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.

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/.

Social Media Influences Cosmetic Surgery, Florida TV Station Reports

Have you ever obsessed over an online photo update?

If so, you’re not alone. Cell phone cameras and social networking sites are blurring the boundaries of geography, communication, image and reality.

We’ve all have searched for the perfect image, but Facebook has sent some after more than just better photo angles.
In Miami, breast augmentation, liposuction, face lifts and other procedures aren’t out of the question, the local CBS affiliate reported last month.  The women interviewed said they wanted to look good online.
Dr. Paul Wigoda, Chief of Plastic Surgery at Broward General Medical Center, said people have always contacted him in conjunction with big life events, such as class reunions, at his private practice in South Florida. Cosmetic surgery, he emphasized, isn’t to be taken lightly, however.

“You can’t just walk into the office and say you’d like to look good for Facebook, or you have an important meeting on the horizon, and get a tummy tuck. Miami and South Florida are image-conscious places, but we won’t perform a procedure that isn’t well thought through for the patient. This must be something you’re absolutely sure about, and you must be a good surgical candidate.”
People today are documenting their lives more than ever, but many still aren’t comfortable with the way they look on-camera. How many times have you been tagged in a photo online and wondered, “Is that just a bad picture, or is that how everyone else actually sees me?”

Patients often report a boost in self-confidence from cosmetic surgery.  Miami CBS viewers were told by one patient that she underwent the procedures to coax out more “likes” on her Facebook wall. Another said she had family abroad, and she wanted them to see her in the best possible light. She also said knowing that ex-boyfriends have the ability to look her up online provided additional motivation to look her best.
Dr. Wigoda, who operates his own accredited Fort Lauderdale plastic surgery center, said he isn’t surprised to hear more people are interested in undergoing procedures. South Florida, where he grew up, is in one of the country’s most popular metropolitan areas for cosmetic procedures.

“People have always been invested in their appearance,” Dr. Wigoda said. “Self-confidence is incredibly important. But it is equally important to set realistic expectations and select the most qualified surgeon you can find.
“Check your doctor’s credentials. A number of South Florida physicians in practice were trained for a different specialty, so they only got a few hours of instruction. You want a board-certified plastic surgeon handling your surgery to minimize the risk of scarring and complications.”

Health Study: Increased Quality of Life for Breast Augmentation Patients

The results are in; breast augmentation makes women happy. A study published in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ magazine Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery found that women experienced substantial improvements in several key areas related to their quality of life. Approximately 41 women participated in the Breast-Q survey that asked questions about six relevant areas:

  • Overall satisfaction with outcome
  • Satisfaction with breasts
  • Physical well-being
  • Psychosocial
  • Sexual
  • Satisfaction with level of care received

The women were polled six months before and after their surgeries. Researchers found in three of the six areas – sexual – scoring increased 30 or more points (on a scale of 0 to 100) post-surgery for about 80% of the women.

The dramatic change may be related to the surge in self-esteem and self-confidence many women feel after having their breasts increased or reshaped. Though the reasons for getting breast implants vary, the most commonly cited motivation behind a woman’s quest for new breasts is because they are unhappy with the size, shape, or look of the set they were born with. This dejection can bleed into other areas of the women’s life, particularly her perceived attractiveness and acceptance by others.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration have been encouraging those in the industry to monitor patient satisfaction in addition to safety. The Breast-Q survey is the first such tool that seems to be able to capture how a patient thinks and feels after she has the procedure. Having this information is the first step towards developing benchmarks for patient satisfaction that may improve the overall quality of care women receive.

In the meantime, women who want to ensure they get the best care should have their breast enhancement done by a knowledgeable and experienced plastic surgeon.

Breast Implants Improve Sex Life Says Real Self Survey

New Stat: 70% of women are having better sex and more orgasims after having breast implants! Dr. Paul Wigoda asks: Can having breast augmentation surgery improve your sex life? According to a survey conducted by Real Self, a large online community for those who have had or are interested in cosmetic surgery, revealed a surprising connection between breast enlargement surgery and more action in the bedroom.

