Valerie Lemaine, MD, MPH, FRCSC

Reconstructive & Cosmetic Surgery


Valerie Lemaine, MD, MPH, FRCSC

Reconstructive & Cosmetic Surgery

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Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Bachelor of Music, University of Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Medical School

Doctor of Medicine, University of Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada


Division of Plastic and Rescontructive Surgery, University of Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada


Reconstructive Microsurgery, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY


Primary Location

Plastic Surgery Consultants
7760 France Ave South , Suite 1000
Bloomington, MN 55435
Phone: (952) 746-6767

Areas of Special Interest


  • Prepectoral Breast Reconstruction
  • Flap surgery
  • Breast augmentation
  • Breast lift
  • Breast reduction
  • Revision breast surgery
  • Gynecomastia
  • Subcutaneous mastetcomy
  • Tubular breast correction
  • Poland's syndrome reconstruction


  • Abdominsplasty
  • Liposuction
  • Body contouring
  • Arm lift
  • Thigh life
  • Labiaplasty


  • Blepharoplasty
  • Microliposculpture
  • Buccal fat pad excision
  • Fat grafting
  • Fillers/Botox
  • Tracheal shave

Oncologic Reconstruction:

  • Breast reconstruction
  • Gynecologic reconstruction



Academic Honors & Professional Achievements


  • Minnesota Monthly's Top Doctors for 2017Minnesota Monthly's Top Doctors for 2017


  • Minnesota Monthly 2016 Best Doctors
  • Minnesota Monthly Magazine


  • 2016 America's Top Breast Surgeons Award
  • American Institute of Plastic Surgeons


  • Article feature Mayo Alumni Magazine


  • Best Doctor for Women Minnesota Monthly


  • 10 Best Client Satisfaction Award
  • American Institute of Plastic Surgeons


  • Minnesota Monthly 2014 Top Doctor
  • Minnesota Monthly Magazine


  • Article feature Plastic Surgery Practice


  • AAMC Early Career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminar
  • Association of American Medical Colleges


  • Best Research Presentation Minnesota Society of Plastic Surgeons


Surgical Treatment of Adolescent Breast Disorders: Institutional Experience and National Trends.
Murphy BL, Glasgow AE, Ubl DS, Habermann EB, Lemaine V.
J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2017 Oct 10. pii: S1083-3188(17)30384-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jpag.2017.10.001. [Epub ahead of print]

Acellular Dermal Matrix in Submuscular Implant-Based Breast Reconstruction: A Novel Technique to Improve Symmetry.
Oh C, Winocour S, Lemaine V.
Plast Reconstr Surg. 2017 Oct;140(4):641e-643e. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0000000000003738. No abstract available.

Contralateral Prophylactic Mastectomy with Immediate Breast Reconstruction Increases Healthcare Utilization and Cost.
Boughey JC, Schilz SR, Van Houten HK, Zhu L, Habermann EB, Lemaine V.
Ann Surg Oncol. 2017 Oct;24(10):2957-2964. doi: 10.1245/s10434-017-5983-3. Epub 2017 Aug 1.
PMID: 28766231

Bilateral Prophylactic Mastectomy and Immediate Breast Reconstruction in High-Risk Women: The Importance of Health-Related Quality of Life in Decision Making.
Lemaine V.
Ann Surg Oncol. 2017 Sep;24(9):2434-2435. doi: 10.1245/s10434-017-5916-1. Epub 2017 Jun 9. No abstract available.
PMID: 28600730

Breast cysts rapidly enlarging with replacement of breast parenchyma and asymmetry.
Al-Hilli Z, Javed A, Boughey JC, Lemaine V, Visscher DW, Pruthi S.
Breast J. 2018 Jan;24(1):83-85. doi: 10.1111/tbj.12839. Epub 2017 Jun 7. No abstract available.
PMID: 28590556

Immediate tissue expander or implant-based breast reconstruction does not compromise the oncologic delivery of post-mastectomy radiotherapy (PMRT).
Jethwa KR, Kahila MM, Whitaker TJ, Harmsen WS, Corbin KS, Park SS, Yan ES, Lemaine V, Boughey JC, Mutter RW.
Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2017 Jul;164(1):237-244. doi: 10.1007/s10549-017-4241-5. Epub 2017 Apr 17.

