March 3rd, 2014 Dr. Haitham Masri
Both microdermabrasion and dermabrasion improve the texture of the skin by sloughing away dull or imperfect skin layers, but one is more complex and does a better job removing deep wrinkles and scars. Learn more about the differences between dermabrasion and microdermabrasion.
Microdermabrasion is a gentler treatment that refreshes aging skin. Because it is a gentle process, you do not need anesthesia during the treatment. This helps keep costs down, while still offering some improvements to the texture of your skin.
During a microdermabrasion treatment, your facial plastic surgeon uses a device that blasts aluminum oxide crystals against the skin. At the same time, a vacuum removes the powder and the dead skin flakes.
The entire process takes about half an hour, and usually you want treatments to be spaced about two weeks apart for optimal results. The improvements you see are not permanent, so maintenance treatments are necessary if you want to maintain the more youthful appearance.
The non-invasive nature of microdermabrasion makes it an excellent choice for a quick pick-me-up for your aging skin. After a treatment, your skin may appear slightly flushed, but this goes away in an hour or two. You do not need to avoid social activities.
While more intense, dermabrasion is better for reducing the appearance of scars and deep creases and wrinkles. It’s especially helpful at removing wide, shallow scars. If you have very dark skin, dermabrasion can cause noticeable changes to the pigmentation, so it isn’t always advisable.
Before the process begins, you meet with your surgeon to have your skin examined. Photos are taken to help the surgeon create the surgical plan, and they can also be used as a comparison of your skin before and after dermabrasion treatments.
The process involves removing upper layers of skin with a hand-held device similar to a rotary sander. During a dermabrasion, you are given general or local anesthesia, often with topical anesthetics too that will numb the skin. The type of anesthesia involved is determined during your consultation with a facial plastic surgeon.
Dermabrasion removes upper layers of skin, and this can be a little traumatic to the skin cells. As a result, swollen skin is a common side effect. It will not last too long. The skin will also look redder than usual, and some yellowish fluid leaks from the skin and forms a crust over the healing area. You may find that your skin looks like it’s been scraped. After four or five days, crusted skin layers begin to flake or peel away. This can be itchy, but do not pick at it.
It will take about two weeks for your skin to look good enough that you’ll be comfortable in social situations. Your skin may seem redder than normal for up to six months. During this time, you need to stay out of the sun to avoid uneven pigmentation.
There are also newer alternatives that Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery offer to help reduce the appearance of scars and wrinkles. To learn more about these laser treatments, visit Dr. Masri’s page on laser skin rejuvenation. A visit with Dr. Masri offers the best way to decide if dermabrasion, microdermabrasion, or laser treatments are the ideal solution to your skin concerns. Appointments are made by calling the Michigan facial plastic surgeon at (866) 487-3223.
February 12th, 2014 Dr. Haitham Masri
Acne can occur at any age, though it is most common in the teen years. It’s caused by the overproduction of oils within the layers of skin. With whiteheads, bacteria and dead skin cells build up in hair follicles and the infection leads to the pus that pushes against the skin, causing the white appearance.
Blackheads form when the hair follicle is open and able to receive oxygen, but the dead skin cells and oil are still trapped within the hair follicle. With either form, the unsightly appearance on the skin can make you feel self-conscious, lower your self-esteem, and even lead to bullying by your peers.
While there are over-the-counter skin creams and washes to help acne, many teens and adults do not find they work effectively. A trip to a facial plastic surgeon can be the best way to find an active acne treatment that clears up the skin on a long-lasting basis.
Blue Light Acne Therapy
Blue Light treatments are FDA-approved and may even be covered by your health insurance. The treatment involves exposure to a special LED light that kills the bacteria behind acne. Treatments are performed twice a week for a few weeks. Some facial plastic surgeons pair Blue Light with aminolevulunic acid treatments. Following this combination treatment, the skin may appear red or sunburned for a few days, but treatments are given every two or three weeks instead of twice a week, depending on the severity of the acne.
