You’re Never Too Old to Feel Beautiful

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Baby Boomers have proven to be a transformative generation throughout their lives, and now, as they age into their “golden years,” they are transforming the concept of aging. Not content to “go gentle into that good night,” Boomers are focusing on a healthy and active lifestyle and are considering rejuvenating cosmetic procedures to help them to look as youthful as they feel on the inside.

Cosmetic Surgery Options

With the rise in senior activity levels and expected longevity has come a noticeable increase in the numbers of seniors seeking cosmetic surgery. In fact, according to statistics collated by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the numbers of people age 65 and older gettin facelifts and similar procedures has increased by more than 1,200 percent in the past 20 years, with much of that increase occurring over the past five years. In fact, while patients in the 35-50 year-old age group remain the largest plastic surgery patient base, patients older than 65 are the fastest growing group seeking both surgical and non-surgical procedures. Gardner Plastic Surgery located in Naples, Florida has experienced this trend, as well, and Dr. Paul Gardner believes that patient satisfaction levels in seniors are similar to those seen from younger patients.

Risk Profile for Cosmetic Surgery for Seniors Similar to Younger Patients

Age does not seem to be a factor in safety and complication rates of cosmetic surgery, as
studies have shown that the rates are the same for seniors as it is for the younger generations. In fact, a recent study of safety rates of plastic surgery on octogenarians (those 80 and older), only demonstrated a “slightly higher”—and statistically insignificant—complication rate in comparison to rates expressed by all younger patient age groups. As long as the patient is in good overall health, risks associated with cosmetic surgery procedures remain low. Thus, plastic surgeons tend to focus more on existing medical conditions when considering their senior patients’ cosmetic surgery options, rather than patient age.

Numerous Factors Driving Increase in Senior Cosmetic Surgery Rates

The increasing numbers of seniors exploring cosmetic surgery options should not come as a surprise. First off, the massive number of Baby Boomers combined with increased longevity means that one out of five Americans will be over the age of 65 by 2030. And many of these Americans are staying physically fit much later in life, which creates a disconnect between how they look and how they feel. More and more Americans are also staying in the workforce past age 65, and some perceive cosmetic surgery as a means of fending off potential age discrimination.

Gardner Plastic Surgery Serves Patients of All Ages

Bottom line is that rates for most surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures have been increasing among all age groups and both sexes for the past 20 years, with rates for those over age 65 showing among the largest proportional growth. Gardner Plastic Surgery has witnessed this growth and has extensive experience treating patients of all ages. Dr. Paul Gardner is renowned for his surgical skills at both facial and body contouring, but is also attuned to providing patients benefits that can be realized from less invasive treatment options. Whatever your age and whatever cosmetic refinement you seek, our practice can help you determine the best options for achieving your goals. To learn more about what Dr. Gardner can do for you, contact Gardner Plastic Surgery today at 239.566.2611 to schedule your initial consultation.

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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

Full Facelift versus Mini Facelift-Which One Is For Me?

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Facial Rejuvenation

If you feel Botox and Juvederm are no longer enough, you may be considering a face lift. If so you are not alone. Facelifts are one of the most common plastic surgery procedures performed for men and women, and men are leading that percentage increase. According to a survey done in 2015 by ASAPS a facelift was one of the top surgical procedures chosen by men.

The term facelift is not limited to one type of procedure. Every face is unique and ages in different ways. Many factors contribute to the loss of youthful contours in the face, and age is only one of these factors. Hereditary, environmental and stress factors are leading younger people to choose facial cosmetic procedures as a way of maintaining their youthful appearance.

The most common signs of aging occur around the mid-face, jowls and neck between the age of 40 and 60. The skin around the face and neck begin to sag as it becomes less elastic and facial features become less defined as muscles weaken. If you are experiencing any of the following you may consider consulting with an experienced face lift surgeon to explore your surgical options:

  • Volume loss in the cheeks
  • Corners of the mouth turn down
  • Jowls appear from the loss of skin tone
  • Jawline loses its contour
  • Decreased angle between chin and neck
  • Appearance of a double chin

Once the decision is made to do a facelift, there is one more consideration: do you need a full facelift, or will a min-facelift be sufficient to fulfill your goals?

A Full Facelift or a Mini Facelift?

There are distinct differences between a mini and full facelift. These differences relate to how much improvement can be achieved, and how long it will take to recover.

Compare a Traditional Facelift to a Mini Face lift infographic

A Naturally Younger Appearance

While a facelift won’t stop the aging process it remains popular due to the long lasting results. The best facelifts result in a natural more revitalized appearance. Carefully consider your plastic surgeon choice when deciding on your face lift procedure. It is best to research the before and after results from your choice of qualified plastic surgeons. Review their website and ask for additional testimonials and pictures which showcase their expertise. Always choose a certified plastic surgeon that has had rigorous training, examinations and meets all recertification requirements as outlined by the ABPS. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery memberships require this certification and can be a useful tool to research surgeons in your location.

Still unsure which type of Facelift you need?

Choosing between a full facelift and mini facelift can be a difficult decision. Consider meeting with an experienced facial plastic surgeon who can offer you a personalized consultation.
Dr. Paul Gardner at Gardner Plastic Surgery consults with each patient to discuss their personal goals and tailor the procedure to that individual patient. Gardner Plastic surgery located in Naples, Florida is well known for facial plastic surgery expertise. For a facelift consultation call 239.566.2611 today!

Why Should I Consider a Mini Face Lift?

There are plenty of options available for those who want to undergo a plastic surgery procedure, and a very popular option is the face lift. The regular face lift entails surgery to remove unwanted wrinkles by removing excess tissue in the face, therefore tightening the skin of the face. This results in a more lifted and tightened structure of the face, giving a younger impression.

The regular face lift is an option to consider when more work is wanted or needed to be done on the face, and that is why Gardner Plastic Surgery in Naples, Florida Mini Faceliftoffers an alternative to those who don’t want or need the full face lift but still want to treat minor to moderate signs of aging: The mini face lift. The mini face lift is perfect for both men and women who want to undergo a rejuvenating experience with less time involved, so that the busiest of people can achieve their desired appearance.

The mini face lift addresses wrinkles and drooping skin on the lower third of the face, involving minor incisions made around the ears. By removing excess tissue and tightening the remaining skin, certain zones of the face, especially the chin, look more defined than before the surgery.

The mini face lift is a viable solution for someone seeking to alleviate signs that come along with aging. The time of the surgery ranges from one to two hours, and needs approximately one week of recovery time. This surgery can be great for a natural-looking finish without the lengthy amount time needed for the full face lift. After a full face lift, most people can return to their usual activities after two or three weeks. Patients enjoy the mini option, saying that they have not felt as though they have had any work done on their face.

The professional medical staff at Gardner Plastic Surgery in Naples, Florida can help you achieve a natural-looking facial transformation without the longer recovery time a traditional face lift entails.

For more information on the full and mini face lift procedures and many others, visit https://www.gardnerplasticsurgery.com or call Gardner Plastic Surgery at 239-566-2611.