Semaglutide Weight Loss Shots: Frequently Asked Questions

Semaglutide Weight Loss Injection FAQs

It seems like everyone is talking about Ozempic and Wegovy – the new “miracle” weight loss drugs! And Dr. Ali at AMAE Med Spa is one of the first medical providers in Birmingham, MI to offer this revolutionary new weight loss drug.

In this article the weight loss experts at AMAE Plastic Surgery & Med Spa in Birmingham, MI answer our patients most frequently asked questions about semaglutide weight loss injections (“shots”).

What is semaglutide and how does it work for weight loss?

Semaglutide is a medication that belongs to a class of drugs called GLP-1 receptor agonists. It works by mimicking the effects of a naturally occurring hormone called glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1), which helps to regulate blood sugar levels and promote feelings of fullness.

By activating GLP-1 receptors in the brain, semaglutide can help to reduce appetite and promote weight loss. Both Ozempic and Wegovy are brands of semaglutide. Learn More About their Differences HERE.

How effective are semaglutide shots for weight loss?

Clinical studies have shown that semaglutide can help to produce significant weight loss in overweight and obese individuals. In randomized controlled trial, participants who took semaglutide lost an average of 15% to 20 % of their body weight over 68 weeks, compared to an average of 2.4% weight loss in those who received a placebo.

What is the recommended dosage of semaglutide for weight loss?

The recommended starting dose of semaglutide for weight loss is typically 0.25 mg once a week for the first four weeks, followed by an increase to 0.5 mg once a week. Some patients, however, may benefit from an increased dose of 1 mg once a week.

The typical dosage strengths of Ozempic and Wegovy are also different. The recommended dosage of Ozempic for diabetes is 0.5 mg or 1 mg once a week, while the recommended dosage of Wegovy for weight management is 2.4 mg once a week. Thus, Ozempic is available in 0.5 mg and 1 mg pens, while Wegovy is available in a single 2.4 mg pen.

Like any medication, only a qualified physician like board-certified Dr. Ali in Birmingham, MI can determine the optimal dosage for your weight loss needs.

How long do I need to take semaglutide for weight loss?

The duration of semaglutide treatment for weight loss will depend on your individual needs and goals. In clinical trials, treatment typically lasted for 68 weeks, but some patients may continue treatment for longer periods of time.

Patients with less weight to lose, or who are more disciplined about combining semaglutide with a healthy diet and exercise may reach their target weight even sooner!

What are the side effects of semaglutide shots?

Because semaglutide mimics the body’s natural substances, replicating a hormone that the body produces naturally, it is generally considered quite safe and well tolerated – when prescribed by a qualified physician like board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali in Birmingham, MI.

The most common side effects of semaglutide for weight loss include nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, and constipation. Other possible side effects include abdominal pain, decreased appetite, headache, and fatigue.

These side effects typically subside over time, as the patient’s body becomes used to the medication and they learn the routine of the new reduced fat and caloric intake.

Can semaglutide be used in combination with other weight loss medications?

Most patients who take Ozempic, Wegovy, or another semaglutide find that they do not need additional weight management meds.

However, semaglutide should not be used in combination with other GLP-1 receptor agonists or medications that increase GLP-1 receptor activity. It may be used in combination with other weight loss medications, but the safety and efficacy of such combinations have not been studied.

Any medications you are or wish to take at the same time as semaglutide should be discussed with a qualified physician like board-certified Dr. Ali in Birmingham, MI.

Can semaglutide be used by people with diabetes?

Semaglutide is also approved for the treatment of type 2 diabetes, so it can be used by people with both obesity and type 2 diabetes. The safety and efficacy for use by type 1 diabetics has not been studied yet.

How is semaglutide administered?

Semaglutide is administered as a subcutaneous injection – “shot” – which is typically given in the abdomen or thigh once a week.

How much weight can I expect to lose with semaglutide?

Weight loss results will vary from person to person, but clinical studies have shown that semaglutide can help to produce significant weight loss in overweight and obese individuals.

In clinical trials for Ozempic, participants lost an average of 13.5 pounds over 26 weeks when used in combination with moderate diet and exercise. In a 68-week study, participants taking Ozempic lost up to 20% of their body weight and those on Wegovy lost an average of 16.0% of their initial body weight, compared to 5.7% for those taking a placebo.

Can I take semaglutide if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

There is limited information available about the safety of semaglutide during pregnancy or breastfeeding. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should generally refrain from taking semaglutide for weight loss. However, if semaglutide (Ozempic) is being prescribed for type 2 (or gestational) diabetes, it should be discussed with your Obstetrician or endocrinologist.

Who is a good candidate for semaglutide?

Semaglutide is recommended for adults who have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 kg/m² or greater, or for those with a BMI of 27 kg/m² or greater and at least one weight-related health condition such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, or high cholesterol. Semaglutide is also recommended for those who have tried to lose weight through diet and exercise but have been unsuccessful. (Note: individuals who have a history of pancreatitis or thyroid cancer should not use semaglutide. It is important to talk to your healthcare provider to determine if semaglutide is a good option for you.)

