How to Get the Best Results with Facelift Surgery

Getting the Best Results with Facelift Surgery

Birmingham, MI board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali has successfully performed facelift surgery on thousands of thrilled men and women, who look love how they look younger and more attractive.

In this article he discusses some steps you can take to ensure you get the best results from your facelift surgery procedure.

Choosing a Facelift Surgeon

Choosing the right surgeon is the first step toward successful facelift surgery. A board certified plastic surgeon will have hundreds of hours of training and experience performing facelifts – and will be up on the latest procedures and best techniques.

Avoid doctors (or dentists!) who do facelifts “on the side” of their regular practice and are not board certified. Although they may be cheaper, remember that you get what you pay for.

An inexperienced or untrained surgeon can make mistakes that end up causing a stretched appearance, lumps or bumps, facial drooping, or uneven facial features. More seriously, nerve damage, trouble swallowing, and vocal or vision problems can result if your facelift surgeon is not board certified and highly experienced.

Facelift Surgery: Realistic Expectation

The best facelift candidates have realistic expectations. A good facelift should make you look like a natural, younger, more attractive version of yourself. However, a facelift is not a procedure that will make you look like someone else. There are, however, other surgical procedures that can more dramatically change your appearance – including nose jobs (rhinoplasty), eyelid lifts, and even cheek and jaw implants.

A facelift alone typically offers the most satisfying results for patients who wish to tighten lose, lax, or sagging skin.  However, if you have specific features you wish to improve, a facelift can be combined with blepharoplasty (eyelid lift), rhinoplasty (facelift) or other plastic surgeries.

Dr. Ali will take the time to discuss your appearance goals – so you can make the right decision about which procedures are best for you.

Facelift Surgery: Following Instructions

The best results in facelift surgery are obtained by patients are committed to following their plastic surgeon’s pre- and post-operative instructions. Dr. Ali will provide you with detailed written instructions for both pre-operative and post-operative care.

Typically, should refrain from certain supplements, OTC medicines, and consuming alcohol, aspirin or any other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (such as ibuprofen) before their facelift – and for several weeks afterwards.

Patients who walk around three or four times a day after their facelift, boost circulation and prevent the development of blood clots in the legs.  Not bending over, and not lifting heavy objects until the plastic surgeon allows it will also help the incisions to properly heal and will assist in keeping your results “in place.”

Of course, avoiding smoking before and after facelift surgery dramatically improves the body’s ability to heal quickly and properly. And taking your full course of prescribed antibiotics will prevent the risk of an infection after your facelift.

Sleeping position is also important post facelift surgery. Patients who sleep with their head elevated for about two to three weeks following a facelift will help prevent swelling.

Facelift Surgery – Birmingham, MI

If you are considering facelift surgery, Dr. Ali will offer you a discreet, no pressure consultation in his Birmingham, MI soffice to explain your options, answer all of your questions, and help you select the facelift procedure that is right for you.

Dr. Ali  is a board certified plastic surgeon, and one of the Birmingham, MI area’s top facelift doctors. He has helped hundreds of men and women in Birmingham, MI and the greater Detroit area, and Southeast Michigan look younger and more attractive with facelift surgery! And, financing options are also available.

Birmingham, MI Facelift Consultation: 248-335-7200

What to Know Before Plastic Surgery

6 Tips to Get the Best Plastic Surgery Results

Considering plastic surgery is a big decision that can impact the rest of your life! So you need to be sure you’ve carefully thought it through. It’s important that you make your decision carefully, and select the best plastic surgeon –  and don’t just settle on the plastic surgeon who offers rhinoplasty or breast augmentation for the lowest price.

In this article the plastic surgery experts at AMAE in the Detroit area share six tips to ensure that you get the best results from your plastic surgery procedure.

(1.) Choose a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

“Plastic surgery is an art and requires expertise and specialized knowledge,” says Detroit area plastic surgeon Dr. Ali. “You want to be sure your surgeon can provide beautiful, natural looking results, so it’s important to choose one who has the experience you need. That means looking for one who is certified in plastic surgery because he or she will be committed to maintaining the highest standards in the field.”

(2.) Have Realistic Expectations for Plastic Surgery

It’s also important to have realistic expectations when undergoing plastic surgery. Dr. Ali sees many patients who bring along a photo of a favorite celebrity to show him the look they’d like. While Dr. Ali may be able to give you a nose that looks similar to Natalie Portman’s, or a bottom as full as Kim Kardashian’s, he won’t be able to transform you into someone you aren’t. Plastic surgery is meant to enhance your already natural beauty, and not transform you into a different person overnight.

“Patients must have a realistic idea of what plastic surgery can accomplish for them,” says Dr. Ali. “I can enhance your bustline, but I can’t make you into a supermodel. My goal is to help you become the best, most confident version of yourself.”

(3.) Do it for YOU!

