Dr Wigoda’s Top 5 Plastic Surgery Blog Posts in 2014

plastic surgery 2014 review
In 2013 there were over 15.1 million total cosmetic procedures, and as 2014 comes to a close, we looked back to recap some of our most popular plastic surgery blog posts of the year. Butt lifts were on the rise and making decisions on your plastic surgery needs were top on your 2014 list.

1. Hits 97.3 Kimmy B and Dr. Wigoda Breast Blog – How Big Will She Go?

Kimmy B co-host on the DJ Laz Morning Show recently took the plunge and got a brand new pair of breasts from Dr. Wigoda. Even better? She let us follow her every step of the way, from deciding on her size to how painless breast implants really were moments after. Just one day after surgery Kimmy B boasts that she is “feeling fantastic and loves the results so far!” Even better? Kimmy B was back to work on Monday, just three days after the surgery! If you are considering getting breast augmentation here is her breast implants testimonial of what you can expect.

2. Dr Wigoda on The Incision Decision: Choosing an Incision Location for Your Breast Implants

One of the most crucial parts of getting a breast augmentation is the location of the incision the surgeon will make to insert the implants. Most doctors give you a choice of four locations that range from under your armpit, to your nipple or breast, even your belly button. Check out this article, to see which breast implant incision is right for you.

3. Browlift, Facelift, or Eyelid Surgery: Which One Works For You?

Looking to tune and tighten up your face but don’t know which procedure is right for you? This article is a must read! It will walk you through the three most popular facial cosmetic surgeries in detail, giving you the resources you need to find out which will get you the best results. If you want a face lift, a brow lift, or eyelid surgery to get rid of those pesky bags, you will find your answers here!

4. Labiaplasty and Butt Lifts On the Rise in 2014

South Florida got back! We all know how much South Florida loves a nice butt. In today’s society it’s all about what is below, which means a drastic increase in buttocks and vagina surgery. Studies show that candidates who undertake labiaplasty surgery often experience an increase in self-esteem and self-drive. Looking to add more to the rear or adjust those lady parts? Check out this article to get all the latest information about what these plastic surgery procedures can do for you!

5. Can Cosmetic Surgery Help you Get a Job or Promotion?

Would you believe that cosmetic surgery procedures could lead to advancement in the workplace? A survey of 756 women between 18 and 64 years revealed that 3 in 5 respondents believed that in difficult economic conditions, it gets somewhat easier to obtain a job, gain a promotion or find new clients with a youthful appearance. If you feel like you are considering plastic surgery to achieve a younger appearance, you might be pleasantly surprised by others reactions to the choice!2014 was filled with record breakers for the plastic surgery industry! With one of the largest increases in butt lifts which are rapidly becoming more popularized and breast augmentation becoming much more widely accepted, it is as good a time as ever to make the change for yourself.

We can’t wait to see what the new year has in store. If your New Years resolution is to tighten, enhance, or you just want to ask some questions, contact Dr.Wigoda for a free virtual or in-person consultation!

 

Image Credit: Vasilis Ververdis

[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.

Botox During Pregnancy: Is it Safe?

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Divorce and Plastic Surgery Examined by Ft Lauderdale Plastic Surgeon

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As the amount of men and women who elect to undergo plastic surgery continues to explode (just under 15 million cosmetic procedures were performed last year in the United States), Fort Lauderdale plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Wigoda examines how going under the knife can often complicate relationships, and how divorce and plastic surgery could be connected.

“More and more patients are choosing to tell their spouse about their desire to have plastic surgery, and are becoming more and more honest about past procedures.  Add that to the fact that the shame of electing to have plastic surgery really no longer exists, means couples must face the facts about how a cosmetic surgery can play a role when a couple breaks up,” Wigoda says.

Read more about Divorce and Plastic Surgery or contact Dr. Wigoda today for a free plastic surgery consultation.

Dr Wigoda’s Patient Shares Experience with Sun Sentinel On Having Plastic Surgery as a Couple

Dr Wigoda in the media Sun Sentinel

Dr. Paul Wigoda, board-certified plastic surgeon in Fort Lauderdale, has couples asking “all the time” for cosmetic surgery procedures. Nowadays, couples are embarking on a new chapter of their relationship by going under the knife together – undergoing plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures together.

One of Dr. Wigoda’s patients’s, Felix Fidelibus, and his partner of 16 years shares their plastic surgery experience with the Sun Sentinel on Dr. Wigoda.

As stated in the Sun Sentinel article, “both men disliked the way the failed procedures made them look and feel,” so they decided to go in for a repair together, to support each other through the process. Though they went in at the same time for their evaluation and pre-op consultation appointments, Wigoda did their surgeries two weeks apart, so each could drive the other to and from the outpatient operation and be there during the more difficult first days of recovery. “It’s like going on vacation together, only you’re not going on vacation, you’re recuperating together,” Fidelibus said. “It was the best thing, because you’re going through the same thing together. It’s a good feeling knowing you’re taking care of each other at the same time.”

