Help! I Have “Dog Ears” After Tummy Tuck Surgery

Tummy Tuck Dog Ear Revision Surgery

A tummy tuck can be a life changing operation – removing handfuls of unsightly belly fat while tightening the abdominal muscles and skin for the smooth, sexy “abs” you have always wanted! But when performed by an inexperienced surgeon – or when rare healing complications occur – the patient can be left with little flaps of skin on either side of the incision that are referred to as “dog ears.”

The good news is that “dog ears” are extremely rare after tummy tuck surgery when the procedure is performed by a skilled plastic surgeon like Dr. Ali at AMAE Plastic Surgery in Birmingham, MI. And even better news is that dog ears resulting from an inexperienced surgeon are usually easily corrected with a second, minor surgery.

What Causes “Dog Ears” After Tummy Tuck Surgery?

A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that involves removing excess skin and fat from the abdominal area – and in some cases also tightening the muscles of the abdominal wall. The goal of the procedure is to create a smoother, firmer, and more toned abdomen.

During a tummy tuck surgery, the surgeon will make an incision along the lower abdomen, typically just above the pubic area. The incision may extend from hip to hip, depending on the extent of the surgery. After the incision is made, the skin is separated from the abdominal muscles and excess skin is removed. The abdominal muscles may also be tightened during the procedure. The skin is then pulled down and the excess is trimmed away. The remaining skin is sutured (“stitched”) together to close the incision.

But, sometimes after a tummy tuck surgery, small “dog ears” or triangular-shaped excess skin may remain at the ends of the incision. These are called “dog ears” because they resemble the pointed ears of a dog.

Dog ears can occur when the skin is not evenly pulled or correctly sutured during the procedure by the plastic surgeon. However, they can also occur if the patient had a very significant amount of excess skin or if the patient has poor skin elasticity. Failure to follow post-surgical instructions for aftercare and healing can also result in dog ears – so it is essential to follow the plastic surgeon’s post-operative instructions.

Correcting “Dog Ears” After Tummy Tuck Surgery

Dog ears can usually be corrected by a simple surgical procedure called “dog ear correction surgery”. This procedure involves making a small incision near the dog ear and removing the excess skin. The incision is then closed with sutures (“stitches”).

Dog ear correction surgery is typically performed on an outpatient basis and does not require a hospital stay. It is usually done under local anesthesia, although some patients may choose to have it done under general anesthesia.

It’s important to note that dog ears are considered a normal part of the tummy tuck surgery process and can occur even in the hands of experienced surgeons. If you considering tummy tuck surgery and are concerned about the possibility of dog ears, discuss this with Dr. Ali at Dr. Ali at AMAE Plastic Surgery in Birmingham, MI before your procedure. He can provide you with more information about the likelihood of dog ears occurring in your unique situation and what can be done to minimize the risk.

Recovery After Dog Ear Tummy Tuck Surgery

Recovery after tummy tuck dog ear correction surgery will depend on the extent of the procedure and the individual patient’s healing process. In general, patients can expect some swelling, bruising, and discomfort following the surgery – but far less downtime and discomfort than after the tummy tuck surgery itself.

Most patients are able to return to work and other normal activities within a week. However, it’s important to follow the plastic surgeon’s instructions and avoid strenuous activities or heavy lifting for at least the first few weeks after the surgery. This will help ensure proper healing and prevent any complications.

It’s also important to keep the incision site clean and dry to prevent infection and use any special wound dressings or ointments that Dr. Ali gives you for the incision site.

The final results of the surgery may not be fully visible for several weeks while the swelling and bruising gradually resolve. The plastic surgeon will schedule follow-up appointments to monitor the healing process and ensure that the patient is recovering as expected.

Tummy Tuck Dog Ear Revision Surgery | Birmingham, MI

It’s important to remember that every patient is different and recovery after tummy tuck surgery is different for everyone.  It’s important to follow the plastic surgeon’s instructions and take good care of yourself after the surgery to ensure the best possible outcome – but in some unique cases dog ears are unavoidable after tummy tuck surgery.

However, if this occurs it is easily remedied by a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Ali at AMAE Plastic Surgery in Birmingham, MI. If you are considering tummy tuck surgery, schedule a consultation with Dr. Ali at AMAE Plastic Surgery in Birmingham, MI, and see how you can get the body you’ve always dreamed of!

3 Ways to Get Flat Abs (Without Working Out)

Lipo, CoolSculpting & Tummy Tucks for Firm, Flat Abs (Without Working Out)!

Always wanted flat abs – but tired of endless dieting and exercise without results? Oakland County plastic surgeon Dr. Ali offers three different ways to lose the fat, and get tight trim abs. And with easy financing options, you can get started right away with no money down.

Are you frustrated with putting in the work and not seeing results?  You’re not alone. Every year the number one resolution in America is to diet and exercise. Yet every year the vast majority of people give up their plans to improve their bodies, because it’s just too hard to get results.

But in most cases the lack of progress you are seeing is not your fault! How and where your body deposits fat is largely hereditary. And once your body has developed fat cells they will never completely go away. Weight loss can cause the fat cells to get smaller. However, all the exercise and diet in the world cannot remove them.

