11 Ways Botox Can Change Your Life

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When Dr. Paul Wigoda opened up Time Magazine’s cover story article, How Botox Became the Drug That’s Treating Everything, he was not surprised to read more on how Botox can change your life.

Wigoda is a board-certified plastic surgeon known for his signature painless breast implants and also renown for his patient safety and education. He is based in Fort Lauderdale where the fight against anti-aging is serious. While Botox is best known for its wrinkle smoothing and reducing powers, many are not aware of the full potential of Botox.

Botox History


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Botox first discovered by Dr. Justinus Kerner when he was trying to figure out the cause of death by Germans who had all consumed sausage. The cause of death was determined to be food-borne botulinum toxin.


The United States attempted to use this poison as a weapon to take out enemies in World War 2


Dr. Edward Chantz purified the Botox into a crystalline form and this started the basis for the safe form of Botox for Cosmetics used today.
Then a breakthrough came by Dr. Vernon Brooks when he discovered small amounts of Botox could be used to temporarily relax the muscles by blocking the release of acetylcholine from motor nerve endings.


Doctors began studying the positive uses of Botox in ophthalmology and also cosmetic benefits. Botox proved to reverse the effects of cross eyes, lazy eyes, facial spasms and even vocal chord spasms. When the signs of diminishing frown lines began to surface with the use of doctors, the cosmetic and anti-aging use of Botox started to blossom with possibilities.


After years of clinical trials, the FDA approved Botox Cosmetic, botulinum A toxin for its use in the temporarily improvement of forehead wrinkles, lines, crow’s feet aka the appearance of moderate-to-severe glabellar lines.


Botox was approved by FDA to treat excessive sweating of under arms


Botox was approved by FDA to treat chronic headaches


The FDA announced Botox is approved for the use of overactive bladders


Today Botox is the #1 minimally invasive surgical procedure according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons ahead of lipo and nose reshaping.

Is Botox safe?

“If you are getting your Cosmetic Botox injections from a reputable doctor who is trained and a board certified plastic surgeon, Botox is safe and effective,” said Wigoda. “The other FDA approved and not yet approved uses of Botox are also excellent ways to treat problems and also should be administered only by a physician that has experience in that particular Botox specialization.

So what’s the big Botox deal today?

Botox has outgrown it’s original bad reputation of death and destruction. Thanks to scientific innovation, today Botox has many healthful and cosmetic uses.

FDA Approved


  1. Migraines – Headaches are bad but migraines can ruin your day, night or even several days. Patients who receive Botox injections report less headaches and stress. Whether this is a placebo effect or not is still to be determined. Bottom line is it works!
  2. Excessive Underarm Sweating – the embarrassing problem of sweaty armpits is reminiscent of the preteen days bit for some it’s a real issue beyond junior high. This is an embarrassing disorder that leads to know self esteem and confidence in social settings. Thanks to Botox, people who suffer from excessive armpit sweating saw a 75% reduction in sweat production in four weeks after the injection.
  3. Overactive Bladder – “Clinical studies have demonstrated Botox’s ability to significantly reduce the frequency of urinary incontinence,” said Hylton V. Joffe, M.D., director of the Division of Reproductive and Urologic Products in FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “Today’s approval provides an important additional treatment option for patients with overactive bladder, a condition that affects an estimated 33 million men and women in the United States.”
  4. Crossed Eyes and Lazy Eyes – This was a first for Botox approvals back in the 1980s and 1990’s. According to Time, this disorder affects about 4% of Americans and is called strabismus, where the eyes do not line up in the same direction.
  5. Botox Cosmetics – Botox Cosmetic, botulinum A toxin can be used in the temporarily improvement of forehead wrinkles, lines, crow’s feet aka the appearance of moderate-to-severe glabellar lines.

Not FDA Approved 

Although the FDA has not given the official stamp of approval to these, Botox is an unofficial solution that could be a consideration for those who suffer.

