Liposuction Tops Charts as Most Searched Plastic Surgery Procedure in Florida

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Miami, Florida ranks among the top cities for the amount of plastic surgery procedures performed, behind only Beverly Hills and San Francisco. Although they’re on different sides of the country, it’s not odd that both Florida and California are home to the cities with the highest number of plastic surgeries… both locations boast celebrity homes, great nightlife and entertainment, beautiful beaches and more. Keeping up with appearances is simply a lifestyle choice, but which plastic surgery procedures are Floridians flocking to maintain their flawless features?

You might think that Brazilian butt lifts and lip injections that mirror the Kardashian and Jenner sisters’ appearances are high-ranking but here plastic surgery patients are looking to subtract, not add, and liposuction is the most searched plastic surgery procedure in Florida.

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Warmer weather year-round and access to beaches are definitely one reason why liposuction tops the charts in Floridian’s plastic surgery research but when it comes to liposuction, there is a lot more than meets the eye and plenty of reasons to consider opting for this procedure that has been around for more than 30 years.

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First, liposuction is the perfect solution if you’re looking for ways to remove stubborn belly fat but it’s not only for troublesome tummies! Liposuction can also remove deposits of excess fat from specific areas of your upper or lower body, face or neck.

In addition to your belly, consider streamlining your flanks or love handles, back, and – on some men who struggle with gynecomastia – chest. Liposuction can also be used to assist in an arm lift, or, if your trouble areas are on the lower body, it can be used to define your inner and outer thighs, buttocks, and even calves and ankles!

Removing and sculpting fat around your chin and neck area is also a fantastic way to restore your youth if you’re feeling self-conscious but aren’t ready for a face or neck lift at this time.

Additionally, Floridians may be researching liposuction because it’s efficient and cost-effective! While liposuction is never recommended as an alternative to healthy diet and exercise, when done together, it only helps to amplify your results with less time commitment. On average, liposuction can cost between $4,500 and $7,500. Liposuction not only guarantees results but success motivates success so you are more likely to continue working harder to maintain your progress after healing from your plastic surgery procedure.

Remember, when it comes to liposuction, just removing excess fatty deposits does not guarantee the ideal appearance you may be looking for. The judgement and experience of your plastic surgeon is crucial so be sure to schedule a free liposuction consultation with Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Paul Wigoda today, or, if you’re interested in learning more about liposuction, be sure to watch this video where Dr. Wigoda discusses various types of liposuction and the different techniques and technology that are available today.

 

 

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The Best 10 Questions to Ask at a Plastic Surgery Consultation

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Once you’ve decided that you want to do a plastic surgery procedure, the next step is to try to find a qualified plastic surgeon that you feel comfortable with. Your choice of plastic surgeon is the most important and the most difficult decision you will be making. Whether you find out about them through advertisements or personal referrals, it is crucial that you ask the right plastic surgery questions.

The following is a short list of 10 questions you should ask at a plastic surgery consultation. If you notice any red flags or feel anything but confident in the responses, consider looking elsewhere for your surgery.

10 Questions to Ask at a Plastic Surgery Consultation:

 

1. Is the plastic surgeon a fully trained plastic surgeon who is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?

Physician must complete four years of medical school, at least three years of a general surgery residency, and at least two years of a plastic surgery residency through fully accredited programs to become a plastic surgeon. This is a very important decision so do your due diligence and be sure they’ve completed all of the above and have history under their belt.

Rather than become a private investigator to get your answers, one of the best ways to make sure the plastic surgeon meets those requirements is to check that they’re board certified which includes a written and three-day oral exam given by many of the national leaders of plastic surgery around the country. You want your surgeon to be board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery to ensure they have the qualifications you require.

2. What type of residency program did your plastic surgeon graduate from?

Although they sometimes are, the terms “plastic surgeon” and “cosmetic surgeon” are not interchangeable and, unfortunately, any physician can claim to be the latter even if they’re not trained as a surgeon at all. Anyone with a medical degree is legally able to perform plastic surgery and claim to be a cosmetic surgeon but that includes physicians trained as gynecologists, dermatologists, oral surgeons, and more. You do not want them to perform your surgery as a botched job can lead to poor results and the need multiple corrective surgeries.

