Michael S. Beckenstein MD
About the Practice
My staff and I strive for excellence by applying our knowledge, expertise, experience, skills, and judgment to the field of plastic surgery. We are committed to rendering compassionate and competent care in the pursuit of the restoration of aesthetics, form, function, and spirit.
I assure you that my staff and I are highly committed, and will expend all of our energies to achieve these goals for you!
Michael S. Beckenstein, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Dr. Beckenstein offers the following procedures at our Birmingham cosmetic (aesthetic) surgery practice:
Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck )
Post Weight Loss Surgery Procedures
Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
Non Surgical Skin Care Procedures
If you would like to know more about our practice, contact our office in Birmingham today. We can answer any questions you may have about the cosmetic (aesthetic) surgery procedures we offer, and we can schedule your consultation with Dr. Beckenstein.
Background & Certification
Michael S. Beckenstein, MD has dual board certifications and is a diplomat of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery.
Dr. Michael Beckenstein is a board certified and fully credentialed plastic surgeon who completed fellowships and residencies around the country. He has extensive experience in reconstructive and aesthetic surgery in Birmingham. Dr. Beckenstein was born and raised in New York. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree, in Biology, from Union College, in Schenectady, New York. In 1987, he received his medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk Virginia. He was elected into the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society.
He completed his internship and General surgical training, in 1992, at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, New Jersey where he was awarded the Herbert Schulte Award for clinical excellence.
Dr. Beckenstein completed a Plastic Surgery residency at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He continued at the University for a six-month Research Fellowship.
» Fellowship Training
To obtain expertise in the fields of breast and aesthetic surgery, he completed a fellowship at the Breast Reconstruction Foundation under Dr Carl Hartrampf Jr. in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr Hartrampf is the developer of the TRAM flap and is the foremost authority on this subject. Dr. Beckenstein then went on to Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. to train under Dr. Scott L. Spear M.D. Dr. Spear is considered by his peers to be a worldwide expert in aesthetic and reconstructive breast surgery and is the co-developer of the anatomic and gel implant systems used today in breast reconstruction and augmentation.
After completing his training at Georgetown, Dr. Beckenstein entered a fellowship in breast reconstruction and aesthetic surgery under James C. Grotting, M.D. in Birmingham, Alabama. Dr. Grotting is world renowned cosmetic (aesthetic) surgeon for microsurgical breast reconstruction and aesthetic surgery. Dr. Beckenstein obtained a vast experience in Ultrasonic Assisted Liposuction (UAL) and facial plastic surgery during his training there.
During his fellowships at Georgetown University and in Birmingham, Dr. Beckenstein developed expertise in cosmetic (aesthetic) surgery of the face, the body, and the latest liposuction methods.
Publications and Presentations
Dr. Beckenstein has authored and co-authored several articles in peer reviewed journals as well as several textbook chapters on the subjects of breast, aesthetic, and reconstructive surgery. He currently is working on several projects. Dr. Beckenstein is developing several surgical instruments and holds a U.S. patent on a device.
Awards & Honors
Dr. Beckenstein was named one of America’s Top Surgeons by the Consumer Research Council in 2005 and was named the Lifesaver Recipient for the 2006 American Cancer Society’s Life Inspiration Award. Dr. Beckenstein and some of his patients have been featured in local and national media venues including television shows, news, books and magazines.
Affiliations & Memberships
Board Eligible American Board of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (1994)
Eligible for Certificate of Qualification in Hand Surgery
American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons (Candidate)
American Medical Association
Associate Fellow of The American College of Surgeons
Fellow of International College of Surgeons 6/94
Dolphin Research Center
Y-Me Organization 1996
International Society of Ultrasonic Surgery (ISUS) 1999
Susan Komen Foundation 2000
We offer a unique comprehensive consultation which is specifically designed to maximize your education on the procedures in which you have expressed interest. This process takes place in our new office, personally designed by Dr. Beckenstein to surround you with various comfortable settings and to ensure you have a relaxed, pleasant experience. The “flow” of the office is designed to be efficient, in order to minimize the time you spend waiting.