Botox Uses that are not fda approved


“Breakthroughs in medical technology continue to advance,” said Wigoda. “Much of what we are doing today in plastic surgery whether it’s surgical or non-surgical like Botox did not even exist 20 or 30 years ago.”

Do you want to learn more about Botox? Contact Dr. Wigoda today for a free consultation. We are offering $50 off one zone of Botox until March 1, 2017. Only one per customer.

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Want more? Read the cover story in Time Magazine from January 2017.


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Botox and Fillers 411: 5 Important Questions to Ask


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According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the number of annual Botox injections has increased 748% from 2000 to 2014. This leap in Botox use can be attributed to an increase in education about the products used for fillers, which have been proven safe to use and even have excellent side effects, like reducing migraines. However, being educated about the product doesn’t mean much if you’re not researching the person performing the procedure.

When it comes to cosmetic procedures, Botox ranks number one in the country, which is great because it gives clients a non-invasive option with minimal recovery time. However, the reasons clients love Botox are the same reasons trendy medical spas like them. The multi-billion dollar Botox industry can be done by estheticians out of medical spas or even dentist offices. Medical licenses are required to purchase these products; however, the cosmetic injectable training is optional so we’re seeing a lot of unusual places turning into Botox mills, hoping to capitalize on the trend.

“It is scary that almost anyone working in a doctor’s office can inject you with Botox or fillers. It is also scary that some doctors take a weekend course and suddenly, they are ‘experts’,” said Dr. Paul Wigoda. “Unfortunately, many patients have learned the hard way that you can’t always believe what you are told, even by a doctor. I would recommend sticking to a plastic surgeon, dermatologist, or facial plastic surgeon that learned how to do these procedures during their residency where they were trained over a period of years, not hours.”

Remember, no matter how safe Botox and fillers are, you can still end up with less desirable results if performed incorrectly. Ask the person injecting your fillers these 5 questions before you commit:

Botox and Fillers 411: 5 Important Questions to Ask


  1. What is your medical background?

Remember, a medical license is not required to perform cosmetic injections.  In some states, the injections can be delegated to a non-licensed assistant, regardless of the person’s medical background.

  1. What type of training have you undergone?

If so, for how long? Certification is not required so think about how much you really trust someone who lacks adequate instruction and practice. The person injecting you can get the optional Continuing Medical Education credit (CME) in a weekend course. Ask yourself if you can trust someone who didn’t bother taking the time to get professional training.

  1. How often have you performed this specific injection?

If you choose to go with someone who did complete the training, find out when. They may have gotten certified but aren’t as practiced as you would like. Ask if they’ve injected that product into this particular area before. Botox is different from soft-tissue fillers; therefore, it is important to know if they have done that exact procedure before so you can make sure they are experienced.

  1. Is this what the product is primarily used for?

Different products have different purposes and just because it’s called a “filler” doesn’t mean it should be used in any problem area. Be sure to ask important questions, voice your concerns, and do your own research. There are over a dozen product varieties, each with a specific purpose and focal area so make sure you are getting the right one for the best results.

  1. If something goes wrong, what happens next?

When done incorrectly, negative reactions can occur! Can your procedure be reversible? If so, how long will it take? Botox can last for months while some fillers can be immediately dissolved. Other fillers are non-dissolvable and can last around two years! Know your options! Also, if there is an immediate reaction, what will this person injecting you be able to do? If it’s just “call a doctor,” you may wish you just started with a medical professional in the first place.

So when you’re ready to get your Botox and fillers, ask these 5 questions first so you won’t regret it later. For professional results that you can feel confident in, contact Dr. Wigoda, board-certified plastic surgeon by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, who has had zero lawsuits, zero disciplinary actions, and zero major complications.


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Botox FAQ: Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Wigoda Tells All

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We’ve written about social media selfies and plastic surgery before, but as the selfie plastic surgery craze  continues to rise so does the desire for treatments like Botox is growing stronger every year.


