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.

 

Bride and Groom Say I DO to Plastic Surgery by Dr. Wigoda in Fort Lauderdale

Wedding planning and plastic surgery is IN! It’s that time of year for brides and plastic surgery by Dr. Paul Wigoda. The bride gets a breast augmentation, the groom wants a nose job, the mother-of-the-bride will take a facelift and the father-of-the bride needs botox. The wedding registry calls for a secret list that might include plastic surgery, a growing trend reports Fort Lauderdale-based plastic surgeon Dr. Wigoda.

“First comes the bride, then comes the wedding entourage; this time of year I see dozens of wedding parties making their way to my office to see what they can sneak in cosmetic procedure-wise in time for their big day” says Dr. Paul Wigoda. “The good news is that Spring is the perfect time to do practically any cosmetic procedure and be good to go in time for wedding season.”

 Here are Dr. Wigoda’s top 5 most popular plastic surgery for soon to be brides to time it right:

  1. Painless Breast Implants – Say “I do” to that strapless gown that will knock ‘em dead when you come down that aisle! Plan at least 3-6 months in advance.

  2. Liposculpture – It’s a fact that most brides gain rather than lose weight in the months leading up to their weddings. All that stress, and the cake tasting! What’s a girl to do? One word – Liposculpture  Plan at least 3-6 months in advance.

  3. Botox and Fillers – Guys need this to! Despite tradition “something old” has no place at your perfect wedding! Make sure to book a double appointment so your groom can get in on this quick fix too! He’ll thank you when he sees how fabulous you both look. 3-4 weeks ahead and your smooth to go!

  4. Facelift – Gone are the days of 20 year old brides. At least brides that are actually in their 20’s (and don’t just look like they are)! Allow 3-6 months before lights, camera and wedding action.

  5. Browlift – All those sleepless nights you spent worrying about your wedding don’t need to leave you looking tired! Allow 3-6 months.

 If you are getting married and would like to see what you can achieve before your big day we invite you to come in for a free consultation. Remember, sure it’s just one day but those pictures are f-o-r-e-v-e-r!

Dr. Paul Wigoda Reports Silicone Breast Implants Grow 72% in 2012

Faces are lifting, silicone breast implants are IN, skin is smoothing, Botox is booming and tummy tucking is far from flat, growing 70% in the last 12 years. The biggest bump Dr. Paul Wigoda noticed was the fact that 72% of breast implant surgeries in the United States used silicone implants; 28% used saline or sterile salt water implants.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons has just released their 2012 annual statistics reporting the number and variety of plastic surgery procedures that were performed last year. The report, a virtual “state of the union” for plastic surgery profession, provides us with several interesting insights into trends in plastic surgery for the year.

“The fact that total U.S. cosmetic procedures were up last year is not surprising given that the economy is beginning to bounce back and these procedures are high on many people’s list of things to do with the extra income they are seeing.” says Dr. Paul Wigoda. Check the infographic below for increases in cosmetic procedures in relation to other important economic indicators, also on the rise.


Overall, cosmetic procedures in total were up a whopping 5%! The most popular procedures by volume were breast augmentation with 286,274 performed in 2012, followed by nose reshaping (242,684), eyelid surgery (204,015), liposuction (202,128), facelift (126,320) and tummy tuck (106,628).

Faces Lifting!

The biggest bump last year came in the form of facial rejuvenation procedures.

Here are some highlights:

 

  • Facelifts up by 6% from 2011

  • Eyelid Surgery up 4%

  • Microdermabrasion up 8% with 973,556 performed

  • Soft Tissue Fillers up by 5% with 1,988,767 performed

  • Botox and Dysport up 8% with 6,134,631 performed

Why so much focus on the face? The ASPS suggests “one has to assume that economic recovery and consumer confidence plays an important role… Another factor is people entering or re-entering the workforce at an older age, needing to compete with younger applicants. Having our appearance look as good as our experience and resumes… is a strong motivation.”

Other Notable Performers Include:

  • Breast Augmentation, up 35% from 2000

  • Calf Augmentation up 8% from 2011

  • Pectoral Implants up 6%

  • Upper Arm Lift up 3%

  • Tummy Tuck up 70% from 2000

Male Surgeries on the Rise

A clear indicator of the increase in male surgeries is in the treatment of male breast development or gynecomastia with an increase of 5% over last year. Says Dr. Paul Wigoda, “We have seen a marked increase in male procedures over the past several years, especially last year. Not just for gynecomastia but for facelift, eyelid lifts, pectoral augmentation, dermabrasion and nose reshaping. Plastic surgery is definitely no longer just for women.”

