Plastic Surgery and Age: What You Need To Know

The Today Shows Plastic Surgery week: Plastic Surgery and Age- What You Need To Dr Wigoda

As many of you avid television watchers may know, The Today Show did a week-long special on plastic surgery last week. Among the topics covered on the show was what each age bracket should know in terms of what will happen to your body, and what you can do enhance or hide it.

Age has been a trending topic this year with regards to plastic surgery. We’ve been hot on the debate about how young is too young for plastic surgery?, and now we want to know what Dr. Paul Wigoda, MD thinks about what you can do as you get older!

Dr. Wigoda, a board-certified plastic surgeon, brings years of plastic surgery on patients of all ages to the table. We asked him to set the record straight and give us some opinions on the facts being reported.  

In Your 30s:

Here are some of the tips The Today Show gives for patients in their 30s on what they can expect:

  • As you transition from 20s to 30s, prevention is KEY! It’s crucial to start thinking about what you can do to avoid developing lines, wrinkles or crow’s feet.
  • Focusing on anti-aging routines can sustain a youthful look and delay the need for surgery. Small procedures are encouraged at this age, and as always, apply sunscreen regularly to preserve the skin.
  • Lines and wrinkles become most noticeable around the eyes, mouth and forehead.
  • Just getting started? Try Botox, Dysport, Xeomin or fillers to prevent lines.
  • If you’re struggling with heavy under-eye bags, NewBeauty recommends blepharoplasty. It’s a quick procedure with little time needed for recovery. It costs roughly $1500-$3500 and ranges from 1-3 hours.

Dr. Wigoda Says: “30s are a little too young to have your lower eyelids done. I would say the average is the late 40s and 50s.” You heard it right, make sure you are not spending over $1500 on a procedure that you may not need for another 10 to 20 years! However, if you are ready and eager to get something done, check out Dr. Wigoda’s Botox page and set up your free consultation!

In Your 40s:

Next up, we have the 40s! This age range is when many begin to consider some sort of plastic surgery or non-invasive procedure. This is the ideal age to be very aware of what will actually be beneficial and safe, and what will just burn a hole in your pocket and lead to complications! The Today Show stresses those in their 40s to be aware of:

  • Aging becomes apparent in this stage of your life — sun damage is more pronounced and the after-effects of having children start to take a toll on your body.
  • As your face begins to lose fat, dry spots may appear as well as wrinkles that come as a result of summer days in the sun.
  • Nasolabial folds (those lines from your nose to your mouth) become deeper and alter the shape of your face — changing it from round to square. For these, injectables make all the difference. They take fat from where you don’t want it via liposuction and put it where it is deficient, according to NewBeauty. Injectable procedures can cost anywhere from $1500-$3500, take 1-3 hours and entail 5-14 days of recovery.
  • Cellulite also worsens — estrogen levels decrease and fat builds in areas naturally most affected by cellulite. Although there’s no permanent remedy for cellulite, NewBeauty recommends massage techniques, heat to stimulate collagen (Accent) and Cellulaze, a surgery performed to reduce the bands. Cellulaze is roughly $5000-$7000, takes about 1-2 hours and requires 1-2 days for recovery.

Dr. Wigoda says: “Injectables cost about $650-$950 per syringe and most patients only need one syringe. Also, the actual procedure only takes about five to ten minutes and there is virtually no recovery period.” It is very important you be aware that you are not being overcharged for procedures. Also, do the research and read customer reviews and testimonials. Dr. Wigoda prides himself on painless procedures with minimal to no pain and recovery time. If a surgeon is telling you something will hurt or take longer than it should to heal, make sure you do your research on the procedure and that particular doctor!

“I think these cellulite procedures work less effectively than advertised. The procedures that are completely non-invasive are a waste of money as far as I am concerned. Whether the procedure is heating or cooling the fat/cellulite, it is a waste.” There is VERY little evidence to show that non-invasive cellulite procedures work for permanent results. Often, results only last for a matter of hours due to the cellulite tightening, not actually going away.