In Stock Semaglutide Prescriptions | Birmingham, MI

Today semaglutide is recognized as one of the most effective, safe, and promising weight loss medications available – when prescribed and monitored by a qualified physician like board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali in Birmingham, MI.

If you have been struggling to get rid of stubborn body fat – and want to finally get the trim, thin body you’ve always dreamed of – semaglutide may be the key to your weight loss success. Schedule an appointment at AMAE Plastic Surgery in Birmingham, MI to discuss your weight loss goals and see if semaglutide is right for you!

Semaglutide Weight Loss Prescriptions | Birmingham, MI: 248-335-7200

Tummy Tucks for Black / African American Women

Tummy Tucks for Black / African American Women

Tummy tuck surgery – medically called an “abdominoplasty” – is a common plastic surgery procedure that removes belly fat, tightens loose flabby skin, and repairs stretched or torn abdominal muscles. Many women of all shapes and sizes choose to undergo a tummy tuck following pregnancy to restore their pre-baby figures. Similarly, both men and women turn to tummy tucks to get rid of loose belly skin after they’ve lost a significant amount of weight.

But while tummy tucks give people of all races and sizes a flattened and toned abdomen, there are some important differences in tummy tuck goals and procedures for women of different ethnic backgrounds.

Tummy Tucks & African American Beauty

African American women often differ from Caucasian or Asian women in their goals for a tummy tuck. If you are a Black women, it is important to find a tummy tuck surgeon who understands your own unique cultural ideal for beauty.

Black women have long celebrated their curves – recognizing the beauty of the natural feminine shape. For many Black tummy tuck patients, the emphasis is on a curvaceous feminine shape.

Dr. Ali believes that a tummy tuck – as well as liposuction or any other “body sculpting” technique – should accentuates a woman’s curves. These procedures can give you a toned and sleek body – with the right proportions for your frame – without sacrificing your personal or cultural identity.

For most African American woman, an unrealistic stick-figure body is NOT the goal. The ideal shape may be anywhere from slim and trim Halle Berry to ultra-curvy Tyra Banks – but nobody wants to look like an emaciated Kate Moss-type skeleton!

In the hands of a skilled plastic surgeon like Dr. Ali, tummy tuck surgery makes it possible to achieve a flat tummy, while leaving the curves in place.

Tummy Tucks & African American Skin

Tummy tucks, like any surgery, involved incisions. And, because African American skin is somewhat more prone to scarring and developing dark spots, it is important to select a tummy tuck surgeon who understands Black skin.

Just like Black hair, Black skin has a different texture – so make sure you select a plastic surgeon like Dr. Ali who understands and has experience working with Black skin texture.

Dr. Ali takes specific steps when performing tummy tucks on African-American patients to help reduce the chances of poor quality scars. Although keloid scarring is generally less common than people realize – Dr. Ali will carefully evaluated your skin and your medical history to make sure a tummy tuck is right for you. In some cases Dr. Ali can even utilize internal sutures – and/or surgical glue instead of stitches – to help prevent the formation of scars.

Detroit’s Best Tummy Tuck Surgeon for Black Women

Detroit area board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali has helped hundreds of women and men of all shapes, sizes & ethnicities obtain the firm flat abdomen they have always desired with tummy tuck surgery.

Dr. Ali always puts special focus on the unique desires of his patients. He uses the latest techniques and technologies – as well as artistic application and an understanding of your personal and cultural beauty ideals – when performing liposuction.

Call Dr. Ali for a consultation in our Detroit area Med Spa and plastic surgery office – to be the very best version of yourself!

Detroit Area Tummy Tuck Consultation: 248-335-7200

The Perfect Mothers Day Gift: Cosmetic Surgery Gift Certificates

4 Cosmetic Surgery Mothers Days Gifts for Mom
Mother’s Day is Sunday May 9th!

Mom does so much for everybody! But coming up with a gift that will surprise, delight and show her how much she means can be a daunting task! So we’ve got some suggestions for the perfect Mother’s Day gift that keeps on giving all year round! And with a Cosmetic Surgery Gift Card there’s no size or color to pick, and no need to have to go to a store or the mall!

You can give any one of the Mother’s Day gifts on this list with a Cosmetic Surgery Gift Certificate from our prestigious Detroit area plastic surgery office – and know that your Mom or wife will be completely thrilled, because she can choose the aesthetic procedures she wants!

Give Her the Body She’s Always Wanted with Cosmetic Surgery

What if you could give Mom the body she’s always wanted this Mother’s Day? And we are definitely NOT talking about a new piece of exercise equipment (like the infamous Peloton commercial)! We offer several body enhancement and fat loss treatments at our Detroit area cosmetic surgery office.

1. Give Mom Coolsculpting for Mother’s Day

Does Mom complain about her mid-section, her love handles, or maybe her thighs or hips? No matter what her “problem areas” Coolsculpting offers non-surgical fat loss – with no downtime!

CoolSculpting is a completely non-invasive, non-surgical fat-removal procedure. A handheld applicator applies cold temperatures to the unwanted fat. This applicator “freezes” or “crystalizes” the fat cells, and the body then naturally eliminates them. CoolSculpting can remove fat and inches from the waist, abs, thighs, hips, “love handles” – and almost anywhere else on the body, even a “double chin”.

