Dr. Wigoda Shares How to Be a Smart Plastic Surgery Patient

In this video, Ft. Lauderdale surgeon Dr. Wigoda explains how to be a smart plastic surgery patient and why you want to be one of the smarter patients. Hint: They do their research, ask a lot of questions, and pick plastic surgeons with the right credentials and experience.

 

 

With people opting for bargain surgeries and shopping for plastic surgeons the way they shop for clothes, they are taking a huge risk and possibly sacrificing the quality of their results and then some. Smart plastic surgery patients can be financially-savvy and still see great results; they just have to do their homework.

 

You want to be one of the smarter patients because while there are many thousands of happy patients there are also many who are unhappy. They may have had bad results, complications, chronic pain or unrealistic expectations. Remember, plastic surgery is real surgery. If you gave up quality for cost then you may even end up spending more in the long run because they have to miss more work for recovery time, end up being hospitalized or have a plastic surgery nightmare and need to do another surgery to correct the original procedure. You are making an investment in yourself and want that investment to pay off.

Be a smart plastic surgery patient by:

  • Asking a lot of questions

  • Having realistic expectations about results

  • Understanding what recovery will be like

When picking your plastic surgeon, make sure they have:

  • The right credentials and experience

  • Time to spend with you before and after surgery

  • Can make independent decisions regarding future care without having to ask for permission

Are you interested in having the best results possible? Join the smartest patients and take your time to do your research and make a well-informed decision! Start today by seeing how Dr. Wigoda compares to other surgeons!

 

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 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.

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.

Medesthetics Magazine Says Dr. Wigoda is Social Media Savvy

Most businesses today are well aware of the benefits of social media in terms of brand building, enhancing your Internet presence, increasing web traffic, creating a community, becoming known as an expert  and capturing leads, all of which will result in an increase in your bottom line. Dr. Paul Wigoda, is no stranger to the world of social media says MedEsthetics, terming him as “social media savvy.”

In September of 2011, Fort Lauderdale, Florida plastic surgeon, Dr Wigoda launched a Facebook sweepstakes campaign to help increase his “likes.” The campaign ran for a period of two weeks, enticing his audience to join his online community to be entered to win a $250 gift card for use toward a future nonsurgical procedure; 10 runners-up received Victoria’s Secret gift cards ranging from $10 to $50.

For more information or to schedule a FREE consult, please click here and fill out our online form. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Painless Breast Implants by Dr. Wigoda in Florida

As demand for breast implants rises in Florida and beyond (a whopping 296,203 breast augmentations were performed on American women in 2010), Dr. Wigoda’s signature painless breast implant procedure has similarly risen in popularity among Florida women.

Thanks to Fort Lauderdale plastic surgeon Dr. Wigoda, getting a breast implant has now become virtually painless. On his Painless Breast Implants website www.painlessbreastimplants.com Dr. Wigoda has gathered testimonials of many women who took the plunge and couldn’t be happier with their results. Last summer, one patient even blogged about the experience from start to finish.

Most Florida women can resume normal activities within a day or two after surgery and feel virtually no pain. Dr. Wigoda’s technique is very atraumatic with a quick recovery and almost no pain. Over the years, Dr. Wigoda has perfected his technique using ten-plus years of South Florida plastic surgery experience to match the correct incision and implant to each patient. Each year over 350,000 women have breast augmentation surgery in the U.S. and Dr. Wigoda offers potential patiends behind-the-scenes access via his Facebook Page, YouTube Channel and Twitter feed.

Fort Lauderdale Botox Tips by Dr. Wigoda

Florida Plastic Surgeon Dr. Wigoda reveals truths and myths about Botox, the most popular procedure performed by Florida Physicians in a new YouTube video.

For approximately 30 years, Botox has been used to treat wrinkles and has become a very routine procedure. The New York Times reported that 5.4 millon people were injected with Botox last year alone. Most Florida patients undergo the Botox procedure every 4-6 months.

Despite the popularity of Botox, there are still some myths surrounding its uses. Dr. Wigoda reveals the truth about several of these myths:

  • Botox is mainly used for the upper face including the upper forehead, crows feet and the glabellar area between the eyebrows.
  • In the lower face, instead of using Botox, fillers are used.
  • Botox is not a poison; however, it is made from bacteria.
  • Contrary to common belief, side-effects are extremely minimal and rare.
  • Botox doesn’t inhibit any day-to-day activities such as exercise.

In a time of recession, Dr. Wigoda says that Botox is a cost-effective alternative to plastic surgery in reducing wrinkles and preventing new ones from forming.

In addition to its common uses, Botox has been recently proven to relieve migraines. Some Florida patients get Botox every 3-4 months to relieve migraines and/or to treat wrinkles.

 

Breast Implants: No Pain, all Gain by Dr. Wigoda

Paul Wigoda, M.D. discusses cosmetic procedures; including his signature painless breast implants surgery in this video.

Dr. Wigoda has perfected this not-so-typical procedure over the years, using over a decade of South Florida plastic surgery experience to blend the methods of other respected cosmetic surgeons, perfect his own technique and match the correct incision, implant and procedure to every individual patient.

Each year over 350,000 women have breast augmentation surgery in the U.S., and Board-certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Paul Wigoda gives potential patients the chance to go behind the scenes via his YouTube channel, Facebook page and South Florida Plastic Surgery and Beauty Blog.

La Toya Jackson Plastic Surgery

When the name Jackson comes up in the context of plastic surgery, the obvious connection is to the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. However, while Michael Jackson’s plastic surgery is well documented and extremely recognizable, he is not the only member of the family that has had work done.

Last week, Dr. Wigoda reviewed pictures of La Toya Jackson’s plastic surgery, Michael’s older sister, and shared his thoughts on the evolution of her multiple plastic surgeries. View the video and photos below or visit Dr. Wigoda’s plastic surgery YouTube channel for more information.

Here is a glimpse at what Dr. Wigoda suggested about La Toya Jackson’s plastic surgery:

“She has definitely had her nose done many times, probably has a chin implant, breast implants and has probably had multiple liposuctions.  In my opinion, her surgery is completely overdone and does not look natural at all.”

In the case of plastic surgery, more is definitely not better. Generally speaking, if you are interested in a nose job, one is all you should need. With breast implants you will only need one surgery if it is done right and the same applies to liposuction.

If you are considering a procedure or for more information on Fort Lauderdale plastic surgery, visit Dr. Wigoda’s plastic surgery FAQ page or follow him on Twitter @drwigoda.