Dr. Mandraccia M.D. Blog


Thu, 04/23/2015

Ask anyone you know what a facelift is, and the odds are they can give you a fairly accurate  description of what the procedure entails. The word "Lifestyle Lift™" is much less clear. We've previously detailed some of the problems with Lifestyle Lift, both as a company and a procedure, but how does their trademarked procedure differ from traditional face lifts?

Not much, as it turns out. Based on the descriptions of the procedure by doctors who use it, there is no appreciable difference between a Lifestyle Lift and a mini-facelift, which is designed to remove excess skin on the lower half of your face. Lifestyle Lift's marketing department was legally prohibited from describing the procedure as "revolutionary" because there's not enough difference between the two procedures.

The main difference is that Lifestyle Lifts don't use general anesthetic, only using a local anesthetic so that the patient is conscious while being operated on. Lifestyle Lift does this because many of their practices are not board-certified surgery centers and are not allowed to use general anesthetics. Also, when using a local anesthetic, the surgeon has to pay constant attention to the patient's vital signs rather than focusing on the surgery, and the patient is far more likely to experience discomfort during the procedure.

But there is one major difference in the technique used by Lifestyle Lift surgeons. Lifestyle Lift marketed itself as a place for the "one-hour facelift," and most of its surgical techniques ensure that the surgery is finished in as small a time as possible. This could result in surgeons skipping steps that could improve the quality of the facelift because they take too long.

At the practices of board-certified plastic surgeons like Dr. Mandraccia, however, the emphasis is not on speed, but on results. We want to give our patients a facelift that looks as natural as possible while lasting as long as possible. This means that we may take longer than an hour and use general anesthetic, but you will get more dramatic results and a greater amount of satisfaction with their facelift than they would otherwise. Our attention to detail and surgical expertise can help you look years younger!

If you want to discover what a results-oriented, board-certified plastic surgeon can do for you, contact the offices of Dr. Robert V. Mandraccia today! We can be reached at (239) 633-8819, and are happy to serve patients from Naples, Fort Myers, and the surrounding areas.

Thu, 04/23/2015

Most patients who opt to get plastic surgery understand the importance of having their procedures performed by a surgeon been certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. But you may not understand the importance of having your procedure done in a board certified surgery center.

Surgery centers that are certified by the Florida Board of Medicine meet certain requirements for patient safety and doctor preparedness. Almost all doctors agree that these requirements are necessary in order to safely perform surgery, and many surgical procedures cannot be performed in centers that don't have the certification.

Non-certified centers like Lifestyle Lifts get around the regulations by only performing surgeries with local anesthetic, but without certification, they cannot guarantee the same level of patient safety. In fact, this approach carries significant additonal risk, as surgeons must monitor the patient's vital signs at all times, which in turn distracts surgeons from the procedure they are performing. It's the surgical equivalent of texting while driving your car at 75 MPH: some people may think they can do it, but they're endangering others by even trying.

Plastic surgery is meant to enhance your life, not harm or shorten it, and choosing a doctor who works in a certified surgery center increases your odds of a safe and effective procedure. At the practice of Dr. Mandraccia, we use certified nurse anesthetists for any procedure that requires anesthetic. These experienced professionals focus only on your safety throughout the procedure, allowing Dr. Mandraccia to devote his full attention to getting the best possible results. The outcome is a surgery that is both safer and more effective than something you'll find in a non-certified surgery center.

Procedures that we can perform thanks to our Surgery Center Certification include:

If you live in Naples, Fort Myers, or the surrounding areas, and you want to make sure your plastic surgery is done in a state-certified surgery center, then you should set up your initial consultation with Dr. Robert V. Mandraccia. Contact us through this website to make an appointment, or give us a call at (239) 633-8819.

Thu, 04/23/2015

On March 27 of this year, the plastic surgery chain Lifestyle Lift™ filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after closing nearly all its branches and laying off hundreds of employees. According to financial documents released in bankruptcy court, the company had less than $50,000 in assets and owed over $10 million.

Why did Lifestyle Lift go under? We've outlined the problems with Lifestyle Lift, and the short answer is, the procedures performed by doctors at Lifestyle Lift simply weren't very good. The plastic surgery review site RealSelf showed that only 75% of Lifestyle Lift patients were satisfied with the procedure- if you got one, there's a 1 in 4 chance you weren't happy with how it turned out. And the actual percentage may be even lower, because Lifestyle Lift previously got in trouble when it submitted hundreds of fake positive reviews to sites like RealSelf.

One reason Lifestyle Lifts were so unsatisfying is that their business model valued quantity over quality: the so-called "one-hour facelifts" are designed to minimize the amount of time the surgeon spends working on the patient. If the patient's results are less than ideal, it doesn't matter to the surgeon, who is already moving on to the next operation. By forcing so many patients through its doors each day, Lifestyle Lifts managed to remain profitable...until it ran out of people willing to submit to a subpar facial procedure.

