Survey feedback for Dr. Calvin Lee

Thank you everyone for participating in this survey provided to us by the Allergan company – makers of Botox, Juvederm, Voluma, Volbella, Latisse, and Kybella.  Here are some of the results that I got on the survey which is anonymous – thank you.   I still have much to improve upon and thank you for providing feedback.

Dr. Lee is so informative and he takes his time to explain and encourages questions.
Awesome service
couldnt ask for more
Dr Lee is always so caring and professional
Dr. Lee is the most compassionate and dedicated physician I have ever met. I work with Dr Lee on my face with botox for pain and hemi facal spasms due to a severe attack of bells palsy. I am so grateful that he helps me manage the challenges that still affect me to this day.
he is amazing
Dr Lee is one of the most amazing, skilled, charismatic, and engaging people I”ve ever met!
I”ve NEVER seen a doctor who is so caring and amazing! Super genuine, sincere, so obvious that he truly cares about his patients. Always treated like family and made priority. It is obvious why his wife and him are so successful
Beyond excellent. Interested in my condition, offers excellent advice, is focused on getting rid of pain
Always professional and engaging.
Best provider, after using several others over the years
No one better!! Excellent!!
Dr. Lee is very caring and explains everything he”s doing.
Dr. Lee is outstanding…very good just isn”t a accurate rating for someone of his standard of care.
I respect & trust Dr. Lee.
The Doctor went over and beyond to answer all my questions
He explains everything and I dont feel rushed at all
He is outstanding
Absolutely love Dr. Lee . I never feel rushed in his office and he always spends enough time or more so to explain everything to me .
Got Botox doctor always lets me know his opinion and in the end it”s always my decision on what and how much Botox I want. Never feel pressured or obligated to do anything
Never seems rushed, always answers my questions, asks questions about my condition.
Always thorough in explanation and reassessment of product necessary to each visit
Takes a few minutes to catch up on how things are going since the last visit. Warm, friendly and care.
Dr. Lee always explains in a way that I can understand.
Dr. Lee is ALWAYS very thorough and never acts annoyed at my many questions.
an artist…. has a sincere and kind demeanor
Dr is fantastic! Easy going and friendly!
Again, every time I come in its a different challenge as to what is causing me issues with my face. He keeps every injection profile so he can address areas that cause me discomfort.
He does great work!
Dr. Lee is absolutely the best . I like the fact that he will never overdo my face he always keeps it looking very natural .
Never any complaints will never go with any other doctor
I”ve been back Twice!! That says a lot for me!! I am very very picky.
I have always been happy with results by Dr. Lee, so keep returning and have recommended 4 friends, who continue to use him, also
Gave lots of insight and information
Always explains what he is doing as he is actually doing it, since I am a bit nervous
Dr. Lee … When I leave his office I am always satisfied with what he has done to me..
I always hear pros and cons of everything I know I”m in good hands always I trust Dr Lee 100%
Outstanding in regards to botox injections
Extremely happy
I”ve been seeing Dr. Lee for almost 3 years now . And all of my procedures have been excellent .
I always feel like a million bucks after I see Dr Lee
One spot on the upper lip where injection went in created a bump that lasted several months and made the lip look funny.
Botox results were very good
In several visits, my severe pain was relieved.
Extremely pleased with the results.
I have never had a complaint with Dr. Lee”s technique or outcome
Dr. Lee is a true artist
I”m always s amazed at how much better I look. Feel renewed.
never any problems
Very understanding and gracious when I was discussing costs
Dr. Lee explains the cost first which leaves no surprises.
Dr Lee is enjoyable and always has the latest information.
Beauty is pricey sometimes, but my outcomed are positive.
always leave there happy
Dr. Wu and Dr. Lee”s practice is first class in patient care. They go above and beyond to meet my medical needs. I turn to them for medical care and products.
I will never go anywhere else!
Absolutely positive!
Yes I have already recommended Dr. Lee”s office to my friends and family ..
I always let everyone know that this is the doctor they want to see.
I have gone in with friends and family who are now regular patients
I have recommended Dr. Lee to many of my friends!
Always! Always! I”ve already recommended dr lee to a friend who came in, met dr lee, and purchased latisse.
Since the only procedure I had was accupuncture and it was so many years ago.
I drive far to come visit him. My sister comes from Monterrey, and my niece from El Dorado hills just because of the great job he does!
Very satisfied with staff and doctor curteous beautiful environment and will recommend family and friends
Dr Lee is thorough, patient, and takes his time explaining aspects of the procedure I receive. I chose him as my doctor specifically because of his qualifications; his personality is a bonus!
Dr. Lee and Dr. Wu are the very best in our area and I hope they will continue their outstanding practice in Modesto . I cannot imagine going to anyone else
I give 5 star rating!
The most genuine caring, detail oriented, and patient doctor I know.
I really enjoy meeting with Dr. Lee. He is always friendly and professional. I appreciate his information about procedures. He always answers questions and I believe he is always honest and explains pricing in an understandable manner so you aren”t surprised at check-out time. I have ever had any negative side effects or issues when receiving a procedure. Because of this I consider Dr. Lee to be very skilled in his practice. I feel he listens to feedback and truly values providing a positive experience for his clients.
Very satisfied with my experiences with Dr Lee and Dr Wu.
Always very pleasant. This is how dr offices should be ran.
Keep up the good work
I am always pleased with my experience at Dr. Lee”s and Dr. Wu”s office!
Glad you are near me. Thanks
I believe in your medical expertise and your staff”s.
Dr Lee is awesome about not making a bruise
Have been a patient for a number of years and started with acupuncture for fertility. Dr. Lee is a wonderful doctor and now living far away, I fly down from Seattle to see him. I would recommend him to everyone. He is kind and patient and caring and the utmost professional.
Wish you where open at least one saturday a month its hard sometimes to get there during the week when you work out of town
Love Dr Lee and his staff. Always helpful answering any questions I have. I recommend his office to anyone who complements me on my skin.
Best doctor! Gives you a lot of details before any start procedure
It is always a pleasure to be treated by you!
Dr. Lee and his staff have always been friendly, professional and helpful at every visit as well as anytime I have called to make an appointment or ask a question.
I”m happy with the service from the front desk. Everybody is courteous and helpful. Dr. Lee is skilled with needles and never pushes me to do more work than I”m comfortable with. I”m extremely pleased.
Very pleased every time I”m there for a procedure.
My only complaint is about myself: I wish I had gone to Dr. Lee much sooner. Extremely pleased with him and the entire staff.
so very thankful that Dr. Lee”s talent has landed in Modesto.
I had a wonderful experience here. Great staff and amazing dr
I love this practice
I highly recommend Dr. Lee.