A gift certificate for CoolSculpting is something almost any woman would love, to get rid of the stubborn fat pockets she hates.

2. Give Her Liposuction for Mother’s Day

Another fat loss procedure she would love to get (instead of another bouquet of roses) is tumescent liposuction. We can remove fat from almost any area of the body, including the face, neck, chin, belly, hips, buttocks, thighs, back, arms, calves, ankles and even knees.

Liposuction is ideal for stubborn pockets of fat almost anywhere on the body that simply do not respond to exercise or dieting. Usually this type of fat is hereditary to some degree, and the only way to permanently remove it is with liposuction.

While this minimally invasive surgical procedure requires local anesthetic, the results are almost immediate. So she can get the liposuction in January and be bikini-ready for a February beach getaway.

Can’t decide between liposuction and CoolSculpting? No problem! A gift certificate from our Detroit area cosmetic surgery office enables Mom to choose the procedure SHE wants.

3. Give Her a Breast Augmentation for Valentine’s Day

If you really want to GO BIG for Mother’s Day (and SHE does too), then consider a Gift Certificate for breast augmentation at our Detroit area Medical Office and Med Spa.

We know you love Mom just the way she is! But perhaps your wife or mother has always been a bit self conscious about the size, shape or placement of her breasts. Breast enhancement surgery can give her the bustline she’s always wanted.

After the toll that pregnancy, nursing, weight fluctuations and all that maternal worry has taken on Mom, a gift certificate for breast implants can get her started on a journey to loving the way she looks.

4. Give Your Wife Better Sex with Vaginal Rejuvenation

Perhaps your kids are grown – and now it’s time for you and your wife to enjoy some intimate “me time.” Give the mother of your kids (AND yourself) the gift of better sex and improved intimacy this Mother’s Day with a gift certificate for vaginal rejuvenation.

Sadly, childbirth, aging and post-menopausal hormone decrease all take their toll on a woman’s vagina. The vaginal lining can become looser, lax (lacking in tone), dry, and less sensitive. This results in painful sex for the woman and less sensation and less satisfaction for both partners.

But the fantastic news is that a one-time, non-surgical vaginal treatment can “turn back the clock” on female intimacy problems. Radiofrequency “vaginal rejuvenation” restore tightness, elasticity, lubrication and sensation to the vagina – in just one treatment, without surgery and without hormones!

Wouldn’t she (and you) like to get better sex for Mother’s Day?

Detroit Area Cosmetic Surgery Gift Certificates

Many women hesitate to spend money on themselves. So a gift certificate lets her focus on HERSELF for a change. After opening her Cosmetic Surgery gift certificate, she can schedule a consultation at our Detroit area Med Spa in Birmingham to discuss the procedures she wants. We will help her decide what treatments are right to achieve her appearance goals, and she’ll be thanking you now and for years to come.

This year give her the gift that keeps on giving with a cosmetic surgery gift certificate for services from renowned Detroit area cosmetic surgeon Dr. Ali.

Call for a Detroit Area Cosmetic Surgery Gift Certificate: 248-335-7200

Female Hormone Replacement FAQs

Female Hormone Replacement
Frequently Asked Questions – 

When we are feeling good and going about our normal activities, we don’t stop consider that our hormones are “in balance” and performing as they should. And when we experience low energy, loss of interest in sex, hair loss, fatigue and other symptoms of being unwell, we also don’t stop to think that a female hormone imbalance may be to blame.

But the reality is that hormones govern almost every aspect of a woman’s health. And when hormones are out of balance, a wide variety of health problems may manifest themselves.

The good news is that recent advancements in the field of women’s hormone replacement therapy, enable us to  restore the female hormone balance with long-lasting, subdermal hormone pellets available at AMAE Plastic Surgery in the Troy, MI area.

What Causes Female Hormone Imbalance?

A wide variety of factors that can cause an imbalance in a woman’s hormones. The most common are  perimenopause, menopause, and post menopause hormonal decline. However, women who have undergone a hysterectomy, or who suffer from thyroid conditions, may also suffer hormone decline.

Hereditary factors, stress, environmental influences and other medical conditions cam also cause a woman’s hormones to be out of balance.

What are the Symptoms of Female Hormone Imbalance?

The side effects and symptoms of female hormone imbalance are many and varied.

Physical symptoms of female hormone imbalance may include:

  • Thinning hair
  • Skin pigmentation or dark spots
  • Weight gain
  • Hot flashes and/or night sweats
  • Acne
  • Hair growth on the arms or face
  • Low of energy
  • Vaginal pain or dryness,
  • Loss of interest in sex
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Unstable blood sugar
  • Low blood pressure
  • Thinning or dry skin
  • Ovarian cysts, infertility, miscarriages

Symptoms of female hormone imbalance may also be mental or emotional and can include: lack of mental clarity (“fogginess”), low libido, anxiety, and depression.

What is the Best Way to Treat Female Hormone Imbalance?

