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Patient Testimonials for Dunagan, Yates, and Alison Plastic Surgery Center

Facial Rejuvenation, Surgeon: Dr. Yates

Choosing to have plastic surgery or any cosmetic procedure is an important decision. Selecting Dr. Michael Yates has been one of the best decisions that I have ever made.

Dr. Yates is truly a credit to his profession. He is knowledgeable, skilled and gifted. He listens to your concerns and desires and considers your health, family history and genetics to determine what would be best for you. Dr. Yates has chosen a wonderful staff they are all professional, patient and warm. He will continue to be my Doctor as he has been for the past 8 years.

Can you tell that I think the world of Dr.Yates and his staff?

Elaine S. ( A very HAPPY patient)

Liposuction, Surgeon: Dr. Alison

Like many people out there, I have been a life long Professional Dieter. I tend to gain weight the instant I stop watching what enters my mouth.

At the time I came to see Dr. Alison, I felt an overwhelming sense of defeat and a loss of control. I was not losing the inches through dieting and my workouts had hit a plateau. I felt ugly and ashamed of what I had become. I was desperate for some help. Dr. Alison and his team immediately made me feel at home and went out of their way to make me comfortable. Somehow, they managed to give me "Hope" and, believe me, I had given up on that a while ago.

Dr. Alison explained to me that liposuction was not to be used strictly as a weight loss tool. But, combined with diet and exercise, I could achieve some great results. As you can see, the results are phenomenal, better than I could have ever hoped for.

My experience with Dr. Alison and his entire team was unbelievable. There was no question or worry that was left unanswered. They helped walk me through the healing process, every step of the way, even making me laugh when I most needed it.

I do not believe that I could have ever achieved these results without the aid of Dr. Alison. Even four years later, I still experience a sigh of relief when clothes shopping. I am still "me", just a better version. I cannot thank Dr. Alison and his team enough and plan to keep them on speed-dial for years to come. I would highly recommend Dr. Alison to anyone I meet.

--Pam M.

Latisse Treatment, Surgeon: Dr. Dunagan

I had my doubts that any product could extend the growth of my lashes. But, I have had dramatic results. I've stopped spending tons of money on department store mascaras, primers and conditioners. Now, I buy Latisse and use inexpensive mascaras because my lashes are naturally long.

Skin Health Treatments, Surgeon: Dr. Dunagan

After having spent several summers working in a commercial vineyard, my skin was starting to show the ravages of sunlight exposure. I was unaware, at that time, of the need for daily sunscreen usage, and because I was young it didnít occur to me that I needed skin care other than regular cleansing.

I started coming to DYA back in 1993, when their skin health program was new. I have been a regular patient ever since, always making sure to use sunscreen each morning, even when I was only going to work,and following the skin care regimen prescribed by the staff. I have been very happy with the results Iíve experienced, and find that people often comment on the appearance of my skin.

I recently saw these before and after photos, again, and was "blown away" by the obvious improvement. These two photos were taken more than 7 years apart. The results were gradual, so you might not think something is working, but be patient! As you can see it really does.

You just have to follow your instructions!!

BOTOX Treatment, Surgeon: Dr. Dunagan

In my opinion, there are three things that are worth spending your hard earned money on to improve your self image. They are Botox, Juvederm filler and a good haircut.

Getting my first injections of Botox in my forehead about 8 years ago made me a little nervous. But, after seeing the almost instant results, I was hooked. The small wrinkles and lines disappeared overnight. Like finding a good hairdresser, I felt it was important to find a good plastic surgeon. I moved to Huntsville recently and found Dr. Dunagan. He suggested that I treat other areas such as crows feet around my eyes. After seeing the before and after photos, I was amazed at the difference.

I am 46 years old and considering a facelift in the future. But, I would highly recommend starting Botox injections and fillers early. You will be overjoyed with the results.

Pat's Story, Surgeon: Dr. Dunagan

Have you ever woken up, looked in the mirror, and wondered what happened? Known that there was no way that could be you, but then you stick your tongue out there's no denying it? Well, that's what happened to me. I had such a zest for life, but that person looking back at me looked so tired. Dr. Dunagan of DYA gave me the outside that matched my inside. He did it with an extremely skilled and artful eye. I couldn't be more pleased. The beauty is both physically and emotionally balanced.

