Archive for July, 2014:

Botched Plastic Surgery

Botched imageBotched, a new reality TV show on the EChannel at ten on Sunday night, features two Beverly Hills plastic surgeons, Dr. Terry Dubrow and Dr. Paul Nassif who spend the hour attempting to repair botched plastic surgery performed  by less than qualified surgeons.

Strangely fascinating, the show has a wide assortment of individuals who, for whatever reason, have ended up with bad results from previous surgeries. From upside down implants to guys who have spent money attempting to look like Madonna or Justin Bieber, it seems the stranger the better.

Although the doctors do a good job repairing some of the damage done by unqualified surgeons, the truth is, repairing botched surgery is never easy. Expectations regarding results must be lowered because of the previous damage done. At times, repairing the damage from botched plastic surgery is impossible without making the result even worse. This is true regardless of the qualifications of the plastic surgeon.

There is also the psychological component that doesn’t seem to be dealt with on this show. Body dysmorphia, those who have unrealistic expectations or are psychologically unstable seem to be some of the prime patients on the show. Although it might make for good TV, those individuals don’t always make the best patients. There are also some participants who have, unfortunately,  been duped by those who are board certified in plastic surgery or claimed to be, and still had poor outcomes.

It is my hope that the take away from this show, if there is one, is that it is far better to seek out a very experienced board certified plastic surgeon with particular expertise  who will give you a great result the first time around, and be available to you should you require further enhancements, than to try to search for the best bargain when it comes to your body or face. Bottom line – be smart and do your homework,  you really don’t want to end up on Botched.

Please call Dr. Steven Ringler   at the Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery if you would like to schedule a private, personalized consultation.

Archive for July, 2014:

Botched Plastic Surgery

shutterstock_97358942For those who suffer from excessive sweating, also known as hyperhidrosis, there are now some real solutions to the problem. Summer months can be particularly miserable for these individuals when temperatures heat up and even short -sleeved shirts or dresses are not enough to keep the problem from becoming an embarrassment.

There are many new antiperspirants on the market that promise relief from excessive sweating, but for those who truly have hyperhidrosis, no amount of deodorant offers an effective long-term solution.

Botox injections are one solution that many have found helpful the last few years. This FDA cleared use of Botox requires a series of injections in the armpit area and is typically quite effective for about 4-6 months after treatment. It typically takes about a week for the full effect to be realized. Because of the amount of Botox needed, about 15 injections per side, this can become fairly costly due to the quantity of Botox required and the necessity of repeated treatments. As a neurotoxin, it works basically the same way under the arms as it does in the face, by temporarily suspending the activity of the sweat glands just as it does the muscles in the face.

Two of the newer solutions are the most promising in helping the 1 in 5 people who have this condition. miraDry is uses electromagnetic energy to ablate the sweat glands in one or two sessions in a plastic surgeon or dermatologist’s office. The two treatments typically cost around $3,000 and offer minimal downtime, although some soreness in the area is to be expected.

We have recently begun to offer Cynosure’s entry into the market, called the PrecisionTX. This device is performed on an outpatient basis and utilizes a local anesthetic to help you remain comfortable throughout the procedure. Precision TX utilizes a very tiny cannula and thermally controlled laser energy is delivered directly to the sweat glands to ablate them. There is light pressure during the procedure and some slight soreness afterward. The procedure takes about an hour and typically reduces sweating by about 90%. PrecisionTX requires only one treatment.

Whatever solution you opt for, embarrassment caused by excessive sweating may now be a thing of the past. If you would like more information about the PrecisionTX or other options to control hyperhidrosis, please call Dr. Ringler at 616.328,8800


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