Michael S. Beckenstein, MD Blog

It’s What I do Everyday for My Birmingham Breast Reconstruction Patients

October is breast cancer awareness month and the world turns pink for the month. Everyone focuses on breast cancer and its prevention, treatment, and patient education. We all do somethings special for this month but it is what we should be doing EVERYDAY for this that counts! At the plastic surgery practice of Michael S. Beckenstein, M.D. it …

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COMPREHENSIVE BREAST CENTERS?

Major universities and hospitals tout that they have Comprehensive Breast Centers. They say they offer all of the services women with breast cancer require. These centers usually offer screening, referrals to their physicians including oncologic surgeons, oncologists, and radiologists. There is usually a team of nurses and other employees to guide women throughout the entire …

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FDA APPROVES CONTINUED USE OF SILICONE BREAST IMPLANTS

The recent FDA panel discussion has concluded that silicone gel implants are safe in that they do not cause cancer or connective tissue diseases. While they recommend continued patient follow up, these devices will remain available for Birmingham breast enhancement patients. Michael S. Beckenstein, M.D., an Alabama plastic surgeon, prefers silicone gel implants for his breast augmentation …

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USA Today Discusses Cosmetic Surgery Patient Safety

The term Cosmetic Surgeon has become a very generic title and is now being used by many physicians that are not even true surgeons. There is a family practitioner who has no certification, in any surgical field, who is performing breast augmentations, in Birmingham, Alabama with fat transfer! He has no appreciation for the anatomy of …

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Keeping Cosmetic Surgery in Birmingham Safe

All Cosmetic surgery procedures have associated complications including death. This is why you have to choose a safe plastic surgeon with good judgement. Recently, an excellent cosmetic surgeon ,in Birmingham, Alabama, performed an outpatient breast reduction on a healthy patient. This patient unfortunately passed away, at home, that evening, from a known complication. Appropriate precautions were taken to …

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Hair Replacement in Birmingham, Alabama is Forever Changed

We have completed our first series of hair replacement with our NeoGraft system. these are the first hair transplant cases in Birmingham, Alabama using this new technique. The patients are all extremely satisifed. Those that have had previous hair replacement procedures, in Alabama, have stated how much easier and less painful their NeoGraft hair transplantation was. We …

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Board Certification Protects Patients

The case of Peter Normann is a great example of why patients must be educated and carefully check into the qualifications of a surgeon they are considering for cosmetic surgery.  These events can occur with Birmingham plastic surgery, as the state of Alabama is rather lax in the regulation of cosmetic surgery. Those calling themselves "board certified cosmetic surgeons" can …

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Advantages of Neograft Over Traditional Hair Replacement Methods

In Birmingham, Neograft was just recently introduced by plastic surgeon Michael S. Beckenstein, M.D. This revolutionary technology changes how hair replacement is performed. The usual strip method is not used to obtain the hair to be transplanted, instead the Neograft technology harvests the individual follicles without any incision. This has many advantages over the currently used techniques: no …

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Do Cosmetic Surgeons Learn More Cosmetic Surgery Than Plastic Surgeons?

Some surgeons who declare themselves as cosmetic surgeons state that they learn more cosmetic surgery than plastic surgeons. This is a ridiculous argument and demonstrates a dangerous lack of fundamental knowlege and judgement. It is the training that lays the strong foundation for a surgeon. Let's start with basic training for a surgeon; the residency. …

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Does a Tummy Tuck with Gynecologic Procedures Makes Sense!

Women often ponder having cosmetic procedures but are hesistant to actually undergo surgery. What many don't think about is if the situation arises where a medically necessary procedure is needed, they can inquire about having a cosmetic procedure at the same time. If the procedures are gynecologic, in my opinion, it makes perfect sense to entertain indergoing aprofedure like a tummy …

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