Patients should never seek out surgery for anyone but themselves. If patients come to a plastic surgeon because someone else encouraged them or pressured them, the surgeon may decline to perform surgery. Plastic surgery should never be performed because you feel pressured to do so.

“Undergoing plastic surgery won’t automatically repair problems in your life,” says Dr. Ali. “If you and your boyfriend are in a rough patch, getting a liposuction isn’t going to repair that. Surgery can make you more confident and sure of yourself, but it can’t fix all the problems you may have.”

(4.) Be Honest with your Plastic Surgeon

Plastic surgery patients need to be completely honest with their surgeon about their medical history, smoking, alcohol and drug use (even prescription, herbal and over-the-counter medications). Failure to do so can result in complications and side effects. All nicotine products should be stopped at least a month prior to surgery (and for several weeks afterward) as nicotine is a vasoconstrictor that interferes with healing. Alcohol use should stop two weeks before surgery and for several weeks after surgery, as it can interfere with anesthesia and can cause excessive bleeding.

Patients should also be at or near their ideal weight and in good physical health. Underlying health issues such as obesity, high blood pressure, can increase the risks of plastic surgery.

“It’s important to be committed to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and weight,” says Dr. Ali. “Gaining or losing large amounts of weight after your procedure can alter your results. Before any body contouring surgery, such as a tummy tuck, it’s important to be at a stable weight that you are able to maintain.”

(5.) Follow Your Post Surgery Instructions & Recovery Plan

It is also important that you have a complete understanding of the recovery period following your surgery. Plastic surgery is elective, and may result in a body that make you more confident, but that won’t happen overnight.

“Plastic surgery is like any other surgery, and requires very real recovery time,” says Dr. Ali. “It’s important that you have a complete understanding of what is expected during recovery, and don’t try to rush through. Failing to follow your surgeons post-surgery guidelines can alter your results, and can lead to complications and additional pain and discomfort. Plastic surgery may be elective, but recovery from a procedure like a tummy tuck requires patience.”

(6.) You Get What You Pay for with Plastic Surgery

Dr. Ali also warns that when it comes to plastic surgery, you usually get what you pay for. Because these cosmetic procedures are very complex surgeries, he warns that you should never shop based on price alone.

“When it comes to your health, you shouldn’t bargain hunt,” says Dr. Ali. “If you needed heart surgery, chances are you’d want the most experienced surgeon performing it. It should be the same with plastic surgery. It is an art, and for the best results, choose someone based on their skills, not on their price.”

Plastic surgery can offer patients increased confidence and a renewed outlook on life. But it’s important to choose a well-qualified and skilled, board certified plastic surgeon like Doctor Ali – who has performed thousands of plastic surgeries – to ensure you get the best cosmetic results.

Top Detroit Area Plastic Surgery

If you have questions about what plastic surgery can do for you, please schedule a consultation with award-winning Detroit area plastic surgeon Dr. Ali.

The vast majority of people who choose to get plastic surgery say it has helped them feel 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 plastic surgery consultation to help you learn about your options and decide what plastic surgeries are a good option for you.

Detroit Area Plastic Surgery Consultation: 248-335-7200

Comparing Treatments for Painful Sex

What is the Best Treatment for Painful Sex?

After menopause, more than 50% of women report having painful sex. Sadly, this condition – known as genitourinary syndrome of menopause or “GSM” – is one that women often suffer with in silence, because they are two embarrassed to seek help – or they think pain during intercourse is a ‘normal’ part of aging. But painful intercourse does NOT have to be a part of aging that women must accept! There are new, state-of-the-art treatments that can eliminate painful sex.

In this article we compare the newest, most innovative and effective treatments for painful sex.

Treatments for Painful Sex: Hormones

Estrogen is necessary for maintaining thick, healthy, elastic, lubricated vaginal walls and tissues. But the hormone decline of menopause can wreak havoc on a woman’s sex life by causing thinning and laxity of the vaginal walls – resulting in: pain during intercourse; decreased vaginal lubrication; vaginal itching, pain and dryness; reduced sexual sensation; vaginal laxity; and, less frequent or less intense orgasms.

In the past, doctors treated women who suffered from painful sex with either vaginal or oral hormone replacement therapy (HRT). But estrogen that is delivered using a cream, a “ring,” or a vaginally inserted tablet is not only messy and inconvenient – but must be continued daily or multiple times weekly. Previously, if vaginal estrogen insertion treatment was not effective to remedy painful sex, women were then typically put on oral Estrogen hormone pills. But oral hormone therapy offers the disadvantage of a roller coaster effect with hormone surges in the morning that then wear off completely by the end of the day. And, patients also have to remember to take pills every day at the same time.

However a new form of HRT – bioidentical subcutaneous pellets – more naturally and effectively addresses the underlying causes of pain during intercourse. Many physicians believe that this is most effective, safest, and most natural method of replacing female hormones. Time-released, subdermal (under the skin) hormone pellets deliver missing hormones consistently and evenly – when they are needed – just like the body itself.