At AMAE Plastic Surgery in the Troy, MI area we offer a breakthrough method of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) in the form of under-the-skin pellets that last several months. This incredible new hormone replacement treatment is customized for each patient and takes only minutes to complete.

Each woman’s blood is analyzed to identify her unique and individual hormone levels and imbalances. Then Dr. Ali inserts a customized hormone replacement pellet – smaller than a grain of rice – beneath the skin.

After about a week to 10 days, patients will start to experience relief from the unpleasant symptoms of their female hormone imbalance.

Why are Female Hormone Replacement Pellets Better?

Unlike other forms of women’s hormone replacement therapy, after the BioTe pellet has been inserted, patients do not have to anything else for up to 5 month. The time-released pellets keep the hormone levels steady and consistent.

BHRT pills require that patients remember to take daily medication every single day. And, hormone therapy creams or gels are messy and wear off in hours. But BioTe pellets keep working around the clock – with no pills to remember and no mess.

Additionally, BioTe female hormone replacement pellets are 100% natural “bioidentical” hormones – and not synthetic like some other forms of hormone replacement therapy. In clinical studies bioidentical hormones like BioTe peletts were shown to be more effective than synthetic hormones. Additionally, researchers noted that taking synthetic forms of certain female hormones posed a greater risk of cancer, while bioidentical hormones reduced the risk of cancer.

Female Hormone Imbalance Treatment – Troy, MI Area

At AMAE Plastic Surgery  in the Troy, MI area, we want all women to feel their absolute best – regardless of age. Thanks to BioTe 100% natural women’s hormone replacement pellets, almost every woman can live life with energy, vitality and health.

If you are in the Troy, MI area and have any of the signs or symptoms of female hormone imbalance, contact AMAE Plastic Surgery in the Troy, MI area today for a consultation and blood test.

Female Hormone Replacement Pellets – Troy, MI Area: 248.335.7200



Get Thinner Arms with CoolSculpting

Get Thinner Arms with CoolSculpting – 

Unfortunately unsightly “arm fat” is an extremely common problem for women – that usually just doesn’t respond to diet or exercise. Unsightly arm fat can be influenced by hereditary, weight gain, and even hormone decline and aging. But whatever the cause, having fat arms can make you uncomfortable in tank tops or sleeveless dresses, and undermine your self-confidence when it comes to bearing your arms during warm weather.

The good news is that you CAN get rid of arm fat – painlessly and without surgery, diet or exercise, with CoolSculpting at AMAE in the Troy, MI area. In fact, CoolSculpting the #1 non-invasive procedure in the world for permanently reducing arm fat!

In this article renowned Troy, MI area plastic surgeon Dr. Ali answers patients’ frequently asked questions about CoolSculpting for arm fat.

Is CoolSculpting Safe for Getting Rid of Arm Fat?

CoolSculpting has been FDA approved to reduce fat on the abdomen, love handles, back, and inner and outer thighs since 2009.  Then, after almost a decade of use, CoolSculpting was FDA cleared as safe and effective for upper arm fat reduction in November of 2018.

And, because CoolSculpting is non-surgical and non-invasive, there is no pain, no incisions, no anesthetic, and no risk of infections or complications – making it one of the safest fat loss treatments available today.

Is CoolSculpting Effective for Getting Rid of Arm Fat?

CoolSculpting is clinically proven to reduce fat in the arms by approximately 25% with each treatment – helping countless women feel more confident in their clothes again.

The CoolSculpting treatment device now has a variety of different “applicators”.  These varying sizes and shapes are used to treat different areas of the body – with newer, smaller applicators being ideally contoured to reach and treat pockets of fat on the upper arms with ease.  Using these newer, smaller applicators, we can fully treat all upper arm fat all the way down to the elbow.

In fact, creating beautiful slender arms is one of our favorite and most popular uses of CoolSculpting, because the results are so life-changing for many women. Imagine finally being comfortable baring your arms in any type of bathing, lingerie, dress, or sleeveless top!

How Many CoolSculpting Treatments Are Needed For Arm Fat?

Some people only need a single CoolSculpting treatment on their arms to get the fat reduction they desire.  Others with a greater amount of arm fat to lose may need more than one treatment.

A single CoolSculpting treatment will typically reduce the fat layer thickness in the arms by 20-25% in just 3 months.  And, additional treatments will produce even more fat reduction in the upper arms.

Will CoolSculpting Tighten the Skin on My Arms?

CoolSculpting has some mild, but not dramatic skin tightening effects. It is best for patients with only mild to moderate skin laxity.  However, at AMAE in the Troy, MI area also offer state-of-the-art new Profound skin tightening that can be used in conjunction with CoolSculpting to tighten and tone loose, lax arm skin.

During your consultation in our Troy, MI area office with a certified CoolSculpting provider we will help you determine if CoolSculpting or CoolSculpting + Profound is right for you. Renowned Troy, MI area plastic surgeon Dr. Ali also offers arm lift surgery as an alternative for individuals with excessive degrees of loose or flabby arm skin.

CoolSculpting – Troy, MI Area

Schedule a consultation at AMAE with renowned Troy, Mi area plastic surgeon Dr. Ali. He will help you determine if CoolSculpting – or one of our other state-of-the-art treatments is the best procedure(s) for you to get thinner arms and tighter arm skin. Then a custom treatment plan will be put in place so you can get the arms you love – and wear the clothes you want – with confidence!

