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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Thigh Lift Procedure Aims To Firm And Tone

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While exercise and diet are proven methods of firming and toning one’s physique, the thighs can sometimes seem especially resistant to any exercise- or diet-induced change. Some people find that their thighs vigorously retain fat cells, cellulite, and excess skin, no matter how severe the diet nor how intense the exercise. This may tend to prove especially true when exercise and diet lead to significant weight loss in other parts of the body, or as a result of aging or pregnancy. While other parts of the body may have firmed and tightened with exercise and diet, the thighs may still retain sagging skin, dimples, and fat deposits.

Naples, Florida-based Gardner Plastic Surgery can address this apparent setback with a thigh lift, a surgical procedure that reduces excess fat and skin and reshapes the remaining tissue with the goal of firming and smoothing the overall thigh contours. With extensive training in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the world-renowned Houston Methodist Hospital in the Texas Medical Center, Dr. Leopoldo M. Baccaro is performing the Thigh Lift as one of Gardner Plastic Surgery’s specialties.

Your Thigh Lift Procedure With Dr. Baccaro

A thigh lift, also known as thighplasty, is generally performed by Dr. Baccaro as an outpatient procedure conducted under a general anesthesia. Prior to any surgery, though, Dr. Baccaro always evaluates his patient’s existing health profile and risk factors, and conducts a thorough examination and measurement of the surgery site. This evaluation and examination includes a consultation designed to precisely determine his patient’s preferred aesthetic goals and to ensure a smooth surgery. Among typical details discussed during a consultation with Dr. Baccaro are:

  • Patient’s surgical expectations and limitations
  • Thighplasty surgery options
  • Patient’s Surgical history
  • Existing medical conditions, allergies, and medical treatments
  • Post-surgery treatment and recovery regimen

During the surgery, incision patterns vary depending upon the scope of treatment and location of areas being treated, but each incision made is used for fat and skin removal, after which the underlying tissue is reshaped and tightened, while the overlaying skin is lifted, smoothed and sutured back into place at the incision site. In some cases, liposuction may be utilized alone or as an adjunct of the thighplasty procedure.

As an outpatient procedure, Dr. Baccaro’s patients are typically released to go home shortly after the procedure itself, which can take two to three hours. Patients can expect to experience bruising, swelling and soreness in the thigh area, but this will be alleviated to some extent with prescribed pain and anti-inflammatory medications. Compression bandages may be used, and post-surgery drainage devices are inserted to collect excess fluid. Dr. Baccaro may suggest other post-operative care conditions as warranted. Most patients are able to return to work within a week to 10 days, and can resume physical activity within four to six weeks.        

Contact Gardner Plastic Surgery for Your Thigh Lift

If you would like to learn more about sculpting your thighs with a thighplasty at Naples, Florida-based Gardner Plastic Surgery, Dr. Baccaro has a keen eye for aesthetic detail and extensive training from some of the top names in the art of cosmetic surgery. To learn more about how Dr. Baccaro and Gardner Plastic Surgery can help reshape, tone, and firm your thighs, contact us today at 239.566.2611 to schedule your initial consultation.

 

Brazilian Butt Lift Continues to Soar in Popularity

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The Brazilian Butt Lift has been the third fastest growing cosmetic surgery so far this century—a 254 percent increase in annual procedures performed compared with 2000. Naples, Florida-based Gardner Plastic Surgery is proud to have a dedicated surgeon on staff  with extensive training in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the world-renowned Houston Methodist Hospital in the Texas Medical Center, Dr. Leopoldo M. Baccaro. Dr. Baccaro offers the Brazilian Butt Lift as an option to enhance the hips and buttocks.

 

What is a Brazilian Butt Lift?

The Brazilian Butt Lift is a two-step procedure utilizing liposuction and fat transfer to enhance the aesthetic appeal of the hips and buttocks. The procedure helps correct flattening, sagging and unbalancing of the buttocks region that happens to people as they age,as a result of reduced exercise, or simply due to genetics. The Brazilian Butt Lift is considered an alternative option to the traditional butt lift, which relies on silicone implants to achieve the firming, plumper look.

