Botox for Migraines: Kimmy B’s Incredible Injectable Adventure

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Trading in your Advil for Botox? Yes, please. Now you can see the light without the migraine pain thanks to Botox.

Are you one of those people shoveling ibuprofen down your throat and squinting your eyes in pain as your head wildly pounds? You may be one of the 37 million Americans that suffer from migraines. Lucky for you, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Wigoda and celebrity Hits 97.3 DJ Kimmy B. share insight and solutions to get you some migraine relief.

We followed Kimmy B on her journey to get her painless breast implants, to which she poignantly called her #wigodas! Now, we check back up on her newest painless adventure, Botox for migraines! We caught up with her and Dr. Wigoda after their Botox session to ask some of the most pressing questions about Botox.

“Botox has been so beneficial to me as far as migraines go!” Kimmy B says, and adds how she also loves how amazing it makes her look!

Botox: A Crash Course

As always, it’s important to learn all you can about any procedure before you jump right into it. Let’s tell you a little about what botox is before we tell you all of the awesome ways it can help stop those pesky migraines.

“Kimmy B comes in primarily for migraines, but the Botox also helps with wrinkles,” Dr. Wigoda tells us as he prepares for the procedure.

As seen on Dr. Wigoda’s website, Botox is “a therapeutic muscle-relaxing agent that works at motor nerve endings (nerves that lead to muscles). It is in a class of drugs called neurotoxins.” It is administered through one or multiple shots into the muscle at different points in the patient’s body, depending on what it is being used to treat.

Other important tips to know about Botox are that you usually don’t see the effects up until three days after your procedure. Furthermore, a Botox session will last between three-to-six months. Botox to get rid of headaches will often be re-administered every three months. Don’t worry though, a session usually only lasts 10-to-15 minutes! Plenty of time to get rid of those headaches and then take the day by storm.

Benefits To Botox?

Now that we know the “in’s and out’s” of what Botox is, let’s look at some of the benefits patients are getting out of it and just how popular this cosmetic surgery treatment technique has become:

  • According to the official Botox website, BOTOX prevents on average eight-to-nine headache, migraine, and/or probable migraine days a month.
  • 100,000 people with Chronic Migraine have been treated with BOTOX since the FDA approval in 2010, with that number rapidly increasing!
  • Botox treatments can help reduce symptoms of migraine headaches, including nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to lights, sounds, and smells.

Bye, Bye Migraines, The Kimmy B Botox Way

Migraines are a debilitating experience, but they don’t have to be. Book a Botox appointment today and you can get $50 off your first Botox appointment with Dr. Paul Wigoda! If you are ready to make a positive change and get rid of your own migraines, just like Kimmy B, then contact Dr. Wigoda for a free Botox consultation.

10 Most Popular Plastic Surgery Procedures

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Want to know what plastic surgery procedures people are obsessed with this year?

Dr. Paul Wigoda and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) are both seeing a rise in the focus of face and fat. In a recent report and a video interview with Dr. Wigoda, there is a significant demand in patients wanting to use their own fat to sculpt and chisel away lines, wrinkles, and imperfections.

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Wigoda stated in January via a Facebook Live video that the biggest trend this year in plastic surgery is fat transfers. He went on to say, “We are a lot more successful in transferring the unwanted fat to another part of the body, like the buttock area, and stay basically forever.” Watch for more of Dr. Wigoda’s forecast on the top plastic surgery trends this year:

A just released ASPS report revealed a trend in recycling unwanted fat for minimally invasive procedures, butt augmentation, and breast augmentation.

Here’s how fat injections and fat grafting works

“Plastic surgeons harvest a patient’s unwanted fat from their abdomen using liposuction and then inject it to lift and rejuvenate other areas such as the face, buttock and even the breast,” said ASPS President Debra Johnson, MD. “Because the material injected is the patient’s own fat the results typically last longer than fillers.”

