What to Know Before Plastic Surgery

6 Tips to Get the Best Plastic Surgery Results

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

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

(1.) Choose a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

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

(2.) Have Realistic Expectations for Plastic Surgery

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

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

(3.) Do it for YOU!

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

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

(4.) Be Honest with your Plastic Surgeon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Top Detroit Area Plastic Surgery

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

The vast majority of people who choose to get plastic surgery say it has helped them feel more self-confident, feel better about their bodies, and give them a greater feeling of well-being.

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

Detroit Area Plastic Surgery Consultation: 248-335-7200

Rhinoplasty Surgery: 6 Rules for Choosing Your Nose Job Shape

How to Choose the Ideal Nose Job Shape for Rhinoplasty Surgery

Electing to undergo rhinoplasty – also called a ‘nose job’ – is a big decision. The results will affect your appearance for the rest of your life. Rhinoplasty surgery is truly a combination of science and art!

When performed with skill using state-of-the-art surgical techniques and artistic principals, a nose job can be life changing! In this article, Dr. Ali shares six helpful “rules” to ensure that you select the nose shape, size and proportions that will give you the best rhinoplasty results.

#1. Be Realistic About Your Nose Job Shape

State-of-the-art rhinoplasty can indeed transform a nose, sometimes dramatically, but the basic “architecture” or underlying structure can (and should) only change so much.

Noses are definitely not “one size fits all” So, remember a nose that looks great on someone else may look awkward on you. All good nose jobs have at least one thing in common — a natural looking appearance from all angles. The most attractive nose will be one that is in harmony with your other facial features.

For example, Nicole Kidman’s tiny upturned nose looks lovely on her delicately boned face – but would be disproportionately small if placed alongside, say, Kim Kardashian’s big eyes and full lips. Conversely, Kim Kardashian’s elegant nose was subtly contoured during her rhinoplasty – but was not reduced much if at all – so that it would still look natural and in balance with her other features.

#2. Honor Your Ethnicity with Your Nose Job

Just as people from different ethnic backgrounds have different hair texture, eye color or skin tone – people of different ethnicities also generally have different external nasal shapes and different internal nasal structure.

A nose job should enhance your appearance without changing “who you are.” Many less experienced rhinoplasty surgeons want to give everybody a “Caucasian” nose. This can not only look out-of-place on an Asian or African American individual, but can also erase their important ethnic heritage.

Dr. Ali understands the unique nasal characteristics of different ethnicities – and he has the skill and experience to enhance your beauty, while retaining a natural appearance that doesn’t change “who you are”!

#3. Nose Jobs Should Reshape Not Remove

A strong and well-proportioned nasal skeleton is the key to a nose job that looks great and lasts a lifetime. Simply removing large amounts of cartilage weakens the skeletal support, often producing in deformity or collapse over time. An example of excess cartilage removal is Michael Jackson’s nose job – which left him with almost no nose at all!

Rather than removing cartilage, a skilled surgeon will preserve skeletal support by reshaping, repositioning, or reinforcing the tip cartilage, not removing it.

The opposite of removing too much cartilage is adding too much to the nasal structure with synthetic implants.  Often Asian women wish to build up the tip of their nose – and surgeons using outdated techniques will implant silicone or Gortex tips. However, synthetic implants often migrate and move over the years – and can even extrude through the skin. Most patients with implants will need to have them removed and/or revised at some point over time.

However, nose jobs using autologous grafts – which are cells taken from your own body to build the nasal bridge – become incorporated into your nose, and therefore do not migrate – providing lifelong results. Dr. Ali uses autologous grafts to provide the most permanent, natural, and beautiful results in nose job patients who wish to build up the bridge or tip of their nasal structure.

#4. Nose Job “Perfection” Is Unrealistic

Even the most beautiful women (and men) in the world do not have perfectly symmetrical noses. Perfect symmetry not only looks unnatural, but also throws off the balance of other features (such as eyes and lips) that are also not naturally symmetrical.

Dr. Ali encourages his patients to bring in several photographs of how they envision the results of their nose job. Look for photos of people who have similar facial shape and features as yours. If you have, for example, narrower eyes and a heart shaped face, look at photos of people like Jennifer Aniston, Jessica Biel or Taylor Swift. However if you have a more round face and big eyes, you may wish to look at photos of movie stars like Kaley Cuoco, Mila Kunis or Emma Stone…all of whom have a slightly wider nose that balances their features.

And remember, a nose job is not designed to make you look like someone else – such as your favorite celebrity or influencer. Successful rhinoplasty surgery should make you look like the best version of YOU!

#5. Choose the Right Rhinoplasty Surgeon

In the hands of a talented, experienced and artistic board certified plastic surgeon, nose job surgery can be life changing! Patients can emerge from rhinoplasty surgery with a more attractive and proportionate nasal shape that will look natural and balanced.

However, poor or outdated surgical techniques performed by a less qualified surgeon can lead to disappointment and even permanent deformity. So it is important to choose a board certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Ali who has performed hundreds of rhinoplasty surgeries in his Detroit area cosmetic surgery practice. Looking at a plastic surgeon’s Rhinoplasty Before & After Photos can be a great way to asses his level of skill and experience!

