Dr. Wigoda Reviews Gwyneth Paltrow’s Cosmetic Surgery Secrets

Gwyneth Paltrow Cosmetic SurgeryDr. Wigoda has many patients with the same profile as Gwyneth Paltrow. The 40-something mother of  two, recently divorced and looking for the most innovative ways to fight off the signs of aging.  Paltrow swears by Thermage treatments, but Dr. Paul Wigoda thinks otherwise.

Instead he favors Botox, facelifts and brow lifts. More details below.

Paltrow has been making headlines since early August after announcing her secret skincare regimen: Thermage laser treatment. She claims this treatment works but apparently suffers for her beauty and described the procedure to Elle Magazine as “non-invasive but quite painful, like having your face smacked with a rubber band that has an electric shock in it.”

Dr. Wigoda is not as impressed with Paltrow’s cosmetic surgery using the Thermage procedure and shares three age-reversing skin and beauty alternatives that may be better for you.

Thermage Treatments: Too Good to Be True?

Thermage laser treatment, also known as the ‘face ironing treatment’ claims to boost the levels of collagen in the lower layers of the skin to tighten and smooth the top layer. Thermage does this by producing radio frequency energy that actually damages the collagen in the lower layers making it recoil, tighten and then repair, causing it to plump and create the tightening effect seen on the upper layers.  

“This explanation may seem logical but I am not a big believer in Thermage,” said Wigoda. “I am usually skeptical of plastic surgery procedures that claim to increase collagen production over time to achieve their result and think it may work temporarily by causing swelling of the area treated.”

“Procedures that claim to transfer some sort of energy through the skin to act on a deeper layer, like this or coolsculpting, that claims to freeze fat, make me wonder if they are really doing much of anything. I think the doctor and/or the patient sometimes convince themselves there is a difference when an unbiased person would not see a difference,” notes Wigoda.

In any case, if it does work, the results don’t tend to be very impressive, especially for the cost of the procedure and the pain it can cause. One Thermage treatment can range anywhere from $1,000–5,000 and the patient will have to repeat the process to keep up with appearances. Although many claim that you can achieve great results with less frequent treatments, to achieve Paltrow’s look, one would have to repeat the treatments every few weeks and go for what she call “the works” which we can assume leans toward the more expensive side of the spectrum.

The process also has some potential side effects to be concerned about. Thermage works in a similar way to a microwave oven and can create issues that range from facial burns to scarring so if you choose to use this procedure, remember to be a smart plastic surgery patient and research your doctor.

Dr. Wigoda recommends sticking to procedures where the result is obvious either immediately, like with surgery or fillers, or within a few days, like Botox or xeomin.

Proven Alternatives to Thermage


Botox can typically be repeated indefinitely if the patient has no reaction. You can usually see the effects of Botox within three days and will see the maximum benefit within one to two weeks and lasts three to six months. Some worry that they may not be happy with their Botox results like  Paltrow and Cameron Diaz, but in many cases the dissatisfaction may lie in the quality of their plastic surgeon, rather than the procedure itself.

Botox can be used to reduce the signs of aging by improving the appearance of worry lines, frown lines, Crow’s feet, lip lines, descent of the eyebrows, and neck muscle bands.

Facelift: Rhytidectomy

Facelifts work by smoothing loose skin and deep wrinkles and lessening sagging skin and removing excess fat in the face and neck. Facelifts result in a fresher and firmer appearance and the procedure can be varied to create the best results for your features and needs. Benefits of a facelift include immediate results and not having to repeat the procedure often, if at all. After many years, some may choose to repeat the procedure although this is not a necessity.

Browlifts and Forehead Lifts

Similar to a facelift, the browlift procedure does not need to be done again unless the patient chooses that they would like to repeat the results years later. If your brow is lowering, it can have a great effect on your complete look and make you appear angry, bored, or tired when you are not. Raising the brow “opens” the entire eye up. As a result the person looks more refreshed, awake, and happy. In addition to elevating the brow, while doing a brow lift, the plastic surgeon may address the other primary sign of aging on the forehead, namely, wrinkles.

So there you have it, Dr. Wigoda’s opinion on Thermage laser treatments and alternative age-reducing cosmetic surgery procedures. If you feel that your features do not accurately represent your current age contact Dr. Wigoda today for a free consultation to discuss how we can achieve the results you’re looking for.

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Cameron Diaz’s ‘Weird’ Reaction Shouldn’t Turn You off to Botox

Recently, while promoting her new lifestyle guide “The Body Book,” actress Cameron Diaz told reporters that she now regrets having Botox because of a bad reaction she had to the cosmetic procedure.

She claimed that the plastic surgery had changed her face “in such a weird way” that she would rather “see my face aging than a face that doesn’t belong to me at all.”


