Men

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Neck Lift Surgery

The neck lift procedure can improve the appearance of neck muscles, fat or skin on the neck. You may consider a neck lift if you’ve lost weight,but still have extra flesh on your neck. Another reason to consider a neck lift is if your genes cause you to have a neck that appears lined or wrinkled and not matching the tone of your face or the rest of your body. Or, you may have weakened neck muscle that create a wattle (folds of neck flesh) that you find unsightly.
If you’re considering a neck lift, a basic understanding of the procedure and how it’s performed, and what results you can expect, is important. Be sure to ask Dr. Lacerna if there is anything you don’t understand about the procedure.

The Best Candidates for a Neck Lift

A neck lift is often performed for men or women in middle age or older, or for men or women of any age who have lost weight or who are genetically inclined to have an overly plump neck. It is best to have realistic goals for what you may look like after a neck lift procedure and for how it may affect your self-confidence.

Dr. Lacerna may choose one or more procedures to achieve the desired results of your neck lift. Cervicoplasty is the procedure used to remove excess skin. Platysmaplasty removes or alters neck muscles. Liposuction might be used, to remove excess fat, and Dr. Lacerna may also combine a neck lift with a face lift.

Preparing for Your Neck Lift Surgery

Dr. Lacerna will give you specific instructions to prepare for the procedure, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking and taking and avoiding certain vitamins and medications. Carefully following these instructions will help your surgery and your recovery proceed more smoothly. Whether your neck lift is done in an outpatient facility or in the hospital, you should arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery, and to help you out for a day or two.

Planning Your Surgery

During your consultation, Dr. Lacerna will discuss your goals for the surgery and ask you about certain medical conditions that could cause problems during or after the procedure, such as uncontrolled high blood pressure, blood-clotting problems or the tendency to develop large scars. Be sure to tell Dr. Lacerna if you have had previous facial surgery, if you smoke or if you take any drugs or medications – including aspirin or other drugs that affect clotting.

If you decide to proceed with a neck lift, Dr. Lacerna will explain the surgical technique, the recommended type of anesthesia, the type of facility where the surgery will be performed and the risks and the costs involved. Don’t hesitate to ask Dr. Lacerna any questions you may have, especially those regarding your expectations and concerns about the results of surgery.

The Surgery Itself

Dr. Lacerna will help you decide which surgical approach will best achieve your cosmetic goals. Make sure you understand the technique that Dr. Lacerna recommends and why she feels it is best for you. To address weakened or loose neck muscles, Dr. Lacerna may make incisions under your chin or behind your ears to reach the muscles and tighten them. To remove excess fat, she may make a small incision and use a liposuction technique.

After the Surgery

Neck lift patients may experience some temporary discomfort around the incision, which can be controlled with prescription medication. Incision site pain is usually minimal, but can be controlled with medication, if necessary. The tissue glue or stitches used to close the incisions are usually removed within a week.

Your New Look

Most patients are pleased with the results of a neck lift, no matter which surgical methods are used to achieve the desired results. Often, patients don’t realize how much their sagging or fleshy neck contributed to the signs of aging until they see how much younger and better rested they appear after the lift.

Schedule a Consultation Today

Dr. Melinda Lacerna is a leading provider of facial plastic surgery in Sarasota / Bradenton. She is pleased to offer neck lifts for men and women who wish to turn back the clock on aging. If you would like to learn more about neck lift surgery, contact Dr. Lacerna today. Call (941) 954-4500 for your consultation. You can also send an email to info@LAPlasticSurgeryandDermatology.com.

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Ab Sculpting

Ab Sculpting is a liposculpture technique, which falls under the liposuction umbrella. Simply put, it is a procedure that thins your layer of stomach fat. Ab sculpting happens right beneath the skin and involves sucking out the fat around your abdominal muscular structure and then sculpting abs along their natural contours. It’s an invasive procedure that takes about one to two hours on the operating table, with final results seen anywhere from three to six months. Many doctors will say that Ab Sculpting is more of an art than traditional liposuction.

