The Five Minute Facelift: Dr. Paul Wigoda Injects His Opinion

 

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Sex, emails, to-do lists and….facelifts. There are many things you can do in five minutes, but what about a five-minute facelift? The search for painless plastic surgery continues as the Today Show recently featured a weeklong series all about plastic surgery trends and one of the segments caught board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Paul Wigoda, MD’s attention; the five-minute facelift.   

Be Back in Five Minutes, I Have to Get a Facelift. What?

As we age gravity sets in, even in our face, and some of us begin to look for ways to regain more definition in our cheeks without surgery. Plastic surgeon, Dr. Brian Glatt appeared on The Today Show to perform what he calls a five-minute facelift live on the air using a new filler approved by the FDA called Restylane Lyft. According to Glatt, the procedure is said to lift immediately and add volume to your face with the help of fillers and without the need to go under the knife.

What Is the Five Minute Facelift?

It’s basically a pumped up filler. Restylane Lyft, formerly known as Perlane-L®, is an injectable hyaluronic acid gel used to correct volume loss and treat wrinkles in the face. It is the first and only FDA-approved filler indicated to provide a lift to cheeks and add volume to correct and smooth smile lines (nasolabial folds).

“It’s a newer brand of fillers, different than filling lines or little areas,” said Dr. Glatt. “These fillers are very powerful. [The fillers are] dense, they’re rich, and they’re capable of just really filling and giving a robust difference in a very short period.”

Dr. Glatt told Hoda Kotb that the five-minute facelift lasts for two years, is completely reversible, has minimal side effects and is more powerful than traditional fillers.

So what’s the catch?

The Art and Science of Five Minute Facelifts

“I did not really see anything new in the segment” said Dr. Wigoda. “The only thing the doctor did was fill up her cheeks. I thought they were actually overfilled relative to the rest of her face”.

So is the five-minute facelift the next best thing?

“To use the term facelift is a stretch. A facelift does much more than filling the cheek area,” said Dr. Wigoda. “I personally wound have used the product in other areas of the face as well, like the nasolabial folds. I think she looked a little swollen rather than refreshed at the end. In addition, because the body starts breaking down fillers as soon as they are injected, I would be surprised if the effects of the product will last two years. Here is a good example for the consumer to be wary of claims made by companies or their spokesperson. In my experience, the benefits of a product in the cosmetic industry are often exaggerated. It is always best to ask the opinion of your own doctor.”

To learn more about the facts and fiction of plastic surgery including facelifts, contact Dr. Wigoda for a free consultation.

 

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Browlift, Facelift, or Eyelid Surgery: Which One Works For You?

facial cosmetic surgeriesForehead lifts, Blepharoplasty and Rhytidectomy might be a Google search for those facing the aging reality and weighing the potential benefits of plastic surgery. Some of the most visible signs of aging first appear on the face. Perhaps you’ve heard someone say “you look tired” one too many times. Or maybe what you see in the mirror doesn’t reflect your age or youthfulness. Whatever the reason, you know when it’s time to bypass those miracle creams and get serious about the facial rejuvenation results you want.

The key with any facial cosmetic surgery procedure is that the person maintain their appearance, but look refreshed or younger. The goal is not to change the persons “look.” In addition, it should look natural, such that a stranger would have no idea the person ever had surgery.

Brow lift? Facelift? Eyelid surgery? Which facial procedures an individual should undergo will depend on analyzing each area and determining if the area can be improved and if the improvement is worth the cost, downtime, and risks. I have many patients that I could do the surgery on, but the improvement does not justify the cost, recovery, etc. so I tell them to wait a few more years. But, if you think you may be ready for a facial rejuvenation procedure, schedule a consultation with your plastic surgeon to discuss which surgery will work for you to meet your goals.

Read on to learn the differences between these three procedures, who is a good candidate for each, and view before and after photos.

Facelift: Rhytidectomy

67 year old face and neck lift

67 year old with before and after a face and neck lift

Skin loses elasticity as one ages and can cause loose skin and wrinkles to appear on the face and neck. The facelift procedure smoothes that loose skin, tightens underlying tissues and removes excess fat to make your face appear firmer and fresher. In some cases, the deeper tissues may also be repositioned to restore a more youthful contour to your face.

For best results, surgeons have begun to look past the skin and at the fat, muscle, and bone instead. They use more complex procedures as it affects the deep structures as well, which results in a more natural (less pulled) look which lasts longer than the traditional “skin-only” facelift. Your options range from a very simple skin tightening to more complex procedures depending on your case and your plastic surgeon’s preferences.

