Archive for November, 2010:

Winter months an ideal time for light or laser treatments

While many people spend more time indoors during the cool, darker winter months, this chilly time may also be an opportunity to visit a surgeon’s office. In a recent New York Times story, several dermatologists suggest that many patients should consider laser treatments in the winter months, because they will have lighter skin from the lessened sun exposure. With more layers of clothing, patients may also be able to cover up post-operative effects and heal more easily.

In the NY Times article, dermatologist Dr. Jeffrey Dover suggests that his patients book laser and light treatments following the Halloween holiday. Laser treatments, which are often used to remove skin spots or tattoos, are typically not performed on tan skin because the pigment in your skin (melanin) absorbs the light and can cause some undesirable side effects.

One recent study performed with a small group of Asian patients found that treatments of intense pulsed light (IPL) and laser treatments both improved skin texture, pore size, and sebum secretion. The study also showed that IPL was a faster treatment, but laser treatments more greatly improved skin tone and macula.

Read more about IPL treatments with Dr. Ringler.

Archive for November, 2010:

Winter months an ideal time for light or laser treatments

While many individuals may immediately celebrate recent weight loss with a new bikini and a trip to the Bahamas, others will have to deal with the unintended side effects of such a change—excess skin. For those patients who have lost a significant amount of weight, often as a result of bariatric procedures such as gastric bypass, The American Society of Bariatric Plastic Surgeons (ASBPS) and online community RealSelf.com have created a consumer resource. The new section of RealSelf.com focuses on body contouring procedures, with topics ranging from liposuction to tummy tucks.

Individuals seeking information and answers to questions are able to explore RealSelf.com and access discussions, ratings of various services and procedures and share in the online community with the ASBPS’ 134 surgeon members. This is a significant expansion of the online community previously offered by RealSelf.com for patients seeking authoritative guidance.

ASBPS President Edward J. Domanskis, M.D., F.A.C.S., pointed out that given the personal nature of this issue, patients often turn to online sources for guidance and he sees the ASBPS’ partnership with RealSelf.com “providing consumers with an easily accessible expert community, an open forum for discussion, and credible, of-the-moment resources.”

The RealSelf.com online community provides information on hundreds of cosmetic services and procedures and includes first-hand accounts, ratings, costs, before and after photos, videos and more. Consumer questions on the community have yielded over 100,000 answers from board-certified doctors.

Read Dr. Ringler’s answers to questions on RealSelf.com.

Archive for November, 2010:

Winter months an ideal time for light or laser treatments

A recent study published in Annals of Plastic Surgery examines patient behavior when looking for a plastic surgeon. Doctors at the Aesthetic & Plastic Surgery Institute of University of California said they wanted to “evaluate the relative importance of attributes that influence the selection and decision-making process when choosing a plastic surgeon.”

To better understand what patients care about, the authors surveyed 111 patients using profiles of 18 plastic surgeons. They measured patient responses about different aspects of each surgeon, with categories such as:

  • Location (travel distance from home to office)
  • Board Certification status
  • Method of referral
  • Office décor
  • Number of years in practice
  • Procedure cost

The most important attributes cited by patients, according to this study, were the plastic surgeon’s board certification status and the method of referral. The study was intended to help plastic surgeons connect better with prospective patients in their communities. Read the abstract or access the study through PubMed

Archive for November, 2010:

Winter months an ideal time for light or laser treatments

In this new video, Grand Rapids plastic surgeon Dr. Steven Ringler talks about the many new options for body contouring, including Smart Lipo, Body Jet water-assisted liposuction, and CoolSculpting by Zeltiq.

 

Archive for November, 2010:

Winter months an ideal time for light or laser treatments

Allergan Inc reportedly began clinical trials of bimatoprost solution in October, testing new formulations as a potential hair loss treatment. Bimatoprost, is the growth-stimulating ingredient in the popular eyelash medication Latisse.

According to the website clinicaltrials.gov, the trial will evaluate “the safety, tolerability and pharmacokinetics of a new formulation of bimatoprost following topical application in patients with alopecia.” Two different formulations will actually be tested.

Men and women age 18 to 64 with moderate male/female-pattern baldness are eligible for inclusion in the study. The clinical trial was scheduled to begin in October and be completed in February 2011.

What is Latisse?

Latisse is 0.03% bimatoprost solution, a medication that helps patients grow more prominent eyelashes. After several weeks of applying Latisse to the base of the upper eyelids, the lashes become longer, thicker and darker.

To learn more about purchasing Latisse in Grand Rapids, contact the office of plastic surgeon Steven Ringler M.D.

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