Archive for October, 2011:

Liposuction May Reduce Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke, or Diabetes for Certain Patients

We typically consider liposuction to be a strictly cosmetic procedure, but at our recent ASPS annual meeting in Denver, on September 23-27, a study was presented by Dr. Eric Swanson that indicated for the first time that liposuction patients experience lower triglyceride levels and white blood cell counts, and perhaps decreasing the risk of heart attack, diabetes or stroke.

The study measured triglyceride and cholesterol levels in 322 patients undergoing liposuction and/or tummy tuck.  Of those, 71 percent had liposuction only.  In cases where the patients had normal triglyceride levels prior to surgery, the levels remained unchanged.  Yet in those with elevated levels of triglycerides prior to surgery – those that were elevated  >150/mg/dl, experienced an average 43 percent reduction in triglyceride levels after surgery.  This level of reduction is about twice that normally achieved through current drugs prescribed to treat elevated triglyceride levels. The effect was the same in both men and women.

White blood cell counts decreased on the average of 11 percent.  Typically, increased white blood cell counts are often associated with a higher rate of hypertension, diabetes, coronary heart disease, obesity and inflammation within the body.  There were not significant differences in the cholesterol levels of the patients detected following liposuction.

Although more research remains to be done, this study is important for several reasons.  Dr. Swanson indicated, that for many years in the medical community it was thought that the “visceral fat” surrounding the internal organs was of greater importance in predicting cardiovascular disease and risk of diabetes than the “subcutaneous” fat which is removed during liposuction.  This study suggests that the subcutaneous fat, which is the fat we are able to reach through liposuction, is equally important.  For patients with elevated triglyceride levels, who have considered liposuction, this may come as very welcome news.  Patients may not only improve their physical appearance, but may also have a reduced health risk post liposuction treatment.

Archive for October, 2011:

Liposuction May Reduce Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke, or Diabetes for Certain Patients

Large ears or ears which stick out far from the sides of the head can be the root of ruthless teasing, especially among peers and kids. Boys and girls from adolescence on up through adulthood can suffer from feeling self-conscious about their ears. Dr. Ringler has helped countless children and adults alike improve the appearance of their prominent ears through Grand Rapids Otoplasty, also known as Ear Surgery.

Otoplasty can improve ears by repositioning them closer to the side of the head or even removing or re-shaping the cartilage of the ear to create a smaller or more symmetrical or proportionate ear shape. Generally, this procedure is safe to be performed on kids as young as 4 years old and up and usually takes about 3 hours to complete. Incisions can be easily hidden behind the ear so that patients are left with no visible scars.

To learn more about how otoplasty or ear surgery can help you or your child, contact our office to schedule a confidential consultation with Dr. Ringler.

Archive for October, 2011:

Liposuction May Reduce Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke, or Diabetes for Certain Patients

Years of furrowing your brows, raising them in surprise or simply time and gravity often have a negative effect on the forehead. An endoscopic brow lift, also known as a forehead lift, is a common procedure in our Grand Rapids Plastic Surgery office. This procedure minimizes the creases that develop across the forehead or those that occur high on the bridge of the nose.

The endoscopic brow lift repositions a low or sagging brow, improves expression lines and helps correct the look of a hooded brow. Several short incisions of 1 cm are hidden within the scalp through which an endoscope – a special surgical instrument – is used to release and reposition your eyebrows back up to a normal proportional area on your forehead. Other techniques include making short incisions within the hairline at the temples or within the natural crease of the upper eyelid to improve the appearance of a hooded brow or frown lines.

Many people notice that they look aggravated or tired and want their face to more accurately reflect their disposition. Instead of constantly being asked whether you are tired or if something is wrong, many patients who have undergone this procedure get asked whether they are getting more rest or whether they have started a new health regimen.

If you would like more information about a brow lift , click here and we would be happy to send you some information about the procedure.  To set up a private, complimentary consultation with Dr. Ringler, please call us at 616.328.8800.

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