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The Latest Advancements in Face Lift & Cosmetic Facial Surgery

Clarkston, MI – Anti-aging is all the rage, with most people trying their hardest to look, act, and feel younger than their chronological years. Botox has reigned supreme for years as the preferred injectable cosmetic procedure to erase fine lines and wrinkles.

Fillers, too, have become a mainstream way to add volume to the cheeks and other facial areas.

But, while injectables and fillers can give the patient more facial volume and return a more youthful appearance, nothing will replace the effects of the traditional facelift.

It should be no surprise, then, that facelift surgeries have remained one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures, mostly due to the recent upsurge in cutting-edge plastic surgery technology.

In fact, recent statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reveal that, since the year 2000, facelifts have remained steady as one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures, with over 130,000 lifts being performed on patients every year.

Facelifts aren’t the only surgery benefitting from this new technology. Now, other facial cosmetic surgeries are also proving popular with patients of all ages.

What is this new technology?

Endoscopes for More Precision

A recent advancement in plastic surgery is the endoscope used in facial rejuvenation. An endoscope consists of a small camera that can be inserted through a tiny incision in the skin. The device then transmits an image of the underlying tissues onto a nearby monitor. Endoscopes have been used for years by orthopedic surgeons to treat cartilage damage and by gynecologists to examine pelvic organs.

Endoscopes Used in Facelifts

Now, endoscopes are being used in cosmetic surgery. Not only are facelifts more precise with these devices, but brow lifts can be performed through several minuscule incisions in the scalp. Prior to endoscopes, brow lifts required an “ear to ear” incision.

Patients who complain about an abundance of wrinkles and sagging jowls will be happy to know that the endoscope now makes facial plastic surgery much easier. By placing several tiny incisions in the scalp region and lower eyelids, a plastic surgeon can erase those wrinkles and diminish the appearance of jowls.

The best candidates for these types of procedures are patients in their thirties or forties with good skin tone. Recovery time is significantly longer than one would experience with a traditional facelift, and this is due to the swelling that typically persists for several weeks.

While an extended recovery period sounds daunting, these advanced procedures have finally brought the possibility of facelifts to much younger patients with better and longer-lasting results.

Laser Skin Resurfacing

Lasers have revolutionized the way the medical community administers treatments. Lasers are used by dentists, doctors, and plastic surgeons. One of the newest and most interesting uses of lasers is in the procedure known as skin resurfacing.

Using a carbon dioxide laser that pulses at extremely high frequencies, the plastic surgeon can perform a procedure similar to dermabrasion. In a single treatment, the surgeon can erase fine wrinkles around the mouth, and folds along the eyelids can be significantly reduced. This is all with less tissue destruction than is typically seen with traditional dermabrasion methods.


Your appearance can have a major impact on your self-esteem and your performance at work and in life. The good news is that plastic surgeons now have more ways than ever of making you look as young as you feel.

Non-invasive fillers, injectables, and topical cosmetic procedures can help you dip your toes in the water, so to speak, before you commit to a procedure like a facelift. However, with technology making procedures like the facelift and eyebrow lift easier and more effective, it will be exciting to see what comes next for this life-changing industry.

Want to know if a facelift is right for you? Call 248-335-7200 or email prominent Plastic Surgeon Dr. M. Azhar Ali, serving Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Rochester Hills, Farmington Hills, Troy, and Clarkston.

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Turning Back the Clock at 65: Facelifts for Senior Patients

Bloomfield Hills, MI – Shakespeare once wrote, “With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.” While fine lines and crows’ feet may be evidence of a long and joyous life, not everyone is so convinced that face creases have to come with age.

For years, the facelift procedure has offered respite from those wishing to reverse the clock on their well-worn facades. A nip here and a tuck there and the person can look twenty years younger, or more.

Now, a recent trend has seen those ages 65 or older choosing this time-honored plastic surgery technique. But many wonder:

Is a facelift safe for senior patients, or is there such a thing as “too old” for plastic surgery?