Patients that may be qualified for a facelift typically begin requesting one beginning in their 40s up to their 80s. You may be a good candidate for a facelift if you have any of the following types of conditions:

  • A deep line that runs from the corner of your nose to the corner of your mouth
  • Loss of a well-defined jawline
  • Deep wrinkles in the cheeks and sagging skin near the cheekbones
  • Loose skin, wrinkles or excess fatty tissue in the neck

Note that patients with significant medical problems, a rare skin disorder, or who smoke should discuss their options with their surgeon before committing to a facelift as it could lead to extreme complications.

Forehead Lift: Browlift

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Before and after a forehead lift.

If your facial expression does not reflect how you feel, often the forehead is the main culprit. The lowering of the brow with age has a tremendous effect on the “total” look of the person and a drooping brow can create the appearance of someone looking tired, sad, bored, or angry when they are not. Raising the brow “opens” the entire eye up . As a result the person looks more refreshed, awake, and happy.

During a browlift, the surgeon modifies or removes parts of the muscles that cause wrinkling and frown lines, removes excess skin and lifts your eyebrows to a more pleasing level. In addition to elevating the brow, the plastic surgeon may address the other primary sign of aging on the forehead, namely, wrinkles.

Most commonly, a browlift is performed for patients who are over the age of 40. You may be a good candidate for forehead lift if you have any of the following types of conditions:

  • Sagging or low position of the eyebrows
  • Deep horizontal creases across the forehead
  • Frown lines, or furrows, between the eyebrows and sometimes across the top of the nose

As with a facelift, patients with significant health problems or those who are smokers and are unwilling to quit should not have this procedure.

Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery: Blepharoplasty

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Before and after eyelid surgery.

Bright, alert eyes can make you appear energized, well-rested, youthful, and in control. However, lower-eyelid puffiness, dark circles or drooping upper lids, may give off the impression that you are fatigued, angry or unhappy when you are not.

With eyelid surgery, you can enhance features on your upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both. Depending on the procedure, excess skin, fatty tissue, and/or muscle are removed. You may also make special adjustments like redistributing the fat beneath the eye to eliminate puffiness or bulges.

You may be a good candidate for eyelid surgery if you have any of the following conditions:

  • Excess skin that hides the natural fold of the upper lids
  • Loose skin that hangs down from the upper eyelids
  • Puffiness in the upper eyelids that creates a tired look
  • Excess skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelids
  • Puffy “bags” and, in some cases dark circles under the eyes

If you’re asking whether one of these three procedures will work for you, or if you’re even ready to consider one, schedule a FREE consultation with Dr. Wigoda to learn more!

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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Yelpers Give Dr. Paul Wigoda Plastic Surgery All 5 Star Ratings in Fort Lauderdale

The Fort Lauderdale Plastic Surgery reviews are in and Dr. Paul Wigoda reports all 5-star ratings on Yelp!

With more than 100 million monthly unique visitors, Yelp is the premiere local business review site. And, as anyone who owns a business or who’s ever yelped a business they love knows even with amazing service 5-star reviews on Yelp are hard to come by, not to mention all 5-star reviews. Dr. Paul Wigoda thanks our plastic surgery clients for sharing the love on Yelp and wanted to share some excerpts of our favorite reviews with you.

  • Breast Implant Review Liz S. of Boca Raton, FL writes “NO PAIN, GREAT GAIN! After having 3 children in 18 Months (a set of twins) I finally decided to have a breast lift and implants. A friend referred me to Dr. Wigoda. I had the procedure yesterday, and I have not been in one drop of pain since! … Great Doctor, great experience, great results.”

  • Perla S. of Manhattan, NY writes “I had plastic surgery 8 years ago with Dr. Paul Wigoda.I am now going to be 66 years old, and I look 10 years younger… Never ever had any pain, as he promised. I would do it all over again.”

  • B L. of Miami Beach, FL shares “So happy with the results, would have done it sooner!”

  • JR M. of Fort Lauderdale, FL says simply:  “We love Dr. Wigoda!”

  • Olga S. of Fort Lauderdale, FL “I had carefully chosen Dr. Wigoda as my plastic surgeon, for breast augmentation after scouring every single surgeon within a 25 mile radius of me. Dr. Wigoda stood out, by far, as not only the most personable, but beyond other’s average surgeon skills as well. Now, almost 3 months later, I am LOVING my breasts. They look proportionate to my body; they don’t look as if someone just “put” them there. They are just perfect. I’m feeling a little sad as today was my last scheduled follow up with Dr. Wigoda.”

Perhaps our favorite review is this from Marcia B of Ft. Lauderdale:

“ Because of the dedication of Dr Wigoda I am able today to tell my story. I give Dr. Paul Wigoda the highest points any doctor can receive. By chance, Dr Wigoda was on call at Broward General Hospital the day I was brought into emergency in renal failure and fighting for my life from a Liposuction procedure I received from another doctor in Miami Beach. Dr. Wigoda saved my life and has continued to do so ever since. The dedication that Dr. Wigoda has shown… speaks for itself. His compassion, sympathy and kindness along with his skills have given me my life back. He took an oath seriously to save lives and that day he saved mine. The results you’ll receive from the care of Dr. Wigoda will make you feel beautiful about yourself.”