Karen's Story, Surgeon: Dr. Yates

My quest for the new me has been a magical experience. One which has made me healthier and able to lead an active lifestyle again.

I will say that my experiences with DYA, especially Dr. Yates, are magical. From the first consult through the "party hat" experience, to recovery and beyond, everyone goes above and beyond the norm and well exceeds the expectations of a Dr.'s office, especially plastic surgery. They make me feel like a princess every time I walk in the door.

Janet's Story, Surgeon: Dr. Alison

Managing my weight has been a life-long battle, and several months ago I reached my goal of losing 90 pounds. I have been blessed with good health and am thankful that with the weight loss, my blood pressure and cholesterol levels are perfect. Surprisingly, my breast size did not decrease, and I still experienced neck and back discomfort and ever-deepening ridges in my shoulders. In addition, my abdominal skin sagged and no amount of exercise would change that.

Despite having accomplished my goal, I was disappointed that smaller sized clothing still did not fit properly. During my yearly physical exam, my family doctor praised my accomplishments, but also sensed that I was not as pleased with myself as he expected I would be. He took my hand, looked me straight in the eyes, and said, "Janet, you have done the work and you deserve to feel confident about your appearance. What do you think about a consult with a plastic surgeon?" After a discussion with him about breast reduction and removal of sagging abdominal skin, I asked him to make the call to whomever he would refer a member of his family. He indicated he would unquestionably call Dunagan, Yates, and Alison. It was at this point the journey toward having the body that I never thought was possible began.

Dr. Alison and his staff expertly guided me through the surgical process. At my first post-op appointment with him, I told him my family reports the only time I am not smiling is when I am asleep! That smile is what my family doctor knew was missing two months earlier. Now that my body is properly proportioned, my back and neck pain have disappeared and I am more self-confident than I have ever been in my life. There are moments that I look at myself and realize the breasts I developed in 5th grade are mine again, and below is the flat tummy I have never had in my entire life. Yes, I did the weight loss work, but I would not be the confident woman I am today without Dr. Alison's help.

There are no words I know to adequately thank him and his team of professionals for what they have done for me, my health, and my self-esteem. Without a doubt, he is the gifted plastic surgeon to whom I would send my family member or friend.

Breast Augmentation, Surgeon: Dr. Yates

"I just wanted to look natural."

Patient's Story

I have a real small frame and have always been small on top. I wanted to have an augmentation so I'd be more proportioned, look even between top and bottom. Plus, I could wear halter tops and give up padded bras. I do some professional modeling, and I thought augmentation would also help my modeling work. So I researched breast augmentation for nearly a year. I knew all the problems, do's and dont's. I'd searched the internet and seen reports on TV. It wasn't a quick decision for me, I really educated myself.

Still, I was nervous even up to the morning of the surgery. I had this fear that I was going to be huge! I must have mentioned it to Dr. Yates at least five times. I work in a gym and there are women who come in there and you just look at them and go whoa! Those are huge! I definitely didn't want that, I just wanted to look natural.

During the consultation process, I tried on two different sized implants to get an idea of what size I would be. That really helped, particularly when Dr. Yates assured me that the ones I had on would give me a well proportioned look.

I am very happy now, although if you asked me those first few days after the surgery, my story would have been different. I was a bit more sore than I expected the first few days. Because I work out a lot, the muscles in my chest wall were really tight. It took a few days for the muscles to get used to the implants, but it didn't take very long.

I am pleased that I have a natural, balanced look. The surgery has helped my modeling career because now I am more proportioned. I often get comments on how healthy I look and that I have an elegant or glamorous aura. Most people can't tell I've had it done, and I like that.

Reconstructive Surgery, Surgeon: Dr. Dunagan

"It's MORE than I ever expected. I used to wear lots of makeup to cover my scar. Now I don't have to!"

Patient's Story

I was born with a cleft lip and had some surgery to repair that when I was an infant. But I was left with horrible scar and a misshapen nose. All my life I had gone to different doctors to improve the look, but nothing got better. About 15 years ago, I went to a plastic surgeon who said he could improve the scar, but after his surgery, I think it looked worse.