At the practice of Dr. Robert V. Mandraccia, we don't believe in an assembly-line approach to plastic surgery. We recognize that our patients are individuals with different preferences and needs, and we strive to give every patient the one-on-one attention she or he deserves. Rather than minimizing the amount of time you spend in our office, we do our best to maximize the amount of time your results last. We produce long-lasting and natural-looking outcomes with our facial procedures, and we're pretty sure that we'll never run out of people who want that.

Want to discover the benefits of a personal approach? Set up an initial consultation with Dr. Madraccia today by calling (239) 633-8819 today. Dr. Mandraccia serves patients in Naples, Fort Myers, Estero, Bonita Springs, and the surrounding areas.

Tue, 12/16/2014

At Dr. Mandraccia's cosmetic surgery practice, our board-certified Fort Myers plastic surgeon makes a commitment to providing you with procedures that are designed to meet your unique physical needs and personal preferences.

Though breast augmentation procedures might seem straight-forward, Dr. Mandraccia offers a variety of customization options to help you best achieve your breast enhancement goals.

For every procedure we perform, Dr. Mandraccia will personally assess your needs to help you make an informed decision about your breast augmentation options including:

  • The size of your implants, which will depend on your personal preference, lifestyle and body type
  • The type of implant you want to use, whether silicone or saline
  • The incision location for procedure, which includes three different options
  • The placement of your implants, either above or below your chest muscle

While all of our options can provide safe and effective results, Dr. Mandraccia knows how to utilize each breast augmentation option to help you maximize results. Sometimes your preferred choice might not actually be the most beneficial option.

That's why Dr. Mandraccia provides confidential and complimentary consultations. By meeting with you personally, he can evaluate your needs and desires and then determine which options will help you achieve optimal results.

To learn more about customizing your breast augmentation in Ft. Myers and Naples, contact Dr. Robert Mandraccia at (239) 633-8819 to schedule a consultation with our experienced plastic surgeon today.

Tue, 12/16/2014

With the highest temperatures behind us and our short winter fast approaching, now is the perfect time to schedule your tummy tuck in Fort Myers. With Florida's extra-long summer season, it can be difficult to make time for an abdominoplasty without missing out on beach barbeques and pool parties. At the same time, you might be feeling uncomfortable in your bikini and ready to shape up before next year's swimsuit season is in swing.

While most cosmetic surgery patients tend to wait until spring to undergo surgery, winter can actually provide a much more ideal experience.

Though there are no added health benefits for undergoing tummy tucks in winter, it's still a prime opportunity to:

  • Make a discrete recovery - In Fort Myers there is very rarely a time when swimwear is not the preferred casual attire. Instead of trying to keep your body under wraps during the heat waves of spring, you can comfortably hide your post-operative recovery beneath your winter layers without raising any eyebrows.
  • Eliminate temptation - During your tummy tuck recovery, you'll need plenty of rest and will need to be mindful of your wounds. With the colder weather keeping us indoors, you won't have worry about summer's recreational temptations.
  • Avoid the spring rush - Spring is one of the busiest times of year for cosmetic surgery, but in the slower winter season, you'll have more options for scheduling appointments which will make it easier to adjust your plans accordingly.  

If you live in the Fort Myers or Naples area and you have been considering a tummy tuck procedure to give you a more toned beach-bod, take advantage of the winter weather and contact Dr. Robert Mandraccia at (239) 633-8819 to schedule your personal consultation today.

Fri, 12/12/2014

Many women who are unhappy with the size or general appearance of their breasts find that breast implants are an ideal solution.

Breast implants might be right for you if:

  • You feel embarrassed by breasts that feel too small
  • The shape or symmetry of your breasts makes you uncomfortable with your appearance
  • Issues with sagging or lost volume over time are making you feel self-conscious
  • You are a mastectomy patient wishing to restore your femininity

Our Fort Myers plastic surgeon has years of experience working with breast augmentation patients, and he can help you make an informed decision about breast implants.

As with any cosmetic surgery procedure, you need to be both physically and mentally prepared. While breast implants are both safe and effective for improving the appearance of your chest, they are not always right for everyone.

In order to be a viable breast implant candidate, you should be:

  • At least 18 years old with fully developed breasts
  • In good overall health and free from any major medical issues
  • Well informed about what breast implant surgery can and cannot accomplish
  • Mentally prepared for the resulting changes with realistic expectations

If for any reason Dr. Mandraccia has concerns about your breast implant candidacy, he will discuss this openly with you during your personal consultation. Your safety is our priority, and it is important to remember that although our procedures offer many benefits and are performed with skillful expertise and the highest quality of care, there are still risks and limitations.

If you live in the Fort Myers or Naples area and you would like to find out if you are a breast implant candidate, contact Dr. Robert Mandraccia M.D. at (239) 633-8819 today to schedule your consultation.

Fri, 12/05/2014

Because a breast augmentation procedure can change not only your perception of yourself, but how your appearance is perceived by others, it's sometimes easy to feel pressured into opting for surgery for the wrong reasons. It's important to recognize that a breast augmentation procedure is about helping you feel comfortable with your body and not about pleasing anyone else. 