In Your 50s and 60s:

  • You may be experiencing some saggy skin, most notably in the neck and facial area. Fillers, injectables and other non-invasive treatments are not the way to go, though. Surgically removing it (with a facelift) is the only option.
  • Facelifts are said to make you look 10 years younger. According to NewBeauty, it helps to restore the natural curvature of the face, while also making it appear firmer. It comes at a hefty cost —procedures range from $4000-$25,000, last 3-6 hours and require 10-14 days of recovery.
  • Loose skin in the neck area can be easily removed with a neck lift. It can also be pretty pricey — between $3500 – $10,000 for 1-3 hour procedure with 7-14 days of recovery.

Dr. Wigoda says: “Patients in this age range definitely are candidates for fillers and Botox. However, these don’t tighten the neck or face skin. They can camouflage areas that are aging so they look more youthful.” One of the most important parts of plastic surgery is to make sure you are informed of what exactly is happening/being done to your body. Make sure you have a surgeon that will communicate with you and answer all of your questions. If you don’t know what to ask, check out these five important questions to ask about Botox!

No matter your age, you are never too young or too old to be informed! If you are considering any of these surgical or non-invasive procedures or have any questions about aging and what you can do to look your best, contact Dr. Wigoda for an honest assessment and  free plastic surgery consultation!

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Is Plastic Surgery a Must? Time Magazine Tells All

Does Plastic Surgery Choose You? 

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In Time magazine cover story “Nip. Tuck. Or Else.,” columnist Joel Stein says when it comes to plastic surgery “you’re going to have to do it.” But Fort Lauderdale Plastic Surgeon Dr. Paul Wigoda believes the choice is still yours.

 

Reality shows are demystifying surgery by showing it from the patient’s perspective, non-invasive procedures are becoming more affordable, and having work done is less taboo in general, but Dr. Wigoda, the board-certified plastic surgeon best known for his painless breast implant procedure, does not believe that women will HAVE to have cosmetic procedures done just because their friends are doing it as Time’s article concludes.

“Most could benefit from some types of procedures to look younger, but there is nothing that says you have to do them to succeed,” said Dr. Wigoda. “To look as young as your friends that are doing it, yes, you may have to unless you are genetically blessed, but if you are OK with aging naturally then there shouldn’t be an issue if you don’t do any procedures.”

The basic premise of Time’s article is that if you want to look good, you have to have procedures done. But that is a very general statement because many women take good care of themselves by avoiding sun damage, smoking, and perhaps are blessed genetically, and they will still look good naturally. Think Christie Brinkley.

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While Dr. Wigoda and Stein may have different opinions on whether or not procedures must be done, they both agree that plastic surgery is a confidence booster.

RealSelf user Rosemary Hall’s plastic surgery journey was followed in the article. In the end, she chose non-invasive procedures that make her feel like a new person. She had liposuction on her chin and transferred the fat to fill under her eyes, her nasolabial  folds and marionette lines. And she’s very happy.

“I was just laid off, so I’m really glad I had the procedure done,” she said. “I’ll feel more confident on interviews, especially once the lipo scar on my chin has smoothed out.”

Hall recently looked at her wedding video and couldn’t focus on anything but her chin.

“Before if someone took a picture of me, I’d hate it and not look at it. Now I’m taking selfies,” she said.

In his own practice, Dr. Wigoda hears many similar stories. Women who have previously felt that they had to hide something or just weren’t 100 percent confident with one feature may sometimes describe their procedures as “life-changing” and more often than not wish that they had done the procedure sooner.

On why Dr. Wigoda believes we’re seeing more procedures done, he added:

“The fact is that most people, both men and women, don’t want to age gracefully. They want to stay looking young because they feel young, so if you feel young but look old, it’s not necessarily a good combination.”

