Posts Tagged: Plastic surgery

The Gift of Plastic Surgery

Posted on December 2, 2015 by Dr. Ringler

shutterstock_109969586We have seen a trend in the past few years of those who want to give others the gift of plastic surgery. According to the Academy of Facial and Reconstructive Surgery (ENT specialty) the increase in demand for plastic surgery from Thanksgiving to Christmas increases by about 25%.

There is no doubt the holidays are busy times for those seeking plastic surgery procedures for several reasons: everyone wants to look their best for their social functions over the holidays so there is increased demand for skin care, facials, SkinPen, Ultherapy and other non-invasive treatments for improving the skin that require little or no downtime.

Also, perhaps not coincidentally, we also…

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More Men Opting for Plastic Surgery

Posted on April 2, 2015 by Dr. Ringler

shutterstock37981129-1The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery statistics for 2014 indicate that more men than ever are opting for plastic surgery. This certainly has been the case for our practice at the Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery.

Over the past five years, the increase in male cosmetic procedures has risen by 43% nationally, with blepharoplasty, male breast reduction and facelift being the most popular surgical procedures. For non-surgical procedures, Botox, dermal fillers, non-surgical skin tightening and Intense Pulsed Light are the most popular.

At our practice, these same trends apply, although non-surgical fat reduction procedures like CoolSculpting and Vanquish are also extremely popular with…

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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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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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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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Board Certification-May be a Life or Death Decision

Posted on September 30, 2011 by Dr. Ringler

USA Today recently featured a of series of articles on the dangers of non-board certified plastic surgeons performing plastic surgery, sometimes with deadly results.

Although we consistently send out information to our patients about the benefits of making sure to choose a board certified plastic surgeon when considering cosmetic surgery, the credentials of some  self-appointed “cosmetic surgeons” can be very deceiving, even to patients who are typically well-informed.  Additionally, consumers often find it hard to fathom that anyone not qualified to perform plastic surgery would even be allowed to perform cosmetic procedures.  Unfortunately, it is truly a case of “buyer beware” in most states when it comes to cosmetic…

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F.D.A. Reaffirms Safety of Silicone Gel Implants

Posted on September 2, 2011 by Dr. Ringler

This week concluded two days of discussion and testimony about the safety of silicone gel breast implants. An official from the F.D.A., chief scientist, Dr. William Maisel, determined, once again, that silicone gel implants were safe.  The testimony of some women at the meeting regarding negative experiences did not alter the F.D.A’.s conclusion.  Diane Zuckerman, president of the National Research Center for Women and Families group felt that the breast implant manufacturers did an inadequate job of follow-up studies on women with silicone breast implants. The length of the study (27 pages), lack of follow-up by patients, and lack of compensation for patients or doctors has led…

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New FDA Sunscreen Regulations

Posted on June 15, 2011 by Dr. Ringler

The FDA has recently announced changes regarding how over- the -counter sunscreen manufacturers label their products. The aim of the measure is to make sure that sunscreens meet modern day standards for safety and effectiveness. The new requirements are designed to help consumers make better choices for themselves and their families when purchasing sunscreens.

In the past, most sunscreens have provided protection against UVB rays from the sun. The UVB rays are those that cause our skin to burn. Equally, if not more important, are the UVA rays that contribute to premature wrinkling, aging and skin cancer. The FDA indicated that there is now sufficient testing available to determine which…

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