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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dr. Wigoda Supports Tougher Lipo Law by Florida Governor

The days of cheap liposuction are numbered. Dr. Wigoda recently commented in the Sun Sentinel on the legislation passed by Governor Rick Scott in April 2012 that tightened safety standards for medical professionals offering liposuction. This new law is predicted to effectively put an end to the unregulated boutique beauty businesses providing liposuction services at bargain-basement prices.
It has long been the practice of these medispas, surgery centers, and some independent physicians to cut corners by performing liposuction in their offices so they could avoid following certain safety requirements. Not having to invest money in safety measures allowed these businesses to offer cut-rate prices on their services, but at often tragic costs.
Senator Eleanor Sobel, D-Hollywood was inspired to file the legislation after 14 people, including four mothers, died as the result of complications that occurred during the procedure. These deaths likely could have been avoided if the business had adhered to standard safety protocols.

Under the new law that goes into effect on January 3, 2013, all liposuction must be done at regulated offices if more than two pounds of fat is being removed. The office must be equipped with life-saving equipment and the procedure can only be done by medical professionals that have been trained in life-saving techniques and procedures. Lastly, all facilities must pass inspection.
Without a doubt, the added expense will drive the cost of liposuction up, ending the trend of cheap cosmetic surgery – at least when it comes to liposuction.
“Some internists and non-surgeons who had been doing liposuctions at the unregulated offices may choose to stop rather than try to meet the stricter regulations,” said Dr. Paul Wigoda, a Fort Lauderdale plastic surgeon.
That’s just fine by many of the law’s supporters since the true purpose of the legislation is to save lives, and enforcing safety standards is a good way to do that.

Dr. Paul Wigoda’s plastic surgery facility is fully accredited, visitors are welcome for a complete tour and consultation.

Dr. Wigoda’s Notes: Liposuction Vs. Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) – What’s the Difference?

As the Florida economy warms up, so is the demand for beach body plastic surgery procedures such as lipo and tummy tucks.  Fort Lauderdale plastic surgeon, Dr. Paul Wigoda, warns patients to do their homework first, learning the risks and potential results. Last year, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reported almost 9.5 million cosmetic procedures; with Liposuction being the second most popular choice for women.

“People need to educate themselves on the difference between cosmetic procedures such as tummy tucks versus liposuction,” said Dr. Wigoda, plastic surgeon and Chief of Plastic Surgery at Broward General Hospital.

Liposuction and tummy tucks are procedures performed to contour the body. While they both involve removing excess fat, they accomplish different things.

Liposuction

Liposuction, also known as lipoplasty, is a surgical procedure that involves making small incisions where the fat is to be removed using thin, hollow tubes called cannulas to suction the fat out. Typically, the area is anesthetized using a combination of lidocaine and epinephrine. The person may elect for local or general anesthesia. There are different types of liposuction including ultrasonic, laser assisted, power assisted, and traditional suction assisted. Which one is used often depends on the surgeon’s preference and experience.

Liposuction surgery may be considered to treat areas of excess fat in the stomach, buttocks, hips, love handles, saddlebags, thighs, calves, ankles, breasts (including male breast enlargement), back, arms and neck. Liposuction is equally effective in both men and women.

Good candidates for liposuction

  • If you have areas of fat deposits that are out of proportion with the rest of your body and do not go away with diet and exercise –sometimes referred to as “diet resistant fat”
  • Areas with minimal amounts of excess skin (Liposuction removes fat not skin) and good skin elasticity

Tummy Tucks

Abdominoplasty will enhance your body contour by making your abdomen firmer and flatter. You may find that you feel more comfortable in your clothing and are more confident about your appearance

Good candidates for Tummy Tucks

If you have

  • If you have excess or sagging abdominal skin
  • A protruding abdomen that protrudes out of proportion to the rest of your body
  • Abdominal muscles that have been separated and weakened
  • Excess fatty tissue that is concentrated in your abdomen

In this procedure, a long incision is made in the lower abdomen, just above the pubic area. The abdominal muscles are tightened, excess fat is removed, and excess skin is trimmed away. Tummy tucks, also called abdominoplasty, are great for men and women who have loose sagging abdominal skin, weak abdominal muscles, and excess fact that has settled under the skin around the stomach.

While you can achieve dramatic changes in your appearance, including a change in your dress or pants size, you won’t necessarily lose a significant amount of weight using these methods. If you are looking to lose weight, then it is best to follow a healthy diet routine of diet and exercise.

Tummy tucks and liposuction can be regarded as complementary procedures that, combined with other healthy lifestyle choices, can help you look and feel your best.

In brief:

Tummy Tuck vs Liposuction

• Though both tummy tuck and liposuction are surgical procedures to get rid of excess fat, tummy tucks also address problems with loose skin and muscles.

• Liposuction may be less painful and has a shorter recovery time but will not be the ideal procedure if the primary problem is loose skin and/or loose muscles.

