7 Tummy Tuck Recovery Tips: Exercise, Sex, Nutrition and More!

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A flat stomach is one of most desired physical attributions, but the reality is sometimes exercise is not enough.  Between the years 2000 and 2014 the number of abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck plastic surgeries, performed rose 87 percent, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

While a large majority of tummy tucks performed are for cosmetic purposes, there are some health benefits that can be gained from the surgery. Some of these benefits are urinary incontinence, better posture and ventral hernia correction.

Because of the rise of tummy tucks; the risks are often forgotten.

Board-certified Fort Lauderdale-based plastic surgeon, Dr. Paul Wigoda, MD offers seven tummy tuck recovery tips below.

7 Tummy Tuck Recovery Tips

1. Push it…Push it Real Good!

Rent a recliner for a week with a push-up button. It lifts up and makes it easy to get out of the chair. Family Rentals offers recliner chair rentals.

2. Create Your Post Plastic Surgery Space.

Set up a table beside your bed with water, medicines, a clock and other essentials before your plastic surgery. Creating this space will prevent you from having to get up and down to retrieve items you need.

3. RX Planning.

Plan ahead and talk to your plastic surgeon about the possibility of having your medication filled up before you leave the plastic surgery center. You can have your spouse or a person of support pick it up while you are in recovery. Making a chart for each of the medications that you need to take will prevent you from forgetting or taking too much.

“We usually give the patients their prescriptions at their pre-op visit a week or two before surgery so they have plenty of time to get them, not the day of surgery,” Dr. Wigoda said.

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4. Steps to Tummy Tuck Recovery Success.

Get up and walk three minutes, four-to-five times a day. Getting up and going to the bathroom would count.

“I recommend patients walk after a tummy tuck because it decreases the risk of complications such as Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT,)” Dr. Wigoda said.

DVT is a dangerous condition that causes blood clots to form in your legs.

“Clots in your legs can travel to your lungs, that’s called a pulmonary embolism (PE). PE can make it hard to breathe, in fact, if the clots are large enough, it can kill you. The clots in your legs don’t make it hard to breathe, it’s the clots in your lungs. The risk of DVT and PE after tummy tuck is very small, but it has been reported,” said Dr. Wigoda.

5. Let’s Talk About Sex.

Dr. Wigoda says no to sex for at least a week after your tummy tuck. It is important to allow your body to heal after an invasive plastic surgery procedure such as a tummy tuck; so even though sex is safe after a week, strenuous positions should be avoided.

6. Bind that Tummy.

Make sure you wear the compression garment that Dr.Wigoda gives you for the first two weeks of your tummy tuck recovery. Wearing the garment allows the perfect amount of pressure on the surgical site, which helps speed up healing. It also helps with swelling and fluid buildup. “My doctor really stressed wearing the compression garment to get the best results,” a former tummy tuck patient said. “He said some doctors don’t do it but it really helps with getting the good shape. I wore it even longer than I think was required – besides it felt better.”

7. Keep it Light.

Eat only light foods and snacks. You don’t want to eat anything high in sodium for the first week because it can cause bloating. During the second week you’ll feel like eating a bit more normal, but your stomach won’t be ready. Make sure to eat plenty of protein and fiber and don’t forget to stay hydrated by drinking six to eight glasses of water daily!

Total Recovery Time: Recovery for a tummy tuck is between four to six weeks, depending on the patient.

Dr. Wigoda brings his patients impeccable surgical techniques, an artist’s aesthetic vision and is an advocate for patient safety and plastic surgery standards.

Looking for more? Check out Dr.Wigoda’s  before and after  tummy tuck pictures and schedule a free plastic surgery consult today.

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3 Reasons Why Plastic Surgery Sky Rockets During the Holidays

Gifting Plastic Surgery South Florida Board-Certified Dr WigodaAll I want for Christmas is— Botox?  Is there a plastic surgeon on your holiday list?

According to the Wall Street Journal, plastic surgeons perform 20 percent more surgeries in December than the rest of year. Four reasons to explain this increase of plastic surgery is the ability to take time off, desire to look the best for the holidays, the “gifting” of plastic surgery, and insurance deductible.

