Why Black Americans Are Getting More Botox & Facial Fillers

Why Black Americans Are Getting More Botox & Facial Fillers Than Ever Before

Allure magazine just ran a very interesting article about the increasing use of Botox and facial fillers among Black Americans.

In this article renowned Birmingham, MI plastic surgeon Dr. M. Azar Ali continues this discussion and addresses some of the issues and concerns of men and women of color when considering Botox and/or facial fillers.

The Stigma of Cosmetic Procedures Has Disappeared

Many Bay Boomers were raised with a stigma surrounding treatments such as Botox or facial fillers. But now younger generations of Americans of all races are abandoning the shame associated with having work done.

Cosmetic treatments are now a subject that is now socially acceptable on a broad scale. While Baby Boomers and Gen X tend to see these procedures as remedial medicine, millennials and Gen Z tend to view aesthetic intervention as self-care and preventative medicine.

As a result, Botox and facial fillers have experienced a significant rise in interest among Black and brown patients.

Botox, Facial Fillers & Black Representation

One significant problem with injectable and other treatments has been representation in marketing portrayals.

When most of these aesthetic and anti-aging treatments were initially launched, they were marketed only to white women. Frustratingly, clinical studies of their effectiveness were also performed almost exclusively on white women.

So, for many women and men of color, it has traditionally been hard to see or envision themselves indulging in these cosmetic procedures. And, while the media still has a long way to go, thanks to more inclusivity in advertising Black individuals are now being included in the media conversation about Botox, facial fillers and other cosmetic products and treatments.

Statistics on Black Use of Botox & Facial Fillers

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ (ASPS) 2020 Plastic Surgery Statistics Report, over 15.5 million cosmetic procedures were done in the United States alone. Botox was the most widely used coming in first position with 4.4 million procedures, followed by facial fillers at 3.4 million procedures.

In that report the ASPS noted that just 11% of all cosmetic procedures and 4% of Botox injections were performed on Black patients in 2020. But they also reported that Black interest in these procedures is increasing.

According to the same report, 1.78 million Black Americans had cosmetic operations in 2020, up from 1.77 million in 2019 and 1.68 million in 2018 to.

Unique Skin Concerns of Black Botox Patients

Aging seems to be somewhat different in patients of color. To begin with, “photo-aging” (skin damage due to UV sun exposure) happens more slowly in darker skin due to the increased amount of melanin. So, while Black patients may experience skin dullness and hyperpigmentation, typically, Black patients do not have skin that wrinkles very much with age.

Many Black men and women never develop true forehead lines. One is more likely to see vertical “11” lines between the eyebrows than to notice horizontal forehead lines. Whereas someone of the same age who is Caucasian will often have lines across the forehead in addition to the 11 lines. However, if you look at Asian populations, you’ll see that they often get crow’s feet more frequently than they develop forehead lines or “11s”.

Botox is ideal for treating the parallel, vertical “11s” between the eyes in patients with darker skin tones. It is also highly effective as a kind of “prejuvenation,” with younger patients receiving lower doses of Botox to prevent the development of creases between the eyes as they age.

Unique Skin Concerns of Black Facial Filler Patients

Collagen levels peak at age 22, and each year afterwards, a person loses roughly 1% of that collagen. While black individuals do not age as quickly as those with less pigmentation, decreasing collagen causes substantial volume loss in people of all skin colors.

This loss of facial volume can result in the development of smile lines, hollowness under the eyes, and sagging skin in the cheeks, jowls, and nasolabial areas. Facial fillers administered in these areas can restore youthful volume and plumpness to Black or brown skin.

Botox & Facial Filler Providers for Black Skin | Birmingham

Many Med Spas fail to understand the unique needs of African-American and others with melanin-rich skin.

Sadly, if you look at medical textbooks and training materials many (if not most) of the accompanying images present lighter and white skin tones. This has unfortunately produced a “blind zone” in many practices’ treatment of Black skin, since procedure results appear differently on darker skin.

