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.

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Body Contouring Creates Slimmer-looking Core Tailored to Your Shape

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The new year is upon us and you can make 2019 a transformative year by slimming and tightening your core with one of three popular abdominal procedures offered by Naples, Florida-based Gardner Plastic Surgery. Whether by tummy tuck, mini tummy tuck, or Smartlipo®, Dr. Paul M. Gardner or Dr. Leo M. Baccaro can help you contour your midsection to achieve a slimmer, well-toned abdomen. Each procedure represents a different level of invasiveness, but all three typically lead to noticeable results that boost self-confidence and body positivity. Read on to learn which procedure might work best to reshape your new you in the new year!

 

Tummy Tuck at Gardner Plastic Surgery

Also known as an “abdominoplasty,” the tummy tuck is designed to create a firmer abdominal profile by removing excess skin and fat and tightening the underlying stomach muscles. The procedure is especially effective for those who have developed a protruding belly with excess layers of loose skin on their stomachs due to dramatic weight fluctuations, pregnancy, aging or heredity.

 

Tummy tucks at Gardner Plastic Surgery are performed on an outpatient basis and patients are generally able to return to normal daily activity after about two weeks of recovery. The procedure begins with administration of anesthesia as needed to secure the patient’s comfort. The surgery’s focus point is an incision placed low within the “bikini line”. The incision length and angling is dependent upon the amount of excess skin. A second incision is hidden within the belly button. Excess skin is trimmed, the underlying muscles tightened, and then the remaining skin is pulled back together and sutured. When needed, or for even more dramatic slimming and toning, Dr. Gardner or Dr. Baccaro may recommend that liposuction of the stomach and/or love handles be combined with the surgery.

 

Mini Tummy Tuck Provides Less Invasive Refinement

The mini tummy tuck at Gardner Plastic Surgery is a popular option for those seeking a tightened torso, but not in need of the full tummy tuck. Designed for those who have localized fat deposits in the abdomen, along with moderate skin sagging and weakened lower abdominal muscles, the mini tummy tuck relies on smaller incisions, less skin removal, and limited muscle tightening. As with the full tummy tuck, your cosmetic surgeon may recommend that the procedure be combined with liposuction. Recovery times are generally shorter than needed for the full tummy tuck, though plan on two weeks just to be sure.  

 

Smartlipo® Offers Minimally Invasive Option

For a minimally invasive option to tummy tucks, some patients might want to consider Smartlipo®, a revolutionary combined laser-liposuction procedure that provides targeted, high-definition sculpting of the midsection. Approved by the FDA in 2006, Smartlipo® relies on a medical-grade laser to precisely destroy fat cells through small targeted incisions in the abdomen. The destroyed and liquefied fat cells are then gently suctioned out of the body. Along with killing the fat cells, the laser energy serves to tighten the skin through coagulation, and encourages renewal of collagen in the targeted areas, which further helps tighten and tone the areas treated. With smaller incisions and less impact to the skin and body, recovery from Smartlipo® generally means minimal downtime.

 

Learn More With 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 sculpt and tone your midsection in 2019, Dr. Paul Gardner or Dr. Leo Baccaro would be happy to speak to you in a one-on-one consultation. Our surgeons have a keen eye for aesthetic contouring and the Gardner Plastic Surgery team has extensive combined experience helping our patients obtain the slimmed down, well-toned physiques they seek. Contact Gardner Plastic Surgery today at 239.566.2611 to schedule your initial consultation.

Thigh Lift Procedure Aims To Firm And Tone

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While exercise and diet are proven methods of firming and toning one’s physique, the thighs can sometimes seem especially resistant to any exercise- or diet-induced change. Some people find that their thighs vigorously retain fat cells, cellulite, and excess skin, no matter how severe the diet nor how intense the exercise. This may tend to prove especially true when exercise and diet lead to significant weight loss in other parts of the body, or as a result of aging or pregnancy. While other parts of the body may have firmed and tightened with exercise and diet, the thighs may still retain sagging skin, dimples, and fat deposits.

Naples, Florida-based Gardner Plastic Surgery can address this apparent setback with a thigh lift, a surgical procedure that reduces excess fat and skin and reshapes the remaining tissue with the goal of firming and smoothing the overall thigh contours. With extensive training in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the world-renowned Houston Methodist Hospital in the Texas Medical Center, Dr. Leopoldo M. Baccaro is performing the Thigh Lift as one of Gardner Plastic Surgery’s specialties.