Fort Lauderdale plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Wigoda respects Diaz’s opinion, but he counters that her experience is not typical of the majority of patients who undergo the process.


“The vast majority of men and women who get botox love it,” says Wigoda, “there may be few who, like Ms. Diaz, are ultimately unsatisfied with their experience, but botox remains one of the safest and most reliable plastic surgery procedures out there.”


Wigoda believes that Diaz’s problems may lie in the quality of her plastic surgeon, rather than the procedure itself.

Injecting a patient with botox is much more than just simply “hitting the eject button”, according to Wigoda, a surgeon’s experience is key to having a positive experience with the surgery.


“There is some skill involved in the procedure, after all. If botox is injected in the wrong areas, it can give an appearance that is less than desirable.” he states.


In his opinion it mostly comes down to a surgeon’s judgement, as well as his or her artistic eye.


“Problems can also arise if a surgeon injects too much botox, which can over paralyze the facial muscles, again resulting in a strange appearance.”


Wigoda also cautions against using a plastic surgeon merely because they are well known or popular.

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“There are surgeons I know who are very busy because of heavy advertising, but it doesn’t actually mean they have great results or great judgement,” he says, “You can paint paintings every day, it doesn’t mean you will be a great artist.”


One of the biggest problems Wigoda sees among those who’ve had a negative experience with botox, is that they didn’t go to a properly trained plastic surgeon.


“Some surgeons just have it and some don’t,” he adds.


“A dermatologist may be brilliant at diagnosing skin cancers or rare skin problems, and may decide to take on a lot of botox and fillers. But it doesn’t mean that he is going to be great at the cosmetic procedures just because he is busy doing them.”


He cautions any woman who is considering undergoing the procedure to seek out a qualified plastic surgeon, and seek out some of that doctor’s patients for input.


If you do your homework, Wigoda says you should walk away from the experience with a positive outlook and a more youthful appearance.


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

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Bruce Jenner Another Victim of Plastic Surgery Gone Wrong

bruce jenner plastic surgery gone wrongTabloid reports have been abuzz with claims that reality TV star Bruce Jenner is in the early process of trying to become a women. There has been talk of hormone therapy, a more feminine appearance, even speculation that he has undergone a laryngeal shave, which is a surgical procedure used to reduce the appearance of a man’s Adam’s apple. It is commonly associated with transgender individuals who are undergoing a sex change.


While Fort Lauderdale plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Wigoda doesn’t want to speculate about Jenner’s ultimate intentions, recent photos do suggest an altered appearance for the former Olympian.


“It is public knowledge, particularly if you are a fan of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, that Bruce Jenner had a facelift that didn’t go well, and that he had it redone to “fix” the first surgery,” he states, “I would imagine he also had eyelids surgery.”


A report by Radar Online claims that Jenner’s sons Brody and Brandon stated their father isn’t planning to undergo gender reassignment surgery and has simply become more conscience of his physical appearance since the reality show first premiered.  From what Wigoda has seen, there is evidence that the plastic surgeon or surgeons who operated on Bruce Jenner may have tried to do too much, even if he does intend to live his life as a woman.


“It seems that some plastic surgeons, perhaps because they are operating on a celebrity, want to ‘hit a home run’ when they operate on a big star,” Wigoda says, “They could overdo it, for example, by tightening the skin too much and causing the patient to have an unnatural and unattractive appearance.”


Some might say that the same thing happened to Kenny Rogers and Burt Reynolds, two other celebrities believed to have undergone plastic surgery.


The bottom line, according to Wigoda, is that less is more for anyone who is considering plastic surgery. The internet is littered with pictures of celebrities like Jenner that reinforce his belief.


If you have any questions or are considering undergoing plastic surgery, please contact Dr. Wigoda today for a free consultation at 954.463.7088.


Dr. Wigoda Says Plastic Surgery Gave Julie Chen’s Career and Confidence Boost

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Plastic surgery can be a career changer and confidence booster notes Fort Lauderdale plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Wigoda.

Let’s take the case of The Talk’s co-host Julie Chen, who recently admitted undergoing cosmetic surgery based on criticism from former executives who threatened her career. Chen said in an interview she was informed repeatedly that she’d never work on the big stage since her Asian heritage didn’t resonate with the audience. She was told her Chinese eyes were too small, heavy and evoked a “disinterested and bored” impression.

After years of deliberation and being traumatized by such comments, Chen went ahead with a surgical eye procedure that made her eyes seem bigger and more alert and expressive in front of the camera. In retrospect, it was the right thing to do for Chen. Opportunities started rolling in, her career took off, she achieved her dream of anchoring in New York City, and most importantly, she felt great about her new look and exuded a confidence that bolstered her already dynamic personality and inner beauty.

