Gardner Plastic Surgery Offers Safe, Allergy Free Ear Piercing to Adults and Children

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Cosmetic surgery generally involves invasive medical procedures, but many plastic surgery practices also offer a variety of non-invasive treatments that address signs of aging, weight gain and offer other aesthetic enhancements. Naples, Florida-based Gardner Plastic Surgery has long offered such treatments, and is now adding medical ear piercing. The specialized Blomdahl medical ear piercing treatment safely pierces ears of all ages by reducing the risk of infections, blood-born diseases and allergies. Available only through medical professionals, the Blomdahl treatment is provided by Dr. Leo Baccaro, the newest member of the Gardner Plastic Surgery team.                 

 

Why the Need for “Medical” Ear Piercing?

Ear piercing is loosely regulated with few restrictions on training and piercing devices used. Such loose regulation increases the possibility of infection or blood-borne disease, or—and more likely—exposure to contact allergies such as caused by nickel. In fact, ear piercings by studs containing nickel are believed to be the number one cause of these allergies.

Once a contact allergy sets in, most people will have it for life, and some will end up with symptoms so uncomfortable that they may not be able to wear earrings at all. Given that some parents opt for piercing their babies and toddlers, it makes sense to seek out the safest piercing option.

 

How is the “Blomdahl” System Different?

Businesses offering ear piercing may claim that their piercing method and initial studs are nickel free or “hypoallergenic,” although such claims can be compromised by alloys, or a disregard for the composition of the metals used in studs. The Blomdahl system guarantees the avoidance of allergy emergence by offering only studs made from medical-grade plastic or medical-grade titanium, both of which are readily accepted by the skin.

The Blomdahl ear piercing system also utilizes the modern “aseptic technique,” a sterile piercing  gun with disposable cartridges that ensures the piercing process is free of infection or blood-borne viruses. Additionally, the Blomdahl piercing studs are specifically designed to stimulate healing and easily change to regular earrings after the healing process has concluded. The studs and their backs allow for air circulation to promote healing and the stud posts create slightly larger holes that are not as prone to getting damaged when changing earrings.       

 

Your Blomdahl Ear Piercing at Gardner Plastic Surgery

When you choose the Blomdahl ear piercing procedure at Gardner Plastic Surgery, Dr. Baccaro will discuss the procedure with you and explain the differences between medical-grade plastic and medical-grade titanium studs. You will be asked about any ailments or allergies that you might have that could compromise ear piercing. Those under the age of 16 will need written permission from their parents or legal guardians, and should be accompanied by them. Dr. Baccaro will also review the written aftercare instructions with you, which you will have to attest to the receipt of and intention to follow. After this initial consultation, the procedure can be performed in minutes and you or your child will be sporting new earrings that are free of infection and risk of allergies.      

 Gardner Plastic Surgery in Naples, Florida, is pleased to offer this new service to its existing adult patient base and to parents seeking safe, allergy free ear piercing for their children. If you would like to learn more about the Blomdahl system or schedule a piercing for yourself or your children contact our office today at 239.566.2611.

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Eyelid Surgery One of the Top-Five Cosmetic Procedures in the U.S.?

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When people think about cosmetic surgery the first procedures to come to mind are usually breast augmentation, liposuction and facelifts. This makes sense because these procedures are usually among the top-five most commonly performed in the U.S. every year. But did you know that eyelid surgery also tends to make that annual top-five list?

In fact, eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, was the fourth most common invasive cosmetic procedure performed in 2017, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ annual statistics report. The society reported that 209,000 blepharoplasties were performed during the year, about the same number as 2016. For context, that is over 80,000 more than the 125,000 or so facelift surgeries reported.

So What is Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is an advanced plastic surgery procedure that treats age-related changes to the skin and fat around the eyes. These changes tend to emerge because the skin loses its elasticity as we age, and fat around the eye tends to protrude into the eyelids. Some patients may simply have a genetic predisposition for these changes.

In particular, eyelid surgery reduces bagginess and bulging around the upper and lower eyelid areas, and treats under-eye bags and sinking eyelids. Drooping eyelids, which is also known as ptosis, can also be addressed during a blepharoplasty.