3. Where is the surgery being performed and have there been any serious complications at the plastic surgery site?

Make sure that patient safety is a priority wherever your surgery will be performed. Serious injuries or deaths may result from plastic surgery and there have been many more deaths at busy discount centers than in surgery centers owned by the plastic surgeon. Don’t just ask if there have been any problems in the center you are going to, research it. Once you’ve researched if the cosmetic surgery center has had any serious complications, check who owns it. You should look for centers are owned by physicians, not businesses so your safety is a top concern and in the hands of qualified individuals.

4. Is your plastic surgeon employed by a cosmetic surgery center or work for themselves and what percentage of the fee does the plastic surgeon get?

When cosmetic surgery centers are owned by non-physicians, the owners hire plastic surgeons who need extra work and will settle for minimal compensation which may require them to do more surgeries per day and the procedures may be rushed and results compromised. As an employee, a physician often has little control over the schedule, over safety measures, quality control, etc. whereas a self-employed surgeon has the ability to make all of the decisions regarding the care of their patients.

5. Does your plastic surgeon have staff privileges at a local hospital or only a transfer agreement?

Licensed physicians should have staff privileges in at least one local hospital and if they do not, you need to ask why. First and foremost, ensure that their privileges were not revoked because that is an immediate red flag. Also, be sure they have staff privileges and not just a transfer agreement. If there is an emergency, you want to make sure that your surgeon can continue caring for you as they know your history and background and that you would not be passed off to a  different physician.

6. How many surgeries are scheduled on the day of your surgery?

The biggest mistakes are made when a surgeon is rushed as plastic surgery requires patience, concentration, and stamina. If the day’s schedule is very busy, a surgeon can be hurried or distracted even if they felt like they have plenty of time between procedures. Be sure that your surgeon limits the amount of surgeries on any given day so that they can give each patient, namely yourself the attention they deserve. You do not want to be fourth or fifth surgery of the day or even the first if your physician has many more cases to go.

7. Are you feeling pressured to sign up and do the prices keep fluctuating?

Have you ever made a decision very quickly only to find out that there was a better alternative out there? That should never be the case with something as major as plastic surgery! While corrective surgeries are not uncommon in this field and Dr. Wigoda performs them regularly, they often are more tolling than the initial procedure and require even more care. Don’t let someone talk you into a procedure and pressure you into signing up that day to receive a discount. If you do sign with the first plastic surgery center you meet, give yourself a few weeks before going under the knife so you have more time to meet with your surgeon and ask any questions you need. Beware of discounts or fluctuating prices.

8. Are you choosing a plastic surgeon or a center?

When you call to schedule an appointment for a consultation, make sure you are you told which surgeon you will see. Better yet, research the surgeons and tell them who you want to meet with. Depending on their schedules, cosmetic centers may assign a plastic surgeon based on availability, not who is the most qualified for your plastic surgery procedure. Furthermore, make sure the plastic surgeon you meet with for your plastic surgery consultation is the same plastic surgeon who will be performing your plastic surgery.

9. Does the center use surgical assistants to complete part of the procedure?

Busy centers that need to finish your surgery quickly often employ surgical assistants to help the surgeon and you may not have the ability to research these assistants as in depth as your main surgeon. It is unlikely that the center will admit that anyone besides your primary plastic surgeon is doing the procedure, so the answer to question six about how many plastic surgeries are planned in a day may be a clear indicator of the answer to this question. Really, how else can one plastic surgeon to do that many cases daily on a regular basis?

10. Has your plastic surgeon or center ever faced any disciplinary actions?

Find out if your surgeon or their center has ever been A) disciplined by the Board of Medicine or had their license suspended which you can research online here or B) been sued. Unfortunately, patients may be disappointed with their results if they were not well educated on what to expect so the fact that a doctor has been sued, settled, or lost a case does not necessarily mean they were at fault, however, multiple lawsuits or settlements should raise a red flag.

