Celebrity Plastic Surgery Talk by Dr. Wigoda: Betty White Comes Clean

Fort Lauderdale’s Dr. Wigoda knows a celebrity plastic surgery patient when he sees one. Hollywood Golden Girl Betty White is the latest in a long line of celebrities to admit going under the knife – after denying it much of her career.

The 89-year-old was quoted as recently as last year saying that plastic surgery makes people “unrecognizable” and she was glad she hadn’t done it.

However, in her new memoir “If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won’t),” the star admits to having an eyelid lift in 1976, at the age of 54. While White initially “scolded” herself for getting the procedure, she admits, “now I’m glad I did it.”

“Looking at Miss White’s before and after pictures, it’s apparent that there is a significant improvement in the eye area,” says Fort Lauderdale plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Wigoda. “Other than the eyelid lift, it doesn’t appear as if she’s had any other work done.”

Dr. Wigoda also disagrees with White’s previous stance that cosmetic surgery makes people look unnatural or unrecognizable: “Plastic surgery should enhance one’s appearance, not alter it. Miss White herself is an example of a good candidate for a procedure who did her research when selecting a plastic surgeon and enjoyed optimal – and natural-looking – results.”

Cosmetic eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, was the third most common cosmetic procedure in 2010, performed on 209,000 Americans. The surgery can be performed on the upper or lower eyelid, depending on the patient’s features and the board-certified plastic surgeon’s preferences.

To learn more about blepharoplasty, or to see before and after photos, visit Dr. Wigoda’s Fort Lauderdale plastic surgery website or the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery website to avoid becoming a botched surgery statistic.

Plastic Surgery Nightmares: Dying is High Price at Discount Centers

Rony Wendrow died during a cosmetic procedure at StraxFour people have died after cosmetic surgery performed by doctors at a Strax
Rejuvenation & Aesthetics Institute since 2008 — more than at any other physician
office in Florida.

Dr. Paul Wigoda tells patients beware of discount plastic surgery centers that have
a high turnover of doctors and history of deaths. Research and safety should be top
priority when choosing a plastic surgeon.

No clue of how a patient died during a plastic surgery procedure?

Death and plastic surgery should not be in the same sentence. A South Florida
cosmetic surgeon says he has “no idea” why a patient suddenly died during a routine
procedure.

“In all honesty, I have absolutely no idea what happened. We have no clue at all,” Dr.
Harold M. Bass told local media. Bass is one of 14 independent surgeons who operate
at Strax, a local surgery center. Wendrow is the fourth patient to die in three years after
receiving cosmetic procedures at the center, reports Sun-Sentinel Health writer Bob
LaMendola
. An attorney for the center refused to comment on the incident, instead
pointing out that the death average at Strax is “lower than the national average.”

“It is shocking to hear the news of Ms. Wendrow’s passing,” says Dr. Paul Wigoda, Chief
of Plastic Surgery at Broward General Hospital. “Although there are risks associated with
any surgery, including cosmetic surgery, one death is one too many and four in three
years is nothing short of appalling. My condolences go to the family and friends of Rony
Wendrow.”

Dr. Wigoda strongly encourages plastic surgery candidates to conduct thorough
research before selecting a plastic surgeon. It’s worth noting that the rates of plastic
surgery complications, including death, are much higher at “discount surgery centers”
than in private doctors offices.

Dr. Wigoda includes a section on his website dedicated to helping patients do their
homework and has published numerous blogs on the subject including “Is Your Plastic
Surgeon Board Certified? Questions to Ask Before Plastic Surgery”
and “How to Spot
the Red Flags.”
Make sure your surgeon is a board-certified plastic surgeon, not simply
a “cosmetic surgeon.”

Making the choice to undergo cosmetic surgery is not one that should be taken
lightly. Even the most famous and experienced plastic surgeons have less than-stellar
results with patients from time to time, and occasionally have patients that experience
complications during plastic surgery. It is imperative to choose a well-qualified surgeon
that you feel comfortable with, to minimize the risk of complications.