With microdermabrasion, a powerful tool blasts the upper layers of skin with fine crystals that help slough off dead skin cells. The dead skin cells are vacuumed away at the same time, revealing the clearer, more youthful skin below. This treatment is especially helpful in reducing the appearance of acne pitting and uneven skin textures. Expect to need anywhere from two to a dozen treatments, depending on the condition of your skin before microdermabrasion treatments.
Finally, PhotoDynamic Therapy involves the application of aminolevulunic acid to the skin. LED or intense pulsed lighting is then used to produce an inflammatory reaction that causes the top layers of skin to peel away, similar to what you experience with a sunburn. After up to a week of healing, the fresher lower layers of skin appear.
This helps shrink the size of your pores, evens your skin tone, boosts collagen production, and clears up acne. The number of PhotoDynamic Therapy treatments you need is determined by the overall condition of your skin.
View this Visia skin analysis video that demonstrates how Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery analyzes your skin and comes up with the best treatment plan. Dr. Masri is a triple board certified cosmetic surgeon specializing in facial plastic surgery. If you want to embrace clear, beautiful skin, there are two Michigan cosmetic surgery offices available. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Masri at the Birmingham or Dearborn office by calling 866-487-3223.
January 30th, 2014 Dr. Haitham Masri
With a forehead lift, men and women find their forehead and brow area is lifted and rejuvenated. This is a surgical procedure that lifts the skin to a higher position and also addresses the muscle action that leads to certain facial lines. Because it is an invasive surgery, you do need to plan for some downtime following the surgery. When is the right time for a forehead lift? While this is different for every patient, you might consider surgery once you’ve begun noticing the following signs:
Eyelids Droop and Become Noticeable in Your Line of Vision
As the forehead skin becomes lax and slides down the face, it puts pressure on the eyelids. They also begin to droop. For some, this may not be a major concern, but some patients notice that the sagging eyelids obstruct the vision and in some cases cause problems with peripheral vision.
Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is a surgical procedure that improves sagging upper eyelid skin and puffy, under-eye bags. In some cases, however, it’s a heavy or sagging brow that’s really to blame. A forehead lift takes pressure off of the eyelid skin and tissue. Of course, you can greatly improve results by pairing the forehead lift with eyelid surgery.
Eyebrows Sit Lower Than They Did In Your Youth
Weather, sun exposure, and gravity all affect your skin. With aging also comes a loss of elasticity and collagen, and your skin will begin to slide downward due to those changes. As the skin on the forehead heads south, it alters the positioning of the eyebrows. Suddenly, they are sitting lower on the brow. Some people lose the upward curve that more youthful eyebrows have, too.
With a forehead lift, the skin is gently lifted to a more natural position, restoring the positioning of the eyebrows and bringing the defined curve back to the eyebrows. View these browlift photos to see the definition that is restored to the contour of the patient’s eyebrows.
Frown Lines Appear
Three muscles make up a large percentage of the forehead. The frontalis muscles cover the majority of the forehead and are responsible for the creases you see forming across your forehead. More about those furrows later. The procerus muscle extends down the center of the forehead and travel towards the bridge of the nose. The corregator muscle travels from the bridge of the nose to the upper brow. It is these muscles that create the frown lines you see between your eyebrows.
Once frown lines are clearly visible, even when you are not frowning, they can make you seem angry. If this is the case, a forehead lift allows the facial plastic surgeon to address the procerus and corregator muscles to alleviate the appearance of these frown lines.
Furrows Appear Across Your Forehead
Just as the procerus and corregator muscles are responsible for frown lines, the frontalis muscles are responsible for furrows that travel across your forehead. During the forehead lift, the facial plastic surgeon also addresses this muscle to help smooth forehead furrows.
People Say You Often Look Angry or Upset
Even if your forehead furrows and frown lines do not bother you, you may find people saying you always look angry. This angry appearance may keep people from approaching you at work or social events. If that is the case, a forehead lift can help revert your appearance to a friendly, more approachable one.
At Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Haitham Masri performs forehead lifts by making an incision along the top of the forehead within the hairline. This makes it easy to hide any scars. This is the only Michigan practice with physicians who are board certified in esthetic medicine, facial plastic surgery, and general plastic surgery. Learn more about the doctors by reading the Meet the Staff page. Schedule your forehead lift consultation in the Dearborn, Michigan, practice by calling (313) 945-9800.
January 23rd, 2014 Dr. Haitham Masri
The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery recently predicted the five cosmetic procedures they believe will be the most popular in 2014. With the AAFPRS thinking there may be double digit increases in plastic surgeries this year, now is a great time to embrace the changes you’ve been pondering. These four trending procedures include a mix of facial plastic surgeries and non-invasive procedures.
One of the natural occurrences with aging is that the tissue below the skin loses volume and elasticity. When this happens, certain areas of the face begin to look gaunt or hollowed, the lips may narrow, and creases, fine lines and wrinkles start to appear. To smooth the skin, fill in the hollows, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fat transfers are becoming a very popular option.
During the fat transfer procedure, fat is harvested from another area of your body, often the abdomen, buttocks, or thighs. Once it is harvested using liposuction techniques, it is prepared for the transfer and injected into the area of your face that needs filling out. You do need local anesthesia to avoid any discomfort during the procedure.
Following a fat transfer, you may look swollen, especially if extra fat had to be injected to allow for the fat your body absorbs naturally over a span of a few weeks. You may have bruises at the injection site or some redness. Generally, you can expect to return to work and social activities within two days after the injections.
Designer Dermal Fillers
After the FDA approved Juvederm, a hyaluronic acid filler, it became a popular option for adding volume and smoothing out nasolabial folds and smile lines. The filler became so popular that studies found 9 out of 10 volunteers in a study preferred the results Juvederm provided over any other dermal filler.
Juvederm’s family of fillers just increased with FDA approval of Juvederm Voluma XC. While Juvederm addresses the wrinkles around the nose and mouth, Juvederm Voluma XC helps restore volume to the cheeks. The AAFPRS predicts this is not the only designer dermal filler that patients and facial plastic surgeons will see hitting the market in 2014.
While people once associated lip rejuvenation with overly inflated lips as seen in movies, that’s no longer the case. Facial plastic surgeons have mastered the use of dermal fillers to add shape and volume without making the lips look like balloons.
Patients have choices when it comes to adding volume to the lips. Fat transfers are a possibility, and they reduce any chances of a reaction to the filler since the fat is harvested from your body. Hyaluronic acid fillers also reduce the risk of reaction because your body already contains hyaluronic acid. Restylane is one hyaluronic acid filler that is FDA approved for lip augmentation.
Another option for plumping lips is collagen injections. Because collagen is often taken from cow hide, allergy tests must be performed prior to this procedure. Again, the body may absorb some of the collagen over time, so touch-ups are usually performed every six months to achieve fullness.
Rhinoplasty is already a very popular facial plastic surgery, and the AAFPRS predicts the popularity of the nose job will not fade in 2014. This surgery involves reshaping or resizing the nose through surgical excising and molding of the nasal bone and cartilage.
The surgery takes place under sedation and local anesthesia. Once the surgery is complete, you should expect some bruising and swelling that minimize over time. Generally, the bruising is the first to clear up and then swelling goes away over a span of weeks and months. The end result is a nose that is slimmer, lacks a hump, or even allows you to breathe more easily.
Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery is highly recommended by former patients. Read the patient testimonials to learn more about the doctors and services. Pick up the phone and give Dr. Masri, a Michigan facial plastic surgeon, a call at (313) 945-9800 in Dearborn or (248) 723-7188 in Birmingham..
January 15th, 2014 Dr. Haitham Masri
Per statistics given by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, AAFPRS surgeons performed a little more than 40,200 rhinoplasties in 2012. Twenty percent of the patients undergoing rhinoplasty were under the age of 21. Whether a nose surgery is requested to help put an end to bullying, to correct the function, to address a problem that leads to lower self-esteem, or to repair damage from an injury, there are things that teens and their parents need to understand.
