Your Suite Of Lip Enhancement Options

Full juicy lips with red lipstick. Lip enhancement options both invasive and noninvasive via Gardner Plastic Surgery

The lips may be one of the smaller body parts that people seek to enhance through plastic surgery, but there are numerous lip augmentation procedure options to choose from to tailor the results sought. Whether through injectable fillers or by more long-lasting surgical procedures, Dr. Paul M. Gardner or Dr. Leo M. Baccaro can use their cosmetic surgery artistry to help you enhance your lips to give them the shape, fullness, smoothness, softness, youthful look, and sex appeal you want. Read on to learn which lip procedure might meet your aesthetic needs.

Reasons for Seeking Lip Enhancement

Most women seek out lip augmentation options because they feel that their lips are too thin, whether through genetics or due to natural lip thinning as we age. Age-related lip thinning typically comes with wrinkles, which often adds to a woman’s unhappiness with the look of their lips. Some women are also dissatisfied by the shape of their lips, or otherwise want to better balance out the face with fuller lips or achieve a certain look. Whatever the reason, Gardner Plastic Surgery has numerous options that can help women get plump, fuller lips that will make them feel more youthful.

Minimally Invasive Lip Augmentation at Gardner Plastic Surgery

Lip augmentation options at Gardner Plastic Surgery consist of non-invasive injectable fillers or surgical implants, lifts, grafts, and re-contouring. Injectable fillers for the lips have grown immensely popular in recent years and represent the easiest option for quickly enhancing the look of your lips. The in-office procedure takes just minutes and there is no significant downtime needed for recovery. The one drawback is that injectable fillers typically only last from six to nine months and need to be refreshed to maintain results.

Gardner Plastic Surgery, and its sister Naples-based medical spa, Tru Glō Medspa, rely on Juvéderm Ultra XC, Juverderm Volbella, and Restylane Silk as their primary injectable fillers for lip enhancement. These dermal fillers utilize hyaluronic acid, a natural occurring compound produced by the body that helps stimulate hydration and enhances results. Juvéderm Ultra XC serves as a thicker filler solution, which allows it to replenish more volume to deep wrinkles than most other dermal fillers. Juvederm Volbella and Restylane Silk, which was developed specifically for lip augmentation and smoothing, relies on a thinner filler solution for more detailed and finer plumping and wrinkle smoothing.

Surgical Lip Augmentation Options

Surgical lip augmentation options rely on different methods for a more permanent enhancement of lip fullness and smoothing. Given the surgery, these procedures typically take much more time than injectable fillers and require the need for recovery downtime. Surgical lip augmentation options at Gardner Plastic Surgery include:

  • Fat Transfer—uses surgery to extract fat from elsewhere in your body, which is then injected into the lips to achieve the desired fullness.
  • Dermal Graft—a dermal fat graft is surgically implanted under the lip lining to add volume and plumpness.
  • Vermillion Advancement—relies on removing skin bordering the lips and pulling the lip area into that space to increase lip area.
  • Implants (synthetic or natural)—inserted through incisions in the lips where needed for plumping and firming
  • Lip Lift—used to increase the lift on the upper lip by shortening the skin between the lips and nose.

Learn More Through a Consultation at Gardner Plastic Surgery

  If you would like to learn more about these procedures and discuss how Gardner Plastic Surgery can help you enhance the look of your lips, Dr. Gardner or Dr. Baccaro would be happy to speak to you in a one-on-one consultation. Our surgeons have a keen eye for aesthetic detail and the Gardner Plastic Surgery team has extensive combined experience helping our patients obtain the beautiful results they seek. Contact Gardner Plastic Surgery today at 239.566.2611 to schedule your initial consultation.

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Breast Reduction Surgery Gaining in Popularity

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Breast augmentation has long held the top spot numerically among cosmetic surgeries performed in the U.S.. However, the number of women seeking smaller breasts through breast reduction surgery has been increasing in recent years. According to the latest available data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS,) the number of aesthetic breast reduction surgeries performed in the U.S. between 2016 and 2017 increased by 11 percent, from 39,148 in 2016 to 43,635 in 2017.

Do note that this figure does not include the number of breast reduction surgeries performed for medical reasons. That is, breast reduction surgery to relieve the pain and discomfort caused by excessively large breasts, a condition known as “macromastia.” Whether for aesthetic reasons or to relieve macromastia-related symptoms; breast reduction surgeries “are consistently reported as one of the highest patient satisfaction procedures because it positively affects a woman’s quality of life,” according to former ASPS President Jeffrey E. Janis, MD.        