If you’re considering Ab Sculpting, a basic understanding of the procedure and how it’s performed and what results you can expect is important. Be sure to ask Dr. Lacerna if there is anything you don’t understand about the procedure.

The Best Candidates for an Ab Sculpting

Ab Sculpting is performed on men who are seeking to have that sculpted look in their mid-section. It is best to have realistic goals for what you may look like after Ab Sculpting and for how it may affect your self-confidence. Dr. Lacerna may use multiple Liposuction tools to achieve the desired results of your Ab Sculpting procedure. She may also combine other Liposcution areas to give you the desired look.

Preparing for Your Ab Sculpting Surgery

Dr. Lacerna will give you specific instructions to prepare for the procedure, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking and taking and avoiding certain vitamins and medications. Carefully following these instructions will help your surgery and your recovery proceed more smoothly. Whether your Ab Sculpting is done in an outpatient facility or in the hospital, you should arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery, and to help you out for a day or two.

Planning Your Surgery

During your consultation, Dr. Lacerna will discuss your goals for the surgery and ask you about certain medical conditions that could cause problems during or after the procedure, such as uncontrolled high blood pressure, blood-clotting problems, or the tendency to develop large scars. Be sure to tell Dr. Lacerna if you have had previous facial surgery, if you smoke or if you take any drugs or medications – including aspirin or other drugs that affect clotting.

If you decide to proceed with Ab Sculpting, Dr. Lacerna will explain the surgical technique, the recommended type of anesthesia, the type of facility where the surgery will be performed and the risks and the costs involved. Don’t hesitate to ask Dr. Lacerna any questions you may have, especially those regarding your expectations and concerns about the results of surgery.

The Surgery Itself

Dr. Lacerna will help you decide which surgical approach will best achieve your cosmetic goals. Make sure you understand the technique that Dr. Lacerna recommends and why she feels it is best for you.

After the Surgery

Ab Sculpting patients may experience some temporary discomfort around the incision, which can be controlled with prescription medication. Incision site pain is usually minimal, but can be controlled with medication, if necessary.

Your New Look

Most patients are pleased with the results of Ab Sculpting, no matter which surgical methods are used to achieve the desired results. Often, patients don’t realize how much of a boost to their self-esteem and appearance.

Schedule a Consultation Today

Dr. Melinda Lacerna is a leading provider of facial plastic surgery in Sarasota / Bradenton. She is pleased to offer Ab Sculpting for men who wish to turn back the clock on aging. If you would like to learn more about neck lift surgery, contact Dr. Lacerna today. Call (941) 954-4500 for your consultation. You can also send an email to info@LAPlasticSurgeryandDermatology.com.

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Pectoral Implants

One of the characteristics of a strong, toned man is defined pectoral muscles. Some men are able to develop their pecs through exercise. For those who cannot achieve their desired results in the gym, Dr. Lacerna can place pectoral implants (pec implants) to enhance the size and shape of a flat or undefined male chest. Implants will increase the projection of the chest wall and make it look more muscular. Dr. Lacerna is pleased to offer pec implants to her patients throughout Sarasota, Bradenton and the Tampa Bay area.

Candidates for Pectoral Implants

Ideal candidates for pec implants are men in good physical and psychological health, who are unhappy with a flat chest and want a more muscular appearance. Candidates should not have any uncontrolled medical conditions that could affect the surgery or recovery period. They should also not smoke, or should plan to quit prior to surgery. In addition, candidates should have realistic goals of surgery and understand what surgery can and cannot fix.

Planning Pectoral Implant Placement

If you are interested in pec implants, Dr. Lacerna will meet with you for an informational consultation. During the appointment, she will examine your chest and ask you to describe how you’d like your pecs to look after surgery. It may be helpful to show her a picture so she can visualize your desired cosmetic outcome. After Dr. Lacerna deems you a suitable candidate for pec implants, she will recommend a treatment plan and answer any questions you have about the surgery.

Planning Your Surgery

You will need to do several things to prepare for surgery. You should eat a well-balanced diet, get plenty of sleep and, if you smoke, quit at least two weeks prior to your surgery. Dr. Lacerna will give you a list of medications, vitamins and supplements to avoid in the weeks prior to your procedure. Following these instructions will lower the risk of complications during and after surgery.