It is critical to have cosmetic physicians and aestheticians who understand Black and brown skin, and who have years of experiencing treating patients of color. Dr. Ali himself, has very dark skin himself – so he not only comprehends the issues unique to darker skin tones, he has experienced them firsthand.

If you are a person of color who is interested in exploring the anti-aging and skin rejuvenating possibilities of Botox or facial fillers, you can trust your skin to Dr. Ali at AMAE Plastic Surgery & Med Spa.

Schedule consultation at AMAE Plastic Surgery and Med Spa in Birmingham and Dr. Ali will take the time to assess your unique skin and understand your personal aesthetic goals. Then he will customize a treatment plan based on your individual skin type, tone, color and condition – so that you will achieve the best results and look your best at any age.

Botox & Facial Fillers for Black Skin: 248-335-7200

Juvéderm Volux – The New Filler for Defined Jawlines

Juvéderm Volux – The New Filler for Defined Jawlines

A defined jawline helps make a man or woman look youthful and attractive – with young, tight that doesn’t sag or droop. Conversely, sagging skin in the jaw, neck or chin can add years to a person’s appearance.  For this reason, the lower face and jaw is one of the most commonly requested areas for aesthetic treatment at AMAE Med Spa and Plastic Surgery in Birmingham, MI.

For decades, the only way to tighten sagging jowls was with a surgical facelift or neck lift. More recently, state-of-the-art nonsurgical laser and radiofrequency skin tightening treatments have entered the market – achieving jaw defining results without the downtime of surgery.

But this month there is more exciting news. Juvéderm, the number one facial filler manufacturer in the world, has announced a new dermal filler specifically for jawlines.  New Volux is a highly effective jaw filler that can immediately help achieve a more defined jawline with a just few injections – with no surgery, no downtime and no waiting months for results.

Volux – the newest product in the Juvéderm Vycross family of hyaluronic dermal fillers – recently won New Treatment of the Year at the Global MyFaceMyBody Awards. It will be available for use in Med Spas later in 2021.

In this article the facial filler experts at AMAE Med Spa and Plastic Surgery in Birmingham, MI explain everything you need to know about the new Juvéderm Volux jaw filler that we will be offering as soon as it becomes available later this year.

Juvéderm Volux for a Defined, Sculpted Jawline

Over the past 10 years, dermal fillers have made drastic improvements in their formulations and their versatility. Once used merely for filling fine lines and wrinkles, the new generation of facial fillers can now be used to actually restore the foundation of the face. The effects of jaw fillers can be seen all over social media, and in photos of some of world’s the top influencers and favorite celebrities.

Jaw fillers are thick consistency dermal gel injections that used not just to “fill” but to shape and contour. In the hands of a skilled medical injector, Volux jaw filler is actually a fast and relatively simple procedure, that yields immediate results – which are just some of the factors behind its popularity.

In addition to increasing definition, jaw fillers can decrease the appearance of sagging skin, as well as reduce fine lines and wrinkles. But Juvéderm Volux takes this a step further, because it was specifically designed for use on the chin and jawline.

Some people are born with “weak chins” or receding jawlines. But, as a person ages, they also lose both subcutaneous fat (padding under the skin) as well as loss of bone and muscle mass. And, to complicate matters even further, skin loses its elasticity and begins to sag with age. But Juvéderm Volux offers an effective and long-lasting solution to these problems.

How Juvéderm Volux Fills & Defines Jawlines

Let’s get scientific for a moment. Juvéderm Volux is an injected dermal implant created specifically for the jaw and chin. It’s comprised of a unique, concentrated hyaluronic acid formula in the form of a thick homogenized gel. Once injected, Volux will “set” and replicate the appearance of bone in both look and feel.

Juvéderm Volux Jaw Filler for Men

A strong, square jawline has always been part of the masculine ideal. And Volux is now a great choice for men seeking a stronger, more pronounced chin.