Three Reasons to Explain the Increase of Holiday Plastic Surgery:

1. Time Off

The holiday season is when most people are off from work. This fact is important because after having plastic surgery, patients deal with the embarrassment of swelling. The holidays present the perfect opportunity for patients to heal without having to run into co-workers or neighbors. The off time influences what type of plastic surgery patients choose to have during the holiday season. Patients often wait until the holidays to have surgeries that require longer recovery times such as a tummy tuck, which takes about four weeks to heal and six weeks to resume all activities including exercising.

2. Desire To Look The Best For Holidays

The rise of plastic surgery during the holidays also can be because of the desire to look the best before seeing friends and family at the holiday gatherings. The popularity of selfies has caused the increase of plastic surgery and the around the holiday season even more. Plastic surgeons say that the increase of holiday surgery is because of the insecurities that social media and selfies can breed.

3. Receiving Plastic Surgery As A Christmas Gift

For some plastic surgery is at the top of their wish list for Santa and the holidays. Patients ask their love ones to gift them with plastic surgery instead of traditional gifts. According to an ABC News report, the gifting of cosmetic surgery is up 20 to 35 percent.  It is not uncommon for couples to give each other plastic surgery instead of a gift. Gift cards are not just for larger procedures, but offices often have gift cards with smaller amounts as well.  

Want to learn more about your options for plastic surgery this holiday season? Schedule a plastic surgery virtual consultation today!

 

An Inspirational Story of a Plastic Surgeon and Breast Cancer Survivor

Without luck on her side, she relied on faith, family, and newfound angel, Dr. Paul Wigoda, MD.
Immerse yourself in this heart-wrenching true story of pain, loss, and triumph, an inspiring tale for anyone who has ever been affected either emotionally or physically by breast cancer. 

 

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In May of 2005, this breast cancer survivor underwent a routine plastic surgery procedure with a plastic surgeon in Miami, unaware of what would follow.  Forty-eight hours after the surgery, she was attacked by a flesh-eating bacteria which had spread to all of the areas she had her plastic surgery procedure. She was rushed to Broward Health suffering miserably, as over 60% of her skin was irreparably damaged; she was in agony, on the verge of death.

Dr. Paul Wigoda, MD was called to treat her. He emergently took her to the operating room, and had to remove most of her skin and fatty tissue in her trunk and thighs to remove the dead infected tissue and stop the infection from spreading further. Due to the massive infection which had spread to her bloodstream, her heart stopped twice during the operation but miraculously, she was brought back to life and survived the night. She was induced into a coma for three months during which time she underwent multiple surgeries to remove more skin and then replace it with skin grafts.  She then had to learn to walk all over again, while searching for a reason to go on, amid excruciating pain, significant deformities, and crushing medical debt.

Dr. Wigoda saved her life and supported her on a grueling path to normalcy. Unfortunately, her trauma wasn’t over, and he would have to save her again. Two years after her trauma, her breasts became enlarged, swollen and painful, from the steroid treatments she required to keep her going as her new skin adjusted.  To ease her pain, Dr. Wigoda scheduled her for a routine breast reduction, but to his dismay, found cancer during the surgery. Less than six weeks after hearing the new diagnosis, she underwent a double mastectomy, with Dr. Wigoda performing follow-up reconstruction.  She had walked a difficult path, losing most of her skin and both breasts, but by the end of 2008 she had new breasts in place and was cancer-free, having overcome every obstacle in her path.  

History tells us the most notable winners usually suffer heartbreaking obstacles before they find triumph.  They won because they refused to be discouraged by defeat and instead found courage, strength, and character.  – excerpt from her book

And she had many defeats!  

Here are words to live by:

We can choose every day which attitude we’ll use to embrace that day. We can’t change the past, the only thing we can do is play with the string we have and that’s our attitude. I’m convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. So it is with you to always be in charge of your attitude no matter what comes to you.