Last year plastic surgery stats show there was a surge in requests for aesthetic procedures created by social media “selfies,” and with the selfie stick being the year’s trending gift item there are no signs of slowdowns.

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We asked Dr. Wigoda, board-certified plastic surgeon by the American Board of Plastic Surgery to share frequently asked questions on Botox procedures and here is what he had to say: 

6 Things to Know When Getting Botox


  1. How Is Botox Administered

The injection is made into the muscle. Dr. Wigoda will determine the muscle(s) in need of treatment.


  1. Does The Treatment Hurt?

A very fine needle is used for the one to three injections that are usually given per muscle. Some patients report minor and temporary discomfort from treatment.


  1. When Does It Start To Work?

Usually, you will see the effects of Botox within three days. The maximum benefit is reached in one to two weeks.


  1. How Long Does The Effect Last?

The results you will see from a single treatment of Botox will normally be sustained for approximately three to six months. You will notice a gradual fading of its effects. At this point you will return for your next treatment.


  1. Is It Right For Me?

Botox should not be used during pregnancy, if you are nursing, or if you are taking certain medications.


  1. How Long Can I Be Treated With Botox

Treatment with BOTOX® can typically be repeated indefinitely. It has been used for over 10 years worldwide. Acceptable safety in long-term treatment has been established.


Watch as Dr. Wigoda shares the differences between Botox and Fillers:

If you are thinking of having Botox, contact board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Wigoda for a free consultation.

Botox (or Brotox) is Number One Says @AAFPRS!

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Dr. Paul Wigoda agrees, his Fort Lauderdale cosmetic surgery patients can’t get enough Botox.

TREND ALERT: The 2014 Plastic Surgery Statistics are in and the number of cosmetic surgeries performed annually continues to rise as the economy improves and is projected to rise even higher in 2015. The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) reports that the upward trend is a result of selfie satisfaction, celebrity worship, and sun damage correction.

What’s Hot

Women continue to be the driving force for facial plastic surgery and make up 82 percent of all surgical and non-surgical procedures performed in 2014, but men may not be too far behind for long. Whether it’s to remain relevant in the workforce or look as good as they feel, more men are embracing Botox, or “brotox” as it has been nicknamed.

Not surprising, the most common non-surgical cosmetic procedures among women is also Botox injections. The Botox demographic includes adults age 35 through 55 which, according to Dr. Wigoda, is excellent because Botox injections have the best results when done regularly and as a preventative measure opposed to after the fact.

Wait… Let Me Take A Selfie

The social media sensation has developed songs, clothing, and even tools for taking them that have pushed “selfies” to the top of the list of trends. Having penetrated nearly every market, selfies have actually affected the facial plastic surgery industry. But not in the way one would think. Dr. Wigoda reported that selfie plastic surgery has led to a desire for more nose jobs but it hasn’t affected the industry in extreme amounts. The real culprit is video!

With Snapchat, Vine, and Instagram videos becoming more popular, the desire for cosmetic procedures is rising as videos are not as easy to edit to hide the natural wrinkle in your eyes when you laugh or the movement your chin and neck as you talk.  Again, Botox has shown to be the best (and most popular) method to soften those wrinkles and raise your video selfie status.

I Want To Look Like…

Celebrity plastic surgery is not a new trend, but the requests for lookalike procedures is on the rise. Since 2012, facial plastic surgeons have seen a 7 percent increase in the amount of celebrity procedures requested. More and more people want to look like the stars that encompass the glossy pictures of most magazines and light up the big screen. It’s evident that people crave stardom and power, and looking like their favorite celebrities makes them feel like they do however, keep in mind you won’t look exactly like your idol, you will just have enhanced some of your features to resemble theirs.

So who are the top-requested lookalike cosmetic surgeries from 2014?