  • Minimally invasive cosmetic fat injections increased 13%
  • Buttock augmentation using fat grafting increased 26%
  • Breast augmentation using fat grafting increased 72%

Top 5 Cosmetic Surgical and Minimally-Invasive Procedures

Of the nearly 1.8 million cosmetic surgical procedures performed in 2016, the top 5 were:

  1. Breast augmentation (290,467 procedures, up 4 percent from 2015)
  2. Liposuction (235,237 procedures, up 6 percent from 2015)
  3. Nose reshaping (223,018 procedures, up 2 percent from 2015)
  4. Eyelid surgery (209,020 procedures, up 2 percent from 2015)
  5. Facelifts (131,106 procedures, up 4 percent from 2015)

Top 5 Cosmetic Surgical Procedures in 2016 Stats from ASPS

Among the 15.5 million cosmetic minimally-invasive procedures performed in 2016, the top 5 were:

  1. Botulinum Toxin Type A (7 million procedures, up 4 percent from 2015)
  2. Soft Tissue Fillers (2.6 million procedures, up 2 percent from 2015)
  3. Chemical Peel (1.36 million procedures, up 4 percent since 2015)
  4. Laser hair removal (1.1 million procedures, down 1 percent from 2015)
  5. Microdermabrasion (775,000 procedures, down 3 percent from 2015)

If you are thinking of doing liposuction and learning more about fat transfers, schedule a free plastic surgery consultation with Dr. Wigoda today.

 

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11 Ways Botox Can Change Your Life

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When Dr. Paul Wigoda opened up Time Magazine’s cover story article, How Botox Became the Drug That’s Treating Everything, he was not surprised to read more on how Botox can change your life.

Wigoda is a board-certified plastic surgeon known for his signature painless breast implants and also renown for his patient safety and education. He is based in Fort Lauderdale where the fight against anti-aging is serious. While Botox is best known for its wrinkle smoothing and reducing powers, many are not aware of the full potential of Botox.

Botox History

 

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Botox first discovered by Dr. Justinus Kerner when he was trying to figure out the cause of death by Germans who had all consumed sausage. The cause of death was determined to be food-borne botulinum toxin.

1940’s

The United States attempted to use this poison as a weapon to take out enemies in World War 2

1950’s

Dr. Edward Chantz purified the Botox into a crystalline form and this started the basis for the safe form of Botox for Cosmetics used today.
Then a breakthrough came by Dr. Vernon Brooks when he discovered small amounts of Botox could be used to temporarily relax the muscles by blocking the release of acetylcholine from motor nerve endings.

1978-1989

Doctors began studying the positive uses of Botox in ophthalmology and also cosmetic benefits. Botox proved to reverse the effects of cross eyes, lazy eyes, facial spasms and even vocal chord spasms. When the signs of diminishing frown lines began to surface with the use of doctors, the cosmetic and anti-aging use of Botox started to blossom with possibilities.

2002

After years of clinical trials, the FDA approved Botox Cosmetic, botulinum A toxin for its use in the temporarily improvement of forehead wrinkles, lines, crow’s feet aka the appearance of moderate-to-severe glabellar lines.

2004

Botox was approved by FDA to treat excessive sweating of under arms

2010

Botox was approved by FDA to treat chronic headaches

2013

The FDA announced Botox is approved for the use of overactive bladders

2017

Today Botox is the #1 minimally invasive surgical procedure according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons ahead of lipo and nose reshaping.

Is Botox safe?

“If you are getting your Cosmetic Botox injections from a reputable doctor who is trained and a board certified plastic surgeon, Botox is safe and effective,” said Wigoda. “The other FDA approved and not yet approved uses of Botox are also excellent ways to treat problems and also should be administered only by a physician that has experience in that particular Botox specialization.

So what’s the big Botox deal today?

Botox has outgrown it’s original bad reputation of death and destruction. Thanks to scientific innovation, today Botox has many healthful and cosmetic uses.