That is why many people experience stubborn fat that they can’t get rid of no matter what they eat (or don’t eat!) and how much they work out. The good news is that Dr. Ali offers three techniques that can get rid of the persistent fat: CoolSculpting, Liposuction & Tummy Tucks.

#1. CoolSculpting for Flat Abs

CoolSculpting uses a handheld applicator to apply cold temperatures to unwanted fat. Mild suction pulls the fat bulges into the applicator, where the fat cells are “frozen” or “crystalized”. This literally “kills” the fat cells. Then your body naturally eliminates the dead fat cells over time.

Once the fat cells are gone, they are gone for good! They never come back. And this is something that all of the diet and exercise in the world cannot accomplish. And because CoolSculpting is non-invasive and non-surgical there is absolutely no downtime!

Spring is the perfect time to consider CoolSculpting – because your results will begin to be visible by the time swimsuit season starts to roll around. It takes a little time for the body to eliminate the dead fat cells, so CoolSculpting results start to be visible after 2 to 4 weeks. It takes about 2 months for dramatic results and about 3 months to deliver more complete results . . . just in time to be bathing-suit ready by June!

#2. Liposuction for Flat Abs

Dr. Ali is also one of the most talented liposuction surgeons in Oakland County. Liposuction is a minimally-invasive surgical technique that removes excess fat deposits located between the skin and muscle. With liposuction, Dr. Ali literally “sculpts” the body’s contours by “sucking out” the stubborn pockets of fat cells that are resistant to exercise and dieting.

Liposuction can remove fat on your abs and ‘love handles’, as well as the thighs, hips, arms and even your face and chin! And, just like CoolSculpting, the fat cells removed by liposuction are permanently gone and will never come back.

Tumescent liposuction is newer generation liposuction procedure, which uses a “micro-cannula” (tiny tube) to suck out the fat – resulting in significantly less swelling, less discomfort, and less “downtime” than older liposuction techniques.

Liposuction shows results faster than other body sculpting procedures, because the fat cells are immediately removed from the body. However, lipo does have a little more downtime than CoolSculpting (which has none).  As the swelling goes down after the first week or two results begin to be visible. And after 4 to 6 weeks, more complete liposuction results become visible.

Because the fat has been “sucked out” (and doesn’t have to be eliminated by the body) the results are immediate – though only visible post-swelling.

#3. Tummy Tuck for Flat Abs

Liposuction and CoolSculpting are ideal for removing excess fat – but they do not remove excess skin or repair sagging muscles. A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that removes “flabby” loose skin, tightens and also tightens and/or repairs stretched-out, torn or splayed abdominal muscles.

A tummy tuck (also called abdominoplasty) is a much more invasive procedure than liposuction or CoolSculpting, and typically requires general anesthesia. An incision is made across the lower abdomen in order to remove excess skin and tighten the abdominal muscles. It is carefully placed within the ‘bikini line’ by Dr. Ali to make and scar the least visible as possible.

A tummy tuck does result in a longer recovery time and more intense discomfort than lipo or CoolSculpting. Most people should plan on a minimum of 10 to 14 days before returning to work, or normal activities. However, our Oakland County Tummy Tuck patients universally report that the amazing results of tummy tuck surgery are 100% worth the downtime and discomfort.

There are also a few variations to the tummy tuck procedure, depending on how much extra fat and loose skin you have to get rid of, and whether the abdominal muscles also need to be repaired. For example, a “mini” tummy tuck is less invasive and results in a much smaller scar than a “full” tummy tuck.

Oakland County CoolSculpting, Liposuction & Tummy Tuck Surgery

This year finally get the toned, trim abs you want once and for all, without crash diets and endless exercising.

Oakland County board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali has helped hundreds of women and men lose inches and get the toned, trim abs they have always wanted with CoolSculpting, Liposuction, or a Tummy Tuck surgery. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Ali, and he will take the time to help you decide which procedure is right for you!

Get Flat Abs with CoolSculpting, Lipo or Tummy Tuck: 248-335-7200

New Year, New You – with a Mommy Makeover!

Mommy Makeover: New Year, New You!

For most moms, the kids and everyone else comes first during the holidays. And while you love all of that family time, you’re probably a little exhausted! Now that the holiday hustle and bustle is over, the gifts are put away, and the kids are going back to school it’s time to do something FOR YOU – so why not consider a Mommy Makeover?

We know you wouldn’t trade being a mom for anything! But, many mom’s would like to trade-in their ‘mom-bod’ for a tight, toned , sexy new beach-bod. Well, now you CAN with a customized Mommy Makeover at AMAE Plastic Surgery & Med Spa.

What is a Mommy Makeover?

Having children drastically changes most women’s bodies. Lax stomach muscles, sagging abdominal skin, drooping breasts, and even a looser vagina are just a few of the unwanted “side effects” of childbirth. Not to mention the unwanted deposits of “baby weight” fat that won’t go away no – matter how much you diet or exercise.

But a Mommy Makeover is a custom combination of procedures that remedies any or all of these problems, and enables any Mommy to get her pre-baby body back – and love the way she looks!