The Best Age for Teen Rhinoplasty
Perhaps the most important aspect to a teen rhinoplasty is the age at which the surgery becomes an option. Most facial plastic surgeons wait until the facial growth is complete, usually by age 18. Some teenagers, especially girls, may be able to undergo a rhinoplasty at age 16, but that is up to the surgeon. The only way to find out for sure is by going to a consultation and asking the surgeon.
Facial growth is not the only factor. The surgeon needs to determine if the teen is undergoing the surgery for the right reasons and if the teen has realistic expectations. Rhinoplasty is one of the most complex surgeries to perform, and the recovery takes time. As a result, the teen must be willing to follow the surgeon’s orders before and after the surgery. If not, the healing process and final outcome of the surgery may be negatively impacted.
Surgical Steps Taken During a Rhinoplasty
Any rhinoplasty begins with a consultation. During this meeting with the facial plastic surgeon, the patient, surgeon, and parent discuss issues with the nose and the best way to make changes. Computer imaging is used to show the changes and then alter things that the patient still does not like. This ensures the surgeon and patient have a clear vision of what the surgery is meant to accomplish before the surgery occurs.
On the day of the surgery, a sedative is given to help the patient relax. Local anesthesia is used to prevent the patient from feeling any pain or discomfort during the surgery. If preferred, general anesthesia is possible.
During the surgery, incisions are made on the inside of the nostrils. Cartilage and bone may be removed, altered or added to to help create the nose’s new shape. Once the nose is reshaped, the incisions are closed. The nose may be placed in a splint to prevent excessive swelling and to help the new nose hold its shape during the initial stages of healing. Material may be packed into the nostrils to stabilize the nasal septum.
At the end of the surgery, the patient is moved to a recovery area. The surgeon and nurses monitor the patient as the effects of the anesthesia wear off. Once the patient is alert and no longer groggy from the anesthetic, he or she can head home for the recovery.
Recovery Takes Time and Patience
During the first day, breathing through the nose may seem difficult, especially if gauze was used to pack the nostrils. This lessens over a few days. While pain is usually minimal, some patients do say the swelling and puffiness are noticeable. Cold compresses can help with swelling, and discomfort is easily managed with medications recommended by the rhinoplasty surgeon.
After a few weeks, bruising should subside. Swelling also takes weeks to decrease, but it can take months or even a year before all swelling is gone. Nasal dressings and the splint are removed within 10 days. If there are any external stitches, they are removed by the surgeon after five to eight days. Patients often find their skin is oily during the healing process, but that issue clears up in a few weeks, too.
Teenagers who undergo rhinoplasty must sleep and rest with their head elevated to help alleviate swelling. This means sleeping on their back with extra pillows propping them up or sleeping in a recliner. If the nose runs, dabbing gently is the only acceptable method. Blowing the nose is not advised, as it can damage the healing nose. Sneezing and coughing, if necessary, must be done with the mouth open to lessen pressure on the nose. Strenuous activities and sports should be avoided until the surgeon approves them.
Dr. Masri is a board certified facial plastic surgeon in Michigan who specializes in nose surgery. Watch this rhinoplasty video to see what one of his Spanish-speaking patients had to say about her experience; a translation is provided. To schedule a rhinoplasty for a teen, set up the consultation by calling (313) 945-9800 or emailing [email protected]
January 8th, 2014 Dr. Haitham Masri
In the 1980s, actress Linda Evans became a spokesperson for the Rejuvenique Electric Facial Mask. This mask worked by producing a light electrical current to 26 metal contacts that rested on different areas of the face. The mask promised to rejuvenate the face and create glowing, vibrant skin without facial plastic surgery. Some users ended up with permanent scars from burns they received when using the mask. While that product seemed to disappear from the market, there is a surge of do-it-yourself devices hitting the market that are gaining a huge following in Asia and causing bruising and more serious facial injuries.
