Category Archives: Tummy Tuck

How to Know if You Need a Tummy Tuck

Posted on September 19, 2013 by Dr. Ringler

Thinking about a tummy tuck in Grand Rapids?

With all the new options in body contouring; SmartLipo, Body-Jet, Exilis Elite, CoolSculpting, just to name a few, you may wonder if tummy tucks are becoming a thing of the past. The short answer is no, not too likely.

Women who have had a pregnancy often come to the realization that even when they have lost their weight gain from the baby, there remains some loose skin from the sudden weight loss and the abdomen can still protrude in a way that it did not pre-pregnancy.  The problem is that the size of baby has stretched and separated the muscle (diastasis).  An…

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Reasons for Seeking Breast Surgery

Posted on July 29, 2013 by Dr. Ringler

For those who are comfortable with their breasts, there can be a bit of mystery or misunderstanding as to what prompts women to seek out plastic surgery of the breast. Rarely do women seek out breast surgery because they want very large, or overly conspicuous breasts. Most women are seeking a natural appearance that results in better balance for their figure.

As is often the case in nature, there is frequently a case of too much or too little in terms of breast endowment. For many women seeking breast implants, there have been issues with being flat chested since adolescence. Often these women are…

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Discount Plastic Surgery

Posted on June 4, 2013 by Dr. Ringler

If you’ve ever been tempted to respond to one of those “two breast implants for the price of one” type promotions or travel vacations offering plastic surgery for less, be careful. It is a very rare reputable, board certified plastic surgeon who will offer surgical procedures at a discount to just anyone responding to an ad in the paper or magazine. This is truly a case of “buyer beware” when you see such types of promotions.

What is the problem with wanting to save a little money on a cosmetic surgery procedure? First of all, not everyone seeing an ad is a good surgical candidate. Only after a complete…

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Benefits of a Mommy Makeover

Posted on February 4, 2013 by Dr. Ringler

New mothers are often so thrilled with their new baby, that it is often not until a year or two post-partum that women begin to feel that the body that they assumed would “bounce back” following the baby, has not done so. The process of gaining and losing weight as one does during a pregnancy, breast- feeding resulting in a loss of breast volume, separation of the stomach muscle (diastasis) and loose skin, are often complaints that we hear from women who are seeking a mommy makeover. These issues can occur regardless of whether the woman has gotten back to her pre-pregnancy weight and are ones that are not…

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New and Improved Tummy Tuck Techniques

Posted on October 26, 2012 by Dr. Ringler

If you are considering a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) or mommy makeover, there are advanced techniques in abdominoplasty that you should be aware of.  An abdominoplasty is the best technique for improving the appearance of a protruding abdomen and reducing saggy or redundant skin around the middle. It is particularly popular following pregnancy where the muscle has been stretched and among those who have lost a significant amount of weight.

Typically when an abdominoplasty is performed, there is a need for patients to have suction drains left in the incision site for several days in order to prevent seroma (the accumulation of fluid).  These plastic drains require being sutured…

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Tummy Tuck – Grand Rapids Mid-Section Improvement

Posted on September 9, 2011 by Dr. Ringler

Men and women who have recently undergone a dramatic weight loss, women who’ve had multiple pregnancies, as well as people who have a difficult time losing weight in their mid-section may be good candidates for Abdominoplasty.


Abdominoplasty, also known as Tummy Tuck, is a procedure in which the excess skin and fat in the mid-section is removed and the muscles of the abdomen are tightened. When the muscles of the abdomen become loose or separated, the abdomen sticks out, but once they have been sutured closer together, the abdomen lies flat. The remaining skin is then closed over the newly flattened abdominal muscles to create a more…

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