Facial Fat Graft Techniques: Are Stem Cells Rejuvenating?

stem cells for facial rejuvenation

Anti-aging is a hot topic. Aside from the late Joan Rivers, it doesn’t appear that anyone has truly kept Father Time at bay; however, credible procedures, educating oneself, and taking preventative measures can keep us looking youthful over a longer period of time.

People from all walks of life are seeking effective ways to minimize the effects of aging on their most exposed feature, their face. The best results are apparent when anti-aging procedures such as fillers and fat grafts are done as preventative measures as opposed to after the fact. Depending on what results the patient wishes to achieve, facelifts and eyelid surgeries can also drastically reduce the signs of aging. In this article, we’ll take a look at the differences between fat grafts and stem cells for facial rejuvenation.

What Is A Fat Transfer (Fat Graft)?

Fat transfer is a natural, minimally invasive alternative to facial plastic surgery, and can be done in conjunction with other facial surgeries. Although the procedure itself is quite similar and involves injections like Botox and other fillers, a fat transfer is different because it uses fat, which is the one substance that comes from the patient’s own body. This is seen as a more natural alternative to other fillers and can minimize the risks of complications that can occur when a foreign substance is placed in the body.

Fat Cells vs. Fat-Derived Stem Cells

When asked to weigh in on the topic, Dr. Wigoda explained, “For the time being, anything claiming to use stem cells for some improvement, whether a procedure or facial creams, is unproven. If a surgeon says they are putting stem cells in you to make you look better, they are misleading you. It is true that placing fat grafts can improve the quality of skin, but whether or not stem cells are doing it is another matter.”

It appears that the results of a study in an issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery® more or less agrees with Dr. Wigoda’s statement. The two approaches to fat grafting have similar effects in reversing the cellular-level signs of aging skin. In fact, according to the study they were “essentially identical.” Dr. Rigotti, one of the study’s authors, claims that results suggest that the effect of a fat graft is in part due to its stem cell component; however, that is a broad claim that would need additional research to support. When it comes down to it, wrinkles come from large volume loss of fat and both of these procedures injected something to compensate for that loss.

Which Option to Choose?

Since the facial rejuvenation results are the same, the authors of the study and Dr. Wigoda recommend sticking with a standard facial fat grafting for the time being.


Although both options appear to be promising for anti-aging, the simpler approach of using fat cells has advantages because it is less expensive and a faster procedure. The fat cells can be harvested, processed and injected in the same day, unlike the other approach which requires time for stem cell expansion.

Moral of the story? Gravity works, but so does grafting. If you’re looking to diminish the signs of aging and don’t see a facelift in your future, contact Dr. Wigoda for a free consultation to discuss your options.

Desire for Cosmetic Surgery Rises 200%

10 Plastic Surgery Motivators and Cosmetic Surgery Trends

Droopy Eyes and Crows Feet Blues? 87% of women have a complex about at least one body part.

“I’d look so great if my eyelids weren’t drooping or if these crows feet weren’t so noticeable.” Sound familiar? We all have those one or two features that we feel age us prematurely or don’t fit our features and want to correct. Really, you’re not alone. According to a recent RealSelf cosmetic surgery study, a staggering 87% of US women currently report being unhappy with at least one body part.

The survey of more than 5,000 women showed that the desire to fix what they deem “problem areas” is fueling the trend to seek help from a cosmetic surgeon, and consultations have risen by more than 200%. But who is actually opting for the procedures and why now?

A Stitch of Plastic Surgery: Age Is Nothing But A Number

One may assume that plastic surgery for the Gen X and Baby Boomer generations are more common, and while that may be true regarding wrinkles and facelifts, the younger groups are opting for elective procedures like breast implants, rhinoplasty, and body sculpting.

The study found that 86% of women ages 25-34 are likely to change a body part using plastic surgery. That number drops dramatically at age 45 so it appears that acceptance comes with age.

Cosmetic Surgery Media & Medical Influences

The increase in plastic surgery for Generation Y can also be attributed to the ongoing pop culture obsession with body image. Flawless celebrities, reality television shows with plastic surgery competitions, and the selfie obsession can all be factored into the equation.

