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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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.

Consider Skin Condition Before Age When Contemplating Facelifts

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Anyone contemplating a facelift generally has numerous questions about the specific procedure and how it will work with their facial structure and skin type. While there are various rejuvenating facial procedures, a range of individual characteristics determines in part the effectiveness and outcomes of each. And while the age of the patient plays a role, age itself should not be the determining factor about making the decision about when to have a facelift.

With a stellar reputation and years of delivering artistic excellence in facelift surgery, Gardner Plastic Surgery has refined the procedures for all ages. Our doctors have gained an acute insight into how each procedure works with various facial structures and skin types, and works closely with each patient to determine and meet their aesthetic goals. Patient age will be an issue raised during the initial consultation in his Naples, Florida-based practice, but skin condition will be the primary consideration in tailoring the procedure.

Types of Facelifts Offered by Gardner Plastic Surgery

In general, there are three types of facelifts:

  • Upper Facelift
  • Mid Facelift
  • Lower Facelift.

A full facelift, as commonly known and offered by both Dr. Gardner and Dr. Baccaro; is a combination of the mid and lower facelift procedures. This covers everything between the eyes and chin, it helps improve cheek fullness, nasolabial folds, jowls, neck contour, and platysmal bands.

The lower facelift is also referred to as a mini facelift and covers everything between the corners of your mouth to the chin. This option improves jowls, neck contour, and platysmal bands. The upper facelift is also known as a brow lift and offered as a separate procedure. Sometimes, it is performed in conjunction with a facelift or blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery.)

The Question of Age Versus Skin Condition

Everyone ages differently, possesses different skin traits and types, and has experienced varied impacts on their skin over the years, caused by such things as the amount of sun exposure, diet, and smoking.

That said, age can play a role on skin elasticity, which in turn helps dictate the overall facelift results and their subsequent longevity. Thus, most women in their mid-forties to early fifties generally have skin elasticity most conducive to generating optimal results. Of course, some women in their sixties and seventies, who have maintained their health and fitness, also have skin that can yield excellent facelift results. While most men don’t seek out information about facelifts until they reach their fifties and sixties, skin elasticities are similar and generate similar age-related results.

Instead of focusing on age, though, our doctors recommend considering the condition of the skin and signs of aging when contemplating a facelift. Focus on:

  • Wrinkles underneath the eyes and crow’s feet
  • Deep lines at the corners of the mouth and around the nose
  • Jowl formation and the loss of jawline definition
  • Overall sagging and loose skin
  • Excess fat deposits in the neck

It is less likely that women and men under the age of 40 will need a facelift. Those starting to worry about signs of aging may want to first consider non-surgical facial rejuvenation techniques as offered by dermal fillers, injectable treatments and other minimally invasive procedures.

Gardner Plastic Surgery is renowned for its surgical skill and artistry with all facelift procedures, Both of our physicians, Dr. Gardner and Dr. Baccaro, are adept at determining which will best serve the skin condition and facial profile of our patients. We work closely with all patients to tailor results that will help recover their youthful-looking appearance and enhance their inner vitality. If you would like to learn more about cosmetic surgery in sunny Southwest Florida, and what our facility may be able to do for you, contact Gardner Plastic Surgery today at 239.566.2611 to schedule your initial consultation!