Rhinoplasty Devices and Better Option
The Beauty Lift High Nose clamps onto your face and two vibrating protrusions go up each nostril. These vibrations are supposed to help straighten the nose. Another device has clips that are pushed inside the nostril to help push up the nasal bone and improve the nose’s contours.
You’re better off consulting with a facial plastic surgeon who specializes in rhinoplasty. There is no device that will permanently mold your nose into a new shape. A rhinoplasty surgeon can show you what surgical steps can be taken to straighten, slim, or reshape your nasal tip.
Facial Cosmetic Surgery Devices
The Face Slimmer Exercise Mouthpiece is a large mouthpiece that is placed in the mouth while the user repeats a number of sounds. This is supposed to tighten facial muscles to help lift sagging cheeks and facial muscles in just three minutes a day. There’s also the Karakuri Ribbon that clips onto the skin over your ears and supposedly tightens the scalp to prevent wrinkles and sagging skin around the eyes. The Kogao Double Face Mask has tight straps that circle the crown, eyes, and head and apply pressure. This is supposed to slim the face and smooth wrinkles.
For people of Asian descent who want to eliminate the appearance of double eyelids, there is a device that looks a little like eyeglasses. Part of the eyeglasses pushes into the upper eyelid and forces it upward. Wearing these glasses for 20 minutes a day will not work and could even damage your eyes.
None of these devices work effectively. In fact, the straps may cut off circulation. Instead, talk to a facial plastic surgeon about blepharoplasty, brow lifts, or facelifts. If you’re a good candidate, your surgeon can show you what the surgery entails.
Get the Facts
Rather than waste your money on devices that offer no benefits, you should talk to a facial plastic surgeon. At The Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Masri can discuss your concerns and come up with surgical and non-surgical solutions for your problems. You might find your facial wrinkles or creases are quickly alleviated with Botox Cosmetic or fillers. For issues like jowls and sagging cheeks, a facelift may be the better option. Consultations are free, so there’s no risk to just talk to Dr. Masri, a Michigan facial plastic surgeon and rhinoplasty specialist.
Learn more about Masri Clinic’s services and Dr. Masri in this facial plastic surgery video. When you’re ready, call (313) 945-9800 to schedule a consultation in the Dearborn, Michigan, clinic. If Birmingham is more convenient, that office’s number is (866) 487-3223.
January 2nd, 2014 Dr. Haitham Masri
Weight loss is always a popular New Year’s resolution. For people who manage to lose the weight, the results may not be as pleasing as imagined. After weight loss, many men and women find their skin doesn’t bounce back as well as they’d hoped, and those loose skin folds make it hard to fit into clothing. Despite the weight loss, some fat may not go away, even with the strictest diet and exercise routines. Unsightly cellulite also plagues people, especially women, and makes getting into shorts and bathing suits stressful.
The good news is that through surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures, all of these issues can be corrected and help you embrace your new figure. Arm lifts, body lifts, liposuction, Mesotherapy, tummy tucks, and Velasmooth are six possible procedures to help sculpt and tone your body.
Typically, the abs, hips, and thighs are key areas of concern with weight loss. The upper arms can be just as problematic, especially after weight loss when the loose skin flaps around like bat wings. Exercise can only tone the muscle, the loose skin will remain unless you opt for an arm lift.
During an arm lift, the surgeon makes an incision on the inside or back of the arm. The underlying tissue is reshaped and then the skin is draped over the new frame. Excess skin is trimmed away and the incision is closed. If there are excess pockets of fat, liposuction may be necessary. You will experience bruising and swelling that decreases over a number of weeks. By the end of a few months, you’ll have toned upper arms that you’ll love showing off in sleeveless tops.
A body lift corrects a number of issues during the three to seven hour surgery. It is customized to your exact needs, but expect it to address the abdomen, buttocks, hips, lower back, thighs, and waist.
Incision placement depends on the issues you want corrected. After incisions are made the underlying tissue is surgically altered and excess skin is removed. Liposuction helps get rid of fat stores that haven’t gone away with diet and exercise. Once completed, compression bandages are put over the incisions and drains are inserted if necessary.