FDA Approved

 

  1. Migraines – Headaches are bad but migraines can ruin your day, night or even several days. Patients who receive Botox injections report less headaches and stress. Whether this is a placebo effect or not is still to be determined. Bottom line is it works!
  2. Excessive Underarm Sweating – the embarrassing problem of sweaty armpits is reminiscent of the preteen days bit for some it’s a real issue beyond junior high. This is an embarrassing disorder that leads to know self esteem and confidence in social settings. Thanks to Botox, people who suffer from excessive armpit sweating saw a 75% reduction in sweat production in four weeks after the injection.
  3. Overactive Bladder – “Clinical studies have demonstrated Botox’s ability to significantly reduce the frequency of urinary incontinence,” said Hylton V. Joffe, M.D., director of the Division of Reproductive and Urologic Products in FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “Today’s approval provides an important additional treatment option for patients with overactive bladder, a condition that affects an estimated 33 million men and women in the United States.”
  4. Crossed Eyes and Lazy Eyes – This was a first for Botox approvals back in the 1980s and 1990’s. According to Time, this disorder affects about 4% of Americans and is called strabismus, where the eyes do not line up in the same direction.
  5. Botox Cosmetics – Botox Cosmetic, botulinum A toxin can be used in the temporarily improvement of forehead wrinkles, lines, crow’s feet aka the appearance of moderate-to-severe glabellar lines.

Not FDA Approved 

Although the FDA has not given the official stamp of approval to these, Botox is an unofficial solution that could be a consideration for those who suffer.

Botox Uses that are not fda approved

 

“Breakthroughs in medical technology continue to advance,” said Wigoda. “Much of what we are doing today in plastic surgery whether it’s surgical or non-surgical like Botox did not even exist 20 or 30 years ago.”

Do you want to learn more about Botox? Contact Dr. Wigoda today for a free consultation. We are offering $50 off one zone of Botox until March 1, 2017. Only one per customer.

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Want more? Read the cover story in Time Magazine from January 2017.

 

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Dr. Wigoda Shares 🔥 Hot 2017 Plastic Surgery Trends

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2016 was a big year for comebacks and everyone was working the old trends in a fresh way like playing Super Mario Bros. on the Nintendo NES, sporting crop tops, and buying chokers… Now in 2017, we’re looking forward to seeing what resurfaces! Luckily terms like ‘phat’ are still out but when it comes to 2017 plastic surgery trends “fat” is definitely in!

Many patients come to Dr. Wigoda’s surgery center seeking liposuction for problem areas like their belly or thighs and are surprised to learn that they can use the fat removed from those procedures to help rejuvenate other areas on their body. While these areas may not have been a high priority originally, it’s ideal to do both plastic surgery procedures at the same time because once the fat is removed you can’t save it for reuse later.

You may not have considered using liposuctioned fat for fat transfers before but there are a few reasons Dr. Wigoda thinks this plastic surgery trend will be hot in 2017! Liposuction can be performed on many areas of the body but there are few that would warrant a fat transfer. These are some of the top ones!

Butt I hadn’t thought about that…

2016 was also a big year for rounder, fuller bottoms but did you know you don’t need butt implants to save a figure that may be falling or flat?

A Brazilian butt lift is an augmentation procedure that uses fat from liposuction to fill and reshape the butt cheeks and outer hips to help address sagginess, asymmetry, and more. The combination of removing fat from other areas like the abs, back, and thighs and adding it to the buttocks creates a more sensual and sexy appearance, not just from the back, but from the front and sides as well.

Fat + Facelifts = 😊

When it comes to facelifts, most people scoff at the idea of transferring fat because it seems counter-productive. You want to tighten the skin and muscles, not make your face rounder, right?

Wrong!

Combining fat transfers with face and neck lifts can actually make patients look even more rejuvenated and youthful. Faces typically thin with age and with decrease in weight and you may even lose fat through atrophy. Facelifts on their own don’t necessarily bring that back but when fat transfers are added to cheeks, nasolabial folds and marionette lines in addition to traditional facelifts, they create an even more youthful appearance.

Whether or not one of these 2017 plastic surgery trends are on your to-do list, why not call Dr. Wigoda for a free plastic surgery consultation? It’s a new year, let’s renew you.

What Happens After Plastic Surgery? Celebrity DJ Shares All

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When celebrity DJ Kimmy B has something to say, her fans tune in. If you are late to the game, not a Florida local, or don’t listen to the radio, let us reintroduce you to Hits 97.3’s new afternoon Kimmy B. Back in 2014, we followed Kimmy B’s journey to getting Painless Breast Implants from Dr. Paul Wigoda from start to finish. Now you can get a virtual front row seat to it all! From picking her new size for her “#Wigodas” (you’ll see her reference her new breasts by this hastag), her painless recovery, her results, and more. As 2016 comes to a close what better way to recap her experience than with one of this years most popular social media platforms? Instagram!

