Dr. Mandraccia M.D. Blog


Tue, 08/19/2014

Breast Augmentation Incision Options ModelWith Dr. Mandraccia, your breast augmentation procedure will always be performed with your needs in mind. Because each patient is unique, it's important for your procedure to be customized according to your individual goals. One option you will have is the location of your breast augmentation incision.

At Dr. Mandraccia's office, our Ft. Myers plastic surgeon can help you determine which incision option is right for your aesthetic needs.

There are different benefits and limitations associated with each breast incision option:

  • Incision around the nipple (periariolar) - Produces a less obvious scar but is generally too small for silicone breast implants.
  • Incision under the breast (inframammary) - Produces an inconspicuous scar under the fold of the breast and can accommodate both silicone and saline breast implants.
  • Armpit incision (transaxillary) - Though there won't be any breast scarring, the transaxillary scar can be harder to hide and will limit your breast augmentation options to saline implants.

In order to achieve the results you want most, it's important to understand the advantages and limitations of each incision option. The incision location for your breast augmentation procedure will have a significant impact on your overall experience.

To learn more about your incision options for breast augmentation in Ft. Myers and Naples, contact Dr. Robert Mandraccia M.D. at (855) 686-4747 to schedule a consultation with our experienced plastic surgeon today.

Mon, 07/28/2014

Breast augmentation can be a beneficial procedure for women at any age. While most Fort Myers women who have breast augmentations are between 20 and 50 years old, there are still a significant number of older women who opt for the procedure with successful results.

Because older women tend to have different goals than younger women, it is important to keep an open mind about which procedure is actually right for you and your body.

Fort Myers cosmetic surgeon Dr. Mandraccia can help you determine if breast augmentation is the right choice for you by individually assessing your aesthetic goals and physical needs during your consultation.

Factors Dr. Mandraccia may discuss with you to determine your candidacy:

  • Overall health - Generally, if you are healthy enough to safely undergo a surgical procedure, you will can be a viable candidate for breast augmentation at any age.
  • Aesthetic goals - If your primary goal is to reduce sagging or a downward orientation of the nipples as a result of aging, a breast lift might actually be a more suitable procedure.
  • Skin health - The health of your skin can impact the quality and longevity of your breast augmentation results and can also raise more significant issues in terms of scarring.
  • Mammogram efficacy - Though breast implants have no impact on cancer mortality, they can still reduce the visibility of your breasts during mammogram screenings making detection more difficult

If you live in the Fort Myers, Florida area and you think a breast augmentation might be the right choice for you, please contact Dr. Robert V. Mandraccia, MD at (855) 686-4747 today.

Tue, 07/22/2014

To ensure that your breast augmentation procedure is as comfortable, safe and successful as possible, it's important to plan ahead. Preparing for a breast augmentation procedure can make your surgery and your recovery faster and easier. Fort Myers cosmetic surgeon Dr. Mandraccia will discuss this with you in detail during your consultation and answer any other breast augmentation questions you have, but here are some general guidelines.

Leading up to your breast augmentation:

  • Be clear about when you can resume driving a car, having sex and exercising so you can plan accordingly, including making arrangements for someone to drive you to and from your procedure and to accompany you during the first 24 hours of your recovery.
  • Minimize responsibilities at home and at work by preparing extra food, rescheduling meetings and arranging for childcare to ensure a smooth, comfortable recovery.
  • Fill prescribed medications ahead of time and store them in a convenient location.
  • Eat healthily and avoid alcohol.

24 hours prior to your procedure:

  • Abstain from vigorous exercise.
  • Do not eat or drink anything, including water, after midnight. If you are permitted to take medication the morning of the procedure, take it with a minimal amount of water.
  • Shower the night before your breast augmentation, but refrain from using makeup, moisturizers or deodorants.

Dr. Mandraccia may also ask you to consider additional preparation, that may include:

  • Getting a blood test
  • Adjusting your current medications or taking new ones
  • Refraining from smoking

If you have any questions about breast augmentation surgery, or you would like to schedule a consultation in Fort Myers, contact Dr. Robert V. Mandraccia, MD at (855) 686-4747 today. We also serve patients in Bonita Springs, Estero and Naples, Florida.

