Choosing a Plastic Surgeon: What is a board-certified cosmetic surgeon?

Plastic Surgeons & Cosmetic Surgeons Are Not the Same

If you are considering plastic surgery, the first and most important step is to find a board-certified plastic surgeon who is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. This ensures that the plastic surgeon is highly trained, experienced, and employs the highest safety standards and ethical guidelines.

But choosing a plastic surgeon can be confusing – because patients will also likely find many “cosmetic surgeons” advertising their services as well. It is extremely important to understand that cosmetic surgery is not the same thing as plastic surgery.

Doctors who are certified by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (ABCS) do NOT meet the same exacting criteria required for board-certified plastic surgeons by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

In this article the experts at AMAE Plastic Surgery explain why a “board-certified cosmetic surgeon” isn’t the same as a “board-certified plastic surgeon”, and what that means when choosing who will perform your plastic surgery.

Training of Plastic Surgeons vs. Cosmetic Surgeons

A recent study was published in the online journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, which is the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). The researchers reviewed online information assessed the amount of medical residency training history for 342 American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (ABCS) physicians.

Shockingly, that research revealed that nearly ten percent of ABCS members were not even trained in any surgical discipline. In fact, according to that study, 62.6% of the ABCS cosmetic surgeons advertised performing surgical operations beyond the scope of their actual residency training.

Many of these ABCS-certified “cosmetic” surgeons were actually: internal medicine doctors, OBGYNs, otolaryngologists, dermatologists, and oral and maxillofacial surgeons.

And the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures performed by cosmetic doctors outside their scope of training were liposuction (59.6%), tummy tuck / abdominoplasty (50.0%), breast augmentation (49.7%), and buttock augmentation (36.5%).

This presents some rather frightening statistics about under-qualified doctors (who do not have surgical training) holding themselves out as certified “cosmetic surgeons”.

Choosing a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

Many patients understandably assume that a board-certified cosmetic surgeon would have the same training as a board-certified plastic surgeon.  One would think that all surgeons must be board-certified in plastic surgery in order to perform cosmetic surgery procedures. But this is NOT the case.

A board-certified plastic surgeon must have at least six years of surgical training and complete an accredited plastic surgery training program. To be board-certified, a plastic surgeon must also perform thousands of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery procedures of different types, and pass demanding written and oral exams, as well as engage in continuing education and assessment throughout the rest of their career.

However, an American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (ABCS) physician is only required to complete one year of surgical training, perform 300 procedures, and take a single written and oral test during a single weekend. And there is no continuing medical education requirements to be ABCS certified.

Because of these confusing credentials, combined with misleading marketing and false advertising, patients may end up with a “cosmetic surgeon” rather than a board-certified plastic surgeon.

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Dr. Ali is board certified in plastic surgery, a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons. He has performed more than 7,000 cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries. He has been awarded “Top Doc” by Hour Detroit Magazine multiple years in a row. He is also a “RealSelf” Top Doc, and has a perfect 5 star rating from his patients on Yelp!, Google and Facebook.

In addition to performing thousands of breast enhancements, breast lifts, tummy tucks, liposuction, facelifts, “nose jobs”, arm lifts, “mommy makeovers,” and breast reconstructions, Dr. Ali travels worldwide on humanitarian missions every year. He volunteers his surgical services in underprivileged areas across the globe to give back smiles!

If you do your research, you will likely find that many cosmetic surgeons in the Birmingham, MI area are NOT Board Certified Plastic Surgeons! Only trust your face or body to a board-certified plastic surgeon, like Dr. Ali.

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Emily A. Long et al. Board Certification in Cosmetic Surgery: An Evaluation of Training Backgrounds and Scope of Practice, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (2020). DOI: 10.1097/PRS.0000000000007242



Plastic Surgery Numbers Increase Post-Pandemic

Plastic Surgery On the Rise – Especially Among Younger Women

Well, we survived the pandemic, but the economy is still somewhat uncertain, and let’s just say these are challenging times. But a new national survey called the Inaugural ASPS Insights and Trends Report: Cosmetic Surgery 2022 reports that plastic surgery in on the rise.