#WigodasOnFleek

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Say goodbye to your boobies Kimmy B.! After a free consultation with Dr. Wigoda, Kimmy B. made the decision to undergo painless breast implants surgery. Are you considering going to a breast augmentation consultation? Here are the 10 best questions you should be ready to ask your plastic surgeon!

Insta #2

About Last Night…#HITsSESSIONS!!! Big S/O to #DrWigoda…they did good…LOL!!! I ♡ My Job

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Just a few days after her painless breast augmentation surgery, Kimmy B is killing it on the carpet with her brand new #Wigodas! The best thing about Dr. Wigodas painless breast implants is that the procedure includes minimal recovery time and little to no discomfort so you can get back to your routine as quickly as possible!

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Kimmy B. is bikini ready with her #WigodasOnFleek! Confidence is key, and what better way to feel confident than to feel comfortable and proud of your body? Huffington Post reports that women who receive breast augmentation often have a large increase in self esteem and feel more empowered!

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Seeing double? Speaking of multiples, if you were interested in getting breast augmentation but scared that you’ll need multiple surgeries to replace your implants, that is a plastic surgery myth! As Dr. Wigoda stated before, “Breast implants do not have to be changed every 10 years.”

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Go Miami Heat! Kimmy B’s #Wigodas are a slam dunk! Are you wondering what to expect before and after the plastic surgery procedure? Let us help ease the mystery!

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Balancing out that hourglass is always a fashion forward move! Take the next step for your #NakedWardrobe with a pair of #Wigodas. Here are a few other patients who are happy with their results.

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Kimmy B. putting her “mangos” to good use! One of the biggest adjustments after getting painless breast implants is the new size breasts on your chest. Wondering what to expect with the change? Click here to see how Kimmy B. reacted from day one to a week after her own breast augmentation surgery!

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If you live anywhere in the #SouthFlorida and #Miami area, chances are you have heard Kimmy B’s beautiful voice echoing through 📻 #radio waves. She’s part the @djlaz973 ☀️Morning Show duo, chiming in during your daily drive to work or the 🏖beach. @kimmyb973 decided to take the plunge with #breastimplants to increase her chest size and has agreed to take us through the journey with her. 🎙🎙🎙🎙🎙🎙🎙🎙 We caught up with her to ask about her decision to size up with #breast #implant #surgery with Dr. Wigoda and get all the details! ❓❓❓❓❓ Q: What made you decide to take the plunge and go for the breast implants? A: I love my body but I’ve always had super small boobies, and when I started working out extensively they got even smaller….THE HORROR!!! I’ve been debating the whole boob job thing for a few years, but I hadn’t found a doctor I felt totally comfortable with, until I met Dr.Wigoda. After my first consultation with him I was SOLD!!! I’ve thought about this long and hard, and I’m just ready to feel as confident out of my clothes as I do in them… ❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓ Q: What were the most important factors to you? A: Definitely credentials and qualifications, not to mention quality of work! ❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓ Q: Why #DrWigoda? A: Credentials and qualifications….have you seen this guys resume?!?! When I saw “Chief of #PlasticSurgery” at a level 1 trauma hospital…I was like, “that’s my Doctor”!!! For more check out our blog or painlessbreastimplants(dot)com. #doubletap ❤️ if you want to learn more. #djlaz #beforeandafter #boobjob

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What made Kimmy B. decide to take the plunge and go for breast implants? She said, “I’ve been debating the whole boob job thing for a few years, but I hadn’t found a doctor I felt totally comfortable with, until I met board-certified plastic surgeon Dr.Wigoda. Check out Kimmy B’s before and after shots with her new breast implants! What a difference!

What About You?

One thing is for sure, Kimmy B. will be rocking her new painless breast implants as we go into 2017! The question is, will you be rocking your own set with her? Get a free painless breast augmentation consultation with Dr. Paul Wigoda today!

Do you want to see more of Kimmy B. with her #WigodasOnFleek? Follow her on Instagram at @KimmyB973 (and Dr. Wigoda too!) and check out her full video testimonials on YouTube!

