Dr. Wigoda Comments: Plastic Surgery: Cheaper, Faster, Scarier, USA Today

An excellent review for anyone considering plastic surgery says Florida’s Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Cosmetic surgery is not always pretty. Getting a deal is great if you’re buying shoes or need to fill your pantry with groceries. But there are some things in life where the cheapest price comes with the most consequences. In the realm of plastic surgery, getting the deal of your life could actually cost your life.

USA Today recently published a feature article titled Plastic Surgery: Faster, Cheaper and Scarier about the rise of low cost, high volume cosmetic surgery centers offering popular cosmetic treatments, like liposuction, at a fraction of the price charged by independent surgeons. The article highlights, in graphic detail, the reality that the low prices charged by these discount surgery centers are coming at the cost of medical injury and even death for some patients.

“The article and videos are an excellent review for anyone considering plastic surgery,” said South Florida plastic surgeon, Dr. Paul Wigoda. “Patients should be aware of the risks involved in having cosmetic surgery performed at discount centers with a history of past problems. It’s outrageous that every time these companies are named in articles uncovering patient deaths or medical injuries resulting from their treatment, the only comments made by the center’s attorney is the complication is a rare but well-known potential consequence of the procedure or that their death rate is lower than the national average.”

Every surgical procedure carries risk. Competent surgeons, however, reduce them by properly evaluating patients, using the right tools and procedures, and providing adequate aftercare. Some or all of these things may be rushed or overlooked at discount surgery clinics where (often unnecessary) procedures are sold through high pressure sales tactics and doctors blaze through patients quickly to make more money.

Dr. Wigoda emphasized, “The vast majority of plastic surgeons doing breast augmentations, liposuction, and other cosmetic procedures never have the type of complications noted in the article and will never have a patient death in their entire career. Yet these centers have multiple deaths within a short period of time and claim their death rate is ‘below average’. Often, though, they arrive at their low death rates by exaggerating the number of patients they operated on or by trying to explain away deaths that ‘weren’t their fault’.”

All deaths occurring within 30 days of surgery must be counted in the facility’s mortality rates which puts the mortality rate of many of these cheap plastic surgery clinics well above the national average. Additionally, a high percentage of their patients suffer horrifying medical complications and must have corrective surgery to rectify the botched procedure.

“These centers have a high rate of complications, many of which I have personally seen and taken care of. The care that the patients receive in these centers is often deplorable,” says Dr. Wigoda, “I, and other competent South Florida plastic surgeons, know this because we see these patients after they have had the misfortune of having surgery at these centers. Unfortunately, the countless complications we see are never reported to the state or make it into the newspaper.”

“The problem is this: plastic surgery should not be done as a quick, high volume endeavor. These centers are not making hamburgers like McDonald’s. They are performing irreversible surgery on human beings. Certainly some patients get good results and are happy, but the chance of having a less than ideal outcome is too high. Patients willing to take a chance on their looks and their lives to save a few dollars are playing Russian roulette. Unfortunately, most don’t realize they are playing. They are sold a dream and too often, end up living a nightmare.”

Painless Breast Implants by Dr. Wigoda in Florida

As demand for breast implants rises in Florida and beyond (a whopping 296,203 breast augmentations were performed on American women in 2010), Dr. Wigoda’s signature painless breast implant procedure has similarly risen in popularity among Florida women.

Thanks to Fort Lauderdale plastic surgeon Dr. Wigoda, getting a breast implant has now become virtually painless. On his Painless Breast Implants website www.painlessbreastimplants.com Dr. Wigoda has gathered testimonials of many women who took the plunge and couldn’t be happier with their results. Last summer, one patient even blogged about the experience from start to finish.

Most Florida women can resume normal activities within a day or two after surgery and feel virtually no pain. Dr. Wigoda’s technique is very atraumatic with a quick recovery and almost no pain. Over the years, Dr. Wigoda has perfected his technique using ten-plus years of South Florida plastic surgery experience to match the correct incision and implant to each patient. Each year over 350,000 women have breast augmentation surgery in the U.S. and Dr. Wigoda offers potential patiends behind-the-scenes access via his Facebook Page, YouTube Channel and Twitter feed.