A single hormone pellet implant consistently releases low doses of hormones for several months with just one single insertion. And, unlike the synthetic hormones that are created in a laboratory, bioidentical hormone replacement pellets are derived from 100% natural plant-based sources – making them safer, and more easily and effectively used by the female body.

Treatments for Painful Sex: Viveve® Vaginal Rejuvenation

Viveve® Vaginal Rejuvenation treatment for painful sex uses radio-frequency heat energy with integrated cooling technology to help restore the vaginal tissue naturally. Collagen is the substance in the skin (including the vagina) that is responsible for skin strength and elasticity. Radiofrequency treatments stimulate the body’s own collagen production in the vagina – and the cooling technology component ensures that the procedure is more comfortable than other types of vaginal rejuvenation treatments.

This natural, safe, non-surgical technology improves the vaginal tissues’ texture, lubrication, suppleness, tightness and elasticity without hormones and without surgery. In multiple clinical studies that were approved by the FDA, Viveve® has been clinically proven to be a safe and effective treatment for painful sex – without reported side effects or complications.

Viveve® is the ONLY vaginal rejuvenation that only requires a single treatment to treat painful sex. Additionally, unlike laser vaginal treatments, Viveve® has patented cryo-cooling technology incorporated into the treatment to offset the heat of the treatment, for a relaxing and pain free experience.

Why Viveve RF is Better Than Lasers for Painful Sex

Laser vaginal rejuvenation treatments for painful sex uses “ablation” in which the laser creates microscopic incisions or “cuts” in the vaginal tissue. The body’s healing response to these tiny cuts, stimulates collagen production, thickening the vaginal skin over time – as well as increasing lubrication and elasticity. This makes them much more uncomfortable than pain-free Viveve® radiofrequency vaginal rejuvenation

Additionally, all laser treatments on the market for painful sex (DiVa, MonaLisa Touch, FemiLift ) currently require 3 treatments, spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart. However, Viveve® radiofrequency vaginal rejuvenation only requires a SINGLE treatment to eliminate pain during intercourse.

Painful Sex Treatments – Oakland County

Dr. Ali has helped hundreds of women in Oakland County and across the Detroit area stop bladder leaks & improve sexual intimacy with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) and/or just a single 30 minute Viveve® vaginal rejuvenation treatment!

Both painful sex treatments are affordable, painless, procedures performed in our Oakland County medical office. There is no downtime, and you will begin to notice vaginal improvement within just a few weeks.

Call us for a discreet, confidential vaginal rejuvenation consultation and see if BHRT or Viveve® is right for you!

Oakland County Painful Sex Treatments: 248-335-7200

Vaginal Rejuvenation in Younger Women after Childbirth

Clinical Studies Prove Effectiveness of Vaginal Rejuvenation in Younger Women after Childbirth

Due to a number of causes – from childbirth and aging, to reduced hormone production, to genetics or even trauma – the vagina can become loose and lax over time. The result is often stress urinary incontinence (bladder leaks), itching, burning and dryness, decreased sensation during sex, and painful intercourse.

Previously, these conditions could only be treated with ongoing hormone therapy, or painful surgery with a long recovery period. Recently, however, surgical procedures, medications and topical creams have been replaced with new, noninvasive, energy-based systems of vaginal rejuvenation called Viveve® .

Viveve® vaginal rejuvenation is a relatively new, non-invasive, non-surgical treatment that is now available for women seeking to revitalize and strengthen the elasticity of the vaginal walls and improve the natural lubrication of their vaginal tissue. The Viveve® vaginal rejuvenation treatment uses a proprietary form of radiofrequency based energy to remodel collagen and restore the tissue in the vaginal.

After just a single Viveve® vaginal rejuvenation treatment in our Detroit area office, patients typically report decreased bladder leaks, improved vaginal tightness and lubrication, increased sexual sensation, and elimination of pain during intercourse. But don’t just take our word for it! There is also plenty of clinical research supporting the effectiveness of Viveve® vaginal rejuvenation.

Vaginal Rejuvenation & Childbirth

One of the most common causes of a loose, lax, thinned, or dry vagina is vaginal childbirth. The stretching and related trauma of delivering a child through the vaginal canal often leads to strected or thinned vaginal tissue.

Two clinical reports have been published demonstrating the effectiveness of Viveve® vaginal rejuvenation device for treating vaginal laxity following vaginal child birth in women before menopause.

Viveve® Vaginal Rejuvenation Study #1

A pilot clinical study was conducted on 24 women who had delivered children vaginally. The women were between the ages of 25 and 44 years. Reverse gradient radiofrequency energy was delivered through the “vaginal mucosa” (tissue).

Results from the study showed that after only 1 month after vaginal radiofrequency treatment, 67% of the women reported that vaginal tightness had already significantly improved. By 6 months almost 90% of the patients reported a substantial improvement in vaginal tightness.

