BOTOX® for a Youthful Appearance and Happier Mood

August 11th, 2015 admin

The majority of people know that BOTOX® Cosmetic can be used to treat wrinkles and provide a more youthful appearance. BOTOX® Cosmetic is a neurotoxin produced by botulinum toxin A. When injected into the facial muscles, it temporarily paralyzes those wrinkle-causing muscles, allowing the skin to relax and smooth out. It takes only minutes to perform this nonsurgical, minimally invasive procedure and requires no downtime, so patients can return to work and their regular activities immediately afterward.

BOTOX® Cosmetic is commonly used to improve the following signs of aging:

  • Horizontal lines across the forehead

  • Vertical furrows between the brows, known as “frown lines”

  • “Crow’s feet” at the corners of the eyes

  • A sagging brow

What many people do not know is that BOTOX® can be used for many other purposes, and research suggests that it may be effective for improving mood.

BOTOX® for Depression

Depression is characterized by a dejected mood during most of the day and a loss of interest in things once enjoyed. This mood disorder affects about 18.8 million American adults. Fortunately, a study conducted at the Hannover Medical School in Germany found that injecting botulinum toxin A into the facial muscles involved with expressing negative emotions eased the symptoms of depression. Patients in this study who received botulinum toxin A for the treatment of “frown lines” experienced positive effects on their mood.

How It Works

Our facial muscles contract to display our emotions, and our expressions send signals back to the brain to reinforce those emotions (the facial feedback hypothesis). Since BOTOX® Cosmetic blocks nerve impulses from reaching the muscles, it may prevent people from expressing negative emotions and prevent the reinforcement of those negative emotions back to the brain. In addition to boosting a person’s confidence knowing he or she looks more youthful, this study suggests that BOTOX® Cosmetic can also make a person happier.

If you are interested in BOTOX® Cosmetic to improve signs of aging and increase your confidence, schedule your consultation with Dr. Oliver & Dr. Jack today. Contact our office by calling 205-298-8660, or fill out our online contact form for more information.

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What Is a Facelift?

July 2nd, 2015 admin

What Is a Facelift?Sun exposure, living a happy life, and gravity all cause a little facial wear and tear. As you age, the elastin in your facial tissues becomes weak, and your skin begins to droop. However, the weakening of the skin isn’t the only cause of an aging appearance. A larger factor in how firm and youthful your face appears is actually the underlying muscular structure. If your muscles are loose, then the skin that sits on top of it will appear that way as well. Many people carry the misconception that a facelift targets A) only the skin and B) your entire face. This is, in fact, not true.

What Is a Facelift, Really?

Facelift surgery has a bit of a deceptive name; there isn’t much lifting of your entire face. Many patients pull back the skin around the temples and cheeks, which makes the skin taunt. This is the effect they desire from their facelift, but achieving that aesthetic through surgery requires work in a very different area of the face. What seems to be a tightening of the overall face is actually tailored restructuring of the underlying musculature of the lower face.

Incisions are created along the hairline at the temples that run down toward the ears. The skin is separated from the muscles, and the cheek and jaw muscles are repositioned and stitched together so they appear and feel firm. The skin is then redraped over your new muscle contour, and unwanted excess skin is trimmed away. The remaining skin hugs your new muscle structure, which now appears firm and youthful. It is important to remember that this surgery only targets the middle and lower half of your face.

Full Facial Rejuvenation

What many patients fail to realize is that an aged appearance can also be due to sagging skin around the eyes. Heavy, drooping eyelids can cause you to appear fatigued, angry, or even sad. Eyelid surgery can be performed in conjunction with your facelift in order to achieve full facial rejuvenation. Additionally, JUVÈDERM® is an injectable filler that can be used to fill in deep, hollow circles around the eyes.

For eyelid surgery, incisions are created in the natural contours of the eyelids to minimize the appearance of scarring. Excess skin and fat are removed from the upper lid to eliminate a heavy, hooded lid. The same is done to the lower lid, which alleviates puffiness and dark undereye circles.

Combining procedures can save you money and precious recovery time. Brighter eyes and firmer skin will have you looking years younger in no time.