That survey found that many Americans are now desiring to “invest in themselves” through cosmetic procedures. And the report goes on to say that the biggest increase in plastic surgery procedures in 2022 was seen in women under 45.

Why Patients Are Investing in Plastic Surgery

That study posits that many individuals are undergoing plastic surgery post-pandemic because they may be working from home – so they have more time at home to recover. The study also suggests that many people saved larger sums of money during the Quarantine on expenses such as travel, shopping, and dining out.

Others speculate that, with more people working from home and regularly seeing themselves “on screen” in Zoom meetings, men and women are more aware of how they appear to others. And many people may not like what they see – or feel self-conscious about certain features and attributes that weren’t front and center before.

“We’re seeing ourselves on a computer screen a lot more regularly and are much more aware of our appearance. And for a lot of people, that makes them recognize that they may want to look a little younger or to appear less tired, which has led to an increase in facial and neck procedures” reported one plastic surgeon.  “I think people are recognizing that it’s okay to do something for themselves.”

Increase in Plastic Surgery in 2022

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons surveyed member surgeons across the U.S. and found that 70% s of cosmetic-focused plastic surgery practices are seeing more business than they had before the pandemic. And almost 30% of plastic surgeons in the survey reported that their plastic surgery business has at least doubled.

The survey also found that younger women between the 31 and 45 years old were by far the likeliest to undergo popular plastic surgery procedures, including breast augmentations, liposuction and tummy tucks.

The authors of that article speculated that millennials are much savvier about plastic surgery options, due to both the Internet in general and social media specifically. Millennials are also more open about plastic surgery than Baby Boomers and older generations – with the stigma and secrecy of plastic surgery a thing of the past.

And, although the surge in plastic surgery may be driven by women under 45, the article also reports that plastic surgeons are seeing more patients of every age group and gender.

The survey also revealed that not only are more people undergoing cosmetic surgery, but patients are willing to spend more on plastic surgery procedures than before the pandemic. According to the survey plastic surgeons, 59 said patients are willing to spend “somewhat more” on plastic surgery and 17 percent of plastic surgeons indicated that people were now willing to pay substantially more for plastic surgery than pre-pandemic.

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Whatever your reasons for considering plastic surgery – to look younger, to present better on video conferencing, or to fix a feature that has always bothered you – the first step is finding a qualified and experienced Board Certified Plastic surgeon who is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. This ensures that the plastic surgeon is not only highly trained and experienced, but also employs the highest safety and ethical guidelines.

Remember not all “cosmetic surgeons” are board certified plastic surgeons (learn more here). Dr. Ali is board certified in plastic surgery, a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons. He has performed more than 7,000 cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries. He has been awarded “Top Doc” by Hour Detroit Magazine multiple years in a row. He is also a “RealSelf” Top Doc, and has a perfect 5 star rating from his patients on Yelp!, Google and Facebook.

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Ali at AMAE Plastic Surgery in Birmingham, MI and tale the first step to loving the way you look and feel about your appearance!

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Plastic Surgery: What is General Anesthesia Like?

What to Expect with General Anesthesia During Plastic Surgery

Thanks to advancements in minimally invasive surgical procedures, many times plastic surgery can be performed with only “local” anesthetic (numbing). But more extensive plastic surgery procedures, such as tummy tucks or full facelifts typically require generally anesthesia – the kind that “knocks you out” or “puts you under”.

If you have booked your plastic surgery – or are considering cosmetic surgery – you are probably quite excited about your results! But if you still have some questions or reservations about the general anesthesia you will be undergoing, you’re not alone. In fact, data recently compiled in a study performed by psychiatrists revealed that roughly 30% of plastic surgery patients were more afraid of the anesthesia than of the surgery itself.

