Breast Augmentation: Silicone Versus Saline Implants

Breast Implants Silicone versus Saline Naples Florida
Breast augmentation has long been among the most popular plastic surgery procedures performed in the U.S., with more than 290,000 augmentations performed in the country in 2016, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Breast augmentation surgery is generally sought by women who feel that their breasts are not in proportion with the rest of their body, and women unhappy with changes to their breasts that occur as a result of childbirth, nursing and/or aging. Breast augmentation is often combined with a breast lift to help provide women with fuller, more youthful-looking breasts.

After a decision has been made to pursue breast augmentation, a woman generally consults with her plastic surgeon to determine which procedure will lead to the best results for her body type. Along with determining breast implant size and placement (behind the breast or behind the chest muscle), a decision must be made about what type of implant to use.

What Are the Differences Between Saline and Silicone Implants?

While all breast implants have an outer shell made of silicone, this is the same substance used in IV tubing and other medical applications used every day. The material inside the shell, or the filler, is either a saline solution or silicone gel. The shape of the shell is designed to mimic the a woman’s breast. The filling material determines how it feels Silicone is the more viscous of the two substances and believed to more closely mimic the natural look and feel of breast tissue. Saline is essentially sterile salt water, and this type of implant was developed in the 1990s as an alternative to silicone due to a health scare linking silicone implants to a chronic autoimmune disease.

The health scare from this concern prompted the removal of silicone implants from the US except in experimental trials. Extensive clinical studies of silicone implants and years of research showed no link between silicone implants and systemic illness, and so the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approving the continued use of silicone implants.

Breast Augmentation Surgery Available in Naples, Florida

Gardner Plastic Surgery in Naples, Florida, has long offered breast augmentation and breast implants as part of its practice. As a highly regarded breast enhancement surgeon, Dr. Paul Gardner combines his vast knowledge of cosmetic breast surgery with the latest surgical techniques and an artistic eye to produce outstanding results for his patients. To learn how Dr. Gardner can help achieve the body you desire with augmentation using either silicone or saline breast implants, contact Gardner Plastic Surgery today at 239.566.2611 to schedule your initial consultation.

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Enjoy the Summer, But Don’t Forget Sun Protection

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Given that we live in Florida where people tend to spend more time outside, Gardner Plastic Surgery thought it might be incumbent to remind our readers of the inherent danger to your skin posed by excessive exposure to the sun.

As the body’s largest organ, our skin serves as a protective barrier that shields the rest of our bodily systems from the ravages of the natural elements and takes the brunt of any damages caused by accidents or other physical impacts. While skin naturally changes as we age, the rate and extent of such change can be significantly exacerbated by the harmful rays of the sun. In fact, the biggest contributor to aging skin—other than advancing age itself—is sun damage.

UV Exposure is a Big Factor in Aging Skin

Your lifetime exposure to ultraviolet light from the sun (and/or from tanning booths) is a big factor in creating age spots, wrinkles, collagen breakdown and irregular skin cells like moles and other blemishes. Ultraviolet light exposure may at times cause even more damage than even genetics, smoking, poor diet or stress. Likewise, the incidence of skin cancer is caused more by exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun and tanning booths, than other factors such as genetics and diet.

What in Sunlight Causes the Damage?

Along with providing light, the sun (and tanning booths) emit a spectrum of UV radiation that can penetrate and damage your skin. “Long wave” UVA rays penetrate the skin deepest, reaching far into the thickest layer of skin, known as the “dermis.” Exposure to UVA rays over time causes premature skin aging, wrinkling, suppresses the immune system and plays a role in skin cancer formation. “Short wave” UVB rays only penetrate the skin’s surface area, but is the cause of sunburning, and plays a key role in the development of cancer and melanoma. Sunburned skin also leads to overall skin damage over time.

Best Preventive Strategies for Warding off Sun Damage

Among the best preventive strategies for warding off sun damage are to wear broad-spectrum sunscreen on all potentially exposed parts of your body every day. In particular, sunscreens that work as mechanical or physical blocks due to their inclusion of UV ray-blocking micronized zinc oxide and/or titanium oxide. Along with “broad spectrum,” sun blocks should be high in “SPF,” which stands for “Sun Protection Factor,” a measure of how well a sunscreen protects from UVB rays. Most dermatologists recommend using a sunscreen with an SPF of between 15 and 30. While there is nothing wrong with using a higher SPF sunscreen, higher SPF represents diminishing returns as SPF 30 sunscreens already block 97 percent of UVB rays. While SPF does not specifically account for protection from UVA rays, as long as the sunscreen includes “broad spectrum” with its SPF rating, it should protect from UVA rays.

Gardner Plastic Surgery Offers Sun Protection

 

Gardner Plastic Surgery is a proud distributor of the complete line of Obagi Medical skin care system products, which includes Obagi Sun Shield Sunscreen. The sunscreen, part of Obagi’s “Nu-Derm®” “Obagi-C® Rx” systems for correcting and improving visible signs of skin aging, is a broad spectrum SPF 50 sunscreen perfect for all outside applications.

To learn more about how you can protect your skin from UV damage, or to determine corrective options for already damaged skin, contact Naples, Florida-Based Gardner Plastic Surgery today at 239.566.2611.

“Gynecomastia” and Breast Reduction Surgery for Men

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Plastic surgery addressing the size and shape of women’s breasts through enlargement, lift  or reduction has become almost commonplace, but did you know that men undergo plastic surgery treatment for their breasts, as well? This rarely discussed treatment is designed to treat men with adult gynecomastia, a hormonal imbalance that causes breast enlargement in men. Far more common than most people realize, the incidence of this sometimes embarrassing condition -referred to as “man boobs” in the vernacular— is as high as 50% of men starting in adolescence and peaks between the ages of 50 to 80.

