French Women Do Get Facelifts

Posted on January 14, 2014 by Dr. Ringler

shutterstock18046165.jpg_595-300x300There is a new book out by Mireille Guiliano called, French Women Don’t Get Facelifts; The Secret of Aging with Style and Attitude. While no one will deny that aging gracefully and with a good attitude and great style is desirable, the fact is, French women do get facelifts.  While they may be less open about the fact than their American counterparts, they do, and have been, getting facelifts along with many other types of plastic surgery for decades.

I have been practicing plastic surgery for over thirty years, and one of my areas of specialization is plastic surgery of the face.  Often the main concerns I hear from men and…

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Liposuction and Weight Loss

Posted on December 30, 2013 by Dr. Ringler

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Weightloss & Liposution in Grand Rapids, MI

Much to the disappointment of many of our patients, liposuction, Coolsculpting and Exilis Elite are not procedures that result in much weight loss.  They do help to sculpt and reshape the body.  All of these procedures do destroy fat cells permanently, but the end result of the procedures is that the body is more balanced and proportional.

We offer several types of liposuction, from SmartLipo Triplex, which is a triple wave length laser form of liposuction, Body-Jet liposuction which uses water to dislodge the fat cells, and Continue Reading...

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Exilis ELITE

Posted on November 7, 2013 by Dr. Ringler

There are many new non-surgical devices for improving appearance that come on the market each year.  Deciding which technology to choose that makes sense for our practice and patients can be a bit daunting.  We look for devices that are FDA approved, safe, and can offer significant, effective results.   Some years there are no non-surgical devices that fit our criteria.  This year, we have added BTL’s Exilis ELITE to our line of non-surgical treatment options.

A second generation device, Exilis ELITE utilizes radiofrequency technology that targets fat cells for body contouring and also offers skin tightening benefits.  It is an office procedure that…

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Facial Aging Accelerated by Smoking

Posted on October 30, 2013 by Dr. Ringler

As if there weren’t already enough evidence to convince the public of the negative health affects of smoking, a recent article in the journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery shows that smoking also greatly accelerates the aging process.

The study, led by Cleveland, Ohio plastic surgeon Dr. Bahman Guyuron, studied sets of twins from the Annual Days Festival held in Twinsburg, Ohio.  There were 79 sets of identical twins participating in the study. A panel of three plastic surgery residents were asked to compare the photos of identical twins, of which one had been a smoker for at least five years longer than the other.

The plastic…

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Facial Rejuvenation – So Many Options!

Posted on October 18, 2013 by Dr. Ringler

When it comes to choosing a plastic surgeon or procedure for your facial rejuvenation, the choices can be overwhelming.  Who is qualified to perform facelifts?  What are the differences between traditional facelift and a MACS lift?  What is a Lifestyle Lift?  Do the non-surgical options like Ultherapy and Exilis do the same thing?  What is a liquid facelift?  Which procedures provide the longest lasting results? What are the prices of the various procedures?

It would be a very long blog to answer all of the questions listed above, and often the answers will be different…

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How to Know if You Need a Tummy Tuck

Posted on September 19, 2013 by Dr. Ringler

Thinking about a tummy tuck in Grand Rapids?

With all the new options in body contouring; SmartLipo, Body-Jet, Exilis Elite, CoolSculpting, just to name a few, you may wonder if tummy tucks are becoming a thing of the past. The short answer is no, not too likely.

Women who have had a pregnancy often come to the realization that even when they have lost their weight gain from the baby, there remains some loose skin from the sudden weight loss and the abdomen can still protrude in a way that it did not pre-pregnancy.  The problem is that the size of baby has stretched and separated the muscle (diastasis).  An…

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Is Liposuction Obsolete?

Posted on September 3, 2013 by Dr. Ringler

 It seems every few months there are new options for controlling unwanted areas of fat that tend to appear on our bodies as we age.  We’re all too familiar with them; post pregnancy loose skin and excess tummy fat, those love-handles that appear at the flanks that we aren’t in love with, or the little muffin-top at the top of our jeans that just doesn’t seem to budge with diet and exercise.  Looking for an answer to how best to solve the problem is not always easy.  There are more options than ever  for reducing fat without surgery; CoolSculpting, Exilis Elite, Zerona, and newcomers on…

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CoolSculpting Gains Popularity with Men

Posted on August 13, 2013 by Dr. Ringler

The battle of the bulge is nothing new, and even those guys who work out rigorously and watch their diet can be frustrated by those love handles or tummy bulge that remains despite our best efforts.

A couple of years ago the Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery became the first plastic surgery office in Michigan to introduce Coolsculpting as a body contouring option to our patients who wanted to treat those stubborn areas without the downtime of surgery.

Coolsculpting utilizes Cryolipolysis (fat freezing), which was developed after researchers fully understood what happens when humans get frostbite: fat cells freeze before skin freezes. Cryolipolysis works…

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Reasons for Seeking Breast Surgery

Posted on July 29, 2013 by Dr. Ringler

For those who are comfortable with their breasts, there can be a bit of mystery or misunderstanding as to what prompts women to seek out plastic surgery of the breast. Rarely do women seek out breast surgery because they want very large, or overly conspicuous breasts. Most women are seeking a natural appearance that results in better balance for their figure.

As is often the case in nature, there is frequently a case of too much or too little in terms of breast endowment. For many women seeking breast implants, there have been issues with being flat chested since adolescence. Often these women are…

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Help for “Bitchy Resting Face”

Posted on July 19, 2013 by Dr. Ringler

A funny YouTube video that has gone viral talks about having a “bitchy resting face”. The woman in the video consistently has people asking her if something is wrong because they think she is in a bad mood.  She isn’t.  As she says, she just has a “bitchy resting face.”  Apparently she is not alone.

Although partially genetic, there are some changes that occur to the face over time that can make you look angry or overly concerned even when you’re not.  Repeated furrowing of the brow can cause a deep wrinkle between the eyebrows.  This is something can easily be treated in about 15 minutes with…

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