It’s human nature to worry about something as new, different, and important as surgery. If you are feeling anxious about general anesthesia, knowing what to expect can help you feel more relaxed and comfortable. In this article the plastic surgery experts at AMAE Plastic Surgery in Birmingham, MI explain how general anesthesia works, what being “put under” feels like, and what to expect on the day of your procedure.

Is General Anesthesia Safe during Plastic Surgery?

Modern methods of general anesthesia are extremely safe when administered by a skilled, board-certified anesthesiologist. Studies have shown that there is only a 0.01% to 0.016% (one-tenth of one percent) chance of a fatal complication caused by anesthesia.

Certain known risk factors are usually to blame for these very rare anesthesia-related complications. Obesity, smoking, underlying illness, advanced age, poor overall health, and medication interactions are most often behind anesthesia complications. So, it is critical that patients are honest with their plastic surgeon about smoking, any medications they are taking, and/or any preexisting health issues.

What to Expect from General Anesthesia during Plastic Surgery

On your day of surgery, a caring nurse will assist you with any pre-op preparations before you are taken to the operating room. Next, both the anesthesiologist and the plastic surgeon will discuss the general anesthesia process with you before giving you the anesthesia injection, IV drip or gas.

Once the anesthesia hits your bloodstream, the effects kick in very quickly. The anesthesiologist may ask you to count backward from 100 to monitor how you are responding to the medication. Most people don’t even make it to 90!

Typically, patients do not remember anything (or feel anything) after that – from the time the general anesthetic is administered to waking up in the recovery room.

How General Anesthesia Works During Plastic Surgery

General anesthesia works on four different levels to affect the entire body and ensure that the patient does not feel a thing:

  1. Unconsciousness: The patient is completely sedated, simulating a very deep sleep or coma.
  2. Immobility: The patient’s body is completely unable to move, keeping them completely still during surgery.
  3. Analgesia: This prevents the patient from feeling pain during the surgery at all.
  4. Amnesia: This ensures that the patient does not remember anything that happened during the procedure.

What Happens During General Anesthesia for Plastic Surgery

The anesthesiologist remains present for the entire time the patient is “asleep.” He or she will be constantly monitoring oxygen intake, vital signs, circulation, fluid loss, and degree of unconsciousness. This ensures that bodily function remains at stable, normal levels – and that the patient stays completely “under.” Knowing that a board certified anesthesiologist is by their side, monitoring their condition the entire time, often takes the worry away for many patients.

When the patient “wakes up” the period of time they were under general anesthesia is a ‘blank’. The last thing they usually remember is receiving the medication, and they don’t remember anything in between until they wake up in the recovery room.

Everyone reacts a bit differently to general anesthesia, upon waking up. Some patients simply feel “out of it” until they wake up completely. Others may feel emotional, loopy, or have slurred speech.

In fewer cases some people may have their inhibitions lowered and/or behave in an exaggerated manner that is normally uncharacteristic for them. This is perfectly normal and nothing to be embarrassed about. A quick YouTube or TikTok search returns many of videos patients exhibiting silly, out-of-character behavior as they recover from general anesthetic.

Recovery After General Anesthesia

Some patients may feel nauseous and/or dizzy for a little while, while others may shiver or feel cold for a few minutes or a couple hours.

For the first 24 hours after general anesthesia patients may continue to be sleepy, and their judgment, concentration and reflexes may still be affected. So, always have a responsible caregiver stay with you for at least a day after receiving general anesthesia.

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While modern general anesthesia technology is extremely safe, you should always work with a board-certified plastic surgeon and a board certified anesthesiologist. Do not be shy or embarrassed to ask your plastic surgeon about the credentials of the anesthesiologist who will be administering your general anesthesia during your plastic surgery.

Dr. Ali is a skilled and experienced Birmingham, MI board certified plastic surgeon. He will answer all of your questions about general anesthesia if it is required for your plastic surgery procedure – and ensure you are paired with a fully qualified anesthesiologist or anesthetist.

