Archive for January, 2016:

Reducing Puffy Eyes

Reducing Puffy Eyes

We’ve all been there- you wake up in the morning with puffy eyes that are swollen and unattractive. This can be caused by any number of factors; seasonal allergies, water retention from too much salt, a hangover, crying, or changes in the weather, just to name a few.

The good news is that there are some pretty simple home remedies that many people have found effective over the years that don’t cost much money and may be worth a try.

*Tea bags that have been soaked in warm water and then chilled in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes can be placed over the eyes to help reduce puffiness.

*Thick slices of cucumbers that are chilled and then placed on the eyes for about 10 minutes contain enzymes that can be beneficial.

*Strawberries are yet another home remedy; the alpha hydroxy acid in the berries helps reduce swollen eyes. Slice the strawberries thickly and refrigerate until cold and place over eyes for several minutes. For added benefit, soak the strawberries in milk first.

*If you’re not comfortable placing food items on your eyes, you can also chill metal spoons until cold and then hold the rounded part of the spoon against the swollen part of the eyes for about 5 minutes or until they are no longer cold.

If your upper or lower eyelids are consistently puffy with saggy skin and have become a concern, you may wish to consider a blepharoplasty or eyelid lift. These procedures can make a significant difference in appearance. Blepharoplasty removes or tightens sagging skin around the eyes resulting in a smoother appearance. According to RealSelf patient reviews, the procedure enjoys about a 94% satisfaction rate. An eyelid lift is one of the easiest surgeries for creating a more youthful, restored appearance and offers fairly little downtime.

If you would like to learn more about reducing eye puffiness with an eyelid lift, please contact Dr. Ringler for a personalized consultation to see if blepharoplasty may be right for you.


Archive for January, 2016:

Reducing Puffy Eyes

iStock_000010171567Medium-256x300Trying to reduce a double chin has now become more attainable with Zeltiq’s new CoolMini™ applicator. Despite our best efforts, stubborn fat often refuses to budge regardless of exercise or weight loss. Isolated pockets of stubborn fat can be a concern even to individuals who are very thin.

Using the same technology as CoolSculpting to freeze the fat, the small CoolMini™ applicator fits nicely in areas that are hard to treat with the larger CoolSculpting applicator. CoolMini™ is FDA cleared to treat the submental area (area under the chin), but off label uses include other small areas of fat that may be difficult to reach with the larger CoolSculpting applicator like knees, arms or small areas of back fat.

As with all CoolSculpting, the CoolMini™ is an office procedure whereby the device suctions the area to be treated and freezes the fat cells. The procedure takes about an hour and one or two sessions spaced six weeks apart are typically recommended. About a 20% reduction of  fat in the treatment area will be eliminated per session. As with CoolSculpting, results are fully realized after about 3 months. Some examples of results from the company can be results seen here.

The Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery was the first office in Grand Rapids able to offer CoolSculpting, Ultherapy, Exilis Elite, PrecisionTX and Vanquish as non-surgical options to our patients. Our R.N.’s and medical aestheticans have extensive credentials and experience in all areas of non-surgical services. The CoolMini™, along with the injectable option Kybella, offers one more alternative to our patients who are interested in effective non-surgical options for improving the neckline and chin. We are happy to discuss the various treatment options with you when you make a complimentary consultation with one of our non-surgical service providers.

Please call Dr. Ringler at 616.328.8800 to find out more about your options for surgical and non-surgical plastic surgery services.

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