Plastic Surgeon, M. Azhar Ali, who was awarded Top Doc 2016 by Hour-Detroit Magazine said, “When it comes to age, the number is not as important as the overall health of the patient when considering plastic surgery. A patient is never too old for surgery as long as they are healthy enough.”

Dr. Ali, who serves patients in Bloomfield Hills, Clarkston, and other areas throughout Detroit, has noticed a significant upsurge in senior patients seeking plastic surgery of all types, but facelifts in particular. And the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reported that the number of patients 65 or older opting for facelifts, and accompanying procedures like eyelid surgery, has more than doubled in the past 20 years. Much of that increase has been within the past five years.

Dr. Ali sees a clear reason for the increase in senior patients seeking out facelifts and other life-changing procedures.

“People are living longer, and we enjoy a better quality of life as we get older compared to previous generations. It’s understandable that older patients would want to look as young as they feel so they can get the most out of life,” Dr. Ali said.

There are a few considerations for patients age 65 or older that may not be necessary for younger patients considering facial cosmetic surgery.

Guidelines for Facelift Patients 65 Year or Older

Getting a Doctor’s Clearance: Facelifts and other elective surgeries need to be cleared by the patient’s primary healthcare provider before surgery can be scheduled. The plastic surgeon will also need to know about any medications the patient may be taking at the time of surgery.

Avoiding Complications: Complications during and after plastic surgery are rare, for younger and older patients alike. Still, all surgery comes with some element of risk. Therefore, senior patients should be prepared for such risk, as they may not be able to tolerate complications as well as their younger counterparts. The plastic surgeon will discuss any and all complications prior to surgery so that contingency plans can be made, and all concerns alleviated.

The fact is, a facelift is as safe at 65 as it is at 45, and in conjunction with eyelid surgery or other procedures, the patient can indeed begin to feel like an all new and much younger person.

For senior patients interested in learning more about facelifts and even liquid facelifts, call (248) 335-7200 or

email Detroit Plastic Surgeon Dr. Ali for a consultation.

About Dr. Ali: With thousands of plastic surgery procedures to his credit and a patient satisfaction rating of 99%, Dr. M. Azhar Ali has become one of the most prominent Plastic Surgeons in the Detroit, Michigan area.

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Get Bikini Ready This Summer with a Mommy Makeover

Bloomfield Hills, MI– With the abundance of plastic and cosmetic surgery options available today, it’s easier than ever for mothers to become just as beach-ready as they were before children drastically changed their bodies. While there is no doubt an elegance and beauty that goes along with motherhood, there can also be less-than-desirable effects on one’s physique.

Dr. Ali, a Detroit plastic surgeon, says, “With the joy of parenthood can come some unwanted consequences, like extra body fat or sagging skin. Fortunately, there’s now a combination of procedures that are together called the mommy makeover. This can allow women to reap all the benefits of motherhood while still being happy with how they look in a swimsuit.”

What Is a Mommy Makeover, Exactly?

The mommy makeover usually consists of three parts: a tummy tuck, breast lift and/or augmentation, and liposuction. The combination of these procedures is ideal for mothers who’ve seen their bodies change in ways they may not like.

Tummy Tuck

Once mothers have their children, excess skin may be left over in the belly area. This skin may sag and the abs may loosen over time. A tummy tuck pulls the loose skin taut, and abdominal muscles may be tightened or repaired to give a flatter stomach.

Breast Lift and/or Augmentation

Mothers, especially those who have breastfed, may notice that their breasts lose some volume after pregnancy, or droop more than they did in years prior. Women who have had multiple children may notice an even more pronounced difference in breast size and consistency.

A breast lift can greatly decrease sagginess, giving women perkier breasts. Augmentation can add volume and firmness that can help recover tissue lost after childbirth. Together these procedures can help women restore their breasts to the way they were before pregnancy, correcting any other imperfections along the way. This can include reconstruction, reduction, and/or nipple correction.


