Before and After Breast Implants: How You Will Feel?

Before and After Breast Implant Surgery Feelings

Breast implant surgery is a big deal. No matter how much larger your breasts are getting, aspects of your ordinary life are going to change. We created a realistic list of what you can expect before and after your surgery coming from real people with real results. While everyone’s lifestyle obviously varies, these are the most popular general changes breast implant patients tend to see in their own lives.

Before

 

  • Less confidence in your normal lifestyle

  • More boring routine with less change

  • Lacking or a strained sex life or romantic relationships

  • Trouble finding clothing that fits correctly or matches body proportions

 

After

  • After surgery you will feel a little tightness with minimal discomfort

  • High impact exercise or strenuous activity might have to be put on hold for a month

  • After a month, breast implants may still be a bit high, they will take up to 3 to 4 months to drop

  • Once your breast implants have “settled in”, a sexier more proportioned look

  • Plunging necklines! Filling out tops better with more cleavage

  • Increased attention from spouse/boyfriend leading to an increased sex drive and more satisfying sex life

  • Most importantly – More confidence in yourself and your body.

 

Got anything to add to the list? Comment below!

 

Feeling like you are ready to check off all of these “afters” for yourself? Contact Dr. Paul Wigoda for a free in person or virtual plastic surgery consultation!

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[WATCH]: Breast Implants Surgery from Day One of Surgery to Week One

[WATCH] Breast Implants Surgery

Hits 97.3 DJ Laz Morning Show co-Host Kimmy B has been thinking about painless breast implants surgery for years and has decided to take the journey with Dr. Paul Wigoda, M.D. When asked what made her choose South Florida plastic surgeon Dr. Wigoda, she exclaimed “Definitely credentials and qualifications….have you seen this guy’s resume?!?! When I saw ‘Chief of Plastic Surgery’ at a level 1 trauma hospital…I was like,”that’s my Doctor!'”

Fast forward to today, Kimmy B has documented her journey from the day of the breast implants surgery all the way through the first week. Watch as she shares her experience from the day of her surgery to a week out of her breast implants procedure.

You can listen to her sharing the experience on the radio for her breast implants surgery.

Find out if you are a candidate for breast augmentation and contact Dr. Wigoda for a free consultation.

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 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.

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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Plastic Surgery Trends of 2012: Shhh…Botox is the New Mani and Men Love Plastic Surgery

Starting the anti-aging process early as a preventive measure is always a more successful path than trying to reverse the signs of aging, reports Dr. Paul Wigoda. The 2012 stats prove that men and women are on the same page. When Marie Claire writer Aleksandra Crapanzano asked, “Is it uncouth to show up with fine lines?,” ASPS posted an article considering Botox as the new manicure for today’s 40-year-old.

While the invitees of some intermittent dinner party groups are getting older, their faces are not. The previously required manicure and salon blowout no longer make the cut in some social groups. Instead, a Botox or injectable treatment is the new get-ready routine.

They key, as ASPS points out in Botox may be the most popular procedure, but sometimes it’s a secret, is not to look younger but to maintain their good looks. In fact, one physician notes that even husbands are unaware of their wives’ tiny procedures.

One reason for this shift over the years from facial plastic surgery to less-costly, nonsurgical options, such as Botox, has been shown to be the economy – although long-lasting results were shown to be a higher priority than cost and immediacy of results, according a survey published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal.

While survey respondents reported delaying major procedures due to economic factors, it seems the injectable industry’s reputation is thriving, even spilling over to create false hopes for poker players who don’t realize that Botox was not created to nor will it really affect their ability to convey emotions.

Along with surgeon-supported “less is more” approach to maintaining youth and good looks earlier, rather than reversing aging later, plastic surgeons are seeing more male clients. Men are no longer just sneaking their wive’s and girlfriend’s beauty products in the bathroom. They’re buying professional anti-aging products and professional cosmetic services and procedures.

According to ASPS’s Hello Handsome: Male plastic surgery and skincare trends, the percentage of male clients that account for plastic surgery procedures has risen 121 percent in the past 15 years. The top five procedures for men include rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery, facelifts, liposuction and male breast reductions.

Meanwhile, the overall percentage of plastic surgery procedures has increased by 197 percent in the past 15 years. In fact, 9.2 million plastic surgery procedures were performed in 2011.

Have you ever wondered if you were too young for Botox? Do you want to know exactly how it can help you maintain your looks now or smooth out a few fines lines that have developed in the past couple of years? Dr. Wigoda can provide professional medical advice and address concerns such as the misnomer “Pokertox” expectation.

 

 

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/.

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.”

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.

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.