Michael S. Beckenstein, MD Blog

Mastectomy Should Be a Woman’s Choice

The diagnosis of breast cancer, as any cancer, is earth shattering. Life comes to a screeching halt and a woman is bombarded with scary information and choices. Usually, decisions have to be made in a short period of time. While well intended, family and friends often offer up advice, suggestions, and anecdotal stories about breast …

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Honest Birmingham Plastic Surgery Advertising

  There are many plastic surgeons who tout themselves as cosmetic or plastic surgeons. However, none of them are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), nor members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). These board-certified plastic surgeons must adhere to stringent guidelines when it comes to advertising. The ASPS members here in Birmingham will …

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What New Patients Should Know

When you are having plastic surgery here in Birmingham, you should be seeing your surgeon before, during, and after your procedure. We repeat: you should be seeing your surgeon. Not a nurse, specialist, or other staff member. There are several practices where patients will see their surgeon during a portion of their consultation process, the morning …

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Medical Micropigmentation Symposium Coming to Birmingham

A major micropigmentation symposium is coming to Birmingham, Alabama, this October! This will be the first of its kind in the United States and has an international faculty filled with innovators in the field. The event is hosted by Birmingham cosmetic surgery specialist and plastic surgeon, Michael S. Beckenstein, M.D., who has teamed up with world renowned …

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Prevent Extinction of Birmingham Breast Reconstruction

With the current status of healthcare, especially its economical status, we are seeing some unforeseen casualties. One of them may be immediate breast reconstruction after mastectomy. Some plastic surgeons in Birmingham cite financial reasons for not referring women to have immediate breast reconstruction. "This is doing an immense disservice to these women who have been recently diagnosed with breast cancer," …

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Safe Surgery Is Worth the Price

Would you pay 12 to 20 percent more to ensure you had the safest possible care you can receive, especially when it comes to surgery? "Your life is certainly worth more than that!" states Birmingham, plastic surgery doctor Michael S. Beckenstein, M.D. "It amazes me how a person will lie down on someone's operating table simply …

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Why Choose Dr. Beckenstein For PRP Hair Restoration?

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) hair restoration is a new therapy that can induce hair follicle regeneration. For patients wary of hair transplant, our Birmingham, Alabama practice's PRP option is especially appealing. PRP uses your own blood products as the therapeutic agents for regeneration. Platelets, which act as growth factors and transforming factors from your blood, will have no side …

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Do Not Let the Alabama Breast Reconstruction Law Be Threatened!!!

The Alabama Breast Reconstruction Law was introduced by Roger Bedford , Jr and passed by the Alabama legislature. This law was introduced because over 30% of Alabama  breast cancer patients did not have breast reconstruction because they were not informed about this option during their consults for their mastectomies. This bill mandates that insurance carriers pay …

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Real Microneedling is now in Birmingham

Real microneedling is now in Birmingham, Alabama. The popular device known as Dermapen TM has made the ancient concept of microneedling well known to cosmetic practices. Microneedling techniques use small needles to penetrate the epithelial layer of the skin which loosens the mosaic like cells and enable topical agents to penetrate deeper into the skin. These agents …

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Certification needs an important word in front…BOARD!

The word Certification is derived from the latin certificare which means to attest or realiably endorse, it is used when a course of study is completed. In plastic, aesthetic or  Birmingham cosmetic surgery, certification is important. The same holds true for any physician who is offering NON-INVASIVE COSMETIC PROCEDURES such as injectable fillers, neurotoxins such as …

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