How to Find a Credible Plastic Surgeon on Instagram

 

Instagram is flooded with photos of body confident fitness buffs and bikini models who are setting the standard for #bodygoals. So unsurprisingly, the platform has become a popular avenue for people to find a plastic surgeon. However, recent findings have revealed that caution must be used when searching Instagram for plastic surgery services.

According to an article by CBS News, the majority of plastic surgery hashtags originate from accounts of physicians who aren’t board certified plastic surgeons. The article also went on to detail a few other compelling statistics:

  • Four out of five top Instagram posts with plastic surgery-related hashtags come from providers who aren’t eligible for membership in the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery(ASPS)
  • 26% of top Instagram posts about plastic surgery come from physicians in other specialties (ex: gynecologists, dermatologists, general surgeons)
  • 5% of posts were from non-physicians doing plastic surgery at dentist offices, spas and hair salons

It is always alarming to learn plastic surgery procedures are being performed by unqualified people. Despite the scary news though, you can still find reputable plastic surgeons through Instagram. By looking out for a few key factors on Instagram, you can identify whether or not a plastic surgeon is worth considering.

(Hash)tag – You’re It!

Plastic surgery providers will often add generic hashtags such as #plasticsurgery, #tummytuck or #boardcertified to their Instagram posts, but these do nothing to reveal credibility. Here are some examples of industry hashtags you should be looking for:

  • #ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons)
  • #ASAPS and #trustASAPS (Aesthetic Society)
  • #IASPS (International Society of Aesthetic Plastic surgery)
  • #BAAP (The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons)
  • #AAAASF (American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities)

When observing a post, see if they include hashtags related to a certification society. Often in my own Instagram posts, I will include the #ASPS hashtag myself.

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For plastic surgeons outside of the U.S., research the premier associations in their operating country and see if they use their associated hashtags within their Instagram posts.

Judge their Bio

You can learn a lot about a plastic surgeon from what they choose and what they don’t choose to share. The Instagram bio offers a large opportunity for a provider to sell what makes them the best choice for a plastic surgeon. Any proficient plastic surgeon will include their degree/title, a statement such as “Board Certified Plastic Surgeon by the American Board of Plastic Surgery” and a link to their website. With my own Instagram bio, I made sure to include all of that information to establish my credibility.

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If a plastic surgeon omits any of that information, proceed with caution until you can verify their certification to be safe.

Do a Certification Check

While many plastic surgery service providers try to cover up their lack of credentials, there are many board-certified plastic surgeons who are simply not good at using Instagram. Before jumping to conclusions, you can search the following online databases to check if a plastic surgeon has been certified by the leading industry associations:

  • The American Board of Plastic Surgery’s website
  • The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery website
  • International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery website
  • The American Board of Medical Specialties website

Start the Instagram Search

I guarantee you can verify if a doctor is a board-certified plastic surgeon by the American Board of Plastic Surgery by following this advice. However, while researching online helps, contacting the plastic surgeon and asking them specific questions in person will help you discern if they are a credible choice and the right choice for you.

Are you interested in learning more about plastic surgery and board certifications? Contact Dr. Wigoda today for a free plastic surgery consultation or download our free ebook.

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How Can Vaginal Rejuvenation Change Your Life?

 

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Designer vaginas are trending thanks to vaginal rejuvenation. You don’t have to be a reality star or live in Beverly Hills to experience the pleasures of this life-changing and non-surgical technique. Fort Lauderdale’s Dr. Paul Wigoda can take care of that with a new service repackaging a woman’s land down under.

Your vajayjay. Your hooha. Your lady bits.

These are all words to describe one piece of anatomy most females have in common: the vagina.

While most are pretty private when talking about their “cookie,” we all share experiences (thanks to our vaginas) that help so many ladies define womanhood.

For example: Your first period. Losing your virginity. Birthing your first child (or your second…or your third…twins anyone?). Menopause.

But there are some shared experiences that are almost never discussed in the open: Bladder leakage. Kegels. Orgasms. Sex in general.

