Plastic Surgery Reviews: Dr. Wigoda is Top Doctor on RealSelf

paul wigoda realself reviewPlastic surgery reviews like this make a difference: Dr. Wigoda saved me from overspending and unwanted scars, or Dr. Paul Wigoda did an amazing job on my breast augmentation.

 

When it comes to plastic surgery finding Dr. Right is crucial to having a successful procedure and achieving the desired result. The Internet is helpful in doing background research, however sometimes it can provide information overload and it’s hard to determine which plastic surgery reviews are real or should be taken with a grain of salt.

 

Enter RealSelf.com, the world’s largest community for learning and sharing information about cosmetic surgery and other elective treatments. It collects reviews, before and after photos and have a doctor Q&A available making it the most trusted resource for those who are looking for help beyond the beauty counter.

 

Fort Lauderdale and Miami plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Wigoda bears the blue banner labeled “Top Doctor” below his profile picture. According to RealSelf, this is awarded to less than 10 percent of doctors on the site and is a status earned by achieving high patient satisfaction and getting favorable feedback on their expert answers. Additionally he received 5-star reviews in all nine categories as shown here.

 

Below are excerpts from our favorite reviews. For more information, photos, and answers to your plastic surgery questions, visit Dr. Paul Wigoda’s RealSelf profile.

 

23 and Feel Like I Was Meant to Be!

Reasons you should go to Dr. Wigoda:

1. Marie, the office manager is THE BEST in the biz and will honestly tell you how you are going to feel emotionally and physically every step of the way.

 

2. Dr. Wigoda is the Chief of Plastic Surgery of Broward General Medical Center. This is a big deal and he knows what he is doing, you’re in safe hands. He has so much experience that sometimes it can seem routine but after going through the whole process, I can see that he really did personalize the experience and even though I found it hard to explain what I wanted, he gave me exactly that. After looking at hundreds of pictures of women I emulated, he gave me something so much better-completely natural looking breasts that fit me perfectly.

 

3. They will never pressure you into doing anything you don’t want, it’s your body and you have control (I switched the size of the implant literally two minutes before laying down on the operating table and it was no problem).

 

4. This is your body, so spend the money it takes to do it right because the results are permanent. I have zero regrets and also know that if I had any issues, they would have resolved it immediately.

1 Month Post-Op! Dr. Wigoda saved me from overspending and unwanted scars

Dr. Paul Wigoda did an amazing job on my breast augmentation, I truly could have not asked for a better result. His calm, laid back manner was always comforting and reassuring and Marie is beyond helpful and kind. I went to four different doctors in my area for a consult and he was the only one that said he could achieve a great result without a lift and he was right. He saved me a ton of money and unneeded scars and I will be forever grateful. I chose Dr. Wigoda because of his great before and after photos as well as his fantastic patient reviews, and I am so happy with my choice. He and his staff made it an easy, enjoyable and fun experience and I cannot imagine having a better experience!!

 

Other reviews included the subject lines:

  • 5 months and loving them!!!!

  • Breast Augmentation – Very Satisfied

  • Best Decision I Have Ever Made!

  • No Pain, Great Gain

  • Would Do It Again

 

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

Dr Wigoda on The Incision Decision: Choosing an Incision Location for Your Breast Implants

incision decisions

The location of your incision is one of the many options you will discuss with Dr. Wigoda during your preoperative consultation. Each incision location option has its pro’s and con’s, such as scarring, and there is not one location that is considered best for everyone. Here are the options:

1) Inframammary Incision

Inframammary incisions are placed underneath the breast just slightly above where the breast meets the rib cage. Many surgeons like this incision location as it allows them easy access to create an implant pocket above or under the muscle.

This direct access allows Dr. Wigoda to use very small incisions with saline implants, generally as small as 1 to 1.5 inches wide for saline implants and slightly larger incisions for silicone. The scar is typically not visible when standing up as the breast will cover it. This is the most common incision site used.

2) Transumbilical Incision or TUBA

A Transumbilical incision is a C or J shaped incision placed in the folds of your belly button. A small camera is used to negotiated the surgery and very small instruments are then inserted to create a path to the breasts. Tissue expanders are inserted to create the implant pocket. Using a TUBA incision, implants can be placed over or under the muscle.

While TUBA incisions have the advantage of there being no scarring on the breast area, there are many potential disadvantages. Only saline implants can be used if TUBA is selected as silicone implants will not fit through the very small incision. This is the least popular incision used.

3) Transaxillary Incision (Armpit)

These incisions are created in the armpits and are generally 1 to 2 inches long. A short path is then created to the breasts where the implants will be placed. While there is no scar on the breast, a scar will be visible in the armpit with the arm is raised. There is also a risk of injury to a sensory nerve that can cause numbness on the inner arm.

4) Periareolar Incisions

The Periareolar incision is created around the areola. This incision is commonly used if other cosmetic breast procedures such as breast lift or areola reduction are being performed in conjunction with breast augmentation. Contrary to popular belief the periareolar incision does not necessarily increase the risk of losing sensation in the nipple.

There is, however, potentially a greater risk of infection as bacteria is found in milk ducts and often these ducts are cut during the procedure. If you plan to breastfeed after your surgery should make sure to discuss this with Dr. Wigoda because periareolar incisions may not be right for you.

After careful consideration, Dr. Wigoda will help you decide the right incision type for you. His extensive experience will guarantee you make the right incision decision. Dr. Paul Wigoda’s Fort Lauderdale-based plastic surgery center offers all four incision sites and we are happy to help you decide what’s best for you during a free consultation.  Call us at 954.463.7088 or visit us at www.drwigoda.com to schedule your visit!

