Plastic Surgery Innovations

IDEAL Structured Saline Breast Implant

The IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant is a saline-filled implant with an innovative patented-design that gives it a natural feel without silicone gel. The IDEAL IMPLANT has a revolutionary new technology that offers women the look and feel of a silicone gel implant, but with the safety of only saline inside. This technology eliminates the concern women have with silicone gel implants: that of ruptures that are silent and require an MRI scan for detection. With the IDEAL IMPLANT, a woman can simply look in the mirror each day and have the confidence of knowing her implants are intact. Dr. Ringler is the first board certified plastic surgeon in Grand Rapids able to offer the IDEAL IMPLANT.

Vanquish ME/Vanquish FLEX

Vanquish ME by BTL Aesthetic offers the latest in non-surgical fat reduction technology. FDA cleared for deep tissue heating, a known method of targeting fat, Vanquish utilizes radio frequency technology to selectively target fat cells. The benefit of this targeted heat energy is the gradual and natural elimination of the destroyed fat cells through the body’s own metabolic process.. The state-of-the-art technology is performed without the device coming in direct contact with the body. Vanquish is suitable for those who are close to their desired body weight, but have isolated areas of fat in the abdomen,flanks and back that does not respond to diet and exercise. Vanquish FLEX offers the same radio frequency fat reduction technology, but with a specially designed application device for the thighs. During the 4-6, 30-minute sessions, spaced one week apart, the high internal temperature will result in a natural process of fat cell death called apoptosis. The entire fat cell is destroyed for long lasting results. Dr. Ringler is the first board certified plastic surgeon in Grand Rapids to be able to offer Vanquish and Vanquish FLEX to his patients.

Kybella

KYBELLA is an FDA non-surgical injection treatment program that helps reduce fullness beneath the chin. Through a series of injections beneath the chin,  KYBELLA is administered by one of our expert RN injectors,  This synthetic deoxycholic acid. Deoxycholic acid is a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When injected into the fat beneath the chin, KYBELLA® destroys fat cells, resulting in a noticeable reduction in fullness under the chin. Once destroyed, these cells can no longer store or accumulate fat, so further treatment is not expected once you reach your desired aesthetic goal. The exact number of treatments are determined by how much submental fat there is for treatment. Most patients require a minimum of two KYBELLA treatments.

 

Icon Laser – Non-ablative fractional skin resurfacing

The Icon Laser by Cynosure is a non-ablative fractional skin resurfacing treatment.  This non-surgical, office procedure uses precisely targeted wavelengths to effect the dermis and epidermis of the skin while leaving the outmost epidermal layer in tact. This results in faster healing with minimal downtime while creating a smoother skin surface.   Used on all parts of the body, the Icon laser reduces fine lines and wrinkles, removes red and brown pigmentation, stretch-marks, hyper pigmentation, hair removal,  and stimulates collagen for skin rejuvenation.  Treatments can be a single treatment or a series depending on the needs of the patient.  There may be some initial redness or swelling in the area, but this typically resolves within 24 hours of treatment. Dr. Steven Ringler is the first board certified plastic surgeon in Grand Rapids to offer the Icon Laser to his patients.

SkinPen Microneedling

SkinPen by BTL  is an innovative microneedling pen treatment for the face and body that can help improve skin tone by stimulating collagen, reduce scarring, hyper pigmentation, and stretch marks.  SkinPen also benefits patients by delivering skin care products deeper into the skin thus improving efficacy of the products.  This office  procedure can be performed as a single treatment or in a series depending upon the area being treated and depth of treatment required.  SkinPen can be used following Exilis or Ultherapy treatments to enhance results.  SkinPen requires minimal downtime with some patients having red or flushed skin up to 24 hours. Dr. Steven Ringler is the first board certified plastic surgeon in Grand Rapids to offer SkinPen to his patients.

Exilis Ultra

Exilis Ultra is an FDA approved  innovative, third generation treatment for the face and body based on Radio Frequency (RF) energy plus ultrasound which can help firm and tone the skin as well as reduce fat on the abdomen, knees, thighs, flanks, arms and male breast.  This non-surgical procedure is performed in the office in  a one hour session, and requires about 3-5 sessions for optimal results.  The results take approximately 2-3 months to be fully realized as new collagen is developed and as fat cells are naturally eliminated from the body.  This procedure offers zero downtime and patients return to their daily activities immediately following treatment.  Dr. Steven Ringler is the first board certified plastic surgeon in Grand Rapids to offer Exilis Ultra to his patients.

Belotero Balance

Belotero Balance® is an injectable hyaluronic acid-based dermal filler approved by the FDA for the correction of moderate-to-severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring sugar found in the human body. The role of hyaluronic acid in the skin is to deliver nutrients, hydrate the skin by holding in water and to act as a cushioning agent. Belotero injectable gel temporarily adds volume to the skin and gives the appearance of a smoother surface. Dr. Steven Ringler is the first board certified plastic surgeon in Grand Rapids MI to offer Belotero Balance to his patients.