In the past few years, men have become more aware of the benefits which can come from cosmetic enhancements. The ease, affordability and immediate results of minimally invasive Juvéderm Volux jaw filler injections, make it an attractive alternative for men looking to achieve that striking and strong jawline.

Juvéderm Volux Jaw Filler for Women

Celebrities like Angelina Jolie have made sculpted, angular features – including a defined jawline – a defining characteristics of female beauty and attractiveness in current popular culture.

So, women may also find Volux jaw fillers appealing to replenish what genetics, age, and gravity have taken away from them.

Juvéderm Volux and Other Treatments

Underneath the chin sits a pad of fat cells – called submental fat. Volux can be combined  with other aesthetic treatments – such as Liposuction, CoolScultping or Kybella – to reduce or remove unwanted fat cells. These procedures can be used to remove a “double chin” and then Juvéderm Volux can be used to strengthen and define the appearance of  jaw.

Juvéderm Volux Jaw Fillers | Birmingham, MI

Regardless of age or gender, if you are in the greater Birmingham, MI area and want to look younger, improve the proportions of your face, or simply give better definition to your jawline, new Juvéderm Volux jawline filler may be your best solution for your appearance goals.

For a younger, better looking you, schedule a personal consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Ali at AMAE Med Spa in Birmingham, MI to see if Juvéderm Volux, or another state-of-the-art facial filler is best for your unique anti-aging and beauty needs.

Juvéderm Volux Jaw Filler Consultation: 248-335-7200



Seven Ways to Tighten Facial Skin (Part 1)

Seven Ways to Tighten Facial Skin (Part 1)

Perhaps nothing “ages” a person more dramatically than sagging facial skin. One of the number one questions we get from our patients at AMAE Plastic Surgery and Med Spa in Birmingham, MI is how to tighten facial skin.

The good news is that many new products and technologies can help tighten facial skin – from at-home skin care products, to non-invasive radiofrequency technologies, to minimally-invasive fillers, all the way to the gold standard of facial skin tightening, the surgical facelift.

Why Facial Skin Gets Saggy

Before we delve into how to tighten facial skin, it is important to understand why the skin on the face sags and droops as we age.

Sagging facial skin is due to three age-related reasons: loss of collagen, loss of elastin and loss of fat.

As skin ages, it decreases production of two important proteins – elastin and collagen. Elastin is what gives skin elasticity – or the ability to “snap back” in place when stretched. Collagen, on the other hand, is comprised of tightly-constructed fibers that maintain the skins structure and firmness.

And subcutaneous fat – fat beneath the skin – keeps facial skin plump and tight.

While elastin, collagen and facial fat decline as people age, external factors over time can also accelerate the sagging, including: heredity, sun exposure, environmental pollutants, cigarette smoke and alcohol.

7 Facial Skin Tightening Treatments:

#1. Skin Tightening Skincare Products

Properly nourishing the skin can help provide the essential elements needed to maintain elastin and collagen production. And, the good news, is that this can be done at home using facial skin tightening products from our online store.

At AMAE Plastic Surgery and Med Spa in Birmingham, MI we offer both Allastin  and ZO by Obagi skin care products that help tighten facial skin, both of which can be purchase through our online store.

For example Alastin Ultra Nourishing Moisturizer nourishes and hydrates the skin with a unique combination of peptides that target collagen and elastin. And ZO Skin Health Growth Factor Serum is formulated with plant and enzymatically derived growth factors, clinically proven to improve skin firmness and elasticity.

#2. Skin Tightening Dermalinfusion

For more intensive infusion of nutrients into the skin we offer skin tightening Dermalinfusion. After exfoliation, nutrient-containing serums penetrate deep into the skin to help support the skin’s natural ability to produce new healthy collagen and elastin, for younger-looking, supple skin.

#3. Skin Tightening Microneedling

Microneedling works on the same principle as fractional lasers. Numerous tiny wounds are created throughout the skin with ultrafine microneedles. As the skin goes into action to repair these micro-wounds, it stimulates the produce of new collagen and elastin.

