Dr. Manuel Peña Featured in Augusta University Magazine

Naples Plastic Surgeon Dr. Manuel PenaDr. Peña Manuel received his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia (MCG) in 1981. After completing his general surgery residency and fellowship at Charity Hospital, Tulane University and Jackson Memorial Hospital, University of Miami, he would return to MCG to complete his plastic surgery residency. While a good student and a now a well-respected alumnus, an article featuring Dr. Peña in the latest MCG magazine focuses not on his professional accomplishments as a plastic surgeon, but on his mission trips and philanthropy.

Dr. Peña came to the United States with his family in 1964. Leaving Cuba just a few years following Castro’s rise to power, the Peña family spent several months in Mexico waiting for visa approval before finally landing in Miami, where Dr. Peña and his parents were reunited with his sister who had earlier been sent to live with godparents.

Life in those early years was not always easy for the Peña family, but all the same, Dr. Peña remembers the newly free family being together and supportive. All of these things – leaving Cuba, finding a new home, adjusting to a new county, dealing with economic and social disparity – likely played a role in Dr. Peña’s desire to help, serving to fuel his mission work later in life.

 “We were together, we were free, and the world was there for the taking.” – Dr. Peña

Dr. Peña has completed nine mission trips and provided surgical care for over 250 patients who otherwise would have gone without assistance. In addition to his mission trips to Africa, Burkina Faso, Jamaica, and South America, Dr. Peña routinely hosts fundraisers in and around Naples to raise money for the equipment and supplies needed on these trips.  Contact our office to learn how you can help support these mission trips.

“There’s a great old Chinese proverb. It’s better to light one candle than to curse the darkness. You do just a little bit. That’s all you can do. You can’t fix the world, but if something comes up and you can fix it, you do it.” – Dr. Peña

Dr. Peña is a board-certified plastic surgeon serving Estero, Ft. Myers, Bonita Springs, and surrounding areas from his office in Naples. If you are looking for an experienced, dedicated, and caring plastic surgeon in Florida, give us a call at 239-348-7362 to schedule a consultation today.

Body Contouring Options

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Manuel Peña offers a range of body contouring procedures that can be used alone or in combination to produce a toned, trimmed, and attractive physique. If there are areas of your body that you are unhappy with, areas that are obscured by loose skin, excess fat, or a lumpy and uneven appearance, give us a call at 239-348-7362 to schedule a consultation at our Naples, FL office and learn how Dr. Peña can help you look and feel your absolute best.


Liposuction is the most popular body contouring treatment at our Southwest Florida location. With this procedure, Dr. Peña can target stubborn deposits of fat in nearly any area of the body, helping restore ideal contours to the treatment area.

Dr. Peña offers PAL (power assisted liposuction), a technique that uses special surgical tools to break even the most tenacious fat deposits apart, allowing for more thorough removal of unwanted fat. Using this technique may also help reduce postoperative discomfort and can help shorten recovery. During your initial consultation, Dr. Peña would be happy to discuss liposuction in greater detail to help you determineif it is a good fit for your body.

Liposuction is an incredibly effective way to shed fat deposits that have failed to respond to diet and exercise, but it is not the most effective way to deal with loose skin, stretch marks, and other side-effects of weight gain. For those issues, lift or tuck procedures will need to be combined with liposuction.

Which lift or tuck procedure is right for you? Read on to learn more.

Tummy Tuck

Tummy Tuck Naples, FLTummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is designed to restore both strength and beauty to the entire midsection of the body. Tummy tuck surgery is used to:

  • Remove loose and sagging skin from the abdomen and hips
  • Draw in the waist
  • Reattach abdominal muscles that have separated (diastasis recti)

Deep core muscles can separate with weight gain and pregnancy. These muscles often cannot be restored through exercise, and failure to reattach them may increase chances for herniation. Tummy tuck surgery, while cosmetic in aim, addresses this medical issue to help prevent herniation and assist in rebuilding strength. Pulling the abdominal wall together also cinches the waist, producing more defined and pleasing contours throughout the midsection of the body.