All in all, the ASPS reports prove that the state of the plastic surgery profession is very promising with further increases projected for next year. So, if you’ve been waiting for an economic turnaround to plan a cosmetic procedure, the time to schedule it is officially now. Come in for a free consultation with Dr. Wigoda and celebrate our improved economy!



Plastic Surgery Trends of 2012: Shhh…Botox is the New Mani and Men Love Plastic Surgery

Starting the anti-aging process early as a preventive measure is always a more successful path than trying to reverse the signs of aging, reports Dr. Paul Wigoda. The 2012 stats prove that men and women are on the same page. When Marie Claire writer Aleksandra Crapanzano asked, “Is it uncouth to show up with fine lines?,” ASPS posted an article considering Botox as the new manicure for today’s 40-year-old.

While the invitees of some intermittent dinner party groups are getting older, their faces are not. The previously required manicure and salon blowout no longer make the cut in some social groups. Instead, a Botox or injectable treatment is the new get-ready routine.

They key, as ASPS points out in Botox may be the most popular procedure, but sometimes it’s a secret, is not to look younger but to maintain their good looks. In fact, one physician notes that even husbands are unaware of their wives’ tiny procedures.

One reason for this shift over the years from facial plastic surgery to less-costly, nonsurgical options, such as Botox, has been shown to be the economy – although long-lasting results were shown to be a higher priority than cost and immediacy of results, according a survey published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal.

While survey respondents reported delaying major procedures due to economic factors, it seems the injectable industry’s reputation is thriving, even spilling over to create false hopes for poker players who don’t realize that Botox was not created to nor will it really affect their ability to convey emotions.

Along with surgeon-supported “less is more” approach to maintaining youth and good looks earlier, rather than reversing aging later, plastic surgeons are seeing more male clients. Men are no longer just sneaking their wive’s and girlfriend’s beauty products in the bathroom. They’re buying professional anti-aging products and professional cosmetic services and procedures.

According to ASPS’s Hello Handsome: Male plastic surgery and skincare trends, the percentage of male clients that account for plastic surgery procedures has risen 121 percent in the past 15 years. The top five procedures for men include rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery, facelifts, liposuction and male breast reductions.

Meanwhile, the overall percentage of plastic surgery procedures has increased by 197 percent in the past 15 years. In fact, 9.2 million plastic surgery procedures were performed in 2011.

Have you ever wondered if you were too young for Botox? Do you want to know exactly how it can help you maintain your looks now or smooth out a few fines lines that have developed in the past couple of years? Dr. Wigoda can provide professional medical advice and address concerns such as the misnomer “Pokertox” expectation.

 

 

Ringing in the New Year for a New You with Plastic Surgery from Ft Lauderdale’s Dr. Wigoda

Deck the halls with plastic surgery in South Florida – another year in the books and time to start formulating our New Year’s resolutions. Where did the time go? It’s 2013…and counting! Another year passes, so the inevitable aging process continues to be a damper on our Champagne toasts, if we can even stay up past midnight to be with friends or watch the ball drop on TV (R.I.P.  to the ageless Dick Clark, presumably a loyal cosmetic surgery enthusiast).
Every January, we hear it’s time to start focusing on a New Year, a New You. These days, it’s become commonplace to develop a “New You” through plastic surgery. Will we enroll in a gym membership? Start that infamous diet? Quit smoking? Well, whatever the case, we are seeking ways to improve our look and feel better and younger in the New Year.  Locally in South Florida, hundreds of patients are turning to the personal care and professionalism of Dr. Paul Wigoda.
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Whether we have the time and wherewithal to undergo a surgery like breast augmentation, facelifts or liposuction or we opt for non-invasive procedures like Botox or laser hair removal, there are numerous safe and affordable options to give us a better look and freshen up for another year ahead.

The holidays are ideal for undergoing cosmetic surgery for several reasons. Many have vacation time from work and thus can afford to take a few weeks for the procedure and recovery. People like to heal outside the public eye and often undergo plastic surgery over the holidays to fly under the radar. People spend money in December on friends and family, yet oftentimes, opt to treat themselves. In the short term, we strive to look good for that New Year’s Party or kick off the New Year fresh and rejuvenated; therefore, plastic surgery and self-improvement procedures often double or triple around the holidays.