Painless Breast Implants: “Best Decision Ever!”

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Have you ever considered breast implants but scrapped the idea in fear of the pain? Dr. Paul Wigoda’s patient said she can relate. Just one day after surgery she felt a little sore, but not as bad as she anticipated.

Plastic Surgery Expectations?

In this patient testimonial, she explained her expectations and her realizations.

“My sister told me to expect to be out of commission for ten days. The reality? I didn’t need anywhere near that time off work following the plastic surgery procedure, let alone a week.” She was ready to go back to work just two days after Dr. Wigoda’s painless breast augmentation.

Painless Breast Implants Patient’s Experience;

  • No pain medication necessary.
  • Amazingly, she drove herself to her post-op visit 24 hours later.
  • By day two, all she felt was slight soreness, similar to a “light workout.”
  • Dr. Wigoda’s patient also found herself pleasantly surprised by the lack of bruising.

Watch Dr. Wigoda’s patient share her painless breast implant surgery experience:

Here are some highlights

  • “Very little pain involved.”
  • “Much easier procedure than I thought it would be and I’m very happy with the results.”
  • “Best decision ever!”

Dr. Wigoda’s is an award-winning and board certified plastic surgeon based in Fort Lauderdale. He has a private AAAASF plastic surgery center offering cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery as well as non-surgical services including Botox, fillers, and more.

Studies show one in five who have plastic surgery are unhappy with their results and Dr. Wigoda finds it all too often that patients come to him to fix breast implant surgeries gone wrong. Don’t be a statistic. Do your research, ask questions, and be prepared.

For more about Dr. Wigoda or to learn more about his painless breast augmentation procedures, schedule a FREE plastic surgery consultation today.

Want more plastic surgery testimonials? Check out our painless breast implants testimonials here.

Liposuction Tops Charts as Most Searched Plastic Surgery Procedure in Florida

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Miami, Florida ranks among the top cities for the amount of plastic surgery procedures performed, behind only Beverly Hills and San Francisco. Although they’re on different sides of the country, it’s not odd that both Florida and California are home to the cities with the highest number of plastic surgeries… both locations boast celebrity homes, great nightlife and entertainment, beautiful beaches and more. Keeping up with appearances is simply a lifestyle choice, but which plastic surgery procedures are Floridians flocking to maintain their flawless features?

You might think that Brazilian butt lifts and lip injections that mirror the Kardashian and Jenner sisters’ appearances are high-ranking but here plastic surgery patients are looking to subtract, not add, and liposuction is the most searched plastic surgery procedure in Florida.

Most Searched Plastic Surgery Procedures by State

 

Warmer weather year-round and access to beaches are definitely one reason why liposuction tops the charts in Floridian’s plastic surgery research but when it comes to liposuction, there is a lot more than meets the eye and plenty of reasons to consider opting for this procedure that has been around for more than 30 years.

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First, liposuction is the perfect solution if you’re looking for ways to remove stubborn belly fat but it’s not only for troublesome tummies! Liposuction can also remove deposits of excess fat from specific areas of your upper or lower body, face or neck.

In addition to your belly, consider streamlining your flanks or love handles, back, and – on some men who struggle with gynecomastia – chest. Liposuction can also be used to assist in an arm lift, or, if your trouble areas are on the lower body, it can be used to define your inner and outer thighs, buttocks, and even calves and ankles!

Removing and sculpting fat around your chin and neck area is also a fantastic way to restore your youth if you’re feeling self-conscious but aren’t ready for a face or neck lift at this time.

Additionally, Floridians may be researching liposuction because it’s efficient and cost-effective! While liposuction is never recommended as an alternative to healthy diet and exercise, when done together, it only helps to amplify your results with less time commitment. On average, liposuction can cost between $4,500 and $7,500. Liposuction not only guarantees results but success motivates success so you are more likely to continue working harder to maintain your progress after healing from your plastic surgery procedure.

Remember, when it comes to liposuction, just removing excess fatty deposits does not guarantee the ideal appearance you may be looking for. The judgement and experience of your plastic surgeon is crucial so be sure to schedule a free liposuction consultation with Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Paul Wigoda today, or, if you’re interested in learning more about liposuction, be sure to watch this video where Dr. Wigoda discusses various types of liposuction and the different techniques and technology that are available today.