Dr. Ali has the experience, artistic skill and technical expertise, to help you choose the right nose shape for your face – and the ability to accomplish your appearance goals. \

#6.  See Your Nose Job Before Your Surgery with 3d Imaging

AMAE Plastic Surgery is among the first and only plastic surgery practices in the Detroit area to offer state-of-the-art Vectra 3D imaging. This revolutionary computerized imaging system provides a three-dimensional digital image of the patient’s nose from any and every angle – so that Dr. Ali can show you your nose shape options and expected outcomes before your rhinoplasty surgery!

With Vectra M2 3D patients can compare “before and after” nose job views side-by-side, so that they are able to see an approximation of the new nose shape and size that rhinoplasty surgery can deliver. Vectra M2 3D imaging takes the surprises and uncertainty out of rhinoplasty surgery, so you know what to expect when the bandages are removed.

Best Detroit Area Nose Job Surgeon

If you are considering rhinoplasty, Detroit area board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali will offer you a consultation to assess your nasal structure and discuss your appearance goals. He understands both the state-of-the-art techniques and the artistic implications of enhancing your beauty while retaining a natural appearance that complements your facial features.

Dr. Ali has helped hundreds of women and men in the Detroit area love their appearance and improve their confidence with successful nose job surgery. Get the nose you have always wanted with a nose job at AMAE Plastic Surgery,  and be the best version of “you” that you can be!

Schedule a Nose Job Consultation with Detroit area Plastic Surgeon Dr. Ali: 248-335-7200

The Specialized Art of Asian Rhinoplasty Surgery

The Art of Asian Rhinoplasty & Nose Jobs

People from different ethnic backgrounds may have different hair types, eye color or skin tone – and people of different ethnicities also generally have different nasal shapes. Typically, men and women of Asian descent have a smaller, shorter or flatter nose and/or a wider base of the nose or more rounded tip.

Ideals of beauty vary from culture to culture, from country to country to country, and even from decade to decade. A talented rhinoplasty surgeon like Dr. Ali will understand how to enhance a patient’s natural beauty without erasing their heritage. Dr. Ali is skilled and experienced in restructuring the nose to complement the rest of the face – and not just simply “westernizing” an Asian nose.

It is important for Asian men and women who are considering a nose job seek a surgeon who does not just “generalize” Asians rhinoplasty to reshape noses to be longer, narrower and less flat. An Asian rhinoplasty specialist, like Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Ali will take a more personalized approach to Asian rhinoplasty – customizing each procedure to the individual patient’s facial shape and size, etc. – while preserving their natural heritage.

Asian rhinoplasty is somewhat unique, in that it involves extending the nose rather than diminishing it. However it is limited and simplistic to think that a beautiful nose is simply tall and projected. A beautiful nose should look natural – and balanced with the facial features – when viewed from every angle.

Unique Concerns of Asian Nose Jobs

Some of the distinct characteristics of Asian noses are visible from the outside. However, there are also structural differences in the bone and cartilage that only the plastic surgeon sees beneath  the skin’s surface. In fact, the anatomy of the nasal framework and bones structure of Asian patients differs from virtually every other ethnicity, and it is essential that the rhinoplasty plastic surgeon you choose understands these differences.

The tip cartilage, tends to be softer and less rigid in Asian people than in other ethnicities, and often is shorter in overall length. This smaller projection can also result in nostrils that are wider or “flared”.

Further, the nasal skin of Asian populations differ from other ethnicities. Asian men and women tend to have nasal skin that is thicker and more sebaceous, creating less definition in the tip of the nose and/or a trip that is more bulbous.

Also, because the nasal bones have a more horizontal than vertical orientation, simply fracturing the nasal bones often will not allow them to be narrowed sufficiently. In these cases, building up the tip may be necessary to increase the definition of the bridge of the nose.

Synthetic Implants vs. Autologous Grafts for Asian Rhinoplasty (Nose Jobs)

A skilled and experience rhinoplasty surgeon like Dr. Ali will be aware of the latest advancements and best surgical technology used to construct a beautiful nose.

In the past, artificial implant “tips” made of Silicone or Gore-Tex were the most popular choice for extending Asian nasal bridges. And due to their ease of use, many less-accomplished surgeons still rely on these.  However, synthetic implants come with several distinct disadvantages including: Infection; migration (movement); and even extrusion (poking through the skin).

While synthetic implants, such as Silicone or Gore-Tex, initially look great, the vast majority of patients with implants will need to have them removed and/or revised at some point over time as they begin to “migrate” or move.

A better rhinoplasty technique for Asian nose jobs is the use of autologous grafts – which are cells taken from the patient’s own body to build the nasal bridge. Using the patient’s own tissue to build up the nose has far fewer complications.

The autologous tissue from the patient’s body contains living cells which become incorporated into the nose, and therefore do not migrate – providing lifelong results. Using the patient’s own tissue also reduces the risk of infection. Dr. Ali uses autologous grafts to provide the most permanent, natural, and beautiful results in Asian rhinoplasty surgery.