For instance, Botox can take years off your life in a matter of days.  Some patients have confessed to scheduling procedures in December due to their health insurance policy’s deductible being met and if a particular elective procedure is covered, what a great way to round out the year! Besides, some of those “run of the mill” New Year’s resolutions are all good preparation for cosmetic surgery procedures. Excess weight loss is a common goal, but skin can only be stretched so far or we can only control so much, so liposuction or facelifts have optimal results if weight loss is already underway. The sooner one weans down on the cigarettes, the less dehydration to the skin and the safer and better the outcome and the faster healing and less scarring from a cosmetic procedure.

Surgical procedures can change one’s life and transform a whole new you, but a facelift or tummy tuck takes time to heal so the holiday season avails a couple weeks away from co-workers or the social scene. Anti-aging skincare regimens are a less-invasive popular trend, especially given today’s stress of the economy, raising a family and trying to maintain an active lifestyle. “Beauty is in the details” and with today’s technology, it makes sense to minimize our wrinkles and rejuvenate our skin with image-enhancing fillers, Botox and dermabrasion. Then give those lips a boost just in time for that kiss under the mistletoe with Injectable fillers.

Interested in taking the first step and finding out more ways to look and feel younger, consult board-certified Dr. Paul Wigoda for a professional, South Florida plastic surgeon you can trust. For more information, visit http://www.drwigoda.com/.

Ft Lauderdale Plastic Surgeon Says Botox in Men Up 258% Over Ten Years

The frown lines of the economy are showing and causing men on Wall Street to do more shots, of Botox that is, notes Fort Lauderdale plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Wigoda.

Botox injections in men were up 8% last year, accounting for over 363,000 procedures and up a staggering 258% over ten years. Men feel Botox not only helps them appeal younger and refreshed, but can also remove forehead wrinkles to appear friendlier and less angry. Most common surgical procedures among men are gynecomastia, liposuction and face lifts.

When we hear Wall Street today, we think of a society of hectic jobs and high stress. Our faces are visible evidence of the stress lines and worry wrinkles that coincide with an intense, fast-paced work environment. So it’s no surprise more and more men on Wall Street are using Botox.

Forced to work in a time of major financial crisis in Europe and a weak economy at home, men are aging, frustrated and stressed…and it shows. So who can blame them for wanting a little work done so they feel younger, fresher and ready for tomorrow?

Cosmetic surgery as a whole has been on the rise for decades, up 5% overall last year, according to The Guardian. Men accounted for 9% of plastic surgery last year. Botox is the most popular choice for men since it has minimal pain and complications and would not lead to long-term regret; however, surgical cosmetic procedures in men have increased year after year as well.

Not all men are ready to admit it, however. Although this may not come as a surprise, it indeed may be kept a secret among these men seeking facial enhancements. In an atmosphere flooded with scandal and bailouts, would cosmetic surgery really be frowned upon? A majority of the male workforce never would want their colleagues, clients or even friends and family to know they get Botox. Perhaps it’s an ego issue, a paranoid insecurity or a misled belief in the connotation that facial injections are only for women.

But it’s becoming quite the trend for these financiers and day traders to take a pit stop on their commute home for a visit to their plastic surgeon.

Emotions play a huge factor in our everyday world. It’s stressful enough trying to provide for a family and secure a good paying job. And since appearance is what we see in the mirror and express to those around us everyday, we strive for a refreshed look with Botox or a dermal filler. So although it may be hush-hush at home or around the workplace, cosmetic surgery is a quick, affordable way for these white-collar breadwinners to loosen up that collar, go under the knife or needle and freshen up for another day at the office.

Men across the country are working harder and aging faster. These men may be apprehensive at first and will want to consult a board-certified plastic surgeon they feel comfortable with and who will evaluate and recommend the optimal cosmetic procedures.

Interested in taking the first step and finding out more ways to look and feel younger, consult Dr. Wigoda for a professional, South Florida plastic surgeon you can trust. For more information, visit http://www.drwigoda.com/.

The Top Plastic Surgery Myths Busted by Dr. Wigoda

Bigfoot, UFOs, the Loch Ness monster; there are a lot of myths floating around and the cosmetic surgery industry is not immune. Cosmetic surgery has been around for quite a few decades, and it is only natural that it should accumulate a number of myths in that time. Here’s the truth behind the top five plastic surgery myths.

