BRA Day Q & A with Ft Lauderdale Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Wigoda

Ft Lauderdale Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Wigoda takes a moment to answer some key questions on BRA Day and shares American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) new breast reconstruction planner guide for patients, families of patient and caregivers.

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Why do you think BRA day is important? It brings awareness both to breast cancer and breast reconstruction. Many women don’t realize they need to have mammograms or they forget or put it off. This is a reminder to think about breast cancer, have a mammogram and at least do a self breast exam. For those women with breast cancer, its important that they know about their options for breast reconstruction. It’s surprising how many women don’t know they have the option or don’t understand them. Surgeons or cancer doctors in some areas do not emphasize breast reconstruction, as they are more concerned with the cancer, and women are not given all of their options. With a little knowledge, they can begin to ask key questions about what can be done after having a mastectomy.

What progress have you seen in the last 10 years for this cause? Overall, there has been an increased awareness of breast cancer, especially with regard to early detection, importance of self breast exams and mammograms, and reconstructive options.

What message do you have for women who have undergone a mastectomy and are not aware of the reconstructive options? Women who have had a mastectomy or have been diagnosed with breast cancer should speak to a plastic surgeon who does breast reconstruction. It’s preferable to have this conversation before having any surgery, as the reconstruction can often be done at the same time as the mastectomy.

What advice would you give women looking for options post mastectomy? To look for a board certified plastic surgeon who devotes a significant percentage of his practice to breast reconstruction and is experienced in the latest techniques, so that all options can be discussed. There have been many advances in surgical techniques in the last 10 years,  it would be preferable to consult a surgeon with experience using these advanced techniques.

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

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

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

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

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

  • cost

  • pain and recovery

  • physician selection

  • authentic and realistic results desired by an individual.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dr. Wigoda Shares Plastic Surgery Pricing Report

Plastic surgery pricing can be deceiving.” says Dr. Paul Wigoda. The cheapest plastic surgery is never the best and the most expensive plastic surgery might not be worth it. When it comes to picking a qualified plastic surgeon, Dr. Wigoda recommends not focusing solely on price. Do your research to make sure your provider has an outstanding safety record and that former patients have had positive experiences and outcomes at your chosen clinic. “Patients who make the mistake of choosing solely based on price, have found out the hard way that they may have to either live with a lousy result, or end up spending significantly more to get fixed. Unfortunately, it is nearly impossible to get as good a result the second time around compared to doing it right the first time. In addition, the patient has to deal with another recovery period and more time off of work, which means more money lost. One other thing to consider, is that with a quick recovery such as with my painless breast implant procedure, getting back to work sooner is a way of saving more money and should be considered when comparing prices”.

If you’ve tried to research plastic surgery pricing information you know it can be challenging Google reports that of the millions of searches regarding plastic surgery each year more than 10% seek pricing and cost information. Many physician’s website’s can be deceiving and not contain all the facts. Calling a plastic surgeon’s office is generally not much more helpful.  Without a live consultation, many doctors refuse to disclose even ballpark estimates.

“It is our goal is to offer the best service available and give our patients the best value in South Florida,” says Dr. Wigoda. “Although our prices are very competitive, we do not try to compete with plastic surgery “factories” that advertise deceptively low prices and offer gimmicks to lure innocent patients into their centers. Our intent is not to be the cheapest. Our priority is first and foremost patient safety, followed by the best possible cosmetic result and the patient experience including using revolutionary techniques to minimize pain and discomfort.”

Dr. Wigoda shares pricing averages for common plastic surgery procedures, region by region, and for the U.S. as a whole. All procedure prices were determined using data published by Board Certified Plastic Surgeons. The below infographic and spreadsheet contain the most accurate data released on plastic surgery procedure pricing to date.

In 2012 the top eleven plastic surgery procedures reported included:

1 Facelift $8409
2 Breast Augmentation (Silicone) $6500
3 Tummy Tuck $7187
4 Botulinum Injection (forehead) $305
5 Botulinum Injection (eyebrows) $298
6 Nose Reshaping $5981
7 Neck Lift $5916
8 Neck Liposuction $3176
9 Breast Reduction $7040
10 Thigh Liposuction $4697
11 Arm Lift $5657

Complete information on pricing by procedure and region is detailed in the infographic above and chart below.

