Category Archives: Body Contouring

7 Things to Know About FTM Top Surgery

There are 7 things to know about FTM Top surgery if you are seriously considering undergoing this process: ONE: While fairly obvious, a trans man must have completed all the medical, psychosocial, and legal requisites to undergo FTM Top surgery. Board certified plastic surgeons will not proceed until these are completed. While this might be …

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Tummy Tuck in Birmingham: Myths Dispelled

I was making my rounds Thursday morning and overheard two gynecologists talking about a patient we operated on stating how "bad" a tummy tuck is, especially when added to a hysterectomy. This is a huge misperception leading to this blog titled Tummy Tuck in Birmingham: Myths Dispelled. As in any surgery, it is dependent on …

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Alabama Breast Enlargement a Garden Club not a Strip Club

Our Alabama breast enlargement a garden club not a strip club philosophy has been in existence for almost 20 years!  At my Birmingham plastic surgery practice, Michael S. Beckenstein, M.D., we have always bucked the trend of overly large breasts when performing breast enlargement. I always recommend that my patients create very natural appearing breasts. They will be …

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Tummy tuck with other surgery in Alabama

It is common to have a tummy tuck with other surgery in Alabama. Safely combining hernia surgery or gynecologic procedures such as hysterectomy, ovarian procedures can readily be done in the hands of skillful plastic surgeons. The combination of these procedures has many benefits including one surgery and recovery lower costs cosmetic benefit lower anesthesia …

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FTM top surgery has to be done right!

As with any surgery to alter appearance, FTM top surgery has to be done right. Birmingham, Alabama plastic surgeon, Michael S. Beckenstein, M.D. stresses this; " I was recently watching an episode of Shameless and saw a trans actor who had FTM top surgery. This brave soul was in a shirtless scene and proudly displayed his masculinized which presented …

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The Most Important Component of a Mommy Makeover

When it comes to the popular combination procedure known as the mommy makeover, what's the most important single part of the process? I know a lot of patients who might say it is the tummy tuck, and others who might vote for the breast enhancement. I, however, would argue that the most important component of …

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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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What a Birmingham Plastic Surgeon Does for the Holidays

"The Holiday Season is a particularly busy time for me" states Birmingham plastic surgeon Michael S. Beckenstein, M.D. "People want to get their plastic surgery completed by year's end." Cosmetic surgery, in Birmingham is very busy during this time as patients want to be healed after their holiday breaks and they can return to work …

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A Difference Between Plastic And Cosmetic Surgery? Part I

The terms "plastic" surgery and "cosmetic" surgery are often interchanged and confused. The field of plastic surgery, that performed by real board certified, plastic surgeons, used to be known as plastic and reconstructive surgery. The name was changed to further alleviate confusion in the field, intended to simplify things. With the evolution of" cosmetic surgeons", those …

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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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