 

Plastic Surgery is for the 1%

Although a lot of the rich and famous get plastic surgery, the vast majority of people having procedures done are average folk. Most people have a little nip and tuck done to restore confidence, boost self-esteem, and reclaim a few lost years.

Cosmetic Procedures are Only for Women

For whatever reason, women are always the focal point when people talk about plastic surgery. The reality is that men also have cosmetic procedures done, though they typically go for less invasive ones like Botox and dermal fillers. Men get these procedures for the same reasons as women, but the #1 reason was to remain competitive in the workforce.

Plastic Surgery is Only for Improving Looks

There is no use denying that people get cosmetic procedures to improve their looks. Facelifts, liposuction, breast augmentations, and many others procedures are strictly done to improve a person’s appearance. However, plastic surgery is also used to correct birth defects, injuries, facial or bodily deformations (e.g. after-mastectomy breast reconstruction), and many other medical issues.

You’ll Look Young Forever

The results from plastic surgery can last for a long time. However, your body will still be subjected to environmental factors that caused you to seek out treatment in the first place. There are many things you can do to extend your results including taking care of your health, practicing good eating habits, and getting surgical touch-ups.
On a similar note, all surgical procedures leave scars. A skilled plastic surgeon can minimize scarring, hide it, and provide tips on ways to make them less noticeable. However, this aspect of plastic surgery is inescapable.

Plastic Surgeon is Just Another Term for Cosmetic Surgeon

Out of all the myths talked about in this article, this one is perhaps the most insidious and dangerous. Although the terms are used interchangeably, a plastic surgeon is not the same as a cosmetic surgeon. Plastic surgeons spend years in a plastic surgery residency, perfecting their surgical skills in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Cosmetic surgeons, on the other hand, often train in another field of medicine or surgery and enter the cosmetic industry often with as little as taking a short training course. When undergoing the knife, you want to make sure the person knows what he or she is doing. Always ask the doctor about his or her education and training, and make sure he or she is certified by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

Dr. Wigoda Questions Lindsay Lohan: The Poster Girl for 20-Something Cosmetic Surgery Trend?

Fort Lauderdale plastic surgeons see all types of cosmetic surgery cases, but Dr. Paul Wigoda says, “Just because you can do a cosmetic surgery procedure, does not mean you should.”
After spending a good portion of her young adulthood wrangling with addiction and legal ails, Lindsay Lohan is ready for a new life. To kick off her not so maiden voyage into a sober lifestyle, Lohan hangs up her party-girl ways and dons a new face, literally.

There is no denying that Lohan has had work done. A simple comparison between photos of her today vs. just a few years ago shows that she’s had her lips done and may be using filler to make her cheeks look fuller. While it’s not surprising that an actress would have cosmetic procedures to freshen up her looks, it’s surprising to see someone so young diving into the world of Botox and dermal fillers.

But Lohan is far from alone in her youthful quest to stop time at age 25. While people 35 to 50 years still get the majority of cosmetic procedures, the generation below them (age 19 to 34) account for a whopping 20% of treatments. Rhinoplasty and breast augmentation are the most common procedures performed on people in this age group. The question of the day is is this trend of 25 year olds trying to look 19 again feasible?

“There is no question that Botox and fillers can improve a person’s appearance and make then appear more youthful,” says Fort Lauderdale plastic surgeon Dr. Wigoda, “However, the procedures need to be performed on patients who are good candidates. Trying to make a 25 year old look younger with these procedures is silly. In fact, I would agree with the other surgeons and state that Lindsay looks less natural and older.”

With the stigma of cosmetic procedures fast dropping away, due in part to reality television showcasing young debutantes getting treatments, the trend shows no signs of abating. Indeed, more and more twenty year olds are getting in the chair for Botox and dermal fillers. Although the temporary nature of these treatments means there are little to no medical downsides to getting them, they need to be maintained, which can represent a significant financial investment. Additionally, these minor treatments are sort of like gateway drugs in that they can lead to a Heidi Montag-esque quest for perfection.

Dr. Wigoda offers this advice to plastic surgeons treating young patients. “Just because you can do a procedure, does not mean you should. It’s important for a surgeon to evaluate a person’s face to see what treatment may or may not be appropriate. While breast augmentation or a rhinoplasty may be appropriate for a 25 year old, Botox or fillers may not.”

