Does Facial Plastic Surgery Really Make People More Attractive or Likeable?

Does Facial Plastic Surgery Make People More Attractive or Likeable?

A recent study and article published by Georgetown University Medical Center revealed that facial plastic surgery may be able to offer a lot more than simply making the patient appear younger. That study revealed that facial plastic surgery can also improve how other people perceive someone.

This groundbreaking study was the first study of its kind to examine how facial plastic surgery affects people’s perception of an individual. The study concluded that women who underwent a variety of facial plastic surgery procedures were perceived as having better social skills, and were deemed more likeable, attractive and feminine by those with whom they interacted. To a lesser extent, facial plastic surgery procedures also appeared to make the patient seem more trustworthy, as well.

Why Study Facial Plastic Surgery Effects

The study – published in Journal of American Medicine Facial Plastic Surgery – was not intended to be lighthearted or superficial. On the contrary, it was a thorough and scientific examination of the importance of facial appearance. At the heart of the study, the researches indicated that how a person’s appearance is judged is actually rooted in evolution – referencing studies suggesting that judging a person based on their physical appearance was once a matter of individual and species survival.

In other words, humans’ “animal instincts” tells tell them avoid people who are dangerous – and certain personality traits are associated with an individual’s neutral expressions, based on that observer’s past experiences.

So, the study set out to evaluate how personality perception varied after a patient underwent various types of facial plastic surgery, including: face lift, upper and lower eye lifts, brow lift, neck lift and/or chin implant.

Facial Plastic Surgery Study Results

The study involved “before and after” photographs of thirty Caucasian women – whose pictures were examined by 170 people. The study participants were asked to rate their perception of each woman’s attractiveness, femininity, and personality traits (extroversion, likeability, social skills, risk-seeking behavior, aggressiveness and trustworthiness). However, none of the reviewers were shown both the pre-surgery and post-surgery pictures of the same woman.  And, none of the study respondents knew whether plastic surgery had or had not been performed on the women.

The study showed a marked post-surgery improvement in how the women were perceived in four traits: social skills, likeability, attractiveness and femininity.  Patients who had a facelift and lower eye lift experienced the most favorable improvements in perception after surgery.

This supports the results of earlier psychological studies that have shown that appearance of the eyes are highly predictive of how attractive and how trustworthy a person is perceived to be. So it comes as no surprise that patients who had a lower eyelift were considered significantly more attractive and feminine, as well as having an increased trustworthiness score.

The study also looked at whether there were any identifiable less favorable responses, post plastic surgery. While there was not a statistically significant negative response found across the board, a small minority of patients were assessed as appearing more aggressive or a greater “risk-taker” after surgery. Obviously, these traits can be perceived as both good or bad depending upon the context.

Facial Plastic Surgery – Oakland County

Since this study was both small, and included only white female participants, its application to other genders and races can’t be determined. But, the results are important in that they support previous research indicating that facial plastic surgery has many benefits. Facial plastic surgery appears to not only increase the patient’s satisfaction with their looks, but also improve how they are perceived by members of society at large.

While beauty does “come from within” it would be dishonest to suggest that people are not judged by their appearance. Especially the appearance of the eyes and face. Oakland County board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali firmly believes that facial plastic surgery should always be done to make YOU happier and more satisfied with your appearance – and not for the sake of others – to engender self-confidence and self-love. 

But in the hands of a skilled plastic surgeon facial plastic surgery can have the added benefits of improving how you are perceived by society at larger, as well! If you would like to explore the possibility of facial plastic surgery, schedule a consultation at AMAE Plastic Surgery in Oakland County today.

Plastic Surgery Consultation – Oakland County: 248-335-7200

Why Younger People Are Getting Plastic Surgery

Why Younger People Are Getting Plastic Surgery – 

According to a recent clinical study, the past two years have seen the average age of those seeking facial plastic surgery dropped from 39 to 37 among female patients, and from 45 to 43 among male plastic surgery patients. Additionally, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that in 2016, people between the ages of 13 and 19 underwent a total of 66,347 plastic surgery procedures. This number marks an increase in this demographic of an impressive 3%.

In this article, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali explains why more and more younger patients area are visiting AMAE Plastic Surgery in the Troy, MI area to reach their personal aesthetic goals.

