Archive for January, 2011:

Non-Surgical Brow Lift “Ultherapy” Grows in Popularity

While many non-invasive surgical procedures catch on quickly and fade just as soon, Ultherapy, a skin tightening treatment that gained traction in 2010, only seems to be growing in popularity among doctors and patients.

The treatment, which has garnered praise in print publications like The New York Times and on popular television shows like The View and The Doctors, utilizes ultrasound energy to gradually lift the skin on the brow. Rather than only working on the outer layers of skin, Ultherapy penetrates to the deeper layers, heating them to stimulate collagen production, resulting in a firmer, more toned appearance. As an added benefit, Ultherapy treatments require no downtime and are virtually painless. Though the FDA has only approved Ultherapy as an alternative to a brow lift, other cosmetic treatments are being evaluated.

We encourage you to learn more about Ultherapy in Grand Rapids, a groundbreaking non-surgical brow lifting treatment, with Grand Rapids plastic surgeon Dr. Steven Ringler. Dr. Ringler recently hosted a panel on Advanced Techniques in Ultherapy as Chairman of the Virgin Islands Workshop in Plastic Surgery, held in St. John, USVI in January.

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Archive for January, 2011:

Non-Surgical Brow Lift “Ultherapy” Grows in Popularity

Hot on the heels of fuller eyelashes becoming a trend in cosmetic treatments, according to the New York Times, Latisse, a topical treatment that can help you grow fuller lashes is being tested as a treatment for patients with alopecia.

Though many individuals use Latisse to attain “disco-ready lashes without using falsies,” the new clinical trials being conducted by Allergan, the company that produces Latisse, may prove the product’s effectiveness north of the brow line.

The study, which includes both men and women and is due to be completed in February, is working to determine whether bimatoprost, the ingredient in Latisse that promotes eyelash growth, can also work as a hair loss treatment, according to clinicaltrials.gov.

As it is traditionally applied, Latisse prolongs the growth cycle of your lashes. Due to this lengthened growth cycle, your lashes can grow longer and in greater number.

We encourage you to call Grand Rapids plastic surgeon Dr. Ringler to learn more about the cosmetic treatments he offers and available specials.

Archive for January, 2011:

Non-Surgical Brow Lift “Ultherapy” Grows in Popularity

This week the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) supported the French government’s recommendation that all women who received the faulty, Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) breast implants should have them removed or exchanged. Estimates are that around 30,000-40,000 European women have had the PIP manufactured breast implants, which have proven to have a higher than acceptable rupture rate and were manufactured using an industrial-grade silicone as opposed to medical grade silicone. The company is no longer in business.

The German government has concurred with French government that all women with the implants should be removed as a precautionary measure, however, the British government has determined that the risk posed by the implants does not merit removal, but rather has advised women to have regular examines to make sure the implants have not leaked.

The PIP implants were never FDA approved for use in the United States. The two current manufacturers of breast implants with FDA approval in the U.S. are Allergan and Mentor. Both companies enjoy good safety records and have warranties on their breast implants. There are several other breast implants awaiting FDA approval including the “Gummy Bear” implant and the Ideal Implant. Although sometimes cumbersome, it seems the FDA should continue to error on the side of caution when it comes to approval of breast implants.

Archive for January, 2011:

Non-Surgical Brow Lift “Ultherapy” Grows in Popularity

Shoppers are returning to optional goods and services, like designer jewelry and cosmetic procedures as the economy begins to show signs of a rebound, according to a Wall Street Journal article. While lower-income individuals may still be shying away from “elective” spending, those whose investments are looking up in Grand Rapids and the rest of the country are returning to cosmetic procedures, like those made by Allergan, to help their faces look as healthy as their pocketbooks.

Allergan, which produces cosmetic treatments like Botox, which reduces wrinkles and Latisse to promote eyelash growth, as well as breast implants, saw sales of its products rise in the last quarter—breast implant revenue was up 10%, while Botox sales rose 4%. While in the past, 50% of Allergan’s breast implant revenue came from individuals using credit, as estimated in the article, the estimate for today is lower—between 30-40%. This likely means consumers whose pocketbooks are healthy have returned to cosmetic procedures while those who are still struggling, are avoiding using their credit lines to purchase these treatments or are simply cutting back.

To find out more about Botox in Grand Rapids, please call plastic surgeon Dr. Ringler at (616) 328-8800.

Archive for January, 2011:

Non-Surgical Brow Lift “Ultherapy” Grows in Popularity

With unemployment rates still lingering around 10%, many people are working hard to give their professional lives and resumes a lift. Some savvy individuals in Grand Rapids and the rest of the country, however, are turning to a somewhat less conventional method for getting back into the workforce—cosmetic surgery.

According to the Chicago Tribune, older workers are considering a “nip and tuck to stay competitive in the job market.” Because most job seekers have limited income and less time to spend on a cosmetic treatment, minimally invasive procedures are the most popular.

Brief treatments like Botox or Dysport can reduce visible wrinkles and fine lines on the face, shaving years off your appearance. Other injectables like Restylane or Juvederm involve little downtime and can quickly correct wrinkles caused by reduced skin volume, conditions that can prematurely age you.

Skin renewal treatments like light chemical peels can often refresh the face with little to no downtime. With a chemical peel, dead, dull surface skin is removed, encouraging the production of new skin cells resulting in a more vibrant looking you.

While non-surgical treatments continue to grow in popularity, they can’t compare to the results of facial rejuvenation surgery. Blepharoplasty can reduce puffy and drooping eyelids, while a facelift can tighten the sagging tissues that make you look older. Surgery does require more downtime, but the latest minimally invasive surgery techniques can help you get back to your routine as quickly as possible.

Although cosmetic procedures might help one jumpstart his or her career, it pays to seek out a qualified surgeon that won’t try to sell you a procedure you don’t need or can’t afford.

Last year, a Medspa in the D.C. area announced a promotion of free Botox for the unemployed. Dr. Christopher Hess, a plastic surgeon near Washington D.C., questioned their motives. He wrote on his blog, “Why would anyone try to attract patients that clearly don’t have any disposable income to buy products that require disposable income?” Because “spas are businesses that look at the bottom line first and patient care later on,” he concludes.

Ultimately, the decision to undergo a cosmetic procedure, as well as the motives behind it, remains solely up the individual and what benefits they hope to gain from the procedure.

Specials offered by Grand Rapids plastic surgeon Dr. Ringler are a great way to try a cosmetic treatment at an affordable rate.

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