Initial clinical experience of postmastectomy intensity modulated proton therapy in patients with breast expanders with metallic ports.
Mutter RW, Remmes NB, Kahila MM, Hoeft KA, Pafundi DH, Zhang Y, Corbin KS, Park SS, Yan ES, Lemaine V, Boughey JC, Beltran CJ.
Pract Radiat Oncol. 2017 Jul - Aug;7(4):e243-e252. doi: 10.1016/j.prro.2016.12.002. Epub 2016 Dec 16.

Systematic Review of Liposomal Bupivacaine (Exparel) for Postoperative Analgesia.
Vyas KS, Rajendran S, Morrison SD, Shakir A, Mardini S, Lemaine V, Nahabedian MY, Baker SB, Rinker BD, Vasconez HC.
Plast Reconstr Surg. 2016 Oct;138(4):748e-56e. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0000000000002547. Review.

Contralateral Prophylactic Mastectomy Consensus Statement from the American Society of Breast Surgeons: Additional Considerations and a Framework for Shared Decision Making.
Boughey JC, Attai DJ, Chen SL, Cody HS, Dietz JR, Feldman SM, Greenberg CC, Kass RB, Landercasper J, Lemaine V, MacNeill F, Margenthaler JA, Song DH, Staley AC, Wilke LG, Willey SC, Yao KA.
Ann Surg Oncol. 2016 Oct;23(10):3106-11. doi: 10.1245/s10434-016-5408-8. Epub 2016 Jul 28. No abstract available.

Contralateral Prophylactic Mastectomy (CPM) Consensus Statement from the American Society of Breast Surgeons: Data on CPM Outcomes and Risks.
Boughey JC, Attai DJ, Chen SL, Cody HS, Dietz JR, Feldman SM, Greenberg CC, Kass RB, Landercasper J, Lemaine V, MacNeill F, Song DH, Staley AC, Wilke LG, Willey SC, Yao KA, Margenthaler JA.
Ann Surg Oncol. 2016 Oct;23(10):3100-5. doi: 10.1245/s10434-016-5443-5. Epub 2016 Jul 28. No abstract available.

Diffuse dermal angiomatosis of the breast: a series of 22 cases from a single institution.
Reusche R, Winocour S, Degnim A, Lemaine V.
Gland Surg. 2015 Dec;4(6):554-60. doi: 10.3978/j.issn.2227-684X.2015.08.02.
PMID: 26645009

Comparative Study of Liposomal Bupivacaine Versus Paravertebral Block for Pain Control Following Mastectomy with Immediate Tissue Expander Reconstruction.
Abdelsattar JM, Boughey JC, Fahy AS, Jakub JW, Farley DR, Hieken TJ, Degnim AC, Goede W, Mohan AT, Harmsen WS, Niesen AD, Tran NV, Bakri K, Jacobson SR, Lemaine V, Saint-Cyr M.
Ann Surg Oncol. 2016 Feb;23(2):465-70. doi: 10.1245/s10434-015-4833-4. Epub 2015 Aug 26.
PMID: 26307232

Bilateral Thoracodorsal Neuromas: A Cause of Persistent Breast Pain after Bilateral Latissimus Dorsi Breast Reconstruction.
Zhu L, Batdorf NJ, Meares AL, Sukov WR, Lemaine V.
Arch Plast Surg. 2015 Jul;42(4):499-502. doi: 10.5999/aps.2015.42.4.499. Epub 2015 Jul 14. No abstract available.