If you think you’d benefit from full facial rejuvenation, facelift surgery, or eyelid lift surgery, schedule your consultation with the Birmingham Specialists today. Contact our office by calling 205-298-8660 or filling out our online contact form here for more information.

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Breast Augmentation vs. Breast Lift

May 15th, 2015 admin

augmentation v liftHaving breasts that are small or sagging robs many women of their confidence. If you are bothered by the appearance of your breasts and feel that they could use a boost along with your confidence, surgical correction is available.

Breast enhancement surgeries can increase the size and/or improve the shape of your breasts, but it may seem like you’re sifting through murky water attempting to figure out what will work best for you. If you aren’t sure which breast enhancement procedure is going to give you the results you desire, the following information can help you decide based on the factors that apply to you.

Breast Augmentation

When many women think of breast enhancement, they automatically think of breast augmentation because it is the most popular enhancement surgery. Breast augmentation surgery uses implants to increase the size, reshape, and correct asymmetry of the breasts. Implant options are saline (which provide a more rounded look and feel) or silicone (which more closely simulate natural breast tissue). The implant placement (under or over the pectoral muscle) can also affect the aesthetic appearance of the breasts.

Women who choose breast augmentation generally identify with one or more of the following:

  • Desire for an increase in breast size

  • Abnormally shaped breasts

  • Embarrassment due to breast asymmetry (one breast smaller than the other)

Breast Lift

Many women fail to realize that their breast issues may be due to weakened breast tissue and/or stretched skin. Women often experience breast sagging as a result of aging, pregnancy, and weight loss. Severe breast sagging can prevent the breasts from appearing full and perky. Breast lift surgery removes excess tissue and sutures what remains into a flattering position and shape on the chest.

Women who choose breast lift surgery generally identify with one or more of the following:

  • Mild to severe breast ptosis (sagging)

  • Pendulous breasts

  • Enlarged areolas

  • Nipples and areolas that hang below the breast crease or point downward

  • Drooping breasts that are large or of adequate size


It is important to discuss your goals with your doctor to determine the right procedure(s) for you. Women often find that they need a smaller bra size after breast lift surgery due to the tightening of the tissues and wish they had also undergone breast augmentation. Those who wish to increase the size of their breasts while also elevating them to a higher position combine the breast augmentation and breast lift procedures into one surgery.

Sagging breast tissue may lead to complications later if a breast augmentation is performed alone when a lift is also needed. In these instances, an issue called the “double-bubble deformity” can occur, where the breast tissue that should have been lifted sags below the implant. A lift with your augmentation can help prevent tissue sagging and this problem.

If you are seeking breast enhancement surgery, schedule your consultation with Plastic Surgery Specialists of Birmingham. Dr. Oliver, Dr. Jack, and their friendly staff are available to answer any questions or concerns you may have. Contact our office today at 205-298-8660 or fill out our online contact form here for more information.

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The Science Behind Chemical Peels

April 16th, 2015 admin

The Science Behind Chemical PeelsChemical peels seem to have a bad rap as of late. It may be because people picture horrible lab accidents when they hear “chemical,” or they envision the skin being grated off at the sound of “peel.” Another possibility could be that everyone is simply enamoured with new laser technology. However, there is no need to fear chemical peels; they are not as dangerous as the name might lead you to believe. As for technology, chemical peels are also backed by solid science.

What Are Chemical Peels?

Chemical peels are designed to improve the appearance of your skin. They can treat fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, age spots, and certain types of acne. A mild, medium, or moderate (depending on the intensity of treatment needed) chemical solution is applied to the skin. The solution helps exfoliate the skin to erase imperfections and improve skin tone and texture. Common ingredients for chemical peels include:

  • Glycolic Acid: This is among the mildest of chemical peel ingredients. It is considered to be natural because it is derived from sugar cane. As a mild peel that works on a superficial level, it provides mild results, making multiple treatments necessary.

  • Trichloroacetic Acid: This is an effective middle-ground peel ingredient. It is strong enough to remove fine wrinkles, but it doesn’t provide the same lasting results as deep-working peels.