Tummy tuck surgery is a popular option following both weight loss and pregnancy because it is capable of shedding abdominal fat along with sagging skin, stretch marks, and other issues brought about by an expanding abdominal area.

Butt Lift

Dr. Peña offers the popular Brazilian Butt Lift, a procedure in which your own fat is used to augment, redefine, and enhance your backside. Butt lift surgery can be used to produce a fuller, firmer, and more lifted appearance, helping create ideal contours for your entire lower body.

To perform a butt lift, Dr. Peña will first need to select an area of your body through which fat can be extracted with liposuction. This allows the butt lift procedure to sculpt additional areas of the body while enhancing the derriere. Augmenting your buttocks with your own fat is also a longer-lasting and safer alternative to buttock implants which can be rejected by the body and cause serious complications.

Other Lift Procedures

In addition to liposuction, tummy tuck, and butt lift, Dr. Peña offers:

Body lift surgery, a complex procedure in which multiple lift and tuck procedures are combined, is available for men and women experiencing diminished definition throughout the body. This particular option is often best as a post-bariatric surgery procedure as it addresses all of the issues brought about by rapid weight loss.

Mommy Makeover

The mommy makeover procedure combines body contouring options like liposuction and tummy tuck with breast surgery to fully address those areas most impacted by pregnancy and nursing. While not strictly a body contouring procedure, mommy makeover surgery often includes many of these services, enabling Dr. Peña to produce an appearance that is both womanly and youthful.

Each mommy makeover procedure is different because no two women experience identical changes following pregnancy. The best way to learn which body and breast procedures would be of most benefit to your body is through a one-on-one consultation at the Naples, Florida office of Peña Plastic Surgery.

Alternatives to Surgery

Surgical body contouring is incredibly effective, but it is entirely unnecessary for some patients. As alternatives to body contouring surgery, Dr. Peña is pleased to offer:

  • SculpSure® – Also known as “laser liposuction,” SculpSure® uses laser energy to emulsify fat deposits, allowing for their removal through the body’s natural process of shedding. This nonsurgical body contouring treatment can be used nearly anywhere liposuction can and is a wonderful alternative for people who are not interested in a more invasive procedure
  • Kybella® – Utilizing an acid extracted from the human body, Kybella® safely and effectively removes fat deposits underneath the chin. A nonsurgical alternative to neck lift for the removal of double chin, Kybella® can help redefine the jawline and restore a lifted and better-contoured appearance to the lower face
  • ThermiTight™ – ThermiTight™ uses radio frequency to stimulate collagen production and reduce skin laxity throughout the body. As with its fellow Thermi products, ThermiSmooth™ for the face and ThermiVa™ for the vaginal area, ThermiTight™ does not address fat deposits, but it is a wonderful alternative to surgical lift procedures for patients who do not require fat removal as well

Choosing the Right Procedure for Your Needs

Dr. Peña offers many surgical and nonsurgical body contouring options to better serve the needs of people living throughout Southwest Florida. The best way to learn which of these is optimal for your needs is by calling our office at 239-348-7362 to schedule your confidential consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon. This consultation will give you an opportunity to ask any questions you may have about your surgical options, our practice, financing, and other pertinent issues. It will also give Dr. Peña an opportunity to openly and honestly discuss our services, what you can expect from treatment, and how you can maintain your results following surgery.

Dr. Peña is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 35 years of experience. He serves the Southwest Florida communities of Ft. Myers, Bonita Springs, Marco Island, and Estero from our comfortable and convenient Naples location.

Quiz: Finding the Right Nonsurgical Procedure

Naples plastic surgeon Dr. Manuel Peña offers a number of nonsurgical options, enabling him to address many skin imperfections – including signs of aging – without surgical risks or lengthy recovery times. But how can you tell which cosmetic service is right for your specific concerns?

The short quiz below can help you start thinking about the treatments best for your needs, though nothing can replace a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Peña. Give us a call at 239-348-7362 to schedule a consultation and learn more. Located in Naples, Peña Plastic Surgery serves men and women living in Ft. Myers, Estero, Bonita Springs, and surrounding areas.