 

 

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How Social Media Influences Lip Injections

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The duck face was born the same day someone discovered the Myspace mirror selfie. Although it may seem silly and everyone has definitely seen their share of people doing it wrong, the “duck face” and variations of people puckering their lips in photos is actually quite brilliant as it creates the illusion of more defined bone structure and acts as instant lip injections.

Now we’ve come a long way since the bathroom mirror selfie and now sharing on social media video outlets like Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook Live, Periscope and more make it difficult to capture that perfect pout… Just try talking while pouting! As live video on social media has taken off, so have lip procedures which are the second-fastest growing facial procedures in the United States since 2000 according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

Data doesn’t lie, trends are showing that social media influences lip injections and Dr. Paul Wigoda thinks this is why.

Selfie Smile Symmetry

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Lip injections don’t have to leave you with an iconic pout like Angelina Jolie. In fact, your plastic surgeon’s goal should be to complement and enhance your facial features, not create a cartoonish look like Jessica Rabbit.

Many men and women are looking to enhance their smiles in a way that looks as natural as possible and the best looking lips aren’t always the fullest. Lip injections can do more for you than simply adding volume as fillers allow you to alter the size and shape of your lips and can make your face more symmetrical. People often think that facelifts, eyelid lifts and Botox are the way to go for dramatic results but are quite surprised after they see how much lip injections can define and change a person’s face, even if it’s a subtle difference.

The Non-Permanent Pout

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If you haven’t had plastic surgery before but are looking to make a change, your lips are a great place to start as it’s not as dramatic as some other plastic surgery procedures but can still make a big difference. When it comes to lip injections, many of the options are temporary or reversible so it feels like less of a commitment.

Temporary lip injections and fillers allow you to alter your smile for just a few months at a time before wearing off. You can either come back every few months to maintain your lips or simply choose not to. Regardless, it’s a temporary way to try out an all-new look with minimal recovery time!

In the age of the video selfie, lip injections are a great way to make that pout picture-perfect. You can change the shape of your lips as subtly or as dramatically as you want and, depending on which procedure you opt for, you can always go bigger the next time you come in for injections. To help determine which procedure and shape will help enhance your face, schedule a free virtual or in-person plastic surgery consultation with Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Paul Wigoda today!

 

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The Best 10 Questions to Ask at a Plastic Surgery Consultation

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Once you’ve decided that you want to do a plastic surgery procedure, the next step is to try to find a qualified plastic surgeon that you feel comfortable with. Your choice of plastic surgeon is the most important and the most difficult decision you will be making. Whether you find out about them through advertisements or personal referrals, it is crucial that you ask the right plastic surgery questions.

The following is a short list of 10 questions you should ask at a plastic surgery consultation. If you notice any red flags or feel anything but confident in the responses, consider looking elsewhere for your surgery.

10 Questions to Ask at a Plastic Surgery Consultation:

 

1. Is the plastic surgeon a fully trained plastic surgeon who is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?

Physician must complete four years of medical school, at least three years of a general surgery residency, and at least two years of a plastic surgery residency through fully accredited programs to become a plastic surgeon. This is a very important decision so do your due diligence and be sure they’ve completed all of the above and have history under their belt.

Rather than become a private investigator to get your answers, one of the best ways to make sure the plastic surgeon meets those requirements is to check that they’re board certified which includes a written and three-day oral exam given by many of the national leaders of plastic surgery around the country. You want your surgeon to be board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery to ensure they have the qualifications you require.

2. What type of residency program did your plastic surgeon graduate from?

Although they sometimes are, the terms “plastic surgeon” and “cosmetic surgeon” are not interchangeable and, unfortunately, any physician can claim to be the latter even if they’re not trained as a surgeon at all. Anyone with a medical degree is legally able to perform plastic surgery and claim to be a cosmetic surgeon but that includes physicians trained as gynecologists, dermatologists, oral surgeons, and more. You do not want them to perform your surgery as a botched job can lead to poor results and the need multiple corrective surgeries.