Be sure to print and take these ten questions to your plastic surgery consultation along with any other pieces of information you may have to ensure you have the safest plastic surgery procedure with the best possible results. If you’re not 100 percent confident with the responses, take your time and consider alternative plastic surgeons until you find the right fit.

To help save you time, board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Paul Wigoda has already answered these plastic surgery questions.

If you feel confident in the responses, reserve your free consultation with Dr. Wigoda today to learn more.  

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Botox On the Air. Watch Plastic Surgery on Facebook Live with Dr. Paul Wigoda

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Nip, Tuck, Like, Play. Book.  

Dr. Paul Wigoda is now streaming real-time plastic surgery on Facebook Live where you can find him sharing plastic surgery patient experiences and answering questions.  Let’s get something straight ladies and gents, getting to know your plastic surgeon is EXTREMELY important!  Before you commit to going under the knife, you have to be aware of the research, reviews, and reputation the plastic surgeon has. No, we don’t mean a quick google search or a few online reviews, but actually getting to know your doctor. The question is: how exactly can you begin the process?

In this era of technology it seems anything is possible, and now getting to know board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Wigoda via Facebook Live has become a possibility.

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What is Facebook Live?

In August 2015 Facebook released Facebook Live; a tool that lets users connect with friends and followers via real-time video.  Here are five Pros of Facebook Live are :

  1. Immediately connect with people live
  2. Real-time = more personal
  3. Ask questions via comments and get answers on the spot
  4. Interact with other viewers
  5. Missed the live stream? Facebook Live allows users to play back later

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If you are already following Dr. Wigoda’s Facebook page then the video will appear on your newsfeed; however, you can always change your settings to get notifications of the next time Dr. Wigoda goes live.

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Plastic Surgery without leaving the house? Yes, please!

You mean we can interact with a plastic surgeon, miles away, live, through video?  The answer is YES! Through Facebook Live, time and distance no longer become an inconvenience. All you have to do is sign on to your Facebook account, and tune in to the live video stream. It’s as simple as 1,2,3! Let us give you an example:

On his last live video Dr. Wigoda gave us a tour of his AAAASF plastic surgery center and showed us his waiting area, consultation room (which by the way is designed to “make you feel like you’re on vacation”), and his operating room. He shared some important advice on how to choose the right plastic surgeon, an insight on the consultation process, and some helpful pricing information.  All this valuable information and you didn’t even have to get out of bed!

If you are considering any plastic surgery or any non-invasive plastic surgery procedures, we recommend you take a couple of minutes and watch Dr. Wigoda’s videos for yourself, the only thing you can gain is knowledge! After that make sure to like us on Facebook that way you never miss any more of Dr. Wigoda’s Live videos! For any more questions please contact Dr. Wigoda now for a FREE plastic surgery consultation!

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7 Tummy Tuck Recovery Tips: Exercise, Sex, Nutrition and More!

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A flat stomach is one of most desired physical attributions, but the reality is sometimes exercise is not enough.  Between the years 2000 and 2014 the number of abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck plastic surgeries, performed rose 87 percent, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

While a large majority of tummy tucks performed are for cosmetic purposes, there are some health benefits that can be gained from the surgery. Some of these benefits are urinary incontinence, better posture and ventral hernia correction.

Because of the rise of tummy tucks; the risks are often forgotten.

Board-certified Fort Lauderdale-based plastic surgeon, Dr. Paul Wigoda, MD offers seven tummy tuck recovery tips below.

7 Tummy Tuck Recovery Tips

1. Push it…Push it Real Good!

Rent a recliner for a week with a push-up button. It lifts up and makes it easy to get out of the chair. Family Rentals offers recliner chair rentals.

2. Create Your Post Plastic Surgery Space.

Set up a table beside your bed with water, medicines, a clock and other essentials before your plastic surgery. Creating this space will prevent you from having to get up and down to retrieve items you need.

3. RX Planning.

Plan ahead and talk to your plastic surgeon about the possibility of having your medication filled up before you leave the plastic surgery center. You can have your spouse or a person of support pick it up while you are in recovery. Making a chart for each of the medications that you need to take will prevent you from forgetting or taking too much.