Let this heroic woman’s true-life miracle of survival, faith, and inspiration be the reminder we need for this October’s Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Let’s remind each other to:

  • Get frequent check-ups,
  • Research a trustworthy doctor,
  • Remember there are always bumps in the road,
  • But we can persevere with a strong balance of life, support, and positivity!

If you seek further guidance and a free plastic surgery consultation, contact Dr. Paul Wigoda today to learn more.

Painless Breast Implant Surgery: Dr. Wigoda’s Patient Chronicles Life After Plastic Surgery

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After breast implant surgery, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Wigoda conducts multiple follow-up interviews with every patient to ensure they have the best results possible.

In fact, he has an entire YouTube playlist devoted to painless breast implant surgery testimonials!

While these videos help new patients understand what to expect after plastic surgery, one patient went a step further and decided to chronicle life after painless breast implant surgery by blogging about her experience.  

Breast Implant Surgery FAQs

Some common questions that this blog will shed some light on include:

For answers to these questions and more, please read the summaries below or visit the original blog, here.

The Healing Process Begins – One Day After Breast Implants Surgery

Just one-day post-op, this patient sang her praise about Dr. Paul Wigoda and staff.

“I was extremely comfortable throughout the procedure,” the patient began. “When I got home I had some tightness in my breast, but after I took my prescription and ate, I felt completely fine and woke up fine.”

At the end of the video, she raised her arms (remember, this is the day after surgery) and said “there is no pain, it was great!”

See more of her one-day post-op testimonial in the video below.


No Pain, Yes Gain – Three Days After Breast Implants Surgery

Two days after her initial post-op appointment, our patient reports that she is completely able to raise her hands above her head with “virtually no pain” in her chest. She does, however, explain that she has upper back and lower neck soreness as a result of “adding five pounds to [her] front.”

On day three, she was able to take a nice walk around the neighborhood but continued relaxing and using a heating pad. She also began feeling soreness around her incisions but could not feel her nipples or the skin around them at that time, which Dr. Wigoda explained was normal.

“All in all, I’m feeling great!”

Feeling Good But (Im)patiently Waiting – Three Weeks After Breast Surgery

At three weeks, nipple sensation had returned ever so slightly; however, the new breast implants had not fallen into place.

“I’m an extremely impatient person, so I’m DYING for them to ‘fall and fluff’!” our patient exclaimed.

She continues describing her sensations and explains her decision to wear a sports bra to bed although Dr. Wigoda has given her permission not to. At this stage, massaging wasn’t necessary so she scheduled another follow-up appointment to learn light massaging techniques to help the breast implants move to the center of the chest for a natural looking cleavage.

It’s Time, Start Massaging – One Month After Breast Implant Surgery

“For a little update on how they feel? They’re still very sensitive but not as much as my week three post.”

At this stage, plastic surgeon, Dr. Wigoda recommended doing breast massage techniques that push the implants to the center and up from the sides. This technique will allow the breast implants to center better as they continue to fall for the next four-six months.

“Whew, my Plastic Surgeon is the best, check him out!” – One Happy Patient!

GoodBye Sports Bras – Two Months After Breast Implants Surgery

To try to outlast the test of time and because she was worried that gravity would take effect and her procedure would not look good for long, our patient was persistent about wearing sports bras. However, in order to speed up the process of letting the implants drop, Dr. Wigoda recommended she “bare it all” for the time being so she could see her results.

In this post, our patient shares photos of her scars after using a new cream and how her implants look in a T-shirt and sports bra.

Patience is a Virtue – Three Months After Breast Implant Surgery

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Our breast augmentation blogger and patient reported that one breast has fallen into place and is perfect, but she has concerns because the other is still high.

Spoiler alert: She won’t be disappointed for long!

This post contained a lot of informative updates such as:

  • She lost feeling in her nipples and is now experiencing her first “nerve pains”
  • Scars are disappearing at this time
  • After the first bra shopping trip, she officially has a new bra size and discovered how weird push-up bras feel with implants. Fortunately, she won’t be needing those any more.

They Look GREAT – 1.5 Years After Breast Implants Surgery

“My breast augmentation was the best decision that I’ve ever made! They look GREAT!”