• Liposuction is, in some cases, better for younger patients as the results tend to be better when the skin is firm and elastic while tummy tuck can be suitable for patients of all ages

• Tummy tuck is preferred when there is loose skin or muscles, while for persons who have concentrated areas of excess fat, liposuction is more appropriate.

Florida Man Boobs Dilemma, Dr. Wigoda’s Gynecomastia Is a Nip and Tuck

gynecomastiaBarney Frank’s recent moobs scandal racing across the social media networks brings light to this topic. Men are supposed to have flat chests but a staggering number of men are also going under the surgical knife to improve how their chest looks and to correct a common condition called gynecomastia.

Also known as “puffy nipples”, gynecomastia is a condition characterized by excess localized fat and/or glandular tissue development in the chest that is not related to obesity. Although it affects three out of four teenage boys, the condition typically goes away as they mature. But for those few men who are unable to shake the problem, gynecomastia can be a source of unending embarrassment and bad locker-room jokes. But instead of suffering in silence, healthy men can snip the problem away with a simple plastic surgery.

“Gynecomastia surgery is fairly common for men of all ages,” says South Florida plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Wigoda, “The ages of patients I see who request to have their chests made smaller ranges from teenagers to men in their sixties.”

More and more men are viewing plastic surgery as a viable option for improving their overall appearance. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported on the trend earlier this year. About 1.1 million cosmetic procedures were performed on men in 2011, which represented a 2% increase over 2010.

Gynecomastia is a fairly simple procedure, but traditional suction-assisted liposuction is often not adequate. Most patients, however, can be successfully treated with ultrasonic liposuction, which uses sound waves to loosen and liquefy fat in the chest area for easy removal. In some cases, glandular tissue may need to be cut out. In situations like these, an incision is made on the lower half of the areola and the excess tissue is removed. The scar left behind is generally barely visible.

Even men with breasts that are large and ptotic can be treated. This usually requires the removal of excess skin, so greater scarring may occur. Gynecomastia can be performed with local anesthesia and sedation, or general anesthesia depending on the situation.

“Most patients do not have significant pain afterward and can resume normal non-strenuous activities in a few days,” says Dr. Wigoda. “I typically recommend waiting four weeks before exercising.”

Before getting gynecomastia sugery, it is important that you approach the procedure with the right frame of mind. You should do it for yourself, and not to fit someone else’s beauty ideal. Set realistic expectations about what you will look like after the surgery. You should also be physically healthy and at a normal weight, and your breast development should have reached a stable state.

If your breasts are out of proportion to the rest of your chest or you are embarrassed to take your shirt off in public, then gynecomastia surgery may be the answer to your problem. Stop by Dr. Wigoda’s website to see how this experienced South Florida plastic surgeon can help you.

Dr. Wigoda on Plastic Surgery for Florida Seniors, Nipping and Tucking at any Age

Can you be too old for plastic surgery? Dr. Paul Wigoda, a South Florida plastic surgeon, agrees with recent reports that plastic surgery is an option for healthy seniors!  What does it mean to be 60 or 70 years old today? Certainly not the same as it did even a decade ago. Septuagenarians today are leading lives that are as active in their golden years as they were in their green twenties and thirties. In fact, many seniors in Fort Lauderdale and other Florida cities are waking up to the fact that simply because they are 70 years old, doesn’t mean they have to look it.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports 84,685 cosmetic procedures were performed on people 65 and over, which is a 21% increase over the surgeries performed in 2009. The most requested procedures are facelifts as late age patients seek to nip and tuck their way to more youthful looks.

There are a number of reasons why seniors are willing to go under the knife including:

* Wanting to look as young as they feel

* Availability of disposable income to pay for the surgery they’ve been wanting for awhile

* Improve self-esteem and boost self-confidence

* Increased marketability as a current or potential employee

This last point is notable. More and more seniors are continuing to work past retirement age. The current economic situation makes them more vulnerable to layoffs and dismissals by companies seeking younger, cheaper workers. For some, getting a little work done may mean the difference between keeping a well-paying job and being forced to take an early retirement.

Contrary to popular belief, plastic surgery presents no special risks to senior patients as long as they are in good health. A study done by the Journal of Plastic Surgery finds the risk of complications are about the same for people over 65 as they are for younger patients. As long as patients are cleared by their physician and take good care of themselves they shouldn’t experience any major problems.

Despite the youth-obsessed culture prevalent in America, at the end of the day you have to do what is right for you. Whether you get surgery or not, make sure you are doing it for your own pleasure and because of outside pressure to look younger.

Florida Tummy Tuck Talk: Plastic Surgery Advice from Dr. Paul Wigoda in Florida

Dr. Wigoda sees patients who are bothered by their stomach every day in his Fort Lauderdale plastic surgery office. Most request information about liposuction and Tummy Tucks, also called abdominoplasties. Dr. Wigoda takes care to differentiate between the two procedures, pointing out that liposuction merely removes fat, while tummy tucks are actually three procedures in one:

  1. Removes fat
  2. Removes excess skin
  3. Tightens muscles

When considering getting a tummy tuck, it is crucial to consider your surgeon’s credentials, facility and reviews. Other key considerations:

  • A tummy tuck procedure takes longer than liposuction.
  • The tummy tuck recovery period is longer than that of liposuction (approx. 6 weeks)
  • A tummy tuck can be more costly.
  • A tummy tuck can leave longer scars.