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Finding Dr. Right

Finding Dr. Right is just as important as avoiding Dr. Wrong says Fort Lauderdale plastic surgeon  Dr. Paul Wigoda. When researching a plastic surgeon or cosmetic surgeon, there are several key factors that should be taken into account in your decision-making process. You need to choose a surgeon that is right for you, your personal needs and expectations. You want to ensure that you have an unparalleled outcome both aesthetically and personally, as your doctor becomes your “beauty partner,” enhancing your appearance physically and emotionally.

One of the first places to begin is with family and friends: who can they recommend? What were their outcomes? Take a moment to speak with your current medical professionals. Who can they suggest and why?

Eight Tips to Finding Dr. Right for Plastic Surgery

1. Know the lingo
Doctors can now become weekend “certified” in many different types of procedures and have created their own terms which are NOT recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. Many doctors understand that cosmetic surgery is big business, big dollars and want market share. “Cosmetic Surgeon” and “Anti-Aging Specialist” are two terms that have been coined by the industry, yet are unrecognized by the ABMS. You might even notice your  OB-GYN is now doing Botox.

2. Advertising does not buy credentials
In most cases, a good doctor does not need to have major advertise campaigns on billboards or radio stations– it is word of mouth that drives their business. That is not to say a doctor should not let his potential patients know about his awesome track record through testimonials and sharing his expertise with the media as a means to educate the public. Paid print media does not make a doctor qualified.

3.  Get different opinions
Meet with several doctors to discuss your plan and your options. It can be overwhelming but knowledge is power.

4. Stay away from the online forums
Often times the patient reviews are not actual or authentic. Many times doctors write the testimonials under assumed screen names. Be wary. Legitimate testimonials can typically be found on Google reviews, YouTube, Yelp, etc.

5. Be realistic about the recovery
Some doctors will downplay the recovery time. Know what to expect in real terms. You may be able to go back to work in just a few days, but will you want to? Today’s recovery time in many cases can be much easier and quicker when in the right care, but keep in mind surgery is surgery so have realistic expectations.

6. Review online and offline images
Keep in mind that some doctors have a fine-tuned finesse with Photoshop. If all of the after pictures look more like Joan Rivers, then run. Look at the details, carefully and with a critical eye. Does the surgeon over-operate or under-operate. Be careful and don’t just assume that the photos have not been retouched. None of Dr. Paul Wigoda’s pictures are enhanced or use Photoshop.

7. Your weight
When thinking about a facelift for example, many doctors will not want to perform the procedure on an obese person as there is only so much that can be lifted or tightened. These results will impact the surgeon’s reputation and if it does not look perfect, it is not a positive reflection on their skills. In addition, they are also concerned about the heart health and wouldn’t want to lose a patient on the table. Take care of your weight before you begin seeking surgical opinions.

8. Scheduling
Make your appointment and get started with your journey towards plastic surgery or cosmetic surgery or non-surgical cosmetic services such as Botox or fillers.

Dr. Paul Wigoda is Chief of Plastic Surgery at Broward General Hospital and has a private practice offering plastic and reconstructive surgery in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Note: Parts of this article originated in Departures Magazine January 2012 issue.

Fort Lauderdale Botox Tips by Dr. Wigoda

Florida Plastic Surgeon Dr. Wigoda reveals truths and myths about Botox, the most popular procedure performed by Florida Physicians in a new YouTube video.

For approximately 30 years, Botox has been used to treat wrinkles and has become a very routine procedure. The New York Times reported that 5.4 millon people were injected with Botox last year alone. Most Florida patients undergo the Botox procedure every 4-6 months.

Despite the popularity of Botox, there are still some myths surrounding its uses. Dr. Wigoda reveals the truth about several of these myths:

  • Botox is mainly used for the upper face including the upper forehead, crows feet and the glabellar area between the eyebrows.
  • In the lower face, instead of using Botox, fillers are used.
  • Botox is not a poison; however, it is made from bacteria.
  • Contrary to common belief, side-effects are extremely minimal and rare.
  • Botox doesn’t inhibit any day-to-day activities such as exercise.

In a time of recession, Dr. Wigoda says that Botox is a cost-effective alternative to plastic surgery in reducing wrinkles and preventing new ones from forming.

In addition to its common uses, Botox has been recently proven to relieve migraines. Some Florida patients get Botox every 3-4 months to relieve migraines and/or to treat wrinkles.