Using the most cutting-edge surgical techniques, Dr. Ali can “harvest” these autologous grafts from your own body with completely hidden, very minimal scars.

See Your Nose Job Before Your Surgery with 3d Imaging

AMAE Plastic Surgery is among the first and only plastic surgery practices in the Detroit area to offer state-of-the-art Vectra 3D imaging. This revolutionary computerized imaging system provides a three-dimensional digital image of the patient’s nose from any and every angle. This enables Dr. Ali to show you your nose shape options and expected outcomes before your rhinoplasty surgery!

With Vectra M2 3D imaging patients can compare their own “before and after” nose job views side-by-side, so that they can see an approximation of their new nose shape and size that rhinoplasty surgery will deliver. With Vectra M2 3D computerized imaging there are no surprise, so patients know what to expect before they decide to undergo a nose job!

Best Asian Rhinoplasty & Nose Job Surgeon

If you are considering rhinoplasty, Dr. Ali will offer you a consultation to assess your needs and discuss your appearance goals.

He understands the unique physiological characteristics of Asian nasal structures – and has the skill and experience to enhance your beauty while retaining a natural appearance that complements your facial features, respects your heritage and makes you a more beautiful version of YOU!

Asian Rhinoplasty Surgeon: 248-335-7200

Specialized African American Rhinoplasty (Nose Jobs)

The Art of Rhinoplasty (Nose Jobs) for African Americans

Just as people from different ethnic backgrounds typically have different hair texture, eye color or skin tone – people of different ethnicities also generally have different nasal shapes. Usually, though not always, men and women of African American descent have a shorter nose and/or a wider base of the nose, with so-called “flared” nostrils.

Ideals of beauty vary from culture to culture, from country to country to country, and even from decade to decade. It takes a talented rhinoplasty surgeon like Dr. Ali to understand how to enhance a patient’s natural beauty by restructuring the nose to complement the rest of the face, without erasing the ethnic heritage that makes you who you are.

In other words, it is important for African Americans to seek out a plastic surgeon who does not just “generalize” African rhinoplasty and give everyone a “Caucasian” nose.

An African American rhinoplasty specialist, like Detroit area board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali, will take a more personalized approach to rhinoplasty. For men and women of color, Dr. Ali will customize each patient’s nose job surgery to enhance their appearance without erasing “who they are.”

Considerations of African American Nose Jobs

Some of the distinct characteristics of African American noses are visible from the outside. However, there are also other differences that only the plastic surgeon sees within the nasal structure itself, below the surface. Because the anatomy of the nasal framework and nasal bones of African American patients can differ from other ethnicities, it is essential that the plastic surgeon understand these differences.

The cartilage in the “tip” of African Americans noses tends to be less prominent than in Caucasians or Asians. This smaller projection can result in a nose that is wider and nostrils that are “flared”. Surgeons using outdated techniques will sometimes implant a silicone or Gortex tips in Black patients who wish greater nasal ‘projection’. However, this is ill-advised. Synthetic implants often migrate and move over the years – and can even eventually poke through the skin. Most patients with implants will need to have them removed and/or revised at some point over time.

Instead of implants, Dr. Ali uses autologous grafts – which are cells taken from the patient’s own body to build the nasal bridge. These cells the become incorporated into the patient’s  nose, and therefore do not migrate – providing lifelong results.

Another consideration of Black nose jobs is care not to remove too much tissue in an attempt to make a nose smaller. Removing large amounts of nasal cartilage weakens the skeletal support, often resulting in deformity or complete collapse over time. An example of too much cartilage removal is Michael Jackson’s nose job – which left him with almost no nose at all!

Rather than removing cartilage, a skilled surgeon will preserve skeletal support by reshaping, repositioning, or reinforcing the tip cartilage, not removing it.

Nose Job Surgery and Black Skin

Additionally, the nasal skin of African American populations is often thicker as well as more prone to scarring than the skin of other ethnicities.  Dark-skinned people develop thick ‘keloid’ scars 15 times more frequently than lighter-skinned individuals. A skilled plastic surgeon will understand this – and take the steps to to ensure that there is no visible scarring.

Also, because the nasal bones of some black men and women have a more horizontal than vertical orientation, simply fracturing the nasal bones often will not allow them to be narrowed sufficiently. In these cases, the autologous tissue grafts discussed above are better for increasing the definition of the bridge of the nose. This process can build up a low nasal bridge and wider tip, to improve facial balance and proportion, without giving Black patients a nose that looks “out of place.”

See Your Nose Job Before Your Surgery with 3d Imaging

AMAE Plastic Surgery is among the first and only plastic surgery practices in the Detroit area to offer state-of-the-art Vectra 3D imaging. This revolutionary computerized imaging system provides a three-dimensional digital image of the patient’s nose from any and every angle – so that Dr. Ali can show you your nose shape options and expected outcomes before your rhinoplasty surgery!

