Archive for March, 2012:

Cellulaze-Grand Rapids

One of the main concerns of women in my plastic surgery practice has to do with cellulite. Even women who are at their ideal weight are bothered by this condition that results in lumps, bumps and dimpling of the thighs, hips or abdomen. The fact that 85% of women who are over 21 years of age have some form of cellulite isn’t much consolation. There isn’t much that women can do to prevent this condition, as it has much to do with heredity, genetics, weight loss or gain, and the thickness or elasticity of the skin.

To understand what causes cellulite to be visible we need to look at the structure beneath the surface of the skin. The epidermis refers to the top layer of the skin, and beneath it lies the dermis. Under the dermis is where you find connective tissue. Below the connective tissue is a layer of fat. The fatty tissue is separated and pulled by connective tissue. Unevenness in this subcutaneous layer of fat produces the bumpy appearance known as cellulite. Women typically have fibrous bands that run vertically and if they become stiff, they allow the fat to push up to the surface of the skin giving that “orange peel” effect that women tend to despise. I often use the analogy of chair cushion with tight buttons to describe the situation. Having thinner skin than their male counterparts does not help the situation either.

Until now, I’ve been unimpressed with treatment options for cellulite. Most treatments were very superficial in nature and required repeated treatments to maintain any type of results. Fortunately, Cynosure has released a new, minimally invasive cellulite reduction treatment called Cellulaze that offers real promise. I have been watching the results of this system for a while now, as it has been available in the UK since September of 2011. Results have been impressive, and Cellulaze received FDA approval for use in the U.S. in February. Cellulaze is the first treatment that I have seen which addresses the underlying structural problem of cellulite. With a unique side-firing canula, it allows us to break up those vertical bands that hold the fat in place. In other words, it is loosening and breaking up those cushion threads allowing for a smoother surface. Additionally, the laser liquefies the fat so it is easily removed, and aids the body in producing new collagen all for a smoother surface. Thus far, 93% of those who have received the treatment have been satisfied or very satisfied with the results. I am excited to be the first board certified plastic surgeon in Michigan to be able to offer Cellulaze cellulite reduction to my patients. Results are long-lasting and patients are still realizing results 2 years post treatment.

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

Archive for March, 2012:

Cellulaze-Grand Rapids

Childbirth is a life changing experience for women and their bodies. The joy and wonder of a new baby is sometimes offset by feelings that your body does not look or feel as youthful as it did prior to pregnancy. That is to be expected, and is the reason some women choose to have a “mommy makeover” to help regain their pre-pregnancy figure.

Stretched or sagging abdominal skin, or breasts that have lost volume after breastfeeding are common concerns. At the Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery, we offer several surgical procedures that may be done in combination to help you regain your figure after pregnancy. Sometimes referred to as a “Mommy Makeover”, a post-pregnancy makeover can help you restore your figure and boost your attitude with a treatment plan tailored just for you.

Most often, a mommy makeover will consist of some type of procedure to tighten the abdominal muscle, such as tummy-tuck, or mini tummy-tuck. At other times, a bit of liposuction or even CoolSculpting may be suggested to help remove some excess fat. For other women, there is a concern about sagging breasts that may have lost some volume after breastfeeding, at which point breast augmentation or breast lift may be desired. Other women may feel their breasts are over-sized for their comfort level, and breast reduction surgery may be indicated.

A mommy-makeover is simply a coined term that refers to multiple procedures that women may choose to have completed at one time once they are through with childbearing. The treatment plan for a mommy-makeover is highly individualized and tailored specifically just for you. It is recommended that you wait for a year following your last baby before considering a mommy makeover. The hard work of childbearing is taxing on the body and it requires some time to recover fully.

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

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