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Advances in CoolSculpting – Grand Rapids

Posted on February 21, 2017 by Dr. Ringler

shutterstock2271385-2-300x199Those who have become accustomed to the benefits of non-surgical body contouring, may be interested to learn about the latest advances in CoolSculpting. If you’re not familiar with Coolsculpting, it is a non-surgical treatment that is performed in the office and freezes fat in localized areas. Over several months, about a 20-22% reduction of the fat cells occur as the fat cells die off and are eliminated naturally through the body. There is no downtime with CoolSculpting and you are able to return to your daily activities immediately.CoolSculpting isn’t a weight loss treatment, but rather addresses stubborn areas of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise.  For some patients,…

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Reduce a Double Chin with the CoolMini™

Posted on January 6, 2016 by Dr. Ringler

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…

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CoolSculpting vs. Vanquish

Posted on July 14, 2015 by Dr. Ringler

shutterstock2271385We often have patients ask what is the best non-surgical device we offer for fat reduction – CoolSculpting or Vanquish? Since we offer both CoolSculpting and Vanquish, let’s take the opportunity to compare the devices.

CoolSculpting is the older technology, and because we were the first plastic surgery office in Michigan to offer the treatment, we have seen many results over the past years, some favorable others less so. CoolSculpting is FDA cleared and uses “cryolipolisis” or fat freezing to target the fat cells. The CoolSculpting device works somewhat like a vacuum with paddles that suck the fat between the paddles. At first the device feels very…

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Fat Reduction; CoolSculpting vs. Vanquish

Posted on January 12, 2015 by Dr. Ringler

CoolSculpting vs. VanquishAfter all the holiday consumption, January often finds people consumed with losing some of the extra fat they picked up from November to January. It is not surprising that January through March are a very busy times in our office for non-surgical fat reduction techniques Vanquish and CoolSculpting. But what, exactly, is the difference between the two procedures?

CoolSculpting is an FDA cleared fat reduction technique that literally freezes a specified area of fat. It is an office procedure that takes about one hour per area (flanks would be considered two areas); so many people have two-hour sessions per treatment. CoolSculpting requires no anesthesia….

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CoolSculpting – More Men Opting for Fat Freezing

Posted on April 15, 2014 by Dr. Ringler

shutterstock2271385More men than ever are choosing Coolscupting® for freezing away those unwanted love handles and pockets of fat that tend to increase as we age regardless of exercise or weight.

Why the big increase in the number of men seeking out this non-surgical fat reduction procedure? The fact that Coolsculpting® is non-invasive appears to be a big plus for men.  For those who like to be in control, the idea of any kind of anesthesia or surgery can be a turn-off. Since Coolsculpting® is an office procedure, it does not require any type of anesthesia and is non-surgical.

Men are sometimes accused of being quite sensitive to pain, and Coolsculpting® is a…

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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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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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Most Common Plastic Surgery Procedures for Men

Posted on November 20, 2012 by Dr. Ringler

Although men still only represent about 10% of plastic surgery patients nationally, we have experienced a significant increase in men seeking plastic surgery over the past few years. According to a recent article by ASAPS, here are some of the more common complaints that men express as they age, and how they can best be addressed.

Even with diet and exercise, maintaining a fat free physique is a complaint we often hear in our practice. Fortunately, with body contouring procedures ranging from the non-surgical CoolSculpting procedure to several different types of liposuction, many of these problems can be addressed fairly easily. Just as with women, men who are close to…

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