CoolSculpting Consultation: Troy, MI Area: 248-335-7200

How Profound Builds Smoother, Tighter Skin

Profound Builds Elastin & Collagen for Smoother, Tighter Skin

Within our skin, two proteins work together to provide us with smooth, elastic skin: collagen and elastin. Collagen is responsible for the skin’s structure; keeping it smooth and firm. Elastin, on the other hand, is responsible for elasticity. But as we grow older, our bodies’ levels of collagen and elastin decrease, leaving us with wrinkles, lines, and sagging, loose skin.

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to obtain tighter skin, regardless of a person’s age? At AMAE Med Spa in Troy, MI area, such a solution is now a reality!

In 2020 we have added the newly released Profound radiofrequency microneedling treatment. This remarkable procedure has been clinically proven to both stimulate the production of collagen and build elastin. With Profound RF microneedling, patients can expect tighter skin than they’ve had in many years.

In this article, board certified Troy, MI area plastic surgeon Dr. Ali discusses why Profound RF microneedling is ideal for anyone wishing for youthful, smoother, tighter skin.

How Does Elastin Build Tighter Skin?

By coiling in a spring-like fashion within the connective tissues of the body, elastin is responsible for providing the body’s tissue with elasticity. Without elastin, organs such as the heart, lungs, skin, and many others would be incapable of maintaining their shape after being stretched or contracted.

By the time we reach our mid 20’s, our body’s elastin begins to break down and lose its ability to recoil. This is why we have tighter skin earlier in life than we do as we age. Generally, the body stops producing elastin by the time we finish puberty.

In order for the body to build new elastin required for tighter skin, the skin must first be subjected to just the right amount of damage. By breaking down old, worn out elastin, the skin’s healing processes trigger more elastin to be produced.

Heating the skin is an excellent way to produce the kind of “damage” needed to kickstart the healing process, which is precisely why Profound microneedling is performed with radiofrequency energy.

How Does Collagen Build Tighter Skin?

Of the many proteins contained within the body, collagen is the most plentiful. Responsible for holding together every single part of the body, collagen sometimes referred to as the glue of the human body.

But despite its critical roll in our anatomy, the body’s production of collagen begins to slow down significantly. Statistically speaking, by the time we reach 25, our bodies begin to break down more collagen than we produce. With collagen and elastin both significantly diminished by this point in our lives, it is no wonder Profound microneedling has become so popular among our Troy, MI area patients.

Certain steps may be taken, however, to avoid putting unnecessary strain on these crucial proteins. If you’re in your mid 20s and your aim is to have tighter skin than your peers for years to come, start by cutting two things out of your routine: smoking and sun exposure. Both tobacco smoke and ultraviolet like are highly degrative to both collagen and elastin, and can cause skin to wrinkle and sag from an early age.

But for anyone in the Troy, MI area area who is interested in restoring their skin’s collagen and elastin levels, we offer a groundbreaking solution in Profound RF microneedling. With Profound, patients are afforded tighter skin with the smooth, youthful complexion that only radiofrequency energy can achieve.

How Profound Builds Collagen & Elastin for Tighter Skin

By carefully applying RF-generated heat energy to the elastin and collagen of the skin, Profound stimulates the creation of the proteins required for tighter skin.

Board certified Troy, MI area plastic surgeon Dr. Ali performs the Profound treatment by inserting microneedle electrodes into the fat’s subcutaneous layer, distributing RF energy and triggering the natural healing process required to produce elastin and collagen.

Additionally, Profound microneedling also stimulates the production of hyaluronic acid, another substance produced by the body to yield smoother, tighter skin.

Profound for Tighter Skin – Troy, MI area

If you’re ready to restore the collagen and elastin needed for tighter skin, look no further than AMAE Plastic Surgery and Med Spa in Troy, MI area.

With Profound RF Skin Tightening, patients are able to turn back the clock and look healthier and more youthful than ever before. Contact us today for a consultation.

Profound for Tighter Skin – Troy, MI area: 248-335-7200

Non-Surgical Tummy Tuck Alternatives

Non-Surgical Tummy Tuck Alternatives – 

Tummy tucks, while very effective, can sometimes be cost prohibitive for patients – and can subject the patient to significant downtime. But thanks to remarkable advancements of aesthetic technology, a wide range of treatment options now exist as non-surgical tummy tuck alternatives. And, fortunately for anyone in the Troy, MI area area, we offer the best tummy tuck alternatives at AMAE Plastic Surgery and Med Spa.

If you are interested in an alternative to a tummy tuck that offers fat reduction and smoothing and tightening of the abdominal skin, we offer 3 non-invasive treatments that may be right for you: liposuction, CoolSculpting and amazing new Profound skin tightening. These can be used separately or together for a highly effective non-surgical tummy tuck alternative!