The poll was conducted in January 2012 and tells an interesting tale. About 61% of participating women who spent the dough to get better looking breasts reported having more sex post-surgery. At least a quarter of responding women rated their sexual satisfaction as being four or more points higher after surgery than before.

The results of the poll are not all that surprising considering one of the key factors in having a great time in the bedroom is self-confidence. Breast augmentation typically improves a woman’s self-esteem, which many Fort Lauderdale plastic surgeons like Dr. Wigoda say becomes immediately apparent when they see their patients at follow up appointments. The women dress differently and carry themselves more confidently that they did before their surgeries.

Even Bethenny Frankel, former Real Housewife of New York City, admitted on her daytime show Bethenny that her breast implants made her feel “like I was a little hotter, you know a little perkier.” [source] Frankel got implants to combat sagginess that developed after she lost 30 pounds post-high school.

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries performed. Between 2009 and 2012, over one million women got breast implants. It can cost anywhere from $6,000 to $10,000 depending on the type of implants and the surgical procedure used. However, 7.5 out of every 10 women that responded to the Real Self survey said that it was completely worth the time and expense involved.

Looking for more information on breast augmentation from a board certified plastic surgeon? Ask Dr. Paul Wigoda.

Silicone Breast Implants Turn 50! Dr. Paul Wigoda Celebrates

Dr. Paul Wigoda’s History Lesson on Breast Augmentation
This year marks the 50th anniversary of silicone breast implants. But breast augmentation began long before the spring of 1962.

It started innocuously enough. Women would pad their tops to give their breasts the appearance of extra fullness. Later, corsets were created to trim the waist and push the bosom to the fore.
As medical technology advanced, permanent breast enhancement became possible. A variety of materials were used to increase breast size including sponges and glass balls. Unfortunately, the materials used produced less than desirable results. Then Dr. Frank Gerow had a moment of inspiration while handling a plastic transfusion bag and, partnering with Dr. Thomas Cronin, created the first silicone implant with the assistance of the Dow Corning Corporation.
Today silicone breast implants are the most popular type of material used in breast augmentations, but the implant had to travel a pretty rocky road to get there. Here are a few notable events in the history of breast implants:
1962: Timmie Jean Lindsey is the first woman to get silicone breast implants.
1976: The Medical Devices Amendment is added to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act allowing the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to evaluate and approve the safety and effectiveness of new medical devices. Since silicone implants have been around for awhile, they were grandfathered in.
1977: The silicone implants were known to rupture, a problem researchers were working hard to fix. However, a Cleveland woman was the first woman to receive a settlement because of a ruptured implant. Dow Corning was ordered to pay her $170,000.
1982: The FDA wants to put silicone implants into a Class III category which would require manufacturers to prove they were safe to use. They were finally able to do this in 1988.
1984: Several years of litigation involving breast implants kicks off. People were saying the implants caused everything from autoimmune disorders to cancer.
1992: A voluntary moratorium is called for by David Kessler, the FDA’s commissioner at the time. He wanted time to consider new research on the safety of silicone implants. The moratorium is lifted several months later, but only women getting breast reconstruction were allowed to get implants.
1994-1995: The Mayo Clinic and the American College of Rheumatology finds that silicone breast implants did not increase the risk for connective-tissue diseases or other systemic diseases. The Harvard Nurses Epidemiologic Study published in the New England Journal of Medicine comes to the same conclusion. Over the next several years, a variety of research bodies will attest to the safety of silicone implants.
2002: Although celebrity women have been getting implants for years, it was always a public secret until Dolly Parton outed herself this year. This started an avalanche of public self-outings by celebrities such as Pamela Anderson, Jenny McCarthy, Victoria Beckham, Denis Richards, Sharon Osbourne and many others. The stigma of breast augmentation quickly fades.
2011: The FDA approves a new type of silicone breast implant manufactured by Sientra, making them the third U.S. manufacturer to produce them.
What once began as a naughty little secret between a woman and her doctor has become a commonplace and socially acceptable cosmetic procedure that can improve a woman’s appearance and boost her self-esteem. If you are ready to explore your options with breast augmentation,  check out the painless breast implant surgery offered by South Florida plastic surgeon Dr. Paul  Wigoda.