With Vectra M2 3D patients can compare “before and after” nose job views side-by-side, so that they can see an approximation of the new nose shape and size that rhinoplasty surgery can deliver.

African American Nose Jobs (Rhinoplasty) Surgeon

Dr. Ali understands that one-size-fits-all never applies to beautiful noses. He will customize a rhinoplasty for you that offers the aesthetic alterations you desire, without erasing your important ethnic background.

Before performing an African American rhinoplasty procedure, Dr. Ali will carefully examine your nasal structure and consult with you on the best course of action to ensure a naturally beautiful result – ensuring optimal harmony between the nose and the rest of your face, while preserving the natural beauty of your proud African American heritage.

Black Nose Job Specialist | Detroit Area: 248-335-7200

How Long Is Recovery After Rhinoplasty Surgery?

Rhinoplasty Recovery FAQs

Rhinoplasty – more commonly called a “nose job” – is nasal reconstruction surgery that alters the shape of the nose. It is the most common facial plastic surgery procedure. – with more than 352,500 rhinoplasty surgeries performed in the United States every year.

Many people are unhappy with the appearance of their nose and would like to change the size, shape, wide or symmetry of it. When patients come to AMAE Plastic Surgery they have many questions – and the most frequent questions we are asked often center around the recovery period after rhinoplasty.

In this article, board-certified Birmingham, MI plastic surgeon Dr. Ali answers patients’ questions about what to expect during rhinoplasty recovery.

How long does recovery take after rhinoplasty?

Recovery after any surgery will vary depending on the patient’s age and health, as well as how complex or extensive the surgery is. Dr. Ali will discuss the specifics of your rhinoplasty surgery. But the general timeline of what to expect after rhinoplasty is typically 2 to 3 weeks for immediate recover – followed by a year or more of internal healing.

In most cases, Dr. Ali will recommend taking a week off from work or school and any other activity following rhinoplasty. During this time period, patients will wear tape and a splint on the nose. After the first week stitches and the splint are removed, and the bruises under the eyes should mostly be gone.

After a week, most people are able to return to work or school – but the recovery process will continue for two or three weeks before patients can return to regular normal activities, including mild exercise. Strenuous activities, including harder workouts, should not be resumed for at least six weeks to allow proper healing to “sit in.”

However, the nasal bones and cartilage will remain delicate while they heal internally for a year or more. During this time period rhinoplasty surgery, patients should be cautious with their activities to not accidentally bump the nose. A blow to the nose can disrupt bone that has not fully set or damage internal incisions that have not fully healed.

Does the type of rhinoplasty affect recovery?

Yes, the length of the recovery period does depend on the type or “technique” of rhinoplasty used. There are two primary methods of performing nose job surgery: open rhinoplasty and closed rhinoplasty.

During open rhinoplasty, the plastic surgeon makes an incision across the tissue that sits between the nostrils and connects the nasal tip to the nasal base (columella). During closed rhinoplasty, Dr. Ali uses an incision inside the nostril.

There will be more tip swelling in an open rhinoplasty than using the closed technique. However, the closed rhinoplasty is often necessary for tip refinement. Procedures performed on patients with thicker skin, those in need of cartilage graphs, or those requiring more extensive bone or cartilage work will also typically require a longer recovery period.

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Can patients do anything to speed up recovery time?

Preparing the body before undergoing rhinoplasty can help you heal faster. It is very important to stop taking medications that can contribute to bruising or bleeding, including blood-thinners, aspirin, Advil, Aleve, and fish oil.

Patients can also start taking arnica and bromelain a couple weeks before surgery through a couple week after rhinoplasty to decrease bruising and swelling.

And, of course, quitting smoking is essential. Smoking substantially increases the risk of complications after any surgery. Smoking compromises a patient’s immune system, delays healing, and increases the risk of infection at the surgical site.

When will I see my “new nose” after rhinoplasty surgery?

The most important thing to keep in mind when recovering from rhinoplasty surgery is patience. Patients will see changes in the nose immediately, and even more dramatic results will be seen after six weeks when about half of the swelling will be gone. But the final results typically take about a year, or more. As the swelling subsides, the nose may look a bit crooked or asymmetrical, but everything will completely even out after about a year.

Top Rhinoplasty Surgeon | Birmingham, MI

If you are considering rhinoplasty surgery, call Birmingham Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Ali for a nose job evaluation and consultation.  He will explain your surgical options for correcting imperfections in your nasal contours – and ensure that you achieve the best possible rhinoplasty results!

Birmingham, MI Rhinoplasty Surgeon: 248-335-7200

 

 

10 Fast Facts About Rhinoplasty Surgery

10 Fast Facts About Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty – also called a “nose job”- is the third most popular plastic surgery in the United States. But while it’s a common procedure, it requires a combination of artistry and medical science to achieve ideal results.

Renowned Troy, MI area board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali meets has the experience, artistic skill and technical expertise to enhance your appearance and accomplish your appearances.  He has performed thousands of life-changing rhinoplasty surgeries on men, women and teens in the Troy, MI area.