The liposuction component of the Brazilian Butt Lift provides further aesthetic enhancement by removing fatty deposits in other parts of the body. When removed from the waist and thighs, this can result in an immediate slimming effect that further enhances the patient’s silhouette . This excess fat is then grafted into the patient’s upper buttocks region to achieve the pronounced curve and appearance of higher, fuller and more firm buttocks.  

 

What to Expect From Your Brazilian Butt Lift Procedure

A Brazilian Butt Lift procedure at Gardner Plastic Surgery begins with an initial consultation and physical examination with Dr. Baccaro, who needs to determine which fatty deposits can be removed from other parts of the body for the best effect. The consultation will also include a detailed discussion about the aesthetic goals you want to achieve with the procedure.

The actual surgery is usually performed as an outpatient procedure using either general anesthesia or intravenous sedation and local anesthesia. To help reduce signs of visible scarring, the procedure relies on small, carefully placed incisions for both the liposuction and grafting components of the procedure.

The procedure itself can be successfully conducted in an afternoon, with limited pain and discomfort; however, patients will need about two weeks of careful down time for successful recovery. Not only is this downtime needed for surgery recovery, but to provide time for the grafted fat to successfully meld into its new location in the body. During this recovery period, patients need to avoid sitting or lying directly on the buttocks. Dr. Baccaro will provide other recommendations for successful recovery and buttocks shape retention as needed.      

 

Contact Gardner Plastic Surgery for Your Brazilian Butt Lift

If you are considering the enhancement of your posterior with the Brazilian Butt Lift, Dr. Baccaro, of Naples, Florida-based Gardner Plastic Surgery has a keen eye for aesthetic detail and extensive training and experience in fat transfer techniques. To learn more about how Dr. Baccaro and Gardner Plastic Surgery can help reshape your buttocks and slim your physique with its two-step Brazilian Butt Lift, contact us today at 239.566.2611 to schedule your initial consultation.

Eyelid Surgery One of the Top-Five Cosmetic Procedures in the U.S.?

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When people think about cosmetic surgery the first procedures to come to mind are usually breast augmentation, liposuction and facelifts. This makes sense because these procedures are usually among the top-five most commonly performed in the U.S. every year. But did you know that eyelid surgery also tends to make that annual top-five list?

In fact, eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, was the fourth most common invasive cosmetic procedure performed in 2017, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ annual statistics report. The society reported that 209,000 blepharoplasties were performed during the year, about the same number as 2016. For context, that is over 80,000 more than the 125,000 or so facelift surgeries reported.

So What is Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is an advanced plastic surgery procedure that treats age-related changes to the skin and fat around the eyes. These changes tend to emerge because the skin loses its elasticity as we age, and fat around the eye tends to protrude into the eyelids. Some patients may simply have a genetic predisposition for these changes.

In particular, eyelid surgery reduces bagginess and bulging around the upper and lower eyelid areas, and treats under-eye bags and sinking eyelids. Drooping eyelids, which is also known as ptosis, can also be addressed during a blepharoplasty.

These changes to the skin over time, generally give an older and more tired appearance, no matter how well rested. A blepharoplasty is specifically tailored for each patient to reduce these conditions, and generally results in a more youthful, well-rested, and dramatically rejuvenated look.

While a blepharoplasty may eliminate some fine wrinkling below the lower eyelid, it will not eliminate crow’s feet or other facial wrinkles, although it may improve under-eye dark circles. Eyelid surgery does not alter your facial structure or alleviate other age-related conditions, so some patients elect to include other procedures, such as forehead lifts, laser resurfacing and filler injections, with their blepharoplasty. When considering eyelid surgery, make sure to discuss all aesthetic goals with your plastic surgeon.