The new collagen and elastin production remodel the skin by filling in lines, wrinkles and scars, while improving tone and elasticity – visibly tightening facial skin.

#4. Skin Tightening ThermiSmooth

ThermiSmooth is a non-invasive, non-ablative radiofrequency skin-tightening technology that uses a specially designed hand piece to gently treat the skin with controlled heat energy.

ThermiSmooth’s radiofrequency heat waves stimulate the skin’s natural production of collagen – which strengthens, thickens and tightens facial skin for a younger appearance.

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Facial Skin Tightening – Birmingham, MI

AMAE Plastic Surgery and Med Spa in Birmingham, MI is one of the only premier facilities in the Detroit area to offer all of these state-of-the-art facial skin tightening procedures.

The facial skin tightening treatment that is right for you will depend upon your age and your skin condition, as well as factors such as your genetics and your lifestyle. Schedule a consultation today – including an at-home video consultation – to discuss your skin tightening options with Dr. Ali.

And, don’t forget to start at home with proper skin nutrition, with products from our ZO and ALLASTIN skincare store!

Birmingham, MI Facial Skin Tightening: 248-335-7200


Looking Younger With a Facelift vs. Liquid Facelift, What’s the Difference?

Bloomfield Hills, MI – When the goal is to look years younger, a facelift is the way to go. What facelift, then, should one choose?

It’s not common knowledge that there are two types of facelifts. There’s the traditional facelift, and then there’s the less known liquid facelift. What’s the difference?

Top Michigan plastic surgeon Dr. M. Azhar Ali explains the advantages and disadvantages of these two image-enhancing treatments.

Liquid Facelift

The liquid facelift isn’t much of a lift at all. It’s a cosmetic surgical procedure that involves the use of transdermal fillers.

Dr. Ali performs liquid facelifts in his Bloomfield Hills, Detroit office, and says that many patients remain unaware that liquid facelifts, while they are able to turn back time on the face, aren’t permanent.

Liquid facelifts make use of injectable fillers that are comprised of biocompatible materials. The fillers provide volume to areas of the face that have become sunken and misshapen due to age. The fillers smooth wrinkles and create a more youthful appearance.

According to Dr. Ali, the dermal fillers will eventually become absorbed by the body, prompting the patient to undergo a follow-up procedure to lengthen the effects.

Dr. Ali points to a myriad of benefits to liquid facelifts, however. In addition to giving the patient a more youthful appearance, there is little to no discomfort and almost no downtime.

The cost of a liquid facelift is also very affordable. Though the cost of the procedure is one area Dr. Ali hopes that patients will analyze carefully before making a decision to undergo this life-enhancing procedure.

“Any doctor can take a weekend course and call themselves a cosmetic surgeon,” says Dr. Ali. The Hour-Detroit magazine’s top doc 2016 award winner says that many patients may turn to subpar cosmetic surgeons in an effort to save money, but patient beware.

Dr. Ali says that only a plastic surgeon who has undergone years of intensive study after medical school can perform liquid facelifts, in addition to traditional facelifts, with the care and precision patients expect.

Dr. Ali says that cost should never be a factor when it comes to one’s appearance. As with most things in life, you get what you pay for. Dr. Ali advises patients to research the procedure and doctor heavily before signing up for liquid facelifts or any other cosmetic procedure.

Traditional Facelift

The traditional facelift is a surgical treatment that involves the drawing back and tightening of the face. This also smooths out wrinkles and can do away with sagging cheeks (jowls). Unlike liquid facelifts, however, the effects are permanent and more natural-looking when done well.

Dr. Ali has performed dozens of facelifts in his years at Amae Plastic Surgery Center and says that while the cost may be higher, and there may be some downtime following the procedure, patients are typically happier with the long-lasting effects of a facelift when compared to the temporary effects of a liquid facelift.

Both the liquid facelift and facelift can erase the years and give an ample boost to your self-esteem. Dr. Ali says that if budget is a concern, a liquid facelift is a perfectly viable alternative to the traditional facelift. However, only the facelift can provide the longevity and youthfulness that is sought out by most plastic surgery patients.