Social Media & Plastic Surgery

Like many other recent trends in the field of aesthetic procedures, the increasing number of younger plastic surgery patients is believed to be largely caused by social media. Social media allows for laser-like focus on both one’s own perceived shortcomings, as well as the allegedly “perfect” attributes of others.  This has resulted in many millennials to turning to plastic surgery as a means of “correcting” what they have been made to feel are flaws in their appearance.

Looking good on social networking sites like Instagram and Snapchat have proven to be major motivators for young people to get plastic surgery. Rhinoplasty plastic surgery, for example, has seen an increased number of younger patients thanks to the increased awareness that taking selfies brings to one’s nose. When observing oneself from an angle other that head-on (such as when looking in a mirror), one can become more aware of how they appear in photographs, which remains a key reason why more young people than ever are turning to plastic surgery.

Job Market & Plastic Surgery

While being judged on one’s looks is an unfortunate part of life with which most women are all too familiar, in the modern era, more and more men are finding themselves subject to that same unfair standard of attractiveness. With men and women alike facing greater pressure than ever to conform to standards of attractiveness, it is no wonder that more and more young people have begun to turn to plastic surgery for answers.

In an article published by The Smithsonian, it was reported that men considered “handsome” earn an average of 13% during their career than an allegedly less-attractive man with the same position. The article went on to report that one’s perceived attractiveness plays a role in whether or not they will be hired for a job, with people said to be more attractive simply having better luck on the job market. For this reason, many younger men have felt as though enhancing their appearance through plastic surgery is a shrewd investment for their career.

Plastic Surgery is More Attainable

There has never been a safer time to be a plastic surgery patient, with incredible advancements in minimally invasive and laparoscopic surgery making cosmetic procedures easier to perform than ever. Modern plastic surgery patients are also able to enjoy shorter periods of recovery, as well as plastic surgery procedures that are infinitely less painful than they were as recently as a decade ago. Many plastic surgery procedures are now even performed on an outpatient basis, making the long hospital stays that used to accompany the procedures seem like ancient history. Many plastic surgery patients are able to return home and resume their normal daily routine as soon as their procedure is over.

Additionally, plastic surgery costs have come down thanks to shorter hospital stays, as well as the need for less invasive surgery, and the use of local rather than general anesthetics in some procedures. And a variety of financing options are also available. With plastic surgery being safer, less expensive and having minimal downtime, it is now more accessible to a younger market.

How Young is Too Young for Plastic Surgery?

While it is impossible to pick one single age at which everyone is finally “old enough” for plastic surgery, the conventional wisdom on the matter is that plastic surgery should not be performed until a person’s face and body are no longer growing and developing. Young people considering plastic surgery should keep in mind that, generally, this occurs around the age of 16 for girls and 18 for boys.

Troy, MI area board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali advises parents to refrain from signing off on their child undergoing plastic surgery until they are confident their child is emotionally ready, and fully understands the seriousness and complexity plastic surgery entails. There are no laws in the United States that prevent teenagers from undergoing plastic surgery. However, teens under the age of 18 may not undergo plastic surgery without consent from their parents.

That said, in some cases after careful examination a qualified plastic surgeon may come to the conclusion with a teen and his or her parents that plastic surgery is not only safe, but also beneficial. For example, there may be strong psychological benefits to performing rhinoplasty or gynecomastia (male breast) reduction on a teen who is being teased or bullied about their appearance.

Plastic Surgery – Troy, MI Area

While beauty does “come from within” people should feel free to do what they want to their own bodies, to engender self-confidence and self-love. And, in the hands of a skilled plastic surgeon -provided one is sufficiently educated on the procedure they have selected- plastic surgery can be an excellent way to improve self-acceptance and self-confidence.

Dr. Ali takes his patients physical and emotional wellbeing very seriously, no matter what their age. He will help each and every patient decide if plastic surgery is the right step for them. If you live in the greater Detroit or Troy, Mi area, schedule a consultation at AMAE Plastic surgery to see if plastic surgery is right for you.

Plastic Surgery Consultation – Troy, MI Area: 248-335-7200

 

Why NOT to Go Abroad for Cheap Plastic Surgery

Why You Shouldn’t Go Out of the Country for Cheap Plastic Surgery

In search of plastic surgery that might be less costly than the going rate in the United States some patients travel out of the country. Sometimes called “medical tourism” this is a dangerous practice that can lead to serious illness, deformity or even death – all the result of trying to save a few hundred dollars.

