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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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.

Plastic Surgery and Age: What You Need To Know

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As many of you avid television watchers may know, The Today Show did a week-long special on plastic surgery last week. Among the topics covered on the show was what each age bracket should know in terms of what will happen to your body, and what you can do enhance or hide it.

Age has been a trending topic this year with regards to plastic surgery. We’ve been hot on the debate about how young is too young for plastic surgery?, and now we want to know what Dr. Paul Wigoda, MD thinks about what you can do as you get older!

Dr. Wigoda, a board-certified plastic surgeon, brings years of plastic surgery on patients of all ages to the table. We asked him to set the record straight and give us some opinions on the facts being reported.  

In Your 30s:

Here are some of the tips The Today Show gives for patients in their 30s on what they can expect:

  • As you transition from 20s to 30s, prevention is KEY! It’s crucial to start thinking about what you can do to avoid developing lines, wrinkles or crow’s feet.
  • Focusing on anti-aging routines can sustain a youthful look and delay the need for surgery. Small procedures are encouraged at this age, and as always, apply sunscreen regularly to preserve the skin.
  • Lines and wrinkles become most noticeable around the eyes, mouth and forehead.
  • Just getting started? Try Botox, Dysport, Xeomin or fillers to prevent lines.
  • If you’re struggling with heavy under-eye bags, NewBeauty recommends blepharoplasty. It’s a quick procedure with little time needed for recovery. It costs roughly $1500-$3500 and ranges from 1-3 hours.

Dr. Wigoda Says: “30s are a little too young to have your lower eyelids done. I would say the average is the late 40s and 50s.” You heard it right, make sure you are not spending over $1500 on a procedure that you may not need for another 10 to 20 years! However, if you are ready and eager to get something done, check out Dr. Wigoda’s Botox page and set up your free consultation!

In Your 40s:

Next up, we have the 40s! This age range is when many begin to consider some sort of plastic surgery or non-invasive procedure. This is the ideal age to be very aware of what will actually be beneficial and safe, and what will just burn a hole in your pocket and lead to complications! The Today Show stresses those in their 40s to be aware of:

  • Aging becomes apparent in this stage of your life — sun damage is more pronounced and the after-effects of having children start to take a toll on your body.
  • As your face begins to lose fat, dry spots may appear as well as wrinkles that come as a result of summer days in the sun.
  • Nasolabial folds (those lines from your nose to your mouth) become deeper and alter the shape of your face — changing it from round to square. For these, injectables make all the difference. They take fat from where you don’t want it via liposuction and put it where it is deficient, according to NewBeauty. Injectable procedures can cost anywhere from $1500-$3500, take 1-3 hours and entail 5-14 days of recovery.
  • Cellulite also worsens — estrogen levels decrease and fat builds in areas naturally most affected by cellulite. Although there’s no permanent remedy for cellulite, NewBeauty recommends massage techniques, heat to stimulate collagen (Accent) and Cellulaze, a surgery performed to reduce the bands. Cellulaze is roughly $5000-$7000, takes about 1-2 hours and requires 1-2 days for recovery.

Dr. Wigoda says: “Injectables cost about $650-$950 per syringe and most patients only need one syringe. Also, the actual procedure only takes about five to ten minutes and there is virtually no recovery period.” It is very important you be aware that you are not being overcharged for procedures. Also, do the research and read customer reviews and testimonials. Dr. Wigoda prides himself on painless procedures with minimal to no pain and recovery time. If a surgeon is telling you something will hurt or take longer than it should to heal, make sure you do your research on the procedure and that particular doctor!

“I think these cellulite procedures work less effectively than advertised. The procedures that are completely non-invasive are a waste of money as far as I am concerned. Whether the procedure is heating or cooling the fat/cellulite, it is a waste.” There is VERY little evidence to show that non-invasive cellulite procedures work for permanent results. Often, results only last for a matter of hours due to the cellulite tightening, not actually going away.