Florida Plastic Surgeon Dr. Wigoda Speaks on Teens, Plastic Surgery and Bullying

Plastic surgery to avoid bullying? Are South Florida teens ready to go under the knife? Should we be thinking of Botox, Boobs and Nose Jobs to avoid bullying? Media outlets such as Good Morning America and The Today Show are reporting a growing number of teens requesting plastic surgery as a reprieve from bullying.

According to CDC data, one in five high school students are bullied on school grounds every year. Even future pop superstar Lady Gaga was teased about her appearance as a child: the singer recounted being taunted and thrown in a trash can on The View on Monday.

High school senior Erica Morgo tried to break her own nose after constant teasing. After the incident, her mother, Dana Manzella, decided to allow her then 15-year-old daughter to undergo cosmetic surgery.

Teasing is torture to teens. So when 13-year-old Aubrey Woodward told The Today Show she wants plastic surgery to get her ears pinned back, she said it was because, “it makes me feel really bad” when she gets teased about them.

Erica and Aubrey are among a small but growing number of teenagers who say being teased or bullied prompted them to consider or even undergo cosmetic surgery.

Ear pin-backs are one of the most common plastic surgeries for teens, along with nose jobs such as Erica’s and breast reductions. Recent data from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery indicates that 203,308 teens went under the knife in 2009.

“While not very common, plastic surgery on teenagers can be appropriate in certain circumstances,” says Dr. Wigoda, Chief of Plastic Surgery at Broward General. “Each case has to be evaluated carefully to make certain the surgery is being done for the right reasons. For example, if a teen has very large breasts for which she not only gets teased but which make it difficult for her to exercise or participate in physical activities, or if they are causing pain, a breast reduction may be appropriate. A teen who feels very self conscious about a large nose or prominent ears, can be helped significantly with surgery with regards to their self esteem and their degree of confidence in themselves.”
When considering plastic surgery, whether for a teen or adult, it is important to thoroughly research the doctor, surgery center and risk associated with a procedure. The decision to have an elective cosmetic procedure is a serious one and should not be taken lightly. Dr. Wigoda firmly believes in building a rapport and carefully evaluating each potential patient to ensure they are a good candidate for whatever surgery they are pursuing.

Plastic Surgeon Dr. Wigoda Comments on Bristol Palin’s New Look


Broward General Chief of Plastic Surgery
Paul Wigoda, MD noticed Bristol Palin is looking different these days – and he’s not the only one. Media outlets from People Magazine to Business Insider are commenting on her drastic change in apperance.

Palin attributes a jaw surgery to the change: “Yes,” she admitted to Us Weekly when asked if she’d gone under the knife. “It improved the way I look, but this surgery was necessary for medical reasons…so my jaw and teeth could properly realign.”

Insisting “I don’t obsess over my face,” the 20-year-old also cops to loving her results. “I look older, more mature, and don’t have as much of a chubby little baby face!”

“It’s great that Bristol is so pleased with the results of her surgery,” says Dr. Wigoda. “Her face does look more mature overall. It appears to me that her chin was extended, giving her a more angular jaw line. This could be from a chin implant but is more likely from actual surgery on the jawbone. However, I do feel the chin is a bit too long now. It would not surprise me if she had some liposuction of her neck done at the same time. She does have some asymmetry with the left side of the face along the jawline being more concave than the right. This may be natural, since the two halves of the face are never exactly symmetric, or it could be as the result of the surgery. As long as she is happy, that’s all that really matters.”

Considering having liposuction, fillers or other cosmetic procedures in South Florida? Learn more about Dr. Wigoda’s practice, awards and certifications on his website.

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 Named Chief of Plastic Surgery at Broward General Hospital

Board-certified plastic surgeon Paul Wigoda, M.D. to oversee plastic surgery operations at top Broward Hospital, according to U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals Metro Ranking.

Fort Lauderdale, FL – May 6, 2011 – South Florida award-winning plastic surgeon Dr. Wigoda has had quite the eventful year so far – from hosting two health chats for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, to receiving an award for “Exemplary Wound and Ostomy Patient Care”, to his most recent distinction: being named Chief of Plastic Surgery at Broward General Hospital’s Adult and Pediatric Care Trauma Center.

