Get The Facts On Gynecomastia

April 14th, 2015

Gynecomastia is the presence of excess fat and/or breast tissue in boys and men. It may affect either or both breasts. It is most widely prevalent in older men, newborns, and boys undergoing puberty.

Causes Of Gynecomastia

The common causes of gynecomastia are as follows.

  • Hormones: Natural hormonal imbalances in the body can lead to breast enlargement. Both men and women produce estrogen and testosterone in their bodies. Estrogen is responsible for female secondary sex characters whereas testosterone gives male ones. Over 50 percent of male infants have gynecomastia because of the high estrogen levels in their mother’s body. This subsides in a few weeks. During puberty, hormone imbalances can lead to this condition. Again, it goes away on its own within a couple of years. Gynecomastia, however, is quite common in older men (in the age group of 50 to 80 years) because the testosterone levels start reducing with age.
  • Medications: Apart from natural hormone imbalances, several medications can also cause gynecomastia. Antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, medications used to treat prostate cancer and prostate enlargement, among others, can also lead to this condition.
  • Health issues: Aging, kidney and liver problems, malnutrition, hyperthyroidism and hypogonadism can all cause gynecomastia.

Treatment For Gynecomastia

Breast reduction surgeries can help reverse the enlarged breasts caused by gynecomastia. The surgery is conducted under general anesthesia and can take between 1 and 3 hours. Depending on the extent of the condition, different techniques can be used. If the primary problem is excessive fat, then liposuction can be a solution. It involves sucking out excess fat through tiny incisions. If there is excessive glandular tissue, then it will have to be cut out. Any excess skin that remains can be removed.

After the surgery, you may experience discomfort in the form of swelling and bruising. Medication can be prescribed, if necessary. You can return to work in a week’s time. But, for several weeks, you may be required to use elastic pressure garments. You will have to avoid strenuous physical activities for about a month.

Interested In Learning More About Male Breast Reduction? Contact Naples Cosmetic Surgery Center

To learn more about any of the procedures we offer, contact us today to schedule an appointment. Our offices are located in Naples, and we can be reached at 239-348-4357. We look forward to hearing from you.

What To Expect From A Body Lift

March 30th, 2015

Drastically losing pounds to reach a healthier weight is a huge accomplishment. Unfortunately, there are some challenges that come with serious weight loss. For instance, you probably have a lot of unnecessary extra skin. Depending on your genetics, age, and weight distribution, you may need surgery to remove the excess. To take care of the extra skin, a simple tummy tuck may not be enough, though. You may need a full body lift.

Body Lift Procedure: What To Know

  • Several Surgeries: In some instances, doctors perform a full body lift in one session. This can be quite risky and traumatic, though, so it’s more likely that your body lift will actually be a series of surgeries. The procedures you need will depend entirely on where the excess skin on your body is located. Many people who have lost extreme amounts of weight end up having some combination of an arm lift, a breast lift, a tummy tuck, and a lower body lift.
  • Lower Risk of Infection and Skin Chafing: Without all of that extra skin, your body is also likely to be healthier. When you have excess skin, especially flaps of it, you are at greater risk of getting infections because moisture, for example, can easily be trapped under the skin. You may also have had the excess skin chafe painfully against your functional skin. The removal of that unnecessary skin lowers such risks and discomfort.
  • Improved Appearances: After your surgery (or surgeries) you will find your skin more taut and even, with virtually no flab. With the excess skin and fat removed, you may feel more confident and enjoy your appearance more.
  • Scarring: Of course, the extensive surgeries included in a body lift can leave some scarring. Surgeons do their best to make incisions and tuck the skin in such a way that the scars will be hidden beneath commonly covered areas of the body, like under the arms, near the buttocks, or just below the waistline.

Want To Learn More About Body Contouring Options? Contact Naples Cosmetic Surgery Center

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March 18th, 2015

3D Imaging Provides A Glimpse Of Surgery Results

March 10th, 2015

Many people decide against cosmetic surgery because they don’t know what they’ll look like afterwards. Fortunately, technology provides a glimpse of the results. With Vectra® 3D imaging, patients can see what they may look like after the procedure. It’s something many patients are excited about, and it might be something you want to try.

