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BIRMINGHAM, AL, February 24, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- It's 2012, which for the plastic surgery industry means more advancements than ever before.
While groundbreaking technology and the emergence of new surgical techniques are exciting, potential patients should be sure that these innovations are time-tested before seriously considering them. A tummy tuck surgeon in Birmingham, Dr. Michael Beckenstein, stresses that patients should choose a surgeon based on the doctor's qualifications and experience with a particular procedure, and not just because he or she offers the "latest and greatest" treatments.
"As a Birmingham cosmetic surgery specialist, I feel it is my responsibility to be aware of and knowledgeable about improvements within the industry, particularly in regard to the procedures I offer," Dr. Beckenstein says.
"When I came across a study published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, I was eager to learn about a new development in tummy tuck surgery. What surprised me the most about the study was what it determined about suction drains."
This particular study looked at 113 consecutive abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) patients. Each person was examined for seromas, pockets of fluid that can develop in the body after surgery.
The study found that surgeries that used an extended incision, liposuction undermining of the deep fatty tissue between the superficial and abdominal muscle tissue, and progressive tension sutures resulted in better abdominal wall and waist contours, which decreased the need for abdominal drains.
"While the findings of this particular study are a step in the right direction, I would advise patients who are considering any plastic surgery procedure to be cautious about new products and new techniques that have not stood the test of time," Dr. Beckenstein said.
"For instance, when my patients are choosing breast implants in Birmingham, I allow them to decide which implant option is best for them and their lifestyle. I offer both silicone and saline breast implants, which have been used for many years by authorities in the industry around the world.
"Further, I pride myself in being innovative yet critical when it comes to advances in plastic surgery. I believe my patients deserve the best, and that's what I strive to provide."
Dr. Michael Beckenstein is a board-certified plastic surgeon who offers procedures for the breasts, body and face at his practice in Birmingham, Alabama. Dr. Beckenstein earned his MD from Eastern Virginia Medical School before studying advanced plastic surgery techniques through several residencies and fellowships. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Beckenstein has authored and co-authored a number of articles in journals and textbooks, and has been recognized as one of America's Top Surgeons by the Consumer Research Council of America.
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