On the other hand, medical advancements and transparencies and even the way we gather our information could be allowing people to commit to cosmetic changes with less concerns. A whopping 61% of people researching procedures use the Internet as their primary source so they are able to do as much research as they want and fact check on their own. The added knowledge of the procedures and advancements also makes the patient more confident in their doctor and less concerned about risks.

According to People.com, the RealSelf study seems to prove that the hush-hush stigma surrounding plastic surgery is slowly dissipating and Dr. Wigoda agrees. As surgery becomes more mainstream, millions of women who passed on plastic surgery in the past are coming out of hiding and pursuing the procedures they’ve been wanting for years.

Plastic Surgery Motivators

If one in five women are planning on actually pursuing cosmetic surgery, and one in three have thought about it but are undecided, we have to consider why this desire has increased. The study found that 65% of women consider a procedure because they will feel more comfortable with themselves. Other motivators to consider surgery included a milestone life event such as career changes, marital status change, and significant birthdays.

After they undergo a procedure respondents have listed their top expected outcomes as:

  1. Self-esteem

  2. Overall confidence level

  3. Overall happiness

  4. Comfort having your photo taken

  5. How you look when clothed

  6. How you look when minimally dressed/naked

  7. Your opinion of your sex appeal

  8. Comfort posting pictures on social media

  9. Confidence when center of attention

  10. Sex life

Not surprisingly, they were dead on in their assumptions with the rankings of the actual impact of cosmetic surgery being almost identical.

So, in short, cosmetic surgery is no longer taboo and more women are opting for procedures to enhance their beauty… would you? How would you fill in the blanks? I would look great if my ____________ (was/were) ____________.

Got it? Good. Now contact Dr. Wigoda for your complementary virtual or in-person consultation to discuss your options and how you can look your best this year!

The Breast Vacation Ever? @DrDrewHLN Panel Injects Opinions


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Insta Breasts, a 24-hour saline solution that allows patients to “test drive” a breast augmentation, is making plastic surgery news. The one-day enhancement created by Dr. Norman Rowe is actually the first step toward what he calls “vacation breast implants” which is in the works and is expected to last two weeks. But are women in the market for breast enhancement really looking for this type of temporary fix, or is it just a hoax? Dr. Wigoda addresses his major concerns for the temporary procedure and why he thinks vacation breasts may disappear just as quickly as they appeared.

Are Temporary Breast Implants Safe?

If it’s done with sterile technique and by a qualified plastic surgeon it is probably safe with little risk of complications. Furthermore, the saline solution is the same that is used in long-term breast implants which, when an implant ruptures, is safely absorbed in the body.


How Much Do Temporary Implants Cost?

Rowe quotes his prices at between $2,500 and $3,500 for a procedure that can take less than 20 minutes in some cases! For three to four times that amount, patients can get amazing implants that last well more than 24 hours.


Who Should Consider Vacation Breast Implants?

Because it only lasts one day, and there is a high cost involved, it’s not likely that it will be very popular. Even if it lasts two weeks, is it worth having them done for say a vacation when you would have to buy clothes and bras to fit your new shape? Honestly, Victoria’s Secret has a line of swimsuits that can give you an entirely new shape and you can use it year-round, not just during those two weeks.

The main audience for this type of cosmetic surgery would probably be brides, and it is unlikely that they will risk this sort of procedure on their wedding. Will the dress fit? Will they feel well enough to dance, or a little off balance? When brides-to-be are considering any type of plastic surgery before the big day they need to do it in a reasonable amount of time. Bridal breast implants should be planned at least three to six months before you walk down the aisle.


Will The Vacation Implants Trend Continue?

It’s quite possible that this vacation implants fad will disappear faster than it takes the saline solution to absorb. Most women who come in for breast augmentation consultations know they want to have larger, fuller breasts. There are very few that are “on the fence” and would like to do a test run. The primary issue is usually how big to go and it is unlikely that this procedure will help answer that question very well as the patient would have to redo it with a variety of sizes to know for sure what they want.

A good plastic surgeon will educate the patient on all of their options. Saline vs. silicone, over or under the pec, size and shape recommendations, and so on. During your consultations, you should also be able to try on various sizers. While this won’t allow you to feel exactly what it’s like to have that new weight on your chest, it will allow you to see how you will appear with various sizes.