The Trauma Center provides multidisciplinary care of the highest quality in Broward County, led by surgeons specialized in trauma and critical care. Along with the recent expansion of its Trauma Resuscitation Unit, the center boasts state of the art technology including a dedicated 64-slice CT scanner, portable x-ray and ultrasound with access to PACS, portable ventilators, central monitoring and a rooftop helipad with elevator to deliver patients directly into the trauma resuscitation rooms.

In addition to an in-house trauma surgeon and surgical intensivist available 24 hours a day, other specialty services are readily available, to include: Anesthesia, Emergency Medicine, Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Interventional Radiology, Pediatric Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Urology, ENT, Ophthalmology, Pulmonary Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Nephrology.

Equally active on the social media sphere as in the OR, Dr. Wigoda makes it a priority to frequently reach out to current and potential patients via his South Florida Plastic Surgery and Beauty Blog, Twitter feed, an active Facebook fan page and YouTube Channel.

“Quite simply, I’m honored,” said the doctor, whose practice is based in Fort Lauderdale. “It’s an incredible opportunity to be able to work in such a state-of-the-art facility among the best doctors in the nation. Being named Chief of Plastic Surgery is a longtime dream of any plastic surgeon, and it’s both professionally and personally gratifying to be able to help so many people performing my life passion.”

About Dr. Wigoda
Dr. Paul Wigoda is an award-winning Fort Lauderdale plastic surgeon, owner of The Aesthetics Institute and Chief of Plastic Surgery for Broward General Hospital. He is a board certified plastic surgeon and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the Florida Medical Association, and the Broward County Medical Association. Dr. Wigoda specializes in Fort Lauderdale breast augmentation, breast reduction, breast lift, liposuction, rhinoplasty, tummy tuck, facelift, brow lift, eyelid surgery, Juvederm, Radiesse, Restylane, Botox, laser hair removal, and spider vein treatments.

Dr. Wigoda’s Ft Lauderdale Location:
1404 E Broward Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301
(954) 463-7088

About Broward Health
Broward Health, providing service for more than 50 years, is a nationally recognized system offering world class health care services to our neighbors in South Florida. One of the 10 largest public health systems in the nation, Broward Health includes Broward General Medical Center, North Broward Medical Center, Imperial Point Medical Center, Coral Springs Medical Center, Chris Evert Children’s Hospital, Broward Health Weston and more than 30 facilities of the Community Health Services and Broward Health Physician Group. For more information, visit www.browardhealth.org.

Dr. Wigoda’s Men and Plastic Surgery Online Chat Session with Sun-Sentinel.com

Board-certified Dr. Wigoda to host live health chat for the Sun-Sentineland award-winning plastic surgeon Paul Wigoda, M.D. answers consumer questions for men considering plastic surgery.

Fort Lauderdale, FL – April 27, 2011 – Do “real men” have plastic surgery? Statistics say more than ever! South Florida plastic surgeon Dr. Wigoda will be hosting a South Florida Sun-Sentinel online health chat, answering questions from men who are thinking about going under the knife.

As recently reported by the board-certified plastic surgeon on his South Florida plastic surgery blog, statistics by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons indicate that more men than ever before are having work done.

Following the success of his first live health chat for the Sun-Sentinel in February, Dr. Wigoda has been asked to discuss this latest trend. The hour-long chat will begin at noon EST (11 a.m. CT/ 9 a.m. PT) on Friday, April 29 and discuss why more men are choosing to go under the knife and what types of procedures they are having.

No stranger to digital media, Dr. Wigoda frequently reaches out to current and potential patients via his South Florida Plastic Surgery and Beauty Blog, Twitter feed, an active Facebook fan page and YouTube Channel.

“I thoroughly enjoyed hosting the health chat the first time around, and I look forward to Friday’s discussion,” said the doctor, whose practice is based in Fort Lauderdale. “It’s very exciting to be presented with the opportunity to help so many people at once via a medium with the Sun-Sentinel’s reach.”

A full transcript of the chat will be available on the Health page of the Sun-Sentinel’s website soon after the chat’s completion.

