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Meet Steven L. Ringler MD, FACS

Dr. Steven L. Ringler is a board-certified Grand Rapids, Michigan plastic surgeon recognized nationally and internationally for his achievements and educational leadership in cosmetic and plastic surgery.

Dr. Ringler strives to provide his patients with exceptional quality outcomes that combine the latest in surgical and non-surgical advances with his own personal insight and expertise from his years of experience in helping patients achieve their personal goals. He is committed to the highest ethical standards and providing his patients with extraordinary customer service.

Dr. Ringler and his entire team are dedicated to providing the very best in plastic and cosmetic surgery in Grand Rapids and West Michigan.

An educational leader

A Comprehensive, Personalized Approach

Dr. Ringler has a strong desire to provide education and leadership in plastic surgery. He served as the Director of the Grand Rapids Plastic Surgery Residency Program for 12 years and is past President of the Michigan Academy of Plastic Surgeons.

He also served as the Chairman of the Virgin Islands Workshop in Plastic Surgery for 18 years, an internationally recognized and highly regarded plastic surgery conference.

He is the author of peer-reviewed journal studies, a presenter at national and international plastic surgery meetings, and a professor of surgery at Michigan State University.

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An innovator in the field of plastic surgery

Over the past 20 years, Dr. Ringler has devoted his practice to cosmetic plastic surgery where he provides the very latest in safe, proven technology in surgical and non-surgical services. As the founder of Hair Restoration Institute, his dedication to research has led him to develop patents for non-surgical, botanical hair restoration treatments and techniques.

A commitment of giving back

A Comprehensive, Personalized Approach

Committed to philanthropy, Dr. Ringler is the founder and medical director of the Michigan Chapter of Operation Smile. Operation Smile provides free surgery to children with facial deformities around the globe who otherwise would not be able to afford treatment. Under his leadership, the Michigan chapter has provided treatment to over 1,300 children.

Dr. Ringler also founded the Thank You Veterans Project, which provides free plastic surgery to U.S. veterans throughout the month of November for soldiers who have sustained injuries in active duty.

Awards + Honors

Dr. Steven Ringler is recognized locally, nationally and internationally as a prominent plastic surgeon, leader, innovator and teacher of plastic and reconstructive surgery.

He has been honored with numerous awards over the years including: Best Doctors in America® in plastic surgery, 1996-2020, America’s Top Doctors ® in plastic surgery, Castle Connolly, 2010-2020, one of U.S. News & World Report’s best plastic surgeons in the nation, 2020, Consumers Research Council- America’s Top Plastic Surgeons, 2009-2012, Health Grades Honor Roll Doctor, 2010-2016, Patients’ Choice Award, 2008-2014, Most Compassionate Doctor, Stephen J. Pratt Award-Volunteer Service-Operation Smile, 2008, RealSelf Top 100/500, and numerous other “best of” lists.

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Education + Experience

2009 - present

Founder, Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery, Grand Rapids, Michigan

1998 – present

Clinical Professor, Michigan State University Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic Surgery

1997 – 2009

Program Director, Plastic Surgery Residency, Grand Rapids Medical Education and Research Center/Michigan State University

1997 – 2009

President, Michigan Academy of Plastic Surgeons

1995 – 1997

Secretary/Treasurer, Michigan Academy of Plastic Surgeons

1993 – 2012

Chairman, Annual Virgin Islands Workshop in Plastic Surgery

1992 – 2010

Associate Clinical Professor, Michigan State University Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic Surgery

1992 – 1997

Associate Program Director, Plastic Surgery Residency, Grand Rapids Medical Education and Research Center/Michigan State University

1984 – 1997

Assistant Clinical Professor, Michigan State University Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic Surgery

1983 – 1984

Clinical Instructor, Michigan State University Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic Surgery

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Board Certification

  • Michigan Medical Practice Board, 1978
  • American Board of Plastic Surgery, 1983
  • Fellow: American College of Surgeons
  • Membership: Professional Organizations
  • Member: American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • American Association of Plastic Surgeons
  • International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • American Society of Cosmetic Surgery
  • International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery

Current Surgery Center Appointments

1982 - present

Active Staff Appointment

Spectrum Health Surgery Center System

Butterworth Surgery Center and Surgery Center Hospital

2009 - present

Mercy Health Southwest Surgical Center

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19 View Update

Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Valued Patients,

We look forward to seeing you and are open as of Friday, May 29th as approved by the governor. There are some temporary changes at the office due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Current requirements for guests for treatment at CAPS include the following:

  • You will be asked some basic screening questions when you make your appointment:
    • Do you have a fever, cough or headache today or within the past two weeks?
    • To the best of your knowledge, have you or anyone in your family been exposed to COVID-19 within the past 2 weeks?
    • Have you traveled outside of the country in the past month?
  • Your temperature (touchless) will be taken upon arrival. A temperature above 100 degrees will necessitate rescheduling your appointment until a later date.
  • All of our guests will be required to wear a mask to enter the office.
  • No children in the reception area.
  • Extra visitors are limited to 1.

What we are doing to keep you and our team safe at CAPS:

  • Hand sanitizer will be provided outside of the main entrance and throughout the office.
  • We will require social distancing in the office and our large reception area will be limited to 2-3 guests at a time.
  • All hard surfaces in the office will be cleaned and sanitized throughout the day including: door handles, front desk, tables, desks, equipment and restrooms.
  • All team members will be wearing masks and will be screened every morning before work including temperature.
  • All treatment providers will be wearing masks and gloves.
  • As always, treatment providers will wash hands before and after each patient visit and change gloves between each patient.
  • All equipment in treatment rooms will be thoroughly sanitized between each patient visit.
  • We are installing an I-Wave ionization system to our HVAC system which continuously purifies the air killing bacteria and viruses as it circulates the air throughout the office.
  • Virtual consultations with Dr. Ringler and our treatment providers will remain available as well as in-person consultations.
  • Magazines and brochures will not be available in the office for the time being but are available virtually online.
  • Only bottled water is available for our guests at this time.

Thank you for your understanding. Our patient and team safety and well-being is our top concern.

Dr. Steven Ringler & the Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery Team

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