A mommy makeover typically consists of three procedures: a tummy tuck; a breast lift and/or breast implants; and liposuction.  However, every Mom’s post pregnancy body changes are different – so we can customize a Mommy Makeover plan just for you with the exact procedures you need to get a body that looks as great (or even better!) than it did before pregnancy.

Mommy Makeover: Tummy Tuck

After pregnancy, excess skin in the belly area is often left. The stretching from carrying a child may cause the abdominal skin to lose its elasticity and not “bounce back” after delivery. Additionally, the abdominal muscles may also have become loose, stretched or even separated.

During the Mommy Makeover, a tummy tuck can pull the loose skin taut – and surgically tighten and repair abdominal muscles if necessary – to achieve a taught, flat stomach. In fact, many of our Detroit area patients report having the best “abs” of their life after a tummy tuck!

Mommy Makeover: Breast Lift and/or Implants

Many mothers, especially those who have breastfed, notice that their breasts lose volume and/or sag after pregnancy and breastfeeding. Women who have had multiple children typically notice an even more pronounced effect on breast size, shape and tone.

During a Mommy Makeover, a breast lift can decrease sagginess, giving women higher, firmer, ‘perkier’, more youthful breasts. If desired, breast implants can be used to add volume and firmness to replace breast tissue lost after childbirth – or simply to give you the larger, rounder breasts that you never had.

Mommy Makeover: Liposuction

Liposuction can permanently get rid of those stubborn areas of fat that you just can’t get rid of – no matter how much you diet or exercise. During a Mommy Makeover, liposuction is used to suck out fat and smooth, flatten, and contour the body – especially the midsection.

For women who have less fat to lose or who prefer to lose fat without surgery, we also offer CoolSculpting fat loss.

Mommy Makeover: Vaginal Rejuvenation

Due to pregnancy, hormone loss or the aging process, 40% of women will experience looseness in the vagina (laxity) that can result in a loss of sexual sensation. And, after menopause, up to 50% of women experience vaginal pain, dryness and irritation.

But an exciting new, non-invasive radiofrequency vaginal rejuvenation treatment called Viveve can remedy all of these problems with just one 30 minute treatment! Viveve™ is a state-of-the-art vaginal tightening procedure recently approved by the FDA for use in the United States. It is a one-time treatment that uses radiofrequency (CMRF) to rejuvenate vaginal tissue and muscles.

Because Viveve™ is a nonsurgical treatment, it is painless and there is no downtime. You can even return to your normal activities – including exercise and sexual intimacy – immediately following your appointment. Additionally, Viveve can help remodel a distended or wrinkled labia, for a more attractive vaginal area.

And, for women with more extreme vaginal laxity and/or labia distention, surgical options such as vaginoplasty and/or labiaplasty can be incorporated into your Mommy Make Over at AMAE in the Detroit area.

Detroit Area’s Best Mommy Makeover

Busy mothers love a Mommy Makeover, because it’s “one and done” – and the recovery time for multiple procedures is condensed into one single timeframe. With a Mommy Makeover at AMAE Plastic Surgery & Med Spa, Detroit area women CAN “have it all” with just a single appointment!

If you are a Mommy – or any woman – who would like to experience a “new you” in the New Year call today to schedule a Mommy Makeover Consultation.

Detroit Area Mommy Makeover Consultation: 248-335-7200

Tummy Tuck Surgery After Weight Loss or Liposuction

Tummy Tuck Surgery After Weight Loss

The past year of isolation during the pandemic has affected people’s weight in various ways. Many people gained 5 or more pounds – “the quarantine 15” – due to months of inactivity staying home and sitting on the couch. Others used the time away from work to run, work out, get in shape and lose weight. At AMAE Plastic Surgery and Med Spa we are seeing an increase in liposuction procedures, as a fast permanent and effective to lose the “Covid-19 fifteen”.

But, whether you lose weight through discipline and hard work, or through fast and affordable liposuction, many people are disappointed to find after a substantial weight loss, that they are left with excess, loose skin in the abdominal area. And, unfortunately, all of the exercise in the world will not tighten looses skin. Fortunately a very common and routine surgical procedure called a “tummy tuck” (abdominoplasty) can tighten your skin – so you can enjoy your newly thinner body!

And, for people with only moderately loose skin, and amazing new non-surgical skin tightening procedure called Profound® is also available.

Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali has helped hundreds of women in Birmingham, West Bloomfield, and across Oakland County and the Detroit area “get their abs back” after a large weight loss. In this article he discusses the pros and cons, and alternatives, of a tummy tuck after losing weight – and what to expect when you undergo this procedure.

Benefits of Tummy Tuck After Weight Loss

Losing a lot of weight is a significant achievement requiring a great deal of discipline, and you should be very proud of yourself! And it can be frustrating after all of that hard work to be left with excess skin, around your midsection, breasts, and arms.

This troublesome hanging skin that is left after weight loss is due to the skin’s inability to completely contract. For this reason many people take advantage of reconstructive plastic surgeries after major weight loss. A tummy tuck – and other body contouring plastic surgeries – are designed to remove excess skin and tighten the affected area.