A little bit of patience goes a long way and our patient has reported that her breasts have completely dropped, fluffed and look amazing.

After describing her phenomenal results, Dr. Wigoda’s painless breast implants patient signed off with some final advice.

“I cannot stress this enough…please, go to a real doctor. Not a clinic.” she wrote. “My dearest friend is using my doctor, Dr. Paul Wigoda, to fix a $9,000 mistake she endured in a clinic.”

“When I looked online, I saw that Dr. Wigoda had a painless breast implant surgery and I read all of the reviews and everyone said he was a fantastic doctor. I had to go to him. My self-confidence has skyrocketed,” she concluded.

So there you have it, a firsthand account of major milestones after her painless breast implant surgery. Hopefully her experience has helped answer some of your breast implant plastic surgery questions or concerns.

If you seek further guidance and a free plastic surgery consultation, contact Dr. Paul Wigoda today to learn more about what to expect after painless breast implant surgery.

Plastic Surgery’s Newest Trend: Non-Invasive Procedures

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Plastic surgery has come a long way over the years, and the turn of the 21st century has brought about amazing advancements. Results that were once thought only achievable through a mythical fountain of youth were made possible by plastic surgery and now cosmetic surgery is becoming less complicated and results more attainable. How is this possible?

The answer is simple really…

Non-invasive procedures with nip and tuck results.

Last month, we reported on The Today Show’s plastic surgery trends. The latest trend they shared was plastic surgery without the knife. Why? Non-invasive procedures strive to make plastic surgery less complicated.

People want to look as good as they feel, but oftentimes gravity gets in the way. New plastic surgery trends offer non-invasive options for people who want to slow the aging process without looking “worked on.” They want to look like a younger, refreshed version of themselves and rejuvenation results have never been more promising and within reach.

Plastic surgery procedures have evolved and as the options grow and change so do the clientele. People of all ages are seeking help from plastic surgeons to keep themselves up. Even more interesting, many of these plastic surgery patients are male. So many people are opting for non-invasive procedures because of the reduced risks, minimal downtime and the less permanent but still excellent results. While bruising and swelling may occur, non-invasive procedures are a great alternative to plastic surgery as it is ideal for those with busy schedules who can’t afford any downtime. In fact, some procedures are nicknamed lunchtime plastic surgery treatments because they’re just that quick!

Is your interest piqued? Great! Read on to see what less complicated plastic surgery procedures board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Wigoda recommends.

Fillers for Wrinkles

Wrinkles can be the result of any one, or combination of factors including loss of collagen, sun damage, smoking, alcohol consumption and also hormonal changes. Aging itself is a large contributing factor as collagen can decrease at a rate of 1 percent per year after age 40. Sun exposure accelerates the aging process and loss of collagen, resulting in the formation of wrinkles. To help slow down and lightly reverse the natural effects of aging, fillers like Botox, Juvederm, Restylane and Radiesse® can make a subtle but noticeable difference that doesn’t look like the skin is stretched too tight.

Botox Brow Lifts

Botox is mainly used for the upper face including the upper forehead, crows feet and the glabellar area between the eyebrows. It has many uses but Botox brow lifts specifically focus on reversing the descent of eyebrows which has a tremendous effect on the “total” look of the person. Depending on whether the descent is more toward the middle or more toward the outside, the person may look angry, bored, or tired when they are not. Raising the brow “opens” the entire eye up. As a result the person looks more refreshed, awake, and happy. Botox brow lifts offer effective but less permanent results comparable to surgical brow lifts. The best part is, you can start small and if you’d like, do more after.

Kybella for Double Chins

Recently, the FDA approved a new drug called Kybella. The drug went through two clinical trials involving 1,022 adults with varying degrees of “submental fat.” The results were a noticeable reduction in fat! Kybella is approved as a “non-invasive in-the-office procedure” and sounds like a worthy alternative to liposuction, which targets the same fat but involves a lengthy procedure under local anesthesia.

“If the drug actually works as described, it will be very useful. However, I am skeptical that it will be as effective as liposuction. We will just have to wait to see how well it works, and more importantly, what the possible complications are,” said Dr. Wigoda.