In this article he shares 10 fast facts about rhinoplasty surgery that may help you decide if a “nose job” is right for you!
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  1. No One is Born with a Perfect Nose

Thanks to endless airbrushing, photo-editing apps, and Instagram & TikTok filters, it’s easy to assume that the actors and A-listers you see on social media were born with flawless noses.

But every nose is one-of-a-kind with slight asymmetry, a little crookedness, or even some bumpiness. The secret to a beautiful nose is one that matches your other features, facial proportions, and ethnic or genetic heritage.
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  1. Rhinoplasty Is Not Just for Adults

Teenagers actually account for 14% of rhinoplasty surgeries in the United States.

In fact, the teen years are a great time to consider nose job surgery – since high school can already be such a brutal time of bullying and self-consciousness. Rhinoplasty can help give a young man or young woman the confidence and self-esteem to enjoy their teen years without feeling ashamed of their appearance.
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  1. Rhinoplasty Recovery is More Uncomfortable than Painful

Thanks to advanced, minimally invasive rhinoplasty surgical techniques, incisions are very small. And because the procedure usually involves cartilage (rather than muscle, bone or tissue) there is very little pain during the recovery period.

Some patients have even said that the IV hurt more than the entire surgery! And with the post-op pain medications that can be prescribed, it’s genuinely possible to have a pain-free rhinoplasty recovery.

The worst part is usually just the discomfort of feeling congested for the first two to three following a rhinoplasty.
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  1. You Can’t Wear Glasses for 6 Weeks After Rhinoplasty

The bridge of the nose needs time to heal after surgery and wearing glasses (including sunglasses) can put unnecessary pressure on the area. This can interfere with healing and even result in a permanent indentation.

Patients who must wear glasses, can be fitted with a special protective nasal splint – or can tape the glasses between their eyebrows to avoid putting pressure on your nose.
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  1. You will Need 10 days Off Work and Social Events

Everyone bruises differently, and some lucky people honestly don’t even bruise at all after rhinoplasty.

But, on average, most people have 10–14 days of fairly significant bruising after nose job surgery.
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  1. There are New Non-surgical Rhinoplasty Alternatives

For patients desiring only subtle changes to their nose, facial fillers can be used to remedy small cosmetic issues including small bumps, or slight asymmetry.

However, unlike a nose job – which is permanent – non-surgical “liquid rhinoplasty” results typically only last up to one year.
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  1. Final Results Can Take a While to See

While we know you can’t wait to see your new nose, patience is a virtue when it comes seeing the exciting final results of your rhinoplasty. The amount of swelling will depend upon the surgical technique used (open vs closed rhinoplasty).

Swelling is typically the worst in the three weeks or so after surgery, after which you will begin to see the marked improvement in your nose. But keep in mind that it can take up to six months for 90% of the swelling to fully resolve after a rhinoplasty. And it can take 12 to 18 months to see the complete and final results with more invasive nose jobs – such as open rhinoplasty surgery.
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  1. Not All Rhinoplasty Surgeries are Cosmetic

Rhinoplasty is most commonly performed for cosmetic reasons. But nasal surgery can also correct a deviate septum and remedy airway blockages and breathing problems.
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  1. Rhinoplasty Can Temporarily Change (or Permanently Improve) your Voice

The initial swelling and congestion during rhinoplasty recovery can temporarily make you sound different.

But if you had a “nasal voice” prior to surgery as result of breathing issues or nasal passage blockage, rhinoplasty can actually improve your voice once those problems are corrected!
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  1. You Can see what Your New Nose Will Look Like BEFORE Surgery

Dr. Ali is one of only a few plastic surgeons in the Troy, MI and greater Detroit area to offer state-of-the-art Vectra 3D facial imaging technology.

Using digital imaging Dr. Ali can show you what your nose will look like after your rhinoplasty surgery. This enables patients to visualize their expected results – so they can decide if, when and how they would like to proceed with a nose job or other aesthetic procedures.

Best Troy, MI Area Rhinoplasty Surgeon

Troy, MI area board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali has helped hundreds of women and men love their noses and improve their confidence with successful rhinoplasty surgery.

Get the nose you have always wanted with rhinoplasty surgery and look and feel like the best version of “you” that you can be!

Rhinoplasty Consultation | Troy, MI: 248-335-7200

 

 

7 Rules for Rapid Rhinoplasty Recovery

7 Rules for Rapid Rhinoplasty Recovery

Rhinoplasty can be a life changing procedure – remedying imperfections and restoring self-confidence and satisfaction with one’s appearance.

But, as with any surgery, a patient’s actions in the days following the procedure are essential for ensuring the best possible outcome. Meticulously following your post-op care instructions can help reduce the possibility of infection or complications, prevent damage to your new nose, and raise your chances of healing rapidly.

While the majority of swelling and bruising will dissipate within a few weeks, remember that it takes the human body about a full year for the nose to be completely recovered from rhinoplasty surgery.

Rhinoplasty Recovery Rule #1: Don’t Wear Glasses

The bridge of the nose needs time to heal after surgery and wearing glasses (including sunglasses) can put unnecessary pressure on the area. This can interfere with healing and even result in a permanent indentation.