The latest trends show (from the most requested first):

  • Angelina Jolie’s lips and cheekbones

  • Beyonce’s facial structure

  • Kim Kardashian’s eyes and jawline

  • Brad Pitt’s nose

  • Natalie Portman’s nose

According to the 2014 Facial Plastic Surgery stats, more and more women and men are looking to drink from the proverbial fountain of youth that is cosmetic surgery and want to emulate their favorite stars’ best features.

If you weren’t one of the many who had plastic surgery in 2014 but want 2015 to be your year, contact Dr. Wigoda for a free virtual consultation to see what procedure(s) will help you reach your beauty goals. Make sure to check in on Yelp to see our latest deals!

Dr. Wigoda Reviews Gwyneth Paltrow’s Cosmetic Surgery Secrets

Gwyneth Paltrow Cosmetic SurgeryDr. Wigoda has many patients with the same profile as Gwyneth Paltrow. The 40-something mother of  two, recently divorced and looking for the most innovative ways to fight off the signs of aging.  Paltrow swears by Thermage treatments, but Dr. Paul Wigoda thinks otherwise.

Instead he favors Botox, facelifts and brow lifts. More details below.

Paltrow has been making headlines since early August after announcing her secret skincare regimen: Thermage laser treatment. She claims this treatment works but apparently suffers for her beauty and described the procedure to Elle Magazine as “non-invasive but quite painful, like having your face smacked with a rubber band that has an electric shock in it.”

Dr. Wigoda is not as impressed with Paltrow’s cosmetic surgery using the Thermage procedure and shares three age-reversing skin and beauty alternatives that may be better for you.

Thermage Treatments: Too Good to Be True?

Thermage laser treatment, also known as the ‘face ironing treatment’ claims to boost the levels of collagen in the lower layers of the skin to tighten and smooth the top layer. Thermage does this by producing radio frequency energy that actually damages the collagen in the lower layers making it recoil, tighten and then repair, causing it to plump and create the tightening effect seen on the upper layers.  

“This explanation may seem logical but I am not a big believer in Thermage,” said Wigoda. “I am usually skeptical of plastic surgery procedures that claim to increase collagen production over time to achieve their result and think it may work temporarily by causing swelling of the area treated.”

“Procedures that claim to transfer some sort of energy through the skin to act on a deeper layer, like this or coolsculpting, that claims to freeze fat, make me wonder if they are really doing much of anything. I think the doctor and/or the patient sometimes convince themselves there is a difference when an unbiased person would not see a difference,” notes Wigoda.

In any case, if it does work, the results don’t tend to be very impressive, especially for the cost of the procedure and the pain it can cause. One Thermage treatment can range anywhere from $1,000–5,000 and the patient will have to repeat the process to keep up with appearances. Although many claim that you can achieve great results with less frequent treatments, to achieve Paltrow’s look, one would have to repeat the treatments every few weeks and go for what she call “the works” which we can assume leans toward the more expensive side of the spectrum.

The process also has some potential side effects to be concerned about. Thermage works in a similar way to a microwave oven and can create issues that range from facial burns to scarring so if you choose to use this procedure, remember to be a smart plastic surgery patient and research your doctor.

Dr. Wigoda recommends sticking to procedures where the result is obvious either immediately, like with surgery or fillers, or within a few days, like Botox or xeomin.

Proven Alternatives to Thermage


Botox can typically be repeated indefinitely if the patient has no reaction. You can usually see the effects of Botox within three days and will see the maximum benefit within one to two weeks and lasts three to six months. Some worry that they may not be happy with their Botox results like  Paltrow and Cameron Diaz, but in many cases the dissatisfaction may lie in the quality of their plastic surgeon, rather than the procedure itself.

Botox can be used to reduce the signs of aging by improving the appearance of worry lines, frown lines, Crow’s feet, lip lines, descent of the eyebrows, and neck muscle bands.