To learn more about the facelift or liquid facelift, visit the website of Amae Plastic Surgery Center in Bloomfield Hills, also serving Clarkston and Richmond Hills, Detroit https://drali.com/.

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Facial Plastic Surgery Can Turn Back Time

Detroit, MI – You can usually tell how old someone is by the wisdom he or she exhibits. Unfortunately, our faces also tend to give our age away.

As we get older, our cheeks begin to sag, we develop laugh lines and crow’s feet, and those problems only exarcerbate as the years go by.

Some people aren’t taking these age-related appearance busters sitting down. Instead, they’re taking to lying on the surgeon’s table and opting for one or more facial plastic surgery procedures.

According to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, facial plastic surgeons saw a 64% increase in patients in the year 2015. And the trend only seems to be growing.

“There are quite a few plastic surgery procedures that can help a person look years younger than their chronological age,” says Dr. M Azhar Ali, a Detroit Plastic Surgeon who operates AMAE Plastic Surgery Center in Bloomfield Hills.

Non-surgical procedures include injectables like Botox, Juvederm, Radiesse and Restylane, which are designed to smooth the wrinkles in the face.

Xeomin is another injectable that is approved by the FDA to treat moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows.

Other non-surgical techniques include Belotero Balance and Sculptra Aesthetic, which are dermal fillers that help to stimulate the skin’s natural collagen production, leading to a more youthful appearance.

“Many patients are happy with these non-surgical techniques,” says Dr. Ali. “But for patients who require more thorough facial correction, there are a variety of surgical techniques that can really work well.”

Dr. Ali is referring to facelifts, which can lift the skin of the face to minimize wrinkles and reduce the sagging of the jowls.

There is also the neck lift. The neck tends to show age even before the face does, and the neck lift can make a person look younger by tightening the skin in that area.

Other surgical techniques include nose reshaping, brow lifts, cheek implants, eyelid surgery, chin implants, ear surgery, hair transplants and dermabrasion (a technique that helps to refinish the top layers of the skin through a method known as controlled surgical scraping).

Another popular facial plastic surgery procedure includes facial reconstruction, which involves skin grafting and scar reduction to correct damage to the face, such as might happen in an automobile accident.

“With all of these techniques, a person can erase years from their face and feel much better about themselves personally, professionally and in all areas of their life,” Dr. Ali says.

According to the AAFPRS, the most popular facial plastic surgery procedures include rhinoplasty (nose reconstruction), a combination of surgical and non-surgical techniques like Botox, and eyelid surgery to prevent looking so fatigued.

More than 51% of those surveyed said that they had facial plastic surgery to remain competitive in the workforce.

To learn more about the various facial plastic surgery procedures available, visit https://drali.com/contact-us/.

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Which Facial Filler is Right for You?

Bloomfield Hills, MI – Are you looking for a way to erase the signs of aging in your face, without having to undergo an extensive plastic surgery procedure? Dermal fillers may be a great solution for you, but there are so many on the market, how do you know which one is the best to treat your issue?

There are numerous types of fillers on the market today. You’ve know doubt heard many of the names – Botox, Juvederm, Restylane, but what is the difference? Which one should you ask your plastic surgeon about? Michigan plastic surgeon Dr. Ali breaks down the different types of facial fillers on the market today.

