Society of Traumatology, Turkish Plastic Surgery Gulhane Military Medical Academy, Loma Linda University, Stanford University, University of Minnesota, Baylor College of Medicine, SUNY Long Island New York, and OMFS at Emory University.

Dr. Lee brings to your care, the unique combination of an unsurpassed, high tech training, cosmetic surgical training and a reputation for artistic sense, balance, and proportion that will maximize your aesthetic enhancement and rejuvenation.

In the Media

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Renown as one of Montreal’s top plastic surgeons, Dr. Chen Lee initially built his reputation in the fields of reconstructive and microvascular replantation surgery.  For over two decades, Dr. Chen Lee’s practice encompassed a variety of complex and critical surgical procedures.   Most notable in the media were cases of devastating traumatic hand amputations that were surgically replanted to restore full extremity function. (See the two articles below)

Besides his impressive résumé, Dr. Chen Lee takes pride in past community contributions. During his stay in San Francisco, he volunteered medical expertise in laser surgery to facilitate social reintegration of former gang members. Dr. Chen Lee used cutting edge lasers to burn away body tattoos. Removal of visible stigmata disengages the affected individual from their past gang affiliation and liberates them to pursue better life choices. This was a crucial component of social reintegration and facilitated the employment of ex-gang members.  (Article Below)

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Your Cosmetic Experience

From the initial consultation, Dr. Lee’s goal is to develop a customized treatment plan best suited to your unique desires. Treatment techniques, alternatives, risks, and complications are discussed in detail. As an informed patient, you will be more comfortable with your decision to undergo cosmetic surgery and likely will have a more satisfying result from your plastic surgery of the face or body. Our mission at Cosmetic Surgery Montreal is to provide high standards of cosmetic surgical care in a supportive atmosphere.

Come visit us

Express your beauty with Dr. Chen Lee at Cosmetic Surgery Montreal. We know there is great power in having the elegant and beautiful figure that you desire. We have witnessed stunning patient transformations firsthand. Having a fresh youthful face and body to feel proud of will elevate your confidence, self-image, and outlook on life. Let Dr. Chen Lee and Cosmetic Surgery Montreal assist you in realizing your desired goals. At Cosmetic Surgery Montreal, we strive to make your cosmetic experience rewarding and memorable.

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Excellent conscientious talented doctor. He takes his time explaining the procedure with the risk and the benefits. I highly recommend him.
May 9, 2019
I'm So Happy with my Breast Augmentation 🙂 I had an amazing experience with Dr. Chen Lee. I had my breast augmentation done on March 15 2019 and I love the result. It's exactly what I was hoping for. I choose to go with 405cc silicone gel. He took his time to explain everything to me, from the consultation all the way to the operating room. He is very kind and calm which are great qualities. I felt no pressure. I definitely recommend him to anyone, who is looking for a good plastic surgeon in Montreal. Very professional.
April 26, 2019
Amazing experience. The BEST in Montreal. he truly is amazing, I had both a rhinoplasty and a breast augmentation performed and I couldn't be happier with the results. Everything looks so natural. Dr Chen Lee is so meticulous and pays attention to details. He really takes his time and would only perform something if he truly thought it would enhance your physical appearance. You'll know your search for the perfect doctor is over as soon as you see him for a consultation. He immediately makes you feel like you're in good hands and you can 100% trust him. Can't recommend him enough!!
April 4, 2019
This doctor is an amazing professional and human being. You can feel the EXPERTISE and very large experience as soon as you sit in his office and start talking with him. Very kind, soft voice, he listens to you and shows so much empathy and a real interest in what you're saying. He really wants to help and explains to you everything, very well. He doesn't try to sell you anything if he feels you don't need it. Yes, the consultation is 140$, but he takes his time with you and share so much knowledge and compassion. He will answer EVERY QUESTION you may have and even show you proof and visual examples for everything, so you understand very well. He is a true expert. If your goal is to reach the most natural effect, he is the doctor for you.
November 10, 2018
Dr. Lee is hands down the nicest doctor I have ever met. I went to see him for fillers and he spent a great deal of time answering my questions and explaining the various procedures I was asking about. He also showed me numerous before and after pictures to support his explanations. I'm very happy with my results, and I will definitely be seeing Dr. Lee again in the future.
April 5, 2017
Professional and Honest. My experience with Dr. Chen Lee was better than I imagined. I was referred by a friend because I loved her lips. He treated her nose too. It has a really natural appearance! I have had previous filler injections at other clinics, but was always disappointed with the results and lack of professionalism. Dr. Chen Lee is not judgemental, listens to his patients and behaves professionally. I will return to have him repeat my lip injections.
February 26, 2019

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Downloadable Resources

The following are useful downloadable pdf documents and useful hyperlinks.

Downloadable resources on cosmetic and aesthetic surgery subjects

Breast Augmentation: Downloadable Resources

This downloadable pdf file contains useful instructions on preparation for breast augmentation in Montreal. 


This downloadable pdf file contains useful instructions on recovery following breast augmentation surgery in Montreal. 

This downloadable pdf file contains useful instructions on breast massage to keep breasts soft and natural following breast augmentation in Montreal. 


Breast Implant Warranty Information

Mentor offers a limited warranty on their implants. Learn more about the details.

Allergan, the manufacturer of Naturelle breast implants, also offers a limited warranty.

American Society of Plastic Surgeons Guiding Principles on Fat Transfers in the Breast

This downloadable pdf file contains the guiding principles on fat transfers to the breast for cosmetic purposes detailed by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons Fat Graft Task Force in January 2009. While fat transfers to the breast for cosmetic augmentation have yet to be rigorously studied, serious drawbacks have yet to be identified in the limited existing medical literature.

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