So even though I'm 40, I decided I didn't want to give up on making it look better. I had seen Dr. Dunagan's commercial on TV and I studied their website and thought he was somebody experienced enough to help me. But I was nervous about trying one more time and it took me two and half months to get up the nerve to call and schedule an appointment.

Once I saw Dr. Dunagan, he sat down and talked with me about what he could do. He told me he couldn't promise anything and he wanted me to think about it. His nurses, Brenda and Edie, also spent a lot of time with me, they are really wonderful.

The first surgery he did was on my nose to reconstruct it and give it a better shape. It made a wonderful difference. Then we've done two laser resurfacing treatments around my mouth and nose, so soften the appearance of the scar. The results are more than I'd ever hoped for.

I come from a large family, but I didn't tell anyone what I was going to do. I just stayed at home and kept to myself. They finally saw me after the swelling had gone down from the nose surgery and they were all really excited for me and so happy with what Dr. Dunagan had done.

Having surgery again was a really personal and emotional thing for me. And every day after the nose surgery, it looked better and better. I was skeptical going in, but I found a surgeon I could be confident about. I look better than I ever expected.

Body Contouring, Surgeon: Dr. Dunagan

"I knew I was fighting genetics trying to exercise away the extra fat on my hips and thighs."

Patient's Story

All the women on my Mom's side of the family has a problem with extra body fat on their hips and thighs, so I knew I was fighting genetics. No amount of diet and exercise seemed to correct the problem. When I tried on clothes, something might fit in the waist, but not across the legs. So I had some definite problems areas I wanted to remedy. Plus, I had some stretch marks from my son's pregnancy that really bothered me.

I originally went to see Dr. Dunagan back in 1995. He really made an impression on me with his concern about my overall health and I had a lot of faith in his opinions. I knew he really cared about me as a patient, not just a possible surgery case. But I decided to postpone surgery and try some diet and exercise. I'm actually glad I waited because I was in the best possible shape for surgery and Dr. Dunagan could really see where those stubborn genetic pockets of fat were.

I received super care after my surgery. I have to say they took better care of me than some of the other times I've been in the hospital for other things. I had one-on-one care that was so attentive. Plus, they had taken the time to really educate me about what to expect, so there weren't any hidden secrets.

I have been so pleased with the results. I did this surgery for me. When I told friends I was going the have the surgery, they would say, "But you don't need it!" But I didn't care whether people could tell if I'd had it done or not! I did it for myself, it was a very personal thing.

Body Contouring, Surgeon: Dr. Alison

"The best part has been watching my friends try to guess what is different!"

Patient's Story

I was so unhappy with my stomach. My clothes just didn't fit right. I'd seen some tummy tucks on TV, and I was just determined to have it done. I called and requested an Information Book. I sat and studied the before and after photos and decided I wanted to go to Dunagan, Yates & Alison. I live in the Florence area, but after I met with Dr. Alison I knew I'd found a surgeon I was comfortable with.

My daughter was against me having surgery. She is a nurse and she's seen some plastic surgery that wasn't done right. But I was comfortable with Dr. Alison and decided to have it done.

I stayed in Huntsville a week after the surgery. I didn't have any pain, the medication they give you after the surgery is great! I was already a healthy weight before, but I lost 10 pounds by time I was all finished. Now my clothes fit great!

The best part has been watching my friends and family try to guess what has changed. I didn't tell anybody I was having it done, not even some of my relatives, so please don't use my name in the book. It's been fun for them to wonder out loud about why I look so good, they ask me if I got a hair cut or new clothes! I just smile and say, "Yes! The clothes are new."

Body Contouring, Surgeon: Dr. Yates

"I thought plastic surgery was just for women."

Patient's Story

I used to weigh 360 pounds. When I decided it was time to lose weight, my wife, she coaches basketball, became my weight loss and exercise coach. I'm 64, so I needed a coach. When I lost 160 pounds, I was left was all this flab. It was awful to work so hard and lose that weight and still feel so flabby.

So I asked my regular doctor about it and he told me plastic surgery could get rid of it. And I thought, "Plastic surgery?? That's something women do." But my doctor assured me that plastic surgery was something I should investigate. So I went to see Dr. Yates and he's fixed me up right. Now I look as good as I feel. In fact, he did such a good job on my stomach, that I've also decided.