  1. Botox, or botulinum toxin type A, is probably the most well-known type of filler, and it’s probably the one you think of when you think of facial injections. It is most commonly used to smooth the wrinkles in the forehead and brow, and crow’s feet lines around the eyes. It can also be injected in the underarms to stop excessive sweating. It typically lasts three to four months, and is best used to treat deeper lines and wrinkles. If you have more fine lines, Botox may not be the ideal option for you.
  2. Restylane, or hyaluronic acid, is used to treat the nasolabial folds, smile and brow lines, and for lips and beneath the eyes. It typically lasts between six and eight months, but like Botox, it is best to treat deeper folds.
  3. Juvederm is a 3D hyaluronic acid matrix filler. It is most often used to plump lips and to treat nasolabial folds. It can last up to one year, and offers a great and natural look for patients.
  4. Radiesse is calcium hydroxyapatite particles that are suspended in a hyaluronic gel. It treats smile lines, broader folds and cheeks. It lasts 12 to 18 months. Unlike other fillers, until it dissipates on its own, it cannot be reversed.
  5. Belotero is monophasic double cross-linked hyaluronic acid. It is great to treat the deep furrows of the brow, for lip augmentations, facial outlines, nasolabial folds, and facial depressions. It generally lasts for six to nine months, and because there is minimal risk of lumpiness, it is safe to use in most locations.
  6. Sculptra is a poly-L-lactic acid that can last up to two years. It is used to treat the deep folds between the nose and mouth, folds in the corners of the mouth, sunken cheeks, and deeper wrinkles or scars. It works to stimulate production of your body’s natural collagen.
  7. Fat fillers are your own fat cells that have been removed from another part of your body, and then treated before being injected back in the desired location. Fat transfer can be used to treat sunken cheeks, thin lips, lines below the eyes, or to fill out buttocks and breasts. The results are permanent for the fat cells that survive the transfer, but it can be unpredictable.

“The best type of filler for you will depend on the areas you are hoping to treat, and the look you desire,” says Dr. Ali. “In the hands of the right plastic surgeon, all facial fillers should have natural-looking and beautiful results. They can turn back the hands of time and have you looking and feeling your best.”

If you are interested in learning more about how facial fillers can erase fine lines and wrinkles, without undergoing surgery, schedule a consultation with Dr. Ali today.

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Top Cosmetic Surgery Procedures for Men

Bloomfield Hills, MI – Plastic surgery used to be thought of as only for women. If a male had plastic surgery, he often hid it and often chalked his new look to a better diet or exercise. But today, more men are opting for cosmetic procedures and don’t feel the need to hide it.

“I have many male patients coming to me who want to look great, and don’t believe plastic surgery should be relegated to only women,” says Dr. Ali. “I think that’s wonderful! We all want to look and feel our best, so why not have a procedure done if it makes you feel better?”

What procedures are men opting for? While the results for 2015 are still being calculated, the top five cosmetic surgeries for men in 2014 were:

1. Eyelid surgery
The eyes are often considered the window to the face. As we age, our eyes are often the first place to show it. Loose, furrowed eyebrows can make us look older than we actually are, and in some cases can give a patient an angry or tired look.

An eyelid procedure can remove the excess fatty tissue and tighten the skin and muscles around the eye, giving you a refreshed appearance.

2. Liposuction
Women aren’t the only ones plagued by stubborn deposits of fat that don’t respond to diet and exercise. Men find as they age, they fall prey to the dreaded “spare tire,” or deposits of fat that settle around their mid-section. If you’ve tried diet and exercise, yet you still can’t seem to get rid of that fat, liposuction may be the ideal solution for you.

Liposuction should not be used as a weight loss tool, but rather to contour the body. Once you’ve seen everything you can accomplish through diet and exercise, a consultation with Dr. Ali can show you what liposuction can add. A smoother, sleeker frame can be achieved, with final results taking between six weeks and two months following the procedure.

3. Rhinoplasty
Nose surgery is one of the most common cosmetic surgeries performed. You want to have a proportionate and symmetrical look to your face, and if you don’t like what you see in the mirror, a nose job may be able to correct that.

Rhinoplasty can alter the size, shape and/or function of the nose. Some patients find that the surgery alleviates breathing problems because it can correct a deviated septum or offer better support to other areas of the nose.

4. Male breast reduction
Gynecomastia is a male breast reduction procedure. While some men have enlarged breast tissue due to disease or a metabolic condition, other men may notice excess tissue as they age.

