Plastic Surgery Innovations
EMSCULPT- Builds Muscle and Reduces Fat
You work out, watch your diet and exercise and but still may have unwanted areas of fat around your abdomen or a lack of definition. Or perhaps, over time, your gluteal region has lost definition and muscle. EMSCULPT is the only non-surgical technology that uses electro-magnetic, HIFEM, energy to build muscle and reduce fat. Imagine one 30-minute session of Emsculpt equalling 20,000 sit ups or squats at the gym. When used for the abdomen, Emsculpt builds muscle and reduces fat. When used in the gluteal region, there is no fat reduction but rather better definition and lifting of the buttocks without surgery.
HALO Hybrid Fractional Laser
Radiant, rejuvenated skin without the downtime. Beautiful flawless looking skin that glows is the goal of women and men of all ages. At times, environmental damage, scarring, hyperpigmentation or simply the aging process can impede our efforts for a beautiful complexion. The Halo hybrid fractional laser provides a solution to many skin care concerns by building collagen and smoothing out irregularities on the skin restoring the luminous glow you had when you were younger.
Forever Young BBL
Forever Young BBL™- FotoFacial is an innovative technology that delivers light therapy by targeting the signs of aging and sun damage effectively providing a more refreshed, rejuvenated and youthful appearance. By eliminating flushing caused by rosacea and age spots caused by the sun, your skin will regain the healthy glow of a youthful complexion.
A clinical study on BroadBand Light from Stanford University reveals Forever Young BBL™ can restore gene expression of aged human skin to resemble much younger skin. In fact, patients who had utilized ForeverYoung BBL™ over a 7 year period actually looked younger than they had 7 years earlier.
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. He is a Premier Surgeon in the Ideal Implant physician network, recognized for his extensive expertise and experience with 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 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 affect the dermis and epidermis of the skin while leaving the outmost epidermal layer intact. 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 was the first board certified plastic surgeon in Grand Rapids to offer the Icon Laser to his patients.
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 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.
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.
Crisalix® 3D Breast Imaging and Simulator
Crisalix® 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 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 to 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™ 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 to 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
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.
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 is a Premier Provider of the new IDEAL structured saline implants, with the natural look and feel of silicone gel, and the peace of mind of saline.
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.
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.