Desire for Cosmetic Surgery Rises 200%

10 Plastic Surgery Motivators and Cosmetic Surgery Trends

Droopy Eyes and Crows Feet Blues? 87% of women have a complex about at least one body part.

“I’d look so great if my eyelids weren’t drooping or if these crows feet weren’t so noticeable.” Sound familiar? We all have those one or two features that we feel age us prematurely or don’t fit our features and want to correct. Really, you’re not alone. According to a recent RealSelf cosmetic surgery study, a staggering 87% of US women currently report being unhappy with at least one body part.

The survey of more than 5,000 women showed that the desire to fix what they deem “problem areas” is fueling the trend to seek help from a cosmetic surgeon, and consultations have risen by more than 200%. But who is actually opting for the procedures and why now?

A Stitch of Plastic Surgery: Age Is Nothing But A Number

One may assume that plastic surgery for the Gen X and Baby Boomer generations are more common, and while that may be true regarding wrinkles and facelifts, the younger groups are opting for elective procedures like breast implants, rhinoplasty, and body sculpting.

The study found that 86% of women ages 25-34 are likely to change a body part using plastic surgery. That number drops dramatically at age 45 so it appears that acceptance comes with age.

Cosmetic Surgery Media & Medical Influences

The increase in plastic surgery for Generation Y can also be attributed to the ongoing pop culture obsession with body image. Flawless celebrities, reality television shows with plastic surgery competitions, and the selfie obsession can all be factored into the equation.

On the other hand, medical advancements and transparencies and even the way we gather our information could be allowing people to commit to cosmetic changes with less concerns. A whopping 61% of people researching procedures use the Internet as their primary source so they are able to do as much research as they want and fact check on their own. The added knowledge of the procedures and advancements also makes the patient more confident in their doctor and less concerned about risks.

According to People.com, the RealSelf study seems to prove that the hush-hush stigma surrounding plastic surgery is slowly dissipating and Dr. Wigoda agrees. As surgery becomes more mainstream, millions of women who passed on plastic surgery in the past are coming out of hiding and pursuing the procedures they’ve been wanting for years.

Plastic Surgery Motivators

If one in five women are planning on actually pursuing cosmetic surgery, and one in three have thought about it but are undecided, we have to consider why this desire has increased. The study found that 65% of women consider a procedure because they will feel more comfortable with themselves. Other motivators to consider surgery included a milestone life event such as career changes, marital status change, and significant birthdays.

After they undergo a procedure respondents have listed their top expected outcomes as:

  1. Self-esteem

  2. Overall confidence level

  3. Overall happiness

  4. Comfort having your photo taken

  5. How you look when clothed

  6. How you look when minimally dressed/naked

  7. Your opinion of your sex appeal

  8. Comfort posting pictures on social media

  9. Confidence when center of attention

  10. Sex life

Not surprisingly, they were dead on in their assumptions with the rankings of the actual impact of cosmetic surgery being almost identical.

So, in short, cosmetic surgery is no longer taboo and more women are opting for procedures to enhance their beauty… would you? How would you fill in the blanks? I would look great if my ____________ (was/were) ____________.

Got it? Good. Now contact Dr. Wigoda for your complementary virtual or in-person consultation to discuss your options and how you can look your best this year!

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®

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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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.

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

Ft Lauderdale Plastic Surgeon Says Botox in Men Up 258% Over Ten Years

The frown lines of the economy are showing and causing men on Wall Street to do more shots, of Botox that is, notes Fort Lauderdale plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Wigoda.

Botox injections in men were up 8% last year, accounting for over 363,000 procedures and up a staggering 258% over ten years. Men feel Botox not only helps them appeal younger and refreshed, but can also remove forehead wrinkles to appear friendlier and less angry. Most common surgical procedures among men are gynecomastia, liposuction and face lifts.

When we hear Wall Street today, we think of a society of hectic jobs and high stress. Our faces are visible evidence of the stress lines and worry wrinkles that coincide with an intense, fast-paced work environment. So it’s no surprise more and more men on Wall Street are using Botox.

Forced to work in a time of major financial crisis in Europe and a weak economy at home, men are aging, frustrated and stressed…and it shows. So who can blame them for wanting a little work done so they feel younger, fresher and ready for tomorrow?

Cosmetic surgery as a whole has been on the rise for decades, up 5% overall last year, according to The Guardian. Men accounted for 9% of plastic surgery last year. Botox is the most popular choice for men since it has minimal pain and complications and would not lead to long-term regret; however, surgical cosmetic procedures in men have increased year after year as well.

Not all men are ready to admit it, however. Although this may not come as a surprise, it indeed may be kept a secret among these men seeking facial enhancements. In an atmosphere flooded with scandal and bailouts, would cosmetic surgery really be frowned upon? A majority of the male workforce never would want their colleagues, clients or even friends and family to know they get Botox. Perhaps it’s an ego issue, a paranoid insecurity or a misled belief in the connotation that facial injections are only for women.

But it’s becoming quite the trend for these financiers and day traders to take a pit stop on their commute home for a visit to their plastic surgeon.