After a tummy tuck, not only will your clothes fit and look better, but you will be able to engage in your favorite activities (including exercise, athletics and even sex) without feeling uncomfortable because of excess skin or excess flab!

When to Get a Tummy Tuck After Weight Loss

Typically it is recommended to be at or near your target weight before getting tummy tuck. If you plan to lose a considerable amount more weight, you should wait – as the skin may become lose all over again, and you may need touch up surgery.

You should also be confident that your large weight loss is a stable and permanent result of your new healthy lifestyle – and is not just the result of “yo-yo-ing”. For if you gain considerable weight it will likely thwart all of the results of your tummy tuck surgery.

Additionally, while tummy tucks are “routine” surgeries, they do come with risks – as does any surgical procedure. And patients with a lower BMI (body mass index), is much less likely to have surgical complications, such bleeding, infection, or abnormal lumps (seroma) or scars.

How a Tummy Tuck After Weight Loss Works

During a tummy tuck, you will be given general anesthetic to “knock you out” Then the plastic surgeon makes a horizontal incision, which will vary in size depending on how much skin you need removed, and whether muscle tightening is also being performed.

The skin is then pulled back, excess fat is removed, and the abdominal muscles are tightened (if necessary). The skin is then pulled down, the excess skin is removed, and a new hole for the navel may be created to naturally reposition your belly button.

The result is a tight stomach area, with no flabbiness or loose skin. And the scar will be low, and easily hidden by underwear or bathing suits. You can see the amazing results of tummy tucks surgeries that Dr. Ali has performed in our Before & After gallery.

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Tummy Tuck Surgery Alternative

Large amounts of excess, hanging skin can only be removed by tummy tuck surgery. However, for patients with only mild to moderate loose skin that hasn’t quite “snapped back” after liposuction or moderate weight loss, Profound® skin tightening provides an excellent, non-surgical alternative.

Profound is a groundbreaking new skin tightening technology that uses radiofrequency energy to regenerate the production of the three building blocks of young, healthy elastic skin: elastin, collagen and hyaluronic acid.

Choosing a Tummy Tuck Surgeon

While a tummy tuck is quite a “routine” surgery, it is in fact a serious surgical procedure which requires skill and expertise. For this reason, you should select a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Ali, who has the training and the extensive experience to deliver beautiful results.

Dr. Ali is not only a skilled surgeon, he also understands the aesthetic issues associated with reconstructive plastic surgery. He will hide or minimize as much as feasible any scarring, perfectly reposition your navel, and eliminate stretch marks as much as possible – for an attractive abdomen.

Tummy tuck surgery can be life changing when properly performed – giving you the body you have always dreamed of after your weight loss journey.

West Bloomfield Area’s Best Tummy Tuck Surgeon

West Bloomfield area board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali has helped hundreds of women “get great abs” after a large weight loss, with a Tummy Tuck. In fact, many men and women get the best abs of their life with firm taught skin and muscles! When you schedule a consultation with Dr. Ali, he will answer all of your questions – and help you decide if a Tummy Tuck is the right solution for your lose skin after your weight loss.

Tummy Tuck Consultation | West Bloomfield Area: 248-335-7200

Which Type of Tummy Tuck Surgery Do I Need?

Which Type of Tummy Tuck Surgery Do I Need?

There are several different types of tummy tuck procedures that can be performed by skilled Troy, MI area board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Ali. Surprisingly, this includes new minimally invasive surgeries, as well as a completely non-surgical radiofrequency “tummy tuck” treatment.

The type of tummy tuck that is best for you depends upon whether you only need to have abdominal skin tightened, “stomach” muscles tightened, belly fat removed, or any combination of these factors.

Board certified Troy, MI area plastic surgeon Dr. Ali will offer you a consultation to carefully assess your needs, before recommending a specific type tummy tuck to achieve your appearance goals. In the meantime, you can find your tummy issues below and see what “tummy tuck” procedure you may want to consider.

But, remember, only an experienced and knowledgeable plastic surgeon can help you select the best type of tummy tuck procedure for you.

Fat Loss Only: No Tummy Tuck Surgery Needed

If you only have belly fat to lose, but your skin is still youthful, tight and elastic, you may not need a tummy tuck at all! Dr. Ali offers liposuction that can remove

While liposuction is not strictly speaking a weight loss method, the procedure usually does result in weight loss as part of the process. For most patients there is a maximum fat extraction limit of 11 pounds with liposuction.

CoolSculpting is another advanced technology that can remove stubborn fat from the tummy, without surgery and with no downtime.

Moderate Skin Tightening Only: Non Surgical Profound Tummy Tuck

Dr. Ali is one of the few providers in the Troy, MI area to offer Profound, the new, non surgical state-of-the-art skin tightening procedure. Profound may achieve results equivalent to 37% of surgical skin tightening without incisions or surgery.

If you have moderate loose, lax stomach skin Profound may be a great tummy tuck alternative for you. And if you also have stubborn, excess belly fat Profound skin tightening can be performed in conjunction with minimally invasive liposuction or non-invasive CoolSculpting.

Keep in mind that Profound is not appropriate for patients who also have stretched or damaged abdominal muscles that require repair.