Fri, 07/18/2014

For some of us, the importance of getting a plastic surgery procedure performed correctly the first time has never been more apparent than it is when we watch E!'s new Botched TV series. The new show features two Beverly Hills surgeons who attempt to help victims of plastic surgery gone extremely wrong.

While the entertainment value of uniboobs and misplaced vaginas continues to shock and awe the viewing audience, it is the health and safety breach that horrifies certified plastic surgeons.

At our Fort Myers plastic surgery center, Dr. Mandraccia and our team of experienced health professionals make your safety and well-being our number one priority. Our double-board certified cosmetic surgeon will provide you with a personal consultation in order to individually assess your physical and mental health as well as your aesthetic goals before proceeding with any surgery. We believe that knowing what to expect is a crucial step to the success of any plastic surgery procedure we perform because sometimes the procedure you think you want isn't actually the procedure you need or even a procedure you are ready for.

While some cosmetic surgeons might want to avoid talking about the risks and complications of various procedures, our team of health professionals will make a concerted effort to educate you about every aspect of the surgical process and any potential consequences involved. Dr. Mandraccia strives to help you understand all of your available options so that you can make an informed decision about your cosmetic surgery procedure.

Of course we do provide our services to help correct botched plastic surgery procedures, but we hope that more patients will take precautions to ensure they choose a board-certified surgeon who can perform the procedure right the first time around. This is always the safest and healthiest option for everyone.

If you would like to learn more about the plastic surgery procedures we offer in Ft. Myers, contact Dr. Robert V Mandraccia MD at (855) 686-4747 to schedule your personal consultation today. We are happy to serve patients in Naples, Bonita Springs, Estero and Fort Myers, Florida.

Sat, 06/28/2014

Despite past debates regarding the safety of silicone breast implants, the FDA continues to stand by its approval with supporting evidence. As it turns out, the previous silicone implant restrictions prior to 2006 were based on unsubstantiated health concerns within the United States, and after many years of on-going research, today they are considered a safe breast implant option in countries around the world.

While silicone breast implants pose no inherent threat, it is still important for potential breast implant candidates to make a well informed decision regarding their surgery. Ft. Myers cosmetic surgeon Dr. Robert Mandraccia can help you decide if breast implants are right for you.

As with any type of surgery, there are always health risks to consider, which is why Dr. Mandraccia makes it his priority to provide you with top of the line care before, during and after your procedure. We will help you prepare for your surgery both physically and mentally, and after we perform the procedure, we will provide you with expert guidance to help you recover as quickly and safely as possible.

Still, it is important to understand that even after a successful procedure is performed and you have recovered, your implants may require more attention in the years to come. Some women can experience complications later on in life depending on their individual circumstances. These are all things that Dr. Mandraccia will discuss with you before your surgery.

If you would like to learn more about breast implants in Ft. Myers, contact Dr. Robert Mandraccia M.D. at 855-686-4747 today to schedule your consultation.

Mon, 06/23/2014

Also known as a rhytidectomy procedure, a facelift is a restorative surgery that helps to tighten, reshape and sculpt aging skin around the face and neck. Many people opt for facelift surgery to target loose, sagging skin, including jowls, and to reduce or eliminate the appearance of deep creases around the eyes, nose or mouth.

If you believe you might benefit from a facelift, our Ft. Myers facial surgeon Dr. Robert Mandraccia has more than 30 years of experience to help you assess your facelift candidacy.

The facelift surgery itself is a performed as a series of incisions above the hairline and can be completed with the use of IV sedation or general anesthesia. The recovery period for a facelift is typically between 10 and 14 days depending on your individual healing abilities. Dr. Mandraccia's surgical methods result in virtually undetectable scarring.

Often times there are a number of other procedures than can be combined with a facelift to maximize the results you want most. These may include:

While facelifts and other rejuvenation procedures do not actually stop the aging process, they can improve visible signs of aging to restore years of youth and beauty to your appearance.

If you are interested in enhancing your appearance with a facelift, contact Dr. Robert Mandraccia M.D. at 855-686-4747 today to schedule a consultation in Ft. Myers, FL.

Sat, 06/14/2014

Breast augmentation has been available for more than 40 years in the United States. As more and more procedures are performed, the safety and reliability of breast augmentation continues to increase. With an excellent safety record and years of experience, our Ft. Myers cosmetic surgeon Dr. Mandraccia has been trusted to perform more than 3,000 breast augmentations.

