Florida Plastic Surgeon Shares Implant Myths on Facebook Live

Do breast implants need to be replaced every 10 years?

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That’s one question Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Paul Wigoda frequently hears from his breast augmentation patients.

“That’s a common myth about breast implants that I hear all the time from patients, but it’s not true,” said Dr. Wigoda in one of his plastic surgery Facebook Live Q&A sessions. “Breast implants do not have to be changed every 10 years.”

Dr. Wigoda goes on to say that he has had patients who had waited for a very long time to get implants, because they don’t want to replace them just a few years down the road and don’t want to undergo surgery regularly. Other patients come back after 10 years because they think they need to get them replaced. In actuality, this is just one of the many myths about breast implants.

 

So, do breast implants ever need to be replaced?

Yes. There are times when breast implants need to be replaced, just not on a regular basis.

Implants don’t need to be changed or removed unless there is a problem or the patient wants to make a change with elective surgery such as  wanting to go bigger (or less commonly, smaller), or wanting a lift and deciding to change them even though they are intact.

“If implants rupture or deflate you would replace them. As long as they’re not ruptured, hard, or have capsular contracture and you don’t want a breast lift, they don’t need to be replaced,” said Dr. Wigoda. “Even if they’ve been in for 10 to 15 years you do not have to change them. Implants may not need to be changed for 20, 30, or even 40 years.”

Breast augmentation procedures are much different than they were 20 years ago. The shells are much stronger and it’s very likely silicone implants will last 20 to 30 years. Only one out 20 women will have a ruptured implant after 10 years and we have yet to receive data for ruptured rates at longer time periods.

How do I know when my breast implants need to be changed?

With saline breast implants, you will know one ruptured because it deflates pretty quickly. It may take a week or two but you will definitely know because of the physical difference. The saline solution can be absorbed by your body without posing any health risks, but you will want to either remove both shells or replace the damaged one to get back to a symmetrical appearance.

Silicone breast implant ruptures may not be noticeable. In fact, you may not know about it all but it’s not dangerous and the silicone typically remains trapped within the implant shell. If it does escape, the silicone does not spread to your breast tissue or body and you will not get sick. If you are in an accident, your plastic surgeon may suggest you get an MRI, just so you know what you’re dealing with.

So don’t hesitate if you really want breast implants because you think you will need plastic surgery every 10 years. While ruptured breast implants may impact how long your implants last, they are
not highly likely and shouldn’t keep you from a plastic surgery procedure that can increase your confidence and self-esteem.

If you have more questions and want to learn more about breast augmentation myths and facts, contact Dr. Wigoda for a free consultation today!

 

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.

 

Breast Implants Gone Wrong Testimonial, How Dr. Wigoda Made it Right

The chances your breast implant surgery could go wrong is greater than you think.  Studies show one in five who have plastic surgery are unhappy with the results and Dr. Paul Wigoda finds it all too often that patients come to him to fix poorly done breast implant surgeries by other doctors.

Fort Lauderdale-based Dr. Wigoda always stresses the importance of researching your plastic surgeon, regardless of how routine the procedure may be. Having an experienced plastic surgeon will minimize your chance of having poor results and avoid the need for a second surgery.

The second surgery can still be a charm

The first time a procedure is done is your best chance at having a great result but this breast augmentation testimonial on a corrective implant surgery demonstrates that a botched procedure can be redeemed.

In 2005, this woman had a breast augmentation done that she claims was “terrible” and her dissatisfaction left her seeking corrective surgery. The procedures included a bilateral breast lift, the removal of scar tissue created from the first breast surgery, and her breast implants were replaced; all of which could have been avoided if her first breast augmentation had gone well.

It is often difficult to correct a botched breast implant surgery  because on top of completing the regular procedure, the plastic surgeon needs to fix  additional issues like present incisions and scars, as well as breast issue or nerves that have been moved, stretched, or injured in ways that are not reversible.

“I was surprised, recovery wasn’t bad at all especially compared to my first surgery which I had less work done with more pain,” she said.