Patients who must wear glasses, can be fitted with a special protective nasal splint – or can tape the glasses between their eyebrows to avoid putting pressure on your nose.

Rhinoplasty Recovery Rule #2: Don’t Pick at Scabs

Picking can reopen wounds within the nose, cause bleeding and even result in infection of the surgical area. So, refrain from touching the inside of your nose no matter how itchy or annoying the scabby area feels.

Rhinoplasty Recovery Rule #3: Use Nasal Saline Solution

Once you no longer have any gauze packing inside your nose, it is important to begin irrigating the nose with a nasal saline solution three to six times a day.

This will help to keep the nose clear, as well as relieve the drying effects that surgery can have on your nasal lining.

Rhinoplasty Recovery Rule #4: No Kissing!

One small accidental bump to the sensitive surgical area could break the nose before it heals – and cause the need for a second revision surgery. So keeping people away from your lips is important.

And this goes for kissing babies, children, or even pets for six weeks after surgery. While it sounds crazy, bumps from toddlers’ heads are actually a huge cause of breaks after rhinoplasty surgery!

Related: 14 Plastic Surgeons Reveal the Procedures They’re Considering for Themselves—and Who They’d Trust to Perform Them

Rhinoplasty Recovery Rule #5: Sleep with Your Head Elevated

Sleep on your back for the first week after surgery, with your head slightly elevated. A reclining chair or in a bed propped up on two to three pillows is ideal.

Keep your head at a higher elevation than your head will minimize fluid buildup and reduce swelling after rhinoplasty surgery.

Rhinoplasty Recovery Rule #6: No Smoking or Drinking

Smoking and drinking alcohol can interfere with the healing process after surgery. This is because smoking reduces blood flow to the skin, which is essential for proper healing.

And consuming alcohol dilates the blood vessels, which can increase bleeding and bruising after rhinoplasty surgery.

Rhinoplasty Recovery Rule #7: No bending, lifting, or straining

Avoid all bending, lifting, or straining for at least three weeks after rhinoplasty surgery. Not only can these activities cause bleeding and increase swelling – but they can also increase the risk of bumping the nose before it is healed.

After three weeks, patients can typically resume light exercise and walking, as long as they are very careful.

Best Troy, MI Area Rhinoplasty Surgeon

Troy, MI board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali has the experience, artistic skill and technical expertise to perform rhinoplasty surgery that will enhance your appearance and accomplish your goals.

If you live in the Troy, MI or greater Detroit area and you are considering rhinoplasty surgery, call AMAE Plastic Surgery to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ali. He will offer you a consultation to assess your nasal structure, answer your questions and discuss your appearance goals.

Dr. Ali has helped hundreds of women and men love their noses and improve their confidence with rhinoplasty surgery. Get the nose you have always wanted and be the best version of “you” that you can be!

Rhinoplasty Consultation | Troy, MI Area: 248-335-7200

Seven Gorgeous Celebrities Who’ve Had Nose Jobs

Seven Gorgeous Celebrities Who’ve Had Nose Jobs

A “nose job” – technically called rhinoplasty – is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures. A nose job can include reshaping, narrowing, straightening, or smoothing out the nose – or re-sculpting the tip, or changing the appearance of the nostrils.

A skilled, board certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Ali can refine the size, shape and proportions of a nose to complement the rest of the facial features, while also respecting the patient’s ethnic heritage, and ensuring that they still look like “themselves.”

Even small changes to a nose can make a large difference in how the nose and the entire face looks. And MANY celebrities credit their success in movies and on television to the difference made by a good “nose job”.

In this article we list seven of the most beautiful female celebrities who owe their gorgeous looks to rhinoplasty surgery!

#1. Jennifer Aniston Had a Nose Job

Topping the list is perpetually youthful Jennifer Aniston.  In a 2007 interview with People Magazine, she admitted to having a nose job and said it was “the best thing I ever did”.

She coyly claimed it was for medical reasons. But if you look at her before and after pictures, there is no that doubt she likely would not have been cast as America’s sweetheart “Rachel” on the TV show Friends for 10 seasons without the dramatic change in her appearance.

#2. Lisa Kudrow Had a Nose Job

Speaking of Friends, Jen’s costar Lisa Kudrow also had a nose job – at the age of 16. In 2013 she told The Saturday Evening Post that her rhinoplasty was “life-altering”.

“I went from, in my mind, hideous to not hideous. I did it the summer before going to a new high school,” the actress known for playing beautiful, bewildered Phoebe stated.

#3. Kaley Cuoco Had a Nose Job

Big Bang Theory bombshell Kelly Cuoco played the heartbreaker across the hall that all the guys swooned over. She spoke candidly in a 2016 Women’s Health article, discussing her nose job and her breast augmentation surgery.

“Years ago, I had my nose done. And my boobs—best thing I ever did.” She went on “As much as you want to love your inner self… you also want to look good. I don’t think you should do it for a man or anyone else, but if it makes you feel confident, that’s amazing,” she told the magazine.