Fort Lauderdale Botox Tips by Dr. Wigoda

Florida Plastic Surgeon Dr. Wigoda reveals truths and myths about Botox, the most popular procedure performed by Florida Physicians in a new YouTube video.

For approximately 30 years, Botox has been used to treat wrinkles and has become a very routine procedure. The New York Times reported that 5.4 millon people were injected with Botox last year alone. Most Florida patients undergo the Botox procedure every 4-6 months.

Despite the popularity of Botox, there are still some myths surrounding its uses. Dr. Wigoda reveals the truth about several of these myths:

  • Botox is mainly used for the upper face including the upper forehead, crows feet and the glabellar area between the eyebrows.
  • In the lower face, instead of using Botox, fillers are used.
  • Botox is not a poison; however, it is made from bacteria.
  • Contrary to common belief, side-effects are extremely minimal and rare.
  • Botox doesn’t inhibit any day-to-day activities such as exercise.

In a time of recession, Dr. Wigoda says that Botox is a cost-effective alternative to plastic surgery in reducing wrinkles and preventing new ones from forming.

In addition to its common uses, Botox has been recently proven to relieve migraines. Some Florida patients get Botox every 3-4 months to relieve migraines and/or to treat wrinkles.

 

Dr. Wigoda Named Chief of Plastic Surgery at Broward General Hospital

Board-certified plastic surgeon Paul Wigoda, M.D. to oversee plastic surgery operations at top Broward Hospital, according to U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals Metro Ranking.

Fort Lauderdale, FL – May 6, 2011 – South Florida award-winning plastic surgeon Dr. Wigoda has had quite the eventful year so far – from hosting two health chats for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, to receiving an award for “Exemplary Wound and Ostomy Patient Care”, to his most recent distinction: being named Chief of Plastic Surgery at Broward General Hospital’s Adult and Pediatric Care Trauma Center.

The Trauma Center provides multidisciplinary care of the highest quality in Broward County, led by surgeons specialized in trauma and critical care. Along with the recent expansion of its Trauma Resuscitation Unit, the center boasts state of the art technology including a dedicated 64-slice CT scanner, portable x-ray and ultrasound with access to PACS, portable ventilators, central monitoring and a rooftop helipad with elevator to deliver patients directly into the trauma resuscitation rooms.

In addition to an in-house trauma surgeon and surgical intensivist available 24 hours a day, other specialty services are readily available, to include: Anesthesia, Emergency Medicine, Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Interventional Radiology, Pediatric Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Urology, ENT, Ophthalmology, Pulmonary Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Nephrology.

Equally active on the social media sphere as in the OR, Dr. Wigoda makes it a priority to frequently reach out to current and potential patients via his South Florida Plastic Surgery and Beauty Blog, Twitter feed, an active Facebook fan page and YouTube Channel.

“Quite simply, I’m honored,” said the doctor, whose practice is based in Fort Lauderdale. “It’s an incredible opportunity to be able to work in such a state-of-the-art facility among the best doctors in the nation. Being named Chief of Plastic Surgery is a longtime dream of any plastic surgeon, and it’s both professionally and personally gratifying to be able to help so many people performing my life passion.”

About Dr. Wigoda
Dr. Paul Wigoda is an award-winning Fort Lauderdale plastic surgeon, owner of The Aesthetics Institute and Chief of Plastic Surgery for Broward General Hospital. He is a board certified plastic surgeon and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the Florida Medical Association, and the Broward County Medical Association. Dr. Wigoda specializes in Fort Lauderdale breast augmentation, breast reduction, breast lift, liposuction, rhinoplasty, tummy tuck, facelift, brow lift, eyelid surgery, Juvederm, Radiesse, Restylane, Botox, laser hair removal, and spider vein treatments.

Dr. Wigoda’s Ft Lauderdale Location:
1404 E Broward Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301
(954) 463-7088

About Broward Health
Broward Health, providing service for more than 50 years, is a nationally recognized system offering world class health care services to our neighbors in South Florida. One of the 10 largest public health systems in the nation, Broward Health includes Broward General Medical Center, North Broward Medical Center, Imperial Point Medical Center, Coral Springs Medical Center, Chris Evert Children’s Hospital, Broward Health Weston and more than 30 facilities of the Community Health Services and Broward Health Physician Group. For more information, visit www.browardhealth.org.