Breast Reconstruction After Solid Organ Transplant.
Koonce SL, Giles B, McLaughlin SA, Perdikis G, Waldorf J, Lemaine V, TerKonda S.
Ann Plast Surg. 2015 Sep;75(3):343-7. doi: 10.1097/SAP.0000000000000583.
PMID: 26207543.

Management of perioperative microvascular thrombotic complications - The use of multiagent anticoagulation algorithm in 395 consecutive free flaps.
Senchenkov A, Lemaine V, Tran NV.
J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2015 Sep;68(9):1293-303. doi: 10.1016/j.bjps.2015.05.011. Epub 2015 May 21.

Optimizing shape and projection in low-volume bilateral microvascular breast reconstruction: Technical tips.
Senchenkov A, Lemaine V.
J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2015 Sep;68(9):1313-4. doi: 10.1016/j.bjps.2015.04.026. Epub 2015 May 7. No abstract available.
PMID: 25986419

Massage therapy alone and in combination with meditation for breast cancer patients undergoing autologous tissue reconstruction: A randomized pilot study.
Dion LJ, Engen DJ, Lemaine V, Lawson DK, Brock CG, Thomley BS, Cha SS, Sood A, Bauer BA, Wahner-Roedler DL.
Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2016 May;23:82-7. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2015.04.005. Epub 2015 May 12.

Early Surgical Site Infection Following Tissue Expander Breast Reconstruction with or without Acellular Dermal Matrix: National Benchmarking Using National Surgical Quality Improvement Program.
Winocour S, Martinez-Jorge J, Habermann E, Thomsen K, Lemaine V.
Arch Plast Surg. 2015 Mar;42(2):194-200. doi: 10.5999/aps.2015.42.2.194. Epub 2015 Mar 16.
PMID: 25798391

Intermediate and Long-term Outcomes of Giant Fibroadenoma Excision in Adolescent and Young Adult Patients.
Cerrato FE, Pruthi S, Boughey JC, Simmons PS, Salje B, Nuzzi LC, Lemaine V, Labow BI.
Breast J. 2015 May-Jun;21(3):254-9. doi: 10.1111/tbj.12394. Epub 2015 Mar 13.
PMID: 25772491

Acupuncture in the postoperative setting for breast cancer patients: a feasibility study.
Mallory MJ, Croghan KA, Sandhu NP, Lemaine V, Degnim AC, Bauer BA, Cha SS, Croghan IT.
Am J Chin Med. 2015;43(1):45-56. doi: 10.1142/S0192415X15500032.
PMID: 25682785

Introducing the SKIN score: a validated scoring system to assess severity of mastectomy skin flap necrosis.
Lemaine V, Hoskin TL, Farley DR, Grant CS, Boughey JC, Torstenson TA, Jacobson SR, Jakub JW, Degnim AC.
Ann Surg Oncol. 2015 Sep;22(9):2925-32. doi: 10.1245/s10434-015-4409-3. Epub 2015 Jan 30.
PMID: 25634782

Enhanced recovery after surgery in microvascular breast reconstruction.
Batdorf NJ, Lemaine V, Lovely JK, Ballman KV, Goede WJ, Martinez-Jorge J, Booth-Kowalczyk AL, Grubbs PL, Bungum LD, Saint-Cyr M.
J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2015 Mar;68(3):395-402. doi: 10.1016/j.bjps.2014.11.014. Epub 2014 Nov 21.
PMID: 25488326

Randomized trial of drain antisepsis after mastectomy and immediate prosthetic breast reconstruction.
Degnim AC, Hoskin TL, Brahmbhatt RD, Warren-Peled A, Loprinzi M, Pavey ES, Boughey JC, Hieken TJ, Jacobson S, Lemaine V, Jakub JW, Irwin C, Foster RD, Sbitany H, Saint-Cyr M, Duralde E, Ramaker S, Chin R, Sieg M, Wildeman M, Scow JS, Patel R, Ballman K, Baddour LM, Esserman LJ.
Ann Surg Oncol. 2014 Oct;21(10):3240-8. doi: 10.1245/s10434-014-3918-9. Epub 2014 Aug 6.
PMID: 25096386