Liposuction as a Non-Surgical Tummy Tuck

Traditional tummy tuck surgery is almost always performed under general anesthetic. Liposuction, on the other hand, is a minimally invasive tummy tuck alternative that only requires local anesthetic. This eliminates the risks that come along with general anesthetic, one of the many benefits of this particular non-surgical tummy tuck alternative.

When performing liposuction, board certified Troy, MI area plastic surgeon Dr. Ali creates incisions that are so small – less than 3 mm in length – they can barely be noticed at all, and will gradually fade with time. Yet another reason to opt for this non-surgical tummy tuck!

The best liposuction candidates are either at or near their ideal, healthy weight, who wish to remove stubborn deposits of fat from specific areas. Additionally, this particular non-surgical tummy tuck treatment works best on patients with both good abdominal muscle tone and good skin elasticity.

CoolSculpting as a Non-Surgical Tummy Tuck

Another excellent non-surgical tummy tuck alternative, CoolSculpting is a noninvasive procedure during which unwanted fat cells are frozen and destroyed, to be eliminated from the body through natural processes.

At our Troy, MI area practice, we tend to recommend CoolSculpting to those who are close to their target weight, but are looking for a non-surgical tummy tuck alternative to get rid of stubborn “problem areas” of fat.

Like liposuction, CoolSculpting also works best for people who have both toned abdominal muscles and good skin elasticity.

Profound Non-Surgical Tummy Tuck

When performed on its own – or in combination with fat loss from liposuction or CoolSculpting – amazing new Profound radiofrequency skin tightening can give patients a firm, toned tummy!

At AMAE Plastic Surgery and Med Spa, we offer this best-in-its-class non-surgical tummy tuck alternative. Thanks to its use of radio-frequency energy, Profound RF Skin Tightening can significantly reduce the appearance of loose, sagging or lax skin with results proven to last.

Good Candidates for Non-Surgical Tummy Tuck

All of these procedures are all ideal for both men and women of almost any age who wish to achieve a flatter abdomen. At AMAE Plastic Surgery and Med Spa in Troy, MI area, we consider a number of factors when evaluating prospective patients for a non-surgical tummy tuck procedure.

For starters, patients should be non-smokers, who are in generally good health. Patients should also be no more than 20lbs above their target weight, and should not require muscle tightening as part of their non-surgical tummy tuck procedure. Furthermore, non-surgical tummy tuck candidates should not require extensive skin to be removed as part of their treatment.  Additionally, we remind our patients that if they have experienced separated abdominal muscles (a common occurrence after pregnancy), these procedures will not be capable of correcting this issue.

While Tummy Tuck surgery is the only way to actually remove loose skin and repair lax or torn abdominal muscles, liposuction, Coolsculpting and/or Profound can offer significant fat reduction and skin tightening in the abdominal area.

Non-Surgical Tummy Tuck Alternatives – Troy, MI area

At AMAE Plastic Surgery and Med Spa in Troy, MI area, our patients can choose from a number of surgical and non-surgical tummy tuck alternatives.

The best way to find out which procedure best suits your needs – be it a traditional tummy tuck or a less invasive, non-surgical tummy tuck alternative – is to schedule a consultation with us. Call today and find out which procedure is best for you.

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

Treating Painful Sex After Menopause (Part 2)

Treating Painful Sex After Menopause (Part 2) – 

Not only a source of physical discomfort, painful sex after menopause can also cause great mental and emotional distress. For many Troy, MI area women, their anxiety and embarrassment caused by painful sex after menopause rivals the physical discomfort of their vaginal dryness.

But while the strain of painful sex after menopause can be both physically and mentally excruciating for women in the Troy, MI area, the condition is incredibly common. It is believed that 45% – 50% of all women experience long-term vaginal dryness after menopause, which itself is a cause of painful sex. But while menopause (as well as ovary removal surgery and certain cancer treatments) can result in side effects such as post-coital bleeding or sensations of burning or itching, such changes to a woman’s hormones no longer control her ability to enjoy a healthy sex life.

In Part 2 of this two-part article, we dive further into everything there is to know about painful sex after menopause, and discuss how we treat this frustrating condition at our Troy, MI area medical spa.

CLICK HERE for Part 2 of Treating Painful Sex After Menopause

Viveve Vaginal Rejuvenation Stops Painful Sex

At AMAE Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa, we pride ourselves on treating our patients with the latest available medical technology, and our approach to treating painful sex after menopause is no exception. We treat painful sex after menopause using state-of-the-art, radiofrequency Viveve Vaginal Rejuvenation. This innovative new procedure is both natural and nonsurgical. With Viveve, Troy, MI area women are afforded a healthy, satisfying sex life – free from the physical and emotional strain of painful sex after menopause.

Powered by groundbreaking radiofrequency technology, Viveve Vaginal Rejuvenation can reverse the effect of painful sex after menopause without subjecting Troy, without the discomfort or downtime surgery.

Using radiofrequency heat energy to target the vaginal walls, Viveve Vaginal Rejuvenation simultaneously stimulates the production of tissue-strengthening collagen and maximizes blood flow. Viveve Vaginal Rejuvenation is a pain-free, outpatient procedure performed in the comfort of our discreet Troy, MI area office. Viveve is capable of treating painful sex after menopause without any negative side effects, and requires no recovery period or downtime.

