Grand Rapids, Michigan Body Sculpting

There's no question that it's a frustrating problem: those fat deposits and flabby folds around your neck, cheeks, chin, hips, thighs, buttocks, knees or stomach that won't go away. You're already eating right and exercising, so what else can you do? Body contouring or body sculpting, in the form of liposuction or liposculpture, is your best defense.

Because they are minimally invasive procedures, patients who opt for body sculpting or contouring benefit from a faster, less painful recovery than do those receiving traditional liposuction or body contouring procedures. That means reaching your goals and having the body you want quickly, comfortably and effectively.

Michigan Body Contouring Procedures

The Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery offers an unparalleled range of techniques for targeting your problem areas through body sculpting. Dr. Ringler and his staff will educate you about the various options available and recommend the plan that will most effectively get you the results you want: a sleek, well-toned body without jiggle, fat or flab.

Who should consider body sculpting?

Grand Rapids body contouring or body sculpting is ideal for patients who are moderately or mildly overweight, or even for those who are close to their ideal weight and want to target specific problem areas. It is a system for getting rid of flab, fatty folds or excess skin – not for general overall weight loss. Even people who are happy with the number on the scale have specific areas in the face, chin, neck, arms, stomach, thighs or elsewhere that they would like to make more lean and taut, and this is where our Michigan body contouring can do the most for you.

Smartlipo MPX® and Smartlipo Triplex® Laser Liposuction

Smartlipo is the original and most tested from of laser liposuction (or laser lipolysis) and is among the most requested cosmetic procedures today. Smartlipo uses highly targeted laser energy to directly target problem areas like the neck, chin, arms, abdomen and thighs and melt away your excess fat. Smartlipo is minimally invasive, requiring no major incisions and can be performed on an outpatient basis. Smartlipo MPX® and Smartlipo Triplex® offer a second and third wavelength, respectively, to the original Smartlipo technology. They include all the benefits of Smartlipo ® with the additional benefits of better skin tightening, more built-in safety features, greater ability to target fat cells, plus the ability to create a high definition, sculpted look by defining waistlines in women and abdominal muscles in men (six pack).

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 performed in our office by positioning the CoolSculpt device on the desired treatment area for approximately 1-2 hours. The fat cells are specifically targeted and frozen through a process called Cryolipolyis™. This is a completely non-surgical procedure, requiring no anesthesia. The fat cells destroyed by Cryoliposis™ are absorbed and naturally eliminated by the body. 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. Studies indicate about 20-25% reduction of fat cells in patients treated with CoolSculpting™.

Dr. Ringler is the only board certified plastic surgeon in Michigan to be able to offer CoolSculpting™ by Zeltiq to his patients.

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 harvesting process, they may be used as an all-natural, long lasting filler for the face, hands, buttocks, or breasts.

Tumescent Liposuction

With tumescent liposuction, a large amount of fluid is injected into a targeted region of fat through a slender tube or cannula that has been inserted into a small incision. The fluid helps loosen the fat, which is then removed through a tube via suction. Additionally, the fluid contains medications that reduce discomfort and potential bleeding.

Abdominoplasty ("Tummy Tuck")

Pregnancy, weight gain, weight loss and other factors that are beyond your control may contribute to an abdomen that protrudes, or folds over your waistline. These conditions may be limited to a small pouch around the navel, or conditions may be more extensive and reach into the love handles. Dr. Ringler of the Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery, will customize techniques to help you safely achieve a flat, toned, tummy with a redefined waistline. Smart Lipo may also be used as a complement to your abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck.

Body Lift

The upper arm, buttocks, inner or outer thighs and hips can all lose firmness and youthful curves over time resulting in excess skin. Thigh lift, arm lift (brachioplasty) and other body lift procedures are designed to specifically correct the individual conditions of excess sagging skin, fat and loose tissue that contribute to an undefined shape. Dr. Steven Ringler will take the time to listen to your particular goals, evaluate your specific conditions and define an individualized plan that helps you achieve very natural, attractive curves, and to get you back to daily life feeling strong, fit and confident.

Breast Augmentation

Breast implants are medical devices implanted to improve breast size, enhance the shape and firmness of your breast, or to restore a breast that has changed due to pregnancy, weight loss or just gradually with the passing of time. A multitude of breast implant types, styles, shapes and sizes are available to achieve natural-looking results for nearly every woman's body. Rigorously tested for their safety, Dr. Ringler can offer you the option of saline or gel breast implants.

Transaxillary or "Scarless" Breast Augmentation

There are two techniques that have become popular in recent years that offer women the option of breast enlargement without any visible breast scar. Commonly performed by Dr. Ringler, transaxillary breast augmentation. is a procedure that utilizes a small incision in the armpit through which a saline-filled implant is inserted. The small scar is hidden in an inconspicuous place and is very hard to detect several months later. There is less swelling and bruising than in some other approaches, thus offering patients a quicker and less painful recovery. This one-hour procedure may allow some patients to achieve a natural result with a minimal scar.

For women who are interested in breast enhancement with no visible breast scar and prefer a saline-filled breast implant, this procedure may be an excellent option.

Breast Lift

The changes a woman experiences after childbirth, weight loss, with age, or simply the result of heredity can change the appearance, size, shape or position of your breasts. A breast lift will help to reposition your breasts, restoring shape and firmness for a more youthful, natural appearance. Your personal consultation will help determine whether a breast lift alone, or the added option of a breast implant will achieve the natural, youthful lifted curves you desire.

Breast Reduction

Large, pendulous, heavy breasts can be reduced to create a more proportionate, attractive appearance and better proportion for your body. As a result, your breasts are more shapely, firm, natural looking and uniquely designed to fit your body proportions and lifestyle. In many cases reducing breast size offers relief of back or neck pain, improves poor posture and your activity. A customized plan will determine the reduction volume to meet your goals, and whether limited incision options are right for you.

Who should consider the Center for Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery for body sculpting?

If you are looking for a Grand Rapids area liposuction or laser liposuction specialist or have other cosmetic or plastic surgery needs, you deserve the very best. If you live in Grand Rapids, Holland, Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Muskegon, East Grand Rapids, Ada, Kentwood, Rockford, Lansing, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Big Rapids, Cadillac, Traverse City, Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Charlevoix or Mt. Pleasant and are interested in learning how body sculpting can bring you closer to your ideal shape, please call Dr Steven Ringler at the Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery today for your complimentary consultation. determine if body sculpting with SmartLipo Triplex® can help you achieve your personal goals.

Smartlipo is a registered trademark of Cynosure, Inc. (Westford, MA)

CoolSculpting by Zeltiq is a trademark of Zeltiq Aesthetics (Pleasanton, CA)

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