So, I’m hitting my mid-40’s and trying to figure out how to be that person at 50 that looks in the mirror and says “I’m good.” To start, how others look at me makes ZERO difference to me. It’s all about what I see in myself. Now there are several factors that contribute to how I personally age: genetics, environment, self-care, etc.
– I’m not changing my genetics any time soon.
– We live in a sunshine state and I’m an outside guy (although I am religious on the sunscreen).
– Self-care… I’m not the more physically motivated but am working on it. Slowwwwwly.
So, as see my skin loose elasticity and the small wrinkles get deeper I have to get real with how I’m living. As a plastic surgeon I know that I’m playing catch up if I’ve not taken care of myself and I’m getting to the point that I’m seeing the aging. Plus, I have world class products at my disposable but with kids, my practice, and life I don’t have any tolerance for downtime (although I’m an absolute! believer in botox and lasers). So my google search gets away from “where is Maroon 5 playing this week” and on to “what pillow case stops face lines?” (M5 is in Chile. And silk pillow cases are best).
In this #mondaymorningplasticsurgeon let’s talk about the science behind “anti-aging” supplement and specifically the truth about collagen supplements. One of the key elements to a youthful appearance is skin elasticity and more specifically, collagen.
We know that our Joule platform does wonderful things to improving skin collagen content and quality. But… does oral collagen supplements improve the collagen of your skin?
This clinical trial published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology found that oral supplementation with collagen improved the hydration of the skin and increased the density of the collagen in the skin.
It’s interesting that it takes about a month to see the difference but the results last for up to 3 months after stopping the supplement.
Countless people report improvements in their skin after drinking bone broth (a high source of collagen) and I have no doubt that you will be seeing “Collagen” supplements show up everywhere. Beware… none should be considered a quick fix. It takes time to see any difference.
I don’t endorse any particular brand but generally stay away from discount products. There are a number of sources of collagen. Generally, plant based or fish are less inflammatory. I’d also recommend a liquid form. It’s easy to add to a smoothie on your way out the door.
If you’re not up for the daily boost and are looking for a more substantial and quicker response, our office has a number of fantastic options: Retinol, SkinPen, Joule, fillers, etc.
#plasticsurgery #arkansas #SpannMade #collagen #Fraxel #skincare

logoDr. Michael Spann is the founder and director of Little Rock Plastic Surgery in Little Rock, Arkansas. The practice is equipped with state of the art technologies to provide the latest reconstructive and cosmetic surgery procedures for the breast, body, and face. As an experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Spann makes sure that each patient receives customized treatment in an environment of total safety, advanced technical expertise, and personalized care.

Meet Dr. Spann

Dr. Michael Spann ranks among the few surgeons who have a double board certification, both in general and plastic surgery. Dr. Spann’s board certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgery was achieved only after he had completed five years in general surgery, followed by two years in plastic surgery, and another 18 months of intensive testing and practice evaluation. He received additional training as a cosmetic surgeon, with a special focus on areas such as facelift, abdominoplasty, breast surgery, and nose surgery.

Dr. Spann is now fully devoted to his reconstructive and cosmetic surgery practice in Little Rock, where his goal is to help patients achieve their aesthetic goals, and gain a desired appearance in a safe, natural looking, and effective manner. He engages very closely with his patients to understand their innate aesthetic needs, and develops customized treatment plans to fulfill those needs to their highest satisfaction.

Surgical Procedures

As an experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Spann provides a comprehensive range of surgical procedures, which include the following.