Dr. Wigoda’s Opinion: Suzanne Somers’ Stem Cell Face Lift

Suzanne Somers brings stem cells to the big screen with her recent appearance on the Dr. Oz show where she unveiled her recent stem cell breast surgery and discussed the stem cell face lift.

Suzanne traveled to Japan to take part in an experimental procedure to preserve her breasts after a mastectomy. The doctors removed fat, blood and stem cells via a small needle from Ms. Somers’ navel and put it through a centrifuge to separate the blood from the other needed “by-products.”  The surgeons then injected the stem cells along with the fat to create a new symmetrical breast for Suzanne.  In her own words, “It is me!” This method is a natural form of reconstruction without the use of implants or foreign materials that the body may reject.

In Breaking Through, Suzanne’s talk show, she recently discussed the opportunity for stem cell facelifts, stating that she recently banked her own stem cells for future use. “As we age, we age in the lower 3rd first and we are able to inject your own stem cells to rejuvenate your own skin. This is the future and so much better than ‘that look.’”

A joint task force of the two leading plastic surgery associations, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) both hold their stance that there is great potential for stem cells in aesthetic surgery but at this point in time, more research and actual data are required before they should be used in every day procedures. They are quoted as saying “…the scientific evidence and other data are very limited in terms of assessing the safety or efficacy of stem cell therapies in aesthetic medicine.”

The task force is led by J. Peter Rubin, MD, plastic surgeon and noted expert on fat-derived stem cells who stated:

“There are encouraging data from laboratory and clinical studies to suggest that the use of adult stem cells is a very promising field,” said Dr. Rubin, “but as our comprehensive review of the current scientific literature shows, the data available today do not substantiate the marketing claims being made to patients seeking aesthetic surgery and aesthetic medical treatments.”

Injecting fat into the face is nothing new.” says Dr. Paul Wigoda, “If the procedure is done correctly, about 50% of the fat will usually survive.”  As we age, portions of the face deflate partially due to fat loss, therefore, facial fat injections will assist with rejuvenation. It is important to note that should the individual gain weight, the fat will expand.

Stem cell research has been going on for a few years in hopes of being able to treat a variety of diseases and that will occur but not until 5-10 years from now.  According to Dr. Wigoda,

  • “There is absolutely no proof at this time that injecting stem cells anywhere is of any use for cosmetic enhancement. In my opinion, this is a gimmick as “stem cells” is the latest buzz word, similar to what “laser” was a few years ago.
  • You could add the word “laser” to any procedure, and people would think it was a magical procedure. To market this as the latest and best thing out there is deceptive in my opinion.
  • It seems to me that surgeons are constantly looking for gimmicks to differentiate themselves from their competitors.
  • Patients should always be wary of anything that is labeled as the “new best thing out there. The hype often precedes the research which, unfortunately in many cases, shows that the treatment did not have nearly the benefit that was claimed.”

Smoking Makes Nipples Fall Off? Dr. Paul Wigoda Says Yes!

Fort Lauderdale Plastic Surgeon Dr. Paul Wigoda confirms that smoking can make your nipples fall off after certain surgeries.

“I encourage all my patients to quit smoking before surgery,” said Dr. Wigoda who pioneered the technique painless breast implants.

For decades the Surgeon General has warned that smoking can cause health complications. Yet the Center for Disease Control reports that 19% of Americans over the age of 18 smoke. Not only is smoking unhealthy in general and can lead to diseases like lung cancer, it can cause serious complications during and after plastic surgery.

First, smokers have a higher risk of developing respiratory complications, like pneumonia, with any surgery that requires general anesthesia. Second, there are many cosmetic procedures – such as facelifts, breast reductions or lifts, and tummy tucks – where large areas of skin and fat are undermined (separated from the tissue below) to tighten the skin. Blood flow to the skin decreases during these procedures. If the skin does not receive the minimum amount of blood flow needed to be healthy and survive the surgery, the skin dies and the person ends up with an unsightly wound.

