Choosing the Right Breast Implant—Silicone, Saline or “Structured?”

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No matter what reason spurred the decision to pursue breast augmentation, deciding on
which implant type presents one of the more difficult choices women have to make,
once they embark on the surgical route to breast vitalization. While all breast implants
are made out of an inert polymer named silicone, deciding on the contents
within—silicone gel or saline solution—has long stirred up the most internal debate. But
there is a newer, third option women should be considering as well. That is, Ideal
Implant® Structured Breast Implants that maneuver the flow of saline to better mimic
the natural feel and look of breast tissue.

Silicone Versus Saline

Silicone gel implants are favored by many women because their limited viscosity tends
to offer the most natural look and realistic feel they are seeking in their revitalized
breasts. But, while deemed safe by the FDA, a 14-year ban on their use that ended in
2006 put a stigma on them that makes some women leery of them to this day. They are
also considered problematic because their gel-like substance is not naturally absorbed
into the body, which means that ruptures and leakage may not be easily noticed.
That said, the safety profile of silicone implants—the most widely studied medical
device in history—has remained positive since their re-introduction in 2006, with the
market for silicone implants steadily improving to the point that the two currently have
roughly equal overall market share.
Saline breast implants have long held a better perceived safety profile than silicone gel,
but their aesthetic reputation is marred by the perception that they may not adequately
replicate the natural look and feel of real breasts. And, because the saline implants
have more liquidity than silicone, they are more prone to temporary misshaping such as
folding or wrinkling around the breast edges. However, the amount of saline within the
implants can be adjusted during surgery to better tailor the outcome of breast symmetry
and size.

Structured Breast Implants Provide a Newer Option

Women now have a third option to consider when deciding on which breast
augmentation implant option will best meet their needs. “Structured” breast implants
utilize internal channels and baffling to restrict the flow and potential sloshing of saline
solution through the implant to better simulate the feel of natural breast tissue. Ideal
Implant® Structured Breast Implants represent next-generation technology that provides the realistic look and natural feel of breast tissue, but with the perceived safety profile offered by saline implants. Clinically tested since 2009 and approved by the FDA in 2014, Ideal Implants® offer a unique solution to meet both the aesthetic and health-related goals of women seeking to enhance their self-image through breast augmentation.

Natural Feel is a Result of Innovative Design

Ideal Implant® Structured Breast Implants were designed specifically by a plastic
surgeon to bridge the differences between saline and silicone implants, while also
offering the best possible safety profile. The innovative “structured” design includes a
series of implant shells nested together in two different chambers holding the saline.
Depending upon implant size, the shells may also include baffles to further inhibit fluid
movement. This internal structure controls the movement of the saline solution to
prevent implant folding and wrinkling around the edges. Ideal Implants are also specially contoured to match the natural curve of the chest wall, and, due to the internal structure, are less prone to rupture and subsequent deflation. If breakage does occur, the saline is naturally absorbed by the body, though the shell will need to be surgically removed and replaced.


Dr. Gardner is one of the few qualified cosmetic surgeons offering Ideal Implants® in
the Naples, Florida area. With years of breast augmentation experience and a
reputation for cosmetic artistry, Dr. Gardner is pleased to add this innovative implant to
his practice. The doctor will discuss the Ideal Implant® option along with other implant
options in his consultation with patients. Dr. Gardner offers various breast surgical
approaches, and may recommend combining implant surgery with other breast
enhancement procedures. To learn more about Ideal Implant® Structured Breast
Implants and Dr. Gardner’s long-standing breast enhancement surgery expertise,
contact Gardner Plastic Surgery today at 239.566.2611 to schedule your initial
consultation.

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Consider a New You in the New Year with Gardner Plastic Surgery

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The current year is quickly coming to a close, and with the impending start of a new year many people take stock of what measures can be taken to renew their selves or otherwise make improvements to their physical and mental wellbeing. While such thinking generally revolves around resolutions concerning diet and exercise, professional cosmetic enhancement provides other means for helping create a new you in the new year.

While Gardner Plastic Surgery offers various cosmetic surgery options designed to enhance facial and body features of both men and women, Dr. Paul Gardner and his highly experienced team also offer a wide range of noninvasive and minimally invasive procedures through Tru Glo Medspa.