Report on the Dangers of Plastic Surgery Abroad

In April 2018, the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery published a report on 78 patients (the majority of whom were women), who underwent cheap plastic surgery outside of the United States.

Roughly 45% received tummy tucks, a third underwent breast augmentation, with various other plastic surgeries including breast lift and reduction, liposuction, and injections of foreign substances such as silicon. About a quarter of the patients underwent more than one plastic surgery procedure.

After their respective plastic surgeries, almost 10% of the patients required subsequent plastic surgery in the United States to undo the damage done abroad. And, roughly 18 percent of patients suffered from serious infections, with an additional 18 percent suffering from persistent pain. 8 percent of patients were left with scarring, and 15 percent suffered from wounds that would not heal. 5 percent of patients also suffered from internal scar tissue in their breast, and others suffered from serious complications like ruptured implants, hernias, and perforated bowls.

Eight of the plastic surgery patients required procedures performed in the emergency room. Among them, a 59 year old patient experienced kidney failure and developed multiple hernias as the result of cheap liposuction of the abdomen performed in the Dominican Republic.

Where People Go Abroad for Plastic Surgery

According the report, one of the most popular destinations for cheap plastic surgery is the Dominican Republic. Other countries guilty of frequently providing “medical tourists” with cheap, faulty plastic surgery are Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Turkey, China, Syria, Venezuela, Argentina, and El Salvador.

While it is true that the initial cost of plastic surgery is often less than it is in the United States, the risks outweigh the potential discount by a vast margin. Undergoing cheap plastic surgery in developing countries has been proven to result in complications such as infections that resist antibiotics and enormous open sores that can leave patients severely deformed.

Among the reasons for such complications from cheap plastic surgery abroad are under-regulated medical facilities and subpar care delivered by individuals without the proper qualifications for the job, unlike expert and board-certified Troy, MI plastic surgeon Dr. Ali, who values the health and safety of his patients about all else.

CDC Warns Against Plastic Surgery Out of the Country

The many cases of botched plastic surgery performed in the Dominican Republic prompted the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. State Department to issue alerts attempting to dissuade Americans from seeking out care in that country.

Nonetheless, the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) have both yet to produce any form of guidelines towards solving the problem of plastic surgery tourism.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, prospective plastic surgery patients should always both carefully vet their plastic surgeon, and the facility in which it is performed. Fortunately for Troy, MI patients, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali and AMAE Plastic Surgery both exceed the qualifications necessary for a safe plastic surgery procedure that is free from unnecessary complications and performed in a sterile, comfortable environment.

Members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons like Dr. Ali must undergo a rigorous training program by the Board of Plastic Surgeons before they are able to receive certification. This is put in place to ensure plastic surgery patients are operated on by well-trained surgeons who implement safe practices.

Leaving the U.S. for plastic surgery means the patient with have no means of vetting their doctor’s qualifications. This does not mean that all non-U.S. based plastic surgeons are unqualified -as there are also countless expert plastic surgeons located all over the world. But it does mean that, for patients traveling to underdeveloped countries for plastic surgery, there is no means whatsoever of checking and qualifying who will be performing their procedure.

Traveling to developing countries to receive cut-rate prices on plastic surgery is a health risk that is simply not worth the alleged benefits. And for anyone still tempted by the tantalizing prices offered by practices in such countries, the risk is not only physical, but also financial. Patients who experience complications from botched plastic surgery may not be covered by their insurance should they recover corrective and/or emergency care while still abroad. Paying out of pocket for such care could result in the patient paying even more than they would have if they simply sought out the care of a board-certified plastic surgeon in the U.S., such as Troy, MI area board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali.

Board Certified Plastic Surgery – Troy, MI

At AMAE Plastic Surgery, we are sympathetic to the financial concerns of our patients and understand that the decision to get plastic surgery comes along with some serious monetary concerns. We also understand that the discount of “medical tourism” may seem too good to pass up, but that’s because they are also too good to be true. For that reason, we are happy to offer payment options to our plastic surgery patients.

After all, one’s personal health and safety is infinitely more important than saving a couple hundred dollars. We strongly encourage anyone in the Troy, MI area considering going out of the country for cheap plastic surgery to instead schedule a consultation with AMAE Plastic Surgery, where the safety of our patients is our top priority.

