Category Archives: Patient Education

What We Have Learned in 5 years of Neograft Hair Replacement in Alabama

Birmingham Neograft has entered it's fifth year of performing hair replacement.  As is customary for Dr. Beckenstein and his staff, they evaluate their entire process of: the delivery of care the results obtained patient satisfaction improvements to enhance the process latest advancements Alabama hair replacement has been revolutionized and forever changed by the introduction of Neograft …

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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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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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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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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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