Additionally, the women also reported that their sexual function had improved. And absolutely no adverse effects or complications were reported during the vaginal rejuvenation study.

Viveve® Vaginal Rejuvenation Study #2

In another clinical study, 30 pre-menopausal women between the ages of 21 and 52 were treated with a single 30-min office treatment using Viveve® radiofrequency Vaginal Rejuvenation. 100% of the patients reported a significant improvement in sexual function at 6 months after treatment, and all of the women also reported a decrease in discomfort and/or pain during sex.

Every participant in the clinical study also reported a decrease vaginal laxity (looseness) within the first month after the treatment, as well as sustained vaginal tightening through 12 months.

Board certified plastic surgeon Doctor Ali stays on the cutting edge of the latest prevention, treatment, and management strategies for women’s vaginal health and wellbeing. Viveve® radiofrequency Vaginal Rejuvenation treatment enables women and their physicians to have another treatment option to consider, while weighing the associated risks and benefits.

Top Detroit Area Vaginal Rejuvenation Treatments

Dr. Ali has helped hundreds of women in the Detroit area stop bladder leaks & improve sexual intimacy with just a single 30 minute Viveve® vaginal rejuvenation treatment.

Viveve® is a fast, affordable, and painless procedure performed in our Birmingham, MI (Detroit area) medical office. There is no downtime, and you will begin to notice vaginal improvement within just a few weeks.

Call us for a discreet, confidential vaginal rejuvenation consultation and see if Viveve® vaginal rejuvenation is right for you!

Detroit Area Vaginal Rejuvenation Consultation: 248-335-7200

How to Improve Healing After Liposuction (Part 1)

12 Steps to Faster Healing & Less Downtime After Liposuction

Liposuction is a quite commonly performed permanent fat loss procedure – with more than 250,000 lipo procedures performed in the United States every year. The reason for liposuction’s popularity is the amazing body contouring that takes place – giving people the body they haven’t been able to attain with diet or exercise.

And, while the downtime with liposuction is relatively short (and the pain is relatively minimal), lipo is a surgical procedure that does require time for healing and recovery. As with any surgery there will be some bruising and discomfort for a number of days or a few weeks afterward. And, liposuction swelling can last from 6 weeks to 6 months before fully absorbed.

Patients should never try to “rush” recovery, but there are certain steps one can take to help the body’s natural healing process along. In this article, board-certified Troy, MI area plastic surgeon Dr. Ali explains some steps you can take to help minimize soreness and accelerate the healing of bruising and swelling after liposuction.

#1. Follow the Liposuction Surgeon’s After Care Instructions

This is the most important step to proper and rapid healing. Your surgeon’s advice may be different than general information found on the Internet.

#2. Wear Your Compression Garment After Liposuction as Instructed

You will be provided with a compression garment and instructions on when to wear it. Your compression garment will help reduce swelling, help the skin contract back into place, minimize discomfort and reduce the likelihood of developing blood clots. Always wear it as instructed!

#3. Avoid Smoking After Liposuction

Smoking interferes with the body’s healing mechanisms and can lead to a slow recovery as well as increase the risks of complications. Smoking also compromises a patient’s immune system which increases the risk of infection at the incision site.

Even smoking just a single cigarette decreases the body’s ability to deliver the nutrients that are necessary for healing after surgery.

#4. Avoid Alcohol After Liposuction

Alcohol, even in moderation, can also interfere with the body’s ability to reduce the inflammation.

Alcohol is also a natural blood thinner, so it can lead to increased bleeding and swelling during surgery – and in the days and weeks following liposuction. And excessive bruising and increased swelling cause more pain and delay healing time.

#5. Increase Protein, Fruits and Vegetables After Liposuction

Proper healing requires good nutrition – especially sufficient protein intake. Fish such as salmon, chicken, nuts, and beans are all excellent sources of protein. Apples, berries, bananas, and an assortment of colorful vegetables will also supply the body with the nutrients it needs to heal.

Salt intake should also be reduce after liposuction – as salt encourages water retention which aggravates swelling. And more swelling means both more pain and a longer time until you see results! This also means NO sports drinks (like Gatorade), vegetable juice (like V8), or other high salt-content drinks.

#6. Supplements May Help Heal After Liposuction

Starting Arnica supplements before liposuction and continuing it for several weeks afterwards can aid in healing.

After lipo surgery Bromelain supplements may also be beneficial. Clinical studies have shown that Bromelain may reduce swelling, bruising, healing time, and pain after surgery. One 200-milligram bromelain tablets taken twice a day is the typically recommended dose for post surgical patients. But ask your liposuction team if and when Bromelain is right for you. Bromelain generally works best when taken on an empty stomach.

Turmeric supplements – or use of the spice turmeric in your food – may also assist in reducing inflammation. 400 to 600 milligrams (mg) of turmeric up to three times per day is the generally suggested dose for inflammation relief.