Moderate Skin Tightening: Mini-Tummy Tuck

A “mini-tummy tuck” (technically called a partial or modified abdominoplasty) is another procedure that removes excess skin and fat, but does not tighten muscles. A person is a candidate for a mini-tummy tuck if they do not need muscle tightening and the navel does not need to be repositioned.

While still a surgical procedure, a mini-tummy tuck will typically leave a much shorter scar than a full abdominoplasty or dermolipectomy. A mini tummy tuck also has a shorter recovery period than a “full” abdominoplasty surgery.

Muscle Tightening Only: Endoscopic Abdominoplasty Surgery

Some people require a tummy tuck as a result of stretched, torn or loose abdominal muscles – rather than due to excess skin. Pregnancy is the most common cause of stretched or damaged muscles in the “stomach” area.

Endoscopic abdominoplasty is another type of less invasive tummy tuck surgery. It may be ideal for you if you have weakened muscles of the lower abdomen (with or without excess belly fat) but still have fairly tight abdominal skin. Endoscopic tummy tuck does not tighten loose skin on the stomach area, so it is and is best for people who you have taut skin, but loose muscles and fascia.

This procedure is not as invasive as a “full” abdominoplasty surgery. During endoscopic tummy tuck surgery abdominal muscles are tightened with stitches using a small camera, and tiny surgical instruments that are inserted through tiny incisions.

Extreme Skin Laxity & Belly Button Repositioning: Dermolipectomy

During dermolipectomy surgery, excess skin and fat is surgically removed and the belly button is repositioned. However, there is no muscle tightening. Typically, a dermolipectomy is recommended for patients who have a higher degree of skin laxity than mini-tummy tuck candidates.

This type of tummy tuck is often ideal for patients who have large amounts of excess, sagging skin after a large weight loss, bariatric surgery or “stomach stapling”.

Extreme Laxity & Muscle Repair: Full Tummy Tuck Surgery (Abdominoplasty)

Full Abdominoplasty is the most invasive type of tummy tuck surgery. It is generally used on people who have both very lax muscles coupled with large amounts of excess loose, saggy skin.

During full tummy tuck surgery, a large incision is made and the skin and fat are loosened away from the abdominal muscles, and the fascia and rectus abdominus muscles are then tightened by stitching them together. Typically all of the skin and fat below the belly button is removed and the skin above the belly button is pulled down toward the pubic bone and stitched into place. Then the plastic surgeon typically creates a beautiful new belly button in the right location.

While this is the most invasive form of tummy tuck, it is also the most powerful. It is ideal for patients with a severely sagging belly due to both a large amount of excess skin as well as loose, torn or stretched stomach muscles.

Top Tummy Tuck Surgeon – Troy, MI Area

Renowned Troy, MI area board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali has helped hundreds of women and men in Birmingham, West Bloomfield, Troy and Southwest Michigan obtain the firm flat abdomen they have always desired with a Tummy Tuck. When you schedule a consultation with Dr. Ali, he will answer all of your questions – and help you decide which Tummy Tuck procedure will offer the most beautiful results in your unique situation.

Troy, MI Area Tummy Tuck Surgery: 248-335-7200

New: Tummy Tuck Alternative without Surgery!

New: Tummy Tuck Alternative without Surgery!

There’s no question that tummy tuck surgery is the most effective and powerful means of tightening a sagging belly. But many patients are reluctant to undergo a surgical procedure.

The good news is that AMAE Med Spa in the Troy, MI area now offers Profound – a revolutionary non-surgical skin tightening procedure that delivers tummy tuck type results without invasive surgery!

Renowned Troy, MI area board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali, has performed hundreds of surgical tummy tucks. In this article explains how Profound skin tightening offers a revolutionary alternative to tummy tuck surgery for some patients.

Why Consider an Alternative to Tummy Tuck Surgery

There are, in fact, many patients who simply can’t or won’t undergo tummy tuck surgery. Many people are reluctant to commit to surgery because they are unwilling or unable to take off the time necessary for recovery from invasive surgery.

Others may have underlying health issues that make elective surgery to risky. And, some people, simply do not want to incur the expense of tummy tuck surgery.

For these people, a non surgical tummy tuck alternative can be the solution. Additionally, some patients may only need mild to moderate abdominal skin tightening – and so would prefer a less invasive alternative to surgery.

Radiofrequency Tummy Tuck Alternative

Dr. Ali is proud to be one of the only plastic surgeons in the greater Troy, MI area to offer state-of-the-art Profound skin tightening. Innovative Profound technology combines radiofrequency energy with microneedling to tighten the skin on the belly on a deep cellular level.

Tiny microneedles penetrate the abdominal skin, emitting RF thermal energy at a precise depth. The microscopic wounds stimulate the body’s natural healing process, while the radiofrequency stimulates the production of elastin, collagen, and hyaluronic acid. The result is dramatically tightened and toned stomach area skin.

Tummy Tuck Results without Surgery

In clinical studies, Profound tightened skin in an astounding 100% of treated patients. And in controlled medical trials Profound skin tightening was shown to deliver an improvement in loose, lax skin equivalent to 37% of a surgical skin tightening.