Plastic Surgery Consultation – Troy, MI Area: 248-335-7200

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New! 2019 Plastic Surgery Before & After Photos

June 2019 Plastic Surgery Before & After Photos Birmingham MI  – 

It’s been a busy year at AMAE Plastic Surgery in Birmingham, MI! And we couldn’t be more excited about our 2019 plastic surgery success stories. “Before and After” plastic surgery photos are a great way to showcase our amazing skills – and are also always among of the most popular and frequently visited pages on our website.

So, in this article, Birmingham, MI board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali shares some of our favorite Before and After photos from spring and summer 2019. (To see the rest of our amazing plastic surgery before and after photos CLICK HERE.)

Arm Lift Plastic Surgery – Before & After

Aging, weight gain or loss, and everyday gravity can cause arm tissue to relax, loosen and become saggy. Not only are the “bat wings” that develop unattractive, drooping skin if severe enough can compromise personal hygiene.

But state-of-the-art arm lift plastic surgery techniques can remedy sagging arm skin, with exceptional results and barely visible scarring. The result is toned, attractive arms that look great in a tank top, bathing suit or sleeveless dress!

Take a look at the arm lift plastic surgery before and after photos below to see what we mean.

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Facelift Plastic Surgery – Before & After

Deep cheek folds, “jowls” and loose saggy skin around the face and neck, sadly, all can occur naturally with age.  But state-of-the-art facelift plastic surgery techniques can remove loose skin and the tighten the tissue and muscles. Liposuction can also be utilized to remove excess fat, which can even be injected elsewhere in the face to restore youthful plumpness and fill in hollows.

Using the latest plastic surgery techniques, facial tissue can usually even be repositioned without any external scars! Facelifts are popular with our Birmingham, MI patients from  their forties into their 80s!

Take a look at the facelift plastic surgery photos below to see how a facelift can take 20 years off your face.

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Breast Augmentation Plastic Surgery – Before & After

Perhaps no plastic surgery procedure yields more dramatic results than a breast augmentation. Birmingham, Mi board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali offers state-of-the-art breast surgeries including breast lifts, breast implants, breast reductions, and breast revision surgery – to give every woman the breasts that will help her feel beautiful, feminine and attractive.

Breast augmentation plastic surgery can enhance not only the size, but also the shape, firmness and position of your breasts. 

Look at these recent breast plastic surgery before and after photos below to see how transformative breast surgery can be!

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Women who choose to undergo plastic surgery universally say that their new faces and bodies help them feel more self-confident, feel better about their themselves, and give them a greater feeling of well-being.

Birmingham, MI board certified plastic surgeon Doctor Ali offers a consultation to help you learn about your plastic surgery options and decide which procedures are a good option for you.

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

Three Top Plastic Surgery Trends for 2019

Three Top Plastic Surgery Trends for 2019

Plastic surgery procedures are on the rise in 2019. Nose jobs, eye lifts and the use of PRP (plasma rich platelets) are three of the fastest growing cosmetic procedure trends – as patients seek a more youthful appearance.

In this article Macomb County board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali discusses these top 3 trends in plastic surgery.

Plastic Surgery Trend #1: PRP injections

PRP Injections have gained rapid popular due to their ability to regenerate and rejuvenate the face, body and hair – with a minimally invasive, all natural procedure. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is extracted from the patient’s own blood, then spun down to concentrate platelets containing key growth factors. This PRP is then injected into target areas to reduce wrinkles and fine lines, to restore hair growth, or to eliminate scars or discolorations.

PRP treatments have been performed for some time but are increasing in popularity thanks to so-called “vampire facials” featured by celebrities across social media channels – which has created even greater demand for the procedure.

Plastic Surgery Trend #2: Surgical & Non-surgical Nose Jobs

Rhinoplasty in the U.S. is the third-most requested plastic surgery procedure, and it’s rapidly gaining in popularity. With today’s modern reshaping techniques, nose job patients can enjoy more natural-looking results, with less invasive procedures and little to no downtime.

Some experts have postulated the rise in people’s desire for a better nose stems from “selfies” and social media. Close up photos like selfies can accentuate or exaggerate the size or asymmetry of a person’s nose – leading patients to seek cosmetic procedures to achieve the perfect nose.