Fortunately, the times are changing, and there are reasonable solutions to help people look as youthful as they feel. Cosmetic surgery is no longer taboo and many plastic surgeons offer reasonable payment plans and non-invasive options that are more affordable and require less recovery time.

Sure, it can be generalized that since we are now on the red carpet 24/7 posting pictures of ourselves on Facebook and Instagram, we can blame social media for the increase in procedures being done, but therein lies the main issue with this article. There is no need to “blame” anything because the end result is not anti-feminist or being forced upon people as the article implies.

Plastic surgery is a choice, and it’s not one that people are making to keep up with their friends. It’s something more personal that makes them feel like they’ve done something positive for themselves.

To learn more about painless breast implants and non-invasive procedures or to schedule a free consultation, contact Dr. Wigoda today.

 

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Browlift, Facelift, or Eyelid Surgery: Which One Works For You?

facial cosmetic surgeriesForehead lifts, Blepharoplasty and Rhytidectomy might be a Google search for those facing the aging reality and weighing the potential benefits of plastic surgery. Some of the most visible signs of aging first appear on the face. Perhaps you’ve heard someone say “you look tired” one too many times. Or maybe what you see in the mirror doesn’t reflect your age or youthfulness. Whatever the reason, you know when it’s time to bypass those miracle creams and get serious about the facial rejuvenation results you want.

The key with any facial cosmetic surgery procedure is that the person maintain their appearance, but look refreshed or younger. The goal is not to change the persons “look.” In addition, it should look natural, such that a stranger would have no idea the person ever had surgery.

Brow lift? Facelift? Eyelid surgery? Which facial procedures an individual should undergo will depend on analyzing each area and determining if the area can be improved and if the improvement is worth the cost, downtime, and risks. I have many patients that I could do the surgery on, but the improvement does not justify the cost, recovery, etc. so I tell them to wait a few more years. But, if you think you may be ready for a facial rejuvenation procedure, schedule a consultation with your plastic surgeon to discuss which surgery will work for you to meet your goals.

Read on to learn the differences between these three procedures, who is a good candidate for each, and view before and after photos.

Facelift: Rhytidectomy

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67 year old with before and after a face and neck lift

Skin loses elasticity as one ages and can cause loose skin and wrinkles to appear on the face and neck. The facelift procedure smoothes that loose skin, tightens underlying tissues and removes excess fat to make your face appear firmer and fresher. In some cases, the deeper tissues may also be repositioned to restore a more youthful contour to your face.

For best results, surgeons have begun to look past the skin and at the fat, muscle, and bone instead. They use more complex procedures as it affects the deep structures as well, which results in a more natural (less pulled) look which lasts longer than the traditional “skin-only” facelift. Your options range from a very simple skin tightening to more complex procedures depending on your case and your plastic surgeon’s preferences.

Patients that may be qualified for a facelift typically begin requesting one beginning in their 40s up to their 80s. You may be a good candidate for a facelift if you have any of the following types of conditions:

  • A deep line that runs from the corner of your nose to the corner of your mouth
  • Loss of a well-defined jawline
  • Deep wrinkles in the cheeks and sagging skin near the cheekbones
  • Loose skin, wrinkles or excess fatty tissue in the neck

Note that patients with significant medical problems, a rare skin disorder, or who smoke should discuss their options with their surgeon before committing to a facelift as it could lead to extreme complications.

Forehead Lift: Browlift

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Before and after a forehead lift.

If your facial expression does not reflect how you feel, often the forehead is the main culprit. The lowering of the brow with age has a tremendous effect on the “total” look of the person and a drooping brow can create the appearance of someone looking tired, sad, bored, or angry when they are not. Raising the brow “opens” the entire eye up . As a result the person looks more refreshed, awake, and happy.

During a browlift, the surgeon modifies or removes parts of the muscles that cause wrinkling and frown lines, removes excess skin and lifts your eyebrows to a more pleasing level. In addition to elevating the brow, the plastic surgeon may address the other primary sign of aging on the forehead, namely, wrinkles.

