Top Plastic Surgery Frequently Asked Questions

Top Patient Plastic Surgery FAQs

In order to help our plastic surgery  patients achieve their goals, we encourage them to ask all the questions they need at the consultation, to ensure the procedure is a good fit. But at AMAE Plastic Surgery in Birmingham, MI, we often have patients who are unsure what questions to ask in their consultation. Dr. Ali and our expert staff have compiled a list of the top 10 frequently asked questions about plastic surgery to help patients prepare for their consultation appointment.

Here are some of the top most commonly asked plastic surgery questions, compiled by the experts at AMAE Plastic in Birmingham, MI.

Is plastic surgery covered by insurance?

In the vast majority of cases, plastic surgery is elective – rather than medically necessary – so insurance typically does not cover it. In some limited cases, however, insurance may cover plastic surgery for reconstructive purposes. Examples of insurance coverage for plastic surgery may be cases of medical necessity (e.g. eyelid surgery for obscured vision); or reconstruction after a patient has been injured in an accident or had a mastectomy due to breast cancer.

Who makes a good candidate for plastic surgery?

Patient who are in overall good health, do not have a history of smoking, and are not overweight are typically the ideal candidates for plastic surgery. Any patient who has a pre-existing condition such as high blood pressure, heart disease, or diabetes would not be considered a good candidate for plastic surgery – and need to speak to their primary physician to address their underlying health conditions. Patients who are ideal candidates for plastic surgery also keep expectations realistic. These patients are also forthcoming about past medical history, goals, and concerns. This level of transparency and detail helps the plastic surgeon and patient to have a positive plastic surgery experience.

Is plastic surgery risky?

Risk is associated with all surgical procedures. However, patients can rest assured that Board Certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali is highly trained and exceptionally experienced – reducing the risk of side-effects or complications. Additionally, patient compliance with pre and post operative instructions is critical to ensure a safe outcome, avoid complications and ensure a rapid and positive recovery process.

At what age should I have plastic surgery?

There is no specific age that is the “correct” age for plastic surgery. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali has performed plastic surgery procedures on patients from infancy to people in their eighties. He has repaired cleft pallets on small children, performed nose jobs on teens to help them with self esteem, done eyelifts (blepharoplasty) on patients in their  80s – and everything in between.

There are some trends that are more common among younger patients, such as breast procedures, liposuction, and nose jobs. And more mature patients may be more likely to pursue facial procedures such as brow lifts, neck lifts, face lifts, or eyelid procedures. During consultation, Dr. Ali, the board certified plastic surgeon at AMAE Plastic Surgery in Birmingham, MI will ask questions relevant to your specific care, such as age, body type, and overall health status prior to moving forward with your plastic surgery.

Is board certification required to perform plastic surgery?

While surgeons may legally be able to perform plastic surgery procedures without a board certification, patients should understand the importance of working with a board certified plastic surgeon. Plastic surgery completed by a board certified plastic surgeon means the surgeon has proven their education, knowledge, ethics, experience, and competency in the field. While there is no legal prevention of a general surgeon performing a plastic surgery procedure, the board certification process helps assure patients that the surgeon performing their plastic surgery has undergone the necessary training and education and is an expert in the field of cosmetic surgery.

Where is plastic surgery performed?

Your safety during surgery depends on the quality of the operating facility. We perform most of our plastic procedures at new and state-of-the-art La Belle Surgery Center.

Plastic surgery must be completed in a safe, sterile, and quality operating facility. At AMAE Plastic Surgery in Birmingham, MI, procedures are performed in the modern La Belle outpatient surgical facility built by Dr. Ali in 2021 to service his patients with the highest quality of surgical care.

 What preparations are required for plastic surgery?

Mental and physical preparation are necessary for a successful plastic surgery. Plastic surgery consultation is the first step in the preparatory process. At the consultation, Dr. Ali and the friendly and experienced staff at AMAE Plastic Surgery in Birmingham, MI will review all the critical details of the procedure, including the desired results. At the time of the plastic surgery consultation, patients will have the opportunity to view before and after photos of patients with similar features. Patients will also be able to ask all their questions to help them prepare for the plastic surgery process.

The consultation is also a critical time to review a patient’s health and medical history. Pre and post operative instructions will be given to the patient at this time. These will typically include stopping smoking, and avoiding certain medications and supplements, prior to the procedure. Patients also need to inform Dr. Ali if they are on any blood thinners, have any underlying medical conditions, or become ill prior to their plastic surgery procedure.

Are there non-invasive plastic surgery alternatives?

While surgery is invasive, AMAE Plastic Surgery and Med Spa in Birmingham, MI also offers a very wide array of cosmetic treatments that are non-invasive. These includes dermal fillers and radiofrequency (RF) and laser skin tightening procedures. Fillers can help plump lips and smooth wrinkles – and RF and laser treatments can tighten skin without surgery – to restore a youthful look without surgery.

Does plastic surgery require a hospital stay?

Plastic surgery is typically an outpatient procedure and patients go home the same day. However, in some cases for more extensive procedures – such as a tummy tuck or breast reconstruction – an overnight stay may be required. Dr. Ali will discuss this with you at your consultation.

AMAE Plastic Surgery | Birmingham, MI

If you are in Birmingham, MI and are interested in plastic surgery, AMAE Plastic Surgery has friendly staff on standby to help set up a consultation appointment. Dr. Ali is a board certified plastic surgeon who can help you achieve your aesthetic goals. He and his staff are compassionate, skilled, and ready to help you!

Take the next step towards your desired cosmetic results and contact us today for a plastic surgery consultation.

Plastic Surgery | Birmingham, MI: 248-335-7200