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

julie chen plastic surgery

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

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

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

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

  • cost

  • pain and recovery

  • physician selection

  • authentic and realistic results desired by an individual.

Whether striving to look younger or change an unwanted feature, today’s numerous cosmetic surgery electives are advanced and safer than ever with injectables such as Botox and minimally invasive techniques that optimize results and speed up patient’s recovery.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.
http://www.drwigoda.com/

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/.

Social Media Influences Cosmetic Surgery, Florida TV Station Reports

Have you ever obsessed over an online photo update?

If so, you’re not alone. Cell phone cameras and social networking sites are blurring the boundaries of geography, communication, image and reality.

We’ve all have searched for the perfect image, but Facebook has sent some after more than just better photo angles.
In Miami, breast augmentation, liposuction, face lifts and other procedures aren’t out of the question, the local CBS affiliate reported last month.  The women interviewed said they wanted to look good online.
Dr. Paul Wigoda, Chief of Plastic Surgery at Broward General Medical Center, said people have always contacted him in conjunction with big life events, such as class reunions, at his private practice in South Florida. Cosmetic surgery, he emphasized, isn’t to be taken lightly, however.

“You can’t just walk into the office and say you’d like to look good for Facebook, or you have an important meeting on the horizon, and get a tummy tuck. Miami and South Florida are image-conscious places, but we won’t perform a procedure that isn’t well thought through for the patient. This must be something you’re absolutely sure about, and you must be a good surgical candidate.”
People today are documenting their lives more than ever, but many still aren’t comfortable with the way they look on-camera. How many times have you been tagged in a photo online and wondered, “Is that just a bad picture, or is that how everyone else actually sees me?”

Patients often report a boost in self-confidence from cosmetic surgery.  Miami CBS viewers were told by one patient that she underwent the procedures to coax out more “likes” on her Facebook wall. Another said she had family abroad, and she wanted them to see her in the best possible light. She also said knowing that ex-boyfriends have the ability to look her up online provided additional motivation to look her best.
Dr. Wigoda, who operates his own accredited Fort Lauderdale plastic surgery center, said he isn’t surprised to hear more people are interested in undergoing procedures. South Florida, where he grew up, is in one of the country’s most popular metropolitan areas for cosmetic procedures.

“People have always been invested in their appearance,” Dr. Wigoda said. “Self-confidence is incredibly important. But it is equally important to set realistic expectations and select the most qualified surgeon you can find.
“Check your doctor’s credentials. A number of South Florida physicians in practice were trained for a different specialty, so they only got a few hours of instruction. You want a board-certified plastic surgeon handling your surgery to minimize the risk of scarring and complications.”

Health Study: Increased Quality of Life for Breast Augmentation Patients

The results are in; breast augmentation makes women happy. A study published in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ magazine Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery found that women experienced substantial improvements in several key areas related to their quality of life. Approximately 41 women participated in the Breast-Q survey that asked questions about six relevant areas:

  • Overall satisfaction with outcome
  • Satisfaction with breasts
  • Physical well-being
  • Psychosocial
  • Sexual
  • Satisfaction with level of care received

The women were polled six months before and after their surgeries. Researchers found in three of the six areas – sexual – scoring increased 30 or more points (on a scale of 0 to 100) post-surgery for about 80% of the women.

The dramatic change may be related to the surge in self-esteem and self-confidence many women feel after having their breasts increased or reshaped. Though the reasons for getting breast implants vary, the most commonly cited motivation behind a woman’s quest for new breasts is because they are unhappy with the size, shape, or look of the set they were born with. This dejection can bleed into other areas of the women’s life, particularly her perceived attractiveness and acceptance by others.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration have been encouraging those in the industry to monitor patient satisfaction in addition to safety. The Breast-Q survey is the first such tool that seems to be able to capture how a patient thinks and feels after she has the procedure. Having this information is the first step towards developing benchmarks for patient satisfaction that may improve the overall quality of care women receive.

In the meantime, women who want to ensure they get the best care should have their breast enhancement done by a knowledgeable and experienced plastic surgeon.

Dr. Paul Wigoda Asks: Are You a Good Candidate for Plastic Surgery?

Florida is a top destination for plastic surgery and at some point or another, everyone looks in the mirror and considers getting eyelid surgery, a tummy tuck, or some other type of cosmetic surgery. While millions of people undergo a variety of cosmetic procedures, there are times when plastic surgery is not a good idea. South Florida plastic surgeon Dr. Wigoda and other surgeons will consider several things when evaluating patients for surgical procedures including

  • Overall health (current and past)
  • Whether the patient smokes
  • Age
  • Surgical history
  • Medications the patient is taking
  • Mental state

Although you may feel that getting a facelift is a great way to improve your appearance, the plastic surgeon may decline to operate on you if you have significant health problems. Your mental health is an important factor as well. While you may have a valid reason for opting for plastic surgery, a qualified plastic surgeon may not do the procedure if you hold unrealistic expectations of the outcome. Of course you can always get a second opinion. Be aware, though, that if multiple surgeons say you are not a good candidate for plastic surgery, then it is probably a good idea not to force the issue. Dr. Wigoda and other surgeons are only looking out for your best interests.

Is your Plastic Surgeon a Good Candidate for you?

On the other side of the issue, you should be wary of surgeons that rush through the examination, don’t consider all of the variables involved in the surgery, or has their staff members determine if you are a good candidate. This is an indicator that the surgeon is not a good candidate for performing the procedure on you. Plastic surgery is a major medical procedure. To ensure your safety and satisfaction, you should only work with qualified doctors that care about the outcome.

Plastic Surgeons Agree Video Chat Fuels Rush for Chin Implants

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Sun Sentinel Article

Dr. Wigoda’s 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.