If you’re embarrassed to remove your shirt because you’ve noticed your chest seems to have accumulated excess fat and tissue, a male breast reduction may be right for you. Men in their late 40s and 50s often turn to Dr. Ali to restore chest tone they’ve lost over the years.

5. Facelift
Women aren’t the only ones who want their face to reflect how they feel on the inside. If you feel refreshed and vigorous on the inside, but your face is telling a different story, a facelift can be the answer you’re looking for.

As we age, our face can lose skin elasticity and the fatty deposits that provide a full, youthful look can begin to disappear. The result can be hollow cheeks, drooping eyes, and jowls.

A facelift can correct that, and when combined with other procedures, such as an eyelid surgery or brow lift, the result can be a youthful, refreshed look.

6. Injectables and fillers
It’s not just women who want to restore a youthful appearance to their face. Men, too, want to turn back the hands of time, and love the results a liquid facelift can provide. Fillers and injectables can provide plumping, smoothing and contouring that restore a youthful appearance. It’s a great non-invasive, but temporary, way to camouflage the effects of aging.

In 2014, men had more than a million cosmetic procedures performed. Dr. Ali expects to see the number of men opting for plastic surgery procedures to update their looks to continue to rise. If you are interested in what Dr. Ali can do for you, schedule a consultation today.

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What Plastic Surgery Procedures Can Be Combined?

Bloomfield Hills, MI – The numbers of plastic surgery procedures being performed each year continue to rise. The stigma of having a cosmetic procedure done is falling away, and more people are visiting their surgeon’s offices. Along with that comes the request for multiple procedures at one time. But is that safe, and if so, which can be performed together?

“Surgical techniques have greatly improved, as has the ability to safely perform anesthesia on patients for longer periods of time,” says Dr. Ali, a Michigan cosmetic surgeon. “That makes it much easier to perform more than one plastic surgery procedure on a patient at the same time. This allows the patient to only have one recovery period, and they can see their desired results faster, rather than having to wait extended periods for each surgery to heal before moving on to the next one.”

The decision to combine procedures will be up to the individual plastic surgeon. He or she will take several things into account, such as your overall health and the exact procedures you want performed. If you are healthy and the procedures are similar enough, they may be grouped together into one operation.

For example, facial plastic surgery procedures may be easily grouped together. Face lifts are often combined with eyelid surgeries to offer the best, most youthful looking appearance. You can even add laser skin resurfacing to offer the most ideal result.

“Aging doesn’t happen in just one area of the face, in most cases,” says Dr. Ali. “Most patients can benefit from minor procedures in multiple areas of the face to offer them the most rejuvenated and natural looking result.”

In the case of rhinoplasty procedures, or nose jobs, sometimes patients can achieve their desired look by adding a chin implant that can make the face look better proportioned.

Tummy tucks and breast lift procedures or other breast augmentations can also be performed together. And to finish off the look, many patients like to add a bit of liposuction, as well. Many women opt for this combination of procedures after having children, and this combination has led to the term “mommy makeover.”

There are a few advantages to combining procedures. First, you’ll only incur one bill for anesthesia, facility fees and any other fees associated with the procedures. Some surgeons may even offer packages that offer a slight discount on the procedures when grouped together.

Additionally, the patient will only need to undergo one recovery period. That means you’ll be up and about, and won’t have to worry about another recovery period in the future for additional surgeries. You’ll also get to see your results faster, without waiting for surgeries scheduled months into the future.

There are, however, risks to combining procedures. The longer a patient is under anesthesia, and the more procedures that are combined, the higher the risk for complications.

“All surgery has inherent risks associated with it, and complications that can arise,” says Dr. Ali. “It’s crucial that all surgery be performed by a properly licensed and trained surgeon in a proper setting, where a patient can undergo the correct monitoring during the procedures. This will also ensure the proper follow-up following the surgery.”

If you are interested in learning more about which procedures can be combined or are interested in scheduling a consultation, call Dr. Ali today.