3. Where is the surgery being performed and have there been any serious complications at the plastic surgery site?

Make sure that patient safety is a priority wherever your surgery will be performed. Serious injuries or deaths may result from plastic surgery and there have been many more deaths at busy discount centers than in surgery centers owned by the plastic surgeon. Don’t just ask if there have been any problems in the center you are going to, research it. Once you’ve researched if the cosmetic surgery center has had any serious complications, check who owns it. You should look for centers are owned by physicians, not businesses so your safety is a top concern and in the hands of qualified individuals.

4. Is your plastic surgeon employed by a cosmetic surgery center or work for themselves and what percentage of the fee does the plastic surgeon get?

When cosmetic surgery centers are owned by non-physicians, the owners hire plastic surgeons who need extra work and will settle for minimal compensation which may require them to do more surgeries per day and the procedures may be rushed and results compromised. As an employee, a physician often has little control over the schedule, over safety measures, quality control, etc. whereas a self-employed surgeon has the ability to make all of the decisions regarding the care of their patients.

5. Does your plastic surgeon have staff privileges at a local hospital or only a transfer agreement?

Licensed physicians should have staff privileges in at least one local hospital and if they do not, you need to ask why. First and foremost, ensure that their privileges were not revoked because that is an immediate red flag. Also, be sure they have staff privileges and not just a transfer agreement. If there is an emergency, you want to make sure that your surgeon can continue caring for you as they know your history and background and that you would not be passed off to a  different physician.

6. How many surgeries are scheduled on the day of your surgery?

The biggest mistakes are made when a surgeon is rushed as plastic surgery requires patience, concentration, and stamina. If the day’s schedule is very busy, a surgeon can be hurried or distracted even if they felt like they have plenty of time between procedures. Be sure that your surgeon limits the amount of surgeries on any given day so that they can give each patient, namely yourself the attention they deserve. You do not want to be fourth or fifth surgery of the day or even the first if your physician has many more cases to go.

7. Are you feeling pressured to sign up and do the prices keep fluctuating?

Have you ever made a decision very quickly only to find out that there was a better alternative out there? That should never be the case with something as major as plastic surgery! While corrective surgeries are not uncommon in this field and Dr. Wigoda performs them regularly, they often are more tolling than the initial procedure and require even more care. Don’t let someone talk you into a procedure and pressure you into signing up that day to receive a discount. If you do sign with the first plastic surgery center you meet, give yourself a few weeks before going under the knife so you have more time to meet with your surgeon and ask any questions you need. Beware of discounts or fluctuating prices.

8. Are you choosing a plastic surgeon or a center?

When you call to schedule an appointment for a consultation, make sure you are you told which surgeon you will see. Better yet, research the surgeons and tell them who you want to meet with. Depending on their schedules, cosmetic centers may assign a plastic surgeon based on availability, not who is the most qualified for your plastic surgery procedure. Furthermore, make sure the plastic surgeon you meet with for your plastic surgery consultation is the same plastic surgeon who will be performing your plastic surgery.

9. Does the center use surgical assistants to complete part of the procedure?

Busy centers that need to finish your surgery quickly often employ surgical assistants to help the surgeon and you may not have the ability to research these assistants as in depth as your main surgeon. It is unlikely that the center will admit that anyone besides your primary plastic surgeon is doing the procedure, so the answer to question six about how many plastic surgeries are planned in a day may be a clear indicator of the answer to this question. Really, how else can one plastic surgeon to do that many cases daily on a regular basis?

10. Has your plastic surgeon or center ever faced any disciplinary actions?

Find out if your surgeon or their center has ever been A) disciplined by the Board of Medicine or had their license suspended which you can research online here or B) been sued. Unfortunately, patients may be disappointed with their results if they were not well educated on what to expect so the fact that a doctor has been sued, settled, or lost a case does not necessarily mean they were at fault, however, multiple lawsuits or settlements should raise a red flag.

Be sure to print and take these ten questions to your plastic surgery consultation along with any other pieces of information you may have to ensure you have the safest plastic surgery procedure with the best possible results. If you’re not 100 percent confident with the responses, take your time and consider alternative plastic surgeons until you find the right fit.

To help save you time, board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Paul Wigoda has already answered these plastic surgery questions.