Most commonly, a browlift is performed for patients who are over the age of 40. You may be a good candidate for forehead lift if you have any of the following types of conditions:

  • Sagging or low position of the eyebrows
  • Deep horizontal creases across the forehead
  • Frown lines, or furrows, between the eyebrows and sometimes across the top of the nose

As with a facelift, patients with significant health problems or those who are smokers and are unwilling to quit should not have this procedure.

Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery: Blepharoplasty

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Before and after eyelid surgery.

Bright, alert eyes can make you appear energized, well-rested, youthful, and in control. However, lower-eyelid puffiness, dark circles or drooping upper lids, may give off the impression that you are fatigued, angry or unhappy when you are not.

With eyelid surgery, you can enhance features on your upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both. Depending on the procedure, excess skin, fatty tissue, and/or muscle are removed. You may also make special adjustments like redistributing the fat beneath the eye to eliminate puffiness or bulges.

You may be a good candidate for eyelid surgery if you have any of the following conditions:

  • Excess skin that hides the natural fold of the upper lids
  • Loose skin that hangs down from the upper eyelids
  • Puffiness in the upper eyelids that creates a tired look
  • Excess skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelids
  • Puffy “bags” and, in some cases dark circles under the eyes

If you’re asking whether one of these three procedures will work for you, or if you’re even ready to consider one, schedule a FREE consultation with Dr. Wigoda to learn more!

Breast Implants with Benefits! Dr. Paul Wigoda’s Painless Breast Implant Patients Tell All [TESTIMONIAL]

breast implant benefitsCan breast implants be painless? People are often surprised that breast implant patients travel to Dr. Paul Wigoda’s Fort Lauderdale, Florida practice from all over the United States and beyond. Why didn’t they stay local? Was it worth the travel costs? This patient from Philadelphia wanted a highly recommended plastic surgeon with experience to make the procedure as painless as possible for her breast implants. She was excited to share that all of her requirements were met and Dr. Wigoda’s signature Painless Breast Implant procedure added three more unexpected benefits in this testimonial.

Expectations. Set. Match.

Painless Breast Implants. “It tells it all, the name is self-explanatory,” the patient shares.

After reading countless testimonials and noticing Dr. Wigoda came ‘100 percent recommended’ by past patients, our Philadelphia patient’s interest was piqued.

So was the procedure as painless as everyone said? You be the judge. Only six days after her breast augmentation procedure, this patient is full of energy, giggling and smiling about her experience!

“The testimonials said they didn’t have any pain and everything was about painless breasts, and that’s what I wanted, painless breasts, and that’s what I got!”

After her breast augmentation procedure, the patient reports waking up without feeling any pain in her breast, was able to raise her arms and claims everything was great. Dr. Wigoda’s Painless Breast Implants procedure clearly met her expectations, but she got a few more surprises that made traveling for augmentation all the more worth it.

Unexpected Benefit of the Painless Breast Implant Procedure

1. Raising Your Arms

Most breast augmentation patients should be able to lift their arms enough within a day or so that they can style their hair, for example. What this patient didn’t expect was that she would be able to do so comfortably. Some doctors recommend waiting 7-10 days before returning to work, but many of Dr. Wigoda’s patients, like the woman in this breast implant testimonial was able to drive herself to her follow up appointment the day after surgery and was back to her nursing job within a week.

2. Washing Yourself

You have to be careful washing after any surgery and must follow your doctor’s recommendations as to how long to keep the incision area dry and how to care for it. This patient was aware that she could bathe after surgery but was very surprised that she was able to do it on her own, expecting that the pain or discomfort would keep her from being able to do a thorough job.

3. Going Out on the Town

This patient had surgery on a Thursday and had a great weekend out of the house. Many people believe bedrest is the only road to recovery after a surgery but she was feeling well enough to, in her own words, “get out of the house, went out and had dinner, went about life and had a good time and good weekend.”