Facelift: Rhytidectomy

Facelifts work by smoothing loose skin and deep wrinkles and lessening sagging skin and removing excess fat in the face and neck. Facelifts result in a fresher and firmer appearance and the procedure can be varied to create the best results for your features and needs. Benefits of a facelift include immediate results and not having to repeat the procedure often, if at all. After many years, some may choose to repeat the procedure although this is not a necessity.

Browlifts and Forehead Lifts

Similar to a facelift, the browlift procedure does not need to be done again unless the patient chooses that they would like to repeat the results years later. If your brow is lowering, it can have a great effect on your complete look and make you appear angry, bored, or tired when you are not. Raising the brow “opens” the entire eye up. As a result the person looks more refreshed, awake, and happy. In addition to elevating the brow, while doing a brow lift, the plastic surgeon may address the other primary sign of aging on the forehead, namely, wrinkles.

So there you have it, Dr. Wigoda’s opinion on Thermage laser treatments and alternative age-reducing cosmetic surgery procedures. If you feel that your features do not accurately represent your current age contact Dr. Wigoda today for a free consultation to discuss how we can achieve the results you’re looking for.

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Can Cosmetic Surgery Help you Get a Job or Promotion?

Rough and wrinkled? Cosmetic surgery might be a prerequisite for your next job search or promotion.  A survey of women believe a youthful appearance makes it easier to get a job, gain a promotion, or find new clients.

Botox and other facial cosmetic procedures aren’t just for the celebrities, news anchors and other individuals who make their career on the big screen. It’s looking like the go-to procedure to give professionals the desired effect they are looking for to boost their careers. The fact is that appearances do matter to some extent. While employers don’t expect you to “keep up with the Kardashians,” they do expect that you maintain a positive, well-kept appearance, which may not only make face-to-face business more enjoyable, but also give you a newfound self-confidence that radiates in the workplace.

According to the results of a survey compiled by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), a significant number of working women are influenced by the perception that plastic surgery can improve their chances in the job market. The survey of 756 women between 18 and 64 years revealed than three in five respondents believed that in difficult economic conditions, it gets somewhat easier to obtain a job, gain a promotion, or find new clients with a youthful appearance. Let’s examine why this may ring true.

Feeling good and building confidence

Women in particular tend to believe that if they show signs of aging they will be less competitive in the workforce compared to recent graduates and younger candidates. While we like to believe this is not true, ultimately, women who use Botox injections to improve or maintain some of their best features admit to feeling more self-confident which can lead to a better reaction to how people perceive them in the workplace.

However, women considering Botox to enhance their career aren’t looking to turn back the hands of time completely, rather they want to look their age and not be perceived as someone who is “too old” for a particular job assignment. The look they are going for is healthy and youthful, but they still want their experience to shine through.

Facing Social Media with video calls, profile images and photo tags

Today our faces are becoming an increasingly important business asset. Conference calls now take place on FaceTime, Skype and Google Hangouts. Many people also report that they find jobs or build business relationships through social media networking sites. Having a profile picture on your LinkedIn account makes you appear more trustworthy and typically sees more clickthroughs to your profile than a page without an image. People regularly “doctor” their profile pictures in Photoshop anyway, but why settle for the fantasy when you can have the fairytale? Cosmetic procedures give you the power to appear the way you want to in your photographs, no touch-ups required.

Convenience of lunch-time treatments

The result of the desire to appear more youthful to remain competitive in the workplace has led to an increase in “lunch-time treatments” as they are non-surgical cosmetic procedures that can realistically be done during the client’s lunch hour and allow them to go back to work without skipping a beat.

From the perspective of the entrepreneur who is pressed for time and does not want to undergo a surgical procedure, non-surgical options like Botox and facial filler injections have many benefits. First, the duration of the procedure is shorter and there is minimal to no downtime or discomfort. Additionally, there are less dramatic effects compared to surgery and minimal risk of side effects.

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. If you are trying to maintain and obtain a more youthful radiance, contact Dr. Wigoda today to discuss how you can reach your goals.