How Does 3D Imaging Work?

Using a special 3D camera, the doctor takes a panoramic photograph of your face or body. This image is stored and then rendered in 3D onto a screen. Once the 3D image of yourself is on the screen, the doctor can manipulate it according to the procedure you are considering.

How 3D Imaging Helps Patients

When you start thinking about cosmetic surgery, you may imagine your ideal self. This ideal self may be possible to achieve with cosmetic surgery, or it may not be possible. This is why scheduling a consultation with a plastic surgeon that offers 3D imaging is so important. The benefits of 3D imaging are that you can see what you may look like not only after one procedure, but many, so you can decide which one you would like performed.

It may surprise you to see that you’ll look better than you thought with cosmetic surgery, or you may find out that you’ll have to be more realistic about the results of a procedure. In either case, a plastic surgeon will be available to help you understand what the results of this technology mean to you and how you can use them to come to a decision based on your wants and needs.

Interested In Plastic Surgery? Contact Naples Cosmetic Surgery Center

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March 9th, 2015

In Men With ‘Good Physique,’ Steroids Are Common Cause of Breast Enlargement, Reports Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

February 19th, 2015

With attention to some unique patient characteristics, breast reduction surgery achieves good aesthetic outcomes in bodybuilders with gynecomastia—enlargement of the male breast, according to a report in the February issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

ASPS Member Surgeon Mordcai Blau, MD, a plastic surgeon in private practice in White Plains, N.Y., reviews his extensive experience with gynecomastia surgery in bodybuilders. He highlights key patient characteristics and technical issues, including the causal role of anabolic steroids and hormone supplements. Dr. Blau’s coauthor was Ron Hazani, MD, a plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Focus on Gynecomastia Surgery in Bodybuilders

An expert in male breast reduction, Dr. Blau has performed gynecomastia surgery in nearly 1,600 bodybuilders and other patients with “good physique.” The new report focuses on 1,073 such patients, followed up for one to five years after surgery.

The men ranged in age from 18 to 51 years; 15 percent were competitive bodybuilders. All were free of hormonal or other diseases that can cause gynecomastia. In some cases, gynecomastia developing in adolescence—usually a temporary condition—became permanent after the patient started using steroids or hormone-containing supplements.

For several reasons, gynecomastia surgery in bodybuilders calls for a different approach, Dr Blau believes. In contrast to other groups of gynecomastia patients, who tend to be overweight or obese, bodybuilders usually don’t need removal of excess fat or skin.

However, they do need special attention to prevent bleeding and scarring. Bleeding risk is higher because of increased blood flow in the highly developed chest muscles. Steroids and unregulated supplements including protein shakes, vitamins, and fish oils may also increase bleeding risk.

Emphasis on Complete Removal of Breast Gland Tissue

Bodybuilders are “perfectionists with regard to their physique and chest aesthetics; hence their level of expectations is higher,” Dr Blau writes. He performs the procedure through a one-inch incision, made on the underside of the areola surrounding the nipple.

In outlining his surgical technique, Dr. Blau highlights the need for complete removal of all breast gland tissue. After surgery, pathology reports usually show excessive development (hypertrophy) of the gland tissue, although a few patients had precancerous cells.

Most patients are “extremely satisfied” with their surgical results, Dr. Blau reports. He also notes that the “vast majority” of patients continued to use anabolic steroids. Because the gland was completely removed, there were no problems with recurrent gynecomastia.

Complications were uncommon and generally minor. There was a six percent rate of hematomas—blood collections causing pain, swelling, and bruising. Dr. Blau notes this problem became less common after he began providing stricter instructions regarding preoperative and postoperative care: stopping all use of steroids and supplements before surgery, and resuming exercise gradually after surgery.

Plastic surgeons may see increased interest in gynecomastia surgery among bodybuilders and other men with good physique, Dr. Blau believes. He suggests that surgeons performing gynecomastia surgery start with simpler cases, before proceeding to the more-challenging demands presented by bodybuilders.