Procedural Details

The pec implant procedure is performed on an outpatient basis. Anesthesia will be administered to prevent you from feeling any pain during surgery.

Dr. Lacerna will make small incisions in the armpit (axillary) area. Through the incisions, she will gently create small pockets within the breast tissue, underneath the pec muscles, and will carefully position the implants. The size and shape of the implants that she uses will be determined prior to surgery, during your initial consultation.

After the Surgery

Your chest will feel sore and swollen for several days following surgery, but these side effects will abate quickly. It's important to get plenty of rest and avoid any strenuous activity, including bending and lifting, as your chest heals. Dr. Lacerna will meet with you for several follow-up appointments to check your healing progress and advise when it is safe to return to work and other normal activities.

Your New Look

With the placement of pec implants, you can enjoy a more sculpted chest. Depending on the rest of your physique, pec implants may help your chest look more proportional to the rest of your muscular body. Pec implants are designed to last for many years, as long as there are no complications and you are happy with the way they look.

Schedule a Consultation Today

If you’d like more information about pec implants, please contact Dr. Lacerna’s practice by calling (941) 954-4500 or sending an email to info@LAPlasticSurgeryandDermatology.com.

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Male Breast Reduction

Gynecomastia refers to over-developed or enlarged male breasts. Men may develop gynecomastia as the result of significant weight gain, hormonal changes, genetic factors or the use of certain drugs. Dr. Lacerna offers gynecomastia surgery, also known as male breast reduction. During the surgery, she removes excess breast tissue and flattens the chest’s contours to make it look more masculine.

Candidates for Male Breast Reduction

Ideal candidates for male breast reduction are men in good general health who are unhappy with their enlarged breasts. Candidates should not smoke or have any medical conditions that could impair the healing process. In addition, they should be of a relatively normal weight, and their breast development should be stable. The best candidates have reasonable expectations of surgery — in essence, they expect improvement, not perfection.

Planning Gynecomastia Surgery

During your initial consultation, Dr. Lacerna will perform a physical examination of your breasts, including their size and shape, and the quality of your skin. She will inquire about your health history, previous surgeries and the medications that you currently take. Once Dr. Lacerna has determined that you are a good candidate for surgery, she will recommend a course of treatment and explain the procedure in more detail. She will answer any questions that you have and describe the results that you can expect.

Preparing for Surgery

You will receive detailed instructions for how to prepare for surgery. These instructions include dietary guidelines and a list of medications/vitamins to stop taking prior to surgery. If you smoke, you should plan to quit at least one to two weeks before your procedure and avoid smoking for at least two weeks after surgery. You should also avoid excessive sun exposure prior to surgery and eat a healthy, well-balanced diet to encourage prompt healing. If you become sick with a cold or infection, Dr. Lacerna will postpone your surgery until you’ve properly healed.

Procedural Details

Male breast reduction is performed on an outpatient basis, so you will be able to return home the day of your procedure. Anesthesia will be administered for your comfort.

The surgical approach that Dr. Lacerna takes depends on several factors, including the degree of correction necessary. If your enlarged breasts are due primarily to excess fat, liposuction techniques alone may be sufficient. If you also have excessive glandular tissue, she will have to excise it.

Recovering from Surgery

After surgery, your chest will feel sore and look swollen, but these side effects will improve with time. You should avoid any strenuous activity in the days following surgery and get as much rest and relaxation as possible. Dr. Lacerna will explain how to take care of your incisions and change your surgical dressings. She will also see you for several follow-up appointments to check your healing progress and clear you to return to work and your normal routine.

Your New Look

By removing excess fat and tissue, gynecomastia surgery will produce a flatter and firmer chest. Your physique will look more masculine and you should experience a rise in self-confidence. As long as you maintain your weight with the proper diet and exercise, you can enjoy the results of surgery for many years to come.

Schedule a Consultation Today

If you would like more information about male breast reduction, please contact Dr. Lacerna’s practice by calling (941) 954-4500 or sending an email to info@LAPlasticSurgeryandDermatology.com.