Your Thigh Lift Procedure With Dr. Baccaro

A thigh lift, also known as thighplasty, is generally performed by Dr. Baccaro as an outpatient procedure conducted under a general anesthesia. Prior to any surgery, though, Dr. Baccaro always evaluates his patient’s existing health profile and risk factors, and conducts a thorough examination and measurement of the surgery site. This evaluation and examination includes a consultation designed to precisely determine his patient’s preferred aesthetic goals and to ensure a smooth surgery. Among typical details discussed during a consultation with Dr. Baccaro are:

  • Patient’s surgical expectations and limitations
  • Thighplasty surgery options
  • Patient’s Surgical history
  • Existing medical conditions, allergies, and medical treatments
  • Post-surgery treatment and recovery regimen

During the surgery, incision patterns vary depending upon the scope of treatment and location of areas being treated, but each incision made is used for fat and skin removal, after which the underlying tissue is reshaped and tightened, while the overlaying skin is lifted, smoothed and sutured back into place at the incision site. In some cases, liposuction may be utilized alone or as an adjunct of the thighplasty procedure.

As an outpatient procedure, Dr. Baccaro’s patients are typically released to go home shortly after the procedure itself, which can take two to three hours. Patients can expect to experience bruising, swelling and soreness in the thigh area, but this will be alleviated to some extent with prescribed pain and anti-inflammatory medications. Compression bandages may be used, and post-surgery drainage devices are inserted to collect excess fluid. Dr. Baccaro may suggest other post-operative care conditions as warranted. Most patients are able to return to work within a week to 10 days, and can resume physical activity within four to six weeks.        

Contact Gardner Plastic Surgery for Your Thigh Lift

If you would like to learn more about sculpting your thighs with a thighplasty at Naples, Florida-based Gardner Plastic Surgery, Dr. Baccaro has a keen eye for aesthetic detail and extensive training from some of the top names in the art of cosmetic surgery. To learn more about how Dr. Baccaro and Gardner Plastic Surgery can help reshape, tone, and firm your thighs, contact us today at 239.566.2611 to schedule your initial consultation.

 

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.

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.

How a Mommy Makeover Can Help You Recover Your Pre-Pregnancy Body

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Motherhood takes a toll on a woman’s body, with many impacts—such as weight gain, sagging breasts, stretch marks and muscle tone loss—similar to that caused by aging. More than half of postpartum mothers express disappointment with the changes and failure to return to their pre-pregnancy figures, and some could undoubtedly benefit from a mommy makeover. Naples, Florida-based Gardner Plastic Surgery has a long, successful track record of using mommy makeovers to help mothers of all ages restore the youthful body shape and look they enjoyed prior to pregnancy. Dr. Paul Gardner and Dr. Leo Baccaro specialize in mommy makeovers to address stubborn fat around the stomach, arms and thighs; correct sagging skin and stretch marks; and correct the childbirth and nursing-related impacts to the breasts.

What Exactly is a Mommy Makeover

A mommy makeover is not a single procedure, but rather a series of procedures designed to restore your body to its pre-pregnancy shape and appearance. Every woman’s body is different. The specific impacts from childbearing vary, and patient’s aesthetic goals are individual and unique. Each mommy makeover is tailored specifically for each patient. Among the mommy makeover procedures offered by Gardner Plastic Surgery are:

 

  • Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
  • Liposuction
  • Breast Lift
  • Breast Reduction
  • Breast Augmentation
  • Breast Lift + Augmentation

Tummy Tuck Versus Liposuction

Tummy tuck and liposuction procedures both remove fat, but the tummy tuck is designed specifically to reduce abdominal fat, loose skin and stretch marks, as well as tighten muscles and connective tissue. Also known as an “abdominoplasty,” a tummy tuck targets the changes caused by the pregnancy related expansion of your midsection. A liposuction can remove the excess midsection fat caused by pregnancy, but does not specifically tighten skin, muscle and connective tissue. Your Doctor may recommend a combination of tummy tuck and liposuction, and the latter procedure may also be used as part of your mommy makeover to reduce postpartum weight gain in other areas of your body, such as the thighs, buttocks and arms.

Mommy Makeover Breast Procedures

Pregnancy and subsequent nursing generally causes changes in the breasts of postpartum mothers. Most women’s breasts swell to a much larger size during pregnancy, with some remaining enlarged after pregnancy and nursing. In some cases, the enlarged breasts cause discomfort and back pain, and some women just do not like the new enlarged size and shape of their postpartum breasts. A breast reduction is designed to remove fat and excess tissue, and tighten the surrounding skin, with the goal of returning the breasts to their pre-pregnancy size, shape, and while improving nipple position.