Medspa Noninvasive Procedures Include Fillers and Laser Sculpting

A Medspa offers a variety of noninvasive and minimally invasive dermal fillers and laser sculpting procedures in conjunction or as an alternative to many of the surgical enhancements offered by Dr. Gardner. Injectable dermal fillers are used to smooth out the folds and lines in the skin by filling in wrinkles, while laser sculpting procedures rely on targeted laser heating to kill fat cells, tighten the skin and enhance collagen production. Medspa treatments are generally performed quickly and offer the convenience of little to no recovery time, allowing most patients to resume normal daily activities quickly.

Medspa Dermal Filler Options

Belotero™—used specifically to treat moderate to severe lines and wrinkles around the lips.
Botox®—As the most requested noninvasive cosmetic procedure in the U.S., this injectable can reduce wrinkles and fine lines for three to four months.
Juvederm®—used to add volume to sunken areas of the face, fill wrinkles, and plump facial contours, this injectable can also be used in the neck and hands.
Radiesse®—primarily used to treat deep wrinkles, especially deep frown lines and crow’s feet.
Restylane®—used as a volume filler and to treat moderate to severe wrinkles and folds, this injectable is also utilized for lip augmentation and known for its effectiveness at treating laugh and smoker’s lines around the mouth.

Medspa Laser Treatment Options

Cellulaze®—non-invasive laser treatment designed to smooth out cellulite and destroy fat cells, the procedure can also tighten the skin and improve its elasticity.
Precision Tx®—designed to enhance the contours and aesthetics of the jawline and neck, this minimally invasive laser therapy helps stimulate the production of collagen.
Coolsculpting®—non-invasive cryotherapy (cold treatment) designed to destroy fat cells, which are then naturally metabolized and cleared by the body, this treatment has been approved for use on the abdomen, flanks, back, thighs and chin.

Other Medspa Procedures

 

Kybella™—while also an injectable, Kybella is not a “filler,” but instead consists of a synthetic form of a naturally occurring substance that helps break down and absorb fat. The procedure has been approved for the treatment of double chins.
PRP Therapy—consists of plasma injections designed to promote the body’s production of collagen, which in turn should help revitalize the skin and reduce wrinkles and other imperfections.
Latisse®—a treatment applied directly to the eye-lash line that is designed to gradually lengthen and thicken the eyelashes.

Dr. Paul Gardner is renowned for his surgical skill at facial and body contouring, but also appreciates the benefits that can be realized from non-invasive and minimally invasive treatments such as those offered through his practice’s Tru Glo Medspa. If you would like to learn more about Tru Glo Medspa, and the above listed procedures, 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.

Why Mothers May Want to Consider a “Mommy Makeover”

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“There’s a reason it’s called labor,” is a phrase all mothers are familiar with, but the extent of that labor is sometimes discounted by those who have not undergone the experience. In fact, researchers at the University of Michigan have determined that childbirth can impact a woman’s body with stress fractures and muscle tears and sprains equivalent to damages sustained by hardcore athletes. And while that potential damage is limited to an extent by the duration of the actual period of labor, a woman’s body also undergoes substantial stress during both the months preceding childbirth and during those first few months after she has given birth.

Motherhood’s Toll on a Woman’s Body

Pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum factors such as breastfeeding all result in changes to a woman’s body. The pregnancy itself can encourage the body to create new reservoirs in the waist and hips in which to store fat, while the expanding womb can stretch skin and stomach muscles to a point at which many women find it impossible to regain their previously tight abs. The bulk of pregnancy and lactation can similarly impact the breasts, with the original shape, firmness and contour of some women’s breasts not likely to return, even after nursing concludes.

Impacts of Motherhood Different for All

Just as no two babies are alike, motherhood’s impacts on the body differ significantly from mother to mother. Some women do manage to emerge from the postpartum period with bodies looking hardly any different than they did before pregnancy. Of course, such women are the exception rather than the rule, and most women are likely unsatisfied with at least one aspect of their postpartum body.

Survey Shows….