Blepharoplasty Also Performed for Functional Reasons      

Sometimes excessive skin builds up on the upper eyelids to the extent in which it causes an extra fold of skin to hang over the eyelashes. This extra fold can impede sight lines and impair vision. While health insurance doesn’t generally cover cosmetic procedures, if you can prove that drooping eyelids or extra folds are affecting your vision, your insurance company may cover it. Visual field testing by an ophthalmologist or optometrist should properly evaluate any impaired vision.
Whatever the reasons for considering blepharoplasty, Naples, Florida-based Gardner Plastic Surgery has an excellent track record in successfully performing the procedure. Both Dr. Paul Gardner and Dr. Leo Baccaro are highly competent in these procedures and can help you achieve your aesthetic goals. If you would like to learn more about blepharoplasty and how Gardner Plastic Surgery can help rejuvenate the area around your eyes, and, if needed, improve your vision, contact us today at 239.566.2611 to schedule your initial consultation.

Popular Plastic Surgery For Men

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While plastic surgery has long been associated with women, a significant number of men also seek out cosmetic surgery options. In fact, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, more than 1.3 million cosmetic procedures were performed on men in 2017, a one percent increase over 2016. While many men opt for plastic surgery procedures for cosmetic reasons, professional advancement also plays a role. Career advancement in many fields has become exceptionally competitive, spurring some men to seek an edge through the enhancement of good looks and a more youthful appearance.

No matter what the reason, most male plastic surgery procedures are equally popular with women. However, some procedures, remain gender specific. For example, the leading plastic surgery procedure—breast augmentation—was performed exclusively on women in 2017. Likewise, gynecomastia repair (male breast reduction) was performed exclusively on men. Chin augmentation (mentoplasty) is perhaps the most gender neutral procedure, with almost equal numbers of men and women receiving the treatment in 2017.

Most Popular Plastic Surgery Procedures for Men in 2017

On a numbers basis, rhinoplasty (nose reshaping) was the most popular plastic surgery procedure performed on men in 2017. While rhinoplasty can help men look better and feel more confident, the surgery is also often performed on a functional basis to repair broken noses and correct breathing problems caused by a deviated septum.

Eyelid rejuvenation (blepharoplasty) was the second most popular plastic surgery procedure performed on men in 2017. The procedure helps treat sagging skin (eye bags) and reduces fine lines around the upper and lower eyelid areas. Giving patients a more youthful and less fatigued appearance. The procedure can, as well, improve the vision of those patients who have excessive skin on their upper eyelids. Scarring is generally minimal, making the procedure more attractive to men who may tend to be guarded about letting others know that they’ve had cosmetic surgery.

Liposuction came third in numbers as the most popular cosmetic surgery for men in 2017. The procedure is used primarily to remove hard-to-reduce fat deposits in the abdomen and flanks. Abdominal “etching” is a novel procedure in which using liposuction techniques are used to sculpt the abdomen and help define your underlying musculature.

With up to 50 percent of all men experiencing gynecomastia at some point in their lives, gynecomastia repair also proved popular as a 2017 male plastic surgery option. The Mayo Clinic reports that over 200,000 American men struggle with gynecomastia every year, helping make male breast reduction surgery one of the fastest growing cosmetic surgeries in the U.S.

Rounding out the most popular-by-number 2017 male plastic surgeries performed were:

  • Hair transplantation
  • Facelift (rhytidectomy)
  • Dermabrasion
  • Ear reshaping (Otoplasty)
  • Chin augmentation (mentoplasty)

    Dr. Paul Gardner and Dr. Leopoldo Baccaro have extensive experience providing aesthetic and reconstructive cosmetic surgeries for men. Gardner Plastic Surgery works closely with all male patients in the Naples, Florida-based practice to tailor results that will help them enhance their natural good looks, restore vitality, and boost self-confidence. If you would like to learn more about male plastic surgery options offered by Gardner Plastic Surgery, contact us today at 239.566.2611 to schedule your initial consultation.

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!