“We usually give the patients their prescriptions at their pre-op visit a week or two before surgery so they have plenty of time to get them, not the day of surgery,” Dr. Wigoda said.

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4. Steps to Tummy Tuck Recovery Success.

Get up and walk three minutes, four-to-five times a day. Getting up and going to the bathroom would count.

“I recommend patients walk after a tummy tuck because it decreases the risk of complications such as Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT,)” Dr. Wigoda said.

DVT is a dangerous condition that causes blood clots to form in your legs.

“Clots in your legs can travel to your lungs, that’s called a pulmonary embolism (PE). PE can make it hard to breathe, in fact, if the clots are large enough, it can kill you. The clots in your legs don’t make it hard to breathe, it’s the clots in your lungs. The risk of DVT and PE after tummy tuck is very small, but it has been reported,” said Dr. Wigoda.

5. Let’s Talk About Sex.

Dr. Wigoda says no to sex for at least a week after your tummy tuck. It is important to allow your body to heal after an invasive plastic surgery procedure such as a tummy tuck; so even though sex is safe after a week, strenuous positions should be avoided.

6. Bind that Tummy.

Make sure you wear the compression garment that Dr.Wigoda gives you for the first two weeks of your tummy tuck recovery. Wearing the garment allows the perfect amount of pressure on the surgical site, which helps speed up healing. It also helps with swelling and fluid buildup. “My doctor really stressed wearing the compression garment to get the best results,” a former tummy tuck patient said. “He said some doctors don’t do it but it really helps with getting the good shape. I wore it even longer than I think was required – besides it felt better.”

7. Keep it Light.

Eat only light foods and snacks. You don’t want to eat anything high in sodium for the first week because it can cause bloating. During the second week you’ll feel like eating a bit more normal, but your stomach won’t be ready. Make sure to eat plenty of protein and fiber and don’t forget to stay hydrated by drinking six to eight glasses of water daily!

Total Recovery Time: Recovery for a tummy tuck is between four to six weeks, depending on the patient.

Dr. Wigoda brings his patients impeccable surgical techniques, an artist’s aesthetic vision and is an advocate for patient safety and plastic surgery standards.

Looking for more? Check out Dr.Wigoda’s  before and after  tummy tuck pictures and schedule a free plastic surgery consult today.

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Pre-Wedding Plastic Surgery? Dr. Paul Wigoda Shares Tips for Your Big Event

 

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Here comes the bride… and the groom… and the mother? And the father?

When it comes to weddings, not only do brides and grooms say ‘I do’ to plastic surgery, the entire family and bridal party want to look their best on the big day. Even celebrities like born this way, Lady Gaga wants pre-wedding plastic surgery for instant results to look flawless on her wedding day.

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Wigoda, MD reported that when wedding season comes around, “dozens of wedding parties make their way into [his] office to see what they can sneak in plastic surgery procedure-wise in time for their big days.”

“Many people come in before an event, whether they are the bride, bridesmaid, mother, or just a guest. It can be weddings or any other important event where a group of people are gathering to celebrate… a baby shower, graduations, a charity event, and so on,” Dr. Wigoda adds. “Unfortunately, some have come too close to the date where it would be risky to have the surgery because they may still be bruised or swollen.”

A RealSelf Trends article recently reported that women spend more time researching plastic surgery over their weddings, of the brides surveyed in the RealSelf article 70% said they researched two to five different doctors, while 11%  some looked at six to ten doctors said they looked at six to ten doctors and 5% vetted ten or more. It is important that if you’re doing your research, you should know when to have your plastic surgery procedure done so you can look your best on the big day.

Remember Timing is Everything

“The best advice,” Dr. Wigoda offered, “Is to plan ahead. And if you are thinking about plastic surgery, try to have it done 4 to 6 months prior. If it’s just an injectable or peel, try to do it about a month before the event.”

Considering plastic surgery work before a wedding, high school reunion or special event? Here are some of the additional plastic surgery timelines Dr. Wigoda wants you to keep in mind.