Emotions play a huge factor in our everyday world. It’s stressful enough trying to provide for a family and secure a good paying job. And since appearance is what we see in the mirror and express to those around us everyday, we strive for a refreshed look with Botox or a dermal filler. So although it may be hush-hush at home or around the workplace, cosmetic surgery is a quick, affordable way for these white-collar breadwinners to loosen up that collar, go under the knife or needle and freshen up for another day at the office.

Men across the country are working harder and aging faster. These men may be apprehensive at first and will want to consult a board-certified plastic surgeon they feel comfortable with and who will evaluate and recommend the optimal cosmetic procedures.

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

Dr Wigoda Plastic Surgery Trends: Couples Getting His and Hers Nip and Tuck

 

Fort Lauderdale Plastic Surgeon Dr. Paul Wigoda is a trend watcher when it comes to his patients: Couples going under the knife together and having plastic surgery together. Four kids and 18 years of marriage result in – Tummy tucks for her and chin lifts for him.

Nowadays, couples are embarking on a new chapter of their relationship by going under the knife together – undergoing plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures together.

There have even been some cases where married couples do away with the jewelry and fragrance and exchange cosmetic surgery procedures over the holidays! Additionally, it’s more affordable, accessible and acceptable these days. If Brangelina and the Beckhams can get work done, why can’t any household couple?

Doctors are seeing this new trend of husbands and wives undergoing procedures simultaneously to rejuvenate their bodies and alleviate some of the stress of work, aging and parenthood. You may have noticed a growing trend in consumer advertising geared toward men’s skin care and health and beauty and these men are more receptive than ever to cosmetic surgery. In the United States, there has been an 88% increase in male plastic surgery since 1997. In 2010, men underwent 1.1 million cosmetic procedures, both non-invasive and surgical.
Marriage and parenthood can take a toll emotionally and physically. A mother of multiple children will never feel as beautiful and pure as she did before. So mothers are craving the benefits of a painless tummy tuck. And gentlemen know the old adage, “A happy wife equals a happy life!” So the men who may have gained some extra pounds over the years or developed man boobs are open to plastic surgery procedures like liposuction or pectoral augmentation.

Getting older isn’t always fun – we gain weight, excess skin comes out of nowhere, wrinkles come out of the woodwork, stress sets in and our perception of our appearance wanes with every glance in the mirror. In recent years, couples are taking a spin on a new adventure by going under the knife together. Consider it relationship building (or rebuilding) to an extreme. However, don’t we want to look good for our spouse for years to come? We want to vacation together, live a healthy lifestyle and feel youthful and energized forever. Whether minimally-invasive procedures like Botox, laser removal and fillers or face lifts and liposuction, a few weeks of healing lead to a happier and more invigorated life for years to come and help couples rediscover that spark from the good old days.

The first step is to visit a board-certified plastic surgeon you feel comfortable with and who will evaluate and recommend the optimal procedures for you. Interested in getting a consultation and finding out more ways to look and feel younger, consult Dr. Wigoda for a professional, renown plastic surgeon you can trust. For more information, visit http://www.drwigoda.com/.

Florida Medical Alert: The High Price of Cheap Cosmetic Surgery

the high cost of cheap surgeryDr. Paul Wigoda’s Fort Lauderdale plastic surgery center sees one too many nip and tuck disaster cases, many falling to the category of patients that pay the high price of cheap cosmetic surgery and how much it really costs your health.

Several beauty-gone-wrong cases made the national headlines over the last few months. In New Jersey, six women were injected with silicone used for caulking tubs after seeking out butt enhancement procedures from unlicensed providers. Florida, the cosmetic procedure capital of the nation, has seen its fair share of scandals including one where a transgendered man posing as a fake doctor injected cement and superglue into women’s buttocks.

They say hindsight is 20/20 and many wonder how the victims could fall for such scams. The allure of the cheap price and lack of education are the two primary reasons bad cosmetic procedures happen to good people. If you are thinking of getting some work done, here are three tips for avoiding landing in the hospital:

For Injections, Know the Product –
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is pretty strict about cosmetics that are injected into the body. Only certain products, such as Juvederm, Radiesse, and Botox – are approved for injection into certain body parts. Ask the practitioner what product he or she is using and do your research. Consider it a red flag if the product is not FDA approved (or came from your local hardware store). Walk away from the procedure if the person isn’t able or willing to tell you about the materials he or she is using.

Know the Place
Cosmetic procedures should be performed in a sterile environment such as a doctor’s office or hospital to reduce the risk of infection. Additionally, the practitioner should have access to resources that will help him or her deal with an emergency if something goes wrong. No matter how cheap the price, avoid going to a salon and definitely do not have the procedure done in someone’s home.

Know the Doctor
Anyone performing cosmetic procedures of any kind must be appropriately licensed. Licensing and credentialing means the person has obtained the knowledge and experience required to perform the procedure correctly. The person should be a doctor and preferably, a plastic surgeon. Other medical professionals such as physician’s assistants, registered nurses with appropriate training, or nurse practitioners may have experience with some injectable procedures as well, although they do not perform surgery. Before booking your appointment, ask the practitioner about his or her education and training.