But always heck with your surgeon to ensure that these – or any post-surgery supplements you wish to take – are safe for you.

 

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Liposuction | Troy, MI Area

Liposuction can be truly life-changing for most patients. And our Troy, MI area patients universally agree that the discomfort and limitations of recovery from lipo surgery are more than worth it to get the body they have always wanted.

Following these simple steps can help you minimize discomfort and accelerate healing so that you see a slimmer, more contoured body as soon as possible after lipo.

If you live in the greater Troy, MI area and would like to get the body you have always wanted, schedule a liposuction consultation at AMAE Plastic Surgery today!

Liposuction | Troy, MI Area: 248-335-7200

How to Improve Healing After Liposuction (Part 2)

12 Steps to Faster Healing & Less Downtime After Liposuction

With more than 250,000 liposuction surgeries performed in the United States every year, it is a safe and effective way to get the body you’ve always wanted.

But while the downtime associated with liposuction is shorter than many surgeries – and the pain is relatively minimal – lipo is still a surgical procedure that will require time for healing and recovery. As with any surgery there will be some bruising and discomfort for a number of days or a few weeks afterward. And, liposuction swelling can last from 6 weeks to 6 months before fully absorbed.

In this two part article article, board-certified Troy, MI area plastic surgeon Dr. Ali shares 12 steps you can take to help minimize discomfort and speed up the healing of bruising and swelling after liposuction.

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#7. Topical Creams Reduce Pain, Bruising & Scarring

Applying Arnica Cream is recommended by many plastic surgeons after liposuction to reduce bruising and promote healing.

Emu Oil, though more expensive, is also touted as a natural healing compound that can reduce pain, improve circulation, facilitate healing, and especially reduce any scarring. Clinical studies have determined that post-operative skin care treatment with Emu Oil can accelerate healing due to its ability to reduce inflammation and redness of scars.

Ask your liposuction team when it is safe after surgery for you to use these creams and oils.

#8. Stay Hydrated After Liposuction

We may be stating the obvious, but hydration is a key component of successful liposuction recovery.  Fluids help the body eliminate anesthetic and dead fat cells from one’s system. Hydration is also essential to reduce swelling and promote healing.

#9. Get Plenty of Rest After Liposuction

Getting plenty of sleep and not overdoing activity in the first few weeks following your liposuction is one of the best ways to help your body heal. Get at least 8 hours of sleep every night, and take a nap, chill out, or medicate midday if you are fatigued.

#10. Walk Every Day After Liposuction

Exercise is not recommended during at least the first 6 weeks of liposuction recovery, but light movement multiple times a day can help to speed the body’s healing. Taking short walks a few times per day is a great way to get moving without straining your body or exhausting yourself.

After two or three weeks milder activities such as yoga or swimming can often be resumed as well, if incisions are fully healed. Ask your liposuction team when you mave resume these activities. But sooner is usually better, to keep the body active!

#11. Ask for Help When You Need It After Liposuction

Some daily activities are best left to others while you recovery – so don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it after lipo. Activities such as lifting small children, carrying laundry up the stairs, or unloading groceries from the car can put too much strain on your treatment area. So, ask a family member or friend for help when necessary – especially during the first few weeks after lipo!

Your liposuction team can advise you when you resume normal daily activities such as lifting, carrying, exercising and other strenuous activities.

#12, Massage After Liposuction

Finally, both self-massage and lymphatic drainage massage performed by a professional can help eliminate fluid buildup, hard stops and “lumps & bumps” after liposuction. Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) massage is a specialized form of massage that is believed to decrease recovery time and improve results by reducing post-surgical swelling and minimizing fibrosis (scar tissue formation). Three to five lymphatic massage treatments are typically recommended for optimal results, but patients may experience benefits from as few as one or two treatments. Your surgical team may be able to recommend a Certified Lymphatic Massage therapist in your area.

Gentle self-massage using a cream (like arnica or Emu Oil) or a body butter can also help your treated areas heal smoothly as well as reduce swelling, tightness, and discomfort after liposuction. Your liposuction team can advise you when and how often self-massage or professional massage should be started.

Liposuction | Troy, MI Area

Liposuction permanent fat removal can be truly life-changing for patients. And our Troy, MI area liposuction patients universally agree that the discomfort and limitations of recovery from lipo surgery are more than worth it to get the body they have always wanted.

Following these twelve simple steps can help you minimize discomfort and accelerate healing so that you see a slimmer, more contoured body as soon as possible after lipo.

If you live in the greater Troy, MI area and would like to get the body you have always wanted, schedule a liposuction consultation at AMAE Plastic Surgery today!

Liposuction | Troy, MI Area: 248-335-7200

What Pain to Expect During Liposuction Recovery: (Part 1)

How Much Pain Is There After Liposuction Surgery?