  1. Painless Breast Implants – Plan at least 3-6 months in advance to give the implants some time to drop and appear more natural. If possible, sooner is always better.
  2. Liposuction – Get this procedure done at least 3 months in advance as it generally takes 1-3 months for all of the swelling to be gone to be able to see the final contour.
  3. Botox and Fillers – Give yourself at least 3-4 weeks between injections for your event and you’re smooth to go!
  4. Facelift – This procedure lasts longer than Botox and fillers so it’s no surprise that the healing process is also a bit longer. For truly age-reversing results, allow 3-6 months before you make your grand debut.
  5. Browlift – Spending sleepless nights worrying about your special event? No need to worry about looking tired! Allow 3-6 months healing time before the event.
  6. Facials and Peels – A facial might cause more breakouts, even if the aesthetician did everything right because your skin isn’t used to stirring up bacteria during extractions. Never have a facial within a week of an important event and should really plan closer to 3-4 weeks out.

Picture-Perfect Selfie

At big events, it’s OK to want to look just right in that selfie with your new husband or picture-perfect with your family, and enhance your appearance with some plastic surgery procedures you may have been putting off. The key to plastic surgery for your wedding or big event is to give yourself time to heal.

Research “The One”

Don’t forget, choosing “the one” to do your plastic surgery is the most important step in getting your plastic surgery done on the big day. Read this recent article on a few things you will need to do before committing to a plastic surgeon and going under the knife.

If you’re considering plastic surgery before a wedding, a high school reunion or a big event in your life, contact Dr. Wigoda today to discuss your timeline and options for best results.

 

What’s In and What’s Out For Plastic Surgery in 2015

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We’ve recently delivered a few posts checking out The Today Show’s week-long plastic surgery segment. The last post was all about what you should consider getting done at what age, but now we are onto a new topic!

The Today Show narrowed down some of the hottest plastic surgery trends lately and also what is slowly fading away this 2015. So naturally, we wanted to ask board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Wigoda, MD to see if he agreed with what’s hot and what’s not!

What’s In?

These are some of the things The Today Show says are the hottest on the market right now when it comes to plastic surgery:

  • Butts bigger, fuller and higher
  • Boobs smaller and more natural
  • Lips full but not fish like
  • Face not too tight

Wigoda Says: “In Florida, patients want larger breasts, not smaller. Larger breasts can still look natural if they are done well.” So for the most part, The Today Show is spot on about the popular procedures of the year! The growing trend with breast implants is still larger, but more natural. Make sure you check out your surgeons before and after photos, as well as reviews to get the look you want!

Most Popular Plastic Surgery by Region:

While we’re on the topic of most popular surgeries of the year, The Today Show also broke down which surgery is most popular by region. Since Dr. Wigoda is located in sunny Florida, we wanted to know if indeed, liposuction and breast augmentation were the most popular.

(Never fear, if you’re reading this from somewhere else in the United States, we have your region in there too!)

Wigoda Says: “Yes!!! Liposuction and Breast Implants are definitely the most popular procedures!” You heard him! Now if you want to follow along with the trend and receive liposuction or painless breast implants, click here to get an absolutely free consultation with Dr. Wigoda!

Do you agree with what’s hot and what’s not for this year? Sound off in the comments, share on our Facebook page, and let us know what you think!

 

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Botched Plastic Surgery: Dr. Paul Wigoda Tells Patients to Research First!

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Plastic surgery makes perfect! At least that’s what patients are hoping when they walk into a plastic surgery office. But South Florida board-certified plastic surgeon  Dr. Paul Wigoda, MD reminds patients to do their research first or they could end up in a reality TV show.

Unfortunately, that’s not always the case and as the second season of Botched on E! is nearing, we’re reminded of the sometimes terrifying consequences of elective surgery. Note that the majority of botched plastic surgeries are not this extreme, however it’s been reported that one in five patients who get plastic surgery are generally not happy with the results.

A botched or even a poor surgery makes it extremely difficult for a patient to trust doctors with their bodies in the future, which can keep them from getting corrective procedures. That’s why Dr. Paul Wigoda stresses the importance of researching your plastic surgeon and making sure they have a fully-accredited plastic surgery center.

