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.

Fort Lauderdale Plastic Surgeon Dr. Wigoda Saves Dog Bite Victim

Chief of Plastic Surgery Paul Wigoda, M.D. treated Davie teenager Nicole Periu when she was rushed into Broward General Medical Center with deep wounds covering her back and legs and one ankle nearly severed.

Walking along a wall, Periu was pulled off by a large dog grabbing her by the ankle.

“I was screaming, ‘Help, I’m going to die’,” she said.

“This is one of the worst cases I’ve ever seen,” said Dr. Wigoda, an award-winning plastic surgeon located in East Broward County.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 368,000 dog bite victims are sent to hospital emergency rooms every year. The odds are three to one that the victim will be a child.

“A dog may not mean to hurt a child or their owner, they may just bite as a reaction, and the next thing you know, you’re talking about a permanent deformity,” said Wigoda, who was recently named Chief of Plastic Surgery at Broward General Medical Center.

Tips to Remember if Attacked by a Dog
Local10 News put together a list of tips to help avoid dog bites and what to do if a dog attacks in honor of Dog Bite Prevention Week, which runs May 16-23.

  • If a dog attacks, curl in a ball, protecting your head and face with your arms. “Fighting back will only increase the aggression,” said veterinarian Dr. Lisa Radosta. Dr. Wigoda agrees: “When a dog latches on to you, your instinct is to pull away, but that will only increase the risk of tearing, and that becomes very difficult to treat.”
  • If you are the victim of a dog bite, clean the wound and seek medical attention. “If the wound gets infected, you’re going to have a worse injury, worse scarring and worse pain,” said Wigoda.

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Dr. Wigoda in the Sun Sentinel: A Consumer’s Guide to Cosmetic Surgery

Before you go under the knife, know the risks, the costs and how to shop for a good plastic surgeon

Subscribe and join us for a discussion Jan. 21, at 12:00pm (EST) on what consumers should be thinking about before deciding whether to go under the knife. On hand, we will have South Florida plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Wigoda and Sarah Steinbaum, a Miami lawyer who specializes in personal injury and medical malpractice cases, to answer your questions.
Dr Wigoda in the Sun Sentinel: A consumer's guide to cosmetic surgery
Some topics we will go over include: Shopping around for a good plastic surgeon, checking the background of a doctor and a surgery center, questions to ask the doctor beforehand, typical costs for various procedures, tricks and traps in advertised prices, what to look for in the contract, safety issues and risks of surgery, getting medical clearance from an independent physician in advance, realistic expectations for the results and what to do if something goes wrong.

Dr. Wigoda is a board-certified plastic surgeon and microsurgeon who has been practicing in Fort Lauderdale since 1998.

Sarah Steinbaum has been practicing in Florida since 1994, after getting her law degree from the University of Miami School of Law.

Can’t make the chat? E-mail your questions to [email protected].

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Best Celebrity Boob Jobs and My Breast Implants by Dr. Wigoda 2 Months Later

Painless breast implants diaries check in two months later. So it’s been two months since I went “under the knife” for the first time in my life! The good news: It was painless! I guess that’s why Dr. Wigoda calls it painless breast implants! And for the bad news…I don’t have any. I guess if I had to come up with some bad news, it’s that none of my old bras fit.

I just looked back at some of my before and after pictures to see if I miss the old me. I decided to do a Google search (because that’s what I do!) for celebrity before and after boob jobs to see the good, the bad and the ugly.

After comparing my before and after breast surgery by Dr. Paul Wigoda, I am even more impressed and happy. I feel really bad for Tory Spelling and Tara Reid! But Demi Moore and Christina Aguilera made out pretty good! Kind of like me!

I am settling in to my new body. I did yoga for the first time since my painless breast implant surgery. I pushed myself too far, thinking I could just pick up where I left off two months ago, this month and pulled a muscle, but that lasted about a week. My breast implants are “dropping” into place and so is my life ironically! Maybe this is what I needed all along. They say sometimes you feel good and everything falls into place! I think Dr. Wigoda’s painless breast implant results stack up pretty good to Demi Moore and Christina Aguilera.