And that’s why all people with vaginas need to know about vaginal rejuvenation.

Vaginal rejuvenation is comprised of two different procedures, which can be performed separately or together. These procedures are Labiaplasty and Vaginoplasty.

The Lust of Labiaplasty

Labiaplasty is very much what it sounds like–a surgery performed on the Labia Minora, or what many may refer to as their inner lips. This procedure is mainly to alter the shape or size of your labia or clitoral lid (which is the tissue/skin that covers the clitoris). While many women might have this procedure to make their “lips” symmetrical, it can duelly help ease discomfort caused by large labia. The surgery can also help increase clitoral sensitivity, a perk when it comes to sexual health and pleasure.

Vaginoplasty Ventures

As opposed to Labiaplasty, Vaginoplasty is less a cosmetic surgery and more a procedure to help tone and strengthen your vaginal muscles. Life isn’t always rainbows and butterflies, and having children or going through the natural aging process (especially the dreaded menopause) can not only affect your vagina, but your self-esteem. Weakened vaginal muscles can lead to “leaky” bladders, less sensation during sex and overall less sensitivity in the vaginal region. Vaginoplasty helps tighten the muscles down below, helping many women feel more confident about the control they have over their bladder and sexual life. Vaginoplasty is performed a variety of ways, from the O-Shot (short for Orgasm Shot) to laser treatments to cutting and restitching the vagina.

Orgasmic O-Shot

Dr. Wigoda specializes in many things, including the O-Shot, a procedure where they take blood out of your arm and inject it into your vagina, using the platelets from your blood too, “trigger stem cells to increase blood flow and generate healthy tissue growth as well as helps improve the vascularization of the area,” according to Dr. Sharif Wakil in this Independent.Co article.

According to an interview with one of Dr. Wigoda’s own patients, the O-Shot can help with bladder leakage, sensitivity and blood flow in the vaginal area.

“It has absolutely increased orgasms in number, in intensity, it has also tightened my vaginal region, and it has improved any little bit of bladder problems that I had,” the patient said.

The procedure is pretty simple, you’re numbed, blood is taken from your arm and injected into your vagina.

“It is not painful at all,” the patient said.

After the procedure, results are instant.

“Instantly I had increased bladder tightness, increased vaginal tightness. Within a week I noticed the sensitivity with orgasms was really increasing,” she said.

Once you leave the office, you’re given a simple-to-use tool that looks like a vibrator but has an electric plate that causes you to do kegels, or pelvic floor muscle training exercises. This tool starts on a low setting and can increase as you feel more comfortable.

“They said the only side effect from using the intensity that women have had is increased orgasms, and that’s definitely the case,” the patient said about the tool.

This pain-free, pleasurable device is used once a day for 10 minutes over the course of 10 weeks to help increase the effects of the O-Shot.

“It’s definitely been one of the best things I did. I would recommend it and I would do it again,” the patient said about the O-Shot experience.

The Pros

Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love to orgasm? These procedures help you maintain great sexual health, and can help your mental and spiritual health as well. Sex is one amazing part of life, and if you’re not enjoying it solo or with your partner, you’re not taking care of the part of your body that’s so often forgotten about, to begin with.

Some of these techniques, like the O-Shot, are amazing non-invasive procedures with instant results. And those procedures that are invasive have pretty little downtime.

And let’s not forget that Vaginoplasty can help women with bladder issues regain control over their body.

Overall, these procedures encourage women to take care of all of their body and feel sexually empowered.

The Cons

Procedures like Labiaplasty are invasive, meaning your body is going to need more time to heal. Procedures like the O-Shot are non-invasive, but you still go through a procedure where your practitioner will draw blood and numb your pelvic area. With any procedure comes risk, which is why you should always consult with your doctor.

Not to mention that procedures like these get a bad rep. From reality TV stars like Kelly Dodd from the Real Housewives of Orange County getting a laser vaginal rejuvenation procedure done, to the overall stigma that we’re not supposed to talk about vaginas in public, you might turn some heads if you openly talk about your experience.

