Tummy Tuck Surgery After Weight Loss or Liposuction

Tummy Tuck Surgery After Weight Loss

The past year of isolation during the pandemic has affected people’s weight in various ways. Many people gained 5 or more pounds – “the quarantine 15” – due to months of inactivity staying home and sitting on the couch. Others used the time away from work to run, work out, get in shape and lose weight. At AMAE Plastic Surgery and Med Spa we are seeing an increase in liposuction procedures, as a fast permanent and effective to lose the “Covid-19 fifteen”.

But, whether you lose weight through discipline and hard work, or through fast and affordable liposuction, many people are disappointed to find after a substantial weight loss, that they are left with excess, loose skin in the abdominal area. And, unfortunately, all of the exercise in the world will not tighten looses skin. Fortunately a very common and routine surgical procedure called a “tummy tuck” (abdominoplasty) can tighten your skin – so you can enjoy your newly thinner body!

And, for people with only moderately loose skin, and amazing new non-surgical skin tightening procedure called Profound® is also available.

Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali has helped hundreds of women in Birmingham, West Bloomfield, and across Oakland County and the Detroit area “get their abs back” after a large weight loss. In this article he discusses the pros and cons, and alternatives, of a tummy tuck after losing weight – and what to expect when you undergo this procedure.

Benefits of Tummy Tuck After Weight Loss

Losing a lot of weight is a significant achievement requiring a great deal of discipline, and you should be very proud of yourself! And it can be frustrating after all of that hard work to be left with excess skin, around your midsection, breasts, and arms.

This troublesome hanging skin that is left after weight loss is due to the skin’s inability to completely contract. For this reason many people take advantage of reconstructive plastic surgeries after major weight loss. A tummy tuck – and other body contouring plastic surgeries – are designed to remove excess skin and tighten the affected area.

After a tummy tuck, not only will your clothes fit and look better, but you will be able to engage in your favorite activities (including exercise, athletics and even sex) without feeling uncomfortable because of excess skin or excess flab!

When to Get a Tummy Tuck After Weight Loss

Typically it is recommended to be at or near your target weight before getting tummy tuck. If you plan to lose a considerable amount more weight, you should wait – as the skin may become lose all over again, and you may need touch up surgery.

You should also be confident that your large weight loss is a stable and permanent result of your new healthy lifestyle – and is not just the result of “yo-yo-ing”. For if you gain considerable weight it will likely thwart all of the results of your tummy tuck surgery.

Additionally, while tummy tucks are “routine” surgeries, they do come with risks – as does any surgical procedure. And patients with a lower BMI (body mass index), is much less likely to have surgical complications, such bleeding, infection, or abnormal lumps (seroma) or scars.

How a Tummy Tuck After Weight Loss Works

During a tummy tuck, you will be given general anesthetic to “knock you out” Then the plastic surgeon makes a horizontal incision, which will vary in size depending on how much skin you need removed, and whether muscle tightening is also being performed.

The skin is then pulled back, excess fat is removed, and the abdominal muscles are tightened (if necessary). The skin is then pulled down, the excess skin is removed, and a new hole for the navel may be created to naturally reposition your belly button.

The result is a tight stomach area, with no flabbiness or loose skin. And the scar will be low, and easily hidden by underwear or bathing suits. You can see the amazing results of tummy tucks surgeries that Dr. Ali has performed in our Before & After gallery.

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Tummy Tuck Surgery Alternative

Large amounts of excess, hanging skin can only be removed by tummy tuck surgery. However, for patients with only mild to moderate loose skin that hasn’t quite “snapped back” after liposuction or moderate weight loss, Profound® skin tightening provides an excellent, non-surgical alternative.

Profound is a groundbreaking new skin tightening technology that uses radiofrequency energy to regenerate the production of the three building blocks of young, healthy elastic skin: elastin, collagen and hyaluronic acid.

Choosing a Tummy Tuck Surgeon

While a tummy tuck is quite a “routine” surgery, it is in fact a serious surgical procedure which requires skill and expertise. For this reason, you should select a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Ali, who has the training and the extensive experience to deliver beautiful results.

Dr. Ali is not only a skilled surgeon, he also understands the aesthetic issues associated with reconstructive plastic surgery. He will hide or minimize as much as feasible any scarring, perfectly reposition your navel, and eliminate stretch marks as much as possible – for an attractive abdomen.

Tummy tuck surgery can be life changing when properly performed – giving you the body you have always dreamed of after your weight loss journey.

West Bloomfield Area’s Best Tummy Tuck Surgeon

West Bloomfield area board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali has helped hundreds of women “get great abs” after a large weight loss, with a Tummy Tuck. In fact, many men and women get the best abs of their life with firm taught skin and muscles! When you schedule a consultation with Dr. Ali, he will answer all of your questions – and help you decide if a Tummy Tuck is the right solution for your lose skin after your weight loss.

Tummy Tuck Consultation | West Bloomfield Area: 248-335-7200

Now’s the Time to Lose Belly Fat with Affordable Liposuction

Liposuction for the Tummy (Stomach, Abdomen, Waist & Belly)

Much has been made of the “quarantine 15” – the weight gain that many of us have experienced after months of inactivity and staying at home watching Netflix. For some people this unwanted fat around the middle is a new phenomenon. But for others, social distancing has just made a bad situation worse, by adding additional inches to an already flabby belly.

For this reason – coupled with the fact that many of us are forced to see ourselves on Zoom cameras everyday – the American Society of Plastic Surgeons has reported that liposuction procedures have actually increased during the past year!