If you feel confident in the responses, reserve your free consultation with Dr. Wigoda today to learn more.  

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Top 5 Plastic Surgery Procedures for Men

Top 5 Plastic surgery for men

Men are overcoming the sexist stigma of plastic surgery and are opting for procedures to fix issues that have bothered them for years! Last year, for the first time ever, 40 percent of the breast reductions performed were on men. They want to enhance their exterior appearance to more closely match interior ideals. And, just as for women, plastic surgery for men may be medically beneficial, mentally vital, or simply satisfying.

Fort Lauderdale board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Wigoda has been doing plastic surgery for men and women alike for over 17 years and has found that plastic surgery for men has been steadily increasing. In 2015, these were the top five plastic surgery procedures men had requested:

1. Liposuction

Dad bods may have been the “it” thing for a while, but trends fade and so can the fat. Let’s face it, sometimes those last few pounds can be stubborn and the older you get the harder you need to work to maintain your fit figure. Liposuction allows patients to sculpt problem areas and help them to show off their progress. The plastic surgery procedure itself has been around for more than 30 years and becomes more and more common every year, lately even more so in men! Liposuction can be used to slim hips and thighs and flanks, flatten the abdomen, eliminate a double chin, and more but liposuction for men is most popular for the belly, love handle, and chest areas.

2. Rhinoplasty/Nose Surgery

In films, it may not be as frequent as rhinoplasty for women but don’t let that fool you, nose jobs for men are almost as common in the real world. Even Hollywood’s finest actors have considered and even gotten nose surgery to help them fix a feature that they weren’t 100 percent confident in. Household names like Zac Efron, Ryan Gosling, and Ashton Kutcher have had minor work done to enhance the face’s most prominent feature. Maybe there was an old injury that didn’t heal right or something minor like a bump, flared nostrils or asymmetry that you wish you could change. Nose surgery, also known as Rhinoplasty, doesn’t have to be extreme to make a big difference, and minor alterations like adjusting how the nasal tip droops, plunges or is enlarged in general can have a huge impact on the overall look of the nose.

3. Eyelid Surgery

A simple yet dramatic way for men to instantly improve their looks and become more confident is eyelid surgery. Many times people judge their appearance as a whole and don’t realize that a key feature may be the culprit, or that something so simple as your eyes can make such a huge impact on how people see you. If you have lower-eyelid puffiness, dark circles or drooping upper lids, others may assume that you are fatigued, angry, or unhappy. However, when your eyes are bright and alert, you appear energized, well-rested, and in control. Eyelid surgery can remove excess or loose skin, reduce puffiness and fine wrinkles in the upper and lower eyelids and, in some cases dark circles.

4. Gynecomastia aka Male Breast Reduction

Much like those last few pounds of stubborn fat, gynecomastia, also known as “man boobs,” can be present through no fault of your own and may be nearly impossible to tone no matter how hard you work out. An estimated 40 to 60% of men have extra fat and or glandular tissue in one or both breasts and there is no known cause in the majority of cases, but that doesn’t make men feel any less self-conscious about having it. Male breast reduction surgery can help. The procedure removes the excess tissue from the breasts, and in extreme cases your plastic surgeon can remove excess skin, resulting in a chest that is flatter, firmer, and better contoured. The results of the Gynecomastia are significant and permanent!

5. Facelifts and Neck Lifts

Forty is the new 30 and who says 60 can’t be sexy? Some of the most visible signs of aging first appear on the face and sometimes the way we look on the outside does not reflect the energy and youthfulness we feel on the inside. If you’d like to look as good as you feel, aface or neck lift can remove years and give patients a firmer, fresher look. Not ready for the full plastic surgery procedure yet? You’re never too young to start. Facelifts may seem to turn back the hands of time but for best results in the future, it’s important to do regular maintenance before it’s necessary. The Vampire Facelift is a non-surgical option that is similar to injecting fillers (think Botox) but puts your own blood to work!

There are multiple options for all of these popular male plastic surgery procedures but for best results, the key to a successful surgery is to research and trust the judgment and experience of the plastic surgeon doing the procedure. To discuss your plastic surgery options book your free plastic surgery consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Wigoda today!

 

 

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