Archive for January, 2012:

Ultherapy & Facial UltraLift Grand Rapids

Doctors at the forefront of medical innovation agree that Ulthera or Ultherapyis a great advancement in the noninvasive treatment of aging skin.  Dr. Ringler offers Ulthera to his patients in Grand Rapids as a nonsurgical option to the traditional facelift.  Ultherapy lifts and tones skin from the inside out.  Ultrasonic waves are directed onto the outer layer of the skin, but also deep into the tissue heating and gently tightening.  Ultherapy engages the body’s own regenerative process and creates natural, beautiful results.

Dr. Ringler is introducing UltraLift as a non-surgical approach to facial rejuvenation for men and women. Dr. Ringler created the UltraLift technique through the use of advanced techniques in Ultherapy along with a personalized plan for liquid facelift, using a combination of facial fillers, such as Radiesse and Juvederm, to help restore lost volume to the face and address other areas of facial aging such as wrinkles or uneven jawline. UltraLift can help restore a more youthful appearance to the face, neck and brow for those not ready for a facelift or to enhance or prolong results of a surgical facelift. Ultherapy and UltraLift are in-office procedures that offer little or no downtime. Although not as dramatic as a surgical facelift, the results from UltraLift can be very satisfying for patients looking for subtle and natural results.

For more information about Ultherapy or UltraLift or to schedule a consultation, please call Grand Rapids Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Steven Ringler at 616.328.8800

Archive for January, 2012:

Ultherapy & Facial UltraLift Grand Rapids

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, 2012:

Ultherapy & Facial UltraLift Grand Rapids

It is fairly often that patients ask me if they are going to be able to achieve the same benefit from a non-surgical facelift as they are from a full facelift. Although a facelift is still the gold-standard for turning back the clock on facial aging, there are more non-surgical options available today than ever before for patients who are not ready for a facelift.

For those men and women who have lost their skin elasticity and have considerable jowling of their jawline and sagging in the neck, a facelift is going to give the most satisfying results. For younger patients, or those with good skin elasticity and realistic expectations, there are some great non-surgical options available.

Ultherapy, is an in-office procedure that offers zero downtime, and uses ultrasonic technology to help lift and tighten the skin. Additionally, many of our patients who select Ultherapy receive a “liquid facelift” by filling in some of the more permanent lines with facial fillers such as Radiesse or Juvederm. Radiesse can also help create some structure to a face that has lost volume. The experience and expertise of the Radiesse injector is of particular importance as the results are long-lasting. Radiesse typically lasts about 12-18 months. As many people know, Botox and Xeomin are best used for the scowl lines between the brows to relax animated muscles and prevent further wrinkling of the brow.

For those who prefer a longer-lasting solution, a MACS facelift will typically make you appear about 10 years younger, will lift and smooth the jawline, gently tighten the skin, and remove excess skin or fat from under the chin. This procedure is often done in combination with a necklift or eyelift for maximum results. Many MACS lift patients also utilize the benefits of facial fillers and liposuction to enhance their result. A MACS lift requires much less downtime than with previous facelift techniques, and offers excellent results. Patients often opt to maintain their MACS lift result longer through some of the non-surgical options that we have available. The quality of your result is highly dependent upon the experience and skill of your plastic surgeon.

Dr. Ringler is an expert in facial rejuvenation and has been performing the MACS lift for over 10 years. Please join us for a seminar on Facial Rejuvenation and learn about the many options for facial rejuvation currently available at the Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery.

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