Michael S. Beckenstein, MD Blog

The Changing Reputation of Plastic Surgery

I have the benefit of receiving direct feedback from plastic surgery patients in our community, and I constantly use this information to develop my approach as a cosmetic surgeon. At my Birmingham practice and across the United States, there has been a noticeable improvement in the public's understanding and perception of plastic surgery. While there are …

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See Your Procedure in 3-D

Many of my patients travel for plastic surgery from areas such as Huntsville or Tuscaloosa. Before they come to Birmingham for plastic surgery, many of them learn about their procedures by watching 3-D animations on our website. These videos provide detailed information about the surgery process, from pre-operative preparation to results. The realistic animations provide …

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The Importance of Questions

Women interested in breast augmentation come to my practice from areas such as Huntsville, AL, often having done varying levels of research. Some have taken pages of notes and have dozens of questions, while others are less prepared. I welcome questions and encourage women to ask as many as they can think of during their …

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Does Asymmetry Affect Breast Augmentation Results?

Many women who come to me for breast augmentation here in Birmingham, Alabama are bothered by breast asymmetry. Some worry about whether unevenness between their breasts will affect the outcome of their augmentation surgery. On the contrary: Breast augmentation and breast lift procedures can actually make the breasts more symmetrical. Surgeons often use implants of different …

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The non surgical way to youthfullness: the liquid facelift

Several of my earlier blogs have described what has been popularly coined the "Mommy Makeover".  This grouping of procedures include a breast lift and or augmentation, abdominoplasty and liposuction.  All are surgical treatments aimed at correcting the remnants of childbirth, gravity, and time.  However, the beginning signs of aging to our faces can be just as distressing as those that occur to our bodies.  Most people will begin theorizing the affects …

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The Best in Breasts

I am excited to be one of the few plastic surgeons in Birmingham, AL who offers a superior breast implant: the Natrelle® 410 highly cohesive, anatomically shaped silicone implant, also known as a "gummy bear" implant. Why the "Gummy Bear" Name? "Gummy bear" is not an official name for these implants; it’s a nickname they’ve …

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