Other than enlarging the breasts, pregnancy and nursing might cause breasts to sag, lose their volume, become uneven or misshapen, expand the areolas, or deform the nipples. Breast lifts can restore uneven and sagging breasts and adjust expanded areolas and reshape nipples. Those women who have lost size and shape may want to consider breast augmentation, which restores the size and shape with implants. With some mommy makeovers, your doctor may recommend a combination breast lift and augmentation for optimal results.

Dr. Paul Gardner, Dr. Leo Baccaro and the Naples, Florida-based cosmetic surgery practice has established a sterling reputation for mommy makeover surgical skill and artistry. The doctors work closely with all patients at this southwest Florida cosmetic surgery practice to tailor results that will help them recover their pre-pregnancy appearance and enhance their inner vitality. If you would like to learn more about mommy makeovers contact Gardner Plastic Surgery today at 239.566.2611 to schedule your initial consultation.

Considering Nipples and Areolas as Part of Overall Breast Aesthetics

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Breast augmentation and breast lifts may be among the most popular procedures in the field of cosmetic surgery, but cosmetic procedures for the nipples and areolas can also deliver significant aesthetic enhancements. This is because the nipple and surrounding areola—the pigmented skin around the nipples—serve as a central focal point for each breast. Their look, shape and placement help define the overall appearance and symmetry of the breasts.

As found with other physical features, potential imperfections with the nipples and areolas can be a natural factor present since birth, or can evolve over time due to developmental and hormonal reasons. Additionally, trauma due to an accident or surgery can bring noticeable changes. Whatever the source of dissatisfaction with one’s nipples and/or areolas, plastic surgeons offer a number of procedures designed to correct potential flaws.

Cosmetic Procedures for the Nipples and Areolas

Cosmetic procedures for nipples and areolas are often performed in conjunction with other procedures, such as breast lifts, breast reductions, augmentation or as part of reconstructive surgery. However, the following aesthetic procedures can also be performed as stand-alone surgeries:

  • Breast Lift
  • Nipple Reduction
  • Inverted Nipple Correction
  • Supernumerary Nipple Correction
  • Areola Reshaping

Breast lifts are among the most sought after cosmetic procedure involving nipples and areolas. Clinically referred to as “breast ptosis,” nipples that are positioned too low relative to the rest of the breast are often found in patients with enlarged breasts, or can develop over time due to aging skin, or after breast-feeding. Breast ptosis correction lifts the nipples to a more aesthetic position, and can improve overall symmetry by re-positioning nipples that are too narrowly or widely spread apart. The procedure will also help improve size, shape, and symmetry of the areolas while giving the breast a more youthful appearance.

Also referred to as “hypertrophy,” enlarged nipples can be caused by natural over-development, or emerge due to the effects of breastfeeding. Some women seek nipple reduction surgery because they are concerned that hypertrophic nipples are too conspicuous, but nipple hypertrophy can also be uncomfortable due to chafing and irritation. There are a number of corrective fixes, but surgical tissue removal is the most common.

Inverted nipples, lack normal protrusion and lie below the surrounding skin surface. It can occur at various stages of a woman’s life; presenting itself in early childhood, during adolescence, or occurring after the breast tissue diminishes with the conclusion of breast feeding. There are different levels of contraction, as well as a variety of causes. In general, surgical fixes rely on releasing the surrounding tissues, and restoring a natural protruding position.

Supernumerary Nipples Are a Common Condition

Supernumerary nipples, which can also include accessory breast tissue, occur in both females and males at a rate of about one out of 18 people. They often resemble moles or other benign skin conditions, but can present more like nipples, and even lactate, depending upon hormonal activity and the amount of accessory breast tissue. Corrective procedures generally include full removal of the supernumerary nipple, areola and all associated breast tissue.

While some areola irregularity or asymmetry is normal, sometimes the imperfections can impair a woman’s self-esteem. Whether the areola is too big, too small or misshapen, surgical improvements generally involves removing skin adjacent to, or within the areola and suturing it and the surrounding skin to provide the desired symmetry, shape and size.

Highly Skilled Nipple and Areola Surgery in Naples, Florida

Naples, Florida-based Gardner Plastic Surgery specializes in all forms of cosmetic breast surgery, including procedures involving the nipples and areolas. As experienced cosmetic breast surgeons, Dr. Paul Gardner and Dr. Leo Baccaro combine their vast knowledge of all breast surgery procedures with the latest surgical techniques and a keen artistic eye to produce outstanding results for their patients. To learn how our doctors can help you achieve the breast symmetry you desire, contact Gardner Plastic Surgery today at 239.566.2611 to schedule your initial consultation.