In people with healthy blood circulation, this isn’t a problem. However, smoking inhibits the circulation of blood because nicotine is a vasoconstrictor. It causes blood vessels to constrict (close). This constriction further reduces blood to flow to the areas that are trying to heal. As a result, the skin or other tissue – including fat, nipples, and areolas – can die.

Dr. Wigoda specializes in breast implant surgery and breast reconstruction surgery and says, “In my practice, I ask all patients who smoke to quit at least one month prior to their surgery if they are having a procedure that involves undermining skin. Although there is less risk with breast augmentation or liposuction procedures, I still encourage all of my patients to quit smoking because of the damage it does to the body.”

Patients who smoke age quicker, their skin is less healthy, and they lose elasticity faster – all of which makes them look older than they are. Most Americans only think lung cancer or emphysema is the primary risks of smoking. The reality is that smoking affects the entire body, including all organs, because it affects all the blood vessels. This is why smokers are more likely to have heart attacks and strokes.

To look your best, feel your best, and increase your chances of having a great outcome from cosmetic surgery, give up the unhealthy habit of smoking.


Dr. Wigoda Comments: Plastic Surgery: Cheaper, Faster, Scarier, USA Today

An excellent review for anyone considering plastic surgery says Florida’s Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Cosmetic surgery is not always pretty. Getting a deal is great if you’re buying shoes or need to fill your pantry with groceries. But there are some things in life where the cheapest price comes with the most consequences. In the realm of plastic surgery, getting the deal of your life could actually cost your life.

USA Today recently published a feature article titled Plastic Surgery: Faster, Cheaper and Scarier about the rise of low cost, high volume cosmetic surgery centers offering popular cosmetic treatments, like liposuction, at a fraction of the price charged by independent surgeons. The article highlights, in graphic detail, the reality that the low prices charged by these discount surgery centers are coming at the cost of medical injury and even death for some patients.

“The article and videos are an excellent review for anyone considering plastic surgery,” said South Florida plastic surgeon, Dr. Paul Wigoda. “Patients should be aware of the risks involved in having cosmetic surgery performed at discount centers with a history of past problems. It’s outrageous that every time these companies are named in articles uncovering patient deaths or medical injuries resulting from their treatment, the only comments made by the center’s attorney is the complication is a rare but well-known potential consequence of the procedure or that their death rate is lower than the national average.”

Every surgical procedure carries risk. Competent surgeons, however, reduce them by properly evaluating patients, using the right tools and procedures, and providing adequate aftercare. Some or all of these things may be rushed or overlooked at discount surgery clinics where (often unnecessary) procedures are sold through high pressure sales tactics and doctors blaze through patients quickly to make more money.

Dr. Wigoda emphasized, “The vast majority of plastic surgeons doing breast augmentations, liposuction, and other cosmetic procedures never have the type of complications noted in the article and will never have a patient death in their entire career. Yet these centers have multiple deaths within a short period of time and claim their death rate is ‘below average’. Often, though, they arrive at their low death rates by exaggerating the number of patients they operated on or by trying to explain away deaths that ‘weren’t their fault’.”

All deaths occurring within 30 days of surgery must be counted in the facility’s mortality rates which puts the mortality rate of many of these cheap plastic surgery clinics well above the national average. Additionally, a high percentage of their patients suffer horrifying medical complications and must have corrective surgery to rectify the botched procedure.

“These centers have a high rate of complications, many of which I have personally seen and taken care of. The care that the patients receive in these centers is often deplorable,” says Dr. Wigoda, “I, and other competent South Florida plastic surgeons, know this because we see these patients after they have had the misfortune of having surgery at these centers. Unfortunately, the countless complications we see are never reported to the state or make it into the newspaper.”