In fact, BabyCenter.com surveyed 7,000 postpartum mothers to gauge their feelings about their after-pregnancy bodies, and determined that more than half of postpartum mothers tended to be disappointed with the changes and failure to return to a pre-pregnancy figure. Among the findings were:

  • 64 percent reported having a negative body image since becoming a mother
  • One to two years after childbirth, 86 percent said their bellies had not returned to normal
  • Almost 50 percent said that their breasts are “different”
  • While about 20 percent were able to return to their pre-pregnancy weights within a year, 22 percent were struggling with 10 pounds or more of their pregnancy weight (in a similar survey in 2008 the number was 38 percent)

It’s Not Just Motherhood

Impacts caused to the body by motherhood can also be caused by age. Weight gain, sagging breasts, stretch marks and lost muscle tone similar to that caused by motherhood also inevitably impact women as they age. But a Mommy Makeover, as offered by Dr. Paul Gardner of Gardner Plastic Surgery in Naples, Florida, can be tailored to help restore the natural beauty of those impacted by the labor of love known as motherhood, as well as those impacted by the natural course of aging.

Just Call for a Consultation

A Mommy Makeover is not a singular procedure, but is a series of procedures undertaken as needed to address impacts to the body caused by childbirth, motherhood and aging. Among the procedures are tummy tuck, breast lift, breast augmentation, breast reduction, and liposuction to various parts of the body. Dr. Gardner meets with each patient to discuss their aesthetic goals to create a tailor-made plan to achieve the best results possible. Call Dr. Gardner today at 239.566.2611 for your Mommy Makeover consultation!

This Surgery is the Key to Smooth Thighs

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You aren’t alone if your thighs are giving you grief. Typically, problems with the skin on your thighs arise from two factors – our genetics, and weight loss. Those of us who experience significant weight loss are left with excess skin that may appear unsightly or inhibit your daily life. Alternatively, you can be genetically predisposed to problems with the skin on your thighs and that may prevent you from achieving your body image goals. If you find yourself frustrated and unable to smooth the skin on your thighs naturally, you should consider a thigh lift procedure.

A thigh lift may be the way for you to achieve a smooth and toned look on your thighs.

What Is a Thigh Lift?

Just like the name implies, a thigh lift is a cosmetic surgery that reduces the amount of excess skin on your thighs, creating smoother skin and a more toned appearance. It is not uncommon for a thigh lift procedure to include liposuction in addition to the removal of skin, though it is all contingent upon the patient’s needs. When performed by an expert, a thigh lift is a way to achieve younger looking legs.

Who Should Consider a Thigh Lift?

Anyone that is unhappy with the way that their thighs look and are unable to achieve the look that they want to through natural means should consider a thigh lift procedure.

The most important factor before considering any procedure at all is your personal health. Surgical procedures, even the simple ones, will put strain on the body that is not normally present. Prior to scheduling your thigh lift, check with your doctor to ensure that your health is in optimal condition for such a procedure.

During the Procedure

During a thigh lift, your plastic surgeon removes the excess skin from your inner and outer thighs, as well as any unnecessary fat deposits in the area. The remaining skin will then be carefully and precisely lifted and stitched in the appropriate areas to achieve a smooth and toned look to the thigh.

What Happens After the Procedure?

Once the surgery is complete, following a proper program for thigh lift recovery is essential to maintain the progress. At first, your bandages need to be replaced regularly and you will have thin tubes temporarily placed under your skin to drain excess fluid. It’s also important to keep the surgery incisions safe from excessive force and movement. Be sure to check with your doctor for further tips about caring for your body after surgery.

Getting an Appointment with a Professional

Are you ready to transform your thighs to achieve a more toned appearance? Dr. Gardner located in Naples, Florida can help you meet and maintain your body image goals through his expertise in cosmetic procedures. The professional staff at Gardner Plastic Surgery want to hear your concerns about your thighs so that they can help you decide if a thigh lift is right for you.

To book an appointment to talk about your goals, you can contact us online or by phone at (239) 566-2611.

Tips and Tricks to Tummy Tucks

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Every day people go in for their first tummy tuck not knowing what to expect. Because many people are under prepared for the post-operative limitations that a tummy tuck can place on the body, they experience unnecessary amounts of discomfort. But a little preparation can go a long way to making your tummy tuck a more enjoyable experience and that’s why we put together this list of tips and tricks to get ready for your tummy tuck procedure and recovery.