With a dramatic increase in cosmetic surgery over the past few decades, more women (and men) are contemplating procedures to ultimately help them look better and grow old more gracefully. The decision to undergo cosmetic surgery should evaluate everything from:

  • cost

  • pain and recovery

  • physician selection

  • authentic and realistic results desired by an individual.

Whether striving to look younger or change an unwanted feature, 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.

“It worked for Chen, but it’s important to understand your motivation and ultimately make this decision for yourself, not based on a reaction to society, your spouse or your social scene,” said Wigoda.

However, whatever sparks someone to ultimately go for it and endure cosmetic surgery or non-invasive procedures, the appreciation and satisfaction factor post-procedure are almost always positive and carry no regret.

This trend bodes true across the world today. Often times, women may get push back from themselves, their spouse, or family and friends when considering plastic surgery, whether breast augmentation, face lifts and enhancements, or body contouring procedures.

“When someone makes the decision and commits to go forward with a plastic surgery procedure, there is usually an overwhelming response of happiness, self-confidence and positive feedback,” said Wigoda.

Ft Lauderdale Plastic Surgery specialist Dr. Wigoda puts enormous emphasis on educating and comforting his patients every step of the way.

According to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, cosmetic surgery rises significantly every year and 2012 accounted for a whopping 14.6 million procedures in the US. Of course, each case is different and there are exceptions, but statistics show that most patients are thrilled and pain-free and never second-guess.

Husbands often may advise to their wives that surgery is not necessary and advise they shouldn’t go through with it for various reasons (cost, content with existing appeal, nervousness about the surgery or recovery time, or whatever they may voice).

“The truth of the matter is that after a procedure, husbands are  the ones most thrilled with the results,” said Wigoda.

The famous cliché holds true – “A Happy Wife = Happy Life!”

To take it one step further, more and more men are undergoing cosmetic surgical procedures alongside their spouse generating a more youthful, confident appeal for the road ahead together.

In today’s society, the key is to be yourself, trust your instinct and compile all the necessary research and advice. Dr. Wigoda advises his patients to realistic expectations and make an educated decision as you plastic surgery options.

Florida Medical Alert: The High Price of Cheap Cosmetic Surgery

the high cost of cheap surgeryDr. Paul Wigoda’s Fort Lauderdale plastic surgery center sees one too many nip and tuck disaster cases, many falling to the category of patients that pay the high price of cheap cosmetic surgery and how much it really costs your health.

Several beauty-gone-wrong cases made the national headlines over the last few months. In New Jersey, six women were injected with silicone used for caulking tubs after seeking out butt enhancement procedures from unlicensed providers. Florida, the cosmetic procedure capital of the nation, has seen its fair share of scandals including one where a transgendered man posing as a fake doctor injected cement and superglue into women’s buttocks.

They say hindsight is 20/20 and many wonder how the victims could fall for such scams. The allure of the cheap price and lack of education are the two primary reasons bad cosmetic procedures happen to good people. If you are thinking of getting some work done, here are three tips for avoiding landing in the hospital:

For Injections, Know the Product –
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is pretty strict about cosmetics that are injected into the body. Only certain products, such as Juvederm, Radiesse, and Botox – are approved for injection into certain body parts. Ask the practitioner what product he or she is using and do your research. Consider it a red flag if the product is not FDA approved (or came from your local hardware store). Walk away from the procedure if the person isn’t able or willing to tell you about the materials he or she is using.

Know the Place
Cosmetic procedures should be performed in a sterile environment such as a doctor’s office or hospital to reduce the risk of infection. Additionally, the practitioner should have access to resources that will help him or her deal with an emergency if something goes wrong. No matter how cheap the price, avoid going to a salon and definitely do not have the procedure done in someone’s home.

Know the Doctor
Anyone performing cosmetic procedures of any kind must be appropriately licensed. Licensing and credentialing means the person has obtained the knowledge and experience required to perform the procedure correctly. The person should be a doctor and preferably, a plastic surgeon. Other medical professionals such as physician’s assistants, registered nurses with appropriate training, or nurse practitioners may have experience with some injectable procedures as well, although they do not perform surgery. Before booking your appointment, ask the practitioner about his or her education and training.

Do your research
Even doctors or nurses with the correct credentials may not be well trained or may have a high rate of complications. In South Florida, discount plastic surgery centers are notorious for hiring doctors who may be qualified on paper, but who have had many patients with severe complications or even deaths. Check out the doctor, and if he or she works at a center as a subcontractor (meaning the doctor doesn’t own the center), check out the center as well. A simple internet search can yield a lot of useful information.

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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Celebrity Plastic Surgery Talk by Dr. Wigoda: Betty White Comes Clean

Fort Lauderdale’s Dr. Wigoda knows a celebrity plastic surgery patient when he sees one. Hollywood Golden Girl Betty White is the latest in a long line of celebrities to admit going under the knife – after denying it much of her career.

