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Body-Jet Liposuction Adds to Body Slimming Options at Dr. Ringler’s Office

Dr. Ringler is the first board certified plastic surgeon in Michigan to be able to offer Body-Jet to his patients as an alternative to traditional liposuction or laser liposuction.

Body-Jet is a new water assisted liposuction treatment, recently approved by the FDA, for removing unwanted areas of fat that do not respond to diet and exercise. Body-Jet utilizes a unique pulsating water technique to dislodge the fat while simultaneously removing the fat cells through a very small cannula.. Body-Jet is an outpatient procedure that causes minimal discomfort and little downtime. It can typically be performed under local anesthesia.

Fat harvested by the Body-Jet does minimal damage to the fat cells once they are removed, so they may be used to fill other areas of the body, such as the face, hands, buttocks or breasts with more success than with typical fat grafting where the fat cells have been damaged in the process of removal. Body-Jet can also be used in conjunction with other procedures such as SmartLipo Triplex, MACS facelift or tummy tuck.

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Archive for August, 2010:

Body-Jet Liposuction Adds to Body Slimming Options at Dr. Ringler’s Office

The first international survey of plastic surgeons has been completed, providing data on the worldwide number of cosmetic procedures performed by board certified plastic surgeons. Thanks to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, we can now better understand the growth of this medical specialty.

Liposuction surpassed all other procedures in popularity, followed by breast augmentation, eyelid surgery, rhinoplasty and tummy tuck. Although procedures varied among different countries, the U.S., Brazil, China, Mexico, India and Japan were the dominant countries representing the top five surgical procedures. The total estimated number of cosmetic procedures performed by board-certified (or equivalent) plastic surgeons was 17,295,557.

Interestingly, plastic surgeons reported more non-surgical procedures than surgical procedures, with the most common treatment being botulinum toxin injections (Botox or Dysport).

The survey data was released in time for the 20th Biennial Congress of ISAPS, which is taking place right now in San Francisco. Read more on isaps.org or prnewswire.com

Archive for August, 2010:

Body-Jet Liposuction Adds to Body Slimming Options at Dr. Ringler’s Office

At Rutgers University, professors of psychology found correlations between interest in aesthetic surgery and viewing of “surgical makeover” reality TV shows. According to results of their research, people who watch these reality shows are more likely to be interested in changing their appearance through plastic surgery.

In one study, the authors surveyed 170 participants and found that those who favored reality television shows about cosmetic surgery were more likely to show interest in pursuing their own procedure. In a second study, 189 participants were split into two groups, with one viewing a television program about a surgical makeover, while the other half was exposed to a neutral message. Participants viewing the surgical makeover program indicated greater interest in cosmetic surgery than the participants exposed to the neutral message.

Several networks have introduced programs with a significant focus on cosmetic surgery. Cosmetic surgery has been shown on programs such as Real Housewives of Orange County or Extreme Makeover, The Doctors or The Biggest Loser. But are these programs necessarily giving us a realistic picture of cosmetic surgery or the medical field in general? If viewers are as impressionable as the study indicates, there’s surely a need to present a more realistic and less sensational documentation of cosmetic surgery.

Read an abstract or purchase access to the study mentioned here, “A correlational and experimental examination of reality television viewing and interest in cosmetic surgery” on PubMed.

Archive for August, 2010:

Body-Jet Liposuction Adds to Body Slimming Options at Dr. Ringler’s Office

Merz Pharmaceutical seems poised to become a leader in the U.S. as a provider of aesthetic medicine. Yesterday the company announced FDA approval for NT-201, a drug now known as XEOMIN. Along with the relatively new Dysport and popular Botox®, it’s the 3rd botulinum toxin to receive FDA approval for treating cervical dystonia and blepharospasm.

According to a company press release “XEOMIN does not require refrigeration prior to reconstitution,” a difference they say could “simplify product distribution and storage, and help ensure product integrity at the time of injection.”

Earlier this year, Merz announced the acquisition of California based Bioform Medical, maker of the popular Radiesse dermal filler. They say it’s a transaction that “advances Merz’s strategy of becoming a leading player in aesthetic medicine.” Once the transaction is complete, Bioform will be renamed Merz Aesthetics and two new dermal fillers will be introduced: Belotero® and Novabel®.

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