These changes to the skin over time, generally give an older and more tired appearance, no matter how well rested. A blepharoplasty is specifically tailored for each patient to reduce these conditions, and generally results in a more youthful, well-rested, and dramatically rejuvenated look.

While a blepharoplasty may eliminate some fine wrinkling below the lower eyelid, it will not eliminate crow’s feet or other facial wrinkles, although it may improve under-eye dark circles. Eyelid surgery does not alter your facial structure or alleviate other age-related conditions, so some patients elect to include other procedures, such as forehead lifts, laser resurfacing and filler injections, with their blepharoplasty. When considering eyelid surgery, make sure to discuss all aesthetic goals with your plastic surgeon.

Blepharoplasty Also Performed for Functional Reasons      

Sometimes excessive skin builds up on the upper eyelids to the extent in which it causes an extra fold of skin to hang over the eyelashes. This extra fold can impede sight lines and impair vision. While health insurance doesn’t generally cover cosmetic procedures, if you can prove that drooping eyelids or extra folds are affecting your vision, your insurance company may cover it. Visual field testing by an ophthalmologist or optometrist should properly evaluate any impaired vision.
Whatever the reasons for considering blepharoplasty, Naples, Florida-based Gardner Plastic Surgery has an excellent track record in successfully performing the procedure. Both Dr. Paul Gardner and Dr. Leo Baccaro are highly competent in these procedures and can help you achieve your aesthetic goals. If you would like to learn more about blepharoplasty and how Gardner Plastic Surgery can help rejuvenate the area around your eyes, and, if needed, improve your vision, contact us today at 239.566.2611 to schedule your initial consultation.

Popular Plastic Surgery For Men

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While plastic surgery has long been associated with women, a significant number of men also seek out cosmetic surgery options. In fact, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, more than 1.3 million cosmetic procedures were performed on men in 2017, a one percent increase over 2016. While many men opt for plastic surgery procedures for cosmetic reasons, professional advancement also plays a role. Career advancement in many fields has become exceptionally competitive, spurring some men to seek an edge through the enhancement of good looks and a more youthful appearance.

No matter what the reason, most male plastic surgery procedures are equally popular with women. However, some procedures, remain gender specific. For example, the leading plastic surgery procedure—breast augmentation—was performed exclusively on women in 2017. Likewise, gynecomastia repair (male breast reduction) was performed exclusively on men. Chin augmentation (mentoplasty) is perhaps the most gender neutral procedure, with almost equal numbers of men and women receiving the treatment in 2017.

Most Popular Plastic Surgery Procedures for Men in 2017

On a numbers basis, rhinoplasty (nose reshaping) was the most popular plastic surgery procedure performed on men in 2017. While rhinoplasty can help men look better and feel more confident, the surgery is also often performed on a functional basis to repair broken noses and correct breathing problems caused by a deviated septum.

Eyelid rejuvenation (blepharoplasty) was the second most popular plastic surgery procedure performed on men in 2017. The procedure helps treat sagging skin (eye bags) and reduces fine lines around the upper and lower eyelid areas. Giving patients a more youthful and less fatigued appearance. The procedure can, as well, improve the vision of those patients who have excessive skin on their upper eyelids. Scarring is generally minimal, making the procedure more attractive to men who may tend to be guarded about letting others know that they’ve had cosmetic surgery.

Liposuction came third in numbers as the most popular cosmetic surgery for men in 2017. The procedure is used primarily to remove hard-to-reduce fat deposits in the abdomen and flanks. Abdominal “etching” is a novel procedure in which using liposuction techniques are used to sculpt the abdomen and help define your underlying musculature.

With up to 50 percent of all men experiencing gynecomastia at some point in their lives, gynecomastia repair also proved popular as a 2017 male plastic surgery option. The Mayo Clinic reports that over 200,000 American men struggle with gynecomastia every year, helping make male breast reduction surgery one of the fastest growing cosmetic surgeries in the U.S.

