"Plastic surgery is more than simply making superficial external changes. It goes deeper than that. It's about changing the way people perceive themselves," says Dr. Beckenstein, a plastic surgeon in Birmingham who is respected worldwide for his skills and creative solutions to challenging cases. "For whatever reason, a person comes to me and feels inadequate in some way. Plastic surgery helps my patients feel better about themselves."
Why Choose Dr. Beckenstein
Among the qualified and competent plastic surgeons in and around Birmingham, AL, what leads you to choose one plastic surgeon instead of another? The answer often depends on a personal connection, a feeling that a surgeon sees his job as more of a calling, not simply a career.
That describes Dr. Michael S. Beckenstein.
To talk with Dr. Michael Beckenstein about your plastic surgery in Birmingham, request a Comprehensive Consultation using our online form or call our office at (205) 933-9308.
Dr. Beckenstein uses his experience and advanced training to help his patients fully understand the procedures they are considering and what's important when choosing a plastic surgeon. He offers a unique Comprehensive Consultation that often consists of 2 or more visits to ensure patients are comfortable before making a decision about cosmetic surgery.
"Most patients have already thought a long time about plastic surgery before they actually contact me," he says. "But we don't rush anybody; I want each of my patients to have 110% understanding of their procedure." Once you've made the decision to go ahead, Dr. Beckenstein devotes himself to ensuring your procedure achieves the results that match your vision. "We don't cut corners."
Early in his career, Dr. Beckenstein was drawn to challenging humanitarian cases, such as a boy from the Philippines who doctors believed would never walk normally because of extensive burns suffered in a house fire. "Plastic surgery," he says, "isn't just about appearances, it's also about helping someone physically function in a way most people take for granted."
Dr. Beckenstein views these complicated cases with compassion and as a challenge to his ingenuity.
"They are not in textbooks. No one is teaching you what to do," he says. "There's no road map, and the cases take you out of your comfort zone. Plus, there's a unique sense of accomplishment when I can craft a solution to something I was told was impossible."
"I think anyone gets the most satisfaction doing something that someone says they can't do."
In 2011, Dr. Beckenstein introduced the innovative Alabama Breast Cancer Cooperative. He spent 10 years developing the concept for this center, which goes beyond providing state-of-the-art care to enhancing the patient's quality of life. His work on this project underscores his approach to all of his patients. Dr. Beckenstein believes safety and honesty are the 2 pillars upon which his practice is built. He doesn't try to "sell" patients on a procedure. Instead, his careful assessment gives them a reassuring peace of mind.