But take it from those who are already in the spotlight, “As you get older, in your forties and if you’ve had a baby, sometimes you get stressed, incontinence, and so if you jump rope or you cough, you might leak a little bit and that, I know it sounds gross, but a lot of women have it,” Dodd said.

Your Vagina, Your Decision

Overall, what you decide to do with your body is your choice and your choice alone. Although these procedures could definitely spice it up in the bedroom between you and your partner, what you do with your vagina is your decision. But how cool is it that these advancements exist? If you’re looking to increase your self-esteem, sensitivity, orgasms, bladder control, etc., I say go for it (or at least look into it). After all, a little bit of girl power never hurt anybody.

If you want to learn more about vaginal rejuvenation, contact Dr. Wigoda for a free consultation today.

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Plastic Surgery 🚀Trend Report: Face and Fat

Plastic Surgery Trend Report- Face and Fat

It’s halfway through 2017 and we sat down with our very own board-certified Dr. Paul Wigoda, plastic surgeon extraordinaire to get the inside scoop on what insides people are scooping out this year.

Retro is Coming to Plastic Surgery

Dr. Wigoda tells us that “the biggest trend has to do with fat – fat transfers.” That’s right, the biggest trend in 2017 is a throwback from the 90’s. But don’t just take this award winning doctor’s word for it. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the rate of plastic surgery procedures is up three percent over the last year. The biggest areas of growth are facelifts and fat transfers.

The ASPS even breaks down the numbers for us:

  • Fat injections that are considered minimally invasive are up 13%
  • Fat transfers to augment the butt are up 26%
  • Fat transfers to augment the breasts are up 72%

Bringing Sexy Back

Where have we heard of fat transfers before? Well, back in the 90s, fat transfers were heralded as the Next Big Thing. But the procedure was ahead of its time, and hadn’t yet been perfected. Imperfect technique leads to fat hardening and forming lumps, which as we all know is very scary. Now, twenty years later, the procedure is back and much improved.

From Flabulous to Fabulous

Fat transfers involve taking fat from a problem area that a patient doesn’t want it, and reintroducing it to the body in an area where it would be more desirable, particularly to rejuvenate or round out areas of the body. Sometimes people aren’t even aware of the option. “I have a lot of patients coming in for liposuction that don’t really know about fat transfers, who have never even thought about it.” Dr. Wigoda tells us.

This is totally common – you can’t be expected to keep up with the latest procedures, that’s why we have doctors!

If belly or thigh fat is bothering you, as it bothers a lot of Dr. Wigoda’s patients, he can turn that problem into a solution. “We can take that fat that we take out and transfer it – usually to the butt.” It also minimizes waste, and who doesn’t want to be able to brag about recycling in the year 2017?!

Put Your Best Face Forward

Have you ever seen an adorable chubby little baby face? Of course you have. And you, like every other warm-blooded person on the planet, probably wanted to pinch those plump little cheeks.

As we get older, our faces tend to smooth out in shape. This is because we lose facial fat as we age. That’s one of the reasons why so many people get chemical filler elements in their faces to look more youthful – really what they are trying to do is replace that facial fat loss.

Why not do it with the real thing? Facial fat transfers are becoming more and more popular because a patient can now replace their lost fat with other natural fat from another part of their body. This avoids expensive and unnatural chemical fillers that have to be replaced every few years regardless. “We’re a lot more successful now at transferring the fat and having the fat stay basically forever than we were even a few years ago.” Dr. Wigoda tells us, underlining how much the procedure has improved and how much longer a fat transfer can last than fillers.

Also, fat can naturally rejuvenate the skin in your face, which can give a much more authentic youthful look that lasts longer than chemical fillers would. This combines well with a facelift, and Dr. Wigoda finds that having a fat transfer as part of the process “rejuvenates the face much more than just doing a traditional facelift.”

Are you looking to jump on board and put YOUR best face forward (and maybe lose some stubborn fat in the process)? Contact Dr. Wigoda for a free plastic surgery consultation today!

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Botox for Migraines: Kimmy B’s Incredible Injectable Adventure

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Trading in your Advil for Botox? Yes, please. Now you can see the light without the migraine pain thanks to Botox.