Luckily for some unfortunate patients, the first season of the Botched provided some amazing surgeons to correct these medical mishaps. The cringeworthy highlight reel included one woman with a uniboob and another whose botched tummy tuck lifted her vagina all the way up to her stomach! For more horrifying consequences of not researching your plastic surgeon check out the seven most cringeworthy moments From Botched Season 1.

With season two of Botched coming up, realize that reality television isn’t the only place you can find great corrective surgeons. Dr. Wigoda, Chief of Plastic Surgery at Broward Health, has saved the day for many patients who have suffered from plastic surgeries gone wrong.

Here are some of his corrective plastic surgery success stories:

The Second Time CAN Be The Charm

When a breast implant procedure went wrong, Dr. Wigoda was there to make it right. In this botched plastic surgery testimonial a woman describes her first breast augmentation as “awful” and shared that it had caused her weeks of pain, resulted in an infection, and she missed work. Dr. Wigoda was able to perform an even more complicated procedure to correct this mistake but, by choosing the right plastic surgeon, the patient found herself in less pain and had less healing time! She was even able to drive herself back to his office the next day for her follow up appointment.

 

Patient Given Hours To Live Has New Lease On Life

An issue with plastic surgeons that can be equally if not more devastating than not being able to do a procedure, is operating without a sterile environment. A routine liposuction almost cost Marcia Beaird her life when she was attacked by a flesh-eating bacteria that stemmed from complications. The flesh eating bacteria affected 80% of her body’s muscle and fat, forcing Dr. Wigoda to remove and replace layers upon layers of infected skin. In Beaird’s case, the thing that almost cost her her life also saved it and 10 years later she is thankful for the plastic surgeon who was on call for her emergency treatments.

It’s terrifying to be a victim of a botched surgery, but you don’t have to suffer from someone’s mistakes for your whole life. If you find yourself unsatisfied with your plastic surgery results, contact Dr. Wigoda for a free plastic surgery consultation to see how you can reach your perfect plastic surgery potential.

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!

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.

Follow Up: Dr. Wigoda’s Skin Graft Procedure Gives Woman A New Lease on Life

“He never stopped trying something. When everybody else was ready to give up, he didn’t,” said Marcia Beaird.

 

This is WPLG Local 10’s report on their Miracle Monday segment featuring Beaird’s recovery with Dr. Wigoda’s skin graft procedure that gave her a new lease on life. You can read the original story here.

 

 

It’s been nine long and trying years and more than $2 million spent since Beaird’s routine liposuction procedure left her with flesh-eating bacteria that consumed 80 percent of her body, eating through both muscle and fat.

 

Dr. Wigoda was on call in the Broward General ER the night Beaird was rushed into the emergency room. She was already in renal failure and her organs had shut down just 48 hours after her procedure.

 

“I thought she was going to die the first night I saw her,” said Dr. Wigoda.

 

Fortunately, that was not the case. Dr. Wigoda was able to remove layers of infected skin and fat while saving as much as possible for future grafting. However, Beaird was not out of the woods yet. For three months she was in an induced coma and family members were told daily that that day could be her last.

 

Dr. Wigoda was able to save Beaird, but the traumatic experience wasn’t over. She has undergone multiple reconstructive procedures including tissue expansion to rebuild the areas destroyed by the infection. Fighting together has allowed Dr. Wigoda and Beaird to accomplish an impossible feat.

 

“I find strength in my faith and in Dr. Wigoda,” said Beaird, “He’s been an angel to me in my darkest hours.”

 

Her attitude regarding her new lease on life and amazing transformation is so positive and inspiring. Even Dr. Wigoda, who has seen this miracle firsthand is in awe of her.

 

“It really takes a strong person to be able to go through what she has been through and for her to have the positive outlook she has is unbelievable. I don’t know if I would have that,” said Dr. Wigoda.

 

Today, we are pleased to announce that Beaird has been feeling well enough to go back to the career she had prior to this experience and has recently started working as a flight attendant.

 

You can see just how far Beaird has come since this first segment aired four years ago.