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


Are Plastic Surgery & Cosmetic Surgery the Same?

The Difference Between Plastic Surgery & Cosmetic Surgery

Many people use the terms cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery to mean the same thing. And many plastic surgeons like Dr. Ali do focus their practice on cosmetic surgery.  But while cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery are closely related specialties, they are technically not the same thing – and the terms cannot be used interchangeably.

In this article, the experts at AMAE Plastic Surgery in Birmingham, MI explain the difference between plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery.

Cosmetic Surgery is a “Sub-Set” of Plastic Surgery

Both cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery are medical specialties that are aimed at improving a patient’s body, but the training involved is actually different.

Plastic surgery is a surgical specialty dedicated to reconstruction of the face and body to repair defects caused by birth disorders, accidents, trauma, burns, and disease. For example, plastic surgeons repair cleft pallets in children, or reconstruct breasts after a mastectomy due to cancer. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons “plastic and reconstructive surgeons are one in the same.”¹

However, cosmetic surgeons, are trained plastic surgeons who then complete additional training to perform cosmetic surgery as well.

Plastic surgery training is completed by a physician through a post-graduate residency program via one of two routes:

  • Residency training that combines three years of general surgery and three years of plastic surgery or;
  • A five-year residency program in general surgery followed by a three-year plastic surgery residency program.

“Board Certification” for a plastic surgeon is awarded by the American Board of Plastic Surgery after completing their residency and passing both a written and oral exam testing their procedural knowledge.

The residency training required to become a board-certified plastic surgeon may or may not include cosmetic surgery procedures training.  But, in the United States there are currently no residency programs that are devoted exclusively to cosmetic surgery.

So, cosmetic surgeons obtain training and experience in cosmetic surgery after completing their plastic surgery residency. Typically, this is done by completing a post-residency fellowship training program in cosmetic surgery.

See the pie chart below, to see how cosmetic surgery is a “subset” of plastic surgery.
Graphic Provided By: ABCS

Cosmetic Surgery is Focused on Appearance

The surgical procedures and techniques of cosmetic surgery are focused solely on enhancing a patient’s appearance – rather than restoring function or repairing a defect due to accident, injury, illness, or birth defect.

Cosmetic surgery is generally aimed at improving aesthetic appeal, symmetry, and proportion are the key goals. In some cases, this involves reversing the appearance of aging. Cosmetic surgery is “elective” – unlike most plastic surgeries which are medically indicated. Cosmetic surgery can be performed on all areas of the head, neck, and body to improve appearance.

Types of Plastic Surgery Procedures:

  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Burn Repair Surgery
  • Cleft Palate Repair
  • Scar Revision Surgery

Types of Cosmetic Surgery Procedures:

  • Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift, Breast Reduction
  • Facial Surgery: Rhinoplasty, Chin, or Cheek Enhancement
  • Anti-Aging Surgery: Facelift, Eyelid Lift, Neck Lift, Brow Lift
  • Body Contouring: Tummy Tuck, Liposuction, Gynecomastia Treatment

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Because any licensed physician can ‘legally’ perform cosmetic surgery, regardless of how much cosmetic surgery training or experience they have, it is extremely important to do your research when choosing a cosmetic surgeon. When selecting the most qualified surgeon for a specific cosmetic procedure, compare the doctors’ overall training, board-certification, years of experience, and proven results with regard to that specific cosmetic procedure.

Remember, a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Ali has completed the training, residency and written and oral testing to ensure they are qualified to reconstruct the face and the body.

Dr. Ali is both a board-certified plastic surgeon, a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons. He has performed more than 7,000 cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries.

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Morrison, M.Sc., Colin, A Survey of Cosmetic Surgery Training in Plastic Surgery Programs in the United States, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, pp.1570-1578, 2008.

Top Plastic Surgery Frequently Asked Questions

Top Patient Plastic Surgery FAQs

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

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

Is plastic surgery covered by insurance?

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

Who makes a good candidate for plastic surgery?