Following a body lift, you may experience some pain. Your surgeon prescribes medications to help control this discomfort. The drains are removed in the first week, but you keep wearing compression garments for four to six weeks. Once you’re no longer required to wear the compression garments, you can return to work. It can take up to two years before you see the final results of your body lift.
When exercise and dietary changes haven’t helped you shed unwanted fat, liposuction helps rid your body of these stubborn pockets. It’s a procedure commonly used on the abs, buttocks, knees, hips, thighs, and waist. There are several methods ranging from a traditional liposuction to SmartLipo, which uses laser to help melt the fat before it is suctioned from the body.
Small incisions are made in the skin and the cannula is inserted into the layers of fat. This cannula is attached to a surgical vacuum that helps suction out the fat. The entire procedure can take up to two hours. Swelling is common, so you have to wear compression bandages or garments to help reduce swelling and help your body adapt to its slimmer form. Plan to take a week or two off of work for the recovery period.
The French started using Mesotherapy in the 1950s. It’s an FDA-approved fat dissolving technique that not only helps rid you of excess fat stores, but it also can dissolve the connective tissue that creates the puckered skin that appears with cellulite. Plan for five to seven treatments before you see the full effects of this non-surgical procedure.
With Mesotherapy, a solution of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients are injected into the fat cells. The solution dissolves the fat so that it is absorbed naturally by the body. After your Mesotherapy treatment, you return to work or your usual activities with no required recovery time.
If your abdominal area is your biggest problem, a tummy tuck is the best solution. The incision is made at the top of your pubic hairline from one hipbone to the other. The abdominal muscles are tightened and excess fat and skin are excised before the incision is closed. To address the upper abdomen, the incision is made near the belly button.
For the first few days of your recovery, you will experience some discomfort and swelling. Pain medications help ease the discomfort, and compression garments can help with swelling. You need approximately two weeks to a month off of work for your recovery.
Cellulite is very common in women, though men are not completely immune. Size doesn’t matter either. What happens is that fat cells between the skin and muscle become trapped between the connective tissue and bulge upward, creating the dimpled appearance. In order to smooth out these fat cells, a technology known as VelaSmooth is very effective.
VelaSmooth combines the use of infrared light and radio frequency to shrink the size of fat cells. At the same time suction increases circulation to the target area. Increased blood flow and smaller fat cells help smooth the skin, eliminating the signs of cellulite. It does take multiple sessions before the results are noticeable. After a treatment, however, you’re able to go back to work or other activities without needing any time off.
At Michigan’s Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Masri is board certified in sleep medicine, otolaryngology, and facial plastic surgery. He brings more than 25 years of experience in plastic surgery to his patients. To schedule a consultation at either the Birmingham or Dearborn laser and cosmetic surgery office, call (313) 945-9800 (Birmingham) or (248) 723-7188 (Dearborn).
December 31st, 2013 Dr. Haitham Masri
According to a 2013 study released in the United Kingdom, 70 percent of the 1,000 men polled listed eyes as the first thing they notice about women. The 1,000 women polled in the same study also listed eyes as the first thing they notice in a man. It’s clear from this study that the eyes are a very dominant facial feature.
At the same time, the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery issued a press release in December 2013 ranking eyelid lifts as the second most popular facial plastic surgery. It is a popular procedure because the thin skin around the eyes makes the common signs of aging more noticeable. The good news is that you have a choice of surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures that help restore a youthful appearance.
Perhaps one of the most bothersome signs of aging around the eyes are the bags that form on the lower eyelid. Blepharoplasty is the surgical procedure that removes some of the loose skin and fat that leads to these bags. On the upper eyelid, blepharoplasty corrects sagging, drooping upper eyelid skin. Not only does this correct your appearance, but it has the additional benefit of correcting vision obstructions caused when the eyelid droops over the eye.