When asked to compare her experience to the reviews she read, the patient responded that “everything was accurate and truthful and the staff are great. I highly recommend Dr. Wigoda.”

Still not sure if you should book the flight? Read this patient from New York’s testimonial about her journey to great implants.

To see if Dr. Wigoda’s Painless Breast Implant procedure is for you, contact us for a free in-person or virtual consultation.

 

Cosmetic Surgeons and Plastic Surgeons: What’s the Difference?

Plastic surgery. Cosmetic surgery. What’s the difference? Dr. Paul Wigoda explains.

cosmetic or plastic surgeons?Whether you call it cosmetic surgery or plastic surgery, it really doesn’t matter. The point is that it’s always good to know the difference. Cosmetic procedures only deal with improving appearance whereas plastic surgery may refer to a cosmetic or reconstructive procedure. While incorrectly referring to cosmetic surgery as plastic surgery or visa versa won’t get you a slap on the wrist, knowing the difference between cosmetic and plastic surgeons can mean the difference between satisfactory and exceptional results and more, so pay close attention.

 

 

Cosmetic Surgeons Are Not The Same As Plastic Surgeons

While many plastic surgeons, like Dr. Wigoda,  are trained in and do cosmetic procedures along with reconstructive surgery, doctors who advertise strictly as cosmetic surgeons often have no formal training in cosmetic.

Legally,  doctors with the following specialties can do cosmetic procedures and call themselves cosmetic surgeons:

  • Dermatology
  • Family practice
  • Gynecology
  • General surgery
  • Oral Surgery
  • And more

But here’s the thing:  While these doctors spent a lot of time training to graduate from their original specialty, they typically spend significantly less time training to become an actual cosmetic surgeon.

Why Choose Plastic Surgeons For Cosmetic Procedures?

Piece of mind, for one thing.

Plastic surgeons, like Dr. Wigoda, come with the following credentials:

  • 4 years of college
  • 4 years of medical school
  • 3-7 years of surgical residency
  • 2-3 years of plastic surgery residency
  • Certification through the American Board of Plastic Surgery

Cosmetic surgeons, who were probably trained in a different specialty, most likely have not completed the same amount of years of surgical residencies (if any). Plastic surgeons’ training gives them the knowledge and experience to reduce or minimize the appearances of scars from surgery and have a better understanding of complications that can occur and what to do in the event that they do.

Worst Case Scenarios – what if a complication occurs?

Like pregnancies, weight loss, and pretty much everything in life, every case is different. Remember, if you choose a cosmetic surgeon to do your procedure, the fact that they may have done that specific procedure many times already doesn’t guarantee that they will necessarily know what to do if a complication develops or your case may be more difficult than the average person.

Let’s use facelifts as our cosmetic surgery example. The most common significant complication of a facelift is a hematoma – a collection of blood under your skin that develops from a bleeding vessel. It occurs in 1-5% of facelifts. If you get a hematoma you may have to go back to the operating room to remove the blood collection. Will a less trained doctor (a) recognize the complication or (b) be able to perform the operation? What about anesthetic risks from either intravenous sedation or general inhalant anesthesia? Does the cosmetic surgeon have hospital privileges in case of an emergency?

Another facelift complication, perhaps the most dreaded, is an injury to the facial nerve. Luckily, this complication is rare and usually resolves with time (anywhere from a few days to a year for the nerve to recover) but it can be permanent if the nerve is cut. The most common injury is to the branch of the nerve which allows you to smile, but you can also lose abilities with other facial expressions like frowning, kissing, etc. Can you imagine if the mother of a bride comes in so as to appear more youthful in the family photos but then can’t even smile on the big day?

Other potential complications with this procedure are uncommon but can include infection, loss of skin, unattractive scars, asymmetry, pulling the earlobe down, and deep scar formation. A well-trained surgeon will be experienced with avoiding these types of complications.