Essay on Kybella Experience – Day 0

A Kybella testimonial – the day of the Kybella Injection

Did Kybella hurt? Was Kybella Worth it? Our staff member gets Kybella injections for the very first time!  I asked her to write me a blurb about her experience the day of her Kybella injection.  This is a great recounting of the Kybella experience.

Ok, Dr. Lee! I did it! It might be a tad long, but it is exactly as I remember the experience, loaded with 100% honesty! Better to be a bit longer and cover every detail so our patients are well prepared for their own experience I guess. Of course, I am happy to shorten it or make any changes you need me to make. 🙂 See below. Hope you enjoy it.

Also, you are welcome to use my real name. I give my express permission.

Day 0. Kybella Injection Day.

I knew I wanted Kybella the moment I heard about it.  My family, especially the women, suffer from genetic submental fullness.  Short, tall, skinny, full… we all have a double chin.  To learn of a non-surgical permanent option to treat my double chin after a lifetime of thinking I’d have to tolerate it forever was very exciting . The problem was… injections… needles…aah!  I am NOT a needle person.
Like so many, the thought of an injection makes me very uneasy.  On top of that, I have what I believe to be a very low pain tolerance.  But I could do this…maybe…someday.

I’ve had the great honor of watching Dr. Lee perform the procedure many times on various patients and finally, my day had come. We had a Kybella event in the office and he needed one more volunteer for a live demo.  Reluctantly, I said I’d do it.  Now or never!  Seize the day!

I sat in the procedure chair with a smile on my face for the audience watching, secretly regretting my decision.  My heart was thumping, my head was aching, and I was feeling light headed.  I knew I was in very capable hands as I trust Dr. Lee whole heartedly, but those needles!  Dr. Lee applied the temporary tattoo to my chin that helps to guide hisnjections.  He counted the dots, 34.  I’d have to endure 34 injections.  My heart thumped even harder.  I iced the area some more with a fresh ice pack, hoping to numb myself entirely.  “Ok, here we go!” he said.