Incisions for blepharoplasty are made in the creases of the eyelids. This helps hide scars. Fat, muscle, and skin are trimmed to remove any excess and then the incision is sutured. There is swelling and bruising while you heal, and you may experience blurred vision. By the end of the week, you will be able to wear contact lenses again.
All you need for Botox treatments is about 10 minutes. At your facial plastic surgeon’s office, you are given a few injections into the muscle around your eyes and possibly on the brow. This pulls the eyebrows up and also smoothes the skin around the eyes, reducing the appearance of crow’s feet and frown lines.
Botox Cosmetic injections last approximately four months. After that, you need touch-up injections. If you skip them, your skin will return to how it looked before your Botox injections.
Carbon Dioxide Laser
CO2 laser treatments rejuvenate the skin by causing the dull upper layers to peel away. The lower layers are tighter and look younger. This helps eliminate crow’s feet.
During the laser treatment, you will only need local anesthesia to help dull some of the discomfort. Because the facial plastic surgeon is able to target just the top layers of skin, your recovery does not require much time. You may have reddened skin that feels much like you’ve been sunburned.
The Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery has offices in Birmingham and Dearborn, Michigan. Dr. Masri is Michigan’s first board certified facial plastic surgeon and has years of experience to ensure great results. The clinic offers a $100 discount when you schedule a free consultation by filling out the online contact form, or call 866-487-3223.
December 23rd, 2013 Dr. Haitham Masri
When searching for a facial plastic surgeon, you’ve probably heard a lot of talk about board certification. Some doctors only hold board certification by one of the boards under the American Board of Medical Specialties. Others hold double or even triple board certification from this organization and the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
While this may all sound confusing, board certification is an essential tool in finding the best surgeon for your cosmetic needs. A board certified surgeon is one who has undergone extensive training in a specific field.
You need to match your surgeon’s certifications to your cosmetic needs. If you are interested in a facelift, you definitely want a facial plastic surgeon who has a clear understanding of the face’s anatomy and aesthetic qualities. If you are interested in a breast augmentation, someone trained in general plastic surgery is your better option. Learn more about the two main groups offering certification and the benefits they offer.
American Board of Medical Specialties
To become a doctor, a person must earn a bachelor’s degree, complete medical school, and then complete a residency. After passing an exam, the medical license is granted. A medical license does allow the doctor to work as a doctor, but there is no specialty at this point. To become a specialist, the doctor then trains in a specific field, such as otolaryngology or plastic surgery.
After completing that training and passing another exam, board certification is granted by one of the 24 medical specialty boards approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties. General plastic surgeons are often certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, while many facial plastic surgeons hold board certification from the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
It used to be that physicians earned board certifications that lasted a lifetime. They never had to renew their certification or attend any continuing education program. Eventually, this changed and by 2006, the American Board of Medical Specialties created a re-certification process known as Maintenance of Certification or MOC.
For a physician to maintain his or her certification, the physician must hold a valid medical license in one or more states, attend educational programs specific to his or her specialty, and undergo evaluations in their practice to ensure all standards are met. Re-certification takes place every 6 to 10 years. It ensures the surgeon you choose is current on changing techniques and technology.
American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Choosing a facial plastic surgeon requires you to find a surgeon who is truly skilled in delicate facial surgeries. Many surgeons consider rhinoplasty to be one of the most difficult cosmetic surgeries. You want someone who is highly trained in surgeries involving the nose, so it makes sense to choose an otolaryngologist, after all this is a physician who specializes in the ears, nose, and throat.
The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) has taken things one step further in creating the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. To receive certification, surgeons must hold certification in Otolaryngology. The selected surgeons enter a year-long fellowship in which they train with an AAFPRS master surgeon. Following completion of the fellowship, the surgeon then takes a two-day board examination and undergoes an extensive peer review to gain certification in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery.
Tips for Finding a Surgeon
If you’re looking for a facial plastic surgeon, AAFPRS.org has a physician finder that allows you to search by zip code. Use this to narrow down your list. You may want to check potential surgeons against state records and made sure there are no complaints on file. For a general plastic surgeon, use the surgeon finder at Surgery.org.