While a nose job can dramatically improve a person’s overall facial appearance, experienced plastic surgeons like Dr. Ali understand that one type of nose doesn’t fit everyone. Seeking out an experienced board certified plastic surgeon like Macomb County Dr, Ali ensures that each patient retains their individuality, ethnic features and unique appearance after rhinoplasty – to look as natural as possible.

In addition to surgical nose jobs, non-surgical rhinoplasty – using a hyaluronic acid filler – can also change the shape of the nose. When skillfully injected, fillers can improve the contour of the nose, obscure imperfections, create symmetry, and/or smooth out bumps, without plastic surgery. Results last for up to two years, depending on the type of filler used, and are easily touched up by skilled Macomb County plastic surgeon Dr. Ali.

Plastic Surgery Trend #3: Eyelid Procedures

Maintaining a youthful and confident professional appearance is a major motivator when it comes to having plastic surgery. And among the top procedures currently being sought out by professionals is eyelid surgery. Technically called “blepharoplasty”, eyelid lifts help people look more youthful as well as less tired or “worn out”.

Blepharoplasty plastic surgery reduces the top eyelid tissue from bulging, wrinkling, drooping or sagging. It can also remove excess fat under the eyes that causes bags to appear. Most patients only require one or the other procedure, however some patients elect both to maximize results.

While plastic surgery procedures like lower blepharoplasty has long-term results, non-surgical fillers can also be used to conceal under eye bags. The areas below the eye’s fat pockets are injected with a hyaluronic acid filler, which hides the protruding fat and reduces under eye circles for about 12 months – all without plastic surgery.

Additionally, recent innovations in plastic surgery don’t simply remove fat from around the eyes but also preserve the fat to be redistributed to areas where it it is needed to fill areas having an aged, hollow appearance. Theses newest advancements in cosmetic surgery uses fat in place of fillers that are added around the eyes to create volume, which can be done to enhance a surgical procedure, or be done separately.

Plastic Surgery Improves Patient Self-Esteem

The workplace, the dating arena, and even social media can be a highly competitive and often highly critical environment where people feel the need to look their best. A tired or wrinkled appearance can be perceived as old, less “on-game” and even outdated or out-of-touch. If a person’s self-esteem is affected because they aren’t confident about their facial features, these “top 3” plastic surgery procedures – and many others – can restore confidence and satisfaction with one’s appearance.

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Macomb County board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali provides consultations to help you decide which procedures will rejuvenate and improve your appearance. Based on a your desired results, he’ll help you choose the best plastic surgery or non-surgical cosmetic treatment option, so you will love your appearance.

Plastic Surgery & Cosmetic Procedure Consultation: 248-335-7200

Plastic Surgery Trends for 2019

Selfies & Celebrities Influence Plastic Surgery Trends for 2019

Less than two decades ago, plastic surgery was primarily only for the rich and famous, and was the well-kept secret of the youthful appearance for many actors. However, plastic surgery has now become both very mainstream and much more affordable – and no longer just for the wealthy. In fact, the past two years have been record-breaking for plastic surgery, and 2019 is looking to be even busier. Not just actors and socialites are getting plastic surgery any more!

From 2012 to 2018, the average number of invasive and non-invasive plastic surgery procedures increased by 25%. And the patients demanding it are much more diverse in age and income compared to previous generations.

Younger celebrities like Kaley Cuoco and Anna Faris have helped lift the veil of secrecy surrounding plastic surgery – and have openly discussed their plastic surgery procedures. Such transparency has changed the way society now judges cosmetic procedures, which was previously a major barrier for some people considering treatment.

Younger Patients are Getting Plastic Surgery

Clearly, the “selfie culture” is creating an impact on plastic surgery. Society now routinely views people through their online social media appearance, particularly among younger generations up through middle aged adults. This has caused people to become more conscious of their appearance, as photos are posted everywhere online! In fact, 2017 saw cosmetic procedures for twenty-somethings, including injectables and other non-invasive treatments, rise over 80 percent.

Many plastic surgeons, including Macomb County plastic surgeon Dr. Ali, however, caution younger patients who are seeking to improve their selfie image to realistically assess their real-life appearance, not just what may be altered or distorted on social media. Many factors, including lighting and the angle of a photo can enhance or detract from a person’s attractiveness in digital images – so social media photos should never be used as the ultimate gauge of the patient’s true physical appeal.