Benefits of Profound Tummy Tuck Alternative

Traditional tummy tuck surgery requires general anesthetic (“putting under”), a large incision, as well as a recovery time of 2 to 4 weeks. And, while Dr. Ali is skilled at hiding tummy tuck scars, some scarring is inevitable with any surgery. Additionally, any time there is incisions, post-operative pain is unavoidable.

The Profound non-surgical skin tightening, however, utilizes the body’s own natural ability to restore and regenerate skin tone and texture – by re-accelerating the body’s own production of hyaluronic acid, elastin, and collagen. This means Profound is able tighten and tone the abdominal skin with no incisions – meaning that there are no scars and the patient does not have to be put under anesthetic.

There is also much shorter downtime with Profound than with tummy tuck surgery. Typically Profound patients can return to work or daily activities in 3 to 5 days.  And, best of all, Profound skin tightening costs much less than tummy tuck surgery.

Profound abdominal skin tightening only takes about 60 minutes, and delivers long-lasting results in just a single treatment! Profound abdominal skin tightening can also be offered along with noninvasive CoolSculpting or minimally invasive liposuction if belly skin doesn’t have enough elasticity to “snap back” after the fat loss.

It is important to remember though that Profound only delivers extraordinary skin tightening benefits, but it  does not repair torn or stretched  abdominal muscles. Only tummy surgery can repair damaged muscles that are causing a sagging belly.

Profound Tummy Tuck Alternative – Troy, MI Area

Just like tummy tuck surgery, Profound skin tightening can tighten and tone the abdomen. As long as the patient has good underlying abdominal muscle tone Profound may be a good alternative to tummy tuck surgery that eliminates the risks, scarring, costs and downtime of surgery.

If you live in the Troy, MI area, and are looking for an effective, affordable, non surgical alternative to a Tummy Tuck, schedule a consultation at AMAE Plastic Surgery today. Dr. Ali will assess your skin, answer all of your questions, and help you decide which stomach tightening procedure is right for you.

Troy, MI Area Tummy Tuck Consultation: 248-335-7200

Less Downtime with the Mini Tummy Tuck

The “Mini Tummy Tuck” – 

The results of tummy tuck surgery can be amazing – providing one’s abdominal area with a toned, firm appearance. Tummy tucks are especially popular among women after childbirth, but the effects of a tummy tuck can be reaped by anyone. A tummy tuck is also a great way to tighten up one’s physique after significant weight loss. But since the traditional tummy tuck surgery is relatively invasive, many patients ask if similar results be attained through something less invasive.

In this article, board certified Troy, MI area plastic surgeon Dr. Ali discusses what is known as the Mini Tummy Tuck: a procedure that provides comparable skin tightening results, while being less invasive than traditional tummy tuck surgery.

Traditional Tummy Tuck Surgery

To understand what makes the Mini Tummy Tuck so remarkable, we must first understand its traditional, more invasive predecessor. Tummy tuck surgery generally involves creating an incision in the abdomen area that runs all the way from one side to the other. This allows for the removal of excess skin. The abdominal skin is then pulled tight to create a smooth, toned stomach area.

In addition to removing and tightening loose skin, tummy tuck surgery may also include the removal of some unwanted fat. A traditional tummy tuck is also capable of repairing and restructuring the muscles of the treatment area, something especially beneficial from women whose abdominal muscles have separated following pregnancy.

At AMAE Plastic Surgery, we believe it is important for our patients to have an equal understanding of both the traditional tummy tuck surgery procedure as well as a Mini Tummy Tuck. While there are a number of similarities between the two, they are ultimately two very different procedures. Board certified Troy, MI area plastic surgeon will gladly help you determine which procedure is right for you during your consultation.

How a Mini Tummy Tuck Works

A full tummy tuck is performed to rejuvenate the entire upper and lower abdominal area. However, a Mini Tummy Tuck is performed to surgically tighten just the lower abdomen – through a less extensive procedure than a traditional tummy tuck. A Mini Tummy Tuck is ideal for correcting loose skin as well as stretch marks below the belly button. Patients at our Troy, MI area area plastic surgery practice regularly chose the Mini Tummy Tuck to get rid of what is sometimes called a “pouch” or “paunch” … that stubborn, saggy, lower belly.

During a Mini Tummy Tuck, loose abdominal muscles may be tightened through a single small incision, made just above the pubic mound. Then, after then removing any excess skin, the abdominal wall will be restored to a flat, smooth appearance. When completely healed, the scar from a Mini Tummy Tuck will be incredibly small, appearing as simply a thin, horizontal line, no longer than a few inches in length. So, any scarring is much smaller in a Mini Tummy Tuck.

While a great many people have left our Troy, MI area area practice thrilled with the results of their Mini Tummy Tuck, we must reiterate that the procedure is not right for everyone. The results of a Mini Tummy Tuck are not identical to traditional tummy tuck surgery. Excess skin, fat, or stretch marks located above the belly button cannot be treated with a Mini Tummy Tuck. Furthermore, as the name suggests, a Mini Tummy Tuck is capable of removing a much smaller amount of skin or fat than a full tummy tuck.