Abstract 123: Early Surgical Site Infection Following Tissue Expander Breast Reconstruction With And Without Acellular Dermal Matrix: National Benchmarking Using NSQIP.
Winocour S, Habermann EB, Thomsen KM, Lemaine V.
Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014 Mar;133(3 Suppl):138-9. doi: 10.1097/01.prs.0000444949.39099.67. No abstract available.
PMID: 25942234

Abstract 113: Comparison of Outcomes for Patients Undergoing Free Flap Autologous Breast Reconstruction Utilizing a Multimodal Enhanced Recovery Pathway versus Traditional Care.
Batdorf NJ, Mubang R, Whitney G, Ballman K, Lovely J, Grubbs P, Lisa B, Hinckley A, Lemaine V, Saint-Cyr M.
Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014 Mar;133(3 Suppl):130. doi: 10.1097/01.prs.0000444938.78110.c2. No abstract available.
PMID: 25942224

Abstract 99: reducing unplanned reoperations for mastectomy skin flap necrosis - a multidisciplinary approach.
Lemaine V, Hoskin TL, Boughey JC, Farley DR, Grant CS, Jacobson SR, Jakub JW, Torstenson TT, Reusche RD, Degnim AC.
Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014 Mar;133(3 Suppl):112. doi: 10.1097/01.prs.0000444923.68700.9e. No abstract available.
PMID: 25942210

A systematic review of the use of Botulinum toxin type A with subpectoral breast implants.
Winocour S, Murad MH, Bidgoli-Moghaddam M, Jacobson SR, Bite U, Saint-Cyr M, Tran NV, Lemaine V.
J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2014 Jan;67(1):34-41. doi: 10.1016/j.bjps.2013.09.012. Epub 2013 Sep 17. Review.
PMID: 24094619

Measuring outcomes in breast surgery.
Lemaine V, McCarthy C.
Clin Plast Surg. 2013 Apr;40(2):331-9. doi: 10.1016/j.cps.2012.12.003. Review.
PMID: 23506774

Gynecomastia in adolescent males.
Lemaine V, Cayci C, Simmons PS, Petty P.
Semin Plast Surg. 2013 Feb;27(1):56-61. doi: 10.1055/s-0033-1347166.
PMID: 24872741

Hyperplastic breast anomalies in the female adolescent breast.
Wolfswinkel EM, Lemaine V, Weathers WM, Chike-Obi CJ, Xue AS, Heller L.
Semin Plast Surg. 2013 Feb;27(1):49-55. doi: 10.1055/s-0033-1347167.
PMID: 24872740

Hypoplastic breast anomalies in the female adolescent breast.
Winocour S, Lemaine V.
Semin Plast Surg. 2013 Feb;27(1):42-8. doi: 10.1055/s-0033-1343996.
PMID: 24872739

The adolescent breast.
Lemaine V, Simmons PS.
Semin Plast Surg. 2013 Feb;27(1):3-4. doi: 10.1055/s-0033-1344000. No abstract available.
PMID: 24872731

A Randomized Controlled Pilot Study Assessing Feasibility and Impact of Yoga Practice on Quality of Life, Mood, and Perceived Stress in Women With Newly Diagnosed Breast Cancer.
Pruthi S, Stan DL, Jenkins SM, Huebner M, Borg BA, Thomley BS, Cutshall SM, Singh R, Kohli S, Boughey JC, Lemaine V, Solberg Nes L.
Glob Adv Health Med. 2012 Nov;1(5):30-5. doi: 10.7453/gahmj.2012.1.5.010. Epub 2012 Nov 1.
PMID: 27257529