Finally, for stubborn fat that just won’t leave a mother’s body, liposuction can rid of these deposits permanently. Liposuction is an option that helps smooth, flatten, and contour areas to the mother’s specifications.

Why Get a Mommy Makeover?

“Most women love the fact that their recovery time is condensed into one timeframe, instead of multiple surgeries requiring multiple recoveries,” says Dr. Ali.

Furthermore, the consultation between surgeon and patient is paramount to achieving a desired, lasting outcome.

“The more I know about what you want, the more I can help you get the look you really want,” explains Dr. Ali. “And the beautiful thing about a mommy makeover is that you can get everything done at once.”
To get started on your mommy makeover, make an appointment with Dr. Ali today! You can also call 855-335-7200 to speak with the office directly.

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Chemical Peel Healing Time

How Long Do Skin Peels Take to Heal?

Bloomfield Hills, MI– Wrinkles. Acne scars. Sun damage. Pigment changes or irregularities. These and other problems are common reasons for getting a chemical peel done.

“Chemical peels are a great solution for evening out your skin and revitalizing it overall,” says Detroit-area plastic surgeon Dr. Ali. “While destroying old skin cells, this process allows new, healthy cells to emerge and grow.”

Healing Time: It Depends

Since there are several kinds of chemical peels used for skin treatment, recovery times also vary. All in all, depending on the type of peel used, skin usually heals itself in anywhere from one day to several months.

Dr. Ali explains, “There are three main classes of chemical peels: superficial, medium, and deep. Each one uses different chemicals and application lengths, and each affects the skin differently. We at Amae Medspa very much customize our treatments; we offer nine types of chemical peels and devise a care plan unique to each person.”

Superficial Peels

In superficial peels, the target is removing only the outermost layer of skin, called the epidermis. First, the skin is cleaned and then a combination of mild acids is used to expose younger, healthier skin beneath the surface.

The acid is left on the skin for a few minutes and then neutralized with alcohol or water, which stops the chemical reaction. While the chemicals are on the skin, many people report feeling a burning sensation, which can easily be relieved using a handheld fan.

Immediately afterwards, the skin will peel a bit and will likely turn pink. Though it might take redness a little while to subside, it is still safe to wear makeup after the procedure. Typical healing time is just a few days.

Medium Peels

Medium peels typically use similar chemicals to those in a superficial peel, but the mixture is kept on the skin longer: up to about 30-40 minutes, depending on the skin’s condition and desired results.

These peels are more painful, as the targeted areas are both the epidermis and top portion of the dermis. Pain relievers and oral sedatives are sometimes offered to help with the discomfort. A fan or cool compress may also alleviate any burning sensations.

Due to the nature of this treatment, a longer healing time should be anticipated. After a few days, skin will likely begin to crust and peel, only fully healing after a week or so. It’s best not to wear makeup for the first week after treatment, as this can slow the healing process. Typical healing time is approximately 5-7 days.

Deep Peels

As the name implies, deep peels target the deepest layer of the dermis possible without causing long-term damage. While it’s the most aggressive and painful treatment, it also provides the most dramatic and long-lasting results. With this procedure, it’s best to wait two weeks or more before using makeup again. Skin will likely take a few months to completely heal and repair, so antibiotics and/or antivirals may be prescribed to keep infections at bay. Typical healing time is anywhere from three weeks to two months.

Achieving Optimal Results

Pre- and post-peel care is crucial for achieving healthy, lasting results. Preparation for a chemical peel should be done two to three weeks beforehand and consists of washing the face twice daily, applying a special moisturizing cream once or twice each day, using sunscreen, and avoiding direct sunlight. These measures will ensure more even results and allow skin to heal faster after treatment.

After a peel, the acne medication Retin-A (tretinoin) is sometimes used to promote healing. To prevent viral infections, acyclovir or a similar prescription may be given especially to those who have had cold sores and had a chemical peel near the eyes or mouth.

Like pre-peel care, it’s also important to liberally apply sunscreen and limit sun exposure after a peel. Moisturizers should also be used for several weeks afterwards. This course of action keeps skin healthy and able to heal itself more efficiently.