Some of our other favorites include:

  • Kristina C. of Plantation, FL shares “[Dr. Wigoda] and his office staff were far superior to any of the other doctors I had consulted.  Their office is comfortable and inviting, with a very professional surgical area. The procedure went exactly as expected but the best part was the ‘recovery’. I had no real pain.”

  • Rebecca C. of Fort Lauderdale, FL says “I have much faith in this doctor. He does not try to sell unnecessary treatments or services. I have always gotten great results from his treatment. I recommend him to all of my friends. His staff, particularly Lucy, is also marvelous. They are both professionals of the highest caliber and pleasant to deal with as well.”

Dr. Wigoda hopes to make you the next happy patient to write a 5-star review and invites you to come in for a free plastic surgery consultation.

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 Surgeons Agree Video Chat Fuels Rush for Chin Implants

In a recent interview with the Sun Sentinel, Dr. Paul Wigoda shared his thoughts on how chin implants are gaining in popularity. The interest in chin enhancements follows a more gradual overall growth in the plastic surgery industry, which saw 13.8 million cosmetic procedures performed in 2011, 5 percent more than the year before. With the recession easing and Americans finding they have more disposal income, more are fixing their imperfections, said board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Wigoda of Fort Lauderdale.

“I would say there’s an increase in general because of the economy,” Wigoda said. Video chat is driving more than chin implants. Wigoda has seen more patients come in complaining about how their nose looks on screen and seeking rhinoplasty.

Bristol Palin sent all the gossip mill when she had her chin redone a few years ago, but she may have been heralding the start of a trend. With the rise of video chat, people are becoming more and more concerned about how they look on smartphones and iPads everywhere and are turning to chin implants to improve their profiles.

The American Association of Plastic Surgeons (AAPS) reports that the number of chin implants has skyrocketed over the past year. About 20,680 chin implants were done in 2011. That’s a 71% increase over previous years. And it’s not just women who are sprucing up their chins. Men were equally as likely to get chin implants and the largest increase in chin surgeries were on people over 40.

Chatting on Skype and other video technologies may be fueling the change. Many people who had the surgery done report not being satisfied with their profiles when they saw themselves on screen. But increasing self-esteem isn’t the only benefit of getting chin implants. A spokesperson for the AAPS says that chin implants may also boost a person’s career. Approximately 90% of CEOs had larger than average chins when compared to the general population.

The procedure is fairly straightforward. It is done on an outpatient basis using either local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia. A silicone implant is placed under the skin over the jaw bone to give the area more definition. Usually patients are able to return to their normal activities within a few days, though it usually takes about three months for full results.

Like any other surgery, the knowledge and experience of the surgeon is essential. When shopping around for South Florida plastic surgeon, make sure he or she is certified and ask for photos of their previous work.

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Paul Wigoda to see if plastic surgery is right for you.

Source: Sun Sentinel Article

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.”

Dr. Wigoda Agrees: Experts Say Early Facelifts Lead to Longer, Better Results

Most people under 50 think they are too young for plastic surgery. A recent study published in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery journal, however, indicates that people in this age group will actually achieve better and longer-lasting results from plastic surgery if they get it before they turn 50.

Researchers Dr. Tom S Liu and John Q. Owsley of the California Pacific Medical Center analyzed patient satisfaction ratings and photographs of plastic surgery patients in three age groups: Under 50, 50 to 60, and over 60 years of age. They found that people 50 years or younger maintained their youthful appearance longer and were happier with their results, which was backed up by the patient’s self-reported satisfaction during short and long-term follow up appointments.

Patients over 60 were less likely to maintain and were more dissatisfied with their results. While they looked younger than their peers, people in this age group experienced regression in five areas more quickly. This is likely due to the fact that people over 60 have already incurred significant facial aging that impacts the results they obtain from the surgery. The middle group, 50 to 60, experienced intermediate results.

While some plastic surgeons steer people 50 or younger away from face lifts to other cosmetic procedures, a maintenance facelift may be the best procedure for them after all and the researchers encourage plastic surgeons to offer maintenance face lifts to people in this group. In addition to looking younger longer, the signs of aging in people under 50 tend to be mild. This means a facelift will not change their appearance as dramatically as it does in patients that are older, which is great for people that prefer their transition look as natural as possible.

For more information on how plastic surgery can improve your appearance, contact South Florida plastic surgeon Dr. Wigoda by phone or email.