To tuck or not to tuck? If you have good skin tone and no loose skin, you might just need liposuction. If you have loose skin that is hanging, then a tummy tuck may be more appropriate.

Skinny on Lipo: Dr. Wigoda’s Liposuction Frequently Asked Questions

As the heat index here in Florida continues to climb and people spend more time in their bathing suits, many Floridians are considering getting liposuction to get the body they want. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Wigoda warns patients to educate themselves on the different types of liposuction and to do their research before choosing their Florida plastic surgeon for any procedure.

What is liposuction? Also known as lipoplasty or liposculpture, the procedure removes excess fat deposits, slimming and shaping specific areas of the body. Liposuction can treat stubborn fat pockets in several places on the body, including abdomen, flanks, back, thighs, inner knees, arms, neck and hips. Liposuction can be performed on its own or combined with other plastic surgery procedures such as breast augmentation, a facelift or tummy tuck.

Contrary to common belief, liposuction is not a weight-loss solution. The procedure was designed to treat small areas of fat. Many patients seek liposuction to remove stubborn fat deposits that linger in spite of diet and exercise.

Considering having lipo done? There are several different types of liposuction procedures:

  • Ultra-sonic liposuction
  • Smart lipo
  • Suction assisted liposuction
  • Power assisted liposuction

Dr. Wigoda recommends ultra-sonic liposuction as he believes it to be most effective in achieving your desired results. Despite the current popularity of Smart liposuction, Dr. Wigoda does not feel it is as effective as ultra-sonic liposuction and has only become a buzzword due to heavy marketing.

It is also important to know what type of doctor your surgeon is. While legally any doctor can perform a liposuction, patients should only entrust their bodies to board-certified plastic surgeons for cosmetic procedures.

Dr. Wigoda urges any patient considering liposuction to do their research and consult a Florida plastic surgeon with good credentials and reviews.

Plastic Surgery News from Dr. Wigoda: Cosmetic Procedures Rebounding with Economy

Paul Wigoda MD Plastic Surgery News - Cosmetic Procedure TrendsPaul Wigoda, M.D. agreed with TheAmerican Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASPS) when it predicted an uptick in elective plastic surgery procedures in 2011. New data released from the ASPS seems to reinforce the idea that increased consumer confidence in the economy translates into more plastic surgery: cosmetic procedures in 2010 jumped to 13.1 million, an increase of five percent.

The top five procedures performed in 2010:

Breast augmentation

Nose reshaping

Eyelid surgery

Liposuction

Tummy tuck

As the aging population continues to grow, so does the incidence of facelifts, as well as minimally invasive procedures such as Botox.

With nearly 11.6 million procedures in 2010, the top five minimally invasive procedures were:

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• Soft tissue fillers

• Chemical peel

• Laser hair removal

Microdermabrasion

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Paul Wigoda M.D. Speaks on 2011 Plastic Surgery Trends

Paul Wigoda, M.D. comments on anticipated trends according to The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASPS). They’ve made a number of plastic surgery predictions for 2011, centering on increased elective procedures such as facelifts, Botox, and buttocks augmentations.

1. More facelifts as economy picks up

Dr. Wigoda agrees with this sentiment; noting that elective plastic surgery as a whole tends to happen more during better financial times.

2. Additional fillers, Botox, and Injectables

Dr. Wigoda notes that these procedures are more affordable than traditional plastic surgery, especially as more products enter the market. Also, people tend to be happy with the results and continue procedures.

3. Increase of procedures to tighten the skin post weight loss

These procedures, ranging from arm lifts to tummy tuck’s are also usually elective, not covered by insurance, says Dr. Wigoda. Therefore, as consumers’ disposable income returns, so will these surgeries.

4. Changing out breast implants

Many of Dr. Wigoda’s patients see better results with silicone implants, so he predicts that his saline patients will make the switch to painless breast implants surgery. Also, since baby boomers remain the largest age demographic in the US, they may need their implants replaced or choose to have a breast lift done.

5. More botched plastic surgery cases

“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,” predicts ASAPS. Dr. Wigoda’s advice to avoid such catastrophe? Do your homework, and ask these questions before choosing a surgeon.

6. New ways to zap fat

Consumers will increasingly seek noninvasive techniques for fat removal (freezing, zapping, lasering) as an alternative to liposuction. Dr. Wigoda does not endorse freezing or zapping fat.

7. Getting a celebrity buttocks

Dr. Wigoda acknowledges that right now, thanks to celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Beyonce, and Jennifer Lopez, bigger is better. This can be accomplished several ways, he says, from performing liposuction on the areas around the buttocks such as the thighs, injecting fat into the buttocks, implants, or lifts.