Liposuction is the second most popular cosmetic surgery in the U.S. for a reason – it can truly transform your body in a single procedure with minimal pain and downtime. Every year surgeons perform more than a quarter million liposuction procedures in the United States every year.

For, many people the only thing holding them back from getting liposuction is concerns about recovery: from worries about downtime and missing work to apprehensions about post-operative pain.

Board-certified Birmingham, MI plastic surgeon Dr. Ali has performed more than 1000 liposuction procedures. In this article the lipo experts at AMAE Plastic Surgery in Birmingham, MI explain what to expect during the recovery process – so you can decide if liposuction is right for you.

Liposuction Recovery in General

To begin with, remember that ANY surgical recovery varies from one individual to the next. Your age, overall health, skin condition, medical history all play a role in determining your recover speed and comfort.

Additionally, the location and amount of fat that is removed will play a role in your recovery. It’s common sense that more extensive fat removal will require a longer recovery.

And, perhaps most importantly, how well you follow post-operative care instructions can be the biggest factor in ensuring a shorter and more comfortable recovery. For example, smoking and alcohol use during recovery can lead to delays and complications.

Pain During Liposuction Surgery

Patients may feel pressure, but will not feel any pain during their liposuction surgery. This is because will we administer an oral sedative, as well as local anesthetic. The fluid that is introduced to the body during liposuction has lidocaine (numbing agent) right in it, so the treatment area is completely numbed on the inside, as well.

Additionally, thanks to the oral sedative, many patients sleep through the entire lipo procedure and aren’t even aware of what is going on!

Liposuction Recovery: Pain Management

As with any surgery, during the first week or two of recovery, you can expect moderate pain and soreness. The amount and location of the fat removal will affect this to some extent.

We will give you a prescription for a pain medication that should be filled before the surgery and kept at home for use (if needed) during your recovery to make this discomfort manageable. Many patients only need pain medication for 24 hours after surgery – while others may opt to treat the discomfort with Extra Strength Tylenol rather than narcotics.

Limit your activity during this time and wear your compression garment as directed. The compression garment will help prevent swelling and make you much more comfortable – even though it may restrict your movements somewhat.

Normal activities like bending, sitting for a long time, climbing stairs, rolling over in bed, etc. may still cause discomfort for the first two weeks. Most patients find this very tolerable with Extra Strength Tylenol. And our Birmingham, MI patients universally say the discomfort was 100% worth getting a new body that they love!

By the end of the second week there will be a significant reduction in pain and soreness. Around the one-month mark is when most patients no longer feel any pain or soreness. There will still be swelling, which can take several weeks or months to completely subside.

Around the fourth week, most people are cleared to resume light exercise – however heavy or strenuous activity should still be avoided for the full 6 week recovery period. By the six-week mark the majority of bruising and swelling should have subsided, and patients’ activity levels is no longer be restricted (unless otherwise ordered by your surgeon). And your new body contours should be becoming very visible by this point.

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Liposuction | Birmingham, MI

If you are considering liposuction and have more questions about recovery, downtime, returning to work, or anything else, schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali. He will answer your questions, address your concerns and help you decide if liposuction is right for you.

Dr. Ali has helped more than 1000 men and women in the Birmingham, MI area get the body they’ve always wanted with liposuction, so call us today.

Liposuction | Birmingham, MI: 248-335-7200

What to Expect During Liposuction Recovery: Downtime (Part 2)

How Much Downtime is there after Liposuction?

Liposuction is the second most popular cosmetic surgery in the U.S. for a reason – it can truly transform your body in a single procedure with minimal pain and downtime. Every year surgeons perform more than a quarter million liposuction procedures in the United States every year.

For, many people the only thing holding them back from getting liposuction is concerns about recovery: from worries about downtime and missing work to apprehensions about post-operative pain.

Board-certified Birmingham, MI plastic surgeon Dr. Ali has performed more than 1000 liposuction procedures. In this article the lipo experts at AMAE Plastic Surgery in Birmingham, MI explain what to expect during the recovery process – so you can decide if liposuction is right for you.

Liposuction Recovery in General

To begin with, remember that ANY surgical recovery varies from one individual to the next. Your age, overall health, skin condition, medical history all play a role in determining your recover speed and comfort.

Additionally, the location and amount of fat that is removed will play a role in your recovery. It’s common sense that more extensive fat removal will require a longer recovery.

And, perhaps most importantly, how well you follow post-operative care instructions can be the biggest factor in ensuring a shorter and more comfortable recovery. For example, smoking and alcohol use during recovery can lead to delays and complications.

Liposuction Recovery: “Downtime”

Liposuction is an outpatient procedure, so patients almost always go home the same day. You will be very drowsy and will need someone to drive you home and stay with you for at least 24 hours. Most patients sleep or dose most of their first day home.

For about 24 hours there will also be some drainage from the surgical sight. This is very normal. Occasionally Dr. Ali may also use small drains to prevent fluid from building up around the incisions. (We will tell you exactly how to care for them.)

