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Nip-tucks just got a whole lot easier thanks to minimal downtime and new, less invasive procedures.

The first day Naples Plastic Surgery reopened for elective surgery in May, 40 patients visited the clinic asking for Botox alone. “It’s been nonstop since,” says board-certified plastic surgeon Paul Gardner. “Demand has increased, and what I’m seeing is patients are doing things surgically that they’ve been wanting to do for a long time but didn’t because they couldn’t take the time off to recover.” With gala season slashed and few leaving their homes for work or dinner dates, plastic surgeons across the country are seeing a dramatic increase in patients using the downtime to invest in themselves. And with masks now being part of daily life, it’s easy to conceal any signs of swelling or bruising if one needs to leave the house. Despite the uptick in plastics, Gardner, a specialist in advanced facial cosmetic surgery and nonsurgical facial rejuvenation techniques, says he is seeing a lot of demand for minimally invasive procedures, like a mini facelift, where recovery is closer to two weeks instead of six, and a single surgery can last five or more years. Laser treatments can also cut downtime in half so that a procedure normally requiring seven to 10 days of recovery may now only need four or five days. “With facial plastic surgery, we’ve been able to fine-tune surgical parts of our practice so they’re more patient-friendly,” explains Richard Maloney, a facial plastic surgeon at Aesthetic Surgery Center in Naples. He has spent the last 40 years
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