In Your 50s and 60s:

  • You may be experiencing some saggy skin, most notably in the neck and facial area. Fillers, injectables and other non-invasive treatments are not the way to go, though. Surgically removing it (with a facelift) is the only option.
  • Facelifts are said to make you look 10 years younger. According to NewBeauty, it helps to restore the natural curvature of the face, while also making it appear firmer. It comes at a hefty cost —procedures range from $4000-$25,000, last 3-6 hours and require 10-14 days of recovery.
  • Loose skin in the neck area can be easily removed with a neck lift. It can also be pretty pricey — between $3500 – $10,000 for 1-3 hour procedure with 7-14 days of recovery.

Dr. Wigoda says: “Patients in this age range definitely are candidates for fillers and Botox. However, these don’t tighten the neck or face skin. They can camouflage areas that are aging so they look more youthful.” One of the most important parts of plastic surgery is to make sure you are informed of what exactly is happening/being done to your body. Make sure you have a surgeon that will communicate with you and answer all of your questions. If you don’t know what to ask, check out these five important questions to ask about Botox!

No matter your age, you are never too young or too old to be informed! If you are considering any of these surgical or non-invasive procedures or have any questions about aging and what you can do to look your best, contact Dr. Wigoda for an honest assessment and  free plastic surgery consultation!

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Botox and Fillers 411: 5 Important Questions to Ask

 

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According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the number of annual Botox injections has increased 748% from 2000 to 2014. This leap in Botox use can be attributed to an increase in education about the products used for fillers, which have been proven safe to use and even have excellent side effects, like reducing migraines. However, being educated about the product doesn’t mean much if you’re not researching the person performing the procedure.

When it comes to cosmetic procedures, Botox ranks number one in the country, which is great because it gives clients a non-invasive option with minimal recovery time. However, the reasons clients love Botox are the same reasons trendy medical spas like them. The multi-billion dollar Botox industry can be done by estheticians out of medical spas or even dentist offices. Medical licenses are required to purchase these products; however, the cosmetic injectable training is optional so we’re seeing a lot of unusual places turning into Botox mills, hoping to capitalize on the trend.

“It is scary that almost anyone working in a doctor’s office can inject you with Botox or fillers. It is also scary that some doctors take a weekend course and suddenly, they are ‘experts’,” said Dr. Paul Wigoda. “Unfortunately, many patients have learned the hard way that you can’t always believe what you are told, even by a doctor. I would recommend sticking to a plastic surgeon, dermatologist, or facial plastic surgeon that learned how to do these procedures during their residency where they were trained over a period of years, not hours.”

Remember, no matter how safe Botox and fillers are, you can still end up with less desirable results if performed incorrectly. Ask the person injecting your fillers these 5 questions before you commit:

Botox and Fillers 411: 5 Important Questions to Ask

 

  1. What is your medical background?

Remember, a medical license is not required to perform cosmetic injections.  In some states, the injections can be delegated to a non-licensed assistant, regardless of the person’s medical background.

  1. What type of training have you undergone?

If so, for how long? Certification is not required so think about how much you really trust someone who lacks adequate instruction and practice. The person injecting you can get the optional Continuing Medical Education credit (CME) in a weekend course. Ask yourself if you can trust someone who didn’t bother taking the time to get professional training.

  1. How often have you performed this specific injection?

If you choose to go with someone who did complete the training, find out when. They may have gotten certified but aren’t as practiced as you would like. Ask if they’ve injected that product into this particular area before. Botox is different from soft-tissue fillers; therefore, it is important to know if they have done that exact procedure before so you can make sure they are experienced.

  1. Is this what the product is primarily used for?

Different products have different purposes and just because it’s called a “filler” doesn’t mean it should be used in any problem area. Be sure to ask important questions, voice your concerns, and do your own research. There are over a dozen product varieties, each with a specific purpose and focal area so make sure you are getting the right one for the best results.