Another reason for the growth in liposuction treatments may also be that NOW is the perfect time to get lipo. If you are already working from home, and not going out socializing much, it is the ideal time to undergo liposuction. You won’t have to take time off work for the recovery period, and no one will even know you’ve had it done! They will just think you look great when they see you again!

Liposuction for the Belly

Although liposuction can now performed on almost every area of the body, it originated as a treatment for removing excess fat from the tummy / belly / abdomen / waist / stomach area. And, in fact, the belly is still the number one requested area for liposuction.

In recent years, liposuction technologies have been refined and improved into procedures that are much more comfortable, safe, and affordable – and offer beautiful results with less downtime.

Tumescent liposuction uses very fine tubes (microcannulas) to “suck out” belly fat. Because they are so small, the incision is miniscule – and requires no stiches and leaves no scarring. Swelling, bruising and pain are also minimized by the use of the extremely thin cannulas.

Once the fat cells are removed from the abdomen they are “gone for good” and will not return. Of course you can still gain weight with improper diet and lack of exercise – but the fat in the liposuction area will not return. And while liposuction is not a weight loss method per se, up to eleven pounds of fat can be removed in a typical single liposuction session!

Benefits of a Skilled Liposuction Surgeon

Liposuction removes those pockets and bulges of abdominal belly fat that diet and exercise don’t touch. You see, your heredity or “DNA” determines where your body will place fat cells – and you are “stuck” with them in that location, no matter how much weight you lose. But liposuction changes the game by removing these excess fat cells!

Contouring the abdomen with liposuction is truly part science and part art. In addition to using state-of-the-art tumescent liposuction technologies to remove inches, a skilled and experienced liposuction surgeon will “sculpt” your fat deposits to give your body the best proportions, “curves,”  and contours.

An experienced liposuction surgeon such as Dr. Ali will approaching the abdomen from multiple angles to prevent irregular removal as well as ensure there is not a “donut” of fat around the navel. It is more than just “removing fat” but rather sculpting different areas of the body, to produce smooth, symmetrical, proportionate, results. A skilled plastic surgeon will also apply the cannula parallel to the skin’s surface, which prevents dimpling and avoids damage to surrounding tissues.

Additionally, the amount of fat removed needs to be assessed in relation to the degree of skin elasticity. Older patients, previous smokers, and some others may have less elasticity.  A more conservative approach to liposuction may need to be taken in these situations to prevent creating an empty skin envelope after liposuction.

Alternatively, for those who are left with excess loose, sagging skin in the belly, liposuction can be combined with a Tummy Tuck or revolutionary new, non-surgical Profound® skin tightening.

In short, abdominal liposuction must be tailored to the specific needs of each patient and must take many factors into account to ensure optimal results.

Circumferential Torso Liposuction

Central abdomen liposuction only addresses the belly. But many patients with excess abdominal fat also have fat deposits in surrounding areas, such as the “flanks” or “love-handles”. For these patients, “circumferential torso liposuction” is beneficial – which addresses the abdomen, flanks and waist – so as to prevent a wide and flat look.

In order to properly deliver circumferential torso liposuction, a patient typically lies on their side with their back straight, giving the plastic surgeon access to the waist, the central abdomen and the flanks. This enables the surgeon to bring proportion, balance and smooth contours to the entire area – rather than just sucking out fat from an isolated spot in the front of the belly.

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See more photos of Dr. Ali’s amazing liposuction results in our Before & After Gallery.

Best Rochester Hills Area Abdominal / Belly Fat Liposuction

Dr. Ali has helped hundreds of women and men in Birmingham, Rochester Hills, Bloomfield Hills, Auburn Hills and across Oakland County and the Detroit area love their bodies with abdominal liposuction of their unwanted “belly fat”. He will be happy to offer you a consultation to help you understand your options. Dr. Ali will consider all aspects of your body proportions, the amount of fat you need to lose, your lifestyle, your age and your goals in order to ensure the best liposuction results for you!

And remember, liposuction financing options are also available!
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Rochester Hills Area Liposuction Consultation:248-335-7200

Rhinoplasty Revision: Fixing a Bad “Nose Job”

Revision Rhinoplasty Surgery: Fixing a Bad Nose Job –

Successful rhinoplasty involves both art and science to achieve a nasal shape that is beautiful, natural and structurally sound for the rest of your life. Unfortunately, many women and men have experienced unsatisfactory and extremely disappointing results from inexperienced or unskilled surgeons.

And in 2021, many people are now forced to confront their own appearance concerns, thanks to the pervasiveness of Zoom appearances – for work, school, connecting with loved ones, socializing and even masking romantic connections. It’s simply hard to ignore a nose you are unhappy with, when the camera is on you all the time. For this reason, we are seeing an increase in requests for revision of rhinoplasties that were previously performed by less skilled doctors.

The great news is that – like any medical technology – advancements have been made over the last several decades in rhinoplasty that replace older procedures with newer and better techniques!

In cases where you are unhappy with a nose job you previously had performed, revision rhinoplasty surgery by a talented, experienced and caring plastic surgeon like Dr. Ali can correct some or all of the damage done by the original rhinoplasty. Dr. Ali uses state of the art techniques – and years of experience – to perform revision rhinoplasty that can correct problems with old “nose jobs” and deliver more beautiful and natural results.