The fact is, there are so many qualified board-certified plastic surgeons, why would you want to go to a less qualified doctor when your health and body are at risk?

If you would like to further discuss the cosmetic surgeon and plastic surgeon qualifications or schedule a free consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon, contact Dr. Wigoda here.

3 Plastic Surgery Tips Every Couple Should Know Before Going Under the Knife

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He says lipo, she says REALLY?!

Although plastic surgery is typically something my patients choose to do for themselves, it’s important to discuss it with your loved ones before going under the knife.

Recently, a young mother underwent multiple surgeries to look like Jennifer Lawrence and what stood out to me the most from the article is that her husband was not as enamored with the celebrity as much as his wife was, however, he said “it’s totally her choice.”

Not all couples are that OK with their loved ones having elective plastic surgery though. In my experience, the significant other typically knows about the surgery and claims they are neutral about the procedure but other times they are against it and even argue in my office during the consultation.  To get your spouse, family and friends on board, here are three things to discuss with your spouse before plastic surgery.

Tell them why you want plastic surgery

“I’ve always hated my nose” or “I want to get rid of these frown lines” isn’t going to cut it. I guarantee they will respond with “Honey, you’re beautiful the way you are and I love you no matter what.” After all, if they’ve been with you since before your plastic surgery then it clearly doesn’t bother them the way it does you.

Instead of a generic response, try getting to the heart of why you want to do a procedure. “Having this plastic surgery surgery will help me feel more confident” or “I want what I see in the mirror to reflect how youthful I feel” is a much stronger argument. Knowing the reasoning behind why you want plastic surgery could help your loved ones understand and hopefully accept your decision more.

Show them you’ve done your research

The thing is, whether it’s elective plastic surgery or an emergency, surgery is surgery and your partner will worry about you. There are risks with any procedure and their concern is completely understandable but if you are a smart plastic surgery patient and do your research, then sharing your findings can help them overcome this worry. Not only will you want to give them information regarding the safety of the plastic surgery procedure in question such as risks, percentage and types of complications, etc., but also you need to show them you’ve researched your surgeon and their qualifications.

Meet the doctor!

Your significant other now knows the deeper reason as to why you want plastic surgery and that you’ve done your research on safety but they still might have some objections because they don’t understand exactly will happen during your procedure.

I highly recommend that, if you’re comfortable with it, you bring them to your consultation. If they missed the initial consultation scheduling a second one just for them to join could mean the world to them. You’re telling them that you understand and respect their concerns and want them to feel as comfortable as you are about the procedure.

Bringing them to a plastic surgery consultation will allow them to learn the details of the procedure directly from an experienced source as well as give them the opportunity to ask as many questions as they need. It also lets them meet your surgeon prior to the procedure, giving them confidence in who will be performing it. This interaction with the surgeon should give your significant other the impression that “I know you’re leaving your loved one in my hands and I will take care of them.”

So the takeaways here are, at a minimum, spouses, significant others, or family should at least discuss the procedure with each other at length before the surgery and preferably, have your partner come in for at least the final consultation so that everyone understands what the plan is, what the possible complications are, the recovery process and more. In that way, it will be a much more pleasant experience than one where people secretly undergo procedures, which creates stress and tension afterward, sometimes even leading up to divorce after plastic surgery.

I now pronounce you patient and doctor!

If you’re considering plastic surgery and want to get your life partner, boyfriend, girlfriend, or best friend on board, contact Dr. Wigoda today for a free consultation. With zero lawsuits, disciplinary actions, major complications and patient deaths, we’re sure your spouse will feel confident in your decision choosing Dr. Wigoda as your surgeon.

