Category Archives: In the News

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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Snapchatting Plastic Surgery

Posted on June 23, 2016 by Dr. Ringler

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There have been recent articles in ASAPS and in the media about plastic surgeons who regularly snapchat plastic surgery procedures, with their patients permission, and gain millions of viewers and sometimes new referrals.

As we become more entrenched with this type of plastic surgery voyeurism that started with with Extreme Makeover, then Nip/Tuck and Botched, there seems to be an endless appetite for people to want to look behind the scenes of plastic surgery procedures.

On the one hand, it is normal to want to know what to expect during a plastic surgery procedure. Consultations with a plastic surgeon and sites such as ASAPS and ASPS and RealSelf can give patients…

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Plastic Surgery Trends 2015

Posted on March 3, 2016 by Dr. Ringler

shutterstock_86814208-1Every year, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) develops a list, based on surveys from board certified plastic surgeons, of the most requested plastic surgery trends of the year. The list includes those procedures that are surgical as well as non-surgical, in addition to some upcoming trends in plastic surgery.

In 2015 there was a big trend for women wanting butt augmentation with fat grafting, butt lifts and butt implants. These were the fastest growing procedures in the United States. The rate of those requesting butt lifts increased by 89% between 2000-2015. It seems likely that the trend for bigger bottoms stems from celebrities like Kim Kardashian, J.Lo and Nicki…

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More Men Opting for Plastic Surgery

Posted on April 2, 2015 by Dr. Ringler

shutterstock37981129-1The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery statistics for 2014 indicate that more men than ever are opting for plastic surgery. This certainly has been the case for our practice at the Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery.

Over the past five years, the increase in male cosmetic procedures has risen by 43% nationally, with blepharoplasty, male breast reduction and facelift being the most popular surgical procedures. For non-surgical procedures, Botox, dermal fillers, non-surgical skin tightening and Intense Pulsed Light are the most popular.

At our practice, these same trends apply, although non-surgical fat reduction procedures like CoolSculpting and Vanquish are also extremely popular with…

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Ideal Breast Implant

Posted on November 19, 2014 by Dr. Ringler

GettyImages_87884438It came as great news yesterday that the FDA approved Valeant Pharmaceuticals, Ideal Breast Implant for use in the U.S.

Back at our Virgin Islands Workshop in 2010, a friend and plastic surgery colleague, Dr. Robert Hamas, introduced plastic surgeons at our meeting to a prototype for an implant he had developed. The new implant, which he called the Ideal Implant®, combined the best of silicone gel and saline implants.

Dr. Hamas felt that many women liked the natural result of the silicone gel implants, but preferred the safety of a saline implant should the implant leak or rupture. Regular MRI scans are typically the only way women can detect a leak…

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Botched Plastic Surgery

Posted on July 25, 2014 by Dr. Ringler

Botched imageBotched, a new reality TV show on the EChannel at ten on Sunday night, features two Beverly Hills plastic surgeons, Dr. Terry Dubrow and Dr. Paul Nassif who spend the hour attempting to repair botched plastic surgery performed  by less than qualified surgeons.

Strangely fascinating, the show has a wide assortment of individuals who, for whatever reason, have ended up with bad results from previous surgeries. From upside down implants to guys who have spent money attempting to look like Madonna or Justin Bieber, it seems the stranger the better.

Although the doctors do a good job repairing some of the damage done by unqualified surgeons, the truth is, repairing botched…

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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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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.

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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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Lifestyle Lift and Other Marketing Scams

Posted on June 27, 2013 by Dr. Ringler

I’m sure you’ve seen the ads on TV that look too good to be true. A facelift using a “LifeStyle Lift” without anesthesia, no downtime and the Before and After  pictures of a model who looks unbelievable. Then there are the reviews from all of the happy patients. Small wonder that we frequently get calls from prospective patients looking for similar results and wondering whether we perform the LifeStyle Lift at our office.  We don’t.

LifeStyle Lift is a business, marketing scheme that allows physicians, not necessarily board certified plastic surgeons, to get referrals based on a kick-back to the company for their broad and deceptive advertising campaign. The LifeStyle Lift…

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