  1. If something goes wrong, what happens next?

When done incorrectly, negative reactions can occur! Can your procedure be reversible? If so, how long will it take? Botox can last for months while some fillers can be immediately dissolved. Other fillers are non-dissolvable and can last around two years! Know your options! Also, if there is an immediate reaction, what will this person injecting you be able to do? If it’s just “call a doctor,” you may wish you just started with a medical professional in the first place.

So when you’re ready to get your Botox and fillers, ask these 5 questions first so you won’t regret it later. For professional results that you can feel confident in, contact Dr. Wigoda, board-certified plastic surgeon by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, who has had zero lawsuits, zero disciplinary actions, and zero major complications.

 

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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!

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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!

 

*Summer Solstice 2015 Specials*

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.

Can Cosmetic Surgery Help you Get a Job or Promotion?

Rough and wrinkled? Cosmetic surgery might be a prerequisite for your next job search or promotion.  A survey of women believe a youthful appearance makes it easier to get a job, gain a promotion, or find new clients.

Botox and other facial cosmetic procedures aren’t just for the celebrities, news anchors and other individuals who make their career on the big screen. It’s looking like the go-to procedure to give professionals the desired effect they are looking for to boost their careers. The fact is that appearances do matter to some extent. While employers don’t expect you to “keep up with the Kardashians,” they do expect that you maintain a positive, well-kept appearance, which may not only make face-to-face business more enjoyable, but also give you a newfound self-confidence that radiates in the workplace.

According to the results of a survey compiled by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), a significant number of working women are influenced by the perception that plastic surgery can improve their chances in the job market. The survey of 756 women between 18 and 64 years revealed than three in five respondents believed that in difficult economic conditions, it gets somewhat easier to obtain a job, gain a promotion, or find new clients with a youthful appearance. Let’s examine why this may ring true.

Feeling good and building confidence

Women in particular tend to believe that if they show signs of aging they will be less competitive in the workforce compared to recent graduates and younger candidates. While we like to believe this is not true, ultimately, women who use Botox injections to improve or maintain some of their best features admit to feeling more self-confident which can lead to a better reaction to how people perceive them in the workplace.

However, women considering Botox to enhance their career aren’t looking to turn back the hands of time completely, rather they want to look their age and not be perceived as someone who is “too old” for a particular job assignment. The look they are going for is healthy and youthful, but they still want their experience to shine through.

Facing Social Media with video calls, profile images and photo tags

Today our faces are becoming an increasingly important business asset. Conference calls now take place on FaceTime, Skype and Google Hangouts. Many people also report that they find jobs or build business relationships through social media networking sites. Having a profile picture on your LinkedIn account makes you appear more trustworthy and typically sees more clickthroughs to your profile than a page without an image. People regularly “doctor” their profile pictures in Photoshop anyway, but why settle for the fantasy when you can have the fairytale? Cosmetic procedures give you the power to appear the way you want to in your photographs, no touch-ups required.

Convenience of lunch-time treatments

The result of the desire to appear more youthful to remain competitive in the workplace has led to an increase in “lunch-time treatments” as they are non-surgical cosmetic procedures that can realistically be done during the client’s lunch hour and allow them to go back to work without skipping a beat.

From the perspective of the entrepreneur who is pressed for time and does not want to undergo a surgical procedure, non-surgical options like Botox and facial filler injections have many benefits. First, the duration of the procedure is shorter and there is minimal to no downtime or discomfort. Additionally, there are less dramatic effects compared to surgery and minimal risk of side effects.

Today’s numerous cosmetic surgery electives are advanced and safer than ever with injectables such as Botox and minimally invasive techniques that optimize results and speed up patient’s recovery. If you are trying to maintain and obtain a more youthful radiance, contact Dr. Wigoda today to discuss how you can reach your goals.

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Botox During Pregnancy: Is it Safe?

More and more women are questioning the use of  botox during pregnancy and whether it can affect a mother’s unborn child.  A new Canadian study published by doctors with the Motherisk program at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children indicates that when the procedure is done properly, botox does not pose an additional risk for expectant mothers and their babies.