That said, harsher self-criticism has clearly been driven by online appearances. A staggering 55 percent of plastic surgeons in 2017 reported patients underwent plastic surgery of some type in order to look more attractive in selfies, a doubt-digit increase over 2016!

No More Stigma to Plastic Surgery

Transparency is part of social media’s appeal. The taboos associated with plastic surgery have been minimized with patients who have disclosed and even documented their journey obtaining cosmetic enhancement. Such sharing has empowered others to feel good about enhancing their appearance without social judgement.

Moving into the next decade, plastic surgery has simply become another tool for people to feel good about themselves. Like any other beauty product, aesthetic treatments will be in even greater demand as people desire to look more appealing in “selfies” and “IRL”.  This will also drive the continued development of minimally invasive procedures that focus on enhancing a person’s organic appearance.

Macomb County Plastic Surgery Consultation

The vast majority of women and men who choose to undergo plastic surgery say that their procedure helped them feel more self-confident, feel better about their appearance, and gave them a greater feeling of well-being.

Macomb County board certified plastic surgeon Doctor Ali offers a wide array of plastic surgery procedures as well as minimally invasive and non-invasive cosmetic procedures. Schedule a consultation to learn about your options and decide which surgical or non-surgical treatments are a good option for you.

Macomb County Plastic Surgery Consultation: 248-335-7200

“Beauty Matching” Trend Makes Waves In Plastic Surgery

How “Beauty Matching” Is Making Waves In Plastic Surgery – 

In our Macomb County Plastic Surgery practice, the term “beauty matching” has begun to make significant waves. The surprisingly common beauty matching trend among plastic surgery patients refers to the practice of a couple both undergoing the same cosmetic procedure(s) at or near the same time. Sometimes the goal is to actually physically look like one another – but for most “beauty matchers” joint plastic surgery is simple an opportunity for the couple to shares the experience of cosmetic surgery.

Many couples who desire to beauty match will book their procedures close together before a wedding or another major life event where they will both be the focus of attention. Others make the choice to beauty match after the fact, when one half of a couple is inspired by their partner’s choice to undergo plastic surgery, and then books their own cosmetic procedure themselves.

In both cases, couples who have undergone beauty matching overwhelmingly report that the experience brought them closer together.

Plastic Surgery Procedures That Can Be Beauty-Matched

As people tend to share many similarities with their romantic partner, many couples also share similar plastic surgery goals. Non-invasive cosmetic procedures like CoolSculpting or Botox tend to the most common for beauty matching. Although almost any plastic surgery procedure has been matched with one’s partner.

Facelifts, eyelid lifts and tummy tucks are popular beauty match plastic surgeries for couples, who both decide it’s time to look younger and more in shape together. This enables the couple to enjoy their new found youthful, attractive appearance together!

What to Know Before Beauty-Matching Plastic Surgery

When undergoing any kind of plastic surgery, it is important to make sure the choice to do so is motivated by the right reasons. With beauty matching involving two people making a major life choice, couples must make sure they are both completely on the same page regarding their procedure. But as long as all parties are in agreement about the desired outcomes of their respective surgeries, beauty matching can be an extremely rewarding and valuable experience for plastic surgery patients.

As long as both patients share equal enthusiasm about their shared plastic surgery experience, plastic surgeons -including Macomb County Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Ali- agree that beauty matching is a perfectly healthy and practical approach to getting plastic surgery. By undergoing plastic surgery together, couples are able to offer a unique kind of emotional support that would be impossible without sharing the experience together. And for couples who undergo beauty matching at the same time will also be on the same recovery schedule and be able to keep one another company as they heal.

While beauty matching has proved to be a valuable experience for many plastic surgery patients, it is important to note that the beauty matching experience may not be right for everybody. Couples must take great care not to pressure their partner into undergoing plastic surgery and must be sure both parties want the same thing.

Concerns such as these are particularly vital when considering plastic surgery to accomplish literal beauty matching. While not as common as other forms of beauty matching, couples wishing to undergo plastic surgery to literally look like one another are encouraged to carefully consider all potential consequences before moving forward – even more so than couples undergoing other types of beauty matching.

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Beauty matching can prove to be a very valuable experience for couples considering plastic surgery. If you and your partner decide beauty matching sounds right for you, Board Certified Macomb County plastic surgeon Dr. Ali will work closely with you to ensure each of your plastic surgery goals are met.