To get started on your way to smoother skin, schedule an appointment with Dr. Ali today! You can also call 855-335-7200 to speak with the office directly.

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How Long Do Tummy Tuck Results Last?

Bloomfield Hills, MI– A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures today. This outpatient surgery consists of making an incision just above the pubic hairline, taking out undesired skin and fat, possibly tightening abdominal muscles and tightening up the abdominal wall, then suturing up the cut. While results will be seen immediately, many patients wonder about the long-term outcome of this procedure.

Preparing for Success

As with any surgery, preparation will help you achieve optimal results. Detroit-area plastic surgeon Dr. Ali notes, “To obtain the best outcome possible for a tummy tuck, I strongly urge that patients get ready beforehand. While aftercare is also crucial in maintaining long-term results, pre-operative preparation is key.”

For those preparing to undergo an abdominoplasty, here are some ways to prepare:

  • Smokers should stop smoking prior to surgery, ideally at least a few days beforehand.
  • Those taking aspirin or other blood-thinning or anti-inflammatory medications should avoid them before surgery, as these might lead to excessive bleeding or hemorrhaging during the procedure.
  • Patients should be within about 10% of their ideal weight before the surgery. This weight should be maintained as long as possible following the surgery (months, if possible).
  • Patients should maintain a healthy diet immediately before and after the procedure for the best results.

Furthermore, a tummy tuck is not for everyone. Those still planning to have children should wait until they are done, as pregnancy can drastically disrupt healing after abdominoplasty. Those looking to lose a massive amount of weight should delay a tummy tuck until they are closer to their ideal weight.

“As always,” reminds Dr. Ali, “consulting with your plastic surgeon is absolutely necessary for attaining your ideal body. Your doctor will develop a care plan for you tailored exactly to your needs as well as unique anatomy and physiology.”

Short-term Recovery

Since a tummy tuck requires a substantial incision and much tissue removal, patients should expect to be in recovery for about 6 weeks after surgery. Depending on what type of abdominoplasty was done, healing time and results will vary from person to person. It’s possible that final results will only be seen 6-8 months after the procedure.

During recovery, a healthy diet is essential to healing. “Please be sure to rest and drink water. Eat well, and include plenty of vegetables and fruits in your diet to aid your body in achieving lasting results,” Dr. Ali asks of his patients.

Patients should also avoid strenuous activity – particularly of the abdominal area- for several weeks following surgery. It may help to elevate the abdomen when lying in bed.

Long-term Results

“As long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle post-procedure, there’s no reason a tummy tuck can’t last you the rest of your life,” says Dr. Ali.

There will be scarring, as the incisions made during tummy tucks are generally substantial. The good news is that these scars are usually quite low on the body, and can be easily hidden by undergarments and bathing suits.

The important thing is to keep new weight off. “Although fat tissue has been removed,” Dr. Ali explains, “the leftover adipose tissue can still grow with weight gain. This can happen to males and females alike and should be avoided.”

During follow-up visits with the plastic surgeon, periodic evaluations will be done to determine the success of the procedure.

While gravity and the aging process are ongoing adversaries for those who have had tummy tucks, patients can always undergo another procedure later on. “You can have your body contour reshaped throughout your life to keep the shape you love,” says Dr. Ali. “We’re happy to consult with you on these and any other aesthetic concerns you may have.”

To get started on your flatter stomach, schedule an appointment with Dr. Ali today! You can also call 855-335-7200 to speak with the office directly.
About Us: Dr. M. Azhar Ali is a Board-certified, Detroit area plastic surgeon who has won many awards. He and his team are experienced and knowledgeable aesthetic care professionals who are skilled in providing treatments like tummy tucks. The team at Amae Plastic Surgery Center offer competent and compassionate care to all patients.

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Is It Possible to Get Rid of Abdominal Stretch Marks?