#4. Tyra Banks Had a Nose Job

The name Tyra Banks is synonymous with Super Model. In her 2018 memoir, Perfect Is Boring, she discussed having a nose job early in her supermodel career. She also told People Magazine about the decision to have rhinoplasty: “I admit it! Fake hair, and I did my nose. I feel I have a responsibility to tell the truth,” she said in the interview. “Fix it or flaunt it—I think women should be able to do both.”

#5. Jillian Michaels Had a Nose Job

Fitness Guru Jillian Michaels is another gorgeous celebrity who had a nose job. in a recent interview with People Magazine she said she had it done at age 16, after years of being bullied for having “a nose the size of a softball”. She is quick to acknowledge the rhinoplasty surgery made her feel more confident and changed her life.

#6. JLO Had a Nose Job

Wait! What? One of the most beautiful women in the world had a nose job? That’s right “Jenny from the Block” underwent rhinoplasty!

But, while younger women like Kelly Cuoco tend to be relaxed and upfront about plastic surgery, more mature “Gen X-ers” like 51-year-old Jennifer Lopez still tend to be a bit more coy. JLo says the nose job early in her career was just to correct breathing issues. But the before and after photos don’t lie!

#7. Cameron Diaz Had a Nose Job

Rounding out our list of gorgeous nose-job recipients is the stunning Cameron Diaz. While most people assume the “Charlie’s Angels” actress was born with her good looks, the truth is that she also has admitted to having had a nose job.

And, although she is another Gen X-er who claims the nose job was “purely medical” due to a surfing accident, the before and after photos show a smaller more refined nose post-surgery.  Which just goes to show that rhinoplasty surgery can remedy breathing problems and improve the appearance of one’s nose, all at the same time!

Top Nose Job Surgeon – Troy, MI Area

Every person’s nose is unique! The ideal nose for you will be vastly different than someone else’s. Your nose should fit your face, be in proportion to your other features, and reflect your family and ethnic heritage.

When considering nose job surgery, Troy, MI area board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali will evaluate your facial features and listen to your appearance goals. Then he will show you in advance – using Vectra 3D imaging – how any changes to your nose could enhance or affect your overall appearance. He will then work with you to customize a rhinoplasty plan that will help you look and feel like the very best version of yourself.

 Nose Job Consultation | Troy, MI Area: 248-335-7200

Nose Job Techniques: Open vs. Closed Rhinoplasty

The Difference Between Open & Closed Rhinoplasty 

Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali has performed hundreds of rhinoplasty surgeries – giving women and men the beautiful and natural looking noses that they love!

But, as with any surgery, an incision does have to be made during rhinoplasty – in order to access and modify the cartilage that shapes the nose. So, one of the primary concerns that Dr. Ali’s patients have is the degree of scarring they may experience after a nose job.

The type of surgical technique that is used to perform the rhinoplasty will determine where and what type of scarring may be possible. And, every person’s skin heals slightly differently.

However, in the hands of a skilled board certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Ali, the potential for visible, lasting scars is greatly reduced – while ensuring the most attractive and natural nasal contour. Additionally, modern advancements in surgical technology have made surgical procedures much less invasive – reducing the degree of scarring greatly.

In this article we explain the different types of rhinoplasty surgical techniques, the incisions involved, and the potential for any scarring.

Open vs. Closed Rhinoplasty

“Closed” rhinoplasty is a type of rhinoplasty in which all of the surgical incisions are hidden within the inside of the nostril. This technique is great, since it avoids a potentially visible scar. However, it also significantly reduces the surgical access area for the surgeon, which limits their ability to utilize many of today’s most effective rhinoplasty techniques.

“Open” rhinoplasty, uses a small (4mm) trans-columellar incision, to connect the right and left nostril incisions- which allows the nasal skin to be folded upward. This gives the surgeon much greater access to the nasal structure, enabling them to modify and/or strengthen the skeletal framework using more advanced and complex techniques.

Although the open rhinoplasty incision initially leaves a small visible scar, it is very tiny (4 mm) and it often fades completely in the months following surgery. And, in cases where substantial revisions of the nose are needed, the advantages in contouring gained by the open approach are well worth the limited risk of a tiny scar.

Endonasal Rhinoplasty: A Closed Nose Job

A closed rhinoplasty is also called endonasal rhinoplasty.  Parallel incisions encircle nearly half of the nostril lining, but no part of the incision is seen externally. But, because the right and left nostril incisions are disconnected, the entire operation must be conducted through narrow surgical openings which limits access visibility.

Also, because access to the nasal framework requires vigorous stretching of the skin, some distortion of the nasal cartilage is possible. In many cases the considerable challenges and technical limitations of endonasal rhinoplasty makes it an inferior choice – even though it avoids visible scaring.

External Rhinoplasty: An Open Nose Job

An open rhinoplasty is also called an external rhinoplasty.  The small bridging incision, (trans-columellar incision) offers the surgeon direct visibility of almost the entire nasal framework. There is no stretching, so distortion of the nasal cartilage is minimize. Most skilled plastic surgeons agree that the small visible columellar scar (which fades over time) is worth the improved accuracy and effectiveness of the open rhinoplasty approach.