Couples who have chosen to get plastic surgery say it has helped them feel more self-confident, feel better about their bodies, and gives them a greater feeling of well-being and more enjoyment of life.

Macomb County area board certified plastic surgeon Doctor Ali offers a plastic surgery consultation to help you learn about your options and decide what surgeries are a good option for you.

Macomb County Plastic Surgery Consultation: 248-335-7200

Why More Men Than Ever Are Choosing Plastic Surgery

Why More Men Than Ever Are Choosing Plastic Surgery – 

In the history of plastic surgery, the majority of patients have been women. In recent years, however, plastic surgeons -including Board Certified Macomb County Plastic Surgeon Dr. Ali- have noted an influx of male plastic surgery patients. In the modern era, with increased cultural importance placed on personal image, men now face increased incentive to perfect their physical appearance. And as society continues to embrace plastic surgery as a means of looking and feeling your best, more men than ever are opting for plastic surgery to become the version of themselves they’ve always dreamed of becoming.

Men’s Plastic Surgery Statistics

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) has stated that in 2015, the total number of men undergoing plastic surgery had tripled since it’s first year offering statistical reports. And not only has the last decade seen a tremendous surge in plastic surgeries performed on men, the number continues to grow. According to a survey conducted by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), 31% of male participants stated that they were “extremely likely” to consider plastic surgery.

Why the Increase in Men’s Plastic Surgery

The ever-present influence of social media on modern society is believed to have played a major role in the increased number of male plastic surgeries. With online photo-sharing being one of the cornerstones of social media interaction, more and more men are turning to plastic surgery for an increased sense of confidence.

But men aren’t just choosing plastic surgery to help snap the perfect selfie. In the modern workforce, where youthfulness is often seen as a highly desirable assent among hiring candidates, many men are undergoing plastic surgery for a fresh, youthful look, ideally resulting in the career boost they’ve been looking for.

As more men than ever consider plastic surgery, Macomb County Plastic Surgeon Dr. Ali takes great care to ensure male patients receive the same level of expert care as his female patients. Equally skilled and experienced performing plastic surgery on men and women, Dr. Ali takes great care to ensure male patients have made the right choice in selecting plastic surgery.

Why Plastic Surgery for Men is Different

While there is a great amount of overlap between plastic surgeries performed on both men and women, the male and female anatomies are obviously very different. As such, plastic surgery procedures on male patients can differ greatly from plastic surgery procedures performed on female patients. For example, while the end goal of rhinoplasty -to improve the shape and functionality of the nose- is the same for both men and women, the surgical maneuvers required to construct a balanced, feminine nose are significantly different those to achieve a strong, masculine nose.

Additionally, as men generally have larger muscles, men typically require larger doses of Botox and other injectables to achieve the desired outcome. Fortunately for male plastic surgery patients in the Macomb County area, Board Certified Dr. Ali has extensive experience performing plastic surgery on men and works tirelessly to meet all of his male plastic surgery patients’ unique needs.

Top Men’s Plastic Surgery Procedures

But while male and female bodies each obviously require very specific, very different types of care, male and female patients both share many of the same desired outcomes of plastic surgery. According to the ASAPS, the top-recorded plastic surgeries of 2017 for both men and women included eyelid surgery, tummy tucks, facelifts, and liposuction.

And in addition to the overlap between men and women undergoing plastic surgery procedures that are easily understood to be gender-neutral, some plastic surgeries that are traditionally seen as being women-only are also perfectly appropriate for male patients. Breast reduction surgery, for example, while predominantly seen as being only for women, is a perfect option for men who are unhappy with excess tissue (so called “man boobs”), providing them the with masculine, defined physique they’re looking for.

Men’s Plastic Surgery – Macomb County

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

Men who have chosen to get plastic surgery say it has helped them feel more self-confident, feel better about their bodies, and gives them a greater feeling of well-being and more enjoyment of life.

Macomb County area board certified plastic surgeon Doctor Ali offers a plastic surgery consultation to help you learn about your options and decide what surgeries are a good option for you.

Macomb County Men’s Plastic Surgery Consultation: 248-335-7200

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What Types of Plastic Surgery Does Insurance Cover?

Will Insurance Cover Plastic Surgery?

