Archive for December, 2018:

Your Breast Implant and Plastic Surgery Options

More men and women across the country are choosing to receive plastic surgery than ever before. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) found that, “$16.7 billion was spent on cosmetic procedures in the U.S.” as part of their 2017 Plastic Surgery Statistics Report. The latest advancements in technology have made new products, procedures, and techniques available to plastic surgeons, and Dr. Steven Ringler is committed to offering the best plastic surgery options in the industry.

Meet Dr. Steven Ringler

If you are considering plastic surgery, is it vital to find a plastic surgeon that has the skills and expertise needed to help you reach your goals. Dr. Ringler is a board-certified plastic surgeon and IDEAL IMPLANT® Premier Surgeon. He states:

“My practice is totally dedicated to cosmetic or aesthetic surgery. I have been in plastic surgery for over 33 years. My practice is divided about a third facial cosmetic surgery, a third breast and cosmetic, and body contouring the remaining third. I see patients from our local community, but I also see patients from out of town. We have a beautiful facility, very private, with a great team of employees and staff to help patients make decisions about what’s best for them. My cosmetic practice patients are happy. They’re treated with respect. We’re good at listening and learning what patient’s goals and expectations are, and trying to meet those with procedures and treatments we have to offer.”

Plastic Surgery Options of Today

Plastic surgery options have changed over the years, including surgical and non-surgical procedures. A press release on the ASPS website,, reads:

“According to the annual plastic surgery procedural statistics, there were 17.5 million surgical and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures performed in the United States in 2017, a 2 percent increase over 2016. The statistics also reveal Americans are turning to new and innovative ways to shape their bodies, as minimally invasive cosmetic procedures have increased nearly 200% since 2000. Minimally invasive cosmetic procedures grew at a slightly higher rate than surgical procedures in 2017. While three of the top-five surgical procedures focused on the body, the top minimally invasive procedures focused on the face.”

Individualized Care

With so many types of procedures available, Dr. Ringler makes patient education a top priority. He understands the unique nature of each body, so he takes the time to create customized treatment plans for all his patients. This allows him to better meet individual needs as well as set realistic expectations. He says:

“I think it’s really important, as a physician, to educate the patient. That’s part of the informed consent process. I think patients need to understand what their options are. It’s their body. They need to make the decision.”

Breast Augmentation Recovery with Dr. Ringler

No matter the procedure, Dr. Ringler is dedicated to helping his patients feel more confident, and gain the look they desire. further reported, “breast augmentation continues to be the top cosmetic surgical procedure and has been since 2006.” Women wanting breast augmentation now have three breast implant options – saline, silicone gel, and the new IDEAL IMPLANT. When choosing Dr. Ringler as your plastic surgeon, he will help you through every step of the surgery process, including breast augmentation recovery.

While many women are familiar with silicone gel or saline implants, the IDEAL IMPLANT is a choice that provides the best of both worlds. As a “structured implant”, it is comprised of a series of shells nested together that hold two separate chambers filled with saline. This advanced internal structure creates the natural feel and realistic look women associate with silicone gel, yet gives the peace of mind and security that comes with saline.

There is a lot to consider before undergoing breast surgery. While a picture from a magazine may portray what you hope to look with breast implants, no two people can look alike. Everyone is different. Results vary from one person to the next. No plastic surgeon can guarantee the exact same look as seen in a picture of a friend, family member, or model following their breast augmentation recovery.

But what Dr. Ringler can guarantee is a careful evaluation of your body type. He focuses on understanding the outcome you want to achieve, then works hard to get you there. He uses a variety of tools to help his patients envision what they will look like with breast implants, including a combination of computer imaging, external sizers, and clinical photographs. To also create clear expectations, he assesses a woman’s breast shape, amount of breast tissue, body size, frame, and chest dimensions.

Getting Plastic Surgery

Whether you are seeking breast implants, liposuction, or a tummy tuck, plastic surgery is designed to help men and women look and feel their best. In the care of Dr. Ringler, you can expect the best plastic surgery experience possible. He promises high quality work with unsurpassed patient care and exceptional bedside manners. If you want to enjoy the freedom and confidence you deserve, contact Dr. Ringler today to learn more about your plastic surgery options. Call 616-328-8800 to learn more.

Archive for December, 2018:

Your Breast Implant and Plastic Surgery Options

When women consider the safety of breast implants, it is important to look at the facts. New FDA trial data is now available that shows the rupture rate and capsular contracture percentages of IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants compared to three types of popular silicone gel implants. While the IDEAL IMPLANT has not been around for as long as some silicone gel implants, the statistics continue to prove this “structured” implant is a secure option for women seeking breast augmentation.