Are you one of those people shoveling ibuprofen down your throat and squinting your eyes in pain as your head wildly pounds? You may be one of the 37 million Americans that suffer from migraines. Lucky for you, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Wigoda and celebrity Hits 97.3 DJ Kimmy B. share insight and solutions to get you some migraine relief.

We followed Kimmy B on her journey to get her painless breast implants, to which she poignantly called her #wigodas! Now, we check back up on her newest painless adventure, Botox for migraines! We caught up with her and Dr. Wigoda after their Botox session to ask some of the most pressing questions about Botox.

“Botox has been so beneficial to me as far as migraines go!” Kimmy B says, and adds how she also loves how amazing it makes her look!

Botox: A Crash Course

As always, it’s important to learn all you can about any procedure before you jump right into it. Let’s tell you a little about what botox is before we tell you all of the awesome ways it can help stop those pesky migraines.

“Kimmy B comes in primarily for migraines, but the Botox also helps with wrinkles,” Dr. Wigoda tells us as he prepares for the procedure.

As seen on Dr. Wigoda’s website, Botox is “a therapeutic muscle-relaxing agent that works at motor nerve endings (nerves that lead to muscles). It is in a class of drugs called neurotoxins.” It is administered through one or multiple shots into the muscle at different points in the patient’s body, depending on what it is being used to treat.

Other important tips to know about Botox are that you usually don’t see the effects up until three days after your procedure. Furthermore, a Botox session will last between three-to-six months. Botox to get rid of headaches will often be re-administered every three months. Don’t worry though, a session usually only lasts 10-to-15 minutes! Plenty of time to get rid of those headaches and then take the day by storm.

Benefits To Botox?

Now that we know the “in’s and out’s” of what Botox is, let’s look at some of the benefits patients are getting out of it and just how popular this cosmetic surgery treatment technique has become:

  • According to the official Botox website, BOTOX prevents on average eight-to-nine headache, migraine, and/or probable migraine days a month.
  • 100,000 people with Chronic Migraine have been treated with BOTOX since the FDA approval in 2010, with that number rapidly increasing!
  • Botox treatments can help reduce symptoms of migraine headaches, including nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to lights, sounds, and smells.

Bye, Bye Migraines, The Kimmy B Botox Way

Migraines are a debilitating experience, but they don’t have to be. Book a Botox appointment today and you can get $50 off your first Botox appointment with Dr. Paul Wigoda! If you are ready to make a positive change and get rid of your own migraines, just like Kimmy B, then contact Dr. Wigoda for a free Botox consultation.

Plastic Surgery: Rhinoplasty Patient Shares Her Journey On Instagram

Rhinoplasty patient opens up about the process of plastic surgery.

Jenny knew she wanted a nose job (otherwise known as rhinoplasty) before she was even a teenager. The 26-year-old healthcare professional from Miami decided after graduating college that she now had time to have the procedure. While she was hesitant to share details of other plastic surgery encounters she’d had previously, this time around she wants to share her story and help others who might be seeking similar procedures.

How One Patient Shares Searched and Found Her Answers Using Instagram

Jenny’s Rhinoplasty Plastic Surgeon Search

Jenny started her plastic surgery research where most people do, on Google. And in Miami, there are a lot of “plastic surgeons near me.”

She filtered them through by thoroughly looking at websites, researching if plastic surgeons were board certified and scouting for reviews of the surgeons.

She finally landed on Paul Wigoda, MD, who has been named one of America’s top surgeons by the Consumer Research Council of America, and who prides himself on pioneering the technique ‘painless breast implants.’

While she had a plastic surgery consultation with a plastic surgeon when she was a teen, Jenny wasn’t quite ready to take the leap at a young age. This time around, her only plastic surgery consultation was with Dr. Wigoda himself.

Instagram and Plastic Surgery

During her quest to seek plastic surgery, Jenny would look up hashtags on Instagram like #rhinoplasty or #nosejob. She searched out stories from real experiences to understand what the process would be like.