More people than ever are getting plastic surgery to look and feel their very best. One the first question we are asked by patients at our Birmingham cosmetic surgery practice is “Will Insurance Cover Plastic Surgery?” The answer depends upon the type of surgery you are having, as well as the reasons you are having it. 

If a plastic surgery procedure is considered “purely cosmetic” (with no medical benefit), health insurance will typically not cover the procedure. However, there are a dozen or so cosmetic surgeries that insurance policies may cover if certain conditions are met.  If a patient can prove medical necessity, all of the surgeries listed below may be at least partially covered by insurance.

“Nose Job” Surgery

Rhinoplasty, also known as a nose job, may be covered by your insurance in cases where the nose’s structure makes it difficult to breathe. An example of this is a deviated septum, which can cause many health problems like pain, nosebleeds, and obstruction of nostrils.

Eyelid Lift Surgery

Blepharoplasty, or an eyelid lift, can be done on the upper and lower eyelids, and for both cosmetic and medical reasons. If it can be shown that the surgery falls into the latter category, your insurance may cover it.

One common medical reason for blepharoplasty is when extra skin puts too much weight on the eyelid, causing obstruction of vision. Insurance may also cover an eyelid lift when vision is impaired by muscles of the upper eyelid stretching too much over time. If insurance coverage is sought, you will likely have to provide medical documentation from an eye doctor.

Ear Reshaping Surgery

Though less common than eyelid surgeryOtoplasty, or ear reshaping surgery, can similarly be covered if the anatomy of the ear impairs hearing. Various anatomical conditions pertaining to position and proportion of the ear can interfere with hearing.

Mole Removal Surgery

Some people love their Moles, also referred to as “beauty marks.” Others prefer they be removed. If a mole is deemed “suspicious,” pre-cancerous, or cancerous by a doctor, insurance typically covers the removal procedure.

Having a mole removal done by a board certified plastic surgeon ensures that there is minimal or no scarring, and that you are not left with any disfigurement.

Breast Surgery

Typically most breast procedures, including augmentation (implants), lifts, and reductions, are considered cosmetic, and therefore not covered by insurance. In cases where the breast surgery is deemed reconstructive (as opposed to solely cosmetic), insurance typically covers all or part of it. An example of this would be following a mastectomy due to breast cancer. In fact, 1998 legislation mandated that insurance cover not only reconstruction of the removed breast, but also for work on the remaining breast for symmetry purposes.

Another reason some insurance companies may cover breast surgery is for relief of severe discomfort. Breast reduction procedures, and possibly a breast lift, would be two such examples.  The weight of some women’s breasts may cause back, neck, and shoulder pain and could warrant medically necessary surgery. As with any insurance claim, sufficient documentation of the condition must be supplied by the woman’s doctors and health care providers. At AMAE Plastic Surgery we do not accept insurance for breast reduction surgery.

Other Plastic Surgery Procedures Covered by Insurance

Other cosmetic procedures that insurance will sometimes cover include, but aren’t limited to, tummy tucks, butt lifts, bunion removal, and varicose veins removal. Again, the most important criteria is that these surgeries are deemed medically necessary and/or are used for pain relief. For the best information about insurance coverage, it’s always best for policyholders to contact their insurance companies directly – and then check with our office to see if we accept insurance for the desired procedure.

Best Plastic Surgery – Birmingham, MI

If you’re interested in seeing what plastic surgery procedures might be covered by your insurance, you may call us at  248-335-7200 to speak with our caring and informative office staff.

With over 7,000 plastic surgery procedures to his name, board-certified Dr. M. Azhar Ali is an outstanding Birmingham area plastic surgeon, who offers experienced, compassionate care to all patients. If your procedure is one for which we accept insurance, we will work with your insurance company and make every effort to help you obtain coverage for your medically necessary plastic surgery.

 

What to Know Before Plastic Surgery

6 Tips to Get the Best Plastic Surgery Results

Are you considering plastic surgery in the Detroit area? It’s 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 don’t just settle on the plastic surgeon who offers a rhinoplasty or breast augmentation for the lowest price.

In this article we share 6 tips to ensure you get the best reults 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 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 two weeks prior to surgery, as nicotine is a vasoconstrictor. Alcohol use should stop a week before 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.

“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 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 cosmetioc procedures are indeed 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 reults you want.

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 surgeries are a good option for you.

Detroit Area Plastic Surgery Consultation: 248-335-7200