What is the difference between keloids and hypertrophic scars?

November 27th, 2015

Although they can look similar, hypertrophic scars and keloids are not the same. A hypertrophic scar stays within the boundaries of the incision; a keloid extends beyond the incision line itself. With hypertrophic scars, more collagen forms than is broken down. Keloid scars are caused by uncontrolled production of collagen. Some people are highly susceptible to keloid formation and form keloids with even minor scratches. Steroid injections can control itching in hypertrophic scars. Silicone gel sheeting and over the counter scar ointments can be effective, but must be used on the wound for at least 12 hours a day. Keloids once formed are difficult to treat non surgically. Removing the keloid in combination with steroid injections, radiotherapy or laser treatments, can decrease the recurrence of keloids.

How long is the recovery for a breast reduction?

November 20th, 2015

A breast reduction is one of the more common plastic surgery procedures today. A patient with very large breasts usually complains of  back and shoulder pain,  shoulders with grooving from the bra support and itching of the breast crease. The surgery may take 3-6 hours to perform under general anesthesia. There are scars on the breast that usually fade over 6 months to a year. Most patients choose the benefit of the smaller breasts to the risks of scarring. The length of recovery from surgery varies on the amount of breast tissue removed. Generally 2-6 weeks is needed to recover following the breast reduction surgery.

8 Secrets to a Quicker Recovery from Rhinoplasty

November 15th, 2015

People undergo rhinoplasty (also called a nose job) for several reasons. Some want to improve their appearance and feel better about themselves. Others get the surgery for medical reasons, such as difficulty in breathing. For whatever the reason, with the growing popularity of rhinoplasty, more and more people want to learn about recovery from the procedure. The key to having a quick and breezy recovery from rhinoplasty is to be extra careful with anything affecting your nose.

Here are eight tips to keep in mind as you recovery from rhinoplasty:

  1. For at least two weeks following surgery, avoid vigorous exercise. Strenuous exercise requires you to move your body aggressively, which can interfere with healing.
  2. Don’t go swimming. Swimming pool water contains chlorine, which could sting and irritate your nose. It is best to avoid swimming pools for at least three to four weeks after rhinoplasty.
  3. Blowing your nose? Absolutely not for two weeks following rhinoplasty! If your nose is running, gently dab it with a tissue.
  4. Brush your teeth carefully. Because your upper lip is connected to your nose, you’ll move your nose if you brush to aggressively. So be gentle.
  5. Don’t wear clothes that you have to pull over your head. This includes sweaters, T-shirts, and sweatshirts. Button-downs any shirts with a front opening are your best choice.
  6. Don’t wear glasses—or anything that will be placed on your nose. You may use contact lenses instead.
  7. Avoid heat and sun exposure for at least three months.
  8. Avoid smoking for several weeks before surgery and no less than three weeks after the surgery.

Remember that your nose is at its most fragile state right after the surgery, so be especially careful during this time. Once the healing process is done, all your hard work will be worth it as you show off new nose!

Is plastic surgery covered by insurance?

November 13th, 2015

Cosmetic plastic surgery is performed to improve a normal functioning part of the face and body. Reconstructive surgery corrects an abnormality caused by a birth defect, tumor, trauma or infection. For patients having plastic surgery for cosmetic reasons, insurance does not cover that service. When plastic surgery is performed for reconstruction, such as following a mastectomy, it may be partially or fully covered service by insurance. Plastic surgery procedures that may be covered by insurance  include breast reduction (for painful enlarged breasts), rhinoplasty (for breathing problems), eyelid surgery (to improve vision), and tummy tuck surgery (for gastric bypass patients) after massive weight loss. When insurance does not cover the plastic surgery procedures, a patient can now finance the surgery. The financing programs such as care credit are available.

What is “tumescent” liposuction?

November 13th, 2015

The tumescent technique is a liposuction method that can reduce post operative bruising, swelling and pain. It can be used with all cannula techniques such as Vaser, Ultrasonic and Smart lipo. In the tumescent technique, areas of the excess fat deposits are filled with a large amount of anesthetic fluid before liposuction is performed. The liquid causes the compartments of fat to become swollen and firm or “tumesced.” This numbs the area and constricts capillary blood vessels to reduce blood loss. The expanded fat compartments allow the liposuction cannula to travel smoothly beneath the skin as the fat is removed. The tumescent liposuction can be performed without general anesthesia when removing smaller amounts of fat in face and body contouring.


November 10th, 2015

Platelet-rich plasma is A PATIENT’S OWN blood plasma that has been enriched with platelets by centrifugation.  The rejuvenating plasma   is a concentrated source of platelets.  The PRP contains several different growth factors and other cytokines that rejuvenate skin wrinkles.

There are several areas of skin around the eyes and mouth that respond to PRP to regenerate skin collagen content and tone. The periorbital crows’ feet and lower eye lid infraorbital hollow have very thin skin and is best treated with plasma injection. Also the upper and lower lip lines are a good site for direct injection into the skin. The plasma can be injected into the facial wrinkle lines.