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

Is plastic surgery risky?

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

At what age should I have plastic surgery?

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

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

Is board certification required to perform plastic surgery?

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

Where is plastic surgery performed?

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

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

 What preparations are required for plastic surgery?

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

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

Are there non-invasive plastic surgery alternatives?

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

Does plastic surgery require a hospital stay?

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

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

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

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AMA Releases Report on What Makes a Good Plastic Surgeon

American Medical Association Report on What Makes a Good Plastic Surgeon

Choosing a plastic surgeon is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. Whether you are considering plastic surgery for your face or body, it is a decision that will affect you for the rest of your life.

The American Medical Association (AMA) has published in its Journal of Ethics the character attributes that make a plastic surgeon great. This analysis goes beyond just experience and training and looks at the personal characteristics that make a plastic surgeon the among the best in their field.

If you are in Birmingham, MI and would like to connect with a skilled and highly qualified plastic surgeon, call Dr. Ali at AMAE Med Spa today, to set up a consultation.

Training and Education of a Plastic Surgeon

Training for a plastic surgeon should be focused on all areas of the body and have an emphasis on both plastic and reconstructive surgeries. A plastic surgeon must have an understanding of general surgery, along with detailed study of plastic and reconstructive surgery. Having a background or residency in general surgery, after and working with a highly experienced supervising surgeon helps prepare a plastic surgeon for performing in an operating room. It ensures the plastic surgeon is comfortable, confident, and fully prepared during a procedure prior to moving into a specialty field.

Plastic surgeons make valuable connections as they move through their residency. Receiving training in a specialized field of plastic surgery can help a plastic surgeon succeed. The plastic surgeon will have the opportunity to receive training through literature, simulation, cadavers, and tools. This allows the plastic surgeon to fully refine their skill set before performing surgery on patients..

Plastic surgery trends do constantly change, but a plastic surgeon needs to be skilled in breast procedures, facial procedures, reconstructive surgery, and upper and lower extremity surgeries.

A plastic surgeon must complete many years of training and education. But a great plastic surgeon also possesses certain personal characteristics that aid in their career. These characteristics include integrity, creativity, scientific curiosity, dedication, and compassion. Combining these characteristics with the proper training, education, and guidance can help a plastic surgeon build a successful career and boast patient satisfaction.

Integrity & Compassion are Important in a Plastic Surgeon

Integrity is something all people, a plastic surgeon included, typically begin to develop early in life. It can be influenced and altered based on family, lifestyle, friends, and colleagues. For a plastic surgeon, it can also be impacted by patient interactions.

Integrity helps a plastic surgeon make the best choices for their patients, with out regard for their own personal gain or benefits. A plastic surgeon with integrity does not pressure or influence a patient to undergo a procedure that is not right for them.

Closely linked to integrity are compassion and empathy. As a plastic surgeon interacts with their patients, they must have compassion and empathy to be able to understand their patients’ needs, concerns, and personal circumstances. Patients who are seeking plastic surgery come from all backgrounds and have a wide variety of reasons for pursuing an elective surgery. The ability to be sensitive and supporting is critical to the patient, and a plastic surgeon must be able to rise to this challenge for all patients they see. Compassion and empathy allow the plastic surgeon to help the patient choose the procedures that are best for them.

Humility is Valuable in a Plastic Surgeon

Humility is also an important characteristic in a plastic surgeon. Humility allows the plastic surgeon to recognize the need for continuing education and evolving clinical skill. Humility is what motivates a plastic surgeon to continue to strive to be better each day and to provide the best possible care to their patients. A plastic surgeon with humility will recognize that there is no such thing as perfection or a being perfect in their capabilities. Humility is important because it grounds a plastic surgeon, and motivates them to be in constant pursuit of excellence.