 

Out of 19 cases cited where women had been injected with botox during pregnancy, one woman terminated her pregnancy medically, while a 2nd with a history of miscarriages lost her child.  The other 17 pregnancies went to term and none of the infants required any special postnatal care.

 

The Vancouver Sun also cited another study involving 28 pregnant women who used Botox, including as many as 10 during the second or third trimester.  In that study, there were only one abortion and two miscarriages, while the rest of the babies went to term without complication.  Once again the women who suffered miscarriages had a history of miscarriages.

 

Despite those low numbers, plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Wigoda still strongly cautions women who know they are pregnant not to take the risk.

 

“I think its clear to say that if a woman knows she is pregnant, she should not use botox. While in all likelihood, the botox will not injure the fetus, the fact is we just don’t know.”

 

Wigoda cites the small sample sizes of the cited studies, and the overall lack of extensive research as the reason he won’t knowingly inject a pregnant women with botox.

 

However, he also states there is no evidence to suggest that botox can harm a fetus, even when the injection happens late in the pregnancy. The authors of the Motherisk study say that as long as the botox is properly injected, it should not seep into a woman’s bloodstream. Further studies suggest that even if it does, it does not appear to cross the placenta.

 

For Wigoda, it’s more of a case of better safe than sorry.

 

“If someone does have Botox while not knowing they are pregnant, I think its fair to say that there is very little chance the fetus will be damaged and I wouldn’t worry too much about it.”

Contact Dr. Wigoda today for a free consultation at 954.463.7088.

Botox for Men More Accepted Than Ever Says Dr. Wigoda

Botox for men is becoming much more acceptable, says plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Wigoda.

Call it a rise in ‘brotox’.

Botox for MenMen are increasingly getting injected, to stay youthful and dynamic at the workplace.

While the cosmetic surgery industry was largely driven by female patients, that is quickly beginning to change.  Where their once was a stigma attached to men walking into a plastic surgeon’s office, today clinics are treating a growing number of male patients, not only for corrective surgery, but the same youth-a-fication needs, such as wrinkles, that women have long sought treatment for.

“The number of men coming into my office for botox treatments, even during peak hours,  are increasing every year,” Dr. Wigoda explains. “It’s becoming more accepted by men to treat their wrinkles through this minimally invasive procedure.”

According to the American Society for Plastic Surgeons, botox was by far the most popular procedure for men in 2012.

  • Of the over 6 million people who used botox in 2012, nearly 400,000 were men, up seven percent from 2011.
  • The next most popular procedure for men was laser hair removal, which just under 200,000 men were treated for.
  • Overall plastic surgeons have seen a steady increase in male customers over the last few years. According to the ASPS, 22% more men had some type of cosmetic procedure in the year 2012 than in 2000.
  • Botox for men has clearly been the most popular procedure. Compared to 2000, there was a 314% rise in male patients in 2012.

Even celebrities like Simon Cowell have admitted using botox to stay youthful.

“These days, men, just as much as women, are looking for every advantage to stay and look healthy later in life,” Wigoda adds, “and they are no longer embarrassed about appearing vain, they want to look good, and botox is an effective and safe way for them to do so.”

A single botox treatment can last four months, so Botox, like many less invasive procedures, have little downside to them, according to Wigoda.

Contact Dr. Wigoda today for a free consultation at 954.463.7088.

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Dr Wigoda Speaks on FDA Approval of Botox to Improve Appearance on Crow’s Feet

In this video, Dr. Wigoda gives insight on what questions to ask your doctor before getting Botox and the history of Botox.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a new use for Botox Cosmetic (onabotulinumtoxinA) for the temporary improvement in the appearance of moderate to severe lateral canthal lines, known as crow’s feet, in adults. Botox Cosmetic is the only FDA approved drug treatment option for crow’s feet.

The FDA approved Botox Cosmetic in 2002 for the temporary improvement of wrinkles between the eyebrows, known as frown lines, in adults. Botox Cosmetic works by keeping muscles from tightening so wrinkles are less prominent.