“As I did my searches for plastic surgeons, I also looked for, you know, real-life experience, with you know, having a rhinoplasty, and that’s how I ended up on Instagram because I would just search by hashtags.

She wanted to know what she was getting herself into. And she did. Pages with people sharing their stories of bruises and blood – the ugly side of plastic surgery – showed up in her searches. “It’s not a simple before and after,” she said.

And that’s what inspired Jenny to share her own process on her own Instagram feed. She even started a countdown before the rhinoplasty.

“I was hesitant about it because my nose was always my biggest insecurity…but I’m like, you know what this nose is going to be gone very soon so let’s do this,” she said about deciding to share her rhinoplasty plastic surgery journey on social media.

Jenny previously had a breast augmentation, but never discussed her procedure. “Although I never discussed it, there were some people that noticed, and they would actually ask me about it behind the scenes.”

 

Before, During, + After Rhinoplasty

This is what convinced Jenny to start talking about the good, the bad, and the ugly about her rhinoplasty. She wanted to be a source of knowledge and experience people could go to if they had questions. She wanted to give back like other Instagrammers had done for her when she was curious of the truth behind a “nose job.”

The Before

Dr. Wigoda kept her in the loop about everything.

While she doesn’t like needles, Jenny said she always felt safe.

“I was in good hands, I felt comfortable. Scared, but comfortable.”

And Dr. Wigoda prepped her for the after too – like keeping frozen peas around.

The After

Jenny didn’t have any pain, just discomfort. Her bruising went away quickly, and other than occasionally waking up, she was able to sleep.

“It was a rough recovery but they gave me everything I needed to make it as smooth as possible,” Jenny said about Dr. Wigoda.

Her cast came off eight days after surgery.

“Once that cast comes off on day eight, I was like here we go, like nothing happened. So it was nice, it was nice to just be able to go back to work and people weren’t like, “Hey what happened to you?” Jenny said.

Her Advice to You

Do a lot of thorough research. That’s Jenny’s number one advice.

Living in Miami, she said she hears a lot of stories of surgeries going wrong. She advises to not go to a doctor just because you hear a lot about them and instead rely on your own independent research.
She also advises making sure the plastic surgeon is board-certified and qualified.

Her last piece of advice is to seek out any bad reviews of doctors, especially if those reviews concern safety. She said she purposefully looked for bad reviews of Dr. Wigoda, but never found anything that jumped out at her.

Plastic surgery is a controversial subject that most people feel uncomfortable talking about. But with the rise of social media and people like Jenny sharing their plastic surgery stories, it’s easier and easier to understand that these procedures are safe and life changing so that everyone can feel beautiful in their own skin.

To learn more about Jenny, check out her Instagram page.

Are you interested in learning more about Rhinoplasty? Contact Dr. Wigoda today for a free plastic surgery consultation.

 

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Dr. Wigoda Shares 🔥 Hot 2017 Plastic Surgery Trends

2017 Plastic Surgery Trends
2016 was a big year for comebacks and everyone was working the old trends in a fresh way like playing Super Mario Bros. on the Nintendo NES, sporting crop tops, and buying chokers… Now in 2017, we’re looking forward to seeing what resurfaces! Luckily terms like ‘phat’ are still out but when it comes to 2017 plastic surgery trends “fat” is definitely in!

Many patients come to Dr. Wigoda’s surgery center seeking liposuction for problem areas like their belly or thighs and are surprised to learn that they can use the fat removed from those procedures to help rejuvenate other areas on their body. While these areas may not have been a high priority originally, it’s ideal to do both plastic surgery procedures at the same time because once the fat is removed you can’t save it for reuse later.

You may not have considered using liposuctioned fat for fat transfers before but there are a few reasons Dr. Wigoda thinks this plastic surgery trend will be hot in 2017! Liposuction can be performed on many areas of the body but there are few that would warrant a fat transfer. These are some of the top ones!

Butt I hadn’t thought about that…

2016 was also a big year for rounder, fuller bottoms but did you know you don’t need butt implants to save a figure that may be falling or flat?