Dr. Wigoda’s patient describes her initial surgery as painful for at least two weeks, which kept her out of work as she could not drive. Although her corrective breast surgery procedure was more involved, having an experienced plastic surgeon reduced her pain significantly and she was able to drive herself to her follow-up appointment the very next day and was back to work as a nurse within the first week.

She concludes her interview with, “I’m extremely happy, Dr. Wigoda made a miracle happen coming from where I was before to what it is now. I’m surprised that my breasts look this good especially this quick after surgery. I must say I’m happy.”

After her breast surgery, the patient highly recommends Dr. Wigoda’s Painless Breast Implants procedure. If you are looking to enhance or fix a previous breast augmentation or would like to have an excellent experience the first time around, contact Dr. Wigoda for a free consultation today.

Florida’s Popular Plastic Surgery Procedures by Age

Fort Lauderdale Plastic Surgeon Dr. Paul Wigoda reports nip and tuck for men and women trends from as early as 16 years old to their 60’s.  With recent news of Hollywood celebrities getting plastic surgery or cosmetic enhancements at various ages like Heidi Montag, Kim Kardashian and Lisa Kudrow’s reveal of a nose job at 16, plastic surgery has gone mainstream. So it makes sense to analyze who is electing for plastic surgery, and why.

While the “why” may be tougher to pin down, due to each individual’s own desires, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons Report looks at which cosmetic procedures are most popular amongst different age groups.

 

Nosey Teenage Plastic Surgery: 16-19

The nose is the body part which changes the least throughout life, meaning the nose you have now is the nose you will have for life. For this reason nose reshaping is most popular amongst teenagers.   While skin around the nose can thicken, and cartilage can lose its support, it is the least susceptible to time or changes in habit.  Adolescents looking for a fresh start often turn to rhinoplasty.

 

Busting into Twenties: 20-29

According to the report, breast augmentation is most popular among 20-29 year-olds, at a time when image is of high importance to a woman. However, Dr. Paul Wigoda counters that many women 30 and over come into his office looking to enhance their breasts.

“Many come in complaining that their breasts have deflated after having kids,” Wigoda states, “while others feel that their breasts are starting to sag and they want to be filled in more and get a small lift that a breast augmentation can provide.”

“It’s not uncommon for women over 30, who are going through a divorce to come in looking to make some changes in their body as they return to the singles scene,” he adds. Wigoda counters that liposuction is also popular with the 20-29 years olds, who also have trouble getting rid of fat in certain areas, even with a normal metabolism.

“In women in that age range, it is often fat in the love handle and bra strap areas, as well as the inner and outer thighs, that are treated through liposuction.”

 

Preventative Thirties 30’s

30 Going on 21. The study cites liposuction as the most popular procedure amongst 30-39 years olds, as many women in that age range notice their bodies retain fat easier as they get older, even if they maintain the same diet and exercise regiment.  While there are an increasing number of non-surgical options for combatting fat, liposuction is still the most popular cosmetic enhancement.

Eyeing 40’s and 50’s

Aging begins to have noticeable effects on the human body as people enter their forties, particularly around the eyes and forehead. The skin around the eyes can be prone to wrinkle or show redundancy, while the upper eyelids and forehead can often droop, making a person look unnecessarily tired or sad. So patients between the ages of 40-54 most often turn to an eyelid and/or brow lifting surgery to keep age at bay.  Removing or tightening can be used to treat the lower eyelids, as well as treating fat pockets.

Facing 55+

Lastly, the facelift has proven to be the most popular procedure for adults over the age of 55.  They may look to address several parts of the face, such as the cheeks, which can deflate. Other changes that become apparent: the corners of the mouth can turn down and jowls appear.   Also the jawline can lose its contour and the neck becomes loose and droopy at times.  The facelift can be used to address any of of these ailments, and bring back the youthful appearance the 55 and over crowd seek.

 

Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Wigoda.

 

 

 

Breast Implant Position – Over or Under the Pectoralis Muscle? Which is right for you?

“The placement of the breast implant is one of the key decisions to discuss with your plastic surgeon. While most patients in my practice have the implant placed under the muscle, there are cases where over the muscle may be beneficial,” says Dr. Paul Wigoda.