Three out of five cosmetic surgery procedures in the US in 2012 were performed to correct facial imperfections. Clearly, the face is the most important part of the body from an aesthetic point of view, and face procedures are increasingly popular. Dr. Spann employs advanced and proven surgical techniques to reduce the signs of aging from the face, and provide more natural looking results in a relatively shorter recovery time. Key facial surgery procedures provided by Dr. Spann include:

  • Brow lift
  • Chin Surgery
  • Eyelid Surgery
  • Facelift
  • Mini Facelift
  • Otoplasty (ear pinning surgery)
  • Rhinoplasty (nose reshaping surgery)


Many men and women have the tendency to develop excess fat deposits in certain areas of the body, such as the abdomen, thighs, hips, legs, and neck. These stubborn fats or excess loose skin may not be reduced with diet or exercise. At Dr. Spann’s practice, patients can choose from a range of body contouring procedures, depending on their suitability. The body contouring procedures provided at the practice are as follows:

  •       Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)
  •       Body Lift
  •       Bra Line Lift
  •       Brazilian Buttocks Lift
  •       Genital Aesthetics
  •       Liposuction
  •       Mommy Makeover
  •       Post Bariatric Body Contouring
  •       Thigh Lift (Thighplasty)


Breast surgeries have become popular in the US with advancements in surgical techniques and FDA approvals for breast implants. Important breast surgery procedures provided at the practice include the following:

  • Breast Augmentation
  • Breast Lift
  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Breast Reduction
  • Breast Revision

Dr. Spann’s practice also provides non-surgical treatments such as Botox injections, dermal fillers, Fraxel laser resurfacing, and Liposonix fat reduction.

For more information on plastic surgery treatments and procedures by Little Rock, AZ Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Michael Spann contact us at  501.219.8000.

Dr. Michael Spann is the founder of Little Rock Plastic Surgery, a premier practice in Little Rock, Arkansas. The practice now has a new website called The website has been designed and developed with technical expertise from CreativeTake Medical which is a leading Internet marketing and SEO company for doctors in the United States. Dr. Spann believes that patient education in reconstructive and cosmetic surgery is the first step to achieving success in such procedures. is designed to serve as a useful and comprehensive online resource on a variety of procedures performed by a cosmetic surgeon. People in and around Little Rock, who are considering aesthetic surgical options, can receive in-depth information about various procedures that Dr. Spann performs. Patients who are looking for non-surgical aesthetic treatments can also learn about the latest and innovative treatment options at the website.

Background of Dr. Spann

For a new patient, one of the key concerns is to know something about the background of the plastic surgeon who will perform the procedure. provides a dedicated section that includes detailed information about Dr. Spann’s qualifications, training, experience and honors and recognition earned during the course of his illustrious career.

The website informs patients about Dr. Spann’s board certifications in general surgery and plastic surgery, and explains why it is important to choose a board certified surgeon. The site includes a link to a PDF file providing detailed CV of Dr. Spann that takes the reader through his extensive journey in academics, training, and research.

Surgical Procedures

Dr. Spann provides a wide range of reconstructive and cosmetic surgery procedures to patients in Little Rock and surrounding areas. The procedures are explained in detail on the website in a patient-friendly language. The procedures are broadly categorized into three separate sections on the site: Face, Body, and Breast.

Each section includes multiple sub-sections that deal with a variety of facial procedures such as facelift, nose job, brow lift, eyelid surgery, ear surgery, body contouring procedures such as arm lift, thigh lift, liposuction, tummy tuck, mommy makeover, and breast procedures such as breast augmentation, breast reduction, breast lift, and breast revision.

Patients can review the procedure that they are considering, and gain a few basic insights about it. This can improve their understanding and awareness, and they will be in a better position to discuss their concerns and queries during a personal consultation with Dr. Spann.

Other Sections also includes a separate section that addresses various non-surgical procedures provided at the practice. These procedures are well-suited for patients who are keen to receive aesthetic treatment, but do not wish to undergo surgery. Dr. Spann’s website includes a unique section called “How to choose the right surgeon in Little Rock.”

This section can help a new patient understand what may be the important characteristics to look for in a plastic surgeon. Other exclusive sections that are provided on the site include Financing, Patient Testimonials, and a Photo Gallery. There is also a blog section that will keep patients updated with latest information and new developments in the field of plastic surgery.

For more information on plastic surgery treatments and procedures by Little Rock, AZ Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Michael Spann contact us at  501.219.8000.

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