For residents in Michigan, Dr. Haitham Masri is the state’s first board certified facial plastic surgeon. He also is board certified in sleep medicine and otolaryngology. He has more than two decades of experience. To schedule a cosmetic procedure with Dr. Masri, complete the online consultation request or call (313) 945-9800.
December 16th, 2013 Dr. Haitham Masri
Women are not alone in societal pressure to look young. Glenn Sacks, a columnist for numerous national newspapers, stated that men, especially those in office jobs, are feeling tremendous pressure to maintain a well-groomed appearance.
Outside of work, many men are driven to maintain a youthful appearance in order to attract women. As a result, more and more men are seeking the professional expertise of facial and general plastic surgeons to help correct flaws.
When it comes to facial plastic surgery, there are three popular procedures men ask for, including rhinoplasty, facelift and eyelid surgery.
In addition, Botox Cosmetic and hyaluronic fillers are also gaining ground with men. In fact, the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery reported an increase from the average 56 to 71 male patients per AAFPRS surgeon in 2012 for Botox Cosmetic, and 28 to 35 men per surgeon for hyaluronic acid fillers.
Facial Plastic Surgery Procedures
Blepharoplasty, facelifts, and rhinoplasty are the top three facial plastic surgeries performed on men. All three require some form of anesthesia, often local anesthesia paired with a mild sedative, and sometimes general anesthesia. The procedures are done on an outpatient basis, so after a brief recovery period in the clinic, you go home and rest in the comfort of your own bed and familiar surroundings.
An eyelid lift (Blepharoplasty) can be performed on either the upper or lower eyelids or both. It’s especially helpful in removing the excess fat that leads to bags under the lower eyelids and restoring the upper eyelids to a more open, non-sagging position. Incisions are made in the creases of the eyelids. Excess fat, skin, and muscle are excised, and the incisions are then sutured. Following the procedure, it’s normal for your eyes to feel itchy and dry and to have blurred vision. Swelling and bruising dissipate between a few days to a few weeks.
Aging leads to loss of fat in some areas of the face and skin that loses elasticity and begins to slide south. When this happens, jowls, sagging cheeks, and the appearance of a double chin alter the appearance. A facelift restores the skin on the lower face to a natural, more youthful position. The surgeon makes an incision from the hairline on the temple that travels in front of the ear and then behind the back of the ear. Skin is lifted from the underlying tissue, the muscle is tightened, and excess skin is removed right before closing the incision. The entire procedure takes two to three hours and requires several weeks of healing before the bruising and swelling disappear.
Nose surgery (rhinoplasty) is used to enhance the appearance of the nose or correct the function. It’s a suitable choice for men who feel their nose is too wide, too crooked, or too droopy. For men with a deviated septum, the surgery is also useful in restoring breathing function. Incisions are made within the nostrils and then bone and cartilage are trimmed to create the new shape. Following the surgical procedure, the nose may feel oily or appear bruised for a few weeks. Swelling is also common and can take months to resolve.
Botox and Fillers
Non-surgical techniques allow a facial plastic surgeon to correct some of the signs of aging without the need for anesthesia and incisions. Botox Cosmetic is a neurotoxin injection that calms the nerves that control muscle movement. By relaxing the nerves and muscles, lines and wrinkles smooth out. Botox injections take just 10 minutes to complete, and the results last approximately four months.
Hyaluronic acid fillers add volume to the face, which helps smooth out creases, lines, and wrinkles. Juvederm, one of the more popular hyaluronic acid fillers, is known for easing the appearance of marionette lines, smile, lines, and vertical lines. Juvederm lasts longer than Botox Cosmetic, with many patients seeing improvements for up to a year.
Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery has a comprehensive library of before and after pictures for surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures. Take time to view the photos before deciding if cosmetic procedures are right for you. If you have additional questions or would like to learn more, call Dr. Masri’s Michigan plastic surgery clinic at (313) 945-9800 in Dearborn or (866) 487-3223 in Birmingham.