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.

Dr. Wigoda’s Patient Testimonial – Meeting by ‘Accident’ in ER Room

Darren is a long-time patient and friend of Dr. Wigoda. The two first met when Darren was admitted to Broward General’s trauma unit after being involved in a car accident. Dr. Wigoda performed plastic surgery to repair the eye and facial damage Darren suffered, which allowed Darren to return to his job as a commercial pilot. Years later, Dr. Wigoda came to the rescue again to help Darren with gynecomastia, which is abnormal mammary gland development in men. After undergoing cosmetic surgery to fix the problem, Darren is now free from the pain and embarrassment of gynecomastia and looks forward to returning to his active lifestyle.

 

Dear Doctor Wigoda,

I would first like to thank you for all that you have done. In October 2009, we met as strangers in the ER of Broward General’s trauma unit where I was rushed in as a trauma patient from a hospital that couldn’t handle my case. I was adamant about receiving the best surgeon at the hospital and was told that you would be coming on call in a few hours. The entire staff at Broward General held you in such high regard, and now I know why.

I arrived with a fractured cheek, a lacerated eyelid that had been torn from my face, a nose that was broken and mangled, and severe road rash covering my arms and face. I was ejected from my vehicle and dragged down I-595 approximately 30 yards. I was a complete mess.

I am a commercial pilot and my eyes are everything. You not only repaired my face and lacerations, but restored all normal function as well. Despite my numerous questions and the early hour you were called in, you had a huge smile on your face and turned my personal tragedy into a triumph of surgical professionalism.

In the days and months that followed, I regained the face that I recognized from before the accident, and I am still soaring through the sky thanks to you. My scarring is minimal, despite what the first initial hospital had predicted. I am so blessed and grateful that you were my surgeon. In the years that have followed, you have taken care of many of the people I care the most about in my life.

Whether it has been a breast augmentation, face lift, eye lid rejuvenation, or a nose job, you have surpassed everyone’s expectations and made a huge difference in their lives. Now, two years after meeting you, I have come to you again. This time for elective plastic surgery. I had a large mass in my chest (gynecomastia) and it was distorting my physique, very uncomfortable and awkward. After changing my diet, extensive exercise, and trying everything possible, I knew you could fix me up.

I came in to see you, and like you had done two years ago in the hospital, you greeted me with a big smile. You were full of options and understanding. You navigated around my demanding work schedule, and administered the best treatment available. I left my surgery with immediate satisfaction! I was in minimal pain, and up and about in record time. I am now looking forward to returning to the gym, beach and getting back to being myself again.

You are more than a physician, I think of you as my friend. You are honest, kind, professional, and the example of what a physician should be. Thank you for always being there, and doing everything with so much class. You are the best in the business!

Sincerely,

Darren

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.

Florida Tummy Tuck Talk: Plastic Surgery Advice from Dr. Paul Wigoda in Florida

Dr. Wigoda sees patients who are bothered by their stomach every day in his Fort Lauderdale plastic surgery office. Most request information about liposuction and Tummy Tucks, also called abdominoplasties. Dr. Wigoda takes care to differentiate between the two procedures, pointing out that liposuction merely removes fat, while tummy tucks are actually three procedures in one:

  1. Removes fat
  2. Removes excess skin
  3. Tightens muscles

When considering getting a tummy tuck, it is crucial to consider your surgeon’s credentials, facility and reviews. Other key considerations:

  • A tummy tuck procedure takes longer than liposuction.
  • The tummy tuck recovery period is longer than that of liposuction (approx. 6 weeks)
  • A tummy tuck can be more costly.
  • A tummy tuck can leave longer scars.

To tuck or not to tuck? If you have good skin tone and no loose skin, you might just need liposuction. If you have loose skin that is hanging, then a tummy tuck may be more appropriate.

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.

 

Skinny on Lipo: Dr. Wigoda’s Liposuction Frequently Asked Questions

As the heat index here in Florida continues to climb and people spend more time in their bathing suits, many Floridians are considering getting liposuction to get the body they want. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Wigoda warns patients to educate themselves on the different types of liposuction and to do their research before choosing their Florida plastic surgeon for any procedure.

What is liposuction? Also known as lipoplasty or liposculpture, the procedure removes excess fat deposits, slimming and shaping specific areas of the body. Liposuction can treat stubborn fat pockets in several places on the body, including abdomen, flanks, back, thighs, inner knees, arms, neck and hips. Liposuction can be performed on its own or combined with other plastic surgery procedures such as breast augmentation, a facelift or tummy tuck.

Contrary to common belief, liposuction is not a weight-loss solution. The procedure was designed to treat small areas of fat. Many patients seek liposuction to remove stubborn fat deposits that linger in spite of diet and exercise.