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For more information, contact Dr Wigoda.

Read the full story here:  http://www.sun-sentinel.com/health/fl-couples-plastic-surgery-20131024,0,7942614.story

 

 

 

BRA Day Q & A with Ft Lauderdale Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Wigoda

Ft Lauderdale Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Wigoda takes a moment to answer some key questions on BRA Day and shares American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) new breast reconstruction planner guide for patients, families of patient and caregivers.

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Why do you think BRA day is important? It brings awareness both to breast cancer and breast reconstruction. Many women don’t realize they need to have mammograms or they forget or put it off. This is a reminder to think about breast cancer, have a mammogram and at least do a self breast exam. For those women with breast cancer, its important that they know about their options for breast reconstruction. It’s surprising how many women don’t know they have the option or don’t understand them. Surgeons or cancer doctors in some areas do not emphasize breast reconstruction, as they are more concerned with the cancer, and women are not given all of their options. With a little knowledge, they can begin to ask key questions about what can be done after having a mastectomy.

What progress have you seen in the last 10 years for this cause? Overall, there has been an increased awareness of breast cancer, especially with regard to early detection, importance of self breast exams and mammograms, and reconstructive options.

What message do you have for women who have undergone a mastectomy and are not aware of the reconstructive options? Women who have had a mastectomy or have been diagnosed with breast cancer should speak to a plastic surgeon who does breast reconstruction. It’s preferable to have this conversation before having any surgery, as the reconstruction can often be done at the same time as the mastectomy.

What advice would you give women looking for options post mastectomy? To look for a board certified plastic surgeon who devotes a significant percentage of his practice to breast reconstruction and is experienced in the latest techniques, so that all options can be discussed. There have been many advances in surgical techniques in the last 10 years,  it would be preferable to consult a surgeon with experience using these advanced techniques.

Dr. Wigoda Says Plastic Surgery Gave Julie Chen’s Career and Confidence Boost

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Plastic surgery can be a career changer and confidence booster notes Fort Lauderdale plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Wigoda.

Let’s take the case of The Talk’s co-host Julie Chen, who recently admitted undergoing cosmetic surgery based on criticism from former executives who threatened her career. Chen said in an interview she was informed repeatedly that she’d never work on the big stage since her Asian heritage didn’t resonate with the audience. She was told her Chinese eyes were too small, heavy and evoked a “disinterested and bored” impression.

After years of deliberation and being traumatized by such comments, Chen went ahead with a surgical eye procedure that made her eyes seem bigger and more alert and expressive in front of the camera. In retrospect, it was the right thing to do for Chen. Opportunities started rolling in, her career took off, she achieved her dream of anchoring in New York City, and most importantly, she felt great about her new look and exuded a confidence that bolstered her already dynamic personality and inner beauty.

With a dramatic increase in cosmetic surgery over the past few decades, more women (and men) are contemplating procedures to ultimately help them look better and grow old more gracefully. The decision to undergo cosmetic surgery should evaluate everything from:

  • cost

  • pain and recovery

  • physician selection

  • authentic and realistic results desired by an individual.

Whether striving to look younger or change an unwanted feature, today’s numerous cosmetic surgery electives are advanced and safer than ever with injectables such as Botox and minimally invasive techniques that optimize results and speed up patient’s recovery.

“It worked for Chen, but it’s important to understand your motivation and ultimately make this decision for yourself, not based on a reaction to society, your spouse or your social scene,” said Wigoda.

However, whatever sparks someone to ultimately go for it and endure cosmetic surgery or non-invasive procedures, the appreciation and satisfaction factor post-procedure are almost always positive and carry no regret.

This trend bodes true across the world today. Often times, women may get push back from themselves, their spouse, or family and friends when considering plastic surgery, whether breast augmentation, face lifts and enhancements, or body contouring procedures.

“When someone makes the decision and commits to go forward with a plastic surgery procedure, there is usually an overwhelming response of happiness, self-confidence and positive feedback,” said Wigoda.

Ft Lauderdale Plastic Surgery specialist Dr. Wigoda puts enormous emphasis on educating and comforting his patients every step of the way.

According to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, cosmetic surgery rises significantly every year and 2012 accounted for a whopping 14.6 million procedures in the US. Of course, each case is different and there are exceptions, but statistics show that most patients are thrilled and pain-free and never second-guess.

Husbands often may advise to their wives that surgery is not necessary and advise they shouldn’t go through with it for various reasons (cost, content with existing appeal, nervousness about the surgery or recovery time, or whatever they may voice).

“The truth of the matter is that after a procedure, husbands are  the ones most thrilled with the results,” said Wigoda.

The famous cliché holds true – “A Happy Wife = Happy Life!”

To take it one step further, more and more men are undergoing cosmetic surgical procedures alongside their spouse generating a more youthful, confident appeal for the road ahead together.

In today’s society, the key is to be yourself, trust your instinct and compile all the necessary research and advice. Dr. Wigoda advises his patients to realistic expectations and make an educated decision as you plastic surgery options.

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.

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.