  • Phenol Peel: This is an incredibly strong chemical peel. It works deep within the tissue layers to achieve the most dramatic results. The recovery period takes longer (about two weeks), but many patients say their results last for years.

How Do Chemical Peels Work?

Your skin’s health and quality is only as good as the cells making up the tissue. Dead skin cells and lack of collagen can negatively affect the appearance of your skin. As you age, dead skin cells can build up, creating acne and a dull skin tone. Your natural collagen production also begins to slow down. Chemical peels work by exfoliating the top layers of skin to remove dead cells. By slightly damaging the surface of your skin, the body is stimulated to produce new collagen cells to help in the healing process. The cells that remain behind once healing is complete create tighter, smoother skin. This process is known as cell turnover.

Maintaining Chemical Peel Results

Chemical peels come in varying strengths. Therefore, your results will last varying amounts of time depending on the treatment you underwent. If you want to prolong the effects of any chemical peel, it is important to maintain healthy skin care habits.

  • Stay hydrated: Consume the daily recommended amount of water, and apply a moisturizing skin cream after washing.

  • Nutrition: A good diet full of healthy vitamins and minerals can help maintain bright, clear skin.

  • Apply sunscreen: Sun damage is one of the leading causes of signs of aging. Always use sunscreen with at least SPF 30, and avoid direct sunlight when possible.

If you are considering a chemical peel treatment, schedule your consultation with Dr. Oliver & Dr. Jack today. Contact our office by calling 205-298-8660 or filling out our online contact form here.

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Benefits of an Accredited Surgical Center

March 20th, 2015 admin

Accredited Surgical Center in Birmingham, Alabama

Accredited Surgical Center in Birmingham, Alabama  At Plastic Surgery Specialists of Birmingham, Alabama, we aim to offer you the safest and most enjoyable experience possible from your initial consultation all the way to your final check-up exam. To ensure patient comfort and safety, we perform all our out-patient procedures in a surgical facility accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF). In addition, our surgical center houses a state-of-the-art operating suite that utilizes the latest innovative technology for outpatient cosmetic procedures.

What Is an Ambulatory Facility?

Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs) are health care facilities that offer same-day surgical care, diagnostic exams, and preventive procedures. ASCs are a more convenient alternative to hospital-based outpatient procedures. Most plastic surgeons work from ASCs because they provide the best care and convenience for their patients.

What Is the AAAASF?

The American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF) is a not-for-profit accreditation program that standardizes and improves the quality of ambulatory surgery facilities. Over 2,000 facilities are accredited by the AAAASF, and they are considered the “gold standard” by surgeons as well as state and national health agencies.

What Does the AAAASF Check?

During the accreditation process, the AAAASF inspects facilities to make certain they meet a list of requirements that ensure patient care and safety. Some of the general guidelines required by the AAAASF include:

  • Perform pre-operative surgical safety checklist

  • All patients receiving anesthetic agents other than topical or local anesthesia must be supervised by an adult during the immediate post-discharge period

  • All surgeons using the facility must meet one of the following credentials:

    • A doctor of medicine (M.D.) certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties

    • A doctor of osteopathy (D.O.) certified by the American Osteopathic Association Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists

    • A podiatrist certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery

    • An oral and maxillofacial surgeon certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

  • Every surgeon operating in an AAAASF-accredited facility must hold unrestricted hospital privileges in his or her specialty at a licensed acute care hospital within 30 minutes of their facility

  • Patients with pre-existing medical conditions that make them a significant risk for outpatient surgery are referred to alternative facilities

  • The facility displays a professional appearance

  • There is a dedicated operating room

  • The operating suite includes an operating room, prep/scrub area, a clean area, a dirty area, and a post-anesthesia care unit

  • The operating room is properly cleaned and maintained

Although Alabama state law does not require a surgical center to be accredited by a third-party source, Plastic Surgery Specialists chooses to maintain its AAAASF accreditation. We want to ensure our patients have the peace of mind knowing that their safety and comfort is our number one priority.