Reasons for Bad Nose Jobs

An unfavorable cosmetic outcome of a nose job can be due to a wide range of causes, but poor technical execution by the surgeon is often to blame. Unfortunately, in the early years of “nose jobs”, the only way surgeons knew how to alter the shape of the nasal tip was the aggressive removal of cartilage. This type of “excisional rhinoplasty” often resulted in the nose becoming progressively deformed over time – because the supporting cartilage had been removed.

And, sadly, many incompetent surgeons still “go to far” with nose jobs – resulting in a very unnatural “plastic-surgery” look, as well as structural defects that cause malformation over time.

Additionally, in previous decades of nose job surgery, many surgeons tried to achieve a single type of “ideal” nose shape for all patients – shortened and turned up on the end. While this nose shape may look proportionate or “cute” on certain women, it does not take into consideration the ethnic heritage of the patient. A “Caucasian nose” may not only look out-of-place on an Asian or African American individual, but can also erase a person’s important ethnic identity.

Michael Jackson’s aggressive rhinoplasty surgery is a classic example of a nose job that “went to far” causing structural problems, as well as compromising his racial identity.

In other cases, a “bad nose job” may be the result of a medical issue, such as infection, scar formation, skin contracture or tightening that pulled on the tip, or even warping of the cartilage that changed the shape. And even a “good” nose job can go “bad if the nose is subsequently injured by an accident, a fall, a blow, or during athletic activities.

Choosing the Right Revision Rhinoplasty Surgeon

The good news is that, whatever the cause, when a rhinoplasty “goes bad” revision rhinoplasty by a skilled plastic surgeon like Dr. Ali can help restore your appearance and correct structural defects. Dr. Ali is trained in the most advanced “endoscopic” techniques – meaning he can perform many rhinoplasty revisions with minimally invasive techniques that involve tiny incisions and almost no scarring.

And, Dr. Ali is also skilled in using certain injectable fillers to adjust and correct proportions and symmetry – in some cases revising the nasal profile, without surgery altogether! Dr. Ali also understands the unique nasal characteristics of different ethnicities – and he has the skill and experience to enhance your beauty, while retaining a natural appearance that doesn’t change “who you are”!

3D Vectra Nose Job Imaging

Dr. Ali is one of only a few plastic surgeons in the entire Birmingham and greater Detroit area to offer state-of-the-art Vectra 3D facial imaging technology. Using digital imaging Dr. Ali can show you what your nose will look like after your nose job or revision rhinoplasty surgery. This enables patients to visualize their expected results – so they can decide if, when and how they would like to proceed with surgery or other revision procedures.

Risks of Revision Rhinoplasty

In general, a first time or “primary” rhinoplasty is extremely routine and exceedingly safe – and serious complications are quite rare and can be treated effectively.

However, a secondary or revision rhinoplasty is always associated with higher risks, because the nasal tissues have previously been affected by prior surgery. In addition to pre-existing inflammation from prior surgery, there is typically also increased subcutaneous scarring, diminished blood supply and reduced skin elasticity. And, in the case of excisional rhinoplasty there may also be damaged or missing cartilage and other skeletal elements.

That is why it is extremely important to choose a highly skilled, experienced board certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Ali for revision rhinoplasty surgery.

Board Certified Revision Rhinoplasty Surgeon

As with anything else, it is always easier to do something right the first time, rather than try to fix something that was done poorly and improperly. In some cases, an existing nose job’s deformities are so severe as to require multiple surgeries to normalize the nose. In other cases a misshapen nose cannot always be completely reconstructed into a “perfect nose” – but substantial improvement is almost always an option in the hands of a skilled, Board Certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Ali.

But in the vast majority of cases, Dr. Ali can reconstruct your nose into a shape, proportions and symmetry that complements your facial features, and leaves you satisfied with your appearance. And Vectra 3D imaging technology in our Birmingham office takes the “guess work” out of knowing what your results will be!

Birmingham’s Best Revision Nose Job Surgeon

If you are suffering from an unsuccessful or “botched” nose job, call Birmingham Board Certified Plastic surgeon Dr. Ali for a evaluation and consultation.  He will help you set realistic expectations, and explain your surgical options for correcting your previous nose job – ensuring that you achieve the best possible rhinoplasty results in your situation.

Revision Rhinoplasty Consultation | Birmingham: 248-335-7200

Ask the Surgeon: Are Silicone Breast Implants Safe?

Ask the Surgeon: Are Silicone Breast Implants Safe?

Huge advancements in breast implant technology have made today’s silicone breast implants both more natural in look and feel, as well as extremely safe. Dr. Ali has used performed breast implant surgery using silicone implants with safe and natural results on thousands of women in Oakland County and across the metro Detroit area.

In this article Detroit area board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali discusses the history and the safety of silicone breast implant surgery.

FDA Approval of Breast Implants

Both saline and silicone breast implants are FDA approved, meaning that the US Food and Drug Administration considers them safe for breast augmentation and breast reconstruction. FDA-approved implants undergo extensive testing before approval to demonstrate reasonable assurance of safety and effectiveness.

The FDA has approved implants for increasing breast size, reconstruction after breast cancer surgery, and to correct or improve developmental defects or the result of a previous surgery. Additionally, research on the safety and effectiveness of both types of breast implants is always ongoing, as well, ensuring that improvements in breast implant technology are continually being made.

History of Silicone Breast Implant Surgery

Silicone implants were first used by breast surgeons in 1964 with new and imperfect technology. So, back then, some patients experienced complications. As a result, in 1992 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) temporarily recommended that silicone implants be removed from use.

However, in 1999, the National Academy Institute of Medicine issued a report stating that diseases such as connective tissue disorders, cancer, neurological diseases, reproductive problems, or other systemic complaints or conditions “are no more common in women with breast implants than in women without implants.”