Dr. Peña offers many nonsurgical facial rejuvenation services at La Piel Medical Spa including age rejuvenation, hydrotherapy, and normalizing treatments for all skin types. Give us a call at 239-348-7362 to schedule your consultation, complete with a Visia Skin Evaluation, to learn how we can help you look and feel your absolute best. 

Does SculpSure® Work?

To learn if SculpSure will work for your body, callNaples plastic surgeon Dr. Manuel Peña at (239) 348-7362 and schedule a one-on-one consultation today!SculpSure® is a nonsurgical body contouring procedure that is used to destroy fat cells, allowing for their natural shedding from the body. In clinical trials, SculpSure® has shown to produce a twenty-four percent reduction in fat throughout the treatment area, results consistent with those enjoyed by patients of Naples cosmetic surgeon Dr. Manuel Peña.* However, as with all body contouring treatments, your results will be dependent of several factors unique to your anatomy.

SculpSure® is designed to heat fat cells, prompting them to release from inner tissue. Once released, these cells are identified as useless by the body and removed through the natural shedding process. Full results may take more than one treatment – particularly if your skin is thick or if a large amount of fat is being addressed – but the procedure works very well for good candidates and requires little to no downtime, making it an ideal alternative to liposuction.* During your Sculpsure® consultation, our Naples plastic surgeon will carefully assess your frame to help you determine if you are a good candidate.

SculpSure® works best for men and women who have a BMI below 30. For larger individuals, surgical options such as liposuction may be better, but even with these, it is best to be within a healthy weight range for ideal contouring results. A balanced diet, daily exercise, and a generally healthy lifestyle will help get your body ready for SculpSure® and should be adopted in the weeks leading up to your procedure. These same steps taken after will help ensure your Sculpsure® results are lasting. These things will be discussed in greater detail during your initial consultation with Dr. Peña.

SculpSure® works well for people who are good candidates for the procedure. To learn if you are among these, please contact Peña Plastic Surgery today. Our board-certified plastic surgeon offers SculpSure® and other body contouring treatments to men and women living in Naples, Ft. Myers, and all surrounding Florida communities.

*Individual results may vary. Consult with Dr. Peña to see if you are a candidate.

Will Liposuction Make me Skinny?

To learn what lipo can do for your body, call Fort Myers plastic surgeon Dr. Manuel Peña at (239) 348-7362 and schedule a consultation today!Liposuction is used to remove excess fat from targeted areas of the body. Some of the liposuction techniques utilized by Fort Myers plastic surgeon Dr. Manuel Peña may also encourage skin tightening, helping to further tone the treatment area. These benefits of liposuction can help create a skinner and more ideally contoured frame, but the procedure is not intended for weight loss and may not be right for individuals with larger deposits of fat or significant amounts of excess skin. During your initial consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon it will be established if liposuction is the right procedure for your specific body type.

Other Body Contouring Options

If you have a significant amount of excess skin or too much fat for safe removal through liposuction, Dr. Peña may suggest another body contouring treatment. Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), body lift, and combination procedures such as the mommy makeover are designed for more comprehensive contouring of the body and may be better suited for individuals with larger collections of skin or fat. However, even these procedures should not be relied on for weight loss.

Body contouring is intended for men and women who are close to a healthy BMI but have not achieved fully desirable results through diet and exercise. These procedures can make you skinnier, but are not designed for that express purpose. They can, however, be the perfect springboard for a slim and sleek frame.

Enhancing Body Contouring Results

No matter if it’s liposuction or another body contouring treatment you visit our Fort Myers plastic surgeon for, you can enhance your results by:

  • Eating a well-balanced diet
  • Exercising for at least three hours a week
  • Being more active in general

Taken before your procedure, these steps help prepare your body for optimal contours and set the tone for the lifestyle you may choose to lead after your recovery. Dr. Peña will discuss this and other pre and postoperative steps that can improve your results during your initial visit.

To schedule your liposuction consultation, please contact Peña Plastic Surgery today. Located in Naples, Florida, our plastic surgeon welcomes liposuction patients from Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Estero, and all surrounding areas.