Category Archives: Research Study

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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Is Scarless Healing Possible for Humans?

Posted on October 11, 2012 by Dr. Ringler

Is scarless healing and body part regeneration a possibility for humans? A study published in Nature this month headed by developmental biologist, Ashley Siefert from University of Florida in Gainesville has scientists pondering that question. Apparently there are two species of African spiny mouse have the ability to do what no other mammal has been known to duplicate – entirely regenerating their own damaged tissue.

The mice have skin that is brittle and easily torn, which must be a defense mechanism to help them escape predators. Most animals, humans included, grow scar tissue when their skin is damaged or injured, much to the disappointment of plastic surgeons and their patients….

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Maintaining Youthful Looking Breasts

Posted on September 30, 2012 by Dr. Ringler

If you’re concerned about keeping your breasts more youthful looking but aren’t sure if there is much you can do to control how your breasts age, a new study of identical twins may provide some clues. A controlled study of identical twins by Dr. Hooman T. Soltanian from the University Hospital Case Medical Center in Cleveland indicates that factors such as; breastfeeding, moisturizing, and hormone- replacement therapy after menopause significantly decreased the perceived aging of the breasts. Factors that negatively impacted the appearance of the breasts and accelerated the appearance of aging in breasts included; cigarette smoking, higher BMI, alcohol consumption, multiple pregnancies, and larger breasts and cup sizes….

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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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Facelifts Turn Back the Clock 9 Years

Posted on February 22, 2012 by Dr. Ringler

According to a recent article in the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery, having a facelift can make you look seven years younger than you actually are. In this study by authors Nitin Chauhan and Peter Adamson of the University of Toronto, and Jeremey Warner of the NorthShore University Health System in Evanston, Illinois, volunteer first year medical students were shown photos of 60 people who had a facelift. The students estimated the patients to be an average of 8.9 years younger than their actual age. Prior to the surgery the medical students thought them to be 1.7 years younger, yielding an age difference of 7.2 years after plastic surgery.

This is fairly consistent with patients in my practice who typically…

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Lifestyle and Hair Loss in Identical Twins

Posted on November 30, 2011 by Dr. Ringler

Genetics have traditionally been thought to weigh heavily in hair loss in men and women. However, a study presented at the ASPS meeting in Denver in September by Dr. Bahman Guyuron demonstrated that external factors and lifestyle choices also significantly impact hair loss, particularly in women.

The study looked at 84 sets of female identical twins. Surprisingly, the strongest determinant was not genetic, but rather the marital status of the women.  Women who were divorced or widowed exhibited more hair loss than women who were married. Those with heavy alcohol consumption also had significantly higher hair loss in the front of the head.  However, those who had a couple of alcoholic…

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Silicone Implant Safety Reviewed by FDA

Posted on June 29, 2011 by Dr. Ringler

Based on a study it conducted about silicone implant safety, the FDA has released a statement and the news is good for consumers and plastic surgeons.

After conducting an in-depth study of silicone implant safety, the FDA has confirmed that silicone gel implants “have a reasonable assurance of safety and effectiveness when used as labeled.” For consumers, this means silicone gel implant augmentations performed by a board certified plastic surgeon, and maintained as instructed, should present no extreme health issues for the patient.

The FDA’s silicone implant safety study also debunked a rumor that silicone breast implants share an association with “connective tissue disease, breast cancer, or reproductive problems.”…

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Best Age for a Facelift

Posted on June 1, 2011 by Dr. Ringler

My patients often ask me what is the best age for a facelift. They are concerned about whether having a facelift too soon might necessitate more procedures down the road. On the other hand, they don’t’ want to wait until it’s too late or they are too old to be a good candidate for a facelift. Regardless of age, no one in my practice wants to appear over-corrected; the much dreaded “wind-tunnel” effect.

Facial rejuvenation is a specialty area of mine; I was the first plastic surgeon in Grand Rapids to perform the limited- incision MACS lift over 10 years ago, and I assure you, age…

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Americans Approval of Plastic Surgery on the Rise

Posted on April 9, 2011 by Dr. Ringler

A new study published by the ASAPS shows that now, more than ever, Americans approve of cosmetic plastic surgery. The study, which was released this month, found that 51% of Americans regardless of income hold a favorable view of plastic surgery.

While the approval numbers vary somewhat between income levels—56% with an income above $75,000 approve while just 45% with an income between $50,000 to $75,000 approve—there is an overall 3% increase in approval from 2009.

ASAPS President Felmont F. Eaves III, MD credits society’s growing dedication to maintaining a good physical appearance and adds that, “As both traditional surgical procedures have been improved and refined, and new nonsurgical…

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New Hope to Give Your Wrinkles the “Cold” Shoulder

Posted on April 1, 2011 by Dr. Ringler

Early clinical trials are showing success in producing the same wrinkle-reducing effect as Botox and Dysport, without employing the use of the botulinum toxin, according to U.S. News.

Though both Botox and Dysport are hugely popular non-surgical options for diminishing many facial lines and wrinkles, new alternatives are often being researched. This treatment, which is called cryoneuromodulation, “appears to have the same clinical efficacy and safety comparable to the existing techniques,” according to Francis Palmer, director of facial plastic surgery at the University of Southern California School of Medicine in Los Angeles, who co-authored the study.

Rather than paralyzing the underlying muscle to smooth out the wrinkle as Botox…

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