These studies also showed that there was no evidence of long-term autoimmune problems in women who underwent augmentation with silicone breast implants.

And, other exhaustive studies have shown that silicone breast implants actually have complication rates that are the same as, or in some cases lower than, saline implants.

So, in 2006 the FDA cleared silicone breast implants cosmetic use in women aged 22 and older. By 2010 breast implants were the most popular plastic surgery in the United States – with 62% of implants being silicone.

Do Breast Implants Cause Cancer?

Studies by the National Cancer Institute have also proven that there is no relationship between breast implants and breast cancer.

In the United States, approximately 1 out of 9 women (11%) will develop breast cancer. This percentage is the same for women with and without breast implants.

Today’s Silicone Breast Implant Surgery is Safe

Statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery state that roughly 1 in every 26 women in the US has breast implants – meaning that 4% of US women have improved their appearance with breast implants. In fact, about 300,000 women in the United States alone undergo breast implant surgery every year!

Doctor Ali, uses Mentor MemoryShape Gel Breast Implants – known for their natural look, realistic feel and their unparalleled safety record. Mentor Worldwide LLC, the developer of these implants and part of the Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices companies, recently announced the publication of a 10-year clinical study involving 955 breast augmentation patients in the U.S.

That 2018 study  highlighted the safety of MENTOR MemoryShape Gel Breast Implants, reporting:

  • High patient and surgeon satisfaction rates
  • Low capsular contracture, rupture and complications rates
  • No reported cases of breast implant-associated cancer

Complications of Silicone Breast Implant Surgery

As with any surgery, there is always a small risk of complication.  Infection is a risk with any surgery that can be greatly reduced with proper surgical procedures and meticulous aftercare.

Local complications and adverse reactions can also include capsular contracture, reoperation, removal, and implant rupture. However, these risks are very rare when the silicone breast implant surgery is performed by a skilled board certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Ali.

What Happens When a Breast Implant Breaks (Ruptures)?

Because of today’s improved materials from which breast implants are made, a rupture (break) in the breast implant is a very rare occurrence. However, even when a breast implant “pops” the situation is not immediately dangerous at all. What happens when a breast implant ruptures will depend upon whether the breast implant is saline or silicone.

If a saline breast implant ruptures, the “salt water” that it is filled with will simply leak out – and the implant will rapidly deflate. The body will then absorb the leaked saline solution. Since salt is a natural substance found in the body there are no health risks. However, the woman will need surgery to remove the deflated silicone shell, and replace it with a new implant so that her breasts are the same size.

It is harder to tell if a silicone breast implant ruptures. Patients you might not notice a silicone leak right away — or ever — because it is thick and leaks very slowly. The small amount of free silicone then generally tends to remain trapped in the fibrous tissue (capsule) around the implant.

Despite some “myths” to the contrary, leaking silicone gel does NOT cause disease or illness. Leaking silicone does NOT cause breast cancer, reproductive problems or arthritis. However, if you become aware of a leaking silicone breast implant Dr. Ali will recommend that you have it removed and replaced. This is because, over time, a ruptured silicone breast implant may cause breast pain, breast thickening, or changes in the shape or size of the breast.

Detroit Area’s Top Breast Implant Surgeon

Dr. Ali is a Detroit area double board certified Birmingham breast implant surgeon who has performed breast augmentation surgery on thousands of women in the metro Detroit area, including Birmingham, Troy, Rochester Hills, West Bloomfield, and across Oakland County. He utilizes the latest techniques and best, state-of-the-art breast implant technologies and procedures – to ensure that your results are as safe as they are beautiful. Doctor Ali will be happy to offer you a consultation to answer all of your questions at his Birmingham office.

Feel beautiful inside and out, with breast implant surgery. And remember, financing options are also available.

Detroit Area Breast Implant Surgeon Consultation: 248-335-7200

MemoryShape®: the Most Natural Breast Implants

MemoryShape® the Most Natural Breast Implants

It is no surprise that breast implant technology has come a long way since they were first introduced almost 60 years ago! In June 2013, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the some new, advanced types of silicone gel-filled breast implants, bringing the total number of approved products to five in the United States. One of these newly approved products was was the natural looking and feeling MemoryShape breast implant.

Seven years later, Detroit area double board certified plastic surgeon Doctor Ali still typically prefers MemoryShape® Breast Implants for their natural shape, realistic feel, and excellent variety of sizes and silhouettes.

About Mentor Breast Implants

Mentor Worldwide LLC was founded in 1969, and has since grown into the leading manufacturer of supplies for the breast implant surgery market. Mentor works tirelessly to develop, manufacture, and market top-of-the-line breast implants for patients around the world, including Detroit.

Based out of Irvine California and with manufacturing and research facilities in both the United States and the Netherlands, Mentor guarantees to satisfy the needs of patients in the Detroit area and worldwide who are considering breast implant surgery.

With more that 2 million satisfied customers worldwide, Mentor Breast Implants hold the distinction of being among the most reliable in the industry.

Mentor has been a trailblazer of breast implant devices for over two decades. Used in both breast reconstruction and breast augmentation, Mentor breast implants are held to the strictest possible standards of design and testing, resulting in the highest quality breast implants on the market.

What are MemoryShape®? Breast Implants

MENTOR® MemoryShape® Breast Implants have a unique, tapered appearance. They are thinner at the top and gently slope to a fuller “projection” near the implant’s bottom – just like a natural breast.