To learn more about Painless Breast Implants, contact board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Wigoda for a face-to-face or virtual consultation!

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

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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!

Cosmetic Surgeons and Plastic Surgeons: What’s the Difference?

Plastic surgery. Cosmetic surgery. What’s the difference? Dr. Paul Wigoda explains.

cosmetic or plastic surgeons?Whether you call it cosmetic surgery or plastic surgery, it really doesn’t matter. The point is that it’s always good to know the difference. Cosmetic procedures only deal with improving appearance whereas plastic surgery may refer to a cosmetic or reconstructive procedure. While incorrectly referring to cosmetic surgery as plastic surgery or visa versa won’t get you a slap on the wrist, knowing the difference between cosmetic and plastic surgeons can mean the difference between satisfactory and exceptional results and more, so pay close attention.



Cosmetic Surgeons Are Not The Same As Plastic Surgeons

While many plastic surgeons, like Dr. Wigoda,  are trained in and do cosmetic procedures along with reconstructive surgery, doctors who advertise strictly as cosmetic surgeons often have no formal training in cosmetic.

Legally,  doctors with the following specialties can do cosmetic procedures and call themselves cosmetic surgeons:

  • Dermatology
  • Family practice
  • Gynecology
  • General surgery
  • Oral Surgery
  • And more

But here’s the thing:  While these doctors spent a lot of time training to graduate from their original specialty, they typically spend significantly less time training to become an actual cosmetic surgeon.

Why Choose Plastic Surgeons For Cosmetic Procedures?

Piece of mind, for one thing.

Plastic surgeons, like Dr. Wigoda, come with the following credentials:

  • 4 years of college
  • 4 years of medical school
  • 3-7 years of surgical residency
  • 2-3 years of plastic surgery residency
  • Certification through the American Board of Plastic Surgery

Cosmetic surgeons, who were probably trained in a different specialty, most likely have not completed the same amount of years of surgical residencies (if any). Plastic surgeons’ training gives them the knowledge and experience to reduce or minimize the appearances of scars from surgery and have a better understanding of complications that can occur and what to do in the event that they do.

Worst Case Scenarios – what if a complication occurs?

Like pregnancies, weight loss, and pretty much everything in life, every case is different. Remember, if you choose a cosmetic surgeon to do your procedure, the fact that they may have done that specific procedure many times already doesn’t guarantee that they will necessarily know what to do if a complication develops or your case may be more difficult than the average person.

Let’s use facelifts as our cosmetic surgery example. The most common significant complication of a facelift is a hematoma – a collection of blood under your skin that develops from a bleeding vessel. It occurs in 1-5% of facelifts. If you get a hematoma you may have to go back to the operating room to remove the blood collection. Will a less trained doctor (a) recognize the complication or (b) be able to perform the operation? What about anesthetic risks from either intravenous sedation or general inhalant anesthesia? Does the cosmetic surgeon have hospital privileges in case of an emergency?

Another facelift complication, perhaps the most dreaded, is an injury to the facial nerve. Luckily, this complication is rare and usually resolves with time (anywhere from a few days to a year for the nerve to recover) but it can be permanent if the nerve is cut. The most common injury is to the branch of the nerve which allows you to smile, but you can also lose abilities with other facial expressions like frowning, kissing, etc. Can you imagine if the mother of a bride comes in so as to appear more youthful in the family photos but then can’t even smile on the big day?

Other potential complications with this procedure are uncommon but can include infection, loss of skin, unattractive scars, asymmetry, pulling the earlobe down, and deep scar formation. A well-trained surgeon will be experienced with avoiding these types of complications.

The fact is, there are so many qualified board-certified plastic surgeons, why would you want to go to a less qualified doctor when your health and body are at risk?

If you would like to further discuss the cosmetic surgeon and plastic surgeon qualifications or schedule a free consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon, contact Dr. Wigoda here.

