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How to Care for Your Breast Surgery Scars

For most women, the size and appearance of their breasts play a huge part in their self-confidence and how they view themselves. Having children, genetic factors, breast feeding, weight fluctuations and aging (thank you gravity!) can all negatively impact the appearance of women’s breasts. It is incredibly common for women to explore breast surgery as a means to feel more comfortable with their shape.

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Your Guide to a Successful Tummy Tuck

Jun 5, 2019 Tummy Tuck

Deciding to schedule a tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a huge and very personal decision. If you are like most, you have probably been contemplating whether or not to go through with it for a while. You are likely feeling excited about the new you, and anxious about the actual procedure. Quite often, anxious feelings creep up due to fear of the unknown and not understanding what to expect. Let’s ward off the anxiety by helping you prepare with a thorough explanation of the procedure as well as a complete tummy tuck checklist.

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The 3 Most Popular Types of Plastic Surgery for Men

Ok guys, we know you probably don’t stand in the locker room and chat with your buddies about your double chin or love handles. But if you’re being honest, it’s not uncommon for insecurities to arise for men just like they do for the ladies. Because the gals tend to talk openly about their trouble spots, we also problem solve by sharing our secret products and procedures like plastic surgery. So now you may be asking, do men really get plastic surgery?

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Do You Find Yourself Wishing You Felt More Confident in Your Own Skin?

Mar 27, 2019 Breast Augmentation

Each year, we perform hundreds of breast surgeries at the Center for Plastic Surgery. Our patients are normal women who have finally made the decision to do something BIG for themselves. But for most, it’s not an easy decision to make! Here are some of the concerns we hear time and time again.

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Get Beach Body Ready with CoolSculpting

Now that we survived the snowpacolypse, we can let our minds wander to the fact that Spring Break is just around the corner. And yes, even summer will eventually grace us with its presence again here in Michigan. When you daydream about sitting poolside or strolling down the beach, do you cringe a bit as you wonder if that swimsuit will still fit the way you would like? Perhaps you have worked hard over the winter to stay active and toned, yet there are just a few stubborn pudgy spots you can’t seem to get rid of. Or maybe you have been on a journey of substantial weight loss, and you need an extra boost to address those last little areas that won’t seem to disappear. If you are nodding your head in agreement at this point, CoolScultping may be the answer you are looking for to get yourself beach body ready.

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Things to Consider When ​Preparing for Breast Augmentation Surgery

After much thought and contemplation, you have finally decided to schedule your breast augmentation. You are likely experiencing some anxiety, excitement and every other emotion in between. Now that the surgery date is on the books, let’s take a look at ​what to do before your breast augmentation surgery​. It is important to prepare yourself mentally, emotionally and physically to ensure you have a smooth experience and best results possible.

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Going Through Culture Shock at Centre for Plastic Surgery

As a new employee at Centre for Plastic Surgery, I can honestly say I have gone through a bit of culture shock. I was recently hired to assist the front staff as well as marketing director. Though I have experience as a skin care receptionist and a background with sales and marketing, I was hesitant to join a cosmetic plastic surgery office. I was concerned with what my friends and family might think about me working here. Will they start judging me or critique me with an eagle eye now that I work for a plastic surgeon?

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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 Tummy 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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5 Fantastic Tips That Will Help You Feel Prepared for Plastic Surgery

Are you preparing for an upcoming plastic surgery? Here are five incredibly useful tips from our staff to help you feel ready. Preparing for an elective plastic surgery procedure can feel very overwhelming. Our tenured staff and physicians at the Centre for Plastic Surgery have had almost 35 years to perfect the art of taking care of our patients and preparing them for what’s to come.

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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?

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  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

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

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.

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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Why is Board-Certification so important?

January 5th, 2016 "What does Board-Certification in Plastic Surgery mean for patients? By: Dr. Leppink The process of attaining Board-Certification in Plastic Surgery is rigorous and necessary. Having a group of Plastic Surgeons recognized by their peers (The Board) who certify that a new Plastic Surgeon is good enough to be part of the specialty…

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Closed or Open Rhinoplasty? What is the difference?

Closed or Open Rhinoplasty? What is the difference? By: Dr. Leppink I believe that most Plastic Surgeons prefer the Open technique Rhinoplasty approach for most of their patients.  When I was in my residency a Closed technique Rhinoplasty approach was used most commonly. This meant that the surgery was performed through incisions on the inside…

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What are the best foods to eat leading up to and after plastic surgery?

Oct 8, 2015 Plastic Surgery

Benjamin P. Rechner, MD Question:  What should I eat before and after surgery, and why? This is a great question! For most people undergoing standard cosmetic procedures a healthy well balanced diet consisting of low fat proteins, fruits and vegetables is excellent. As the surgical date approaches (2 weeks prior) one should consider avoiding NSAIDS and…

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What is the best placement for breast implants on a female athlete?

Sep 30, 2015 Breast Augmentation

What is the best placement for breast implants on a female athlete? By: Douglas Leppink, M.D. When considering breast augmentation, choosing an implant type and style is a unique and personal process for every patient. Choosing an implant position, whether under the breast gland only or under the breast gland and partially under the pectoralis…

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Fat Transfer

Aug 26, 2015 Uncategorized

Also known as fat grafting or fat injection, a fat grafting procedure transfers fat from areas in which you have excess fat, such as the outer thighs, and injects it into areas that may be lacking in volume, such as your face, hands, breasts or buttocks. This safe, long-lasting, well-tolerated procedure produces natural-looking results. Every year,…

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Which is better, implants or fat transfer for breast enhancement?