Take a moment to look at the diagram below to see the size and location of the muscles that make up your chest wall. You will notice that the pectoralis major muscle is a large fan-shaped muscle that does not cover the lower, outer aspect of your chest wall. Generally in breast augmentation surgery the pectoralis major muscle will be detached from its lower origin along the ribs and the implant will be placed under it leaving only about half the implant covered by the muscle. The bigger the implant, the less of it that is covered by the muscle.

 

The pectoralis minor muscle is much smaller and lies under the outer edge of the pectoralis major. The serratus muscle lies along the sides of your chest wall. The main sensory nerves to your breast come up between the slips of this muscle to enter the back of your breast tissue and from there to the rest of your breast. Generally surgeons place the implants on top of the pectoralis minor and serratus muscles, but below the pectoralis major muscles.

There are pro’s and con’s to having your implants placed over or below the muscle. Here are some things to consider:

Over the Muscle (Subglandular) Breast Implant Placement:

  • Pros: When textured implants are used, the capsular contracture rate is only 5–10%. If you have a moderate amount of breast tissue (a B cup or larger), this can be an excellent choice and produce very natural-looking breasts that age very well. Also, recovery is usually easier than when the implants are placed in a submuscular position.

  • Cons: The use of smooth implants in a subglandular position have an increased rate of capsular contracture compared to other options. Additionally, when textured implants are used in thinner women with small breasts rippling may be visible in the upper and inner areas. It is also easier to see the upper edges of the implants when they are placed over the muscle.

Under the Muscle (Subpectoral) Breast Implant Placement:

  • Pros: Using smooth implants under the pectoralis muscles reduces the capsular contracture rate to less than 10%. In thinner women, the added bulk of the muscle over the upper and inner aspects of the implants will make the edges less visible and the curve of the breast more natural. When textured implants are used, the rippling in the areas under the muscle is usually invisible.

  • Cons: The recovery is typically thought to be more uncomfortable. However, with Dr. Wigoda’s painless breast implant procedure, patients most often have implants placed below the muscle and have little or no pain. It can take several months to see your end results because the implant tends to start out high before it settles into its final position, lower on the chest. When the pectoralis muscle is contracted during exercise or in some daily movements, the muscle may flatten the implants and push them outward. This can change the shape of the breast. However, this does not happen in all patients. Occasionally, an indentation over the implant can be seen along the edge of the muscle but again, this is not typical. When there is a moderate amount of breast tissue that is lax or becomes lax in time, it may sag below the position of the implant that is held in place by the muscle.

Dr. Paul Wigoda’s Fort Lauderdale-based plastic surgery center offers both subglandular and subpectoral procedures and we are happy to help you decide what’s best for you during a free consultation.  Call us at 954.463.7088 to schedule your visit! www.drwigoda.com

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.

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Ringing in the New Year for a New You with Plastic Surgery from Ft Lauderdale’s Dr. Wigoda

Deck the halls with plastic surgery in South Florida – another year in the books and time to start formulating our New Year’s resolutions. Where did the time go? It’s 2013…and counting! Another year passes, so the inevitable aging process continues to be a damper on our Champagne toasts, if we can even stay up past midnight to be with friends or watch the ball drop on TV (R.I.P.  to the ageless Dick Clark, presumably a loyal cosmetic surgery enthusiast).
Every January, we hear it’s time to start focusing on a New Year, a New You. These days, it’s become commonplace to develop a “New You” through plastic surgery. Will we enroll in a gym membership? Start that infamous diet? Quit smoking? Well, whatever the case, we are seeking ways to improve our look and feel better and younger in the New Year.  Locally in South Florida, hundreds of patients are turning to the personal care and professionalism of Dr. Paul Wigoda.
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Whether we have the time and wherewithal to undergo a surgery like breast augmentation, facelifts or liposuction or we opt for non-invasive procedures like Botox or laser hair removal, there are numerous safe and affordable options to give us a better look and freshen up for another year ahead.