Rounding out the most popular-by-number 2017 male plastic surgeries performed were:

  • Hair transplantation
  • Facelift (rhytidectomy)
  • Dermabrasion
  • Ear reshaping (Otoplasty)
  • Chin augmentation (mentoplasty)

    Dr. Paul Gardner and Dr. Leopoldo Baccaro have extensive experience providing aesthetic and reconstructive cosmetic surgeries for men. Gardner Plastic Surgery works closely with all male patients in the Naples, Florida-based practice to tailor results that will help them enhance their natural good looks, restore vitality, and boost self-confidence. If you would like to learn more about male plastic surgery options offered by Gardner Plastic Surgery, contact us today at 239.566.2611 to schedule your initial consultation.

Advanced Hair Restoration Technology

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Hair loss is a fact of life, as everyone naturally loses hair every day, from dozens of strands to a hundred and sometimes even more. While hair loss in men is almost considered a given, public awareness about the issue of female hair loss and female pattern baldness seems to be limited to those who might be experiencing it. And yet, the numbers of women experiencing hair loss or pattern balding has been significantly increasing in recent years.

Causes of Female Hair Loss and Female Pattern Baldness

There are a variety of factors that can cause female hair loss and female pattern baldness, with some causing permanent loss and others not, and some that can be remedied, while others cannot. Genetics can play a large role, with an estimated 30 million women subject to androgenetic alopecia, a hereditary condition that causes hair follicles to shrink and eventually quit growing all together. While noticeable loss through androgenetic alopecia usually shows up when women reach their 50s or 60s, it can arise at any age.

Other conditions that can bring on unusual female hair loss include:

  • Pregnancy
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Dermatological conditions
  • Hormone or vitamin deficiencies
  • Certain over-the-counter and prescription medications
  • Extreme stress
  • Dramatic weight loss

Hair Restoration Options Provided by Gardner Plastic Surgery

With hair loss being such a devastating blow to a woman’s self confidence, Naples, Florida-based Gardner Plastic Surgery offers its clients a number of hair restoration options, including NeoGraft®, which is considered one of the most advanced follicular unit extraction (FUE) techniques in the hair transplant industry. In fact, Dr. Paul Gardner is steering many of his patients towards the NeoGraft® procedure option due to its natural looking results, limited invasiveness and patient comfort.
The NeoGraft® Automated Hair Transplantation system uses pneumatic controls to precisely remove individual hair follicles, which are immediately implanted in any area on the scalp targeted for hair restoration. The system is the first and only FDA approved system for automated follicular unit harvesting and implantation, and considered a significant upgrade from traditional FUE methods. Other observed benefits from the NeoGraft® system is that it requires no stitches or staples; does not leave a linear scar; provides flexibility in hair style, long or short; and offers a much shorter recovery time, often as little as one day.

Other Hair Restoration Options

During your hair restoration consultation, Dr. Gardner will advise you of all other options offered by the practice, including:

    • Strip Harvesting
    • Flap Surgery
    • Scalp Reduction
    • Stem Cell Injections

Depending upon the amount of hair loss, and location of loss, some of these techniques are utilized together, but this can only be determined during the initial consultation. Whatever your hair restoration goals, Dr. Gardner has always strived to produce the best results possible, and is pleased to now offer this groundbreaking NeoGraft® system to his patients, along with the other hair restoration tools and techniques in his arsenal. To learn more about how Dr. Gardner can boost your confidence with hair restoration, contact Gardner Plastic Surgery today at 239.566.2611 to schedule your initial consultation.

You’re Never Too Old to Feel Beautiful

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Baby Boomers have proven to be a transformative generation throughout their lives, and now, as they age into their “golden years,” they are transforming the concept of aging. Not content to “go gentle into that good night,” Boomers are focusing on a healthy and active lifestyle and are considering rejuvenating cosmetic procedures to help them to look as youthful as they feel on the inside.

Cosmetic Surgery Options

With the rise in senior activity levels and expected longevity has come a noticeable increase in the numbers of seniors seeking cosmetic surgery. In fact, according to statistics collated by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the numbers of people age 65 and older gettin facelifts and similar procedures has increased by more than 1,200 percent in the past 20 years, with much of that increase occurring over the past five years. In fact, while patients in the 35-50 year-old age group remain the largest plastic surgery patient base, patients older than 65 are the fastest growing group seeking both surgical and non-surgical procedures. Gardner Plastic Surgery located in Naples, Florida has experienced this trend, as well, and Dr. Paul Gardner believes that patient satisfaction levels in seniors are similar to those seen from younger patients.