Benefits of a Mini Tummy Tuck

With that in mind, the less invasive nature of the Mini Tummy Tuck makes the procedure highly desirable among patients visiting our Troy, MI area facility. While offering a small size of incision, the Mini Tummy Tuck is capable of producing some truly impressive results. And when a patient chooses to include liposuction in their Mini Tummy Tuck treatment plan, select areas of unwanted fat can be removed as well!

A Mini Tummy Tuck takes less time to perform than full tummy tuck surgery, and is an all-around less invasive procedure. Mini Tummy Tuck patients also enjoy a shorter and easier period of recovery, in addition to the smaller scar. And since a Mini Tummy Tuck entails physically removing excess abdominal skin as well as fat, the results of the procedure are frequently much more pronounced than those of non-surgical treatments like CoolSculpting.

Mini Tummy Tuck – Troy, MI area

In addition to full traditional tummy tuck surgery and mini tummy tucks, we also offer several less invasive procedures for getting a flatter, toned tummy, including liposuction, CoolSculpting and amazing new Profound skin tightening.

To learn more about the Mini Tummy Tuck, or other tummy toning procedures, contact AMAE Plastic Surgery for a consultation. Then come and relax in our Troy, MI area office while we help you look and feel better than ever.

Mini Tummy Tuck – Troy, MI area: 248-335-7200

Body Sculpting vs. Tummy Tuck Surgery

How Tummy Tuck Surgery Compares to Body-Sculpting Treatments

With so many new body sculpting treatments on the market, many people assume that tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) is a thing of the past. But while body sculpting, such as Liposuction, Coolsculpting, and “laser lipo” are very beneficial in removing fat, they do have limitations when it comes to toning and tightening loose skin and stretched muscles.

In this article Macomb County board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali discusses the differences between CoolSculpting, liposuction and tummy tucks.

Fat Freezing & Laser Treatments Compared to Tummy Tuck Surgery

While non-invasive body sculpting treatments like Coolsculpting are popular and effective for fat loss, these treatments do not remedy sagging skin or stretched abdominal muscles. For patients who still have muscle tone and tight skin, these non-invasive procedures may be sufficient alone, as the average body sculpting treatment reduces fat by about 25 percent.

But while body sculpting treatments like CoolSculpting and “laser lipo” kill stubborn fat cells by freezing or heating them, these treatments don’t affect underlying muscle separation or hanging skin issues.  Patients who need substantial fat reduction, or who have excessive skin or muscle sagging will be much happier with tummy tuck surgery results, which specifically addresses these concerns.

Liposuction Compared to Tummy Tucks Surgery

By comparison, Liposuction can reduce a more significant amount of fat than non-invasive sculpting methods such as Coolsculpting. But, Liposuction also only removes fat, and doesn’t tighten loose tummy muscles or flabby skin like tummy tuck surgery will. In fact, after liposuction flabby skin may even be more pronounced.

However, combining liposuction with a tummy tuck can provide stellar results – removing fat while also creating a tight toned abdominal area.

Advantages of Tummy Tuck Surgery

Tummy tuck surgery is considered the gold standard when it comes to body contouring. Tummy tuck results are long-lasting and stable, which means there is usually no refresher or maintenance procedure required.  (The exception is pregnancy, which can un-do the tummy tuck surgical process because it stretches the rectus muscles and skin.)

Tummy tuck surgery however is a more invasive medical procedure that carries slightly higher risks and longer downtime than CoolSculpting of liposuction. When considering tummy tuck surgery it is essential to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr, Ali who has performed hundreds of tummy tuck surgeries in Oakland and Macomb County.

Tummy tucks, also are able to repair and tighten stretched or damaged abdominal muscles, which neither CoolSculpting nor Liposuction can accomplish.

Macomb County Body Sculpting & Tummy Tuck Surgery

While most people look to new non-invasive technology procedures first – due to their affordability and reduced downtime – they should speak with Macomb County plastic surgeon Dr. Ali before making a decision. Unlike many other Macomb County medical offices and med spas, Dr. Ali offers all three types of body sculpting procedures, including CoolSculpting, Liposuction and Tummy Tuck Surgery. He will help you determine which treatment will deliver the best results based on your individual concerns and desired outcomes.

Macomb County Body Sculpting & Tummy Tuck Surgery Consultation: 248-335-7200

Skin Removal & Tightening after Weight Loss

Skin Removal & Tightening after Weight Loss

Losing a large amount of weight is a phenomenal achievement! However, after losing so much weight, loose folds of skin can remain. This excess skin can cause heavy folds on the arms, thighs, breasts, buttocks, face, and abdomen. Thankfully, excess skin can be tightened or removed with surgery after weight loss. These surgeries include tummy tucks, or abdominoplasties; buttock augmentation (butt lift) surgeries; breast lifts; and arm lifts.

Skin removal surgery offers you a firmer, trimmer, toned body to complement your amazing weight loss achievement. Oakland County board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali provides many types of surgery that can tighten your skin after weight loss.