How to Identify Ruptured Breast Implants

Identifying Ruptured Breast ImplantsA common misconception of breast implant patients is that the breast surgery is a one-and-done procedure. The truth is that, even without additional trauma to the chest, breast implants are not lifetime devices. Over time the breast implant will wear and can result in rupturing and may need to be replaced. According to Breast Implant Safety, the general experience among plastic surgeons tend to be that implants last between 10 and 20 years, but more on that later. Before your procedure, it is important to understand that breast implants are not permanent, the risk of rupture rate and that you learn how to identify ruptured breast implants.

What is a breast implant rupture?

A breast implant rupture occurs when breast implants fail due to gradual wearing or a trauma that causes leakage. Most women have no specific cause for deflation or leakage but some possible problems that may contribute to a rupture include car accidents, falling and overly vigorous manipulation..

Often a rupture is not readily noticeable and may not cause discomfort, however, if your breasts develop an unusually hard feeling or highly rounded appearance, it may be a sign of capsular contracture and you should call your surgeon. Capsular contracture is an immune system response to foreign materials in the body and can cause discomfort.

How do I identify a breast implant rupture?

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Saline vs. Silicon Gel Breast Implants

Depending on the type of implant used, saline vs. silicone, you may not even notice a rupture.

Saline implants are more visible as they deflate and you will see the size and shape change, similar to a leaking water balloon. Not to worry, the saline solution can be absorbed by your body without posing any health risks, but you will want to either remove both shells or replace the damaged one to get back to a symmetrical appearance. If it has been a while since your implant procedure, you may want to use this opportunity to replace the undamaged implant as well to delay future rupture and additional surgeries and recovery time.

A silicone breast implant rupture may not be as noticeable immediately  — or ever — because the freed silicone typically remains trapped within the implant shell. Known as a silent rupture, this type of rupture is not thought to cause health problems but may eventually cause breast pain or changes in contour or shape. Even if you don’t show signs or symptoms upon discovery after a routine MRI, you can discuss your options with your surgeon. Unless there is a compelling reason not to have surgery, such as other medical issues, most surgeons will recommend removing the ruptured implant. You can then decide if you want to replace it or not have any implants.

How often should I check for breast implant ruptures?

The current recommendations for MRIs is to have one done three years after your breast surgery procedure and then every two years. Breast Implant Safety reports that a breast implant rupture within three years is unusual but not unheard of so there is a high likelihood that the recommendations will change in the future to having MRIs less often because the rupture rate is fairly small.

There are slight differences depending on which brand implants are studied, but it’s approximately a 5–7% chance of rupture by 10 years. The Sientra brand, which I have started using this past year, has a rupture rate of 0.4% at five years for their anatomic implants so, in my opinion, the risk of rupture is fairly low. While this brand of implants has not been around for 20 or 30 years, I suspect most of them will last at least that long.

While I tell my patients what the current recommendations are, many of them choose not to get the MRIs as recommended. In a few that have gotten them after having some sort of trauma, like a hard fall or car accident, their MRIs showed no rupture. However, I still highly recommend getting regular checkups or at least an MRI after trauma or if you have suspicions. Although not life-threatening, it is always good for you and your surgeon to know what is going on rather than wait until there is discomfort or you develop a contracture.

Considering getting painless breast implants or concerned you may have a ruptured implant? Contact us today for a free consultation!

How Soon Can I Go to the Gym After Liposuction? Dr. Wigoda Answers This Lipo FAQ

A very common question I receive during consultations is “how soon can I go to the gym after liposuction?”

working out after lipoIt may sound contradictory, but many patients considering liposuction lead very active lifestyles. Most lipo patients are healthy and exercise regularly but cannot lose fat in certain areas of their body regardless of how much they exercise. Liposuction is generally not an option for those who are significantly overweight, but is done to treat problem areas that are somewhat out of proportion to the rest of their body.

Liposuction can be used to treat gynecomastia, the abdomen, love handles and inner and outer thighs. If you’re considering liposuction, keep in mind that everyone’s procedures, therefore recovery time, vary and should be considered on an individual basis before the patient returns to their regular workout routine. That being said, here’s what you should know.

When Can I Return to My Normal Routine?