Medical and Aesthetic Reasons for Breast Reduction

Women with disproportionately large breasts can suffer from a number of physical and painful symptoms that can make it difficult to perform some common physical activities and lead an active life. Macromastia can also affect a woman’s self-image to the point at which emotional distress can be as debilitating as the physical impacts. Among primary reasons women tend to seek out breast reduction surgery are:

  • Chronic pain in the neck, back and shoulders
  • Grooving of the bra straps on the shoulders
  • Chronic rashes and other skin irritations under the breasts
  • Nerve pain and symptoms that affect the arms
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Limited activity due to both pain and self-image perceptions
  • Difficulty fitting into bras and clothing
  • Limited and short term relief with analgesics and other conservative therapies, such as massages
  • Enhance their self-image through a better proportioned body

Breast Reduction Surgery at Gardner Plastic Surgery

Also known as “reduction mammoplasty,” breast reduction surgery at Gardner Plastic Surgery is performed under the skilled hands and aesthetic artistry of either Dr. Paul M. Gardner or Dr. Leo M. Baccaro. In advance of surgery, Dr. Gardner or Dr. Baccaro meet with their patient in a pre-operative consultation to discuss aesthetic goals and desired relief from any macromastia-related symptoms. Details about the procedure are also discussed at length, as are potential side effects, which can include scarring and loss of sensitivity. Depending upon the desired breast size and shape, the surgeon may recommend that the reduction surgery be combined with other procedures, such as liposuction. Prior to the surgery the patient may have to undergo various lab tests and get a baseline mammogram.

Specific techniques used during the surgery can vary, but the procedure begins with anesthesia to ensure patient comfort. In general, the surgery involves incisions around the areola and down each breast, though incision patterns are dependent upon the amount of excess tissue needing to be removed, position of the areola and nipple, and aesthetic goals. Excess skin and fat is surgically removed and the remaining breast tissue reshaped, which includes a repositioning, or “lift,” of the areola and nipple. The remaining skin is tightened and the incisions are closed with deep sutures within the tissue to help support the newly shaped breasts.

Following the surgery, patients are given specific instructions designed to help with their recovery. Typical post-operative measures include gauze dressing or bandages around the breasts, and pain medications and antibiotics as needed. During the first week or so patients should expect tenderness, swelling, and bruising, although commonly patients refer the pain is minor and well tolerated. Patients are generally urged to limit physical activity for two to four weeks after the surgery.  

Discover More with a Consultation at Gardner Plastic Surgery

 Gardner Plastic Surgery has a stellar record in performing successful breast reduction surgeries. Our surgeons have a keen eye for aesthetic contouring and the Gardner Plastic Surgery team has extensive combined experience in all breast-related cosmetic surgeries. If you would like to learn more about breast reduction surgery and discuss whether the procedure is the right option for you, Dr. Gardner or Dr. Baccaro would be happy to speak to you in a one-on-one consultation. Contact Gardner Plastic Surgery today at 239.566.2611 to schedule your initial consultation.

Brazilian Butt Lift Continues to Soar in Popularity

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The Brazilian Butt Lift has been the third fastest growing cosmetic surgery so far this century—a 254 percent increase in annual procedures performed compared with 2000. Naples, Florida-based Gardner Plastic Surgery is proud to have a dedicated surgeon on staff  with extensive training in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the world-renowned Houston Methodist Hospital in the Texas Medical Center, Dr. Leopoldo M. Baccaro. Dr. Baccaro offers the Brazilian Butt Lift as an option to enhance the hips and buttocks.

 

What is a Brazilian Butt Lift?

The Brazilian Butt Lift is a two-step procedure utilizing liposuction and fat transfer to enhance the aesthetic appeal of the hips and buttocks. The procedure helps correct flattening, sagging and unbalancing of the buttocks region that happens to people as they age,as a result of reduced exercise, or simply due to genetics. The Brazilian Butt Lift is considered an alternative option to the traditional butt lift, which relies on silicone implants to achieve the firming, plumper look.

The liposuction component of the Brazilian Butt Lift provides further aesthetic enhancement by removing fatty deposits in other parts of the body. When removed from the waist and thighs, this can result in an immediate slimming effect that further enhances the patient’s silhouette . This excess fat is then grafted into the patient’s upper buttocks region to achieve the pronounced curve and appearance of higher, fuller and more firm buttocks.  

 

What to Expect From Your Brazilian Butt Lift Procedure

A Brazilian Butt Lift procedure at Gardner Plastic Surgery begins with an initial consultation and physical examination with Dr. Baccaro, who needs to determine which fatty deposits can be removed from other parts of the body for the best effect. The consultation will also include a detailed discussion about the aesthetic goals you want to achieve with the procedure.

The actual surgery is usually performed as an outpatient procedure using either general anesthesia or intravenous sedation and local anesthesia. To help reduce signs of visible scarring, the procedure relies on small, carefully placed incisions for both the liposuction and grafting components of the procedure.

The procedure itself can be successfully conducted in an afternoon, with limited pain and discomfort; however, patients will need about two weeks of careful down time for successful recovery. Not only is this downtime needed for surgery recovery, but to provide time for the grafted fat to successfully meld into its new location in the body. During this recovery period, patients need to avoid sitting or lying directly on the buttocks. Dr. Baccaro will provide other recommendations for successful recovery and buttocks shape retention as needed.      

 

Contact Gardner Plastic Surgery for Your Brazilian Butt Lift

If you are considering the enhancement of your posterior with the Brazilian Butt Lift, Dr. Baccaro, of Naples, Florida-based Gardner Plastic Surgery has a keen eye for aesthetic detail and extensive training and experience in fat transfer techniques. To learn more about how Dr. Baccaro and Gardner Plastic Surgery can help reshape your buttocks and slim your physique with its two-step Brazilian Butt Lift, contact us today at 239.566.2611 to schedule your initial consultation.