Bloomfield Hills, MI – Be it from weight fluctuation, pregnancy, or other lifestyle changes, it can be difficult to deal with stretch marks in the abdominal area. Since stretch marks reach down to deeper layers of skin, they are difficult to rid of and may be bothersome or unsightly. Luckily, there is some help available.

Topical Remedies

Certain creams and other topical treatments can help reduce the appearance of stretch marks. Here are some that can work for you:

  • Moisturize! Topical moisturizers hydrate your skin and can minimize wear and tear if your skin needs to stretch further.
  • Lotion on old stretch marks can help minimize their appearance but works best on new marks.
  • Vitamin A: Tretinoin (Retin-A) is derived from vitamin A and is prescribed by a doctor. It can increase your skin’s production of elastin and collagen, proteins that help your skin maintain its vitality. Note: This should not be used if you’re pregnant, breastfeeding, or plan to become pregnant soon.
  • Glycolic wash/pads: These products can help increase production of collagen due to their alpha hydroxyl content. Ask your doctor for the most effective versions available.

Lifestyle Remedies

You’re likely sick of hearing the advice to “eat well and exercise,” but these words of wisdom have their place in skin repair as well. Try these tricks to reduce the appearance of stretch marks:

  • Eat your vitamins. Fruits and vegetables are high in the nutrients your skin needs to rejuvenate itself. Avoid refined sugar and foods with a high glycemic index; regulating hormones in this way can keep your skin looking healthier. Foods with antioxidants, like blueberries, pomegranates, and green tea can help boost your skin’s hydration.
  • Hydrate. Water’s importance cannot be understated in its role of keeping skin smooth and supple. Try to drink 6-8 glasses of water per day.
  • Hit the gym. Doing strength training and weight-bearing exercise can firm up skin. Target your approach to the abdominal area, balancing the exercise with back-strengthening activities as well. By firming your skin, you can reduce the look of stretch marks.


Laser Options

In cases of severe discoloration or skin distortion, surgery may be the best option. Here are some options that can work well:

  • Vascular laser treatment (also called a pulsed dye laser): This treatment is best used on new stretch marks. It can decrease redness in the marks’ initial stages.
  • Laser resurfacing (also called fractional laser treatment): For small areas with older stretch marks, this procedure can smooth over edges and improve overall skin tone.


Surgical Options

Sometimes, if no other alternative has proven effective, surgery may be the only option. Here are two to be considered:

  • Tummy tuck (also called abdominoplasty): This procedure literally cuts the stretch marks from your body, leaving you with a flatter, smoother abdomen. While there will be a new scar from hip to hip, it can easily be covered by undergarments or a bathing suit.
  • Mommy makeover: This is a combination of plastic surgeries, suited to the new mother. This series of treatments, all done at once, can instantly reduce the visibility of stretch marks.


No matter how you decide to diminish the appearance of your stretch marks, you can schedule a consultation with award-winning Detroit area plastic surgeon Dr. Ali.

To find out more about how to get rid of stretch marks, or to get your own detailed surgical consultation, contact Dr. Ali’s office today!

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5 Ways Plastic Surgery Can Improve Your Life

Bloomfield Hills, MI – Considering cosmetic surgery, but still on the fence? If so, you’re probably wondering if the prep, procedure and recovery time are worth it.

If any of this sounds familiar, what you’re about to learn might surprise you.

As it turns out, not only can cosmetic surgery alter your appearance – such as the shape of your nose or size of your waist – going “under the knife” can also improve your quality of life.

“I had the [breast augmentation] surgery three weeks ago, and each day I am happier and happier with my results!” said a recent patient of Dr. M. Azhar Ali, one of Michigan’s top plastic surgeons and owner of AMAE Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Center.

She added, “I look natural, I get compliments from all my friends, and I feel more confident than ever!”

Dr. Ali stresses that as long as the patient doesn’t have unrealistic expectations, there are five major areas where a person’s life can become immeasurably better by opting for one or more procedures.

“I call it becoming a better person from the outside in,” added Dr. Ali.