Cellulaze™

Cellulaze™ by Cynosure is the first, FDA approved laser treatment that reduces cellulite in one treatment. This is an outpatient procedure that addresses cellulite at its very structure. Using a very tiny cannula that offers unique side-firing action, Dr. Ringler is able to break up the fibrous vertical bands that push up on the skin contributing to the dimpled effect. He is then able to liquefy and remove the fat cells for a smoother, more even skin surface. Results continue to improve for 3-6 months as new collagen develops and the skin becomes thicker with improved elasticity. Unlike most superficial treatments for cellulite which require pretreatment, Cellulaze offers a one time, long-term solution for the reduction of cellulite.

Cellutone ™

Using the power of targeted vibrations, BTL CELLUTONE™ contributes to the elimination of the main factors causing cellulite formation and lead to a considerable improvement in the skin appearance. Mechanical vibrations enhance microcirculation and oxygen supply in affected area resulting in increased blood supply and removal of excess interstitial fluid. This simple in-office treatment is typically used in conjunction with our other non-surgical fat reduction treatments such as CoolSculpting and VanquishME for improved results.

E-Stitex 3D Breast Imaging and Simulator

The E-Stitex is the first web-based 3D breast imaging and simulation technology available that enables you to view the various breast implant types and size options in the privacy of your own home through your personal computer. It also provides the ability to view your images in various types of clothing, including bathing suits or evening clothes. This 3D educational tool allows you more time to consider your options and consult with family or friends, if you so desire. When you schedule an appointment with Dr. Ringler for a breast augmentation, you will now have the option of using this revolutionary 3D breast imaging technology to give you a realistic impression of how your own breast implants might look prior to scheduling surgery.

Facial ULTRALift

Facial ULTRALift is a new non-surgical facial rejuvenation procedure that was developed by Dr. Ringler for those individuals who want beautiful, natural results without a surgical facelift. The first step of the ULTRALift uses advanced techniques in Ultherapy, the ultrasonic technology that lifts and tightens the skin of the face, neck, and brow. It is a 1-2 hour treatment that uses your body’s own regenerative response to gently and gradually restore memory to the skin and underlying tissue. Ultherapy actually helps your skin begin to reproduce collagen. Dr. Ringler is the first board-certified plastic surgeon in Michigan to offer Ultherapy, and he has advanced training in techniques with the procedure.

Dr. Ringler will devise a personalized plan based on your specific needs and goals for facial rejuvenation. Following the Ultherapy procedure, Dr. Ringler will administer a combination of Botox or Xeomin, Radiesse,or Juvderm, depending on your treatment plan, to help provide facial volume, add structure to the jawline, and strategically placed Botox or facial fillers to give you natural results without a surgical facelift. Dr. Ringler has over 20 years of experience in aesthetic facial rejuvenation techniques.

CoolSculpting™ by Zeltiq

CoolSculpting is a new, FDA approved, non-surgical procedure that serves as an alternative to liposuction for those individuals who have only a small amount of fat that resists diet and exercise. This safe and effective procedure is done in our office by positioning the CoolSculpt device on the desired treatment area for approximately 1-2 hours, and the fat cells are then targeted and frozen through a process called Cryolipolyis™. The procedure is completely non-invasive and offers no downtime. Individuals may immediately return to work or even intense exercise. CoolSculpting is best for men and women who are close to their ideal body weight but may want to rid themselves of “muffin-top” or “love-handles” without surgery. Dr. Ringler is the first board certified plastic surgeon in Michigan to be able to offer Zeltiq to his patients as an alternative to liposuction.

Body-Jet™ (water-assisted liposuction)

Body-Jet is a minimally invasive form of liposuction that uses gentle pulsating streams of water to dislodge fat cells while simultaneously removing them through a small cannula. Body-jet is an outpatient procedure that is typically performed under local anesthesia. Body-Jet is gentler and provides less swelling than traditional liposuction and offers minimal downtime. Additionally, since the fat cells that are removed are not damaged in the process, they may be used as an all natural filler for the face, hands or buttocks.

Ultherapy™

Ultherapy™ is a new ultrasound treatment, recently approved by the FDA, for counteracting the effects of time and gravity on your facial skin. It is a 1-2 hour treatment that uses your body’s own regenerative response to gently and gradually restore memory to the skin and underlying tissue. Ultherapy actually helps your skin begin to reproduce collagen.

Dr. Ringler is the first doctor in Michigan to be able to offer Ultherapy to his patients as an alternative to a traditional facelift for skin tightening and facial rejuvenation. Dr. Ringler is currently conducting research with Ultherapy for future applications in facial rejuvenation. Please inquire to see if you might be eligible as a candidate for this ongoing Ulthera study.

Read more about Ulthera.

