Category Archives: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

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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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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Operation Smile – 30 Years of Creating Smiles

Posted on September 15, 2012 by Dr. Ringler

“Operation Smile is an international children’s medical charity that heals children’s smiles, forever changing their lives.” The organization that was started by Dr. Bill Magee and his wife Kathy over 30 years ago after a trip to the Philippines never fails to inspire. Operation Smile’s all volunteer medical teams work in over 60 countries around the globe and have performed over 200,000 surgeries free of charge for children who were born with a cleft lip and cleft palate or other facial deformities.

This week I will be going to La Romana in the Dominican Republic for a week to help some of these children. I am fortunate to have been a medical volunteer for Operation Smile for over 15 years….

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Bullying and Plastic Surgery

Posted on August 17, 2012 by Dr. Ringler

Dumbo, Fatso, Beanpole, Hook-nose; these are some of the names kids are called at school or in their neighborhood if their body or facial features don’t fit the norm. This is not a new phenomenon. There have always been some kids or bullies who have taunted others, often in a shallow attempt to boost their own shaky self-esteem.

The difference today is that some parents try to help their children through these troubled years by the offer of plastic surgery to help correct the perceived problem. A recent poll by RealSelf indicated that 67% of parents would allow their children to have cosmetic surgery if it would help them from…

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Breast Augmentation May Improve Quality of Life

Posted on July 12, 2012 by Dr. Ringler

A recent study published in the July issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), indicates that women who have had breast augmentation surgery report substantial improvement in several areas of quality of life.

The study, headed by Dr. Colleen McCarthy of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York developed and evaluated a questionnaire, called the
BREAST-Q, ®, which looked at health related quality of life issues following breast implant surgery..

The study examined the satisfaction with the breasts following surgery, psychosocial, sexual and physical well-being and satisfaction with the care that they received. The study involved 41 women who answered the questionnaire six months prior to breast augmentation surgery…

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Foods that Speed-Up Recovery

Posted on May 16, 2012 by Dr. Ringler

Patients often ask me if there is something that they can do to speed up healing after surgery. Although there is no magic bullet when it comes to recovery after surgery or a sports injury, there are certain types of foods that may aid in the recovery process. It is a good idea to focus on whole foods as much as possible and to avoid processed foods, as they will contain the highest levels vitamins or amino acids your body will need for a speedy recovery. Amino acids appear to help wounds heal faster. These can be found in foods such as chicken, egg whites, fish, brown rice, healthy…

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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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Plastic Surgery Market Shows Significant Growth in 2011

Posted on February 8, 2012 by Dr. Ringler

Last week the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) released their statistics for plastic surgery procedures performed by board certified plastic surgeons in 2011. Despite a challenging economy, there were 13.8 million procedures performed in 2011. These numbers include both minimally invasive and surgical procedures. The numbers represent a 5 percent growth since 2010.

Surgical cosmetic procedures showed an increase of 2 percent, with 1.6 million procedures being performed. Heading the list, top surgical procedures included:

 

-Breast Augmentation (307,000 – up 4 percent)
Rhinoplasty (244,00, down 3 percent)
Liposuction (205,000, up 1 percent)
Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) (196,000, down 6 percent)
Facelift (119,00, up 5 percent)

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Options for Treating the Neck and Chin – Grand Rapids

Posted on February 1, 2012 by Dr. Ringler

The neck and chin areas are both quick to show signs of facial aging; excess fat, jowls, and skin laxity are a few areas of concern. Many of my patients are surprised to learn that a full facelift or necklift is not always necessary to correct the problem.

Excess fat in the neck area can be helped with the use of SmartLipo Triplex laser liposuction. Using a very small cannula, in a very short, outpatient surgical procedure, the fat cells can be removed from the neck and under the chin for greatly improved contour. SmartLipo Triplex also offers the benefit of additional skin tightening, very minimal downtime for…

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Younger Patients Most Satisfied with Facelift Benefits

Posted on December 17, 2011 by Dr. Ringler

Conventional wisdom informs us that women and men consider having a facelift when they have exhausted all of the other possibilities for maintaining their facial appearance. This typically occurs in the mid-fifties to early sixties. However, a recent study to be published in the January issue of ASPS – Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery® indicates that younger patients are generally more satisfied with their short-term and long term results.

Drs. Liu and Owsley compared the short-term and long-term patient satisfaction ratings with expert analysis of follow-up photographs. They analyzed differences in long-term outcomes for patients in three age groups: patients younger than 50, 50 to 60 years, and over 60 years…

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