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A Special Note Regarding ALCL

This week the FDA released a statement regarding a possible link between a very rare type of cancer (Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma) and breast implants. ALCL is typically associated with the use of certain types of textured implants and has occurred in less than 0.1% of patients that have breast implants. The majority of the breast implants used at the Centre for Plastic Surgery are NOT the type of implants associated with this type of cancer.

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Tummy Tuck Tips- Outpatient Surgery

Oct 5, 2018 BodyTummy Tuck

Even though a Tummy Tuck procedure is a fairly extensive surgery, it is generally performed as an outpatient procedure. At the Centre for Plastic Surgery in Grand Rapids Michigan we perform a large number of outpatient Tummy Tuck procedures each year in our private accredited surgery center. Board-Certified Plastic Surgeons like ours are required to perform surgery in accredited centers. To have a surgery center accredited it means that the center must meet most if not all of the requirements that a local hospital would have to meet. This accreditation is renewed yearly, and detailed inspections are part of that renewal process. Since most private surgical centers like ours perform only cosmetic surgical procedures, it generally means that the infection rate is much lower than procedures performed at a hospital.

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How Do We Choose?

The medical aesthetic world is full of promises of a new and improved you. There are so many different modalities offering an enhanced figure, beautiful healthy skin, and a more youthful appearance. With all the information out there, it can be really difficult for a patient to decide what to choose. Truthfully, it can be pretty difficult for us too! While we are dedicated to offering you the very best, it can be very hard to pick and choose what is best for our patients when new technology and modalities are coming to the market almost daily. Here are the three most important things we consider before deciding what to offer.

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What are the different types of Tummy Tuck procedures?

By: Dr. Brundage, MD It is my feeling there are 4 standard types of Tummy Tucks. The least common would be a mini tummy tuck. This entails working mostly on lower abdomen and only tightening the muscles from the belly button down. The most common tummy tuck procedure we perform is a regular (standard) tummy…

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What to expect at the Centre for Plastic Surgery

By: Julia Weston- Marketing Manager Years ago, the staff and physicians at the Centre for Plastic Surgery made the decision to become a patient-centric concierge practice. What this means is that we are hyper- focused not only on the outcomes of the procedures and products that we offer, but the emotional and physical needs of…

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The Safety of Gluteal Augmentation and Fat Grafting

Safety of Gluteal Fat Grafting The goal of Plastic Surgery is to correct deformities, repair injuries, or enhance appearance. However, most important is the safety of the patient undergoing any Plastic Surgery procedure. Popular demand for Gluteal Augmentation (widely known as a “Butt Lift” or “Brazilian Butt Lift”) has seen a remarkable increase in the…

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Are Anatomically Shaped Breast Implants Better?

Mar 27, 2017 Breast Augmentation

By: Douglas Leppink, MD A recent article in the Plastic and Reconstruction Journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons looked at the question of whether there was a visible difference between anatomic shaped silicone implants and smooth round implants. 30 patients underwent bilateral submuscular (which means placement under the muscle) breast augmentation with half…

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Top Procedures for Men

Feb 27, 2017 CoolSculpting

By Carlie Zervan on June 27, 2016 at 12:09 PM, updated June 27, 2016 at 12:27 PM Beauty is universal. It’s not gender specific, despite the fact that the majority of advertising for plastic surgery is geared toward women. Men have just as much a right – and reason – to want to look a…

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Considering Breast Augmentation Surgery? Here is what you need to know about Board Certification.

Feb 27, 2017 Breast Augmentation

By Carlie Zervan  on August 28, 2016 at 11:13 PM, updated August 28, 2016 at 11:16 PM We all know that there are certain things we want to save on and certain things we want to splurge on. Hunting for a new cell phone? You might explore money-saving options on websites like Amazon or EBay. Thinking about…

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How Plastic Surgery May Effect You

Feb 27, 2017 Featured Pages

by MLive Marketing  on June 16, 2016 at 4:31 PM, updated August 25, 2016 at 11:36 AM People make the decision to get plastic surgery for a variety of reasons. Some are seeking a way to address a body issue they have had for a significant amount of time, and others seek a change after going through…

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Swelling & Your Tummy Tuck Incision

Aug 8, 2016 Tummy Tuck

By: Dr. Leppink Why do I have swelling above my Tummy Tuck incision line? All patients have some swelling above their incision line after a Tummy Tuck. This is caused by the division of the lymphatic vessels that drain the abdominal skin and fat of the natural fluid that leaks out of our working muscles. Usually…

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So…I Think I Want a Tummy Tuck

Jun 23, 2016 Tummy Tuck

By: Lisa  For those of you that don’t know me, I have been a Certified Scrub Technician at the Centre for Plastic Surgery for 8 years. After all the tummy tuck procedures I had seen & done (hundreds!), it didn’t seem too hard so I decided that after having 3 kids & losing some weight…

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The “Why” of Before & After Photos

Apr 17, 2016 Uncategorized

By: Liz Burgess  Do I Really Have to Have My Picture Taken? It's the question we get asked most often when people come to us for a consultation. From family photos to capturing those precious memories like births, graduations vacations & weddings its common to have real anxiety over having our picture taken. And here at Centre for Plastic Surgery, we…

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Trending Topics for Men: The Chin & Neck

Apr 10, 2016 Facial Implants

By: Dr. Scott Brundage, MD Statistically in the past the most popular procedures for men have been improvement in the appearance of the nose and eyelids. However, today we are seeing a new trend.  One of the top areas of concern has become the chin & neck. Most men naturally tend to have a more…

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The Art of Rhinoplasty

Mar 16, 2016 Nose Reshaping

By: Julia Weston As the Marketing Manager and a new employee at The Centre for Plastic Surgery I have had to spend much of my time learning about the office, the physicians, and our other providers. In this process, I found out that we are home to West Michigan’s foremost Rhinoplasty surgeon! Dr. Brundage is…

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What you need to know about Coolsculpting: transform your body without surgery

Mar 14, 2016 CoolSculpting

  Mlive Blog Post By: Carlie Zervan   No matter how excellent your diet and exercise regime may be you might still have certain problem areas that remain unchangeable. If you are frustrated that your hard work and self-control aren't paying off, you should consider CoolSculpting. What is CoolSculpting? Want results but you don't want to…

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The Safety of Multiple Procedures

Feb 21, 2016 Uncategorized

By: Dr. Rechner Patients often come to us with questions about combining procedures, especially after children. For many women a  “Mommy Makeover” will involve having an abdominoplasty, breast surgery, and possibly liposuction. Whether or not these procedures are done at the same time is determined by multiple factors. Patient safety is our first and foremost concern when considering which surgeries…

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All About Abdominoplasty

Feb 4, 2016 Tummy Tuck

By: Dr. Leppink “I do situps all the time but I can’t get my tummy flat again after my pregnancy!” We hear this statement all the time from our frustrated post-pregnancy patients, and unfortunately they are right! The changes that occur in a woman’s body during pregnancy can very seldom be improved with even the…

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A Mommy what? The skinny on a Mommy Makeover.

Jan 25, 2016 Breast Augmentation

By: Carlie Zervan  Note: Originally posted to blog.mlive.com on January 22, 2016  There isn't a feeling that can compare to bringing a child into this world. Childbirth is a peak experience that is joyous, exciting and unique. Women who go through labor and birth often emerge from the experience feeling as if they are an entirely…

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