Tummy Tuck Surgery after Weight Loss

After weight loss, patients have rid themselves of fatty tissue, but are often left with excess skin around the abdomen, flanks and lower back. This skin is normally of a poor quality, since it has lost its elasticity. Unlike excess fat, which can be lost through dieting or removed with liposuction, excess skin needs to be surgically removed.

Abdominoplasty (or “tummy tuck”) will benefit those individuals who need skin removed from the front and sides of the abdomen – for firm, tight “abs” after weight loss.

The incision is typically made in areas that can be cover by underwear or bathing suits. However, since these incisions do need to be longer to remove the excess skin, going to a highly skilled board certified plastic surgeon is essential. Board certified Oakland County plastic surgeon Dr. Ali ensures the smallest and least visible scars possible, while removing and tightening excess skin after weight loss.

Breast Lift Surgery after Weight Loss

After weight loss, breasts can lose their perkiness, and sag or droop. A breast lift can remedy this problem . A breast lift can firm and reshape your breasts, restoring a youthful and attractive appearance. During a breast lift, excess skin and tissue is removed, and nipples can be repositioned by Oakland County plastic surgeon Dr. Ali.

Many female patients also get breast implants, in addition to breast lift surgery, to improve their breast shape, size and position after weight loss.

Arm Lift Skin Removal Surgery after Weight Loss

Another area that can be an issue after weight loss is hanging skin in the upper arms, sometimes referred to as “bat wings”. During an arm lift, loose skin is removed with an incision along the underside of the upper arm by Oakland County plastic surgeon Dr. Ali.

Other surgical skin removal options include a back lift or bra line lift. During a back or bra line lift, excess skin is removed through incisions around the bra line. This leaves the patient with a firm and smooth upper back, and no loose or hanging skin.

Best Skin Removal Surgery after Weight Loss – Oakland County

Sagging skin can hinder your confidence and interfere with your enjoyment of life after your weight loss success. But skin removal and tightening surgery can be the next step to allow you to fully enjoy the benefits of weight loss. Board certified Oakland County plastic surgeon Dr. Ali can perform skin removal and tightening surgery after your weight loss can help restore your firm and toned skin – leaving you with the contours you worked so hard for during your weight loss!

Oakland County Skin Removal & Tightening Consultation:  248-335-7200

Tummy Tucks Part 1: What You Need to Know

Tummy Tucks from Start to Finish
Part 1: What You Need to Know About Tummy Tucks

A tummy tuck – medically called abdominoplasty – is a common and safe surgery performed by a board certified plastic surgeon to flatten, tighten and tone the abdominal area.

Board certified Macomb County plastic surgeon Dr. Ali has given hundreds of women and men the flat firm abs they desire with tummy tuck surgery. In this 4 part series Dr. Ali explains tummy tuck surgery from start to finish – and breaks down everything you’ve ever wanted to know about a tummy tuck, including whether a noninvasive body sculpting can give you the same results.

What Is a Tummy Tuck?

A “tummy tuck” tightens and reshapes the abdominal muscles and removes excess skin, giving your abdominal area a more pleasing, slimmer overall appearance. As a bonus, a tummy tuck can also take care of excess fat. However, the primary focus for the procedure focuses on the skin and the muscle.

During a tummy tuck, the abdominal muscles are tightened, and excess sagging skin is removed. This leaves you with a flatter and better toned midsection, and corrects a protruding belly.

The skin is rather like elastic. Once it becomes too loose, it doesn’t spring back like it used to, leaving you with loose, sagging skin. No matter how much you exercise, and no matter how much weight you lose, that loose skin will not become taut again.

And then there’s the muscles. Normally, there is a little separation of perhaps a half inch or so between both sides of your “six pack” (technically known as the rectus muscle). As you age, due to certain lifestyle factors (pregnancy, lack of exercise, or weight gain/loss), the separation grows larger, and it loses its ability to “hold you in.” Unfortunately, once these muscles have spread apart, surgery is the only way to tighten them. A tummy tuck acts like an internal corset, and brings the muscle edges together, allowing them to pull your belly in.

Candidates for a Tummy Tuck

The decision to have any cosmetic procedure is very personal, and there are many reasons people decide to have tummy tucks. Some have had success losing weight with diet and exercise, but their abdomens still lack tone and protrude. Others wish to get rid of the excess skin that hangs around their belly after weight loss. Many women experience stretched out abdominal muscles and skin following pregnancy. And some people have bellies that “stick out” even though they are otherwise in good shape. A tummy tuck can help in any of these situations, resulting in a firmer, flatter abdomen.

Not everyone is an ideal tummy tuck candidate, however. The best candidates are in good health, at or near their ideal body weight, non-smokers, and have realistic expectations about what the tummy tuck can, and can’t do.

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Troy, MI area Tummy Tuck Surgeon

Troy, MI area board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali has helped hundreds of women and men get the body they love with tummy tuck surgery.  In fact, many men and women get the best abs of their life after a tummy tuck – with firm, tight skin and muscles!

When you schedule a consultation with Troy, MI area surgeon Dr. Ali, he will answer all of your questions – and help you decide if a Tummy Tuck is the right solution for your appearance goals.

Troy, MI area Tummy Tuck Consultation: 248-335-7200