The Selfie Plastic Surgery Situation, Dr. Wigoda Discusses the Selfie Status

Selfie Plastic Surgery is the latest news trend with one in three facial plastic surgeons seeing an uptick in patients requesting procedures thanks to the status of social media’s selfie craze. Dr Paul Wigoda says it’s not just the selfie obsession, it also has to do with vanity, confidence and aging appearance.

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Oxford Dictionaries’ 2013 word of the year was “selfie” because of the drastic climb in usage, but has the popularity of the selfie resulted in an increase in cosmetic surgery?

 

The latest statistics by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery suggest that one in three facial plastic surgeons said there was an increase in the number of patients requesting procedures because they are “more self-aware of looks in social media.” However, the world “selfie” was never used in the survey of plastic surgeons so the idea that selfies are the largest contributing factor to this rise is merely speculation.

 

It’s true that social platforms like Instagram and Snapchat encourage users to photograph themselves regularly which leads to them scrutinizing their image with a more self-critical eye than ever before, but selfies may not be solely to blame despite the media is trying to popularize the concept. Apps like SkinneePix which lets users shed virtual weight so their faces look skinnier are raising concerns about health and body-image issues and increasing conversations and concerns about selfies making it a hot topic. Allow me to bring a plastic surgeon’s perspective to the conversation.

 

I have had patients come in wanting surgery after seeing themselves in a photograph, not necessarily a selfie or (at least they don’t admit that to me). Oftentimes it’s a family or group photo and they notice things they hadn’t before. I believe social media may play a contributing factor because patients are realizing that once their photos are on the web and tagged they are out there for the entire Internet community to see.

 

From my experience, the selfie craze is not creating the desire for cosmetic procedures on its own. It’s likely that the patient has been thinking about the procedure over time and the photos they review solidify the idea that they want or need to take action, opposed to them suddenly realizing “something is wrong” because they see it in a picture.

 

The majority of the complaints I receive related to patients wanting to look better in their photos are typical aging-related issues, so the concern that selfies are encouraging younger people to undergo plastic surgery is probably less dramatic number than is being suggested. Sagging neck and jowls, deep nasolabial folds, bags under the eyes and crows feet are the more commonly discussed issues, some of which can be improved with fillers and botox, and some require surgery such as a face and neck lift or eyelid surgery. Probably the most significant procedure that is requested is nose reshaping because patients found that they didn’t like the way their nose looked in profile and didn’t appreciate it until they saw it in a picture because they always looked at their nose from the front.

 

We definitely find that people are taking their selfies seriously but are they causing an increase in cosmetic surgery overall and, more specifically, to a younger demographic? No. In fact, a survey conducted by the Today Show just last month found that 65 percent of teen girls think selfies boost their confidence. The idea that selfies raise body-image issues fits perfectly into our popular cultural narrative that “kids take selfies and selfies are bad” but as far as plastic surgery is concerned this is only a rumor that it is causing an increase in procedures.

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Divorce and Plastic Surgery Examined by Ft Lauderdale Plastic Surgeon

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As the amount of men and women who elect to undergo plastic surgery continues to explode (just under 15 million cosmetic procedures were performed last year in the United States), Fort Lauderdale plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Wigoda examines how going under the knife can often complicate relationships, and how divorce and plastic surgery could be connected.

“More and more patients are choosing to tell their spouse about their desire to have plastic surgery, and are becoming more and more honest about past procedures.  Add that to the fact that the shame of electing to have plastic surgery really no longer exists, means couples must face the facts about how a cosmetic surgery can play a role when a couple breaks up,” Wigoda says.

Read more about Divorce and Plastic Surgery or contact Dr. Wigoda today for a free plastic surgery consultation.

Botox for Men More Accepted Than Ever Says Dr. Wigoda

Botox for men is becoming much more acceptable, says plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Wigoda.

Call it a rise in ‘brotox’.

Botox for MenMen are increasingly getting injected, to stay youthful and dynamic at the workplace.