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Botox During Pregnancy: Is it Safe?

More and more women are questioning the use of  botox during pregnancy and whether it can affect a mother’s unborn child.  A new Canadian study published by doctors with the Motherisk program at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children indicates that when the procedure is done properly, botox does not pose an additional risk for expectant mothers and their babies.


Out of 19 cases cited where women had been injected with botox during pregnancy, one woman terminated her pregnancy medically, while a 2nd with a history of miscarriages lost her child.  The other 17 pregnancies went to term and none of the infants required any special postnatal care.


The Vancouver Sun also cited another study involving 28 pregnant women who used Botox, including as many as 10 during the second or third trimester.  In that study, there were only one abortion and two miscarriages, while the rest of the babies went to term without complication.  Once again the women who suffered miscarriages had a history of miscarriages.


Despite those low numbers, plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Wigoda still strongly cautions women who know they are pregnant not to take the risk.


“I think its clear to say that if a woman knows she is pregnant, she should not use botox. While in all likelihood, the botox will not injure the fetus, the fact is we just don’t know.”


Wigoda cites the small sample sizes of the cited studies, and the overall lack of extensive research as the reason he won’t knowingly inject a pregnant women with botox.


However, he also states there is no evidence to suggest that botox can harm a fetus, even when the injection happens late in the pregnancy. The authors of the Motherisk study say that as long as the botox is properly injected, it should not seep into a woman’s bloodstream. Further studies suggest that even if it does, it does not appear to cross the placenta.


For Wigoda, it’s more of a case of better safe than sorry.


“If someone does have Botox while not knowing they are pregnant, I think its fair to say that there is very little chance the fetus will be damaged and I wouldn’t worry too much about it.”

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

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.


Dr. Paul Wigoda Reports Silicone Breast Implants Grow 72% in 2012

Faces are lifting, silicone breast implants are IN, skin is smoothing, Botox is booming and tummy tucking is far from flat, growing 70% in the last 12 years. The biggest bump Dr. Paul Wigoda noticed was the fact that 72% of breast implant surgeries in the United States used silicone implants; 28% used saline or sterile salt water implants.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons has just released their 2012 annual statistics reporting the number and variety of plastic surgery procedures that were performed last year. The report, a virtual “state of the union” for plastic surgery profession, provides us with several interesting insights into trends in plastic surgery for the year.

“The fact that total U.S. cosmetic procedures were up last year is not surprising given that the economy is beginning to bounce back and these procedures are high on many people’s list of things to do with the extra income they are seeing.” says Dr. Paul Wigoda. Check the infographic below for increases in cosmetic procedures in relation to other important economic indicators, also on the rise.

Overall, cosmetic procedures in total were up a whopping 5%! The most popular procedures by volume were breast augmentation with 286,274 performed in 2012, followed by nose reshaping (242,684), eyelid surgery (204,015), liposuction (202,128), facelift (126,320) and tummy tuck (106,628).

Faces Lifting!

The biggest bump last year came in the form of facial rejuvenation procedures.

Here are some highlights:


  • Facelifts up by 6% from 2011

  • Eyelid Surgery up 4%

  • Microdermabrasion up 8% with 973,556 performed

  • Soft Tissue Fillers up by 5% with 1,988,767 performed

  • Botox and Dysport up 8% with 6,134,631 performed

Why so much focus on the face? The ASPS suggests “one has to assume that economic recovery and consumer confidence plays an important role… Another factor is people entering or re-entering the workforce at an older age, needing to compete with younger applicants. Having our appearance look as good as our experience and resumes… is a strong motivation.”