As far as work goes, my patients typically return to their positions provided it is not heavy labor within one or two days, depending on the extent of the procedure. Liposuction is a real surgery and will require some healing time which will increase with the number of body areas being treated. The amount of fat cells being removed will also affect healing time.      

Generally there is some mild soreness or discomfort which decreases each day over a period of weeks. It generally takes one to three months for all of the swelling to go down and you can expect to feel a little different during that time.

For that reason, I usually have patients avoid exercise for four weeks although some may start exercising as early as two weeks. And, when they do return to the gym, I advise they do not try jumping back into their normal routine and take it easy.

What Type of Exercises Can I Do?

Diligent exercisers may worry that if they stop their routine for an extended period of time, they may lose their motivation, however, exercising can cause increased discomfort and swelling and increase the time it takes to heal.

Again, each person is different but if you want and are able to get back to exercising very quickly, I encourage you to do lighter workouts at least during the first month. Avoid more aerobic exercises like running, bicycling, or dancing at first and do more light weight routines. You will want to avoid certain machines that will cause you to pull at the liposuctioned area but that varies by location so discuss that with your surgeon prior to returning to the gym.

So, for those of you who work out regularly but aren’t completely satisfied with your results, contact Dr. Wigoda to discuss your liposuction options and create a plan to get you back to your normal routine safely and rapidly.

For more information about the liposuction procedure, visit our Liposuction FAQs page and watch the video below.


3 Plastic Surgery Tips Every Couple Should Know Before Going Under the Knife

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He says lipo, she says REALLY?!

Although plastic surgery is typically something my patients choose to do for themselves, it’s important to discuss it with your loved ones before going under the knife.

Recently, a young mother underwent multiple surgeries to look like Jennifer Lawrence and what stood out to me the most from the article is that her husband was not as enamored with the celebrity as much as his wife was, however, he said “it’s totally her choice.”

Not all couples are that OK with their loved ones having elective plastic surgery though. In my experience, the significant other typically knows about the surgery and claims they are neutral about the procedure but other times they are against it and even argue in my office during the consultation.  To get your spouse, family and friends on board, here are three things to discuss with your spouse before plastic surgery.

Tell them why you want plastic surgery

“I’ve always hated my nose” or “I want to get rid of these frown lines” isn’t going to cut it. I guarantee they will respond with “Honey, you’re beautiful the way you are and I love you no matter what.” After all, if they’ve been with you since before your plastic surgery then it clearly doesn’t bother them the way it does you.

Instead of a generic response, try getting to the heart of why you want to do a procedure. “Having this plastic surgery surgery will help me feel more confident” or “I want what I see in the mirror to reflect how youthful I feel” is a much stronger argument. Knowing the reasoning behind why you want plastic surgery could help your loved ones understand and hopefully accept your decision more.

Show them you’ve done your research

The thing is, whether it’s elective plastic surgery or an emergency, surgery is surgery and your partner will worry about you. There are risks with any procedure and their concern is completely understandable but if you are a smart plastic surgery patient and do your research, then sharing your findings can help them overcome this worry. Not only will you want to give them information regarding the safety of the plastic surgery procedure in question such as risks, percentage and types of complications, etc., but also you need to show them you’ve researched your surgeon and their qualifications.

Meet the doctor!

Your significant other now knows the deeper reason as to why you want plastic surgery and that you’ve done your research on safety but they still might have some objections because they don’t understand exactly will happen during your procedure.

I highly recommend that, if you’re comfortable with it, you bring them to your consultation. If they missed the initial consultation scheduling a second one just for them to join could mean the world to them. You’re telling them that you understand and respect their concerns and want them to feel as comfortable as you are about the procedure.

Bringing them to a plastic surgery consultation will allow them to learn the details of the procedure directly from an experienced source as well as give them the opportunity to ask as many questions as they need. It also lets them meet your surgeon prior to the procedure, giving them confidence in who will be performing it. This interaction with the surgeon should give your significant other the impression that “I know you’re leaving your loved one in my hands and I will take care of them.”

So the takeaways here are, at a minimum, spouses, significant others, or family should at least discuss the procedure with each other at length before the surgery and preferably, have your partner come in for at least the final consultation so that everyone understands what the plan is, what the possible complications are, the recovery process and more. In that way, it will be a much more pleasant experience than one where people secretly undergo procedures, which creates stress and tension afterward, sometimes even leading up to divorce after plastic surgery.