The 89-year-old was quoted as recently as last year saying that plastic surgery makes people “unrecognizable” and she was glad she hadn’t done it.

However, in her new memoir “If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won’t),” the star admits to having an eyelid lift in 1976, at the age of 54. While White initially “scolded” herself for getting the procedure, she admits, “now I’m glad I did it.”

“Looking at Miss White’s before and after pictures, it’s apparent that there is a significant improvement in the eye area,” says Fort Lauderdale plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Wigoda. “Other than the eyelid lift, it doesn’t appear as if she’s had any other work done.”

Dr. Wigoda also disagrees with White’s previous stance that cosmetic surgery makes people look unnatural or unrecognizable: “Plastic surgery should enhance one’s appearance, not alter it. Miss White herself is an example of a good candidate for a procedure who did her research when selecting a plastic surgeon and enjoyed optimal – and natural-looking – results.”

Cosmetic eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, was the third most common cosmetic procedure in 2010, performed on 209,000 Americans. The surgery can be performed on the upper or lower eyelid, depending on the patient’s features and the board-certified plastic surgeon’s preferences.

To learn more about blepharoplasty, or to see before and after photos, visit Dr. Wigoda’s Fort Lauderdale plastic surgery website or the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery website to avoid becoming a botched surgery statistic.

Plastic Surgeon Dr. Wigoda Comments on Bristol Palin’s New Look

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Paul Wigoda, MD noticed Bristol Palin is looking different these days – and he’s not the only one. Media outlets from People Magazine to Business Insider are commenting on her drastic change in apperance.

Palin attributes a jaw surgery to the change: “Yes,” she admitted to Us Weekly when asked if she’d gone under the knife. “It improved the way I look, but this surgery was necessary for medical reasons…so my jaw and teeth could properly realign.”

Insisting “I don’t obsess over my face,” the 20-year-old also cops to loving her results. “I look older, more mature, and don’t have as much of a chubby little baby face!”

“It’s great that Bristol is so pleased with the results of her surgery,” says Dr. Wigoda. “Her face does look more mature overall. It appears to me that her chin was extended, giving her a more angular jaw line. This could be from a chin implant but is more likely from actual surgery on the jawbone. However, I do feel the chin is a bit too long now. It would not surprise me if she had some liposuction of her neck done at the same time. She does have some asymmetry with the left side of the face along the jawline being more concave than the right. This may be natural, since the two halves of the face are never exactly symmetric, or it could be as the result of the surgery. As long as she is happy, that’s all that really matters.”

Considering having liposuction, fillers or other cosmetic procedures in South Florida? Learn more about Dr. Wigoda’s practice, awards and certifications on his website.

South Florida Plastic Surgeon Dr. Wigoda Shares Insight on Breast Augmentation Economy

PaulWigoda, MD has been saying that electiveplasticsurgeryprocedureswillreturn as the economy strengthens since the New Year. Here is an infographic from DocShop.com that further drives this point home.

Over $10 billion is spent on surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures each year and over $1.1 billion of that goes toward breast augmentations. Over the last ten years, the number of breast augmentations has steadily increased, until the rough economy caused procedures to dip from 2007 to 2009. In 2010, however, according to the AmericanSocietyofPlasticSurgeons, this number started to increase again, climbing over 2% to nearly 300,000 breast augmentations.

South Florida Plastic Surgeon Dr. Wigoda Shares Insight on Breast Augmentation Economy

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South Florida Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Paul Wigoda, M.D. on Botched Plastic Surgery

Last week, Paul Wigoda, MD gave his thoughts on The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery’s (ASAPS) 2011 plastic surgery trends. Unfortunately, one prediction came true almost immediately.
20-year-old aspiring hip hop vixen Claudia Aderotimi died shortly after receiving liquid silicone injections to plump her rear end. While the desire to resemble voluptuous celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and Nicki Minaj is very common, Aderotimi’s procedure was performed in a Philadelphia hotel room by another aspiring hip hop artist using liquid silicone.

She and a friend flew to Philadelphia from the UK and each paid more than $1,000 to receive the injections. After complaining of chest pain and shortness of break, Aderotimi was rushed to the hospital and died later that day, likely because the non-FDA approved silicone from the shots seeped into her bloodstream.

This scenario is eerily similar to the ASAPS prediction: “Consumers looking for a bargain on cosmetic procedures will unfortunately lead to an increase in horror stories about ‘discount injectables’ bought offshore, cosmetic medicine, and cosmetic surgical procedures performed by untrained practitioners.”

Dr. Wigoda strongly recommends considering only a fully trained board-certified plastic surgeon for any cosmetic procedure. Never get any form of plastic surgery done in a location without all necessary emergency equipment. Don’t put your life into the hands of just anyone; asking the right questions can – and will – save your life.