Medical Facials and Peels

Medical facial services to combat the on-the-surface skin care problems plagued by men and women of any age. Medical aesthetics services are a lighter side of non-surgical cosmetic services that can protect against premature aging and also maximize the benefits of other procedures such as Botox and Fillers. For best results, enhance your medical facials with services like micro-needling, dermaplaning, microdermabrasion and chemical peels like Vi Peel.

Tip: VI Peel is formulated with a numbing agent, making it a perfect service to have before a Botox injection!

Micro-Needling

Micro-needling improves the appearance of fine wrinkles and acne scars by using tiny needle pricks around the problem area to stimulate the skin’s natural healing process, collagen. This collagen induction therapy provides faster recovery than laser resurfacing and generally sees a 60% to 70% improvement in the broad acne scars with four to six treatments. Patients typically notice an immediate glow following their initial treatment but may exhibit slight redness for a few days as the skin heals.

Dermaplaning

If you want to get rid of dead skin cells, dermaplaning is a great exfoliator. Dermaplaning is a simple and safe procedure for exfoliating the epidermis and getting rid of the vellus hair (baby-fine hairs on your face,) along with giving your skin a brighter complexion. It is very similar to shaving and will hack off all your fine facial hairs (bonus!), but before you go buying fine facial razors, keep in mind that the best results come from professionals so your skin will feel silky smooth.

Truth: Vellus hair is soft and fine, and shaving them won’t make them thicker and coarser.

Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion treatments use a minimally abrasive instrument to gently sand your skin, removing the thicker, uneven outer layer to gently exfoliate the skin to diminish signs of aging. This non-invasive treatment is used to treat light scarring, discoloration, sun damage, and stretch marks.

Chemical Peels (including the VI Peel)

VI Peels are a safe, effective approach to achieving younger looking skin and provide superior results within a week. Skin that is properly maintained through professional exfoliation treatments and appropriate home care products stays healthy, youthful, and radiant at any age. The plus of chemical peels such as VI Peels? A single VI Peel will achieve significant repair and impart a healthy glow to the skin. It is a true restorative, painless repair of damaged skin cells resulting from UV exposure and acne. Best of all, it is an aging preventative for younger patients with no visible damage. There are no restrictions following the VI Peels, normal activities may be resumed immediately after the peel. For patients who exercise routinely, low impact aerobic activity would be advised for 72-96 hours.

Non-invasive treatments can add up with multiple sessions, but the price tag is worth it for your peace of mind. Want to know what cosmetic treatments would work best for your problem areas? Contact Dr. Wigoda today for your free consultation.

What’s In and What’s Out For Plastic Surgery in 2015

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We’ve recently delivered a few posts checking out The Today Show’s week-long plastic surgery segment. The last post was all about what you should consider getting done at what age, but now we are onto a new topic!

The Today Show narrowed down some of the hottest plastic surgery trends lately and also what is slowly fading away this 2015. So naturally, we wanted to ask board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Wigoda, MD to see if he agreed with what’s hot and what’s not!

What’s In?

These are some of the things The Today Show says are the hottest on the market right now when it comes to plastic surgery:

  • Butts bigger, fuller and higher
  • Boobs smaller and more natural
  • Lips full but not fish like
  • Face not too tight

Wigoda Says: “In Florida, patients want larger breasts, not smaller. Larger breasts can still look natural if they are done well.” So for the most part, The Today Show is spot on about the popular procedures of the year! The growing trend with breast implants is still larger, but more natural. Make sure you check out your surgeons before and after photos, as well as reviews to get the look you want!

Most Popular Plastic Surgery by Region:

While we’re on the topic of most popular surgeries of the year, The Today Show also broke down which surgery is most popular by region. Since Dr. Wigoda is located in sunny Florida, we wanted to know if indeed, liposuction and breast augmentation were the most popular.

(Never fear, if you’re reading this from somewhere else in the United States, we have your region in there too!)

Wigoda Says: “Yes!!! Liposuction and Breast Implants are definitely the most popular procedures!” You heard him! Now if you want to follow along with the trend and receive liposuction or painless breast implants, click here to get an absolutely free consultation with Dr. Wigoda!

