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Lima, Maria Helena, MD

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery - Adult
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Pediatric Plastic Surgery
Fetal Care
Office 706-721-2273
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Faculty Title

  • Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery


  • Hospital Orêncio de Freitas (Orêncio de Freitas Hospital) - General Surgery
  • National Cancer Institute (Instituto Nacional do Câncer - Rio de Janeiro) - Plastic Surgery


  • Augusta University - Reconstructive Microsurgery
  • University of Utah - Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery
  • University of Texas Medical Branch Hospitals - Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery
  • Iowa City Plastic Surgery - Body Contouring after Massive Weight Loss


  • English
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
  • French

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 (Sociedade Brasileira de Cirurgia Plástica), and ABCCMF- Board Certified Craniofacial Plastic Surgeon - Brazilian Society of Craniomaxillofacial Surgery (Associação Brasileira de Cirurgia Crânio-Maxilo-Facial).

As the only female plastic surgeon in the area, Dr. Lima is empathetic with the female patient’s 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.

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