Patients are typically quite sore and likely still feeling residual effects of the anesthesia or pain medication for the next 2 days – so it’s not safe to drive, operate machinery, or go out alone for 48 hours. But walking for 10 minutes every 2 hours can help with the soreness a bit and is also important to prevent the development of blood clots (DVTs).

It’s important to enlist help around the house for the first few days, especially if you have young children to care for!

By the third day most patients are up to gentle daily activities like fixing meals or straightening up the house.

Liposuction Recovery: Time Off Work

Some patients with a “desk job” that does not require strenuous activity, lifting, carrying or prolonged standing may even be able to go back to work on the third day. However, it is very important to get up and move or walk for 10 minutes every couple of hours to prevent blood clots.

This means lipo on a Friday and returning to work on Monday is possible for some (but not all) patients with sedentary jobs. You will still be quite sore on day 3 – so gauge your time off from work accordingly. Dr. Ali can help you with this during your first consultation.

Most people can return to work after a week. But patients with a particularly physical or demanding job, may want to schedule 2 weeks off in order to recover more fully. Discuss the type of work that you do with Dr. Ali during your consultation at our Birmingham, MI office. He will be able to help you assess the amount of time you should schedule off work – based on the extent of your liposuction surgery and the type of work that you perform.

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Liposuction | Birmingham, MI

If you are considering liposuction and have more questions about recovery, downtime, returning to work, or anything else, schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali. He will answer your questions, address your concerns and help you decide if liposuction is right for you.

Dr. Ali has helped more than 1000 men and women in the Birmingham, MI area get the body they’ve always wanted with liposuction, so call us today.

Liposuction | Birmingham, MI: 248-335-7200

Top 4 Trends in Plastic Surgery for 2022

Top 5 Trends in Plastic Surgery for 2022

Interest and demand for plastic surgery is continuing to grow in 2022. Skilled plastic surgeons such as board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali at AMAE Plastic Surgery in the Troy, MI area are in high demand! Plastic surgery helps patients achieve their cosmetic goals and interest in plastic surgery is predicted to continue its upward trend. Patients are seeking plastic surgery for many different reasons, but our plastic surgery experts have forecasted the top 5 trends in plastic surgery this year in the article below.

Top Plastic Surgery Trend 1: Body Contouring

Many patients are seeking surgical intervention for fat removal, loss of breast tissue and volume, and overall better physical appearance. Body contouring procedures such as tummy tucks, breast augmentation, and liposuction are now trending more than ever.

With many different types of body contouring plastic surgeries, patients can select the treatment option that is right for them based upon cosmetic goals and surgical downtime. Physicians who are skilled in body contouring procedures are in demand and finding a plastic surgeon who is experienced, skilled, trusted and provides a comfortable, safe environment is important. Make sure to choose a highly experienced board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Ali at AMAE Med Spa in the Troy, MI area if you are seeking body contouring or other plastic surgery procedures!

Top Plastic Surgery Trend 2: Ear Pinning

Ear pining, or otoplasty, is a plastic surgery procedure that is trending now. An otoplasty allows the plastic surgeon to address the shape, size, and position of the ears. Ear pinning focused on the position of the ear and the proximity to the head. Ear pinning procedures can take from 1 – 3 hours depending on the concerns being addressed and the individual patient.

An incision is made at the back of the ear, and the tissue in the area is manipulated. This manipulating can include shaping the cartilage or skin or removing it all together. This allows for pinning the ear closer to the head. The incision is then closed with stitches.

Top Plastic Surgery Trend 3: More Men are Seeking Plastic Surgery

According to Allure magazine, there is a rise in men seeking plastic surgery as the stigma around it is decreased through more exposure in the news and on social media.

When people think of plastic surgery, they commonly think of women having cosmetic procedures to enhance appearance, but more men are getting the appearance they desire with plastic surgery in 2022. This is a result of news coverage and social media openly discussing plastic surgery procedures and how they can benefit men and women. This open conversation has allowed male patients to feel confident in their choice to move forward with plastic surgery.

Top Plastic Surgery Trend 4: Procedure Multitasking

Plastic surgery should be a customized experience, achieved through efficient communication and treatment with a skilled, board certifies  plastic surgeon. But the trend of procedure multitasking is an extremely customized approach to plastic surgery, combining many procedures at once to create a sense of a complete change.

Since patients do not want to be under anesthesia multiple times, they are taking this approach. Instead of undergoing multiple extensive plastic surgery procedures, plastic surgeons are approaching cosmetic concerns through a combination of many targeted plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures to help patients get to their goal faster.

Top Plastic Surgery Trend 5:  Social Media

The previous 4 plastic surgery trends, and many other conversations around plastic surgery, are heavily influenced by social media activity. As more men and women take to social platforms to discuss plastic surgery procedures and educate their followers on the plastic surgery procedures they have undergone, there is much less stigma around the idea of plastic surgery to get the appearance you want.

