Michael S. Beckenstein, MD Blog

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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Let’s Get Real About Plastic Surgery

Plastic surgery is a very popular option for individuals who want to enhance their appearances, and Birmingham plastic surgery patients have a number of great options. However, it's important to maintain reasonable expectations about your results. My staff and I are committed to making sure each person is thoroughly educated about his or her procedure. We …

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Breast Augmentation Pricing: How Much Should You Pay?

If you're researching cost of breast augmentation, you're likely finding a number of different price ranges. You'll find that many factors contribute to the variance in price, including where the practice is located. Breast augmentation in Birmingham, AL might carry a higher price tag than Mobile or Huntsville, but many patients find it worthwhile to travel …

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Twice as Nice: How Implants Enhance a Breast Lift

A lot of women who consult with me for breast augmentation in Birmingham, AL are also good candidates for a breast lift. This dual procedure can be beneficial for many reasons, and it's particularly advantageous for those who have had children. If you have been considering either procedure, here are some reasons why you may want to …

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Plastic Surgery: Not Just for Drastic Changes

Many people falsely believe that men and women choose plastic surgery as a way to drastically alter their appearance. Although plastic surgery can create significant, worthwhile changes, it can also be used for subtle improvements. At my Birmingham plastic surgery practice, it's more common for patients to request small alterations than major modifications. For example, …

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A More Comfortable (and Comprehensive) Breast Reconstruction

In addition to performing plastic surgery for Birmingham patients, I also perform a number of breast reconstruction surgeries. In fact, I developed the Alabama Breast Cancer Institute, a branch of my Breast Surgery Center of Alabama, to provide women facing breast reconstruction with a more comfortable and comprehensive experience. One-of-a-Kind Care I expanded my Breast …

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Nipple Areolar Tattooing the Way it Should Be

Nipple areolar tattooing is the final stage of breast reconstruction. Many plastic surgeons use micropigmentation or tattooing to reconstruct the nipple areolar, where other still use skin grafting to accomplish this. Dr. Michael Beckenstein, a Birmingham breast reconstruction specialist has written several textbook chapters on this subject. " Micropigmentation creates the most natural appearing nipple areolar complexes. There is …

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Birmingham Plastic Surgeon Provides Only Dedicated Personal Care…Always!

Imagine waking up, from surgery, and finding out a fellow or resident, who is training with your Birmingham plastic surgeon, actually performed your surgery. Without the presence of the plastic surgeon who you thought was to do the procedure! How would you feel, if you had a question, and when you called your Alabama plastic surgeon, you were …

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