By Scott Brundage, MD Doctor Answer: Fat grafting is an option for breast enhancement.* It is not commonly performed for breast augmentation but some surgeons are doing it.  It is much more time consuming of a procedure but with micrografting techniques the results can be long lasting and the problems of lumpiness are a thing…

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How do I “Choose” my Plastic Surgeon?

Aug 12, 2015 Plastic Surgery

By: Douglas M. Leppink, MD The process of choosing a Plastic Surgeon to help you achieve your goals can be confusing! The first thing to check is the Board-certification that the surgeon has, as this confirms that their type of practice, education and experience has been examined by an independent board. Most Plastic Surgeons continue…

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COOLSCULPTING FOR MEN

Coolsculpting for Men Get rid of stubborn fat for good! The CoolSculpting procedure safely and effectively eliminates fat that is resistant to diet and exercise, without surgery or downtime. The treatment is 35 minutes to an hour and can done quickly in between meetings or even on your lunch hour. The best part is that…

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3 ways to get the Breast Augmentation Results you want

By: Scott R. Brundage. MD One of the biggest decisions in breast augmentation is choosing the size you want.  Simply telling your surgeon you want to be a “C” cup often is not enough since “your idea of a C-cup” may not be the same as your surgeons “idea of a C-cup”.  At the Centre…

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Nipple Sensation after Breast Augmentation

By: Douglas M. Leppink, MD Many woman are worried they will lose sensation in their nipples following breast enhancement surgery;* while the loss of sensation is rare there is a risk of a change. When the “pocket” or space for the breast implant is made the surgeon effectively pushes the breast gland and muscle back to develop the…

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Mommy Makeover Recovery Guide

  By: Douglas Leppink M.D. A “Mommy Makeover”, which often includes a “Tummy Tuck” and Breast Surgery, is a common and effective way to restore a youthful contour to a woman’s figure after pregnancy or weight loss. The “Tummy Tuck” procedure involves both removal of excess skin as well as tightening of abdominal “core” muscles.…

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Advantages of Surgery in an Office Based Operating Room

Oct 15, 2014 Plastic Surgery

By: Dr. Scott Bundage Office based surgical facilities have grown exponentially in recent years. Statistics have shown that the number of office based surgeries have doubled with ten million procedures having been performed as recent as 2010. So what are the advantages of having your surgery done in an office based setting? Probably the biggest advantage…

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Coolsculpting – Ready or Not!

CoolSculpting – Ready or Not! By: Emily Mersman PA-C  Do you remember playing hide and go seek as a kid? If you were the “seeker,” you would count to 20 and shout “Ready or not, here I come…” as a way of warning those that were hiding from you that you were coming looking for…

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How to find the “Best” Plastic Surgeon for You

We all want the “best” plastic surgeon when it comes to having surgery to improve our appearance.  So how do you find the right plastic surgeon for you?     Here is a guide to help you when making this important decision.   – At a minimum the plastic surgeon should be Board Certified by…

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It’s a New Year – Is it Time for a New You?

Jan 14, 2014 Plastic Surgery

The beginning of the new year is an appropriate time to consider—even embrace—change. Many people set specific New Year’s resolutions or otherwise vow to make personal improvements in their lives. If you started 2014 feeling unhappy with aspects of your appearance, perhaps now is the right time to discuss your cosmetic surgery options. The board-certified…

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Choosing the Optimal Breast Implant Size

Choosing the Optimal Breast Implant size: If you are considering Breast Augmentation, one of the most important questions is ”What is the best size for me?”  You probably have an idea of the size that you would like for your breasts to be, but you won't know exactly what implant size fits your body.  The…

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Living Healthy

Sep 18, 2013 Plastic Surgery

Living Healthy, Living in Harmony with Nature. We all know in order to look your best, you need to feel your best.  Starting the journey to live healthier and practice wellness not only benefits us internally, but will affect us externally as well.  As you begin to make healthier choices you will not only notice…

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Under Eye Rejuvenation – Surgical and Non-Surgical

As we age it is not uncommon for fullness under the eyes to become more prominent. This occurs because fat pushes against weaker eyelid muscles, and can contribute to a face that looks tired and prematurely aged. A redistribution of cheek fat below the eyelid can accentuate the fullness, and the result is a crease…

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Exercise with Breast Implants

Leading an active lifestyle is a key part of looking and feeling great. For many women, so too is breast augmentation, a procedure in which the breasts are enhanced to better match the rest of your frame. If you are considering breast implants in the Holland, Michigan area, you may wonder how they will impact…

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Beware of Bargain Plastic Surgery

Apr 20, 2013 Plastic Surgery

Bargain plastic surgery. Just saying it out loud is enough raise eyebrows. Actually choosing it may, in fact, raise your eyebrows. Permanently. Even if you thought you were undergoing breast augmentation. Of course, that’s an extreme exaggeration, but not entirely off the mark as regards the results you can end up with when you choose…

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Which Bodily Areas can be Treated with Liposuction?

The plastic surgery procedure known as liposuction is a technique that can effectively remove excess fat from numerous parts of the body. The treatment targets specific bodily areas that gather fat easily and often remain regardless of diet and exercise regime. Stubborn areas of fat deposits also typically increase with age. Such accumulative fatty areas…

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