This open narrative centering around plastic surgery has a heavy influence on the type of trends seen in plastic surgery. Open minded approaches to plastic surgery are great, but it is important to remember to choose a highly skilled, board-certified plastic surgeon with proven results. Dr. Ali is a board-certified plastic surgeon at AMAE Plastic Surgery in the Troy, MI area who can help you achieve your desired plastic surgery results!

Top Plastic Surgery | Troy, MI Area

If live in the Troy, MI area and you are ready to get the appearance of your dreams – contact AMAE Plastic Surgery today to set up a consultation to discuss plastic surgery with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali.

Our skilled and caring team will help you understand the best plastic surgery options to help you get the results you want.  Call us today!

Top Plastic Surgery | Troy, MI Area: 248.335.7200

Top 10 Men’s Plastic Surgery Procedures in 2022 (Part 1)

Top 10 Plastic Surgery Procedures for Men in 2022 (Part 1)

Plastic surgery is becoming more common for men. As the stigmatized treatment of men getting plastic surgery is being eliminated, men are more comfortable seeking out a plastic surgeon and learning about the plastic surgery options available to them.

Just as women seek plastic surgery for help with concerns related to body changes and the aging process, men are also beginning to learn about plastic surgery procedures that can help them look and feel their best.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, millions of men are now partaking in plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures. In fact, since 2000, there has been a greater than 29% increase in plastic surgery amongst men.

At AMAE Plastic Surgery in the Troy, MI area, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali is an easy choice for men who wish to consult about plastic surgery procedures.

For male patients that are new to the plastic surgery field of medicine, our plastic surgery team has compiled a list of the top 10 plastic surgery procedures for men this year.

#1. Rhinoplasty Plastic Surgery for Men

A rhinoplasty, or plastic surgery to the nose, can be for both cosmetic and functional improvements. This type of plastic surgery is often completed by breaking bone within the nose for the purpose of reshaping. Rhinoplasty will require a man to wear a splint for approximately one week. It also involves a significant amount of swelling once the bandaging is removed.

Rhinoplasty is a type of plastic surgery that can leave men with drastic changes in appearance. While recovering can take up to a full year, the results prove to be worth it for male patients. Plus, advancements in technologies are making this plastic surgery easier!

#2. Chin or Jaw Implants Plastic Surgery for Men

A strong jaw is a desired aesthetic for many men. For this reason, chin and jaw implants are trending as a plastic surgery treatment for men. Through an incision behind the mouth or jaw, the implants are placed through the bottom of the chin. These implants help with improvement to the structure of the face for men.

Men may want to increase the appearance of masculinity through this plastic surgery procedure. After just two to three weeks, men will notice a change from chin or jaw implants. The recovery process typically takes about 6 months. But men are happy to move through recovery to achieve the desired results and look and feel great!

#3. Tummy Tuck Plastic Surgery for Men

A tummy tuck is a type of plastic surgery that addresses loose skin and tightens abdominal muscles. It is superior to liposuction, as it provides a more comprehensive approach beyond fat removal. The tummy tuck is a type of plastic surgery that is common for both men and women, as there are many factors that can lead to the abdomen being a problem area for patients. Due to the aging process and changes in lifestyle, stubborn fat and muscle changes can be very frustrating. For many male patients, this type of plastic surgery can help them achieve the body of their dreams.

Men who elect to have a tummy tuck will need to avoid strenuous activity and exercise during the healing process. The results of a tummy tuck are long lasting and can be seen immediately.

For men in the Troy, MI area, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali can discuss treatment plans for a tummy tuck and other plastic surgery options. Contact AMAE Plastic Surgery for a consultation.

#4. Eyelid Lift Plastic Surgery for Men

An eyelid lift, or blepharoplasty, is a plastic surgery procedure that reconstructs the eyelid. The procedure is relatively short, lasting only 45 minutes or less. But it is a common plastic surgery procedure for male patients. The recovery time for an eyelid lift is usually 5-7 days Some bruising can be expected with this type of plastic surgery, especially for men who are focused on the lower eyelids.

#5. Breast Reduction Plastic Surgery for Men

Due to hormonal changes, some men may experience issues with enlarged breast tissue. Studies show that as many as 1/3 of men may experience this tissue enlargement issue, also known as Gynecomastia. Plastic surgery can be used to reduce this tissue and help men feel more confident in their bodies. Recovery following a breast or chest reduction lasts several months. But results can be seen instantly and will continue to improve as swelling goes down.

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Plastic Surgery for Men | Troy, MI Area

If you are interested in any of the 5 trends discussed in this article, and you are in the Troy, MI area, contact AMAE Med Spa today! Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali can help men make the best choice for their specific body and needs. Call AMAE Med Spa to set up a plastic surgery consult today.

Plastic Surgery | Troy, MI Area:  248.335.7200