A Brazilian butt lift is an augmentation procedure that uses fat from liposuction to fill and reshape the butt cheeks and outer hips to help address sagginess, asymmetry, and more. The combination of removing fat from other areas like the abs, back, and thighs and adding it to the buttocks creates a more sensual and sexy appearance, not just from the back, but from the front and sides as well.

Fat + Facelifts = 😊

When it comes to facelifts, most people scoff at the idea of transferring fat because it seems counter-productive. You want to tighten the skin and muscles, not make your face rounder, right?

Wrong!

Combining fat transfers with face and neck lifts can actually make patients look even more rejuvenated and youthful. Faces typically thin with age and with decrease in weight and you may even lose fat through atrophy. Facelifts on their own don’t necessarily bring that back but when fat transfers are added to cheeks, nasolabial folds and marionette lines in addition to traditional facelifts, they create an even more youthful appearance.

Whether or not one of these 2017 plastic surgery trends are on your to-do list, why not call Dr. Wigoda for a free plastic surgery consultation? It’s a new year, let’s renew you.

What Happens After Plastic Surgery? Celebrity DJ Shares All

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When celebrity DJ Kimmy B has something to say, her fans tune in. If you are late to the game, not a Florida local, or don’t listen to the radio, let us reintroduce you to Hits 97.3’s new afternoon Kimmy B. Back in 2014, we followed Kimmy B’s journey to getting Painless Breast Implants from Dr. Paul Wigoda from start to finish. Now you can get a virtual front row seat to it all! From picking her new size for her “#Wigodas” (you’ll see her reference her new breasts by this hastag), her painless recovery, her results, and more. As 2016 comes to a close what better way to recap her experience than with one of this years most popular social media platforms? Instagram!

#WigodasOnFleek

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Say goodbye to your boobies Kimmy B.! After a free consultation with Dr. Wigoda, Kimmy B. made the decision to undergo painless breast implants surgery. Are you considering going to a breast augmentation consultation? Here are the 10 best questions you should be ready to ask your plastic surgeon!

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About Last Night…#HITsSESSIONS!!! Big S/O to #DrWigoda…they did good…LOL!!! I ♡ My Job

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Just a few days after her painless breast augmentation surgery, Kimmy B is killing it on the carpet with her brand new #Wigodas! The best thing about Dr. Wigodas painless breast implants is that the procedure includes minimal recovery time and little to no discomfort so you can get back to your routine as quickly as possible!

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Kimmy B. is bikini ready with her #WigodasOnFleek! Confidence is key, and what better way to feel confident than to feel comfortable and proud of your body? Huffington Post reports that women who receive breast augmentation often have a large increase in self esteem and feel more empowered!

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Seeing double? Speaking of multiples, if you were interested in getting breast augmentation but scared that you’ll need multiple surgeries to replace your implants, that is a plastic surgery myth! As Dr. Wigoda stated before, “Breast implants do not have to be changed every 10 years.”

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Go Miami Heat! Kimmy B’s #Wigodas are a slam dunk! Are you wondering what to expect before and after the plastic surgery procedure? Let us help ease the mystery!

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Balancing out that hourglass is always a fashion forward move! Take the next step for your #NakedWardrobe with a pair of #Wigodas. Here are a few other patients who are happy with their results.

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Kimmy B. putting her “mangos” to good use! One of the biggest adjustments after getting painless breast implants is the new size breasts on your chest. Wondering what to expect with the change? Click here to see how Kimmy B. reacted from day one to a week after her own breast augmentation surgery!

