Dr. Mandraccia M.D. Blog


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 239-482-5242 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 239-482-5242 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 239-482-5242 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 239-482-5242 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.

Fri, 05/23/2014

Obviously, the entire point of breast augmentation for many Ft. Myers-area women is to receive larger breasts. Breast implants can achieve this goal for you. Choosing the size of your implants will be an important decision made in conjunction with Dr. Robert Mandraccia.

When choosing an implant size, it's important to remember that bigger is not always better. One of the advantages you enjoy when you choose Dr. Mandraccia for your procedure is the experience he has accrued in making aesthetic decisions during more than 3,000 breast augmentations. This experience provides him with unique insight into the factors that make for an aesthetically pleasing result from your breast implants.

When deciding on implant size, a number of factors will be considered, including:

  • Your frame
  • Your health and the structural integrity of your back (implants that are too large can cause back pain)
  • Your cosmetic goals

Patients often conceptualize breast size in terms of bra size, but that's an imperfect measure. Instead, Dr. Mandraccia will use a number of tools to help you visualize various implant sizes and how they will look.

We're committed to your long-term health and to your aesthetic objectives. You can count on Dr. Mandraccia on both counts.

If you're a Ft. Myers, Florida woman considering breast implants, please contact Dr. Robert V. Mandraccia today.

Mon, 05/19/2014

Many of our Ft. Myers-area patients are busy women with active professional lives. As such, it's important to them that they know when they can return to work after undergoing a breast augmentation.

If you have a job that is not physically taxing, such as a desk job, you can probably return to week approximately one week after your breast augmentation. A more active, physically stressful job might require two weeks before returning to work and another couple weeks before fully returning to a pre-surgery routine.

Dr. Robert V. Mandraccia's highest priority is always your safety. When it comes to recovery, that means making sure you take the time needed to rest and recuperate after your procedure. We understand you want to get back to work as soon as possible, but it's important to follow Dr. Mandraccia's recovery instructions.

Every woman is unique, and so is every recovery process. Your recovery time will be dependent on a number of factors, including:

  • Your body's natural healing abilities
  • The nature of your augmentation (some choices, including a sub-muscular implant placement, require a longer recovery time)

We will answer all of your questions and make sure you understand what to expect after your breast augmentation before you undergo the procedure.

If you're a resident of Ft. Myers or any of the nearby southwest Florida communities and you're considering a breast augmentation, please contact Dr. Robert V. Mandraccia today. 

Wed, 04/23/2014

Choosing among your cosmetic surgery options in the Ft. Myers area is pretty difficult. Choosing a cosmetic surgeon is among the most important decisions you'll ever have to make. But the importance of the decision is the key reason Dr. Robert V. Mandraccia is right for you.

Put simply, Dr. Mandraccia has all of the traits you should look for in a cosmetic surgeon. This includes:

  • Decades of specialized experience as a plastic surgeon

  • Board-certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the Board of General Surgery, demonstrating his commitment and skill

  • A specialized surgical center certified by the Florida Board of Medicine

  • A 20-year-long working relationship with a team of anesthesiologists

We know there are a lot of doctors in the Ft. Myers area offering cosmetic surgery. And we understand that many of them make attractive claims based on price. Money's tight, and it's easy to convince yourself that a doctor is a doctor is a doctor.

However, the plastic surgeon makes the difference. Your choice of plastic surgery provider matters immensely. The experience Dr. Mandraccia possesses means he has performed these procedures thousands of times. He knows what can go wrong and he knows how to react in the rare case of a complication.

Of course, the best way of figuring all of this out is to speak to Dr. Mandraccia at a consultation. It's your opportunity to gain some up-close exposure to our practice and our plastic surgeon.

If you're a resident of the Ft. Myers, Florida and you think cosmetic surgery might be right for you, please contact Dr. Robert V. Mandraccia today. 

Wed, 04/23/2014

Pregnancy can have a number of effects on a woman's body. When you're experiencing many of these effects, a single procedure might not be adequate to your needs. If this is the case, you might be a good candidate for a mommy makeover.

In short, a mommy makeover is a series of procedures planned and performed by Fort Myers cosmetic surgeon Dr. Robert Mandraccia. It's meant to achieve a significant, wide-ranging change for women who have a number of cosmetic concerns post-pregnancy.

As such, you're probably a good candidate for a mommy makeover if you have multiple concerns from this list:

  • Lost breast volume

  • Sagging breasts

  • Loose abdominal muscles

  • Stubborn deposits of fat

You should also be in sound overall health (no active infections) and posses reasonable expectations for the procedures you undergo. Dr. Mandraccia will talk with you about your goals and help you determine if a mommy makeover is right for you.

A mommy makeover is a significant investment of time and resources. While all of the procedures involved possess excellent safety records, they are also serious surgical procedures. As such, we'll make sure you understan exactly what the process entails and what you can expect.

If you're a Fort Myers, Florida woman and you want to learn more about a mommy makeover from our experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon, please contact Dr. Robert V. Mandraccia today.