Do you agree with what’s hot and what’s not for this year? Sound off in the comments, share on our Facebook page, and let us know what you think!

 

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Dr. Wigoda Answers: How Young Is Too Young For Plastic Surgery?

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Plastic surgery has been rapidly on the rise this year. With the numbers growing for acceptance of plastic surgery, there is one number that is rapidly shrinking. Every year, more and more teens and young adults are jumping on the plastic surgery bandwagon.

With an incredible 200,000 plastic surgery procedures performed on individuals between the ages of thirteen and nineteen in 2010, according to American Society of Plastic Surgeons, what age is too young to make such a drastic and life altering decision?

With young celebrities like Kylie Jenner, who admittedly received lip injections and possibly breast implants at the age of seventeen, setting an example for young girls, the importance of body image is at an all time high. The glitz and glam of getting that “ideal” curvaceous look is consuming teens and adults across the globe. This led us to ask board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Paul Wigoda, one of the most popular questions buzzing around in today’s tabloids, “how young is TOO young for plastic surgery?”

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“Eighteen is usually the cutoff that most plastic surgeons agree on for breast augmentation. You want to make sure the patient is fully grown physically, but probably more important, is their level of maturity” states Dr. Wigoda, who will only perform his Painless Breast Implant surgery on adults eighteen years or older. Dr. Wigoda has performed the Painless Breast Implants procedure on hundreds of women from all over the world, and notes some important factors to consider about age.

The most crucial thing to understand is that no matter how old or mature mentally you may think you are, your body may not be at that same stage of maturity. Most females reach their final adult height at age 15, but may continue to grow and fill out up until age eighteen or twenty-one depending when their menstruation began. Placing implants on someone as young as seventeen when their body is not yet fully developed could lead to changes in the appearance of the breasts that perhaps was not anticipated or planned.

However, mental capacity and maturity is indeed a huge consideration with plastic surgery. No matter if you are a teen or adult, plastic surgery is a choice that needs careful planning and consideration as well as extensive education and cannot be done on impulse. Young adults who choose plastic surgery without proper knowledge often still have insecurities or negative repercussions afterward.

Dr. Wigoda stresses researching your plastic surgeon by reading real patients reviews, meeting with your plastic surgeon, and even taking a tour of their facility to make sure they are AAAASF certified. Remember, no matter your age, you are in control of your own body.

 

Is There An Exception To The Rule?

Isn’t there always an exception to the rule? “There are some procedures, like ear tucks, breast reductions, and rhinoplasty, where you can make the argument that having these as a teenager is reasonable.” Dr. Wigoda tells us in our interview.

Often times, teens and young children can experience pain or discomfort due to large busts, or extensive teasing and self-esteem issues due to physical appearances. Otoplasty for example, is used to pin back the ears and has extensively been proven to help the confidence of teens and children. Breast reductions are often done on women who are in a great deal of pain when the breasts impede on everyday activities. Should cases like these be denied surgery because they are too young?

Whatever the case, plastic surgery and age is an increasingly slippery slope. As plastic surgery becomes more popular, Dr. Wigoda says the most important thing a surgeon can do to combat issue is to have a policy, and to stick to it.

Are you over the age of eighteen and considering plastic surgery? Contact Dr. Wigoda for a free consultation today!

Is Plastic Surgery a Must? Time Magazine Tells All

Does Plastic Surgery Choose You? 

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In Time magazine cover story “Nip. Tuck. Or Else.,” columnist Joel Stein says when it comes to plastic surgery “you’re going to have to do it.” But Fort Lauderdale Plastic Surgeon Dr. Paul Wigoda believes the choice is still yours.

 

Reality shows are demystifying surgery by showing it from the patient’s perspective, non-invasive procedures are becoming more affordable, and having work done is less taboo in general, but Dr. Wigoda, the board-certified plastic surgeon best known for his painless breast implant procedure, does not believe that women will HAVE to have cosmetic procedures done just because their friends are doing it as Time’s article concludes.