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If you live anywhere in the #SouthFlorida and #Miami area, chances are you have heard Kimmy B’s beautiful voice echoing through 📻 #radio waves. She’s part the @djlaz973 ☀️Morning Show duo, chiming in during your daily drive to work or the 🏖beach. @kimmyb973 decided to take the plunge with #breastimplants to increase her chest size and has agreed to take us through the journey with her. 🎙🎙🎙🎙🎙🎙🎙🎙 We caught up with her to ask about her decision to size up with #breast #implant #surgery with Dr. Wigoda and get all the details! ❓❓❓❓❓ Q: What made you decide to take the plunge and go for the breast implants? A: I love my body but I’ve always had super small boobies, and when I started working out extensively they got even smaller….THE HORROR!!! I’ve been debating the whole boob job thing for a few years, but I hadn’t found a doctor I felt totally comfortable with, until I met Dr.Wigoda. After my first consultation with him I was SOLD!!! I’ve thought about this long and hard, and I’m just ready to feel as confident out of my clothes as I do in them… ❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓ Q: What were the most important factors to you? A: Definitely credentials and qualifications, not to mention quality of work! ❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓ Q: Why #DrWigoda? A: Credentials and qualifications….have you seen this guys resume?!?! When I saw “Chief of #PlasticSurgery” at a level 1 trauma hospital…I was like, “that’s my Doctor”!!! For more check out our blog or painlessbreastimplants(dot)com. #doubletap ❤️ if you want to learn more. #djlaz #beforeandafter #boobjob

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What made Kimmy B. decide to take the plunge and go for breast implants? She said, “I’ve been debating the whole boob job thing for a few years, but I hadn’t found a doctor I felt totally comfortable with, until I met board-certified plastic surgeon Dr.Wigoda. Check out Kimmy B’s before and after shots with her new breast implants! What a difference!

What About You?

One thing is for sure, Kimmy B. will be rocking her new painless breast implants as we go into 2017! The question is, will you be rocking your own set with her? Get a free painless breast augmentation consultation with Dr. Paul Wigoda today!

Do you want to see more of Kimmy B. with her #WigodasOnFleek? Follow her on Instagram at @KimmyB973 (and Dr. Wigoda too!) and check out her full video testimonials on YouTube!

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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Top 5 Plastic Surgery Procedures for Men

Top 5 Plastic surgery for men

Men are overcoming the sexist stigma of plastic surgery and are opting for procedures to fix issues that have bothered them for years! Last year, for the first time ever, 40 percent of the breast reductions performed were on men. They want to enhance their exterior appearance to more closely match interior ideals. And, just as for women, plastic surgery for men may be medically beneficial, mentally vital, or simply satisfying.

Fort Lauderdale board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Wigoda has been doing plastic surgery for men and women alike for over 17 years and has found that plastic surgery for men has been steadily increasing. In 2015, these were the top five plastic surgery procedures men had requested:

1. Liposuction

Dad bods may have been the “it” thing for a while, but trends fade and so can the fat. Let’s face it, sometimes those last few pounds can be stubborn and the older you get the harder you need to work to maintain your fit figure. Liposuction allows patients to sculpt problem areas and help them to show off their progress. The plastic surgery procedure itself has been around for more than 30 years and becomes more and more common every year, lately even more so in men! Liposuction can be used to slim hips and thighs and flanks, flatten the abdomen, eliminate a double chin, and more but liposuction for men is most popular for the belly, love handle, and chest areas.

2. Rhinoplasty/Nose Surgery

In films, it may not be as frequent as rhinoplasty for women but don’t let that fool you, nose jobs for men are almost as common in the real world. Even Hollywood’s finest actors have considered and even gotten nose surgery to help them fix a feature that they weren’t 100 percent confident in. Household names like Zac Efron, Ryan Gosling, and Ashton Kutcher have had minor work done to enhance the face’s most prominent feature. Maybe there was an old injury that didn’t heal right or something minor like a bump, flared nostrils or asymmetry that you wish you could change. Nose surgery, also known as Rhinoplasty, doesn’t have to be extreme to make a big difference, and minor alterations like adjusting how the nasal tip droops, plunges or is enlarged in general can have a huge impact on the overall look of the nose.

3. Eyelid Surgery

A simple yet dramatic way for men to instantly improve their looks and become more confident is eyelid surgery. Many times people judge their appearance as a whole and don’t realize that a key feature may be the culprit, or that something so simple as your eyes can make such a huge impact on how people see you. If you have lower-eyelid puffiness, dark circles or drooping upper lids, others may assume that you are fatigued, angry, or unhappy. However, when your eyes are bright and alert, you appear energized, well-rested, and in control. Eyelid surgery can remove excess or loose skin, reduce puffiness and fine wrinkles in the upper and lower eyelids and, in some cases dark circles.