Risk Profile for Cosmetic Surgery for Seniors Similar to Younger Patients

Age does not seem to be a factor in safety and complication rates of cosmetic surgery, as
studies have shown that the rates are the same for seniors as it is for the younger generations. In fact, a recent study of safety rates of plastic surgery on octogenarians (those 80 and older), only demonstrated a “slightly higher”—and statistically insignificant—complication rate in comparison to rates expressed by all younger patient age groups. As long as the patient is in good overall health, risks associated with cosmetic surgery procedures remain low. Thus, plastic surgeons tend to focus more on existing medical conditions when considering their senior patients’ cosmetic surgery options, rather than patient age.

Numerous Factors Driving Increase in Senior Cosmetic Surgery Rates

The increasing numbers of seniors exploring cosmetic surgery options should not come as a surprise. First off, the massive number of Baby Boomers combined with increased longevity means that one out of five Americans will be over the age of 65 by 2030. And many of these Americans are staying physically fit much later in life, which creates a disconnect between how they look and how they feel. More and more Americans are also staying in the workforce past age 65, and some perceive cosmetic surgery as a means of fending off potential age discrimination.

Gardner Plastic Surgery Serves Patients of All Ages

Bottom line is that rates for most surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures have been increasing among all age groups and both sexes for the past 20 years, with rates for those over age 65 showing among the largest proportional growth. Gardner Plastic Surgery has witnessed this growth and has extensive experience treating patients of all ages. Dr. Paul Gardner is renowned for his surgical skills at both facial and body contouring, but is also attuned to providing patients benefits that can be realized from less invasive treatment options. Whatever your age and whatever cosmetic refinement you seek, our practice can help you determine the best options for achieving your goals. To learn more about what Dr. Gardner can do for you, contact Gardner Plastic Surgery today at 239.566.2611 to schedule your initial consultation.

CoolSculpting® Becoming Go-To Non-Invasive Fat Treatment

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CoolSculpting® is rapidly becoming the go-to non-surgical treatment option for eliminating diet-and exercise-resistant fat. Offered in the Naples, Florida area by Gardner Plastic Surgery, CoolSculpting® is FDA-approved to treat fat in the abdomen, flanks, inner thighs, outer thighs, portions of the back, below the buttocks, upper arms and, as of last December, double chin. With proven results and positive safety profile as evidenced by more than 5,000 clinical trial patients, more than 6 million patients have now undergone CoolSculpting® treatments.

As a non-invasive alternative to liposuction and other more invasive treatments, CoolSculpting® provides noticeable, long-lasting results with no real down time. Also known as “Cryolipolosis,” CoolSculpting® eliminates diet- and exercise-resistant fat by targeting such localized fat deposits with freezing. Once chilled, the fat cells crystalize and die, and are then permanently removed over the next few weeks and months by the body’s own natural metabolic processes. The surrounding skin and tissue, meanwhile, are unaffected because fat cells freeze at higher
temperatures.

Other CoolScultping® Benefits

While the noninvasiveness of the procedure is a big draw, CoolSculpting® comes with other benefits as well:

  • It is a targeted treatment. With different applicators and customization options, CoolSculpting® can specifically target problem fat areas and works to not only remove hard-to-eliminate fat deposits, but also to contour the overall shape of your body.
  • Results are natural looking. As a non-invasive treatment, CoolSculpting® leaves no scars, and your body’s natural expulsion of the dead fat cells means a gradual reduction of the fat over several weeks, similar to the gradual fat loss and toning one would receive from exercise.
  • It’s long lasting. Because CoolSculpting® kills and permanently removes fat cells from your body, any new weight gain will be more evenly distributed throughout your body, rather than to the previous trouble area.
  • Exercise and diet will prove more effective. With problem fat cell areas reduced in size and number, any results from future diet and exercise should be more noticeable.
  • It’s quick and easy. Most treatment sessions last about 35 minutes, and if you are treating multiple areas, you may be able to save time with DualSculpting, which utilizes two CoolSculpting® devices during a single treatment session.
  • It boosts self-confidence. The loss of fat from areas that previously seemed impervious to weight loss efforts should cause a big boost to one’s self-esteem, with that more positive body image likely enhancing overall quality of life.