Details and facts about Ulthera™(PDF)

SmartLipo Triplex™ LaserBodySculpting™

A firm body with balanced proportions, defined curves and tone is the goal of those who work hard at a fitness routine. At times, regardless of our efforts, there may still be areas of localized fat that seem resistant to change. SmartLipo Triplex™ LaserBodySculpting™ was designed to treat those areas of the body safely, effectively and with minimum downtime. SmartLipo Triplex™ is performed under local anesthesia. Using triple laser wavelengths, Smartlipo Triplex actually liquefies the fat so that it can be easily removed. Smartlipo Triplex™ also has the added benefit of tightening the skin. Dr. Steven L. Ringler is the first board-certified plastic surgeon in West Michigan to offer SmartLipo Triplex™ as an alternative to traditional liposuction. Dr. Ringler’s experience and expertise using traditional liposuction techniques ensures that your result with SmartLipo Triplex™ will be maximized. SmartLipo Triplex™ treats those areas of the body that traditionally have been difficult to treat using liposuction, such as the neck, chin, upper arms, abdomen, male breast enlargement, thighs and knees.

Details and facts about SmartLipo Triplex™ LaserBodySculpting™ (PDF)

Minimally invasive surgical and non-surgical procedures

Face, breast, body. Dr. Ringler is one of the first physicians in North America to perform the MACS lift; an innovative, short-incision facelift, that restores natural, youthful beauty to the face. Ultherapy is the new, FDA approved, non-invasive ultrasonic procedure to lift and tighten the skin. It is an in-office procedure requiring less than an hour that selectively stimulates the body’s own collagen response for a subtle, natural result. Dr. Ringler has developed the non-surgical, Facial UltraLift technique by utilizing a combination of advanced techniques in Ultherapy along with a personalized plan of facial fillers to help create structure and volume to the face.

In addition, short- scar techniques are performed by Dr. Ringler in breast enhancement and body sculpting procedures. Dr Ringler specializes in breast augmentation with saline implants, which is performed via an axillary (underarm) incision, with no breast scar. Limited incision surgery requires careful patient selection, planning and the right vision to achieve your goals for your appearance, and for shorter, undetectable scars.

Dr. Ringler offers the most comprehensive options in minimally invasive and non-invasive body contouring in Michigan. His expertise and experience in lasers and liposuction ensure that he will guide you to the best solution for your particular needs and goals. Smartlipo Triplex™ offers more benefits than traditional liposuction including; less downtime, less bruising and swelling, and helps to tighten the skin. Using triple wavelength technology, Smartlipo is 40 times more effective at targeting fat cells than any other laser liposuction technology on the market today. With the advance feature of Thermaguide™ technology, there is no chance for the skin to become overheated during the treatment process.

Body-Jet, water assisted liposuction, uses gentle pulsating streams of saline water to dislodge fat cells while they are simultaneously removed via gentle suctioning. Since the fat cells removed with Body-Jet are not destroyed in the removal process, they offer a long-lasting, all natural filler for the face, hands or body. Body-Jet may be used in combination with SmartLipo Triplex if extra skin-tightening is required. Body-jet offers less bruising, swelling and downtime than traditional liposuction and can often be performed under local anesthesia.

CoolSculpting™ by Zeltiq is an FDA approved, non-invasive alternative to liposuction. This in-office procedure uses a technology referred to as Cryolypolysis™ to freeze specifically targeted fat cells that are later naturally absorbed by the body’s own metabolic process. Results take about 3-4 months to be fully realized.

VanquishME by BTL is the latest FDA approved, non surgical solution for reducing fat by use of RF technology.  This in- office procedure is used to reduce and slim larger areas of fat than are treated with CoolSculpting alone, which is better for localized areas.

Fire & Ice – This innovative treatment combines CoolSculpging fat freezing technology along with the RF heat of VanquishME fat  heating technology for faster, improved results. In addition the Fire & Ice treatment is maximized by including 4 treatments with Cellutone to increase circulation and help break up cellulite.

BTL CELLUTONE™  -Using the power of targeted vibrations, contributes to the elimination of the main factors causing cellulite formation and lead to a considerable improvement in the skin appearance. Mechanical vibrations enhance microcirculation and oxygen supply in affected area resulting in increased blood supply and removal of excess interstitial fluid.

Cellulaze™ by Cynosure is the first, FDA approved laser treatment that reduces cellulite in one treatment. This is an outpatient procedure that addresses cellulite at its very structure. Results continue to improve for 3-6 months as new collagen develops and the thin becomes thicker with improved elasticity. Unlike most superficial treatments for cellulite, Cellulaze offers a real, long-term solution for the reduction of cellulite.

Cellutone™ by BTL

Hair Restoration Research

Prescriptions to prevent hair loss and encourage new growth come with undesirable side effects and are often cumbersome to use. With nearly 10 years of extensive research and clinical trials, Dr. Ringler offers patients an exclusive, proprietary, natural hair loss treatment safe for both men and women. A natural blend of botanical oils is administered at the Hair Restoration Institute, and a specialized blend of dietary supplements and hair care products used at home can both prevent hair loss, and renew hair growth in instances where other treatments have failed. This revolutionary treatment, presently only available in our Grand Rapids office and online at hairprescriptives.com.  Hair Prescriptives system can help you see restored growth and fullness as early as 3 months; please contact us for updates on distribution in medical offices across the U.S.

Learn more about our drug-free, botanical hair restoration program

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