A New Face
With the addition of Jill Murphy, NP, to his staff, Dr. John J.W. Lee’s oculoplastic practice is better than ever
by Leigh Stuart

Bryn Mawr Facial Aesthetics Center, the practice of renowned Philadelphia-area oculoplastic surgeon John J.W. Lee, M.D., FACS, has recently expanded with the addition of nurse practitioner and facial injection expert Jill Murphy.

As an oculoplastic surgeon, Dr. Lee performs surgeries on eyelids, brow and adjacent facial areas for both cosmetic and reconstructive purposes. Dr. Lee utilizes his extensive training—which includes a fellowship at the distinguished Wills Eye Hospital—to perform procedures such as upper and lower cosmetic blepharoplasty and brow lifts, and also to address problems including ptosis (weakness of the eyelid muscle), obstructed tear ducts, biopsies of suspicious growth on eyelids and reconstruction of eyelids after trauma or skin cancer.

Dr. Lee says, “I’m very thankful that I found an area to operate on where I can make a positive impact on people’s lives. The eyes are such an important aspect of the face. It has a very important function but also is the greatest means of expression. It’s the most delicate and meticulous surgery of all cosmetic procedures but that is what I love about it. It’s challenging and everyone has very different anatomy, even on the same face I will see completely differently anatomy between a patient's right and left eyes. This makes it challenging but also rewarding. I believe that I am always improving and evolving as a surgeon. I would not enjoy my work if I felt that there was no room for improvement.”

Dr. Lee is thankful for the growth of his practice, and he is amazed that patients are traveling from all across the country, and even outside of the country, to seek his services. Despite the growth of his surgical clientele, he was not actively looking for someone to join his practice until he met Ms. Jill Murphy at a medical conference. Because he enjoys performing facial injections himself, he was not seeking an injector. But when the opportunity arose to have Ms. Murphy join him, he knew she would be a valuable asset to his patients and did not want her to go anywhere else, so he created a position specifically for her.

“Jill has a wonderful personality,” he says. “People trust her because they know that she has their best interests at heart. This is very important to me. Our philosophy is similar and we take it very personally when our patients are unhappy with their results. This keeps us humble but allows us to grow.”

Ms. Murphy, who earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Georgetown University and a Master of Science degree from the University of San Diego (USD), has extensive and varied medical experience. While studying at USD, she completed a clinical residency in dermatology at the Scripps Clinic Rancho Bernardo. She has more than 10 years of surgical nursing care and seven years of cosmetic and aesthetic experience with neurotoxins, dermal fillers and skin care products. Ms. Murphy has completed numerous nonsurgical injector training programs (national and local preceptorships) and was the sole injector at her previous plastic surgery employers.  

Ms. Murphy continues to build upon her skill set to incorporate the newest advances in aesthetics by attending conferences and advanced training sessions headed by world leaders in plastic surgery. She is well versed in the uses of hyaluronic acid “fillers” such as Juvéderm, Restylane and Voluma, which are products with the highest safety profiles in the industry. “I call her the ‘expert’ of Juvéderm,” Dr. Lee says. “She knows her anatomy and loves Voluma to lift the cheeks to solve other problematic areas.”

She is also an expert in the utilization of targeted neurotoxins, the most famous of which are Botox and Dysport, which serve to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Utilizing the techniques and technologies at her disposal, Ms. Murphy is able to address and improve upon a host of such imperfections, including jowling, “marionette lines,” even drooping brows.

“Truly, for me, the most important thing is to listen to the patient, as everyone’s definition of beauty is different,” she says. “More is not always ‘more.’ … Most people want to look refreshed; the idea is for people not to realize you’ve had work done.”

In addition to using a gentle hand and discerning eye, Ms. Murphy prides herself on the individualized approach she takes to addressing each patient’s unique needs.

“I absolutely love taking care of patients,” she says. “People are my passion.”

Dr. Lee adds, “I would not associate my name and reputation with anyone that I did not feel would provide the same level of service to my patients as I could give. Ms. Murphy is very intelligent and understands the facial anatomy better than most physicians I know. She was on the dean’s list at Georgetown University and she could have easily gone to medical school, but she wanted to have a flexible schedule to devote more time to her family. It’s that same nurturing and care that patients see in her that makes her such an excellent injector.

“Just seeing her with my patients, I now understand why she has such a loyal following,” he continues. “We have a mutual respect for each other, and her sense of humor keeps us all laughing throughout the day. She is such a great fit within our practice and [we are] really excited about her future with us.”

Dr. Lee and Ms. Murphy also agree that patient satisfaction is paramount. Ultimately, Ms. Murphy believes the greatest asset she can help people improve is their confidence.

Bryn Mawr Facial Aesthetics Center
by John J.W. Lee, M.D.
1201 County Line Road
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010