How Viveve Treats Painful Sex After Menopause

Since collagen is responsible for the strength and elasticity of the skin, declining collagen levels in the vagina can lead to painful sex after menopause. Viveve helps repair, thicken, strengthen and tighten the vaginal tissue by stimulating the body’s production of collagen through the use of radiofrequency heat energy. But while the results of the procedure are achieved by heating the treatment area, Viveve Vaginal Rejuvenation is not at all painful.

Viveve Vaginal Rejuvenation provides significant improvement to the texture, tightness, lubrication and elasticity of the vagina, completely non-surgically. With approval from the FDA, numerous clinical studies have proven that Viveve can safely and effectively provide relief from painful sex after menopause. Troy, MI area women who chose Viveve are granted freedom from the anguish of painful sex without any side effects or complications.

Viveve Vaginal Rejuvenation has been clinically proven to provide relief to between 80% and 95% of all patients suffering from painful sex after menopause. Viveve allows Troy, MI area women to retake control of their sex life – once thought to be forfeited to the effects of menopause.

Viveve For Painful Sex After Menopause – Troy, MI area

The impact of experiencing painful sex after menopause is not only physical, but can also be tremendously mentally and emotionally devastating. Fortunately, women no longer have to simply suffer in silence from painful sex after menopause. At AMAE Plastic Surgery & Med Spa in the Troy, MI area we are proud to be able to provide relief from painful sex with Viveve Vaginal Rejuvenation.

If you are in the Troy, MI area and are ready to reverse the effects of painful sex after menopause, contact us today for a consultation.

Painful Sex Treatment Consultation – Troy, MI Area:  248-335-7200

Why More Women are Getting Labiaplasty Surgery 

Why More Women are Getting Labiaplasty Surgery  – 

Labiaplasty is performed to shorten the length of the inner folds of skin on either side of the vagina. At AMAE Plastic Surgery in Macomb County, labiaplasty is one of the most common procedures we perform. This is no surprise, considering that a clinical study recently reported that labiaplasty is the fourth most popular cosmetic surgical procedures in the United States. Beat out in popularity only by liposuction, breast augmentation, and rhinoplasty, labiaplasty continues to help countless women throughout the country feel comfortable in their own bodies.

And that’s not all: in a different study, labiaplasty was named the fastest-growing type of plastic surgery in the world. Data collected by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) determined that in 2016, there had been a 45% increase in labiaplasty procedures performed since the previous year.

In this article, Macomb County board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali discusses everything there is to know about labiaplasty.

Why More Women Are Getting Labiaplasty Surgery

The root cause of this recent surge of interest in labiaplasty has been the subject of some debate among researches. It is the opinion of Macomb County board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali (along with many others in his field), that the modern labiaplasty craze does not have one single culprit. Rather, he opines that the current cultural interest in labiaplasty boils down to numerous factors:

1) Changed grooming practices contribute to Labiaplasty Surgery

Among women whose grooming habits emphasize everything being neat and clean and streamlined, labiaplasty is particularly popular. Labiaplasty is also popular among women who lead especially active lifestyles.

According to a study on university students published by the Journal of Sexual Medicine, 95% of those surveyed reported deliberately removing their pubic hair at least once in the last four weeks. With pubic shaving and waxing increasing in popularity, it makes sense that instances of labiaplasty have also skyrocketed. When the hair of the pubic region is removed, the labia is, consequently, more prominently displayed. For this reason, many women have turned to labiaplasty as a part of perfecting the appearance of their entire pubic area.

2) Images on social media contribute to Labiaplasty Surgery

Thanks to the impossible standards put in place both by the mainstream media and (perhaps even more so) social media, many women are left feeling discouraged about their physical appearance. For this reason, many of our Macomb County patients have turned to labiaplasty in the hopes of making their genitalia “ideal” in appearance.

At AMAE Plastic Surgery in Macomb County, it is our first and foremost priority that all of our patients understand there is nothing inherently “wrong” with anything about their body. But if we can help make a person have an easier time loving their own body (and, by extension, themselves as a whole), we are happy to do so.

3) Growing athleticism contributes to Labiaplasty Surgery

Board certified Macomb County plastic surgeon Dr. Ali also attributes the popularity of labiaplasty -at least in part- to recent increases in the number of women who participate in sports. Many of our labiaplasty patients lead highly active lives, and wish to alleviate the discomfort and pain their large or distended labia can cause when participating in athletics.

Labiaplasty is also a great way for Macomb County women to feel more comfortable wearing yoga pants, as well as while seated on a bicycle while take spin classes. And while there is absolutely nothing abnormal about having a labia minora with long or multiple folds, many such women feel self-conscious about their appearance in underwear or bathing suits. Labiaplasty can change that.

4) Decreased Plastic Surgery Stigma contributes to Labiaplasty

Now more than ever, women are encouraged to embrace their own inner confidence and independence. Women today are empowered to take control of any physical issues that bother them, and in many cases, such issues can be resolved through labiaplasty.

Much like breast implants, labiaplasty can help a woman feel good about her body and love the skin she’s in.