Facial Rejuvenation, Surgeon: Dr. Dunagan

" I knew some patients of Dr. Dunagan and I liked they way they looked."

Patient's Story

I'd lost 35 pounds and had some sagging skin under eyes and neck. I work with the public and even though I'd lost weight, the sagging skin was affecting the way I felt about myself. When I decided to investigate cosmetic surgery, I did all kinds of research about local surgeons. I searched the Internet, called the Better Business Bureau, talked to people who'd had work done. I knew 4 or 5 people who were patients of Dr. Dunagan and I like they way they looked. When I consulted with Dr. Dunagan, he took his time, didn't seem to be in a hurry, and he really wanted to know what I wanted to improve. He spent time at the imager, showing me what he thought he could do and really answering all my questions. Dr. Dunagan and his staff, especially Edie, Cynthia and Brenda, showed me the greatest concern, both before and after my surgery.

I went back to work after 3 weeks. I did still have some swelling and I used camouflage makeup over some of the redness, but I felt comfortable going back to work. I hadn't told anyone why I was out, and they were all surprised. I am extremely pleased with my result and I would not hesitate to do it again.

Facial Rejuvenation, Surgeon: Dr. Yates

"I had an awful looking turkey neck, now I love my profile."

Patient's Story

My grandson was my big motivator in deciding to have surgery. He is four years old and when I'd pick him up, he would just grab all this extra skin I had under my neck and wobble it back and forth. It was like a turkey neckÖan awful looking turkey neck.

So I knew I wanted my chin and neck done more than anything else. But you don't just want one area to look like it has been worked on but the rest is just left to gravity and old age. I was really happy I decided to go with the whole face because I really felt like it has made me feel a little younger. It seems like I have much more self confidence than I had before.

I'm a nurse at an area hospital so I had seen the kind of work Dr. Yates did. I knew he was very meticulous in the things he does in all different types of surgeries, even if he is just taking a little lump or bump off. I chose Dr. Yates because I felt his experience and really his artistic talent is what you want in a plastic surgeon.

I love my neck...I have never had a neck before! It gives me a nice profile now, I think. It has been a wonderful experience. I think if you feel like you need surgery, it is alright to have it. It is not being vain, it is not being pretentious. I think it is something you should do for yourself.

Eye Lid Surgery, Surgeon: Dr. Alison

"I had such thick eyelids, it was interfering with my vision."

Patient's Story

I went to see Dr. Alison because I thought my eyes just looked so horrible. I had one of the Information Books and I really studied the photos and descriptions and thought surgery would help. Dr. Alison told me that my problem was thick eyelid skin and that surgery would eliminate it. He also said that my skin was so thick that it was interfering with my vision and that insurance would probably pay for it. We filed a letter of determination with the insurance company, but they turned it down. But I decided to go ahead and do it anyway, because I thought it looked so bad.

Facial Rejuvenation, Surgeon: Dr. Yates

"Now the ladies at church whisper to me that I look so good!"

Patient's Story
I went to see Dr. Yates because he did such a wonderful job on a lady who goes to my church. She was in a very serious car accident, and she tells everyone that he literally put her face back together. I was having a problem with drooling, I know that doesn't sound real nice, but my muscles had gotten so weak in my mouth that I just couldn't stop drooling. I didn't want to be a drooling Grandmother!

So I went in and told Dr. Yates about the drooling and he said, "No problem, we can tighten those muscles up."

Then I said, "Can you do something about this deep line between my eyes? And after I had thyroid surgery, I wound up with this turkey neck, can you take that off? And I don't like these lines above my lip."

Dr. Yates just looked at me and said, "Why don't we just do the whole thing?"

Well, I didn't go in with the intention of getting "the whole thing" but I decided to do it and I'm glad I did! Now, I liked the way I looked before, mind you, I had 66 years to get used to that face. But now the ladies at church come up to me and whisper in my ear, and they always whisper, that I look so good.

I stayed the first night after surgery there at the office and the lady there took beautiful care of me. I didn't have a bit of pain even though my husband says I looked like I was dressed for Halloween, I was so swollen the first few days right after the surgery. I was tired for a few weeks and slept a lot, but didn't have a bit of pain. I really recommend surgery to anyone who wants it done.
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