The adolescent female: Breast and reproductive embryology and anatomy.
Lemaine V, Simmons PS.
Clin Anat. 2013 Jan;26(1):22-8. doi: 10.1002/ca.22167. Epub 2012 Sep 19. Review.
PMID: 22997043

Venous thromboembolism following microsurgical breast reconstruction: an objective analysis in 225 consecutive patients using low-molecular-weight heparin prophylaxis.
Lemaine V, McCarthy C, Kaplan K, Mehrara B, Pusic AL, Cordeiro PG, Disa JJ.
Plast Reconstr Surg. 2011 Apr;127(4):1399-406. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0b013e318208d025.
PMID: 21187811

Preoperative patient education for breast reconstruction: a systematic review of the literature.
Preminger BA, Lemaine V, Sulimanoff I, Pusic AL, McCarthy CM.
J Cancer Educ. 2011 Jun;26(2):270-6. doi: 10.1007/s13187-010-0182-y. Review.
PMID: 21181326

Patient-reported outcome measures in plastic surgery: use and interpretation in evidence-based medicine.
Pusic AL, Lemaine V, Klassen AF, Scott AM, Cano SJ.
Plast Reconstr Surg. 2011 Mar;127(3):1361-7. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0b013e3182063276. Review.
PMID: 21088640

Recent Canadian plastic surgery graduates: are they prepared for the real world?
Ferron CE, Lemaine V, Leblanc B, Nikolis A, Brutus JP.
Plast Reconstr Surg. 2010 Mar;125(3):1031-6. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0b013e3181cb6128.
PMID: 20195130

Prevention of surgical site infection and appropriateness of antibiotic prescribing habits in plastic surgery.
Landes G, Harris PG, Lemaine V, Perreault I, Sampalis JS, Brutus JP, Lessard L, Dionyssopoulos A, Nikolis A.
J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2008 Nov;61(11):1347-56. doi: 10.1016/j.bjps.2008.02.008. Epub 2008 Jun 16.

Board Certification

  • American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Canada
  • Medical Council of Canada
  • United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE)


  • American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Association des specialistes en Chirurgie Plastique et Esthetique de Quebec
  • Association for Academic Surgery
  • Canadian Board of Plastic Surgeons
  • Minnesota Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Plastic Surgery Education Network
  • Plastic Surgery Research Council
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
  • The Plastic Surgery Foundation

Surgery Locations

  • M Health Fairview Southdale
  • Edina Specialty Surgery Center


Dr. Valerie Lemaine is board-certified and a diplomate of both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada. Dr. Lemaine is University of Montreal Medical School-instructed and plastic surgery-trained. Her impeccable credentials also include reconstructive microsurgery and clinical research fellowships at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, as well as a Master of Public Health at Columbia University.

An accomplished plastic surgeon, Dr. Lemaine began her career in 2010 at the prestigious Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where she expanded the breast reconstruction program. Dr. Lemaine joined Plastic Surgery Consultants in 2018. Her special interests are cosmetic surgery of the face, breasts and body, reconstructive surgery for breast cancer, skin cancer, gynecologic cancer, and gender affirmation surgery. 

Dr. Lemaine has been awarded “Top Doctor” and “Best Doctor for Women” by Minnesota Monthly magazine every year since 2014. A sought after speaker, she is a nationally and internationally invited lecturer in plastic surgery and breast reconstruction topics, and has authored numerous plastic surgery peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. She is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. 

Outside the practice, Dr. Lemaine continues to pursue her interests with purpose and passion. She is a dedicated student of yoga. As a patient advocate, Dr. Lemaine is also the co-creator of the YouTube Channel 2breastsurgeons, an educational channel created “by Women Doctors, for Women”, covering a variety of topics such as breast health, plastic surgery and women’s health. A true artist at heart, Dr. Lemaine is an accomplished pianist and an art lover. She is an active supporter of the Walker Art Center.