At Plastic Surgery Specialists of Birmingham, Alabama, we look forward to providing you with outstanding patient care from your initial visits all the way to your final follow-up exam. Call us today at 205-298-8660 to schedule your consultation. For your convenience, you may also fill out our online contact form.

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When to Consider Breast Reduction Surgery

February 11th, 2015 admin

Benefits of Breast Reduction

It’s no secret among women that ideal beauty, which should be subjective, is often treated as if it is purely objective. Each woman’s fantasy body is unique, however, and has been crafted by personal benefits of breast reductionexperiences over the years. Women become ashamed of their bodies when they don’t reflect what they typically see in popular culture. This struggle is most prevalent in how women view their breast size. Many women feel that they don’t stack up against society, making breast augmentation the most popular plastic surgery in America for women. Some women, on the other hand, feel that their breasts are much larger than normal, which also affects their confidence. However, they rarely seek treatment because breast reduction isn’t glamorized in the media.

Famous Breast Reduction Recipients

Numerous Hollywood stars have breast implants. It happens so frequently that there is little stigma associated with them any more, which makes sense for a society in which larger breasts are idealized. So few women in the spotlight choose to have breast reduction surgery that normal women feel self-conscious considering it for themselves. However, these famous ladies chose to have breast reduction surgery to improve their lives:

  • Drew Barrymore (actress)

  • Queen Latifah (singer/actress)

  • Star Jones (TV personality)

  • Patricia Heaton (actress)

  • Katie Price (model)

  • Patti Stanger (TV personality)

  • Dina Manzo (TV personality)

  • Soleil Moon Frye (actress)

Why Women Choose to Get a Breast Reduction

Women generally choose to reduce the size of their breasts either due to physical pain or emotional pain. The pain keeps women from living the lives they want and feeling confident with their bodies. No woman should have to live feeling limited by her body.

Back and Neck Pain

The most common complaint among women with overly large breasts is the pain it causes in their backs and necks. To relieve the burden of extra front weight, women find themselves hunching forward. This poor posture is terrible for the spine and neck. It’s a lose/lose battle because many women don’t have strong enough cores to support the immense frontal weight, but slouching is a pain in the neck (literally). Many women say they have trouble sleeping because of their back pain and constantly have to take pain relievers to feel comfortable.

Exercise Pain

The pain that overly large breasts cause during exercise is both physical and mental. The aggressive movements used when working out create soreness in the chest. Once breasts reach a certain size, sport bras have trouble strapping them down and keeping them in place. Many women also feel self-conscious during their workout because jogging or jumping brings unwanted attention to them and their chest.

Fashion Pain

Women with overly large breasts find that they are limited in their fashion choices. Most tops and dresses aren’t made to fit over ample chests. Clothing that is big enough for their top halves are often too big for the rest of their bodies. It becomes discouraging when you can’t feel beautiful in your clothes. Another complaint is that very few bras designed for larger-breasted women are pretty. They usually are made from sturdy material in beige and tan. Women don’t even feel attractive in them, let alone feel that anyone else would find them attractive in them. And forget about them ever slipping into a bikini.

Emotional Pain

It is too often that women with overly large breast are embarrassed and self-conscious about their bodies. They feel that their breasts are disproportionate to their frame or don’t meet with a “normal” body image standards. They may receive unwanted male attention and feel that their bodies limit the way other people perceive them. Since large breasts begin to develop in early womanhood, many women have spent years hiding away their bodies. Eventually, the emotional burden becomes too much to bear.

Deciding if Breast Reduction Is Right for You

It can be hard deciding if breast reduction is right for you. Today’s culture pressures women into believing that their “natural assets” are a gift and it would be a shame to do away with them. You should remember that it’s you who has to live in your body. Considering something as drastic as surgery obviously indicates that this is a serious issue for you. You don’t have to live in pain or be unhappy with your body. It’s time you loved yourself and loved your breasts. Breast reduction may be just what you need to take charge of your life and feel fabulous in your own skin. For more information about breast reduction surgery, click here.

To discuss how breast reduction surgery can help you, schedule your consultation with Dr. Oliver & Dr. Jack. Call today at 205-298-8660 or fill out our online contact form here.