For these same reasons, open rhinoplasty is also my preferred approach for primary (non-revision) rhinoplasty since it improves diagnostic accuracy and facilitates precision re-engineering of the misshapen nose. However, the technical demands of open rhinoplasty are rigorous, and substantial dedication and commitment to this approach are required to achieve consistently superior results.

Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty

For patients desiring only minor or subtle changes to their nose, a third non-surgical alternative is now available. Dr. Ali is also skilled in the injection of facial fillers to remedy small cosmetic issues in the nose, including smaller bumps, slight asymmetry, etc.

The advantage of a filler or “liquid” rhinoplasty is that there in no downtime or recovery period – other than some slight swelling that dissipates in a few days. And because there are ni incisions, there are no scars and no pain afterwards. However, unlike a nose job – which is permanent – non-surgical “liquid rhinoplasty” results typically last from a year to two years.

Birmingham’s Top Rhinoplasty Surgeon

In the expert hands of a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, the open rhinoplasty approach often offers technical advantages over closed rhinoplasty. And because the scar is so small and “beneath” the nose, it is not visible from most angles when looking at the face.

But for patients only requiring minor revisions or adjustments to the nose’s structure, closed rhinoplasty may be the best option. And for men and women who only desire minor revisions to the appearance of their nose, non-surgical liquid rhinoplasty with fillers can be an excellent alternative.

Birmingham area board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali has helped hundreds of women and men love their noses and improve their confidence with rhinoplasty surgery. Schedule a consultation and take the first step toward getting the nose you have always wanted – and look and feel like the best version of “you” that you can be!

Rhinoplasty Consultation | Top Birmingham, MI Plastic Surgeon: 248-335-7200

3D Imaging Helps You Decide if You Should Get Rhinoplasty

Vectra 3D Imaging Helps You Decide if You Should Get Rhinoplasty

AMAE Plastic Surgery is among the first and only aesthetic practices in the Detroit area to offer state-of-the-art Vectra 3D imaging for rhinoplasty surgery. This revolutionary imaging system provides a three-dimensional computerized image of the patient’s nose from any and every angle – so that Dr. Ali can show you your expected outcomes – before you undergo rhinoplasty surgery.

The Vectra 3D system even enables Dr. Ali to superimpose the expected results of your rhinoplasty surgery over your “pre-op” condition, as well as compare the “before and after” views side-by-side. And, in addition to showing the likely outcome of a single procedure, such as rhinoplasty, Dr. Ali can also display the results of combining multiple treatments!

By visualizing your potential outcomes in live 3D you and Dr. Ali will know in advance what to expect – so that together you can decide on the best possible treatment plan for your aesthetic goals.

What is Vectra 3D Imaging?

VECTRA 3D imaging is a system of digital cameras that takes photos of the patient’s treatment area from different angles to create a 3D picture. It only takes a few seconds to take the photos, and a couple minutes or two to process the pictures into a 3D representation on the computer.

The patient will be able to see a 3D image of their nose from ALL angles – even ones they have never seen before!

Dr. Ali can then manipulate the images to enhance, adjust, reduce, straighten or refine the nose right before your eyes – to show you what you can expect from rhinoplasty surgery.

Vectra 3D Imaging for Rhinoplasty

Dr. Ali is one of only a few doctors who uses the VECTRA 3D system as part of his consultation with you, so you know exactly what to expect from rhinoplasty surgery.

And VECTRA 3D imaging is 100% safe and non-invasive – it is not an Xray or CT scan, and it uses NO radiation.  It is simply a state-of-the-art high-tech system of digital cameras with revolutionary software – offering pre-surgery peace of mind and absolutely no risks.

What Does Vectra 3D Imaging “See”?

Dr. Ali is a Detroit area, board certified plastic surgeon who has performed thousands of rhinoplasty surgeries with spectacular results. You can see many of these amazing success stories in his Before and After Gallery HERE.

The Vectra 3D imaging system helps ensure a successful surgery by allowing both the plastic surgeon AND the patient to visual the many nuances of the nose, while providing precise measurement of the adjustments. Any “guesswork” about the results of rhinoplasty surgery is removed with Vetcra 3D imaging!

Rhinoplasty 3D Imaging | Detroit Area

Dr. Ali’s Detroit area patients find Vectra 3D very helpful to understand exactly what he is talking about before surgery – because they can see different outcomes in 3D projected on the screen before they decide to undergo rhinoplasty surgery.

In other words, Vectra 3D provides realistic visualization of the appearance of your nose before surgery – so you never have any regrets after the fact!

If you are considering rhinoplasty, you no longer have to leave your results to chance or guesswork. With Vectra 3D imaging you know what your results will be in advance – with no surprises or misunderstandings!

Schedule a consultation with skilled Detroit area board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali, and see what your rhinoplasty surgery results will look like with Vectra 3D today.