Your consultation will consist of a multi-media presentation which is followed by an extensive initial consultation with Dr. Beckenstein. He will thoroughly educate you on the procedure(s) in which you are interested, and discuss your expectations, goals and options. He will answer all your questions as well. When this is completed, you will then be examined and assessed by Dr. Beckenstein, who will continue the discussion on the proposed procedure(s) and options. During the remainder of your visit, you will spend additional time with our clinical and administrative staff. Here, you will receive further education on your procedure(s) and what to expect before, during, and after your surgery. You will often hear firsthand experiences from associates who have had similar procedures. You will then meet with our financial or insurance consultant who will discuss coverages or fees involving your surgery, and the various methods of financing we offer. Our Patient Services Specialist will also introduce herself to you to discuss your special care needs whether they are accommodations for our out of town patients, scheduling issues, coordination with other surgeons for joint cases or your other specific needs.
Your initial consultation will be followed up with additional information provided to you through personalized communication and second, follow-up visits. You will often be directed to online, didactic mini-courses to receive further education on your desired procedure(s). This process will assure that you will receive the necessary education to decide whether to move forward with a particular procedure. We feel if our patients are not well educated about their procedure(s) and what occurs around their surgery, we have not done our job!
Staff & Facilities
Dr. Beckenstein only performs surgeries in hospital facilities. They are the safest places and have ALL the vital resources readily available to you, should an emergency occur. Think about it: if you are being operated on in an office facility or free-standing surgery center and have an intra-operative emergency, the fire department would have to be called to transfer you to the nearest hospital! That can pose a major problem for you and delay essential treatment.
Putting Your Safety First
The facilities Dr. Beckenstein uses have anesthesiologists (medical doctors) supervising and providing your anesthesia. This again is the safest way for you to have your surgery. Some office based sites employ only nurses and sometimes the surgeon administers the anesthesia! This is not in your best interest. Hospital recovery rooms have specially trained nurses to assist and monitor patients in their recovery phase, which again ensures your safety.
Dr. Beckenstein has his patients stay in the hospital overnight. Again this is for your safety and well-being. Nurses will monitor you to assure there are no complications. They can diagnose a potentially dangerous situation earlier than if you were at home or in a hotel, etc. In the rare event where emergency surgery is necessary, Dr. Beckenstein would be able to take you back to surgery immediately. If you were elsewhere and called your doctor in the middle of the night with a potential problem, you would have to go to the emergency room or office. Then, after being evaluated, you would go the operating room. This would take up valuable time, often a few hours, that can compromise your final result! An overnight stay is restful, especially for mothers with young children who would have demands placed on them if they returned home the evening of surgery.
Hospital facility fees are usually a few hundred dollars more than office based facilities. The extra cost is well worth it for your safety and well-being! When evaluating a plastic surgeon, be sure to ask what facilities he or she uses and about the certification of their respective staff members.
Skin Care Products
Dr. Michael Beckenstein offers advanced skin care products and procedures to pamper your skin and to prevent signs of aging. Learn more about microdermabrasion and the facial rejuvenation treatments and products offered at our Birmingham , North Alabama practice.
Dr. Beckenstein accepts major credit cards and they are used by many patients to finance part or all of their procedures. We work with several financing companies that specialize in aesthetic (cosmetic) surgery, and they have various fee structures and payment options.
We are always seeking other options that are easy for patients to apply for, with good rates, no extra fees, hassles, etc. Our goal is for you, the patient, to find a good, easy way to finance your surgery. Our patient services specialists will assist you with finding a convenient way for you to accomplish this!
I give all my aesthetic (cosmetic) surgery patients an insurance policy that covers any untoward events that may occur within thirty days of the procedure. If you require additional surgery or medical treatment in this time frame, you may be liable for additional fees not covered by your health insurance. This policy will cover you for these events.