The actual CoolSculpting® treatment couldn’t be easier. An initial consultation at Tru Glo Medspa will determine a customized treatment plan designed to meet your goals by safely reducing problem fat pockets that are limiting your positive body image. Once in treatment the device—or two for those undergoing the DualSculpting®—is strategically placed and the cooling slowly applied. During the treatment session you can read, surf the Web or even take a nap. Once done, you can typically return to work or engage in any other normal every-day activity.

 

Gardner Plastic Surgery and Tru Glo Medspa in Naples, Florida, has been pleased with the results achieved by patients who’ve opted for CoolSculpting® treatment to remove fat from the abdomen, flanks, upper arms and thighs, and is now pleased to offer its use in the treatment of double chin. While Dr. Paul Gardner is renowned for his surgical skill at facial and body contouring, he also appreciates the benefits that can be realized from non-invasive treatments such as CoolSculpting®. If you would like to learn more about CoolSculpting®, and its new application for double chin, contact Tru Glo Medspa or Gardner Plastic Surgery today at 239.566.2611 to schedule your initial consultation.

Rhinoplasty—Small Measures Equal Significant Enhancements

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Unlike most plastic surgery procedures, rhinoplasty (nose job) usually represents an operation of centimeters rather than of inches. As the focal point of your face, the nose dictates its symmetry and serves to enhance or detract from its other features. Thus, small changes to the nose can have a significant effect on the overall appearance of the face as a whole. This helps explain why rhinoplasty is the third most sought after cosmetic surgery after liposuction and breast augmentation, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

The nose can be cosmetically re-contoured by a wide range of surgical alterations. Among the more common adjustments are:

  • Enlargement
  • Reduction
  • Straightening
  • Nasal bridge reshaping (bump removal)
  • Nasal tip reshaping
  • Reduction of nostril size
  • Adjustment of the angle between the nose tip and upper lip
  • Septoplasty (opening of nasal passages to improve breathing)

“Open” or “Closed” Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty procedures generally fall under one of two categories. “Open” rhinoplasty consists of making an incision across the columella—the column of skin separating the nostrils—to allow the surgeon better access to the internal nasal structure. “Closed” rhinoplasty uses incisions completely on the inside of the nose. Open rhinoplasty is typically used for more extensive re-shaping, while closed rhinoplasty is generally utilized for minor adjustments. Another common procedure, “tiplasty,” refers to reshaping the nasal tip without involving other nasal structures, and can be conducted under either the open or closed category.

Non-Surgical Options

In some cases, nose reshaping can be achieved non-surgically via dermal fillers, in which the surgeon will strategically inject filler into specific points of the nose. While dermal filler results generally only last up to a year, the process can allow patients to test out results to determine if they want to make the change more permanent with surgical rhinoplasty.

Consultation and Vectra 3D Imaging

Dr. Gardner, a skilled plastic surgeon located in Naples Florida, strives to personalize each rhinoplasty procedure to address his patient’s unique facial symmetry and meet their goals of personal cosmetic enhancement. Rhinoplasty at Gardner Plastic Surgery starts with an initial consultation to determine what the patient desires and to identify and address any concerns.

Dr. Gardner utilizes Vectra 3D imaging to showcase the desired outcome of the patient’s rhinoplasty procedure. Vectra 3D imaging allows the patient to visualize the potential outcome from every angle, and fine-tune the request adjustments until the simulation meets their aesthetic goals. As the simulation is based on surgical technique, the rhinoplasty outcome may not prove to be a perfect match, but should be similar. The technology has proven instrumental in improving doctor-patient communications, and thus sets the stage for a successful outcome.

Gardner Plastic Surgery in Naples, Florida, includes rhinoplasty as a specialty within its practice. As a highly regarded rhinoplasty surgeon, Dr. Paul Gardner combines his knowledge and experience of open and closed rhinoplasty procedures with the latest surgical techniques and a keen artistic eye to produce exceptional results for his patients. To learn how Dr. Gardner can help you achieve the facial symmetry you desire, contact Gardner Plastic Surgery today at 239.566.2611 to schedule your initial consultation.