4. Gynecomastia aka Male Breast Reduction

Much like those last few pounds of stubborn fat, gynecomastia, also known as “man boobs,” can be present through no fault of your own and may be nearly impossible to tone no matter how hard you work out. An estimated 40 to 60% of men have extra fat and or glandular tissue in one or both breasts and there is no known cause in the majority of cases, but that doesn’t make men feel any less self-conscious about having it. Male breast reduction surgery can help. The procedure removes the excess tissue from the breasts, and in extreme cases your plastic surgeon can remove excess skin, resulting in a chest that is flatter, firmer, and better contoured. The results of the Gynecomastia are significant and permanent!

5. Facelifts and Neck Lifts

Forty is the new 30 and who says 60 can’t be sexy? Some of the most visible signs of aging first appear on the face and sometimes the way we look on the outside does not reflect the energy and youthfulness we feel on the inside. If you’d like to look as good as you feel, aface or neck lift can remove years and give patients a firmer, fresher look. Not ready for the full plastic surgery procedure yet? You’re never too young to start. Facelifts may seem to turn back the hands of time but for best results in the future, it’s important to do regular maintenance before it’s necessary. The Vampire Facelift is a non-surgical option that is similar to injecting fillers (think Botox) but puts your own blood to work!

There are multiple options for all of these popular male plastic surgery procedures but for best results, the key to a successful surgery is to research and trust the judgment and experience of the plastic surgeon doing the procedure. To discuss your plastic surgery options book your free plastic surgery consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Wigoda today!

 

 

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Breast Implants Safety: 8 Things Your Plastic Surgeon Should Never Say [INFOGRAPHIC]

One of the top three questions new patients have during their first breast implant consultation with Dr. Paul Wigoda is “are breast implants safe?” While breast implant safety is an understandable concern, plastic surgery has evolved so much over the past 15 years and advances in the techniques and technologies have made the procedure more precise and safe making patients even more confident in expert board-certified plastic surgeons like Dr. Wigoda. Patients should be concerned about breast implant safety – in fact, we would be concerned if they weren’t – but expert plastic surgeons should also be able to offer peace of mind by making the patient more knowledgeable on the procedure and ensuring that the plastic surgery procedure is both safe and reliable.

8 Things Your Plastic Surgeon Should Never Say To You

To ensure your plastic surgeon has patients’ safety and concerns front of mind, do your homework and use both the internet and your free breast implant consultation as a way to interview the plastic surgeon. Ask them about topics like breast implant surgery risks, breast implant safety and cancer, and breast implant leaks and make sure that you are confident in their answers and they match the research you have done. If the plastic surgeon brushes off those questions and it make you uncomfortable or concerned in any way, they may not be the right doctor for you.

As you research for the right plastic surgeon, make sure they meet the following requirements:

  • Certified. Make sure your plastic surgeon is board-certified plastic surgeon
  • Safety. Work in an AAAASF accredited surgery facility
  • Authentic. Make sure your plastic surgeon is 100% up front with you about lawsuits or, better yet, have never had any;
  • Results. The plastic surgeon you pick should have past patient reviews

If a plastic surgeon does not meet one or more of these requirements, that should raise a red flag immediately.

A plastic surgeon who does not have the proper certifications, has lawsuits, cheap prices and limited to no patient reviews should make patients more concerned about their breast implant safety. Additionally, make sure the plastic surgeon is someone you are comfortable with and that they ask you about pre-existing conditions and have plenty of questions for you as that will indicate that safety during and after the breast implant procedure is equally important to them.

It’s OK to be concerned about breast implant safety but if you have found a reputable plastic surgeon, they are guaranteed to have the experience, skills, and tools to perform a safe, breast augmentation procedure. If you have any questions regarding this popular procedure or would like to schedule a free consultation to learn more, contact Dr. Paul Wigoda today!