Preoperative Preparation

Most surgical procedures place a large amount of stress on your body. This stress is can be worsened if your body isn’t taken care of before and after the procedure leading to a longer recovery time. Make a point of taking care of your body leading up to your tummy tuck procedure. By following some of these tips you can make your tummy tuck recovery a much easier process.

Get your body in peak physical condition

While you don’t have to be the world’s fittest person to get a tummy tuck, preparing your body by eating healthy and exercising will help you to maintain your weight and build strength that you’ll need during your recovery. Receiving all the proper nutrients that your body needs will give you more energy and give your body the fuel it needs to heal properly and quickly.

Prepare for post-operation

After your operation you will need to take at least two weeks off from activities of daily living. This means that you will need to take off from work and organize a group of family and friends to help you make it through your recovery and if you have children then you should start thinking about arranging childcare. Also, make sure to prepare your home prior to your procedure. Make sure that you have plenty of loose clothes that are easy to put on and take off. Set up your “recovery station” by making sure your couch and bed have plenty of pillows and entertainment options that are easily accessible. Take this time to sit back, relax, and let your body heal.

Quit smoking!

If you’re a smoker then you’ve probably heard this a thousand times from your physicians but the cessation of prior to your procedure can have many benefits. Smoking will increase your recovery period and the risk of complications with your procedure. This is why we recommend that you stop smoking three months prior to your procedure. Once you are able to experience the results of your tummy tuck you’ll be happy you did it.

Ask your doctor about your current medications

Make sure that you have a list of current medications that you are on. During your preoperative consultation, your physician will go over these with you and give you instructions on which medications you should stop taking prior to your surgery.

Insider Tips and Tricks

You’ve prepared as best you can for your first tummy tuck but you still don’t know if any “curve balls” are going to be thrown at you during recovery. Don’t worry, we asked patients and doctors who have seen and experienced the recovery process to come up with these tricks to the tummy tuck.

Stock up before your surgery

Make sure to get all the essentials before your surgery date. Filling your prescriptions, meal prepping, buying extra gauze, wraps, and other essentials will save you trips to the store and a lot of frustration. It’s best that you don’t drive following your surgery anyway so get it out of the way ahead of time.

Save your stretchy pants

You might want to hold onto your old clothes and not throw them out just yet. A tummy tuck will have you fitting into tighter clothes but you’ll have to wait a few weeks to trade in the larger sizes for smaller ones. After your procedure your body is going to experience some swelling around your belly, which is totally normal. So just be patient and wait a few weeks before switching out your sweatpants for a cocktail dress.

Try not to laugh

While remaining in high spirits and having a good sense of humor are important for psychological health and can also have a big impact on physical health, you won’t want to be having any big belly laughs after this procedure. Your abdomen will be pretty sore for a while after your surgery so laughing, coughing, yelling, or other such activities can cause a lot of discomfort post tummy tuck. So maybe take your favorite comedy off your recovery movie list and give your belly a break.

Enlist help

Walking can be good to keep blood flowing to your muscles and to reduce the chance of blood clots but you probably shouldn’t do much more. Reaching up to grab things and bending over are out of the question for the first week or two of recovery. To prevent the need to do activities involving these movements and potentially harming your results, ask friends and family to help take care of daily activities for a couple of weeks. If you are having trouble finding people to help or are uncomfortable asking friends to make such a big commitment, then try hiring a helper to assist you during this time.

Tummy Tucks for Men

Our greatest and final tip for tummy tucks is that this procedure is not only for women. Tummy tucks are a very common procedure among men. Because of genetic differences between sexes men have a higher likelihood of putting on weight around their stomachs. When men put on weight and then lose it they are left with extra skin around their abdomen and turn to tummy tucks to fix it.

Tummy Tucks in Naples, Florida

With summer around the bend, there’s no better way to get your body into shape than with a tummy tuck at Gardner Plastic Surgery. Give your body the TLC it deserves with our advanced cosmetic technology treatments at Gardner Plastic Surgery located in Naples, Florida! Discover a new you, come and see what makes us one of the finest plastic surgery centers in Naples, FL. To learn more, please schedule a consultation with us today.