 

West Midwest South Northeast U.S. Average
Botulinum injection – Forehead $330 $239 $378 $305
Brow Lift $4,478 $4,733 $4,644
Botulinum injection – Between Eyebrows $241 $450 $298
Upper Lid Lift $2,892 $3,700 $2,944 $3,344 $3,083
Botulinum injection – Around Eyes $235 $416 $286
Lower Lid Lift $3,400 $3,742 $3,104 $4,594 $3,601
Eyelash Growth $124 $116 $118
Nose Reshaping $5,229 $5,590 $6,226 $6,764 $5,981
Correction of Both Protruding Ears $4,134 $4,623 $5,775 $4,742
Correction of Both Split Earlobes $725 $734 $916 $816
Correction of Split Earlobe $400 $478 $574 $499
Facelift $8,530 $8,081 $8,169 $8,906 $8,409
Neck Lift $5,686 $6,155 $5,640 $5,916
Neck Liposuction $2,603 $3,086 $3,176
Arm Lift $5,659 $5,496 $5,657
Removal of Excess Breast Tissue $4,548 $4,939 $4,971
Arm Liposuction $3,815 $4,007 $4,030 $3,954
Breast Reduction $7,203 $6,854 $7,040
Breast Lift without Implants $5,661 $5,575 $5,821 $7,607 $6,040
Breast Enlargement (Silicone Implants) $6,140 $6,760 $6,006 $7,577 $6,443
Breast Enlargment (Saline Implants) $4,959 $4,910 $6,753 $5,390
Breast Lift and Enlargement (Silicone Implants) $8,702 $8,156 $9,916 $8,813
Breast Lift and Enlargement (Saline Implants) $7,508 $7,180 $7,615
Tummy Tuck – Traditional $6,911 $6,740 $8,550 $7,187
Tummy Tuck – Mini $5,521 $5,056 $5,536 $5,344
Liposuction of Abdominal Flank $4,142 $4,091 $4,482 $4,240
Fat Injections to Buttocks $8,330 $6,090 $6,562
Labiaplasty $3,417 $3,751 $3,450
Liposuction to Inner and Outer Thighs $4,735 $4,697 $4,697
Thigh Lift $5,944 $6,932 $6,833

This information was provided by BuildMyBod.com, of which Dr. Wigoda is a subscribing physician. You can see Dr. Wigoda’s BuildMyBod page with pricing information here.

Interested in financing your surgery?

Dr. Wigoda works with Care Credit, MedChoice Financial, Advance Care, Capital One, and Chase. You may apply online with any of these companies prior to your consultation to see what amount you qualify for.

To apply with Care Credit
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or call 1-800-365-8295

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[UPDATED] All I want for Christmas is … plastic surgery from Dr. Wigoda

‘Tis the season for giving, and this holiday season men and women are stuffing their stockings with gift certificates for plastic surgery procedures and cosmetic treatments. This new trend in gift-giving makes Botox and Juvederm injections, breast implants and tummy tucks hot numbers on 2016’s holiday wish list. Therefore, we are upon a busy time not just for Old Saint Nick, but also for plastic surgeons like Fort Lauderdale-based Dr. Paul Wigoda.

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Here’s a stocking full of Santa’s Checklist:

For Her

  • O-Shot: Enhance sexual satisfaction and get a rejuvenated look around the skin on the vulva (lips of the vagina)
  • Breast Augmentation: Boost your chest to look your best. Did we mention it’s painless?
  • Face Lifts: Look and feel young as another year goes by
  • Tummy Tuck: Flat and firm frame following childbirth or weight gain
  • Fillers: Wrinkle-free New Year’s Resolution

 

For Him

People are more willing to make large purchases on gifts during the holidays rather than a birthday or Mother’s or Father’s Day, according to doctors and gift-givers. Plastic surgery procedures are ideal during the holidays because many people have time off of work to undergo treatments and recuperate.

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery strongly suggests that people who accept cosmetic procedures as generous holiday presents are having them done for themselves and not because they were given as a gift from a loved one or friend. It pays to look and feel young and refreshed, so the holidays are perfect for spouses to rejuvenate their look and their love for one another. However, this gift shouldn’t come as a surprise out of the blue – spouses should discuss and be on the same page, so it doesn’t send a wrong message.

“The gift has to be self-motivated and not because the partner is interested,” said Dr. Paul Wigoda, a plastic surgeon in Fort Lauderdale, who contributed to a Sun Sentinel article.

So Dr. Wigoda might not see lines at midnight on Black Friday or husbands and wives scooping up treatments on Cyber Monday, but the holidays are upon us, and plastic surgery can only help impact some action under the mistletoe.

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