Earlier generations of breast implants were very round, giving an artificial “globe” or “melon” appearance.  These are the recognizable breast implants that one thinks of on actresses and exotic dancers from from past decades – many of who had artificial looking, oversized breasts.

Today, most women prefer that they do NOT look like they have had “work done”. That is why MENTOR® MemoryShape® Breast Implants are so popular – because they mimic the silhouette of a natural breast. MemoryShape® Breast Implants soft gel silicone also feel very realistic to the touch!

As an additional advantage, The MemoryShape® technology has built in SILTEX® Microtexture imprinting that is designed to help keep implants in place. So they don’t shift over time like older models of breast implants often did.

Why Doctor Ali Uses MemoryShape® Breast Implants

MemoryShape® Breast Implants imitate the silhouette of a natural breast with a teardrop shape. Filled with a uniquely formulated cohesive gel, MemoryShape® Breast Implants provide a youthful firmness and natural silhouette that always retains shape.

Mentor’s silicone gel breast implants perfectly resemble natural breasts in feel, shape, and weight. The Mentor MemoryShape® Breast Implants are specifically designed to provide more volume towards the bottom of the breast and less towards the top, much as is the case with a natural breast.

There are five different MemoryShape® Breast Implants available to Detroit patients, each varying in shape, width, height, and projection measurements.

Detroit Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Ali has undergone the rigorous mandated MENTOR® MemoryShape® Implant Device Training required of all physicians in order to gain access to MENTOR® MemoryShape® Breast Implants, making him the top choice among Detroit patients for all of their breast implant needs.

Another feature we love about MemoryShape® Breast Implants is their Free Lifetime Product Replacement Warranty!

Detroit Area Breast Implant Surgeon

If you have questions about the latest developments in breast implant surgery, please schedule a consultation with award-winning Detroit area plastic surgeon Dr. Ali.

The vast majority of women who choose to get breast implants say that their augmented breast(s) help them feel more self-confident, feel better about their bodies, and/or give them a greater feeling of well-being.

Detroit area board certified plastic surgeon Doctor Ali offers a breast implant consultation to help you learn about your options and decide if breast implants are a good option for you.

Detroit Area Breast Implant Consultation: 248-335-7200

How to Decide if You Should Have Breast Implant Surgery

How to Decide if You Should Have Breast Implant Surgery

If you are one of the millions of women who are dissatisfied with the size, shape, position, symmetry and/or the proportion of their breasts, deciding to get breast implants is an important personal decision.  Detroit area board certified plastic surgeon Doctor Ali has helped thousands of women decide if breast implants are right for them, by carefully explain the pros and cons.

In this article we give you some general information to help you make an informed choice.  However, since every women is different, Dr. Ali offers a  breast implant consultation to help you decide if breast implants are a good option for you.

Benefits Associated With Breast Implants

According to recent clinical and psychological studies, the vast majority of women who have undergone breast implant surgery have universally reported very high levels of satisfaction with their body image and the shape, feel, and size of their implants.

In his Detroit plastic surgery practice, Doctor Ali prefers a type of breast implants called MemoryShape™ Breast Implants. This type of implant is not only more natural looking than older breast implants, but also feels more realistic. MemoryShape™ Breast Implants come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and “profiles” so that they can be matched to the patient’s body – giving her the most beautiful ideal proportions.

In a core study conducted by Mentor, the maker of the MemoryShape™ Breast Implants, 97% of the 373 primary breast augmentation patients who answered a patient satisfaction survey indicated they would make the same decision to have the breast implant surgery!

Breast Implant Statistics

Breast augmentation has continued to be the single most popular cosmetic surgeries in the US since 2006. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons in 2019, there were 299,715 breast augmentation procedures performed across the United States alone. This makes it even more popular in the US than liposuction!

Plastic surgeons believe that there are several reasons breast augmentation continues to be the#1 cosmetic surgery:

#1. New technologies in breast implants have made them safer than ever

#2. The cost of breast implant surgery has become more affordable in recent years

#3. Celebrities & social media have removed the stigma from breast implant surgery

#4. Women feel more empowered to take control of their bodies

#5. New surgical techniques have reduced risk and downtime of breast implant surgery

#6. New breast implant designs look more natural

#7. New breast implant materials feel more realistic

Age and Breast Implants

The FDA does not recommend breast implants for patients under 18, and board-certified plastic surgeons won’t perform breast augmentations on women under 22 since breast tissue isn’t considered fully developed until that time.

But women in good health of all ages of 22 and beyond can enjoy the benefits of breast implant surgery. In fact, approximately 7,000 women over the age of 55 get breast implants every year.

Whether breast augmentation is right for you depends on your overall general health, underlying medical conditions, lifestyle, emotional state, body type, breast size/ shape before surgery, as well as your appearance goals after surgery.

Breast Implant Before & After

One of the best ways to decide if breast implants are right for you, is to see the results beforehand! Dr. Ali now offers advanced Vectra 3D computer imaging that can show you what your implants will look like before you get them!

Additionally, you can look at our extensive gallery of breast augmentation Before & After photos, to see what a big difference in appearance breast implants can make!

Top Detroit Breast Implant Surgeon

The vast majority of women who choose to get breast implants say that their augmented breast(s) help them be more self-confident, feel better about their bodies, and give them a greater feeling of well-being.

Detroit area board certified plastic surgeon Doctor Ali offers a breast implant consultation to help you learn about your options and decide if breast implants are a good option for you.

Detroit Area Breast Implant Consultation: 248-335-7200

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The Best Christmas Gift of 2020: Better Sex with Viveve!

