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.

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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.

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!

Finish Last Year’s Resolution By Starting This Year’s With Gardner Plastic Surgery

Last year you stuck to your goals and because of that the scale is your newest friend. Congratulations! You should be extremely proud of yourself, yet as proud as you are, there is still one thing missing…or in this case, still there. This year your resolution is dedicated to any leftover fat deposits that traditional weight loss methods, genetically speaking, cannot erase. You’re on the cusp of being able to wear that short-sleeve shirt with confidence but the challenge feels daunting due to the extra skin hanging on your upper arms. However, as daunting as it seems you can’t give up. You’ve come all this way, so why not finish the journey with Gardner Plastic Surgery? Dr. Gardner has over 20 years of experience in the field of plastic surgery, including liposuction and body lifts.

Liposuction Could Be Your Solution

liposuction-gardner-plastic-surgeryAs the years go by it feels like another layer of tough to beat fat piles up around the waist, arms, and thighs. Don’t let this never-ending struggle lead to emotional distress. With the help of Gardner Plastic surgery you can befriend the scale as well as the mirror. Liposuction is a surgical solution that involves suctioning the fat deposits out of those troubled areas with a low bruising technique. In about a week you’ll be able to start seeing your targeted areas slim down as the contouring process takes its course.

Lift Your Spirits With A Body Lift

tummy_tuck_surgeryDramatic weight loss could result in sagging skin. It’s an outcome that will dampen your recent triumph, which is a shame considering the steps you’ve taken to get this far. You wouldn’t want loose rolls potentially discouraging you from wearing something that would complement your weight loss. Gardner Plastic Surgery doesn’t believe you should be punished for bettering yourself. Dr. Gardner offers upper body lifts, lower body lifts, and total body lifts to his patients. By pairing a body lift, or a tummy tuck, with your liposuction it will result in smoother skin and a more pleasing figure. This is beneficial for multiple reasons not just including mental health. By getting rid of the excess skin you’re lessening your chances of causing unwanted chafing and rashes. A roll of loose skin can be a reminder of who you were, whereas a proper body lift done by Gardner Plastic Surgery can be a reminder of who you are.

Confidence Is A Call Away

It’s normal to have questions or concerns about a cosmetic medical procedure. With a slimmer body within reach don’t let those questions impede your improvement. Reality, unlike resolutions, can’t be ignored. To finish your transformation call Gardner Plastic Surgery in Naples, Florida at (239) 566-2611 or visit the websitehttps://www.gardnerplasticsurgery.com/.