Considering having lipo done? There are several different types of liposuction procedures:

  • Ultra-sonic liposuction
  • Smart lipo
  • Suction assisted liposuction
  • Power assisted liposuction

Dr. Wigoda recommends ultra-sonic liposuction as he believes it to be most effective in achieving your desired results. Despite the current popularity of Smart liposuction, Dr. Wigoda does not feel it is as effective as ultra-sonic liposuction and has only become a buzzword due to heavy marketing.

It is also important to know what type of doctor your surgeon is. While legally any doctor can perform a liposuction, patients should only entrust their bodies to board-certified plastic surgeons for cosmetic procedures.

Dr. Wigoda urges any patient considering liposuction to do their research and consult a Florida plastic surgeon with good credentials and reviews.

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.

First 7 Days After Painless Breast Implant Plastic Surgery with Dr. Wigoda

So I had my painless breast implant surgery last Friday, took the weekend to rest and recover, by Monday I was back at work full force and more.

Dr Wigoda Painless Breast Implant Patient Doing Sit Ups

Can you believe it's only been 7 days?

I went for my follow-up visit with Dr. Wigoda Monday morning for a clear check up. Then a three-hour drive back to my new hometown of Celebration, Florida, so no painkillers or muscle relaxers for Lisa in the driver’s seat.  I did fine and really did not need them!

I also found out I have no stitches to remove, they dissolve! Wow, pretty cool and an added bonus, thanks Dr. Wigoda!

The first week my “new additions” seem to be settling into my body, but it s still a little weird looking in the mirror. Getting dressed each day is a challenge only because nothing fits the same and I’m not fashionably prepared with all the style necessities.

Some tips

  1. Sports Bra – pre-surgery! – Go to a Sears or Target and buy a whole bunch of sports bras in all colors and styles. Sears had the best selection (believe it or not) and let me just clarify; I have not shopped at Sears for anything but electronics since I was in 7th grade. But I must admit, they had cool stuff and the price and selection were a definite plus.
  2. T-shirts (James Perse, Spendid, Vixon) that are comfy and form fitting – this has been my most worn item; a cool crew neck form fitting T with a good sports bra. So while I am swollen, I still feel good and underexposed but flattering to my new shape
  3. Juicy Couture – type track jackets – these work well and help support you through the first couple weeks of transition.
  4. Go get a facial the first week– it made me feel even better, like a new you is starting and you are cleansing for a new beginning!
  5. Stay as active as you were – I started back on the treadmill one week after surgery, slowly but at least getting that mental and physical stimulation

I wouldn’t say to exactly follow my lead; I think I over did it. We left for a family vacation on Thursday (6 days after surgery) and carrying luggage and weaving through an airport is probably pushing it.

I went to the gym and did the treadmill, walked slowly and did some abs! Not bad for one week later!

I will be spending the next few days on the beach in Hatterass North Carolina – a little premature 7 days after Dr. Wigoda’s painless breast implant surgery, but here I am writing this post.

Stay connected with Dr. Wigoda on @DrWigoda, “Like” Dr Wigoda and Watch Dr Wigoda’s YouTube channel. Follow me through my painless breast implant surgery on Dr. Wigoda’s Blog and leave comments or questions!

Dr. Wigoda and the Future of Plastic Surgery in 2010 and Beyond

Wondering what to expect in Botox, breast implants, dermal fillers and non-surgical improvements in 2010 and beyond?

Last week I posted a review of Fort Lauderdale plastic surgery over the previous decade. We talked about how liposuction, Botox, breast augmentation and dermal fillers have evolved and become very popular over the past 10 years.

As a board certified plastic surgeon, I receive questions all the time about the “latest and greatest” procedures South Florida can look forward to in the coming years.

Check out my video below for the changes I am expecting in both surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures including:

The medical field is always in search of less invasive procedures that allow for quicker recovery times and comparable results. While many South Florida plastic surgeons are already advertising non-invasive tummy tucks or face lifts, the technology has not yet arrived and consumers need to be careful to understand the procedures they are actually having.

For more information on Fort Lauderdale plastic surgery or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Paul Wigoda, visit http://www.doctorwigoda.com. You can also follow the South Florida plastic surgery news and get updates and specials from the Aesthetics Institute by following Dr. Wigoda on Twitter, @drwigoda, or by becoming a Fan on Facebook.

Dr. Wigoda Looks at the Past 10 Years of Plastic Surgery

Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Wigoda has been practicing Fort Lauderdale plastic surgery for over 10 years. As we roll into a new decade, Dr. Wigoda is taking a look back at the development of South Florida plastic suregery over the past 10 years.

Check out the video below to hear his thoughts on how liposuction, Botox, breast augmentation and dermal fillers have changed since 2000.

To hear where Dr. Wigoda believes plastic surgery is heading in the next decade, visit The Aesthetics Institute Youtube Channel.

For more information on Fort Lauderdale plastic surgery or to contact board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Wigoda, visit www.doctorwigoda.com, become a Fan on Facebook, or follow South Florida’s favorite plastic surgeon on Twitter.