The holidays are ideal for undergoing cosmetic surgery for several reasons. Many have vacation time from work and thus can afford to take a few weeks for the procedure and recovery. People like to heal outside the public eye and often undergo plastic surgery over the holidays to fly under the radar. People spend money in December on friends and family, yet oftentimes, opt to treat themselves. In the short term, we strive to look good for that New Year’s Party or kick off the New Year fresh and rejuvenated; therefore, plastic surgery and self-improvement procedures often double or triple around the holidays.

For instance, Botox can take years off your life in a matter of days.  Some patients have confessed to scheduling procedures in December due to their health insurance policy’s deductible being met and if a particular elective procedure is covered, what a great way to round out the year! Besides, some of those “run of the mill” New Year’s resolutions are all good preparation for cosmetic surgery procedures. Excess weight loss is a common goal, but skin can only be stretched so far or we can only control so much, so liposuction or facelifts have optimal results if weight loss is already underway. The sooner one weans down on the cigarettes, the less dehydration to the skin and the safer and better the outcome and the faster healing and less scarring from a cosmetic procedure.

Surgical procedures can change one’s life and transform a whole new you, but a facelift or tummy tuck takes time to heal so the holiday season avails a couple weeks away from co-workers or the social scene. Anti-aging skincare regimens are a less-invasive popular trend, especially given today’s stress of the economy, raising a family and trying to maintain an active lifestyle. “Beauty is in the details” and with today’s technology, it makes sense to minimize our wrinkles and rejuvenate our skin with image-enhancing fillers, Botox and dermabrasion. Then give those lips a boost just in time for that kiss under the mistletoe with Injectable fillers.

Interested in taking the first step and finding out more ways to look and feel younger, consult board-certified Dr. Paul Wigoda for a professional, South Florida plastic surgeon you can trust. For more information, visit http://www.drwigoda.com/.

Health Study: Increased Quality of Life for Breast Augmentation Patients

The results are in; breast augmentation makes women happy. A study published in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ magazine Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery found that women experienced substantial improvements in several key areas related to their quality of life. Approximately 41 women participated in the Breast-Q survey that asked questions about six relevant areas:

  • Overall satisfaction with outcome
  • Satisfaction with breasts
  • Physical well-being
  • Psychosocial
  • Sexual
  • Satisfaction with level of care received

The women were polled six months before and after their surgeries. Researchers found in three of the six areas – sexual – scoring increased 30 or more points (on a scale of 0 to 100) post-surgery for about 80% of the women.

The dramatic change may be related to the surge in self-esteem and self-confidence many women feel after having their breasts increased or reshaped. Though the reasons for getting breast implants vary, the most commonly cited motivation behind a woman’s quest for new breasts is because they are unhappy with the size, shape, or look of the set they were born with. This dejection can bleed into other areas of the women’s life, particularly her perceived attractiveness and acceptance by others.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration have been encouraging those in the industry to monitor patient satisfaction in addition to safety. The Breast-Q survey is the first such tool that seems to be able to capture how a patient thinks and feels after she has the procedure. Having this information is the first step towards developing benchmarks for patient satisfaction that may improve the overall quality of care women receive.

In the meantime, women who want to ensure they get the best care should have their breast enhancement done by a knowledgeable and experienced plastic surgeon.

The Top Plastic Surgery Myths Busted by Dr. Wigoda

Bigfoot, UFOs, the Loch Ness monster; there are a lot of myths floating around and the cosmetic surgery industry is not immune. Cosmetic surgery has been around for quite a few decades, and it is only natural that it should accumulate a number of myths in that time. Here’s the truth behind the top five plastic surgery myths.

 

Plastic Surgery is for the 1%

Although a lot of the rich and famous get plastic surgery, the vast majority of people having procedures done are average folk. Most people have a little nip and tuck done to restore confidence, boost self-esteem, and reclaim a few lost years.

Cosmetic Procedures are Only for Women

For whatever reason, women are always the focal point when people talk about plastic surgery. The reality is that men also have cosmetic procedures done, though they typically go for less invasive ones like Botox and dermal fillers. Men get these procedures for the same reasons as women, but the #1 reason was to remain competitive in the workforce.