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Reduce Fat Without Surgery

January 13th, 2015 admin

For some people, the idea of surgery can be daunting, keeping them from getting those quick fixes they want to feel better about themselves. That’s why the Apollo™ system is a great solution for one’s body contouring needs. Dr. Oliver and Dr. Jack use this nonsurgical, pain-free procedure that involves no recovery time. Virtually anyone can utilize the Apollo™ system because it is perfect for any skin type.slender woman in a yellow bikini with contouring lines

What Does It Do?

The Apollo™ system is a noninvasive treatment that uses TriPolar Radio Frequency technology applied under the skin to stimulate collagen production, which plumps and smoothes areas with wrinkles and cellulite. The procedure reduces localized fat, improves the appearance of cellulite, and can eliminate inches from the waist. It can also be used on the face and neck to tighten skin and reduce signs of wrinkles and aging.

Why Use It?

The Apollo™ system is a time saver compared to surgical options. The procedure itself takes no more than one hour, and there is no recovery time involved. With the Apollo™ system, Dr. Oliver and Dr. Jack control the energy and the target area to provide patients with a pain-free experience. The procedure can be performed on any skin type with immediately visible results that are clinically proven to be long lasting.

When something is this quick and easy, why wait? Call (205) 298-8660 to set up a consultation today or fill out our online contact form here. Come see what Dr. Robert Oliver and Dr. Jason Jack can do for you with the Apollo™ system.

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The Many Uses of BOTOX®

December 16th, 2014 admin

BOTOX® is the most popular injectable in the world and is FDA approved to erase fine lines and soften wrinkles on the face. In addition to treating frown lines and crow’s feet, this neurotoxin is an effective treatment for other interesting ailments.

A woman in a red top and black skirt holding her hands to her temples in pain

  1. Chronic Migraines

In 2010, BOTOX® was FDA approved for the treatment of chronic migraines. A person with chronic migraines suffers from a painful headache 15 or more days per month. To maintain lasting relief, patients receive injections around the head and neck about every 12 weeks from qualified medical specialists.

  1. Sweating

Believe it or not, BOTOX® can improve severe underarm sweating. It works by blocking the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands. BOTOX® completely prevents sweating in the underarms without “backing up” sweat production or causing any other problems. All other areas of the body will produce sweat normally. In clinical studies, 81 percent of patients experienced more than a 50 percent reduction in underarm sweating.

  1. Depression

If you’ve ever had success with the advice, “Fake it ‘til you make it,” it should not be surprising that BOTOX® can improve depression. A study published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research in May found that 52 percent of subjects suffering from depression showed some extent of relief after receiving BOTOX® injections to their “frown lines.” The study suggests that not using the muscles that indicate sadness might actually help to prevent feeling the emotion.

  1. Urinary Incontinence

BOTOX® has been FDA approved to reduce urinary incontinence from neurological injuries. It also may help control overactive bladder, which affects one in five adults over the age of 40.

  1. Teeth Grinding

When injected into the temporomandibular joint, BOTOX® can relax the chewing muscles of the face that cause grinding of the teeth, or “bruxism.” The effect lasts about four months and can help prevent damage to the teeth as well as chronic headaches and jaw pain.

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  1. Joint Pain

BOTOX® can alleviate joint pain, improve joint function, and decrease osteoarthritis pain. It is used most commonly in the knees.

  1. Hand Tremors

Muscle spasms or hand tremors are often a side effect of multiple sclerosis. Because it is a muscle relaxant, BOTOX® has been used to ease muscle spasms and even improve patients’ ability to write.

Since BOTOX® can be used to improve your appearance, reduce the frequency of chronic migraines, boost your mood, and improve your quality of life in so many ways, it is no surprise that it remains the number one non-invasive cosmetic procedure. If you are interested in BOTOX® injections in Birmingham, AL, please schedule your appointment with Dr. Robert I. Oliver Jr. or Dr. Jason M. Jack by calling (205) 298-8660 today. For your convenience, you may also fill out our online contact form.

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Don’t Be a Turkey This Thanksgiving!