I now pronounce you patient and doctor!

If you’re considering plastic surgery and want to get your life partner, boyfriend, girlfriend, or best friend on board, contact Dr. Wigoda today for a free consultation. With zero lawsuits, disciplinary actions, major complications and patient deaths, we’re sure your spouse will feel confident in your decision choosing Dr. Wigoda as your surgeon.

Breast Implants Gone Wrong Testimonial, How Dr. Wigoda Made it Right

The chances your breast implant surgery could go wrong is greater than you think.  Studies show one in five who have plastic surgery are unhappy with the results and Dr. Paul Wigoda finds it all too often that patients come to him to fix poorly done breast implant surgeries by other doctors.

Fort Lauderdale-based Dr. Wigoda always stresses the importance of researching your plastic surgeon, regardless of how routine the procedure may be. Having an experienced plastic surgeon will minimize your chance of having poor results and avoid the need for a second surgery.

The second surgery can still be a charm

The first time a procedure is done is your best chance at having a great result but this breast augmentation testimonial on a corrective implant surgery demonstrates that a botched procedure can be redeemed.

In 2005, this woman had a breast augmentation done that she claims was “terrible” and her dissatisfaction left her seeking corrective surgery. The procedures included a bilateral breast lift, the removal of scar tissue created from the first breast surgery, and her breast implants were replaced; all of which could have been avoided if her first breast augmentation had gone well.

It is often difficult to correct a botched breast implant surgery  because on top of completing the regular procedure, the plastic surgeon needs to fix  additional issues like present incisions and scars, as well as breast issue or nerves that have been moved, stretched, or injured in ways that are not reversible.

“I was surprised, recovery wasn’t bad at all especially compared to my first surgery which I had less work done with more pain,” she said.

Dr. Wigoda’s patient describes her initial surgery as painful for at least two weeks, which kept her out of work as she could not drive. Although her corrective breast surgery procedure was more involved, having an experienced plastic surgeon reduced her pain significantly and she was able to drive herself to her follow-up appointment the very next day and was back to work as a nurse within the first week.

She concludes her interview with, “I’m extremely happy, Dr. Wigoda made a miracle happen coming from where I was before to what it is now. I’m surprised that my breasts look this good especially this quick after surgery. I must say I’m happy.”

After her breast surgery, the patient highly recommends Dr. Wigoda’s Painless Breast Implants procedure. If you are looking to enhance or fix a previous breast augmentation or would like to have an excellent experience the first time around, contact Dr. Wigoda for a free consultation today.

Dr. Wigoda Shares How to Be a Smart Plastic Surgery Patient

In this video, Ft. Lauderdale surgeon Dr. Wigoda explains how to be a smart plastic surgery patient and why you want to be one of the smarter patients. Hint: They do their research, ask a lot of questions, and pick plastic surgeons with the right credentials and experience.



With people opting for bargain surgeries and shopping for plastic surgeons the way they shop for clothes, they are taking a huge risk and possibly sacrificing the quality of their results and then some. Smart plastic surgery patients can be financially-savvy and still see great results; they just have to do their homework.


You want to be one of the smarter patients because while there are many thousands of happy patients there are also many who are unhappy. They may have had bad results, complications, chronic pain or unrealistic expectations. Remember, plastic surgery is real surgery. If you gave up quality for cost then you may even end up spending more in the long run because they have to miss more work for recovery time, end up being hospitalized or have a plastic surgery nightmare and need to do another surgery to correct the original procedure. You are making an investment in yourself and want that investment to pay off.

Be a smart plastic surgery patient by:

  • Asking a lot of questions

  • Having realistic expectations about results

  • Understanding what recovery will be like

When picking your plastic surgeon, make sure they have:

  • The right credentials and experience

  • Time to spend with you before and after surgery

  • Can make independent decisions regarding future care without having to ask for permission

Are you interested in having the best results possible? Join the smartest patients and take your time to do your research and make a well-informed decision! Start today by seeing how Dr. Wigoda compares to other surgeons!