The treatment is a simple blood draw done in the office by a plastic surgeon and requires 4-6 visits. Please call our office for further information regarding rejuvenating plasma injections to correct fine lines of the face at 239-348-4357 or visit our website www.naples-csc.com.


Seeing is Believing with Our Vectra® Imaging System

October 30th, 2015

You get to try on a new dress before you buy it. You take a car for a test drive before signing on the dotted line.

But with cosmetic surgery, there’s always been that element of “What’s it going to look like?” That’s because in the past (and with other providers) there wasn’t a system to allow the potential patient to basically demo the procedure, to see exactly what it will look like. This inability to really know how a procedure will look keeps many people from going forward with a procedure they may really want to have.

No longer. At Naples Cosmetic Surgery Center we have the capability for you to demo your procedure. It’s our Vectra® 3D Computer Imaging system and our patients love it.

What is Vectra® 3D Imaging?

The Vectra® Imaging system combines three-dimensional photography with revolutionary computer software that allows prospective patients to preview what they will look like after procedures such as breast augmentation or facial surgery.

To create the images, the patient stands in front of the camera system and 3D photos of the targeted area are taken. These images are then pieced together with the Vectra® system’s proprietary Sculptor™ software to create a computer-generated 3D model of the patient’s face, breast, or body. And that 3D image can be completely customized and viewed from a wide range of angles.

Once we have created the 3D model, we then simulate the actual results that can be achieved through the potential surgery. The potential patient can then see those results on her actual face or body, at least the computerized version of her. She can try different possibilities, sizes, shapes, whatever.

Benefits for both patient and doctor

The Vectra® system improves the surgical process for both patient and doctor. It enables the patient to visualize the results of the desired procedure. The surgeon can use it to precisely plan the surgery. Miscommunication is virtually impossible. And patients feel much more confident and less anxious about their procedure after utilizing the Vectra® system.

If you’re considering a procedure with us at Naples Cosmetic Surgery, know that you’ll see it first long before you actually have the surgery, thanks to Vectra®. Call us to set up an appointment and see for yourself, 239-348-4357.

Does a facelift remove all the wrinkles?

October 29th, 2015

The skin ages by losing its elasticity and volume. A facelift or the removal of excess elastic skin and tightening of the underlying muscle greatly decreases the density of wrinkles However, only the stretching of the skin has been removed with a “lift”. A patient can now address the volume of the facial skin with a “fill”. There are many fillers available such as fat, hyaluronic fillers Restylane and Juvederm, calcium filler such as Radiesse and also Sculptra. It appears that the “lift and fill” approach, in addition to laser skin tightening and Botox cover the spectrum of ways to remove as many wrinkles as possible.

Three Things you Need to Know About Retin-A® Treatments

October 15th, 2015

Retin-A®, also known as Tretinoin is a topical cream for treating acne and rosacea. Retin-A can improve skin texture and reduce the size of skin pores. But it is not enough if you just apply Retin-A. You have to be very careful when you are using it because improper use of Retin-A has caused adverse effects in people in the past. Here are three facts about Retin-A use.

Important information about Retin-A

Retin-A users should not expose their skin to the sun directly – Retin-A causes the skin to exfoliate. Exposing Retin-A treated skin to sunlight, UV lights (in tanning beds) can make your skin very sensitive and even cause sunburn. So if you have to go out in the sun, always wear a sunscreen. It is a good idea to apply Retin-A at bedtime.

• Do not apply Retin-A on damaged skin – Do not wear Retin-A if your skin is chapped, broken, windburned or sunburned. Avoid applying Retin-A if you are suffering from eczema or if there are wounds on your face. Do not apply Retin-A on moist skin because it might cause the skin to peel or become irritated. Start by using Retin-A twice a week in the beginning. Over a month or two, begin using it every night. Use a pea size amount only. If you skin becomes irritated after using Retin-A, stop using the cream for some days until the skin returns to its old self.

• Retin-A is not compatible with some facial creams – If you have applied any products containing benzoyl peroxide or glycolic acid to your skin, do not apply Retin-A. It will react with the other agents and produce some adverse effect. You can apply Retin-A after removing the other products. First, wash your face with soap and water. Dry it off with a towel and then wait for 15 minutes before applying Retin-A. If you are undergoing any medical treatment on the face like a laser treatment, chemical peels, microdermabrasion or others, inform the doctor beforehand.

For more information about Retin-A, contact Naples Cosmetic Surgery Center. We are located at 6101 Pine Ridge Road, Naples. We can be directly reached at 239-348-4357. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Should I ask my doctor if he or she is a board certified plastic surgeon?

September 28th, 2015

Absolutely. The American Board of Plastic Surgery is the only board dedicated to plastic surgery of the face and entire body. Unlike other specialty organizations ABPS requires each member surgeon to have a minimum of at least five years of surgical training, with at least two of those years specifically in plastic surgery. A board certified plastic surgeon has passed the rigorous written and oral exams which measure his or hers competency as a safe plastic surgeon. The state of Florida requires doctors to have a medical license and be  board certified to maintain privileges in plastic surgery at a hospital.



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