Wrinkle Free Mother’s Day Beauty Gift from Dr. Wigoda

Wrinkle, wrinkle, go away. Dr. Wigoda thinks moms deserve more for less, so we’re celebrating Mother’s Day by offering a special price for Radiesse injections.

During the month of May, receive $100 off your first Radiesse syringe and $75 off each additional syringe purchased.

Radiesse Volumizing Filler is an FDA-approved treatment for moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. Radiesse is the only filler to date that not only smooths lines and wrinkles, but stimulates the body’s own natural collagen production. This translates into longer-lasting results: a year or longer for many patients.

As with any injection, patients may experience side effects that usually resolve within a few days including redness, bruising, or swelling. Dr. Wigoda meets with each patient to discuss the pros and cons prior to performing any procedure. Call (954) 463-7088 to schedule a consultation to determine which filler is right for you.

We’ll see you at our Ft. Lauderdale location:

1404 E Broward Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301

Dr. Wigoda Plastic Surgery Financing $99/Month

Smart plastic surgery decisions can be priceless, but not without a price tag. When the plastic surgery investment does not always fit the cash flow, Dr. Paul Wigoda offers several different plastic surgery financing options to help assure the decisons are based on quality versus best price.

Often procedures such as breast augmentations or tummy tucks can be financed for little or no interest, or with a convenient payment plan. Many patients are able to pay as little as $99 per month via Care Credit, MedChoice Financial, Capital One, or Chase.

Despite the cost of plastic surgery, Dr. Wigoda urges potential patients to shop for quality over price and to use our plastic surgery checklist to assist in asking the right questions. Don’t fall for the ‘too good to be true’ South Florida advertisements that promise inexpensive procedures that may be risky. For more information on these centers click here.

At Dr. Wigoda’s office we will never cut corners.  Patient safety is always a priority and our aim is always to maximize the cosmetic result and the patient’s experience including using revolutionary techniques to minimize pain and discomfort.

Dr. Wigoda promises the best possible result, in a safe and caring environment, and at a price that is very competitive. A strong believer in treating his patients in the fashion that he would like to be treated, Dr. Wigoda likes to take the time to get to know each patient as well as possible. He believes developing rapport with a patient based on mutual respect, communication, and honesty is crucial.

As a special welcome to new patients, Dr. Wigoda is offering a coupon for $1000 off his signature painless breast implant procedure!

For more information on what Dr. Wigoda is doing to help patients finance their plastic surgery, visit www.drwigoda.com.

South Florida Plastic Surgeon Dr. Wigoda Shares Insight on Breast Augmentation Economy

PaulWigoda, MD has been saying that electiveplasticsurgeryprocedureswillreturn as the economy strengthens since the New Year. Here is an infographic from DocShop.com that further drives this point home.

Over $10 billion is spent on surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures each year and over $1.1 billion of that goes toward breast augmentations. Over the last ten years, the number of breast augmentations has steadily increased, until the rough economy caused procedures to dip from 2007 to 2009. In 2010, however, according to the AmericanSocietyofPlasticSurgeons, this number started to increase again, climbing over 2% to nearly 300,000 breast augmentations.

South Florida Plastic Surgeon Dr. Wigoda Shares Insight on Breast Augmentation Economy

Considering getting a breast augmentation in 2011? To learn more about Fort Lauderdale plastic surgery procedures, including Dr. Wigoda’s signature painlessbreastimplant procedure visit:http://www.drwigoda.com orhttp://www.painlessbreastimplants.com.

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.

Breast Implants: No Pain, all Gain by Dr. Wigoda

Paul Wigoda, M.D. discusses cosmetic procedures; including his signature painless breast implants surgery in this video.

Dr. Wigoda has perfected this not-so-typical procedure over the years, using over a decade of South Florida plastic surgery experience to blend the methods of other respected cosmetic surgeons, perfect his own technique and match the correct incision, implant and procedure to every individual patient.

Each year over 350,000 women have breast augmentation surgery in the U.S., and Board-certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Paul Wigoda gives potential patients the chance to go behind the scenes via his YouTube channel, Facebook page and South Florida Plastic Surgery and Beauty Blog.