Here are the five ways your life can be enhanced from the outside in by opting for one or more cosmetic procedures.

A Sunnier Disposition

A recent European study confirmed that patients who undergo plastic surgery report a boost in self-confidence and overall enjoyment of life.

The study followed 550 patients during and post-procedure and came to the conclusion that the majority of patients, “felt healthier, were less anxious, had developed more self-esteem and found their operated body feature in particular, but also their body as a whole, more attractive,” researchers said.

So if you’re in the doldrums at the moment, and one or more body parts are contributing to your lack of confidence, one or more cosmetic procedures could put that much-needed smile back on your face.

A Healthier Body

You may be wondering how plastic surgery can help your body become healthier. In addition to improved self-esteem, which has innumerable effects on health, there are other facts that might surprise you.

If you have large breasts that prevent you from exercising, for example, a breast reduction would improve your tolerance to exercise, leading to less discomfort and a healthier heart.
A rhinoplasty to repair your deviated septum would lead to improved oxygen flow, more efficient breathing, deeper sleep (and a lot less snoring).

Liposuction and tummy tucks (and even breast reductions) remove fat cells, which contributes to fewer fatty acids being released into the body. You will also decrease your risk of diabetes.

These are just some of the effects that can be had by opting for certain cosmetic procedures. You’ll look better, feel better and you might just live longer.

A Boost Up the Career Ladder

We always hear of celebrities altering their appearance to land juicy roles. It turns out, many non-celebrities are doing the same thing, and enjoying the same types of benefits.

According to the American Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery and Reconstructive Surgery, a major faction of people who request plastic surgery report doing so because they want to remain competitive on the job.

In addition to higher education and living a healthy lifestyle, the way you look can get you hired or secure you that much-deserved raise.

Is going under the knife the only way to get ahead? Absolutely not, but it can give you a leg up on the competition if you ever find yourself head to head with another professional.
All things being even, if you look better and feel better about yourself, which cosmetic surgery can contribute to, you are more likely to get the job or promotion.

So if you find yourself struggling to find work or stagnant in your current position, one or more plastic surgery operations could help you find the success you crave.

Enhanced Relationships

Dr. Bryan Mendelson, former President of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, says that we are hard-wired to appreciate beauty. And that attractive people, among other things, experience better personal lives.

For one, your relationships could improve. If you or your partner have one or more body parts that prevent you from being intimate, a cosmetic procedure could bring you two closer together.

You might also have an easier time making friends.

Dr. Mandelson cites a study that showed how good looking people are more likely to be labeled as being “good” and trustworthy, and they are simply treated better than those who aren’t as attractive.

Of course, it could be the increase in self-esteem that helps you make better friends and enhances your other personal – even romantic – relationships, but there’s no denying that attractive people are more magnetic.

It’s not all about looks. A personality still goes a long way, but why not get that boost in social status that comes from looking better, if doing so is only a single procedure away?

New Lease on Life

Getting one or more plastic surgery procedures makes you more motivated to improve your life.

“My patients jump out of bed in the morning. They look forward to their days, to meeting new people. There is an obvious change between who they were and who they are now, and it’s a beautiful thing,” said Dr. Ali.

The fact is, cosmetic surgery is a growing movement. Analysts predict that more plastic surgeries will be performed in 2016 than any other year. To put that into perspective, Americans spent $12 billion on cosmetic procedures in 2014, the most recorded since 2008, as seen in the graph below.


With improved confidence, health, professional and social lives, and a whole new outlook, it’s no wonder why so many opt for cosmetic surgery.

If you are considering plastic surgery, you now know that a “brand new you” is just a quick phone call away. Call Dr. Ali today for a consultation. (855) 335-7200

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Does Plastic Surgery Leave Scars?

Bloomfield Hills, MI – Does the thought of plastic surgery scars keep you from saying “Yes!” to life-improving surgery? It shouldn’t. While other surgical procedures may leave scars, cosmetic surgery scarring is almost unheard of – sort of.