A Plastic Surgeon is Both Creative and Curious

A plastic surgeon is different than surgeons in most other specialties because they must constantly be creative. A plastic surgeon must approach a desired cosmetic result in many different ways  to benefit their patients. Creativity and scientific curiosity keep a plastic surgeon finding new and innovative clinical tactics. Through the study of traditional approaches and the understanding of advancements in technology, a plastic surgeon who is creative and scientifically curious can change their patients’ lives.

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Dr. Ali at AMAE Plastic Surgery in Birmingham, MI maintains all the characteristics of an excellent plastic surgeon. Dr. Ali and the staff at AMAE Plastic Surgery care deeply for their patients and will work to find the most innovative, safe, and effective ways to achieve the patient’s cosmetic goals.

If you are in Birmingham, MI, contact AMAE Plastic Surgery today to set up a consultation with Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Ali

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AMA Journal of Ethics. Virtual Mentor. 2010;12(5):418-421.

DOI. 10.1001/virtualmentor.2010.12.5.oped1-1005.



Why You Should Choose a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Why You Should Choose a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Making the choice to work with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon is important for any patient who is considering plastic surgery! TV shows, TikTok videos, and news feeds are full of reports of ‘botched’ surgical procedures and undesired results from surgeons who are not board certified. This is why patients should always elect to work have cosmetic surgery only from a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.

Of course, any surgical procedure carries some risks. But moving forward with plastic surgery from a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, such as Dr. Ali at AMAE Plastic Surgery in Birmingham, MI ensures that patients are working with a qualified plastic surgeon who has completed the proper training and education to become a plastic surgeon.

In this article the cosmetic surgery experts at AMAE Plastic Surgery in Birmingham, MI help patients understand the benefits of working with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.

How A Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Gets Certified

The process for becoming a plastic surgeon takes around sixteen years of higher education. This includes training in specific areas, under the supervision of a qualified plastic surgeon. A Board Certified Plastic Surgeon is a plastic surgeon who has completed all required coursework and criteria to take the boards. And they have completed a written and oral examination. These examinations evaluate the physician’s skill and ethics. It also validates that the physician approaches a procedure safely and effectively.

Why You Should Choose a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

It is important for patients to research their plastic surgeon before making any decisions about the appropriate surgeon to work with. Attaining the status of Board Certified Plastic Surgeon is not easily achieved. Board certification indicates that the plastic surgeon has achieved the highest level of skill, education, and training. This helps ensure that patients will get the results they desire, safely and effectively.

While most plastic surgery procedures are not medically necessary, they can have life altering outcomes if not performed by a skilled surgeon.  But as the market for plastic surgery continues to thrive, some physicians are performing cosmetic surgeries without the required skillset or certification. A Board Certified Plastic Surgeon such as Dr. Ali at AMAE Plastic Surgery in Birmingham, MI offers patients peace of mind, knowing that they are working with a skilled physician.

A Board Certified Plastic Surgeon has the certification that confirms he has been extensively trained in facial and body surgical procedures and is equipped to handle emergency situations related to these procedures. It also confirms the surgeon can make technical and aesthetic decisions related to the procedures. The American Board of Plastic Surgery is the only American Board of Medical Specialties recognized to provide certification to surgeons for plastic surgeries.

Confirming Your Surgeon is Board Certified

As with any physician, patients should confirm the plastic surgeon they are potentially going to work with is a right fit by asking as many questions as possible. When interviewing potential plastic surgeons, it is important to verify specifically that the surgeon is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.

Additionally, to confirm the surgeon is a good fit, patients should also review before and after photos of past operations to confirm the physician’s aesthetic judgement matches their own. Asking questions about the location of procedures is also important, because Board Certified Plastic Surgeons are the only surgeons who can perform operations in state licensed or Medicare certified surgical centers.

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If you are a patient in Birmingham, MI who is interested in a plastic surgery procedure, contact Dr. Ali at AMAE Plastic Surgery today to set up a consultation. Dr. Ali is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who works with patients to help them achieve their desired cosmetic results. Schedule a consultation with Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Ma Azhar Ali today – and take the first step toward achieving your aesthetic goals!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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