Dr. Mandraccia knows how to assess all of your needs and desires, both mentally and physically, to ensure that breast augmentation is the right choice for you and your body. If his thorough examinations leave any doubt about your candidacy or expose any additional risks, he will discuss this with you and help you determine how best to proceed.

As with any surgical procedure, there is always a risk of excessive bleeding, infection or improper wound healing depending on each individual, but board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Mandraccia makes it a priority to help you reduce these potential risks by offering a steady surgical hand and expert post-surgery guidance.

There are also a number of complications related specifically to breast augmentation, and Dr. Mandraccia will help you understand them before you make your decision to undergo surgery. While there is no guarantee against all complications, Dr. Mandraccia's experience, knowledge and personal commitment to his patients ensures that if you are a viable candidate for breast augmentation, you will be well informed, well prepared and well taken care of.

If you would like to learn more about breast augmentation in Ft. Myers, contact Dr. Robert Mandraccia M.D. at 855-686-4747 today to schedule a consultation.

Sat, 06/07/2014

Even when we spend hours in the gym trying to tone and sculpt our bodies, sometimes we just don't see the results we are working so hard for. Usually this is because the toned muscles we build with our disciplined fitness regimes and balanced diets end up hidden beneath unresponsive fat deposits that are unaffected by diet and exercise. Luckily, Ft. Myers plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Mandraccia can help.

One of the most common solutions to this problem is liposuction. While liposuction has many benefits, it's extremely important for candidates to understand what the treatment will actually accomplish so that they can proceed with realistic goals.

Liposuction is not intended to treat obesity or to be used a weight-loss method. Instead, liposuction is a body contouring procedure for candidates who are in good general health and who are already near their ideal body weight.

There are some instances when liposuction might not be the best or only option available. Some of the body contouring procedures Dr. Mandraccia performs include:

The best way to determine which body contouring option is right for you is to speak to your Ft. Myers plastic surgeon today.

If you are interested in enhancing your body with liposuction or other body contouring options, contact Dr. Robert Mandraccia M.D. at 855-686-4747 today to schedule a consultation in Ft. Myers, FL.

Fri, 05/30/2014

All cosmetic surgery is serious and calls for a steady, experienced hand. But this is particularly important when you're looking for a facial surgeon in the Fort Myers area. Facial surgery is difficult and sensitive, and you certainly want the right surgeon performing it.

Whether you're undergoing a facelift, a rhinoplasty or any other specific facial surgery, experience and skill are crucial for your facial surgeon.

Many doctors are reluctant to perform facial plastic surgery, and this is a result of the sensitivity of the procedures. Underneath your skin resides a tangled, complex network of nerves, muscles, fat and ligaments. Understanding how all of these variables interact and how to alter them in such a way as to achieve a specific cosmetic goal requires specialized experience.

And an error during a facial surgery can result in complications that are impossible to hide. Dr. Robert Mandraccia has helped many patients dissatisfied with the results of previous plastic surgeries.

Fortunately, none of this should dissuade you from undergoing facial surgery. When performed by our skilled, experienced, board-certified facial surgeon, these surgical procedures posses excellent safety records.

If you're looking for a facial surgeon in the Fort Myers, Florida area you know you can trust, please contact Dr. Robert V. Mandraccia today.

Mon, 05/26/2014

When choosing your provider of cosmetic surgery in Ft. Myers, you want to choose a surgeon who has worked hard to establish the safety and reputation of his practice. Dr. Robert Mandraccia has done so.

This is proved in part by his use of a Florida Board of Medicine-certified surgical center. The Florida of Medicine is an entity whose members are appointed by the Governor of Florida. Its task is to ensure that all medical professionals who practice in the state meet certain standards and requirements.

They do so by inspecting and certifying, among other things, surgical facilities such as the one Dr. Mandraccia operates. This certification means that the facility meets the board's high standards for safety and privacy.

Combined with Dr. Mandraccia's personal certifications from the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the Board of General Surgery, it's clear that our practice is proven, effective and possessed of an excellent safety record.

Some doctors perform cosmetic surgery in surgical centers that are not certified by the Florida Board of Medicine. But Dr. Mandraccia has always been committed above all else to patient safety.

If you live in Ft. Myers, Florida and you want to learn more about our cosmetic surgery center, please contact Dr. Robert V. Mandraccia today.