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The Global Need for Corrective Surgeries

Many people are unaware of the global need for surgeries that correct facial deformities. There are people in developing areas struggling to make ends meet and cannot afford advanced plastic surgeries. Surgeries like these can change lives and make positive impacts on individuals.

In the areas that Dr. Paul Gardner visits, including South America, Central America and Southeast Asia, people with facial deformities like cleft lips and palates are often shunned by society. They may not be able to participate in regular events within their society and culture’s expectations beginning from an early age, leading them to become solitary. Being shunned can lead children to disengage from education as well as the community, which could potentially lead to social and economic problems throughout their entire lives.

The surgeries provided by the Operation Smile organization are also beneficial from a physical health perspective. Long-term dental problems can occur, and children with a cleft lip may have trouble eating, which causes nourishment issues. Speech impediments, ear disease, and many other issues can occur, making Dr. Gardner’s work life-changing for thousands of children.

Changing Dozens of Lives on a Single Trip

Dr. Gardner’s schedule is set and packed from the moment he arrives on site for the entire day. He rarely has a moment to slow down and enjoy the land and culture that he is visiting, simply because there is too much work to be done.

An average trip lasts about 10 to 12 days. During this time, Dr. Gardner will perform around 120 to 180 corrective surgeries. That’s over 120 lives that are changed forever and who will never forget the incredible work that Dr. Gardner has done.

Outreach Abroad and at Home

There is a continuing need for these surgeries in developing nations, but there is also a need right here in America. Dr. Gardner has been able to extend his charity work in south Florida, performing surgeries on local children who would not have the resources to pay for these procedures. He is making an effort to extend these foundations so that local children can receive the same benefits.

Help for People of All Ages

Because there are so many people that need these surgeries, Operation Smile puts their priority on helping children. This leaves volunteers with the heart-breaking prospect of turning down adults who would also benefit from these surgeries. On occasion, however, Dr. Gardner has had the chance to work with adults.

While performing surgeries in Vietnam, Dr. Gardner was reached by a 26-year-old farmer from a secluded area. The man waited an entire week for the chance to see a doctor despite not being on the surgery list. He explained to Dr. Gardner why he desperately wanted the surgery. The man said that for his entire life, no one in the village would give him a kiss. Dr. Gardner and his wife, who helps as a nurse, were touched by the farmer’s situation and gave him a spot on the operating table.

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At Naples Plastic Surgery, our cosmetic services are designed to contour and enhance your body to help you achieve the body image that you desire. Known for offering among the best facial plastic surgery in Naples, our board-certified surgeons are known as much for their artistry as they are for their surgical skills. We understand that your image is the key to feeling great, so we will provide you with the most reliable advice and services to help make you look and feel your best.

The surgical team at Naples Plastic Surgery has the training and experience necessary to help you pursue your own individual cosmetic goals down to the very last detail, all in a warm, comfortable, and private environment.

Dr. Paul Gardner, MD, FACS is a board-certified plastic surgeon serving Southwest Florida. As one of the leading plastic surgeons in Naples, FL, Dr. Gardner has more than 25 years of experience performing facial procedures including composite facelift, mini facelift, brow lift and skin cancer removal procedures. He also possesses expertise in breast augmentations, tummy tucks, and labiaplasty.

Dr. Leopoldo M. Baccaro, MD received extensive training at the prestigious Houston Methodist Hospital in the Texas Medical Center, where he worked with some of the most well-renowned practitioners in the art of cosmetic surgery. With honors and awards throughout medical school and his residency, Dr. Baccaro earned a stellar reputation for high quality surgical care with both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery procedures.

Dr. Mark Walsh, MD, FACS is a board-certified plastic surgeon serving Southwest Florida. Dr. Walsh participated in the prestigious plastic surgery training program at Duke University. He has also served as an invited reviewer and has provided expert commentaries for multiple surgical journals, including the highly regarded Aesthetic Surgery Journal.

Dr. Andrew M. Bonett, MD specializes in both reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery, with specific interests in reconstruction after breast and skin cancers, including Mohs reconstruction. His experience also includes reconstruction following traumatic injuries, body contouring, and general cosmetic plastic surgery procedures.

The plastic surgery process at Naples Plastic Surgery begins with a one-on-one, confidential consultation in which your surgeon conducts an examination to determine which procedures are likely to produce the most robust aesthetic improvements. This includes a comprehensive discussion with you to identify the benefits, risks and costs associated with each procedure. It may be possible to combine a number of surgical procedures into a single surgery if you desire and if your medical condition permits it.

As with any medical procedure, there is no guarantee that a desired outcome will be achieved. There are a number of health risks associated with even minor medical procedures. If you have any health issues or concerns, please feel free to discuss them any time with your surgeon at our Naples’ plastic surgery center.
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