Social Media Influences Cosmetic Surgery, Florida TV Station Reports

Have you ever obsessed over an online photo update?

If so, you’re not alone. Cell phone cameras and social networking sites are blurring the boundaries of geography, communication, image and reality.

We’ve all have searched for the perfect image, but Facebook has sent some after more than just better photo angles.
In Miami, breast augmentation, liposuction, face lifts and other procedures aren’t out of the question, the local CBS affiliate reported last month.  The women interviewed said they wanted to look good online.
Dr. Paul Wigoda, Chief of Plastic Surgery at Broward General Medical Center, said people have always contacted him in conjunction with big life events, such as class reunions, at his private practice in South Florida. Cosmetic surgery, he emphasized, isn’t to be taken lightly, however.

“You can’t just walk into the office and say you’d like to look good for Facebook, or you have an important meeting on the horizon, and get a tummy tuck. Miami and South Florida are image-conscious places, but we won’t perform a procedure that isn’t well thought through for the patient. This must be something you’re absolutely sure about, and you must be a good surgical candidate.”
People today are documenting their lives more than ever, but many still aren’t comfortable with the way they look on-camera. How many times have you been tagged in a photo online and wondered, “Is that just a bad picture, or is that how everyone else actually sees me?”

Patients often report a boost in self-confidence from cosmetic surgery.  Miami CBS viewers were told by one patient that she underwent the procedures to coax out more “likes” on her Facebook wall. Another said she had family abroad, and she wanted them to see her in the best possible light. She also said knowing that ex-boyfriends have the ability to look her up online provided additional motivation to look her best.
Dr. Wigoda, who operates his own accredited Fort Lauderdale plastic surgery center, said he isn’t surprised to hear more people are interested in undergoing procedures. South Florida, where he grew up, is in one of the country’s most popular metropolitan areas for cosmetic procedures.

“People have always been invested in their appearance,” Dr. Wigoda said. “Self-confidence is incredibly important. But it is equally important to set realistic expectations and select the most qualified surgeon you can find.
“Check your doctor’s credentials. A number of South Florida physicians in practice were trained for a different specialty, so they only got a few hours of instruction. You want a board-certified plastic surgeon handling your surgery to minimize the risk of scarring and complications.”

Fort Lauderdale Plastic Surgeon Dr. Wigoda Saves Dog Bite Victim

Chief of Plastic Surgery Paul Wigoda, M.D. treated Davie teenager Nicole Periu when she was rushed into Broward General Medical Center with deep wounds covering her back and legs and one ankle nearly severed.

Walking along a wall, Periu was pulled off by a large dog grabbing her by the ankle.

“I was screaming, ‘Help, I’m going to die’,” she said.

“This is one of the worst cases I’ve ever seen,” said Dr. Wigoda, an award-winning plastic surgeon located in East Broward County.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 368,000 dog bite victims are sent to hospital emergency rooms every year. The odds are three to one that the victim will be a child.

“A dog may not mean to hurt a child or their owner, they may just bite as a reaction, and the next thing you know, you’re talking about a permanent deformity,” said Wigoda, who was recently named Chief of Plastic Surgery at Broward General Medical Center.

Tips to Remember if Attacked by a Dog
Local10 News put together a list of tips to help avoid dog bites and what to do if a dog attacks in honor of Dog Bite Prevention Week, which runs May 16-23.

  • If a dog attacks, curl in a ball, protecting your head and face with your arms. “Fighting back will only increase the aggression,” said veterinarian Dr. Lisa Radosta. Dr. Wigoda agrees: “When a dog latches on to you, your instinct is to pull away, but that will only increase the risk of tearing, and that becomes very difficult to treat.”
  • If you are the victim of a dog bite, clean the wound and seek medical attention. “If the wound gets infected, you’re going to have a worse injury, worse scarring and worse pain,” said Wigoda.

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