I pulled the ice pack off and held my breath.  I felt nothing. I knew he had started injecting, but there was no pain.  He asked me aloud for the audience to hear, “What is your pain level on a scale of 1 to 10?”  I answered with, “0.”  About half way through as the cold from the ice started to fade, I could barely feel the pinch of the needles.  I could feel that he was injecting, but only very lightly.

The area that had already been injected started to burn a bit.  The Kybella had started working, breaking open those fat cells right away.  The pain isn’t intense at all.  To me, it felt like a strained muscle after a hard workout.  He asked me again for my pain level. “Maybe a 2” I replied. The pain builds for a short time and as he makes his way across the chin area, but for myself it never passed a 2.

When he was done with all 34 Kybella injections my pain remained at a 2 for about 10 more minutes until it started to fade.  I was so proud of myself for having done it.  The anticipation was by far the scariest part.

The area felt very tender to the touch and started to swell right away. A dull pain remained for the rest of the night and I didn’t want to touch it as it was extremely sensitive to pressure.  Even gently applying an ice pack was too much.  As long as I left it alone, I was OK.  The pain was inside, on the outside the skin was entirely numb.  It was an odd sensation.  The swelling continued to worsen and by bed time, I was happy I had borrowed a scarf from a co-worker just in case I had to leave the house the next day.


Stay tuned for Day 1 – the day AFTER Kybella injections.


Allergan top 500 ranking 1-25-17

I’m estimating that Allergan has about 20,000+ American accounts. Today, they ranked me 372. This number changes everyday. Fun number to watch. But in the end, it’s quality that matters and it’s high quality injections, results, safety and comfort that helped me get here. I still feel that there is much much more to improve, so I have to keep working at it. A big thank you to all my patients from Modesto and beyond for trusting me with Botox, Juvederm, Voluma, Volbella, and Kybella injections.

Update, ranking on 1/25/17 a few hours later reveal:

Allergan updates this daily! Today I’m ranked 351 out of their 20,000 plus accounts in America. Well, it’s probably not going to get much higher than that. I am focusing on quality not quantity. If for some reason the quantity goes up as a good side effect of quality work, then I guess that’s a good side effect. Thank you again for trusting me with your Botox, Juvederm, Voluma, Volbella, and Kybella (double chin) injections.

Growth of Acupuncture and Cosmetic Visits for Dr. Calvin Lee

Over 6000 patient visits to Dr. Calvin Lee, MD in 2016

I just wanted to say that I am very grateful for the growth that I’ve experienced at Surgical Artistry in Modesto, CA.  My wife, Dr. Tammy Wu, and I started Surgical Artistry in 2006, and I personally only had 103 patient visits in that very first year.  And now it is January of 2017, and I got a chance to look at the data for the year 2016.  That reveals over 6000 patient visits to me for Acupuncture, Botox, Juvederm, Kybella, Voluma, and other cosmetic injections.

I changed my focus of my career from a general surgery / trauma based practice to a acupuncture / cosmetic injections type practice in 2006.  We have to start somewhere when we change over.  In 2009, I took 3 months off to tour Asia on my violin – I got to solo with great orchestras and perform at amazing concert halls.  Then in 2010 I was back to work full swing but that was the year we decided to become independent from medical insurance.  So for sure after 2010, it was a great big adventure for us.

In 2016, I hit the Diamond Status with Allergan which is a designation for their top 4% of their practices.  I am very thankful for this growth and support from my patients from Modesto and beyond.  I will do my best to continue to improve my skill in terms of results and safety.  I also want to continue to increase the value of what I do for my patients.

I look forward to two more decades of work in Modesto.

About Surgical Artistry – your Kybella center


Surgical Artistry was formed in 2006 in Modesto by husband and wife team Dr. Tammy Wu and Dr. Calvin Lee to promote wellness and beauty through Acupuncture, Botox, and Plastic Surgical procedures. Dr. Wu and Dr. Lee had educational opportunities at Brown University, Harvard, Stanford, Case Western Reserve, and Southern Illinois University. Dr. Wu graduated top of her medical school class at Brown University. Dr. Lee on the violin was concertmaster of orchestras at Brown University, Harvard University and in New York where he grew up. He believes that playing musical instruments improves the dexterity required to be a good surgeon. Dr. Wu and Dr. Lee came to Modesto in 2003. Dr. Tammy Wu is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, and Dr. Calvin Lee is a Board Certified General Surgeon with specialized experience in Trauma. He became an Acupuncturist in 2006. Surgical Artistry has evolved since 2010 to become independent of medical insurances. Thus the procedures we do today are those that are usually not covered by insurance, or poorly covered by insurance. Tummy Tucks, Breast Augmentation, Cosmetic Botox for wrinkles on the face, Kybella injection for Double Chin, and Acupuncture are the majority of our procedures at Surgical Artistry.