While Dr. Mandraccia understands how important it can be for a Fort Myers woman to feel confident about herself, as a trained professional and board-certified plastic surgeon he also knows that having realistic goals plays a key role in helping you achieve successful results that will leave you feeling satisfied and happy.

If you simply have an urge to impress others or you hope to gain attention or approval from certain people in your life, ultimately, a breast augmentation might not be the answer you're looking for. In fact, though the surgery itself is incredibly safe and effective, choosing to undergo breast augmentation for the benefit of someone else can be harmful to both your mind and body in the long run.

The reality is that no matter how skillfully Dr. Mandraccia performs your procedure, your expectations may never be met if you have unrealistic aspirations.

The best way to ensure you are a viable breast augmentation candidate is to schedule a personal and confidential consultation with Dr. Mandraccia. Though your friends, family and significant others may have some helpful advice, only a board-certified plastic surgeon is qualified to help you make an informed decision.

If you live in the Fort Myers or Naples, Florida area and you think a breast augmentation might be the right choice for you, please contact Dr. Robert V. Mandraccia at (239) 633-8819 today.

Fri, 11/28/2014

Surgical hair restoration is a cosmetic procedure designed to help men and women in Fort Myers who are unhappy with the appearance and growth of their hair.

At Dr. Mandraccia's cosmetic surgery office, we offer two types of hair restoration. These include:

  • Follicular unit extraction (FUE) - This technique involves removing small units of hair, between 1 and 4 pieces at a time, and transplanting them to the area of treatment to facilitate growth. This process induces less physical trauma to the scalp than other methods and results in more inconspicuous scarring.
  • Platelet rich growth factor (PRGF) hair restoration - This procedure is a more advanced surgical hair restoration method that utilizes the unique components of your blood to naturally stimulate the growth and regeneration of cells. By injecting your own plasma into your scalp in the affected areas, Dr. Mandraccia can facilitate new growth in balding areas.

Both methods of surgical hair restoration are safe and effective. To best determine which method is right for you, Dr. Mandraccia will need to assess your needs and aesthetic goals during your personal consultation.

If you would like to find out more about the cosmetic facial surgery procedures we offer, contact Dr. Robert V. Mandraccia at (239) 633-8819 to schedule a consultation with our experienced Fort Myers plastic surgeon. We also welcome patients in the surrounding areas of Naples and Bonita Springs.

Thu, 11/20/2014

Dr. Mandraccia and his dedicated team of staff have years of experience performing tummy tucks for residents of Fort Myers and surround areas in Florida. To best meet your unique needs, we offer several different types of tummy tuck procedures.

Depending on your aesthetic goals, Dr. Mandraccia may recommend any of the following abdominoplasty methods:

  • An endoscopic tummy tuck - This technique is beneficial if you only need a small amount of loose skin and fatty tissue removed. The incision is typically small and made above the pubic hairline.
  • A mini tummy tuck - For moderate amounts of skin and tissue removal, this method requires an incision around the belly button, but still produces less scarring than traditional tummy tucks.
  • A full tummy tuck - To achieve the best results in cases of significant excess fat and skin in the abdominal region, Dr. Mandraccia will perform a full tummy tuck. Your belly button will be removed to facilitate the tissue removal and then reattached at the end of the procedure.

Each type of tummy tuck procedure is performed under IV sedation in the privacy and safety of Dr. Mandraccia's on-site operating facility.

Dr. Mandraccia will determine which tummy tuck method is right for you during your personal evaluation.

To find out more about how our tummy tuck procedures can improve the shape of your abdomen, contact Dr. Robert Mandraccia M.D. at (239) 633-8819 to schedule a consultation with our experienced Ft. Myers plastic surgeon.

Mon, 11/10/2014

To keep your face looking youthful and vibrant, our Fort Myers plastic surgery center provides a full spectrum of cosmetic facial procedures. With Dr. Mandraccia's expertise and training, each procedure can be tailored to meet your specific needs.

Some of the most common facial procedures we perform include:

  • Facelifts - Beneficial for tightening and invigorating the skin and muscles of your face.
  • Nose surgery -  Often referred to as rhinoplasty, this procedure addresses issues with the size and shape of your nose.
  • Eyelid surgery -  Also known as blepharoplasty, this is an ideal way to lift drooping eyelids that create a tired, aged look.
  • Chin implant surgery - A relatively easy way to create a more balanced facial appearance
  • Facial liposculpture -  Ideal for removing fat from your chin and lower face.

Additionally, Dr. Mandraccia has developed a signature facial procedure called a  VitalityLift that offers an innovative new approach to rejuvenating your look. Utilizing your own natural blood components to stimulate your body’s healing process, this procedure provides immediate augmentation and collagen regeneration to eliminate the appearance of wrinkles.

We also offer other non-surgical facial rejuvenation options including BOTOX and laser skin resurfacing for patients interested in improvements without undergoing surgery.

If you would like to find out more about the cosmetic facial surgery procedures we offer, contact Dr. Robert V. Mandraccia at (239) 633-8819 to schedule a consultation with our experienced Fort Myers plastic surgeon. We also welcome patients in the surrounding areas of Naples and Bonita Springs.