“The problem is this: plastic surgery should not be done as a quick, high volume endeavor. These centers are not making hamburgers like McDonald’s. They are performing irreversible surgery on human beings. Certainly some patients get good results and are happy, but the chance of having a less than ideal outcome is too high. Patients willing to take a chance on their looks and their lives to save a few dollars are playing Russian roulette. Unfortunately, most don’t realize they are playing. They are sold a dream and too often, end up living a nightmare.”

Celebrity Plastic Surgery Files: Did Courteney Cox Get Breast Implants?

Dr. Paul Wigoda Digs up the Dirt on Courteney Cox’s Breast Implants

Friends stars having plastic surgery? Resident mayor of Cougar Town Courteney Cox looks just as fabulous as she did during her days as America’s endearingly uptight Friend. The 42-year old actress is no stranger to having work done. In the 2004 Harper’s Bazaar magazine, she proudly proclaimed, “everything in moderation is fine.” Cox continued, “If [Botox] looks natural and it makes you feel better, do it.”

Recently, photos have surfaced of Cox shooting Cougar Town in Hawaii, sparking widespread speculation that she has had breast augmentation surgery. Like most female stars that shy away from admitting to having breast work done, Cox has remained mum on the subject. However, in comparing the two photos of her, it is fairly obvious that there is something different about the Cougar Town hottie.

She clearly looks fuller throughout the breast and especially in the superior aspect. While it is possible that a tight padded bra could push the breasts up to give this appearance, it looks like she is wearing an unpadded bikini top which would mean she could have breast implants.

However, it is fairly common for women to increase in breast size if they gain weight or experience changes in their menstrual cycle. Her top does appear to be pushing her breasts upwards. If this were the case then she could be au natural. To be certain, a full body picture of her from different angles would be needed.

“While Courteney Cox does appear to go from a B cup to a C cup in the before and after photos, it is very hard to tell if the enhancement is due to a breast implant or the way her bathing suit top fits on her,” offers South Florida plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Wigoda. “Overall, she looks great and obviously takes very good care of her skin and body. She is an outstanding example of preventive maintenance, such as Botox, done well.”

jennifer aniston

Cox’s Friends co-star and former Mrs. Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston, also appears to have gone under the knife. However, looking at the past picture of her in the white bikini, it is clear she was much thinner when it was taken. Her increased bust size may be due to weight gain that has made her breasts a little heavier. There really is nothing else to suggest she had injections in her breasts.

Dr. Wigoda notes on the Marcolane injections discussed in the Marie Claire article, “It is not something I would recommend. It seems to be quite painful and I would imagine the results are fairly minimal once the swelling goes down. In addition, it seems to be quite expensive for something that, in the best case, would only last one year.”

If Cox did indeed go under the knife in pursuit of a fuller bustline, she’s far from alone. In 2010, nearly 300,000 breast augmentations were performed on American women. Dr. Wigoda predicts this trend will continue, especially as the economy begins to improve over the next couple of years.

Considering a Cougar Town makeover of your own? Visit Dr. Wigoda’s Painless Breast Implants Website for before and after photos of fabulously enhanced breasts.

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Painless Breast Implants by Dr. Wigoda in Florida

As demand for breast implants rises in Florida and beyond (a whopping 296,203 breast augmentations were performed on American women in 2010), Dr. Wigoda’s signature painless breast implant procedure has similarly risen in popularity among Florida women.

Thanks to Fort Lauderdale plastic surgeon Dr. Wigoda, getting a breast implant has now become virtually painless. On his Painless Breast Implants website www.painlessbreastimplants.com Dr. Wigoda has gathered testimonials of many women who took the plunge and couldn’t be happier with their results. Last summer, one patient even blogged about the experience from start to finish.

Most Florida women can resume normal activities within a day or two after surgery and feel virtually no pain. Dr. Wigoda’s technique is very atraumatic with a quick recovery and almost no pain. Over the years, Dr. Wigoda has perfected his technique using ten-plus years of South Florida plastic surgery experience to match the correct incision and implant to each patient. Each year over 350,000 women have breast augmentation surgery in the U.S. and Dr. Wigoda offers potential patiends behind-the-scenes access via his Facebook Page, YouTube Channel and Twitter feed.