We are proud supporters of the arts and healthy living in Central Valley and Sacramento. We are founders of the Gallo Center for the Arts, founding title sponsors for the Surgical Artistry Modesto Symphony Pops Series / Surgical Artistry Modesto Symphony Fat Cat Classics 2006-2009, and founding title sponsors for the Surgical Artistry Modesto Marathon

Please feel free to call us for more information (209) 551-1888. And visit one of our self-made 100+ websites:,,,,,,

We moved on March 22, 2019 to Dale Road.  Our new address is:

Surgical Artistry
4754 Dale Road
Modesto, CA 95356

(209) 551-1888

Dr. Lee self-proclaims that he made the first plastic surgery webpage in the world back in 1995 and it was for the Brown University department of Plastic Surgery.

How much for Botox

On Facebook, I was posting about a Kybella live injection demonstration event at my office, Surgical Artistry in Modesto, and I got a few questions about Kybella and a few questions about Botox.  I wanted to try to answer this Botox question here which was a question about how much Botox costs.  I think this is a somewhat difficult question to answer because everyone wants something different.  Sometimes extremely different.  But this answer might be a good generalization

How much for Botox?

I approach all my procedures as surgical procedures including my Botox injections. Injected by me, I charge $12.75 per unit for Botox (2017 pricing, subject to change). To expand this further, Let’s say one was to inject the glabellar complex (the area between the eyes). On average I use 20 units for that area. That comes out to $255 (2017 pricing, subject to change). However that might not be the right amount based on your goals. We can definitely do less or do more. There are pros and cons to each decision and I would work hard to listen and create the right result for each unique patient. And I would work hard to make sure the Botox was used very efficiently without any wasting of the very very valuable product! Thanks for asking!

I wrote this little essay which might be of interest:

What it means to me to be your doctor

Question about Obagi Nu Derm numbers on the bottles

My staff recently sent a question to me.  His question was:

Why do some of products related to the Obagi Nuderm Skin Care system not have numbers?

My answer to the Obagi Nu-derm numbering question:

Another EXCELLENT question!!

Here are my possible answers:

Obagi Medical doesn’t know how to count. But a better reason would be, that as time went on, new products got invented and thus they didn’t want to change the numbering system – but that doesn’t explain why the Tretinoin itself doesn’t have a number – maybe they didn’t own a company at the time that made tretinoin. How’s that for an answer?


Obagi is selling that “set” as a “STARTER set with numbers” – it is enough to get started and then they should add the Elastiderm, Vitamin C Serum, Vitamin C peptide, and very importantly the Tretinoin. So these are things that need to be customized for the patients preferences and budget.

So the unnumbered products which are eventually needed:

  1. Elastiderm
  2. Vitamin C serum
  3. Vitmain C-Peptide
  4. Tretinoin 0.05% or Tretinoin 0.1% (sometimes Retin-A)

My summary of the order of how to use Obagi Nu-Derm System – the Surgical Artistry Modesto Way:


  1. Cleanser
  2. Toner
  3. Elastiderm Eye cream
  4. Vit C
  5. Vit C peptide
  6. Clear #3
  7. Exfoderm / Forte
  8. Sunfader
  10. Sunscreen (SS50)
  11. Make up


  1. Cleanser
  2. Toner
  3. Elastiderm Eye cream
  4. Vit C Peptide
  5. Clear
  6. Blender/Tretinoin Mixture
  7. HYDRATE / or Hydrate Luxe


Dr. Tammy Wu added a few more thoughts to this Obagi question:

You don’t know this because you weren’t here when Obagi Starter Set didn’t have Hydrate as one of its products; in its place was Sunfader. That’s why Sunfader was numbered #6, as it was #6 in the original Obagi Starter Set.

Sunfader is an excellent product to add for those patients who have hyperpigmentation or freckles due to sun damage or melasma due to pregnancy.