The Most Intimate Christmas Gift: Better Sex with Vaginal Rejuvenation

Christmas shopping in 2020 is challenging during social distancing – to say the least! What if we told you we had the perfect gift that keeps on giving, is guaranteed to “fit” and that can be purchased online with a few clicks? Why not give your partner AND yourself the gift of better sex and improved intimacy this holiday season with a  Gift Certificate for vaginal rejuvenation at AMAE in the Detroit area?

Improve Sexual Intimacy with Vaginal Rejuvenation

Sexual intimacy is an important part of any couple’s relationship. And, during 2020, while many couples are stuck at home together during the pandemic, an active and satisfying sex life has become even more important to couple. revolutionary new Viveve non-surgical vaginal rejuvenation may be just what you both need to reinvigorate your love life.

What Is Vaginal Rejuvenation?

In the early days of romance or marriage, the couple’s sexual relationship is often the focal point of their time together. But as responsibilities such as children, careers, and mortgages take center stage, sexual relations can often get shifted to the back burner. Unfortunately, once the kids are older, careers are established, and a couple finally has more time for one another again, physiological changes in a woman’s body can make sexual intimacy less than satisfying for both partners. Even worse, in many cases, sexual intercourse actual becomes painful for the woman.

Childbirth, aging and post-menopausal hormone decrease all take their toll on the vagina. The vaginal lining can become looser, lax (lacking in tone), dry, and less sensitive. This results in painful sex for the woman and less sensation and less satisfaction for both partners.

But the fantastic news is that a one-time, non-surgical Viveve vaginal rejuvenation treatment can “turn back the clock” on female intimacy problems. Radiofrequency “vaginal rejuvenation” restores tightness, elasticity, lubrication and sensation to the vagina – in just one treatment, without surgery and without hormones.

Radiofrequency stimulates the vaginal tissue to produce more collagen, and promotes the regeneration of vaginal cells. This helps restore and rejuvenate the vagina to a more youthful state. The vaginal becomes tighter, more toned and more lubricated – improving intimacy for the woman and her partner.

Cost of Vaginal Rejuvenation in Detroit

So what’s the catch? There really isn’t one! There are no side effects, no downtime and no complications from this safe and natural treatment. The only issue, for some women, is the “price tag” – since insurance does not currently cover vaginal rejuvenation. And, as we all know, many women are notorious for not spending money on themselves.

But what better gift can you give her (and you) this holiday season, than a  Gift Certificate for better sexual health and improved intimacy?

The average middle-class married couple spends more than $1000 every year on Christmas gifts alone! Couples also typically invest this much in a good mattress set. And a new car payment alone can run from $2000 to $4000 or more per year. Shouldn’t your intimacy as a couple be worth a small investment as well?

Women: Treat yourselves to more comfortable and satisfying sex – while giving the man you love the holiday gift of more frequent and pleasurable sexual intimacy! There is still time to schedule Vivevev vaginal rejuvenation before Christmas. But hurry! Time is running out.

Men: You can purchase a  Gift Certificate at our Detroit area medical office for the cost of vaginal rejuvenation treatment. You will be giving your wife or partner the gift of heightened sexual sensation and pain-free sex – while also giving yourself the present of more satisfying sex with the woman you love.

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4 Cosmetic Procedure Christmas Gifts for Him

4 Cosmetic Procedure Christmas Gifts for Him

2020 … what a year! Now it’s time to try and celebrate the holidays and find those perfect gifts – while still social distancing! What if there were a perfect gift, guaranteed to “fit”, that you could buy online – without having to leave the house? The answer is: a Plastic Surgery or Body Sculpting Gift Certificate that you can buy online, print at home, and let’s the recipient choose exactly what they want!

If the man in your life is like most of us, he’s had an extremely stressful year. And if he’s a “typical guy” he’s probably also extremely hard to shop for. Chances are he usually buys himself what he wants and needs throughout the year. So coming up with gift ideas that are a surprise – and is something your husband or boyfriend really wants – can be a difficult task! But this year, we’ve got you covered with some suggestions for the perfect Christmas gift that keeps on giving all year round! Even better, every gift on this list will also make YOU happy, too. And there’s no size or color to pick out, and you don’t even have to go to a crowded shopping mall!

You can give any one of the Christmas gifts on this list below with a Cosmetic Surgery Gift Certificate from our prestigious Detroit area plastic surgery office. Your husband, boyfriend, fiancé, father, brother or other special guy can even choose what service he would like – and he can use the gift certificate now, or wait until later in 2021.

1. Give Him CoolSculpting for Christmas

Does he complain about his midsection, gripe about his love handles, or walk around trying to suck in his gut when he’s out in public? What if you could give the guy in your life the body he’s always wanted (or the body he used to have) for Christmas? And we are NOT talking about buying him a new piece of exercise equipment or another gym membership!

We offer several body enhancement and fat loss treatments at our Detroit area cosmetic surgery office that take away his fat in problem areas – to reveal those abs! Our most popular is non-invasive CoolSculpting – which offers non-surgical fat loss – with no downtime!

CoolSculpting is a completely non-invasive fat-removal procedure that removes up to 24% of fat in a treated area. A handheld applicator applies cold temperatures to the unwanted fat. This applicator “freezes” or “crystalizes” the fat cells, and the body then naturally eliminates them. CoolSculpting can remove fat and inches from the waist, abs, and “love handles” – and almost anywhere else on the body, even a “double chin”.

