Category Archives: Body Surgery

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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Cellulaze-Grand Rapids

Posted on March 30, 2012 by Dr. Ringler

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…

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Mommy Makeover Grand Rapids

Posted on March 15, 2012 by Dr. Ringler

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…

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Grand Rapids Liposuction

Posted on November 16, 2011 by Dr. Ringler

While liposuction is not a treatment for obesity or a weight loss solution, it is a valuable tool for improving specific trouble areas of the body which have stubborn fatty deposits. Liposuction is ideal for people who are healthy, and basically in good shape, but are struggling with a specific area of their body which, for whatever reason, has been resistant to change through diet and exercise alone. Often a liposuction procedure may be done in conjunction with other body contouring procedures such as a tummy tuck, breast lift, breast augmentation and facial surgery.

Dr. Ringler offers various types of liposuction and body contouring options. SmartLipo Triplex, Body-Jet, and the…

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SAFELipo -A New Option in Body Contouring

Posted on November 9, 2011 by Dr. Ringler

In addition to facial plastic surgery and breast surgery, I have a particular interest in body contouring and I try to offer patients the latest options in technology and procedures that are safe, proven and effective.  I realize that most people today want procedures that offer little or no downtime where quality and outcome aren’t compromised.

With that in mind, I am adding a liposuction technique called SAFELipo to our body contouring options.  This technique was developed by Dr. Simeon Wall, Jr. from Louisiana.  Dr. Wall was disappointed by some of the results that he had been seeing with conventional liposuction, which too often resulted in waviness and lumpiness of…

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How Long Does Fat Grafting Last, Survey Asks

Posted on August 10, 2011 by Dr. Ringler

Using fat grafting to fill out depressions below the eyes is not only popular, but can have long lasting benefits.

A recently published study published in the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery asked, “How long does fat grafting last?” when injected near the eyes. The results were largely positive for many patients.

The effects of the treatment are generally known to last longer than injectable fillers, which are cheaper, but must be redone yearly. Fat grafting involves using liposuction to remove fat from a donor site, like the thighs, purifying the fat and reinjecting it into depressions in the face.

So, How Long Does Fat Grafting Last?

According to the…

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Does Fat Return After Liposuction?

Posted on May 9, 2011 by Dr. Ringler

Many women and men may have read with dismay the current study from the University of Colorado indicating that fat removed via liposuction returns to another area of the body. The study published in Obesity,by the University of Colorado, appears to have valid controls in terms of measurements, however, the directive to “not change lifestyle ” may be problematic.

Having performed liposuction for over twenty years, including many of the newer, less invasive forms of liposuction in the last five years, I have had a different experience with my patients than the study would suggest. Liposuction has never been described as, nor should it be considered, a weight loss procedure….

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Plastic Surgeon Examines the Idea of Beauty

Posted on March 29, 2011 by Dr. Ringler

While the old adage is “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” a New York plastic surgeon suggests it is rather the perception of beauty that matters. In an article for The Huffington Post, Dr. Robert Tornambe points out that each of us consider varying aspects of the human form to be beautiful. In a similar manner, plastic surgery procedures are customized with aesthetic sensitivity in mind, as no two people’s faces or bodies are exactly alike.

Take, for example, a facelift. This procedure, which tones sagginess in the lower parts of the face, could not successfully be performed in an identical manner on a…

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More Men Choosing Surgery Over Non-Surgical Options

Posted on March 22, 2011 by Dr. Ringler

More men than ever are choosing to undergo plastic surgery in order to look as young as they may feel inside, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. In new statistics published this month, the ASPS found that the number of cosmetic plastic surgery procedures chosen by men rose 2% from 2009 to 2010. More dramatically, however, was the increase in the popularity of individual procedures for the face and body, some of which saw rises of nearly 15%.

Of the more than one million cosmetic procedures men chose in 2010, a majority of the top 10 were surgical, a change in the previous trend toward non-invasive options.

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“Awake” Surgeries Unsafe, Put Patients at Risk

Posted on February 4, 2011 by Dr. Ringler

An alarming new trend in cosmetic procedures is taking hold and respected surgeons in the plastic surgery field want to warn patients about the dangers of some procedures marketed as “Awake cosmetic surgery.”

Awake surgeries are now being noticed not for the beautiful results they yield (they often do not), but rather the unsafe conditions and unprofessional manner in which they are conducted. According to an article on, patients who have undergone Awake procedures, such as extensive liposuction and breast augmentations, are now raising their voices against the doctors who performed the procedures with little training that left them in great pain and with poor results.

These patients’ stories stress the importance of looking into your plastic surgeon’s…

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