About Dr. Wigoda
Dr. Paul Wigoda is a Fort Lauderdale plastic surgeon and owner of The Aesthetics Institute. He is a board certified plastic surgeon and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the Florida Medical Association, and the Broward County Medical Association. Dr. Wigoda specializes in Fort Lauderdale breast augmentation, breast reduction, breast lift, liposuction, rhinoplasty, tummy tuck, facelift, brow lift, eyelid surgery, Juvederm, Radiesse, Restylane, Botox, laser hair removal, and spider vein treatments.

Dr. Wigoda’s Ft Lauderdale Location:
1404 E Broward Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301
(954) 463-7088

Wrinkle Free Mother’s Day Beauty Gift from Dr. Wigoda

Wrinkle, wrinkle, go away. Dr. Wigoda thinks moms deserve more for less, so we’re celebrating Mother’s Day by offering a special price for Radiesse injections.

During the month of May, receive $100 off your first Radiesse syringe and $75 off each additional syringe purchased.

Radiesse Volumizing Filler is an FDA-approved treatment for moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. Radiesse is the only filler to date that not only smooths lines and wrinkles, but stimulates the body’s own natural collagen production. This translates into longer-lasting results: a year or longer for many patients.

As with any injection, patients may experience side effects that usually resolve within a few days including redness, bruising, or swelling. Dr. Wigoda meets with each patient to discuss the pros and cons prior to performing any procedure. Call (954) 463-7088 to schedule a consultation to determine which filler is right for you.

We’ll see you at our Ft. Lauderdale location:

1404 E Broward Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301

Men’s Plastic Surgery Rate Rises, Dr. Wigoda Reports

Real men get plastic surgery and it is socially acceptable, experts say. Dr. Wigoda previously reported about the rise of plastic surgery in 2010 and the predicted uptick continuing through 2011. Now it appears that men are helping the trend, according to new data released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Men underwent more than 1.1 million cosmetic procedures in 2010, accounting for 9.9% of all cosmetic procedures, or a 2% increase from 2009. The most commonly performed procedures? Facelifts, up 14% and nose jobs, 64,000 total, saw the biggest gains.

Other top male cosmetic procedures include eyelid surgery, liposuction, breast reductions and hair transplants.

Experts attribute the increase in male plastic surgery to a few different factors; namely, the lagging job market and the increase of celebrity culture.

“Men have a new attitude toward cosmetic surgery than what we’ve seen historically,” Dr. Phil Haeck, ASPS president and a board-certified plastic surgeon, told AOL’s WalletPop. “Many stashed away some cash during the recession so they could come out of it with a younger look, ready to attack the job market.”

“In our culture, younger is better,” says Ann McMahon, a clinical psychologist based in New York City. “The ‘man’s man’ is also seeing celebrities undergo various procedures, so it’s become more socially acceptable.”

South Florida Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Paul Wigoda, M.D. on Botched Plastic Surgery

Last week, Paul Wigoda, MD gave his thoughts on The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery’s (ASAPS) 2011 plastic surgery trends. Unfortunately, one prediction came true almost immediately.
20-year-old aspiring hip hop vixen Claudia Aderotimi died shortly after receiving liquid silicone injections to plump her rear end. While the desire to resemble voluptuous celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and Nicki Minaj is very common, Aderotimi’s procedure was performed in a Philadelphia hotel room by another aspiring hip hop artist using liquid silicone.

She and a friend flew to Philadelphia from the UK and each paid more than $1,000 to receive the injections. After complaining of chest pain and shortness of break, Aderotimi was rushed to the hospital and died later that day, likely because the non-FDA approved silicone from the shots seeped into her bloodstream.

This scenario is eerily similar to the ASAPS prediction: “Consumers looking for a bargain on cosmetic procedures will unfortunately lead to an increase in horror stories about ‘discount injectables’ bought offshore, cosmetic medicine, and cosmetic surgical procedures performed by untrained practitioners.”

Dr. Wigoda strongly recommends considering only a fully trained board-certified plastic surgeon for any cosmetic procedure. Never get any form of plastic surgery done in a location without all necessary emergency equipment. Don’t put your life into the hands of just anyone; asking the right questions can – and will – save your life.