While the cosmetic surgery industry was largely driven by female patients, that is quickly beginning to change.  Where their once was a stigma attached to men walking into a plastic surgeon’s office, today clinics are treating a growing number of male patients, not only for corrective surgery, but the same youth-a-fication needs, such as wrinkles, that women have long sought treatment for.

“The number of men coming into my office for botox treatments, even during peak hours,  are increasing every year,” Dr. Wigoda explains. “It’s becoming more accepted by men to treat their wrinkles through this minimally invasive procedure.”

According to the American Society for Plastic Surgeons, botox was by far the most popular procedure for men in 2012.

  • Of the over 6 million people who used botox in 2012, nearly 400,000 were men, up seven percent from 2011.
  • The next most popular procedure for men was laser hair removal, which just under 200,000 men were treated for.
  • Overall plastic surgeons have seen a steady increase in male customers over the last few years. According to the ASPS, 22% more men had some type of cosmetic procedure in the year 2012 than in 2000.
  • Botox for men has clearly been the most popular procedure. Compared to 2000, there was a 314% rise in male patients in 2012.

Even celebrities like Simon Cowell have admitted using botox to stay youthful.

“These days, men, just as much as women, are looking for every advantage to stay and look healthy later in life,” Wigoda adds, “and they are no longer embarrassed about appearing vain, they want to look good, and botox is an effective and safe way for them to do so.”

A single botox treatment can last four months, so Botox, like many less invasive procedures, have little downside to them, according to Wigoda.

Contact Dr. Wigoda today for a free consultation at 954.463.7088.

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Justin Beiber Plastic Surgery Makeovers? Dr. Wigoda Questions Mental Health

Dr. Wigoda gets requests all the time for plastic surgery celebrity makeovers.

Call Justin Beiber the ultimate belieber maybe, but celebrity fanatics wanting to look like celebrities are hardly a new trend and studies show it isn’t a healthy one. It could mean a chin reduction, eyelid surgery, botox, face and lip fillers and even smile surgery among numerous other operations to look like your favorite celebrity.

Normal: Wanting braids like Hunger Games’ Katniss

 

Not Normal: Spending $100K to look like Justin Beiber

 

There might be someone that wants a hairstyle or likes a fashion trend for example a woman asking  their hairdresser for “The Rachel” cut or the Hunger Games Katniss Braid; however a few people have taken it to an alarmingly new level of plastic surgery celebrity look alikes, according to South Florida plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Wigoda.

The Internet is full of examples of people who’ve gone under the knife, spending thousands of dollars on plastic surgery in an effort to remake themselves in the image of a particular celeb.

Perhaps the most extreme example to go viral recently was the case of 33-year-old Toby Sheldon, a songwriter who plunked down almost $100,000 to look like Justin Bieber. He reportedly underwent a chin reduction, eyelid surgery, and face fillers among numerous other operations in his efforts to appear like the teen heartthrob/ pop singer.

This shocked many, including plastic surgeons like Wigoda, who are flabbergasted by the extremes some people will endure to resemble a celebrity.

“Its actually sad that this person felt the need to look like someone else, regardless of how much money he spent,” he said, ‘While he does look slightly different, he does not look better, nor does he look like Bieber. In fact, he looks a bit plastic.”

Wigoda said if  Sheldon had come to him, he would have turned him away, as would most plastic surgeons.

“While it’s not unusual for someone to say they like a certain celebrity’s nose, or lips, what this young man is seeking cannot be achieved by plastic surgery.  People like Sheldon likely need psychological help and are unlikely to be genuinely happy no matter how much money they spend or how many procedures they undergo.

Always consult privately with a plastic surgeon like Dr. Wigoda to ensure your objectives can be met and your questions properly answered. Ultimately, we all want to look great, feel young and energized, and live a healthy lifestyle, so rely on your cosmetic specialists to cater your needs and recommend options for long-term satisfaction and well-being.

Contact Dr. Wigoda today for a free consultation at 954.463.7088.