Many of our Macomb County labiaplasty patients seek us out due to a distorted image of their own body. With it impossible to define precisely what constitutes as “normal” genitalia, many women erroneously believe that it is abnormal for their labia to protrude or extend past the labia majora. But whatever has motivated the patient to get the procedure, at AMAE Plastic Surgery in Macomb County, we offer labiaplasty as a solution.

Labiaplasty Surgery– Macomb County

With labiaplasty expected to continue to grow in popularity, patients should only trust their most intimate areas to a board certified plastic surgeon.

Dr. Ali has spent decades helping Macomb County men and women feel more comfortable in their own bodies. If it sounds as though labiaplasty could provide you with that same comfort, contact AMAE Plastic Surgery today for a consultation.

Labiaplasty Surgery Consultation – Macomb County: 248-335-7200

Eyebrow Lift Surgery vs. Blepharoplasty

Eyebrow Lift Surgery vs. Blepharoplasty:
Deciding which is Best for You

When a person’s eyelids droop or their eyebrow sags, they are often incorrectly assumed to be angry or unapproachable. Such conditions can also make those affected look older than they are, and often leads to them feeling unattractive. But at AMAE Plastic Surgery in the Troy, MI area, anyone tired of their droopy, sagging appearance is offered a variety of solutions. In addition to offering many non-invasive skin tightening procedures, we also provide Troy, MI area patients with procedures such as eyebrow lift surgery and blepharoplasty.

In this article, board certified Troy, MI area plastic surgeon Dr. Ali outlines the differences between blepharoplasty and eyebrow lift surgery, and who is an ideal candidate for each.

How Eyebrow Lift Surgery Differs From Blepharoplasty

Eyebrow lift surgery is performed by tightening the soft tissue of the forehead, improving the shape and reversing the effects of gravity on the forehead, brows, and upper eyelid. Eyebrow lift surgery is one of the most common surgeries performed at AMAE Plastic Surgery, with board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali treating many Troy, MI area patients with this popular, highly effective procedure.

Patients who choose eyebrow lift surgery over blepharoplasty do so to reduce forehead wrinkles such as vertical lines between the eyebrows. Like blepharoplasty, eyebrow lift surgery can improve the appearance of drooping eyelids, but can also treat frown lines, leaving patients looking youthful and refreshed.

During eyebrow lift surgery the location of the incision is made behind the hairline. Additional incisions may also be made in the small muscles of the forehead responsible for creating deep furrows. Following this, the tissue will be re-draped and stitched in place in such a way that drooping and wrinkling no longer occur – and incision scars are well hidden in the hairline.

After about two weeks, any remaining stitches will be removed. Incisions from eyebrow lift surgery typically heal exceptionally well.

How Blepharoplasty Surgery Works

Blepharoplasty, on the other hand, is surgery that is conducted on the eyelid itself – not on the forehead. Blepharoplasty is performed to tighten and sculpt the upper (and, sometimes, lower) eyelids. Blepharoplasty can be medically motivated: improving the vision of patients whose upper eyelids sag to the point of impeding their ability to see. But blepharoplasty may also be performed for purely cosmetic reasons, helping Troy, MI area patients look and feel more youthful and attractive.

Upper blepharoplasty incisions are made at the crease of the upper eyelid, and, in some cases, will extend into the crease of the “crow’s feet.” Lower blepharoplasty is performed by creating an incision in the inside of the lower eyelid, through which fat is removed.

Some cases of lower blepharoplasty may call for skin to be removed. In such instances, this is accomplished by making a tiny incision directly below the lower eyelid’s eyelashes.

Who Should Get Eyebrow Lift Surgery Instead of Blepharoplasty

Troy, MI area patients may choose eyebrow lift surgery over blepharoplasty if they are afflicted by frown lines between their brow at the top of their nose. Eyebrow lift surgery is also effective as a means of treating pronounced forehead wrinkles. Additionally, for patients whose drooping eyebrows create the appearance that they are tired or angry, eyebrow lift surgery is more effective than blepharoplasty.

Who Should Get Blepharoplasty Instead Eyebrow Lift Surgery

The ideal Troy, MI area blepharoplasty candidate wishes to remove extra skin and/or fatty tissue that hangs over their eyes, particularly in instances severe enough to impede their vision. Blepharoplasty is the perfect way to get rid of fat bulges in either they upper or lower eyelid, and can significantly alleviate the feeling of heaviness by which they can be accompanied. Blepharoplasty patients report having a much easier time applying makeup to their eyelids than before their surgery, with their eyelids no longer obscured by drooping tissue.

Eyebrow Lift Surgery & Blepharoplasty – Troy, MI

We offer both eyebrow lift surgery and blepharoplasty, as well as many non-surgical procedures at our Troy, MI area plastic surgery practice and medical spa. Dr. Ali will help you decide which eyebrow or eyelid lift treatment is best for you, during your initial consultation. For more information about how we can help meet your aesthetic goals through treatments such as blepharoplasty, and eyebrow lift surgery contact AMAE Plastic Surgery and Medical Spa today.

Troy, MI Area Eyebrow Lift & Blepharoplasty Consultation: 248-335-7200