While many men are affected by gynecomastia, most don’t seek treatment, according to this month’s introductory video by Rod J. Rohrich, MD, Editor-in-Chief, on the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery website. The February issue also reports on a new technique for men seeking breast reduction after massive weight loss. “In these two papers, we see how the surgical treatment of Gynecomastia can improve both aesthetics and patients’ quality of life,” Dr. Rohrich comments. “Plastic surgeons are constantly studying and refining these surgical techniques to create the safest, most effective procedure possible.”

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery® is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

About Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

For more than 60 years, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (PRS)® has been the one consistently excellent reference for every specialist who uses plastic surgery techniques or works in conjunction with a plastic surgeon. The official journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, PRS brings subscribers up-to-the-minute reports on the latest techniques and follow-up for all areas of plastic and reconstructive surgery, including breast reconstruction, experimental studies, maxillofacial reconstruction, hand and microsurgery, burn repair, and cosmetic surgery, as well as news on medico-legal issues.

Top Plastic Surgery Procedures for Men

January 31st, 2015

While some may associate plastic surgery with women, this is no longer the case. An increasing number of men are turning to both invasive and non-invasive cosmetic procedures to help treat unwanted signs of aging or simply achieve the appearance they desire. Let’s take a look at some of the most common cosmetic procedures sought out by men.

Top Plastic Surgery Procedures for Men

  • Rhinoplasty. Also known as nose surgery or nose reshaping, rhinoplasty is a cosmetic procedure designed to reshape, reduce or augment a patient’s nose to restore facial harmony. As many men want a strong, well-defined nose, this procedure offers an effective way to achieve this.
  • Eyelid surgery. The aging process can take a toll on men and women alike, especially when it comes to our eyelids. For men looking to fight these unwanted signs of aging, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is the right choice. In this procedure, excess skin and fat is removed from the upper and lower eyelids, and muscles are tightened to restore a more youthful appearance to the eyes and face.
  • Male breast reduction. Gynecomastia is a condition that involves the over-development of male breasts, and is estimated to affect 40%-60% of all men. Male breast reduction works to relieve the physical and emotional discomfort brought on by this condition by removing fat or tissue from the breasts and restoring a more ideal contour.
  • Liposuction. Liposuction is an effective procedure that works to combat stubborn fat that’s resistant to diet and exercise. This minimally-invasive procedure uses a tube called a cannula to suction targeted fat out of the body, helping men achieve a slimmer and more contoured look.
  • Facelift. The facelift procedure works to rejuvenate the mid-to-lower face and neck, helping to correct issues likes midface sagging, deep creases under the eyes, jowls, loose skin under the chin and jaw and more. For men looking to take years off their face, facelifts offer an effective solution.

For More Information about Male Plastic Surgery, Contact Naples Cosmetic Surgery Center Today.

To learn more about any of the procedures we offer, contact us today to schedule an appointment. Our offices are located in Naples, and we can be reached at 239-348-4357. We look forward to hearing from you.

New Year, New Breast? Kaley Cuoco: Getting breast implants ‘the best thing ever’

January 5th, 2015

Kaley Cuoco is in the February issue of Redbook talking about what its like to suddenly be a multimillionaire, what she thinks of feminism, an why getting breast implants was the best thing that ever happened to her (sorry new husband).

On signing a contract for another three years of Big Bang Theory at $1 million per episode:

“All I think about is what it means for my family…and knowing there is security for all of us.  My parents spent 16 years hauling my butt to LA for audition after audition. Every day they were helping me learn my lines, dropping me off, waiting for me, picking me up, giving me pep talks when I didn’t get the jobs, taking me to tennis and horseback riding lessons. I remember always hoping I could help take care of them because they took such good care of me.  Knowing I’ll be able to just brings tears to my eyes.”

