Posts Tagged: breast implants

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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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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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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Summer Breast Lift

Posted on June 16, 2012 by Dr. Ringler

Summer and swimsuit season is the time many women make a decision to do something about breasts that have begun to sag or lose their shape. Fluctuations in weight, pregnancy, the effects of gravity and aging can all impact breast tissue and result in sagging breasts. The delicate elastin in the breasts begins to stretch or sag and does not regain its former shape without surgery. Fortunately, a breast lift can help to reposition breasts that have begun to sag and restore a fuller, more youthful appearance to the breasts.

Women who opt for a breast lift often combine this out-patient procedure with a breast reduction

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Transaxillary Breast Augmentation

Posted on May 23, 2012 by Dr. Ringler

One of the biggest concerns of women in my practice undergoing breast augmentation surgery, besides safety and choosing the best size and type of implant, is whether or not they will have a scar on their breast following the procedure, and if so, how large of a scar.

For many years I have been specializing in a transaxillary approach to breast augmentation which leaves no scar on the breast. A very small incision is made beneath the arm near the armpit through which the implant is inserted, resulting in a very small, well-concealed scar. Typically, within several months following surgery, the scar is no longer visible. This “scarless”…

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Mommy Makeover Grand Rapids

Posted on March 15, 2012 by Dr. Ringler

Childbirth is a life changing experience for women and their bodies. The joy and wonder of a new baby is sometimes offset by feelings that your body does not look or feel as youthful as it did prior to pregnancy. That is to be expected, and is the reason some women choose to have a “mommy makeover” to help regain their pre-pregnancy figure.

Stretched or sagging abdominal skin, or breasts that have lost volume after breastfeeding are common concerns. At the Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery, we offer several surgical procedures that may be done in combination to help you regain your figure after pregnancy. Sometimes referred…

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3D Breast Imaging and Simulation

Posted on February 15, 2012 by Dr. Ringler

When women determine that they’d like to enhance their breasts through breast augmentation surgery, there are many questions. What type of breast implant do you prefer; saline implants or gel implants? There are advantages and disadvantages to each. Some implants have a higher profile and can look quite different depending upon the clothing worn. The next biggest question usually pertains to implant size. The way breast implants look on a friend’s body or in before and after pictures are not necessarily the way they will look on your own unique frame and build.

While there is no replacement for the doctor-patient relationship, the new e-stitex 3D breast imaging

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PIP Breast Implant Removal

Posted on January 9, 2012 by Dr. Ringler

This week the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) supported the French government’s recommendation that all women who received the faulty, Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) breast implants should have them removed or exchanged. Estimates are that around 30,000-40,000 European women have had the PIP manufactured breast implants, which have proven to have a higher than acceptable rupture rate and were manufactured using an industrial-grade silicone as opposed to medical grade silicone. The company is no longer in business.

The German government has concurred with French government that all women with the implants should be removed as a precautionary measure, however, the British government has determined that the risk posed…

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Minimally and Non- Invasive Plastic Surgery Procedures

Posted on November 23, 2011 by Dr. Ringler

Language can be a funny thing.  We say one thing, particularly in medicine, and sometimes make the assumption that we will be fully understood or that words mean the same thing to everyone.  However, as a recent article by The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS) pointed out in an article about language and light-based technology, the language can be confusing or ambiguous.  What does “minimal downtime” or “some redness” really mean?  The ASAPS is attempting to standardize the terminology so consumers, physicians and manufacturers are all speaking the same language.

Since we specialize in many “minimally-invasive” and “non-invasive” procedures, perhaps it’s important to shed more light on how we…

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