November 17th, 2014 admin

If you have smooth and youthful skin well into your forties, then you definitely have something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. But if you’re like the rest of the general population, you might notice that your once plump and youthful skin is now thin and sagging; wrinkles have spread across your lower face, “smile lines” are deeper, and jowls have made an unwanted appearance. If the skin on your neck is very lax, you might even have the beginning signs of the dreaded “turkey neck.” Fortunately, Dr. Oliver and Dr. Jack offer a procedure that can help you look completely human again – just in time for the holidays.

Neck Lift

turkey neckThe neck lift procedure is often performed in conjunction with a facelift. With this procedure combination, patients receive all the benefits of a facelift while also eliminating sagging skin in the neck and even excess fat beneath the chin. The procedure involves tightening not only the skin, but the underlying muscles as well, to produce a result that looks naturally lifted. As the muscles and skin are tightened, wrinkles are eliminated and the entire face can appear up to ten years younger.

With a face and neck lift, you can expect a recovery time of about two weeks, but the results will be longer lasting and more effective than minimally invasive treatments for wrinkles and facial aging such as BOTOX® and injectable fillers. A neck lift is also the only solution for the very lax neck skin characteristic of the beloved star of this holiday, the turkey.

As you prepare to see relatives you may not have seen in quite a while this Thanksgiving, you may want to consider this procedure for the ultimate boost in confidence.

To schedule your consultation for a face or neck lift with Dr. Oliver or Dr. Jack, please call 205-298-8660 or fill out our online contact form today. We look forward to hearing from you!  

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Shaped vs. Round Breast Implants

January 30th, 2014 admin

Model in red bra with breast implantsAs one of the most regularly performed plastic surgery procedures, breast augmentation is desired by thousands of women every year. Although most of the specifics for a breast augmentation can be determined during your consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon, choosing the form (shaped or rounded) of the implants is almost entirely the patient’s choice.

To get a better understanding about the different structure that breast implants come in and which kind is best for your body, we’ve provided you with some information about both types.

Shaped Implants

Often referred to as gummy-bear implants, shaped implants are filled with a highly cohesive silicone gel that maintains a constant teardrop or tapered form. Shaped implants have textured surfaces to prevent them from moving around once they are inside of the breasts. The silicone used in shaped implants is slightly firmer than most round implants and varies significantly in feel between the three manufacturers of these devices in the United States. The more stable silicone polymer of these implants appears to account for the significantly improved durability of the implant in clinical trials. These implants are a good choice for women who wish to improve the size of their breasts while retaining a more natural (less rounded) appearance of the upper breast.

Round Implants

Round implants are filled with either liquid saline or silicone gel and contain a smooth or textured surface. The smooth surface allows the implants to move freely inside of the breasts, while the softness of the saline or silicone fill provides the natural feeling of a real breast. Textured devices move less but may be associated with less hardening of the breast over time. Round implants give a more stereotypical augmented or rounded look which may desirable to some patients.

Although shaped and round implants provide their own sets of benefits, the type that you choose will ultimately depend on your own personal preference.

The Procedure

Breast augmentation is performed on an outpatient basis with the patient under general anesthesia. Each implant is inserted through a small incision and placed above or below the breast muscle. There are various incision patterns that can be performed during surgery, although the most common is the inframammary incision because it is so well hidden underneath the breast. Other techniques include making an incision around the areola and under the armpit. The method that is most beneficial for you will be decided during your consultation.

Recovery Process

During the first few weeks, patients should refrain from any strenuous activity and heavy lifting to ensure a speedy recovery. Bandages are applied to the breasts directly after surgery, and a specialized compression bra will be placed on the breasts to reduce swelling. Pain may be apparent during the first few days of surgery, but this can be alleviated with prescribed medication. Although complications are rare, following your surgeon’s postoperative orders can greatly reduce the chances of complications arising.

For more information about Alabama breast augmentation surgery or any other cosmetic procedures, feel free to contact Plastic Surgery Specialists today. Call (205) 298-8660 or fill out an online contact form to get started. Our surgeons, Dr. Robert Oliver and Dr. Jason Jack are both certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) and are dedicated to helping each patient achieve the best outcome possible.

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