A Gift Certificate for CoolSculpting can help him get rid of the stubborn fat pockets she hates, and reveal the abs he can be proud of – all with no exercise and no downtime!

2. Give Him Liposuction for Christmas

Want to give him the “abs” he’s always wanted for Christmas? Now you can!

Another fat loss procedure most guys would love to find “under the Christmas tree” is a Gift Certificate for tumescent liposuction. Lipo can remove fat from almost any area of the body, including the belly and flanks, as well as the buttocks, thighs, back and arms.

Liposuction is especially ideal for stubborn pockets of fat around a man’s middle that don’t respond to exercise or dieting. Usually this type of fat is hereditary to some degree, and the only way to permanently remove it is with liposuction or CoolSculpting.

Liposuction is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that requires only local anesthetic, and the results are almost immediate. So he can get the liposuction in January and be swimsuit-ready for a February beach vacation or a Detroit area “stay-cation”.

Can’t decide between liposuction and CoolSculpting? No problem! A Gift Certificate from our Detroit area cosmetic surgery office enables your guy to choose the procedure HE wants.

3. Give Yourself a Breast Augmentation for Christmas … that He’ll Love, too!

If you really want to GO BIG for Christmas, then consider scheduling your OWN breast augmentation at our Detroit area Medical Office and Med Spa! This gift to YOURSELF is also one that the man in your life will enjoy for years to come.

We know that he loves you just the way you are! But if you are a bit dissatisfied with (or self conscious about) the size, shape or placement of your breasts, breast enhancement surgery can give you the gorgeous bustline you’ve always wanted.

You’ll look better in clothes – AND in the bedroom – with breast implants that help you love the way you look. And we promise, HE will love the way you look too!

4. Give Him (and You) Better Sex with Vaginal Rejuvenation

Give your partner AND YOURSELF the gift of better sex and improved intimacy this holiday season with a vaginal rejuvenation treatment.

Sadly, childbirth, aging and post-menopausal hormone decrease all take their toll on a woman’s vagina. The vaginal lining can become looser, lax (lacking in tone), dry, and less sensitive. This results in painful sex for the woman and less sensation and less satisfaction for both partners.

But the fantastic news is that a one-time, non-surgical vaginal treatment can “turn back the clock” on female intimacy problems. Radiofrequency “vaginal rejuvenation” restore tightness, elasticity, lubrication and sensation to the vagina – in just one treatment, without surgery and without hormones!

Wouldn’t YOU like to get (and give) better sex for Christmas? The best news is that there is no downtime – and results begin to take effect almost immediately! So there’s still time to schedule a treatment before Christmas! Now that’s a gift he’s sure to love!

Detroit Area Cosmetic Surgery Gift Certificates

Many men are incredibly hard to shop for. And in 2020, spending hours in the mall is no longer an option. But a cosmetic surgery Gift Certificate lets him choose a life changing procedure. After opening his Cosmetic Surgery gift certificate, he can schedule a consultation at our Detroit area Med Spa in Birmingham, MI to discuss the procedures he wants. We will help him decide what treatments are right to achieve his appearance goals, and he’ll be thanking you now and for years to come.

Or, choose a gift for yourself, such as breast implants or vaginal rejuvenation … that he will love as much as you do!

This year give him the gift that keeps on giving with a cosmetic procedure Gift Certificate for services from renowned Detroit area cosmetic surgeon Dr. Ali.

SHOP ONLINE for Spa Gift Certificates – Or Call: 248.335.7200

How to Get Thin by Christmas

How to Get Thin by Christmas – 

Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching, and Christmas & Chanukah are only a couple months away. And many people in the greater Detroit area are looking for a way to “get thin quick” or “lose fat fast.” Even though social gatherings will be smaller this year – we still want to look our best when we attend those family gatherings and Christmas parties – whether they are in person or via Zoom!

Around the holidays our office usually receives many inquiries about how long liposuction or CoolSculpting takes to get results. Additionally, this year, many of us have gained 5 or ten extra pounds during the quarantine and working from home due to less activity, more snacking and the stress of the pandemic!

Dr. Ali is a Detroit area board certified plastic surgeon who has helped hundreds of women and men in the greater Detroit area get the body they want. He offers a wide variety of procedures to remove fat and inches from almost every area of the body, including: liposuction, CoolSculpting, tummy tucks and more. In this article we discuss the time-frames of the most popular body sculpting procedures.

How Long Do Liposuction Results Take?

Liposuction shows results the “fastest” of the most common body sculpting procedures.

Tumescent liposuction is the newest generation liposuction procedures, which uses a “micro-cannula” (tiny tube) to suck out the fat. Tumescent liposuction only involves one procedure and significantly less swelling and “downtime” than older liposuction techniques.

As the swelling goes down (after the first few days up to about 4 to 6 weeks) the liposuction results become visible. Because the fat has been surgically “sucked out” and does not have to be eliminated by the body, the results are immediate – though only visible post-swelling.

Your recovery period will depend on how extensive the procedure was, how much fat was removed, your age, your general health, etc. But in most cases the swelling will subside, and substantial results will be visible in 4 to 6 weeks.

So, if you are hoping for results before Christmas, November is the time to book your liposuction appointment!!

How Long Do CoolSculpting Results Take?

Like liposuction, CoolSculpting can remove stubborn areas of fat that resist diet and exercise – but it is not a weight loss tool.

CoolSculpting is non-surgical and non-invasive – giving it the advantage of having virtually no “downtime” and no period of recovery. However, CoolSculpting, involves multiple treatments.