Other Notable Performers Include:

  • Breast Augmentation, up 35% from 2000

  • Calf Augmentation up 8% from 2011

  • Pectoral Implants up 6%

  • Upper Arm Lift up 3%

  • Tummy Tuck up 70% from 2000

Male Surgeries on the Rise

A clear indicator of the increase in male surgeries is in the treatment of male breast development or gynecomastia with an increase of 5% over last year. Says Dr. Paul Wigoda, “We have seen a marked increase in male procedures over the past several years, especially last year. Not just for gynecomastia but for facelift, eyelid lifts, pectoral augmentation, dermabrasion and nose reshaping. Plastic surgery is definitely no longer just for women.”

All in all, the ASPS reports prove that the state of the plastic surgery profession is very promising with further increases projected for next year. So, if you’ve been waiting for an economic turnaround to plan a cosmetic procedure, the time to schedule it is officially now. Come in for a free consultation with Dr. Wigoda and celebrate our improved economy!

Dr. Wigoda Turns Plastic Surgery Nightmare into New Beginning

When deciding to have plastic or cosmetic surgery, choosing your physician is the most important decision you will make whether it is a lunchtime injectable like Botox or a breast surgery requiring anesthesia.  Fort Lauderdale Plastic Surgeon Dr. Paul Wigoda tells patients to do their research.  Here are some tips to help you find the best possible physician for you.Painless Breast Implants by Dr. Paul Wigoda

How to Choose the Right Doctor for You
Do your homework. Check up on your doctor!  Ask friends and family for recommendations. But also go online, search for prospective physicians and see what others are saying.  Get virtual “word of mouth” referrals from former patients.  Also, check their training, area of expertise, experience and performance reviews.
Make a Visit.   Most doctors are happy to meet prospective patients and offer free consultations.  Make appointments with the top few doctors you researched and use this opportunity to “interview” them.  Ask questions.  Make sure he/she is someone you can openly speak to regarding your procedure, recovery and expected results.
Trust Your Gut.  That little voice inside of you knows what it’s talking about!  When you visit a plastic surgery center, listen to your instincts and let it help you rate the office, the staff, and the facility.  If everything gets high marks you’re on the right path; if anything makes you feel uncomfortable, it’s time to move on.

Behind the Scenes of Plastic Surgery: Truth or Consequences
In this video Nikki, explains her unfortunate plastic surgery story.  Nikki based her choice of physician on a referral from a previous doctor and did not take the above steps to ensure her choice was sound.  She saw many red flags along the way but decided to not trust her gut.  After reparative surgery by Dr. Paul Wigoda, the story has a happy ending.
Breasts Beyond Repair?
Nikki’s nightmare could have been avoided had she taken the above steps.  Because she was in a rush, she did not take time to research possible physicians.  Instead Nikki relied solely on previous doctor’s referral.  There’s a wealth of information available online and through your network of friends and family, tap it!

Nikki did not take time to interview several doctors and therefore didn’t get any other opinions.  As a result, Nikki ended up with an inappropriate procedure that she felt was her only option. To avoid this, interview your prospective doctors and chose the one who seems to offer the best advice for you.

Nikki remembers a gut feeling that her previous physician’s office and procedure room seemed chaotic and disorganized.  Nevertheless, intimidated by the situation, Nikki went along with the surgery that resulted in major complications.  Had Nikki trusted her gut she may have avoided the botched surgery altogether and found a competent physician.

Thankfully, Nikki’s story does have a happy ending because, after doing her homework the second time around, she discovered Dr. Wigoda.  Dr. Wigoda made the appropriate revisions to Nikki’s breast augmentation with careful precision, personal care, and a touch of kindness.  Thrilled with her results, Nikki advises anyone seeking cosmetic surgery to follow the above steps to ensure what happened to her doesn’t happen to them.

Dr. Wigoda’s Fort Lauderdale-based plastic surgery center offers both cosmetic surgery and non-surgical services such as Botox and fillers. Dr. Wigoda is the Chief of Plastic Surgery of Broward General Medical Center, the primary trauma center for Fort Lauderdale and Broward County. Find out the various ways to enhance your image and feel younger and rejuvenated. For more information, visit http://www.drwigoda.com.