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.

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Breast Cancer, Mastectomies and Breast Reconstruction Surgery

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October may have been Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but given that one out of every eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, “awareness” should be a factor every month. Naturally, the first line of awareness should consist of education about the disease, along with early detection efforts through self-exams and regularly scheduled mammograms. Educational awareness about the disease types and stages can help those receiving a breast cancer diagnosis determine the best treatment options. Those whose treatment includes a lumpectomy or mastectomy need to be aware of the various breast reconstruction surgery options available to them.

Education and awareness are key with regard to all mastectomy and breast reconstruction decision making. Thus, it is important for women faced with a mastectomy to thoroughly discuss all options with their breast surgeon, oncologist and qualified plastic surgeon. While some women decide not to undergo breast reconstruction surgery, the procedure does help women feel more confident about their appearance after a mastectomy. Additionally, federal law requires insurance plans to cover the costs of breast reconstruction in most circumstances.

Timing of Breast Reconstruction Surgery

Among the first considerations that need to be made when faced with a mastectomy and breast reconstruction is timing. Those needing a mastectomy can opt to have breast reconstruction at the same time. However, this “immediate reconstruction” option may not be available to women with specific surgical risk factors such as smoking and being overweight, among others, or to those facing certain post-surgery follow-up procedures.

Delayed reconstruction can be conducted after the mastectomy incisions have healed and all other breast cancer therapies have been successfully concluded. Delayed reconstruction can be performed months or even years after the original mastectomy, and is often undertaken by women who have successfully mitigated risks that prevented immediate reconstruction.

Types of Breast Reconstruction Surgery

Generally, breast reconstruction can be done with breast implants or natural tissue flaps. Breast implants are a simpler reconstruction option because the surgery is less invasive with less recovery than natural tissue flap surgery. With breast implants, patients can opt for either saline or silicone implants. While the outer shell of both implants is made of silicone, the shell is filled with either silicone or a saline solution. As silicone is more viscous than saline, it is believed to be the solution that more closely mimics the natural look and feel of breast tissue, and is preferred for breast reconstruction. A number of studies have shown silicone to be a safe implant.

Natural tissue flap surgery utilizes skin and tissue from the patient’s own body, which allows the reconstructed breast to look and feel more like a natural breast than either silicone or saline implants. However, the procedure requires additional surgery on the other parts of the body from which the tissue is being removed, leaves additional scars, and is far more intensive than implant surgery.

Nipple and Areola Reconstruction

While “nipple-sparing” mastectomies are becoming more common, they are by no means optional, and most women will still need nipple and areola reconstruction as part of their overall breast reconstruction. This is generally performed on an outpatient basis as the last stage of breast reconstruction surgery. The procedure can often be done in the office setting and is much simpler than the actual breast reconstruction.

Gardner Plastic Surgery in Naples, Florida, has long offered breast reconstruction as part of its practice. In fact, with a vast knowledge base of cosmetic breast surgery techniques, Dr. Paul Gardner is renowned for his skill at breast reconstruction following treatment for breast cancer. If you are facing a mastectomy, learn how Dr. Gardner can help you retain a positive body image with breast reconstruction surgery, by contacting 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.

Breast Augmentation: Silicone Versus Saline Implants

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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.

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!