What Causes Gynecomastia?

Adolescent gynecomastia is considered a natural occurrence due to rapid hormonal changes that take place as a result of puberty, and in most cases the condition resolves itself and swollen breast tissue decreases without treatment. However, in about five percent of cases, the excessive breast tissue remains and can become firm and fibrous. In such cases plastic surgery becomes a viable option.

Approximately 25 percent of the reasons behind hormonal imbalances causing gynecomastia in adult males are unknown. Known causes include:

  • unresolved adolescent gynecomastia
  • various medications
  • street drugs
  • malnutrition
  • liver disease
  • kidney disease
  • low testosterone
  • primary hypogonadism
  • secondary hypogonadism
  • hypothyroidism
  • tumors of the testes

What is Gynecomastia Surgery?

Gynecomastia surgery is an outpatient enhancement procedure that removes and shapes a man’s breast tissue to help him develop a more toned chest. As a result of the procedure men usually achieve a slimmer physique, which further results in a better self-body image and boosts self-confidence. There are different gynecomastia surgery procedures, and your qualified plastic surgeon will be able to advise you on the appropriate procedure for your situation after a thorough examination. Surgical options are highly dependent upon the amount of skin present, the quality of the skin, fat and breast tissue levels, and shape and size of the enlarged breasts.

Often liposuction of the male breast  has proven to be a highly effective procedure. However, if there is a thick bud of breast tissue, removal combined with liposuction may be necessary. The scar can be hidden below the nipple. If there is a lot of excess skin, removal of some skin may be necessary, though this is rare.

What About Medications for Gynecomastia?

There are no prescribed pharmacological options specifically available for the treatment of gynecomastia, though some doctors have prescribed some medications, such Tamoxifen and Raloxifene, off label. These drugs may help resolve the underlying causes of gynecomastia, but cannot reduce the build up of fat and breast tissue that has already accrued. Several herbal supplements and other pills ostensibly targeting gynecomastia are being actively marketed for the condition. The most popular, Gynexin, is described as a fat burner that specifically targets adipose fat in the breasts. Even if it does work to reduce that kind of fat, it does not address the underlying glandular breast tissue.

Gynecomastia Surgery Available in Naples, Florida

Gardner Plastic Surgery in Naples, Florida, has long offered Gynecomastia Treatment as part of its practice. As a highly qualified male breast reduction surgeon, Dr. Paul Gardner  understands the emotional difficulties faced by patients with gynecomastia. He and his entire staff put their patients at ease from the initial consultation up to the surgery, and assure them the best results in the re-sculpting of their chests. To learn how Dr. Gardner can help you or a family member address the possible chest disfigurement of gynecomastia, contact 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

Gardner Plastic Surgery in Naples, Florida provides Thigh Lifts

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.

Male Plastic Surgery – Neck Lift

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Sagging Neck – Double Chin – Turkey Neck -Need a Lift?

You spend hours each week working out to maintain your physique and practicing good dental hygiene to keep your smile bright, but the one thing you can’t control or hide is the natural sign of aging which occurs around your face and neck. With age the skin and muscles around our neck and jaw start to loosen and sag leaving behind loose skin and folds that may leave you feeling self-conscious. Many men find that common symptoms such as loose skin, double chin, and sagging jowls keep them from looking as young as they feel, but there is a solution.

Neck lift surgery is one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed on men. By tightening the skin and muscles around your neck, a neck lift can rejuvenate the contours of your neck making your jawline more prominent. Neck lift surgery can be performed by itself, but your plastic surgeon may recommend that this procedure be done alongside a mini-facelift, facelift or liposuction for best results. If you’ve experienced a loss of definition, a loose “turkey wattle” appearance, or vertical bands in your chin or neck region then a neck lift may be the procedure that can turn back the hands of time.

The Why and How of a Neck Lift

Your skin is resilient but as you age the rate of new skin cells being produced slows down and collagen and elastin become weaker. Age can be a factor in loose sagging skin but environmental factors and/or weight loss can also contribute. The South Florida lifestyle can be tough on your skin with yearlong outdoor activities and exposure to the harsh sun.  Weight loss can lead to loose skin and folds under your chin and around your neck. Excess fat stretches the skin and leaves it slightly less elastic once the weight is lost. This prevents your skin from “snapping” back into place leaving those folds under the chin that we all dread. If the skin under your chin is sagging or droopy a neck lift can aid you in regaining that youthful feeling by helping to remove those problem areas around your neck and jaw.

A neck lift is a surgical procedure and a sedative is used with local anesthetic, so immediate recovery is quicker. Incisions are made around the ears with a smaller incision under the chin. While excess skin and fat are being removed the neck muscles are tightened for longer lasting results. Liposuction and a facelift may also be performed based on your aesthetic goals.

If you were looking for a non-surgical resolve to fix your double chin, you can ask your plastic surgeon if you are a candidate for Kybella®. Kybella® is FDA approved to treat and improve the appearance of a double chin due to fat.

Neck Lift Recovery

After your procedure a dressing and compression garment are used to increase your comfort and recovery. Two weeks following a neck lift procedure most patients are able to partake in regular social activities again and experience a full recovery only four to six weeks after their procedure. Incisions for neck lifts are discreetly placed around your ear and jaw line, so the only thing anyone will be noticing after your procedure and recovery are your great results. Though neck lifts can work wonders around your neck, it is still important to take care of your body so make sure that you get plenty of rest following your procedure.

Neck Lift in Naples, Florida

Dr. Paul Gardner of Gardner plastic Surgery, located in Naples, Florida, meets with each patient to discuss their aesthetic goals and to create a unique plan of action that will produce the best results for each individual. 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. 239.566.2611