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About Michael Law, MD

Dr. Law is devoted to providing his patients with an aesthetic surgery practice environment that affords the greatest degree of safety and comfort possible, and complete confidentiality. To that end he performs all major cosmetic surgeries in fully accredited surgical facilities and uses only board-certified M.D. anesthesiologists to provide anesthesia care. He also provides patients with complimentary overnight observation at the surgery center with skilled nursing care following major surgical procedures.

His cosmetic plastic surgery patients benefit from the combination of his extraordinary training, his ability to communicate effectively and compassionately, his ability to identify and understand each cosmetic surgery patient's individual treatment goals, and his talent for producing natural-appearing aesthetic enhancements. As a leading North Carolina plastic surgeon, Dr. Law also believes that cosmetic surgery is not necessarily the ideal 'solution' for every patient's concerns, and for that reason he has incorporated a state-of-the-art, award-winning medical spa into his aesthetic surgery practice. Blue Water Spa offers a full spectrum of medical aesthetic technology and services that can provide both surgical and non-surgical patients with significant aesthetic enhancements, with minimal or no 'down time'.

This fully-integrated cosmetic surgery practice and medical spa provides aesthetic enhancements for patients at any stage in the aging process, and for patients with both modest and dramatic treatment goals. Dr. Law takes pride in offering only those products, services and procedures which are safe, effective and scientifically sound.

Education & Training

Undergraduate: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Medical School: Emory University
General Surgery Residency: University of California Los Angeles
Plastic Surgery Residency: University of Southern California
Plastic Surgery Fellowship: University of Southern California


Practice, Michael Law, MD

10941 Raven Ridge Rd
Raleigh, NC 27614
United States

Questions Answered

Asked 2014-09-15

I want to have breast augmentation surgery. How long before the procedure do I have to stop smoking?

2 Answers
Michael Law, MD
Answered: 2014-09-15
It is important to stop smoking before any aesthetic surgery. I ask patients to stop three months prior to a consultation. This may sound excessive. But after ninety days, people generally can stay away from cigarettes. Surgery can be stressful, and stress during recovery may be the reason someone might start smoking again.
Asked 2014-09-09

I have an inquiry about the facial implants. Are they safe and stable in cheeks or chin or forehead if they could keep getting pressurized in a situation like airline flights? Is there a possibility of a bone erosion by them? Which is the better choice between the implants and the fillers if I want…

2 Answers
Michael Law, MD
Answered: 2014-09-09
I typically prefer structural fat grafting to facial implants as your own fat looks and feels more natural. The only exception to this is chin implants. If you are considering either fat grafting or facial implants, I would strongly urge to seek out a plastic surgeon who can demonstrate their expertise and ability to provide a natural looking result by viewing many, many before and after images. The before and after photos should be taken from three different perspectives, the patients should be the same distance from the camera, and the lighting should be consistent.
Asked 2014-08-22

I am 38 years old and experiencing descent of the cheek pad area which has in turn resulted in a droop of the Nasolabial region, giving a tired and older look. I have tried fillers multiple times but not quite solved the problem . I am wondering if a mini lift would help address the issue. I have…

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Michael Law, MD
Answered: 2014-09-09
Don't be concerned with the name of a procedure. Start viewing before and after images of patients who look like you to start, with a result that are pleasing to you. Then, check the training and certification of the plastic surgeons who perform the procedure. An in-person consultation is ideal. Fillers can be wonderful, but inexperienced injectors can overfill and / or inject improperly leaving the face looking puffy, unnatural and too full
Asked 2014-08-21

I'm 30 years old I have one pendulous breast with the nipple directed outward and downward. I want to undergo minimal lift of this breast to look similar to the other breast. Is the crescent incision better than donut incision? Can I undergo this surgery with local anesthesia?

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Michael Law, MD
Answered: 2014-09-09
The ‘circumareolar mastopexy’ (‘donut’ or ‘Benelli’ mastopexy): this surgery is really not a mastopexy at all, even though plastic surgeons commonly refer to these surgeries as mastopexy procedures. The term ‘mastopexy’ means breast lift, and a circumareolar excision of breast skin followed by closure of the resulting wound absolutely does not lift the breast. As this surgery tightens the skin selectively over the apex of the breast mound, it actually serves to flatten the breast and reduce projection. It does nothing to tighten the lower pole and does nothing to lift the position of the overall breast volume relative to the inframammary fold. I strongly prefer to perform mastopexy surgeries primarily using a vertical mastopexy technique, which includes removal of excess lower pole tissue below the nipple-areola complex. If your surgeon is recommending a ‘circumareolar’ or ‘donut’ or ‘Benelli’ mastopexy, insist on seeing as many postoperative photographs as possible. I can almost guarantee that you will not like what you see, and that you will not be inclined to have that surgery - which is not truly a breast lift surgery - performed on your breasts. The driving force behind the "crescent lift" and the "doughnut lift" is a desire to eliminate the vertical scar between the areola and the inframammary fold. However, if the nature of the surgery by definition results in a less favorable and much more noticeable scar around the areolar border, and the surgery simultaneously tends to flatten and reduce the projection at the top of the breast mound, these consequences are not a reasonable trade-off for the elimination of the vertical scar. Especially since the vertical scar, in most patient, fades to a faint and minimally noticeable line with attentive postoperative scar management and the passage of enough time

Additional Information

Office Hours
Monday 9AM–5PM
Tuesday 9AM–5PM
Wednesday 9AM–5PM
Thursday 9AM–5PM
Friday 9AM–5PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Consultation Price
We have a two-part consultation process. Your initial consultation is a complimentary appointment with one of our experienced Cosmetic Surgery Patient Coordinators that is 30 to 45 minutes long. Your Patient Coordinator can give you answers to general questions you may have about surgical procedures in this practice. They will also discuss with you your health history, expectations for surgery, and a general price range for the procedure(s) you are interested in. ‘Before and After’ photographs are also available for your review. If it is determined that the aesthetic enhancement in which you are interested can be accomplished in this practice, then a consultation appointment will be scheduled for you with Dr. Law.

Your consultation with Dr. Law is a one-hour appointment. Dr. Law will discuss with you in detail the aesthetic enhancement(s) that you have in mind, examine the area(s) that you wish to improve, and based on the discussion and examination will put together a personalized surgical plan that meets your individual needs. There is a $100 prepaid fee for this consultation. That charge will be applied to surgery, if you elect to proceed.

For out of town patients, a Cosmetic Surgery Consultant will discuss surgery with you by phone to determine if we can provide the surgical treatment in which you are interested. A completed intake form and digital photographs will be evaluated prior to your telephone appointment, and Dr. Law also requires copies of operative reports from any prior cosmetic surgery that has been performed on the body area for which you desire surgical improvement. Following the telephone appointment, a two-part, in-person consultation appointment may be scheduled, consisting of an initial 30-minute meeting with a Surgery Coordinator followed immediately by a one-hour consultation with Dr. Law.
Board Certifications
American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS)
Society Memberships
The Aesthetic Society
American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
Hospital Affiliation(s)
North Carolina Specialty Hospital
Rex Wakefield Surgery Center
Duke Raleigh Hospital
WakeMed North Healthplex

Michael Law, MD

Practice, Michael Law, MD

10941 Raven Ridge Rd
Raleigh, NC 27614
United States