Aesthetic Treatments for Skin Laxity and Cellulite

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Skin laxity (loose skin) and cellulite can happen to anyone, regardless of body size. Living in South Florida can make it difficult to inconspicuously hide what you consider to be an unflattering sight under layers of Spanx and clothing. Luckily, there are several treatments available for battling dimpling and sagging skin. Surgical procedures like thigh lift and Smartlipo, and medspa treatments like Skintyte, Cellulaze are all options to consider. The right treatment for you will depend on the severity of your condition as well as your own personal goals.

What is Cellulite?

Cellulite is a type of fat that develops just under the surface of the skin and pushes against connective tissue, causing a dimpled and sagging appearance. It is often associated with weight gain, but anyone of any size can have cellulite. More than 90% of women over the age of 30 have cellulite to some degree, and men also develop cellulite as they age. The hormone estrogen stimulates the production and storage of body fat, which is why cellulite appears more frequently in women. However, genetics play a large role in the development of cellulite. If your parents have cellulite, you will most likely have it too.

Why Does Skin Laxity Happen?

Like cellulite, skin laxity also occurs in both men and women of all body types, ages, and ethnic backgrounds. Skin laxity, or sagging and loose skin, is usually pinpointed as a sign of aging or excessive weight loss, though some people start to experience it as early as their 30s, even without fluctuations in weight.

Contributing factor to skin laxity:

  • Weight loss
  • Genetic tendency
  • Joints or ligaments experience trauma or injury and have not healed properly
  • Environmental stresses such as pollution and sun exposure

A combination of these factors causes collagen and elastin, the proteins that keep our connective tissues together, to loosen and begin to droop.

How to Treat Cellulite and Skin Laxity on Your Thighs

The thighs are often cited as a main area of concern for many people because cellulite and skin laxity occur most often in this area. There are several options for improving the appearance of both cellulite and skin laxity around the thighs and buttocks. One thing to consider is diet and exercise. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle including exercising and eating a healthy diet will reduce the chance of cellulite. Unfortunately, a healthy lifestyle alone cannot always remedy the existence of stubborn cellulite or a genetic predisposition for sagging loose skin. Speak to an experienced board certified plastic surgeon who can evaluate the severity of your skin condition and help you to understand which treatment or procedure will produce the best results for you based on your goals.


Surgical Procedures


Liposuction

Liposuction patients can spot-reduce and remove localized fat deposits to achieve slimmer, more balanced physiques. Liposuction of the thighs and buttocks can reduce the appearance of excess fat and reshape the body beautifully while helping to keep that stubborn fat from returning. This procedure may also help to lift loose skin weighed down by fat deposits as long as the skin elasticity is sufficient. Otherwise you may consider a thigh lift to repair loose hanging skin.

Thigh lift

A thigh lift is also known as thighplasty, and is a surgical procedure that removes and reshapes excess skin and fat. Thigh lifts are commonly used to treat skin laxity and cellulite. This procedure may be chosen over liposuction if you have an excess amount of skin which causes drooping and dimpling. A thigh lift creates both a smoother surface of the skin and a more proportionate and toned look for the thighs. Both Liposuction and Thighplasty are surgical procedures, so you will need to set aside at least two weeks of recovery time before returning to light daily activities.


Non-Surgical Procedures


Cellulaze

Cellulaze™ is an anti-cellulite treatment for those who are interested in removing cellulite and unwanted fat from their bodies. Cellulaze™ is a minimally invasive laser procedure that targets cellulite and removes it by threading a laser fiber underneath the skin. The fiber then uses heated energy to make very small cuts in the connective tissue that surrounds fat cells, which loosens the tissue and smooths out cellulite “dimples.” This treatment also boosts skin elasticity and it tightens your skin, and it only takes about 1-1.5 hours to complete.

Understanding how Cellulaze works

CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting, also known as Cryolipolosis, is a non-surgical, noninvasive treatment that uses controlled cooling technology to eliminate the patient’s fat cells through a crystallization process. The fat cells are killed off permanently, then the body removes the unwanted fat cells through natural processes. There is no downtime associated with this treatment, which makes it appealing when compared with other fat-removing procedures on the market.

Gardner plastic Surgery offers coolsculpting to reduce stubborn fat

Just A Call Away

Dr. Paul Gardner of Gardner Plastic Surgery, located in Naples, Florida, meets with each patient to discuss their goals and to create a unique plan of action that will produce the best results for each individual. Call Dr. Gardner today at 239.566.2611 for your cellulite and skin laxity consultation!