Plastic Surgery is Only for Improving Looks

There is no use denying that people get cosmetic procedures to improve their looks. Facelifts, liposuction, breast augmentations, and many others procedures are strictly done to improve a person’s appearance. However, plastic surgery is also used to correct birth defects, injuries, facial or bodily deformations (e.g. after-mastectomy breast reconstruction), and many other medical issues.

You’ll Look Young Forever

The results from plastic surgery can last for a long time. However, your body will still be subjected to environmental factors that caused you to seek out treatment in the first place. There are many things you can do to extend your results including taking care of your health, practicing good eating habits, and getting surgical touch-ups.
On a similar note, all surgical procedures leave scars. A skilled plastic surgeon can minimize scarring, hide it, and provide tips on ways to make them less noticeable. However, this aspect of plastic surgery is inescapable.

Plastic Surgeon is Just Another Term for Cosmetic Surgeon

Out of all the myths talked about in this article, this one is perhaps the most insidious and dangerous. Although the terms are used interchangeably, a plastic surgeon is not the same as a cosmetic surgeon. Plastic surgeons spend years in a plastic surgery residency, perfecting their surgical skills in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Cosmetic surgeons, on the other hand, often train in another field of medicine or surgery and enter the cosmetic industry often with as little as taking a short training course. When undergoing the knife, you want to make sure the person knows what he or she is doing. Always ask the doctor about his or her education and training, and make sure he or she is certified by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

Dr. Wigoda’s Opinion: Suzanne Somers’ Stem Cell Face Lift

Suzanne Somers brings stem cells to the big screen with her recent appearance on the Dr. Oz show where she unveiled her recent stem cell breast surgery and discussed the stem cell face lift.

Suzanne traveled to Japan to take part in an experimental procedure to preserve her breasts after a mastectomy. The doctors removed fat, blood and stem cells via a small needle from Ms. Somers’ navel and put it through a centrifuge to separate the blood from the other needed “by-products.”  The surgeons then injected the stem cells along with the fat to create a new symmetrical breast for Suzanne.  In her own words, “It is me!” This method is a natural form of reconstruction without the use of implants or foreign materials that the body may reject.

In Breaking Through, Suzanne’s talk show, she recently discussed the opportunity for stem cell facelifts, stating that she recently banked her own stem cells for future use. “As we age, we age in the lower 3rd first and we are able to inject your own stem cells to rejuvenate your own skin. This is the future and so much better than ‘that look.’”

A joint task force of the two leading plastic surgery associations, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) both hold their stance that there is great potential for stem cells in aesthetic surgery but at this point in time, more research and actual data are required before they should be used in every day procedures. They are quoted as saying “…the scientific evidence and other data are very limited in terms of assessing the safety or efficacy of stem cell therapies in aesthetic medicine.”

The task force is led by J. Peter Rubin, MD, plastic surgeon and noted expert on fat-derived stem cells who stated:

“There are encouraging data from laboratory and clinical studies to suggest that the use of adult stem cells is a very promising field,” said Dr. Rubin, “but as our comprehensive review of the current scientific literature shows, the data available today do not substantiate the marketing claims being made to patients seeking aesthetic surgery and aesthetic medical treatments.”

Injecting fat into the face is nothing new.” says Dr. Paul Wigoda, “If the procedure is done correctly, about 50% of the fat will usually survive.”  As we age, portions of the face deflate partially due to fat loss, therefore, facial fat injections will assist with rejuvenation. It is important to note that should the individual gain weight, the fat will expand.

Stem cell research has been going on for a few years in hopes of being able to treat a variety of diseases and that will occur but not until 5-10 years from now.  According to Dr. Wigoda,

  • “There is absolutely no proof at this time that injecting stem cells anywhere is of any use for cosmetic enhancement. In my opinion, this is a gimmick as “stem cells” is the latest buzz word, similar to what “laser” was a few years ago.
  • You could add the word “laser” to any procedure, and people would think it was a magical procedure. To market this as the latest and best thing out there is deceptive in my opinion.
  • It seems to me that surgeons are constantly looking for gimmicks to differentiate themselves from their competitors.
  • Patients should always be wary of anything that is labeled as the “new best thing out there. The hype often precedes the research which, unfortunately in many cases, shows that the treatment did not have nearly the benefit that was claimed.”