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Look Younger with a Non-Surgical Facelift

Bloomfield Hills, MI – As you’ve aged, you’ve probably noticed that your face has lost some of its fullness and volume. As that happens, you also lose skin laxity, resulting in the appearance of folds and jowls in your skin.

As the fat in our faces atrophies over the years, it results in wrinkles and folds that can make us look much older than we actually are. But the good news is, you don’t have to undergo an extensive plastic surgery procedure to gain back your youthful look. You can achieve a full, younger looking face with what is known as a liquid facelift.

Dr. Ali, a Michigan plastic surgeon, uses FDA approved facial fillers to correct the areas of the face affected by natural aging. This non-surgical facelift is a great alternative to a traditional facelift, but perhaps the best part is there is little to no recovery time.

Facial fillers work to lift, smooth, re-contour and add fullness back to the face. It is important to note that a liquid facelift, while effective, cannot correct major signs of aging, such as sagging eyelids and heavy jowls. A liquid facelift is appropriate for those with moderate signs of aging.

Aging naturally results in the loss of collagen and elastin, which creates sagging features. Injecting fillers, such as Juvederm, Radiesse or Restylane, can lift and contour the features to reduce wrinkles and folds, restore a face to a more youthful fullness, and provide a more rested look.

Depending on your needs, your surgeon may use fillers to lift the entire face, or to lift and contour specific features. Your surgeon can mask bags under your eyes or can open up your eyes by lifting your eyelids. Flattened cheeks can be filled out, and even bumps on your nose can be hidden.

Dr. Ali will use the type of facial filler that can best meet your goals.

  • Collagen is a natural protein that supports the skin, and injectable collagen is available in different formulas. Results from these can last for two to four months.
  • Hyaluronic acid is naturally found in the body and is an ideal injectable for filling facial creases, and some surface wrinkles. Juvederm and Restylane are this form of injectable, which can last six months or longer.
  • Hydroxylapatite is naturally found in bones and is the heaviest of the facial fillers. It is best for deeper creases and frown lines, and can be used to enhance the cheeks to provide a fuller looking result.
  • Human fat can also be harvested from your body and re-injected. Because it uses liposuction to extract the fat, it is a more extensive procedure than other filler options.
  • PMMA are a mix of microspheres suspended in purified collagen, and is recommended to improve the look of smile lines.
  • Sculptra is a synthetic biocompatible material that can improve skin thickness and reduce the appearance of folds. Results from using Sculptra can last up to two years.

Tenderness and redness may be present at the injection sites following a liquid facelift. Very rarely, a patient may experience negative side effects, such as an allergic reaction or infection.

Results are immediate, however, they are not permanent. To maintain the new appearance, patients will need to have touch-ups with Dr. Ali periodically.

If you’re ready to once again face the world with a more youthful look, schedule a consultation with Dr. Ali today to see what a liquid facelift can do for you.

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Trends in Cosmetic Surgery – The Later In Life Lift

One of the most recent trends in cosmetic surgery is treating patients who are approaching their golden years.  While this demographic isn’t new, the increase in patients considering cosmetic surgery is!  As baby boomers approach retirement, they are choosing to enter it with their best foot forward.  From 2012 to 2013, the number of elective procedures jumped 4% in the 55+ age group.

While nose reshaping is a popular cosmetic procedure across the board, the over 55 crowd tends to lean more towards facial procedures including lifts, forehead lifts, ear reshaping and hair transplants. Regardless of the procedure, the most common reason was that they finally have time to focus on themselves.

While many see cosmetic surgery as purely vain, we feel otherwise.  You work hard every single day to provide for yourself and loved ones – shouldn’t you feel your best?  Some of the unknown benefits that our patients experience are increased self-esteem and confidence!

Don’t believe us?  Check out what they have to say in our reviews section!  Dr. Ali is one of the best in the business, board certified and able to offer you a comprehensive experience – even with non-invasive procedures.

As you ease into your retirement, have you considered a nip or tuck?  Perhaps a procedure that will finally take care of the area that has been frustrating you?  Contact us today for a consultation!