Do your research
Even doctors or nurses with the correct credentials may not be well trained or may have a high rate of complications. In South Florida, discount plastic surgery centers are notorious for hiring doctors who may be qualified on paper, but who have had many patients with severe complications or even deaths. Check out the doctor, and if he or she works at a center as a subcontractor (meaning the doctor doesn’t own the center), check out the center as well. A simple internet search can yield a lot of useful information.

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. Paul Wigoda Asks: Are You a Good Candidate for Plastic Surgery?

Florida is a top destination for plastic surgery and at some point or another, everyone looks in the mirror and considers getting eyelid surgery, a tummy tuck, or some other type of cosmetic surgery. While millions of people undergo a variety of cosmetic procedures, there are times when plastic surgery is not a good idea. South Florida plastic surgeon Dr. Wigoda and other surgeons will consider several things when evaluating patients for surgical procedures including

  • Overall health (current and past)
  • Whether the patient smokes
  • Age
  • Surgical history
  • Medications the patient is taking
  • Mental state

Although you may feel that getting a facelift is a great way to improve your appearance, the plastic surgeon may decline to operate on you if you have significant health problems. Your mental health is an important factor as well. While you may have a valid reason for opting for plastic surgery, a qualified plastic surgeon may not do the procedure if you hold unrealistic expectations of the outcome. Of course you can always get a second opinion. Be aware, though, that if multiple surgeons say you are not a good candidate for plastic surgery, then it is probably a good idea not to force the issue. Dr. Wigoda and other surgeons are only looking out for your best interests.

Is your Plastic Surgeon a Good Candidate for you?

On the other side of the issue, you should be wary of surgeons that rush through the examination, don’t consider all of the variables involved in the surgery, or has their staff members determine if you are a good candidate. This is an indicator that the surgeon is not a good candidate for performing the procedure on you. Plastic surgery is a major medical procedure. To ensure your safety and satisfaction, you should only work with qualified doctors that care about the outcome.

Finding Dr. Right

Finding Dr. Right is just as important as avoiding Dr. Wrong says Fort Lauderdale plastic surgeon  Dr. Paul Wigoda. When researching a plastic surgeon or cosmetic surgeon, there are several key factors that should be taken into account in your decision-making process. You need to choose a surgeon that is right for you, your personal needs and expectations. You want to ensure that you have an unparalleled outcome both aesthetically and personally, as your doctor becomes your “beauty partner,” enhancing your appearance physically and emotionally.

One of the first places to begin is with family and friends: who can they recommend? What were their outcomes? Take a moment to speak with your current medical professionals. Who can they suggest and why?

Eight Tips to Finding Dr. Right for Plastic Surgery

1. Know the lingo
Doctors can now become weekend “certified” in many different types of procedures and have created their own terms which are NOT recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. Many doctors understand that cosmetic surgery is big business, big dollars and want market share. “Cosmetic Surgeon” and “Anti-Aging Specialist” are two terms that have been coined by the industry, yet are unrecognized by the ABMS. You might even notice your  OB-GYN is now doing Botox.

2. Advertising does not buy credentials
In most cases, a good doctor does not need to have major advertise campaigns on billboards or radio stations– it is word of mouth that drives their business. That is not to say a doctor should not let his potential patients know about his awesome track record through testimonials and sharing his expertise with the media as a means to educate the public. Paid print media does not make a doctor qualified.

3.  Get different opinions
Meet with several doctors to discuss your plan and your options. It can be overwhelming but knowledge is power.

4. Stay away from the online forums
Often times the patient reviews are not actual or authentic. Many times doctors write the testimonials under assumed screen names. Be wary. Legitimate testimonials can typically be found on Google reviews, YouTube, Yelp, etc.

5. Be realistic about the recovery
Some doctors will downplay the recovery time. Know what to expect in real terms. You may be able to go back to work in just a few days, but will you want to? Today’s recovery time in many cases can be much easier and quicker when in the right care, but keep in mind surgery is surgery so have realistic expectations.

6. Review online and offline images
Keep in mind that some doctors have a fine-tuned finesse with Photoshop. If all of the after pictures look more like Joan Rivers, then run. Look at the details, carefully and with a critical eye. Does the surgeon over-operate or under-operate. Be careful and don’t just assume that the photos have not been retouched. None of Dr. Paul Wigoda’s pictures are enhanced or use Photoshop.

7. Your weight
When thinking about a facelift for example, many doctors will not want to perform the procedure on an obese person as there is only so much that can be lifted or tightened. These results will impact the surgeon’s reputation and if it does not look perfect, it is not a positive reflection on their skills. In addition, they are also concerned about the heart health and wouldn’t want to lose a patient on the table. Take care of your weight before you begin seeking surgical opinions.

8. Scheduling
Make your appointment and get started with your journey towards plastic surgery or cosmetic surgery or non-surgical cosmetic services such as Botox or fillers.

Dr. Paul Wigoda is Chief of Plastic Surgery at Broward General Hospital and has a private practice offering plastic and reconstructive surgery in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Note: Parts of this article originated in Departures Magazine January 2012 issue.