Category Archives: Breast Augmentation

Breast Implants and Cancer ( BIA-ALCL)

Posted on May 15, 2017 by Dr. Ringler

There have been recent news articles lately from the New York Times and the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery on the safety of breast implants, particularly with regards to BIA-ALCL or Breast Implant Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma.  This is a very rare type of T-cell lymphoma that can develop following breast implants. The frequency of occurrence of BIA-ALCL is estimated to be at 1 in 300,000 breast implants. This number may change over time with increased reporting.

Who is at risk for developing ALCL?  At this time, the incidence of this cancer is very rare. It primarily has been recognized in women undergoing implant revision for late onset…

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How Much is a Breast Augmentation?

Posted on September 7, 2016 by Dr. Ringler

GettyImages_87884438“How much is a breast augmentation?” This is a question we hear frequently from women calling our office.  When we tell them that the price can vary, there is sometimes a bit of surprise on the part of the caller.  I thought it might be good to explain some of the factors that can impact the price of a breast augmentation.  This includes variations within our own office and also the differences between plastic surgery offices that can affect price.

Experience and Expertise of the Plastic Surgeon

We frequently remind patients to make sure that they have their breast augmentation, or any plastic surgery, performed by a board certified plastic surgeon.  Board certified…

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Scarless Breast Augmentation Surgery

Posted on October 13, 2015 by Dr. Ringler

Breast Procedures Grand Rapids, MIMany women who consider breast augmentation worry about scarring or wonder if there is a “scarless” breast augmentation. Since all surgery involves cutting the skin, scars are an inevitable by product. When it comes to breast augmentation, many women who come to my practice are interested in having no scar whatsoever on their breasts. This is something we can accomplish.

Many years ago I learned the transaxillary approach to breast augmentation whereby a very small incision is made underneath the armpit, a fairly inconspicuous spot from an aesthetic standpoint, and the implant is inserted. This area also tends to heal very quickly and…

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Vacation Breasts (InstaBreast)

Posted on December 4, 2014 by Dr. Ringler

71187663_201-300x212For those who want to experience what it would be like to have fuller breasts but without committing to a breast augmentation, a new technique developed by New York plastic surgeon, Dr. Norman Rowe offers patients a chance to experience “vacation breasts” but only for about 24 hours with saline breast injections.

The technique basically takes about 20 minutes to perform. The injection site, at the edge of each nipple is anesthetized, and about a half liter of saline solution (salt water) is injected into each breast and, voila- instant breasts. The body then absorbs the salt water naturally within about 24 hours.

According to Dr. Rowe, who has performed many of…

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