Patients typically begin to see results within 4-5 weeks, although it may take 3 to 6 months to deliver complete and final results.

So, while CoolSculpting is less invasive, less uncomfortable, and has less downtime, seeing results takes more treatments – and the results take much longer to be visible.

If you book a CoolSculpting appointment in November, you will likely see some – but not complete – results by Christmas.

How Long Do Tummy Tuck Results Take?

A tummy tuck (also called abdominoplasty) is a more invasive procedure than liposuction or CoolSculpting. A tummy tuck tightens “flabby” skin and loose muscle, while liposuction or CoolSculpting only remove excess fat.

Immediately following your tummy tuck, loose, sagging skin will be gone – but some swelling will continue. Gradually the swelling decreases over a period of several weeks, revealing the firm, tight skin and muscles.

A tummy tuck typically requires general anesthesia. An incision is made across the lower in order to remove excess abdominal skin and tighten the abdominal muscles. This does result in a longer recovery time and more intense discomfort.

Scheduling a tummy tuck in November will reveal a tighter abdomen by Christmas.  But, realistically, because it is actual surgery, it will be after the holidays before complete results of your tummy tuck will be visible. Additionally, if you elect to have a tummy tuck before the holidays – care must be taken not to “overdo it” during your recovery period.

Best Detroit Area Liposuction Surgeon

Dr. Ali has helped hundreds of women and men across the greater Detroit area get the body they want with liposuction, CoolSculpting, tummy tucks, and other non-invasive, minimally-invasive and surgical procedures. He will be happy to offer you a consultation to help you understand your options and results time-frame, so you can choose the best procedure for your goals.

And remember, liposuction financing options are also available!

Detroit Area Liposuction Consultation: 248-335-7200

Hormone Replacement for Menopause

Hormone Replacement Helps Treat Symptoms of Menopause – 

Menopause is the end of a woman’s reproductive cycle. The average age for the onset of menopause is 51. But menopause can actually occur as early as the late 30’s – or as late as the early 6os. Leading up to menopause, a woman’s ovaries begin producing fewer and fewer hormones.

Hormones regulate virtually every aspect of our bodies, from metabolism and weigh gain, to skin health, sleep patterns and sex drive. So, the decreased hormones of menopause can cause a wide variety of changes or symptoms in a woman’s body.

Symptoms and side effects of menopausal hormone decline can include: hot flashes, sleep disruption, low libido, vaginal pain and dryness, urinary incontinence, weight gain, mood swings, bone density loss (osteoporosis), and more. In short, menopause can be very unpleasant.

But, the good news is that replacing declining hormones during menopause with bioidentical hormone replacement pellets can offer lasting relief from these difficult and often painful symptoms.

Hormone Replacement Reduces Menopause Symptoms

Hormone replacement therapy is considered the most effective treatment for symptoms of estrogen decline, such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and pain or discomfort during intercourse.

Doctors also generally recommend low dose estrogen replacement for women who have had a hysterectomy, or a a bilateral oophorectomy (removal of the uterus and ovaries). Estrogen comes in different forms. The daily pill and patch are the most popular, but the hormone also is available in a vaginal ring, gel, or spray.

The estrogen decline or imbalance of menopause is also associated with osteoporosis, breast cancer, and heart disease. But research indicates that hormone replacement offers improved bone strength, heart and artery protection, and even helps guard against cognitive decline during aging, including Alzheimer’s disease.

Why You Should Use Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement

Remaining healthy well after menopause depends on many factors including lifestyle and heredity. But, just as we supplement the body with vitamins and minerals to stay healthy, it also makes sense to replenish the necessary hormones that are missing from the body.

And, the best, most natural method of replacing deficient hormones is with Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) Pellets.

A single pellet implant in our office steadily and and consistently releases low doses of hormones for 3 to 6 months. And, unlike synthetic hormones that are made in a lab, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) pellets consist of hormones extracted from 100% natural sources.  These bioidentical hormones replicate the exact molecular structure of the human body’s naturally produced hormones.

And, unlike hormone pills that put you on a daily roller coaster of hormone ups and downs, time-released pellets deliver hormones the way your body does – gradually and consistently over time from within the body. Additionally, unlike oral pills, messy creams and unsightly patches, there are no pills to remember daily, and no messy creams or ugly patches to remember to apply.

Is Hormone Replacement Therapy Safe for Menopause?

The North American Menopause Society, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, and The Endocrine Society have all taken the position that most healthy women can use hormone therapy for relief of their menopause symptoms.

Previously there were concerns that taking estrogen alone increased a woman’s risk for uterine cancer. However, taking progesterone hormones combined with estrogen greatly reduces this risk. This is important because, according to the International Osteoporosis Foundation, 1 in 3 women over the age of 50 years old will experience a broken bone due to osteoporosis in their lifetime. Other estimates put the risk as high as 1 on 2, or 50% of all women over 50.

So, the importance of reversing the risk of an osteoporosis, as well as heart disease, Alzheimer’s and other life-threatening conditions cannot be understated.

Hormone Replacement Therapy for Menopause – Birmingham, MI

Hormone replacement therapy has been proven effective for decades for reducing the symptoms of menopause like painful sex, mood swings and hot flashes. BHRT pellets also protect post- menopausal women from the dangers of fractured bones, heart disease and cognitive decline.

If you and your doctor believe hormone replacement therapy is the right treatment for you, BHRT pellets offer the safest, most consistent, most effective and easiest to use form of hormone replacement.

Menopause Hormone Replacement Therapy – Birmingham, MI: 248.335.7200