Think about it. Celebrities engage in plastic surgery all the time. These stars and starlets even go so far as to keep their procedures a secret, even when they look nothing like their former selves.

If cosmetic surgery left glaring scars, these A-list celebs wouldn’t be so successful at keeping their procedures under wraps.

So how come regular surgery procedures, such as those used to repair the heart, lungs or other organs, leave scars, but plastic surgeons are able to avoid them (almost) completely?
Here are the answers you seek. Hopefully after reading them, you’ll finally schedule those procedures that could immeasurably improve your life.

All Surgeries Leave Scars

First, let’s face facts: Cosmetic surgery does involve cutting into the skin, so it does leave scars. Anytime you are performing surgery on the skin, a scar is going to result.

Don’t let that fact cause you to avoid bettering your life through a life changing operation, however.

While scars are unavoidable, they may not be as bad as you imagine.

Cosmetic surgeons are using very precise instruments, so they are able to place incisions strategically so that any scars left behind aren’t very noticeable.

Your doctor can also use techniques like layered closures, which involve deeply-embedded, dissolving stitches that are placed in regions of the body with greater tension and thicker skin. The increased pressure prevents the scar from widening during the body’s natural healing process.

Your surgeon can also use techniques like following natural skin creases to hide scars. Natural skin creases are parallel to wrinkle lines and act as camouflage to make the scar nearly invisible.

Common Surgeries and the Resulting Scars

Now let’s look at some examples using one or more procedures you may be considering.

If you are thinking about a breast augmentation, you’ll be happy to know that scars are a non-issue. During this type of procedure, your surgeon will place the implant through a tiny incision around the areola border or in the fold below the breast.

Considering a facelift? Here’s another procedure with minimal scars. These small lines can also be hidden behind the ear, along the junction between the cheek and ear, or around the posterior hairline.

For a chin implant, the incision is made inside the mouth or within the natural crease of the chin fold, leaving no visible scarring behind.

Unavoidable Visible Scars

There are some procedures, such as those involving the back, where unsightly scars are inevitable. But a skilled plastic surgeon can help to minimize these scars so that they aren’t so obvious.

What do the Scars Look Like?

Immediately after surgery and possibly for a few months afterward, the scars left behind from surgery will appear red and raised. Given enough time, they will eventually fade to minuscule white lines.

Keloid Scars

If you have darker skin, you may be prone to keloid scars, which are thicker and appear raised outside of the circumference of a standard scar. This doesn’t mean that you are destined to live with them, however. Your surgeon will just have to be more aggressive at treating them.

Post-Surgery Scar Care

Even if a scar is unavoidable, plastic surgeons are trained body artists. Using their skill and years of training, they are often able to diminish visible scars using a variety of techniques.

Your surgeon may avoid your skin from scarring by removing stitches at certain times post-procedure. For example, removing facelift sutures 6 days after the procedure lowers the risk of developing permanent marks, also referred as “track marks”, along the line of incision.
Scars can also be treated post-surgery using a Vitamin E solution, silicone spray or steroid injections.

How You Can Help to Minimize Scarring

To help your scars heal properly, your surgeon will give you specific instructions on how to care for the body part that has been operated on. If you don’t want scars to last, you should follow those instructions exactly as described.

You may have to change out silicone pads, which are designed to shrink plastic surgery scars. Your surgeon may even suggest that you take Vitamin C and Zinc orally, which can help to reduce the appearance of scars.

You should also use a sunscreen of at least SPF 30 for a year post-surgery as the scars mature. That’s because scars may become darker or lighter than the adjacent skin (hypopigmentation) if they are immature and exposed to significant UV rays. This is true even on otherwise cloudy days.

With a skilled surgeon and the right treatment after surgery, even scars left behind post-surgery can be faded to appear next to nothing. What you’re left with is the ideal nose, tummy or pair of breasts without a single scar to show for it.

With your fears abated, it’s now time to schedule those procedures you’ve been putting off for so long. Call Dr. Ali for a consultation.

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