Dr. Maria Helena Lima is an Assistant Professor of Surgery for the Section of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Augusta University.
Dr. Lima has 11 years of experience specializing in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Facial Reconstruction and Craniofacial Pediatric Plastic Surgery. Originally from Brazil, her clinical interests include body contouring, body contouring after massive weight loss, face lifts, rhinoplasties, facial reconstruction after Mohs procedure, injectables (Botox and fillers), breast reconstruction and pediatric plastic surgery including cleft lip, cleft palate and craniosynostosis. After earning her medical degree from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, she completed her General Surgery Residency at Hospital Orencio de Freitas and her Plastic Surgery Residency at the National Cancer Institute in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Dr. Lima completed fellowships in Body Contouring after Massive Weight Loss at Iowa City Plastic Surgery; Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery at University of Texas Medical Branch Hospitals; Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery at University of Utah; and Reconstructive Microsurgery at Augusta University. She also practiced as a Cosmetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgeon in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for four years. Dr. Lima is board certified by the SBCP - Board Certified Plastic Surgeon - Brazilian Society of Plastic Surgery, and ABCCMF- Board Certified Craniofacial Plastic Surgeon - Brazilian Society of Craniomaxillofacial Surgery . As the only female plastic surgeon in the area, Dr. Lima is empathetic with the female patients perspective and concerns in all types of procedures including aesthetic, reconstructive, breast and cosmetic surgery. She has several published materials and has given a multitude of presentations in Congresses, Courses and Symposiums. Dr. Lima is fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish.
Dr. Lima has been happily married for 8 years and has two daughters. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, outdoor activities and entertaining with friends.
Areas of Expertise (5)
Pediatric Plastic Surgery
Cleft lip and palate repair
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Body contouring after massive weight loss
Federal University of Rio de Janeiro: Doctorate, Medicine
Hospital Orncio de Freitas: Residency, General Surgery
National Cancer Institute in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Residency, Plastic Surgery
Augusta University: Fellowship, Reconstructive Microsurgery
University of Utah: Fellowship, Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery
Iowa City Plastic Surgery: Fellowship, Body Contouring after Massive Weight Loss
University of Texas Medical Branch Hospitals: Fellowship, Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery
- Board Certified, SBCP - Board Certified Plastic Surgeon - Brazilian Society of Plastic Surgery
- Board Certified, ABCCMF- Board Certified Craniofacial Plastic Surgeon - Brazilian Society of Craniomaxillofacial Surgery