“Most could benefit from some types of procedures to look younger, but there is nothing that says you have to do them to succeed,” said Dr. Wigoda. “To look as young as your friends that are doing it, yes, you may have to unless you are genetically blessed, but if you are OK with aging naturally then there shouldn’t be an issue if you don’t do any procedures.”

The basic premise of Time’s article is that if you want to look good, you have to have procedures done. But that is a very general statement because many women take good care of themselves by avoiding sun damage, smoking, and perhaps are blessed genetically, and they will still look good naturally. Think Christie Brinkley.

Nip Tuck or Else Time Magazine Article Dr Wigoda Responds

While Dr. Wigoda and Stein may have different opinions on whether or not procedures must be done, they both agree that plastic surgery is a confidence booster.

RealSelf user Rosemary Hall’s plastic surgery journey was followed in the article. In the end, she chose non-invasive procedures that make her feel like a new person. She had liposuction on her chin and transferred the fat to fill under her eyes, her nasolabial  folds and marionette lines. And she’s very happy.

“I was just laid off, so I’m really glad I had the procedure done,” she said. “I’ll feel more confident on interviews, especially once the lipo scar on my chin has smoothed out.”

Hall recently looked at her wedding video and couldn’t focus on anything but her chin.

“Before if someone took a picture of me, I’d hate it and not look at it. Now I’m taking selfies,” she said.

In his own practice, Dr. Wigoda hears many similar stories. Women who have previously felt that they had to hide something or just weren’t 100 percent confident with one feature may sometimes describe their procedures as “life-changing” and more often than not wish that they had done the procedure sooner.

On why Dr. Wigoda believes we’re seeing more procedures done, he added:

“The fact is that most people, both men and women, don’t want to age gracefully. They want to stay looking young because they feel young, so if you feel young but look old, it’s not necessarily a good combination.”

Fortunately, the times are changing, and there are reasonable solutions to help people look as youthful as they feel. Cosmetic surgery is no longer taboo and many plastic surgeons offer reasonable payment plans and non-invasive options that are more affordable and require less recovery time.

Sure, it can be generalized that since we are now on the red carpet 24/7 posting pictures of ourselves on Facebook and Instagram, we can blame social media for the increase in procedures being done, but therein lies the main issue with this article. There is no need to “blame” anything because the end result is not anti-feminist or being forced upon people as the article implies.

Plastic surgery is a choice, and it’s not one that people are making to keep up with their friends. It’s something more personal that makes them feel like they’ve done something positive for themselves.

To learn more about painless breast implants and non-invasive procedures or to schedule a free consultation, contact Dr. Wigoda today.

 

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Dr. Paul Wigoda Introduces Medical Facial Services

Suffering from acne scars, hiding the peach fuzz, erasing the fine wrinkles or cringing at the sight of losing your eyebrows can be a big downer for men and women of any age.  Dr. Paul Wigoda introduces medical facial services to combat the on-the-surface skin care problems plagued by men and women of any age.

Dr Wigoda Offers New Medical Facial Services summer solstice specials

Peach fuzz, fine wrinkles, acne scars,  and skin pigmentation problems can really get in the way on a sunny Florida day. While Florida sun may have a positive impact on lifestyle, it also comes packed with damaging  effects on skin and can increase the premature wrinkles, sun spots, loss of elasticity and more. In fact, Miami, Florida was named one of the top 15 cities in the U.S. that are tough on skin.

Licensed Medical Aesthetician Britt Ann Stafford

Dr. Wigoda’s Introduces Licensed Medical Aesthetician, Britt Ann Stafford

To help make sure you can make the most of the Florida sun without sacrificing your complexion, Dr. Paul Wigoda is proud to welcome Skincare Specialist Britt Ann Stafford, LME Licensed Medical Aesthetician, as the newest member of his Fort Lauderdale plastic surgery practice, just in time for some summer services!

Dr Wigoda Britt Ann Stafford, LME Licensed Medical Aesthetician & Skincare Specialist Certified Permanent Makeup Technician

Dr. Wigoda’s  Licensed Medical Aesthetician Britt Ann Stafford Doing Dermaplaning and a VI Peel On A Customer.