Different Types of Breast Implants

What woman doesn’t want to receive the best breast implants on the market? Right now, women can choose from three kinds of breast implants – saline, silicone gel, or the IDEAL IMPLANT.

Silicone Gel Implant – Silicone gel implants come with the risk of “silent rupture”. No matter the brand or maker of the implant, any silicone gel implant can develop a hole or tear and begin to leak sticky silicone gel into the surrounding tissue of a woman’s body, without her knowledge. When the rupture occurs, it is not detectable by a basic physical exam, rather an MRI scan is required. The FDA recommends every woman with silicone gel breast implants receive an MRI three years after primary augmentation, then every two years following for the life of their implants. If a silicone gel implant does rupture, a woman has no choice but to undergo surgery to allow a plastic surgeon to remove the damaged implant and clean out the leaked gel.

Saline Implant – Saline implants carry no risk of “silent rupture”. If a hole or tear occurs in a saline implant, the woman will know right away. The implant simply begins to deflate, and the woman’s body harmlessly absorbs the sterile saline solution. Many women consider this a breast implant safety option they are not willing to give up. While silicone gel implants are known for their natural feel and realistic look, saline implants come with an irreplaceable peace of mind.

IDEAL IMPLANT – The IDEAL IMPLANT is referred to as a “structured” implant due to its unique internal design. It is comprised of a series of shells nested together that hold two separate chambers filled with saline. This advanced internal structure allows the IDEAL IMPLANT to offer the best breast implant features of both silicone gel and saline implants. Just like women expect with a silicone gel implant, the IDEAL IMPLANT provides:

  • A natural feel
  • A realistic look
  • A youthful shape
  • Desired projection

While the IDEAL IMPLANT contains saline, it does not behave like a typical saline implant. Saline implants are known to move like a water balloon, collapse when upright from lack of any internal support, and make the skin wrinkle or ripple. The IDEAL IMPLANT uses the latest in implant technology to tackle these common concerns. The innovative internal design:

  • Provides strength to the implant edge to prevent collapse when in an upright position
  • Reduces wrinkling or rippling
  • Controls the movement of the saline, eliminating the “water-hammer” effect

Plus, the IDEAL IMPLANT has an adjustable volume, giving the plastic surgeon flexibility and control to fix asymmetry problems.

The Safety of Breast Implants

Silicone gel implants have a higher complication rate for both capsular contracture and implant rupture when compared to the IDEAL IMPLANT. The risk of implant rupture or deflation with the IDEAL IMPLANT at eight years following a primary breast augmentation was only 2.1%. Allergan Gel was 7.4%, Mentor Gel was 13.6%, and Sientra Gel was 7.2%.

IDEAL IMPLANTS also have a lower risk of capsular contracture than silicone gel implants. IDEAL IMPLANT rates of a Baker Grade III/IV capsular contracture at eight years after primary breast augmentation were 6.6%, compared to Allergan Gel (16.2% at seven years), Mentor Gel (10.9% at eight years), and Sientra Gel (11.2% at eight years). A capsular contracture is a potential breast implant complication wherein the body forms scar tissue around the implant. This can create several problems such as breast pain, displacing of the implant, and abnormal breast firmness.

Watch the video below to learn more about these recently released statistics regarding the IDEAL IMPLANT.

The Best Breast Implants Available

Breast implant safety is a top priority of Dr. Steven Ringler. As a board-certified plastic surgeon and IDEAL IMPLANT® Premier Surgeon, he is committed to helping his patients achieve the best results possible, without complications. One way he works to accomplish this is by carefully selecting the location of the incision area during a woman’s breast augmentation surgery. He states:

“I see a lot of patients specifically because they want a transaxillary approach. I feel that I can get an optimal result, without a breast scar. This is a cosmetic operation. I don’t see why we should ever put a scar on the breast if we don’t have to … I still, as a general rule, put the implant in from underneath the arm because I feel like I get better muscle coverage of the implant, and I don’t expose the implant to the breast tissue. Many surgeons believe that this is somehow protective, whether it’s low-grade bacteria or what’s called biofilm that might be from exposing the implant by inserting it through a breast incision, that may be reduced. I looked at my long-term data with saline implants, and have had extremely low incidence of capsular contracture. I’ve always attributed that to the transaxillary approach.”

A No-Obligation Consultation

The IDEAL IMPLANT is revolutionizing the plastic surgery industry. Women no longer have to choose between beauty and security. If you want to learn more about the best breast implants available, schedule a no-obligation consultation with Dr. Ringler by calling 616-328-8800 today.

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