On if she considers herself a feminist:

“Is it bad if I say no? It’s not really something I think about. Things are different now, and I know a lot of the work that paved the way for women happened before I was around… I was never that feminist girl demanding equality, but maybe that’s because I’ve never really faced inequality.  I cook for Ryan five nights a week: It makes me feel like a housewife; I love that. I know it sounds old-fashioned, but I like the idea of women taking care of their men. I’m so in control of my work that I like coming home and serving him. My mom was like that, so I think it kind of rubbed off.”

Why she got breast implants:

“I had no boobs! And it really was the best thing ever! I always felt ill-proportioned. My implants made me feel more confident in my body. It wasn’t about trying to be a porn star or wanting to look hot and sexy.”


What Is Laser Skin Resurfacing?

December 11th, 2014

Patients looking to reverse the signs of aging, as well as eliminate blemishes and acne scars often look into laser skin resurfacing as a way to turn back the clock. Our patients are often pleased with the results of the laser skin resurfacing procedure.

What is the process of laser skin resurfacing?

Laser skin resurfacing removes the skin layer by layer. The skin cells are essentially eliminated through this precise laser-guided process, resulting in new skin cells developing during healing. The resulting skin is then tighter and younger-looking than the original skin.

Laser skin resurfacing is also beneficial to patients looking to combine the procedure with our other services. It’s also an outpatient procedure and takes typically one to two hours.

What can laser skin resurfacing treat?

Individuals looking to take care of crow’s feet, blotchiness, acne, chicken pox scars and potentially precancerous growths often turn to laser skin resurfacing.

What is the recovery time for laser skin resurfacing?

Your face may itch or sting a bit for a couple days after surgery. About a week or so after surgery, your face will become dry and will begin to peel. Healing usually takes a little over a week to three weeks for the average patient, though, of course, that varies.

Oil-free makeup is usually recommended to reduce redness, post-recovery.

Consult with Dr. Andrew Turk Regarding Laser Skin Resurfacing.

Dr. Andrew Turk is a plastic surgeon located in Naples, Florida, with extensive experience in cosmetic surgery of the face and body. If you are interested in learning more about Laser Skin Resurfacing, please contact our office in Naples, Florida today for a plastic surgery consultation. We can be reached at (239) 348-4357. We look forward to hearing from you.

How Vectra® 3D Imaging Can Benefit Your Plastic Surgery Consultation

November 26th, 2014

Fear of the future can prevent many people from making some of the best decisions of their lives. They simply do not want to face the risks, despite the potential benefits. The same is true of cosmetic surgery. Men and women who have been thinking about making a beneficial and life-changing decision hesitate because they are not sure exactly what they want for their bodies, or they aren’t sure the doctor will know either. Thankfully, during a plastic surgery consultation, doctors and patients now have the ability to lift the veil and peer into the future. It all starts with Vectra® 3D imaging.

What is Vectra 3D Imaging?

Vectra 3D imaging creates a 3-D image of the body, enabling a patient to see how his or her body looks now and how it could look in the future. It is a private and quick portion of a plastic surgery consultation and greatly enhances both the surgeon and patient’s planning abilities. A 3-D camera will take pictures of the patient’s body and create a three-dimensional image that can be modified according to the desired procedure and result. Essentially, it creates a changeable model of the patient’s body.

How Can Vectra 3D Imaging Help?

During the consultation, the surgeon is able to use Vectra 3D imaging to project what the body will look like after a plastic surgery procedure is completed. The patient can decide how they want his or her body to look and, along with the plastic surgeon, decide what is the best procedure to achieve that result. The patient and surgeon are able to come to an understanding faster when they can both see how the body should look after the procedure is finished. This also removes much of the fear that patients may have if they are concerned about what exactly will happen. They can finish their consultations knowing that the surgeon knows what they want, and how they want it to be done.

Consult with Dr. Andrew Turk and Experience Vectra 3D Imaging for Yourself.

Dr. Andrew Turk is a plastic surgeon located in Naples, Florida, with extensive experience in cosmetic surgery of the face and body. If you are interested in seeing how Vectra® 3D Imaging can help, please contact our office in Naples, Florida today for a plastic surgery consultation. We can be reached at (239) 348-4357. We look forward to hearing from you.


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