Britt is a licensed Medical Aesthetician with more than 27 years of experience and  brings an arsenal of medical-based skin care treatments to Dr. Wigoda’s office, like permanent makeup including color correction, skin texture and scarring, melasma reduction, and acne treatments for teens and adults. Originally trained in California, she is educated in micro-pigmentation, permanent makeup, medical aesthetics including chemical peels and medical facials, and laser hair removal.

Adding medical aesthetics services to Dr. Wigoda’s offerings brings a lighter side of non-surgical cosmetic services that can protect against premature aging and also maximize the benefits of other procedures such as Botox and Fillers. Dr. Wigoda and his team take pride in offering superior patient care, as seen in their pre- and post-op education and follow up procedures. Offering these skin care services in conjunction with other treatments is just one more way Dr. Wigoda can help patients feel and look their best.

This lighter menu can be purchased a la carte, but for best results, Dr. Wigoda recommends the medical facials be done with the following services:

Micro-Needling 

This tool improves the appearance of fine wrinkles and acne scars by using tiny needle pricks around the problem area to stimulate the skin’s natural healing process, collagen. This collagen induction therapy provides faster recovery than laser resurfacing and generally sees a 60% to 70% improvement in the broad acne scars with four to six treatments.

Dermaplaning 

If you want to get rid of dead skin cells, dermaplaning is a great exfoliator. It is very similar to shaving and will hack off all your fine facial hairs (bonus!), but before you go buying fine facial razors, keep in mind that the best results come from professionals so your skin will feel silky smooth.

Microdermabrasion

Think about buffing something until it appears fresh and shiny. That’s what this non-chemical, non-invasive procedure basically does for your skin. A spray of microcrystals removes the outermost layer of dry, dead skin cells and reveals younger, healthier-looking skin.

Chemical Peels (including the VI Peel)

VI Peels are a safe, effective approach to achieving younger looking skin and provide superior results within a week. A consistent regimen of 2-4 VI Peels every year, along with proper skin care, will reverse sun damage, treat hyperpigmentation, acne, and acne scarring, aging skin and rosacea.

Tip: VI Peel is formulated with a numbing agent, making it a perfect service to have before a Botox injection!

 

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Whether you need a little pick me up or have some specific needs, contact us today to book a complimentary skincare consultation with Britt Ann Stafford to discuss your skincare needs and treatment options.

Botox FAQ: Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Wigoda Tells All

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We’ve written about social media selfies and plastic surgery before, but as the selfie plastic surgery craze  continues to rise so does the desire for treatments like Botox is growing stronger every year.

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Last year plastic surgery stats show there was a surge in requests for aesthetic procedures created by social media “selfies,” and with the selfie stick being the year’s trending gift item there are no signs of slowdowns.

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We asked Dr. Wigoda, board-certified plastic surgeon by the American Board of Plastic Surgery to share frequently asked questions on Botox procedures and here is what he had to say: 

6 Things to Know When Getting Botox

 

  1. How Is Botox Administered

The injection is made into the muscle. Dr. Wigoda will determine the muscle(s) in need of treatment.

 

  1. Does The Treatment Hurt?

A very fine needle is used for the one to three injections that are usually given per muscle. Some patients report minor and temporary discomfort from treatment.

 

  1. When Does It Start To Work?

Usually, you will see the effects of Botox within three days. The maximum benefit is reached in one to two weeks.

 

  1. How Long Does The Effect Last?

The results you will see from a single treatment of Botox will normally be sustained for approximately three to six months. You will notice a gradual fading of its effects. At this point you will return for your next treatment.

 

  1. Is It Right For Me?

Botox should not be used during pregnancy, if you are nursing, or if you are taking certain medications.

 

  1. How Long Can I Be Treated With Botox

Treatment with BOTOX® can typically be repeated indefinitely. It has been used for over 10 years worldwide. Acceptable safety in long-term treatment has been established.

 

Watch as Dr. Wigoda shares the differences between Botox and Fillers:

If you are thinking of having Botox, contact board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Wigoda for a free consultation.