Hydrate is a very recent addition to the Kit and replacement for Sunfader. Sunfader used to be in its place in the kit. Hydrate came about because of people’s complaint of peeling and dry skin after product application. Hydrate does ease the temporary peeling and dry skin feeling for people just starting the products. But it is also an excellent moisturizing retainer – it holds water in the skin for up to 8 hours, just like Hydrate Luxe does.

Therefore, for those with dark spots on their face, I will add the SUnfader to their regimen ALWAYS, because Sunfader is a prescription product with Hydroquinone and chemical sunscreen which will help lighten the dark spots.

What it means to me to be your doctor

I will work hard to listen to my patients’ desired goals and work hard to satisfy every patient. We will have conversations which involve my brutal honesty. Patients will not be allowed to leave until I feel that I’ve completed my best work for what we had planned. I welcome patients with “high standards” because I have very high standards myself.

There are patients out there who believe that a “syringe is a syringe” and that the surgeon doesn’t matter.  Those folks can go elsewhere. In the end, I hope my patients will put more value in the procedure with me in control rather than the generic “vial” or generic “syringe” which can’t inject itself. And I hope my patients will believe that I will always try to give them the best value for the highest quality. I strive to use the least amount of product for maximum result.

I view all my needle related procedures (acupuncture, Kybella, Botox, Juvederm, etc) as minimally invasive surgeries.  They ARE surgeries.  For me, they require, surgical planning and surgical precision.

My big three aims are to achieve excellence with safety, results, and comfort. Complications can sometimes happen, and if they occur, I will do all that I can to resolve it.

I am truly honored to your doctor. Thank you to all my patients for trusting me and allowing me to practice medicine, acupuncture and surgery at the highest level possible.

I think this explains very well my reason for creating and working at Surgical Artistry.  I think in some ways they call this a personal “mission statement.”  I work with needles all day.  I place needles for Acupuncture.  I inject Kybella, Botox, Juvederm, Restylane, Voluma, Volbella, and Asclera for veins.

Allergan top 500 accounts

In my estimate, Allergan has tens of thousands of accounts across America.  In fact, I had figured out from what my patients tell me that there are about 51 other Botox (and maybe Kybella) injectors that my patients could easily drive to.  So there are a lot of account.  I can’t vouch that all these accounts are folks that purchase directly from Allergan USA, etc.  Anyway, I’m super thankful that my patients chose me for their injection of Botox or Kybella.  If anyone is interested here is a list that I built up just based on conversations I’ve had with my Botox patients regarding where they have either gotten Botox before or where their friends get Botox:  Listing of Botox injectors in the Modesto area.

Allergan has a internal ranking system of practices which encourages some friendly competition.  These are the levels:

  • Silver
  • Gold
  • Platinum
  • Platinum Plus
  • Diamond
  • Top 500
  • Top 250
  • Top 50
  • Top 25
  • Top 10

They used to have a “Black Diamond” but that got replaced by top 500.  This replacement probably happened a year or two ago.

I was at the Platinum Plus level for about 2 years, and just last year (the second half of last year), I got elevated to Diamond level.  The Allergan company tells me that Diamond level means that one among the top 4% of their accounts.  The points that get considered for this ranking includes purchases of Botox, Kybella, Latisse, Juvederm, Voluma, Volbella, SkinMedica, and Natrelle Breast Implants.  We don’t currently purchase SkinMedica products and we have very few Natrelle Breast Implants. This means that I made it to the Diamond level mainly on facial aesthetic injections.

383 is my ranking as of 1/9/17. But this is “artificially” inflated because I just made an order on 1/6/17 of 70 boxes of 100U Botox Vials.

Interestingly, they will tempt you with a ranking in the top 500 when you quickly dip into that list when you make a sizable order.  This number changes rapidly.  One gets locked into the top 500 apparently if you can be IN the top 500 list by the end of January 2017.  So I’m currently just got to Diamond level, and maybe, just maybe, I can sustain a top 500 ranking till the end of this month.  As of 1/9/17, my ranking is 383.  But this can rapidly fall in a few days out of the top 500, but I thought I’d at least take a screen capture.  Or maybe, just maybe, I can get a new status and claim to be a top 500 account by the end of January, 2017.  In the end, this is all just for fun.  I know that quality is much more important than quantity.

Here I am picture with an award that I got in 2016 when I solidified myself as a Diamond level account with Allergan. Thank you for the award.