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.

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.

Not So Scary Plastic Surgery Night by Dr. Wigoda in Miami

Taking the boo out of your mind when it comes to improving your body.

October is known for scary things, and so is plastic surgery. Dr. Paul Wigoda, Fort Lauderdale award-winning plastic surgeon with critically acclaimed reviews is hosting a Not So Scary Plastic Surgery night that is taking the myth and mystery out of plastic surgery. And the pain too, with painless breast implant surgery.

Friday, October 29

6:00 to 7:00 p m

Dr. Wigoda at Me Day Spa – Miami Beach

1439-B Alton Rd

Miami Beach FL 33139

  • Celebrity plastic surgery nightmares – why they happened and how to avoid them
  • Beauty and breast – how to achieve perfect breasts with painless implant surgery
  • Boo to Botox scares – Why look like a wrinkly witch?
  • Double chins and big noses – How to not look like an evil step monster
  • No mask, just fillers – How fillers can be a safe alternative to a Halloween mask.

RSVP: To register, email karoline@medayspa.com or call 305.534.6363.

Seating is limited and Dr. Wigoda will allow time for questions and answers at the end. Can’t make the live event? Follow the event on Twitter or Facebook.

How to Pick Fort Lauderdale Plastic Surgeon

Are you considering Fort Lauderdale plastic surgery? Dr. Wigoda has put together a list of the Top 10 questions he advises clients to consider before signing on the dotted line.
Even the most experienced Fort Lauderdale plastic surgeons have complications. As a patient, you want to minimize the chance of having poor plastic surgery results by doing ample research and taking your time to choose the right plastic surgeon for you.
During research for Fort Lauderdale plastic surgeons, many patients find bargains online, which lead them to a surgeon who may not treat them with the best care. The following is a list of questions to ask the surgeon when considering Fort Lauderdale plastic surgery.

  1. Is the Fort Lauderdale plastic surgeon a fully trained plastic surgeon or does he claim to be a “cosmetic surgeon”?
  2. Is the plastic surgeon board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?
  3. Did your Fort Lauderdale plastic surgeon attend a plastic surgery residency program?
  4. Is the surgeon a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons?
  5. For how long has the Fort Lauderdale plastic surgeon been in practice as a plastic surgeon?
  6. How many procedures has the plastic surgeon performed?
  7. Where is the surgery being performed? Have there been any serious complications at the surgery center?
  8. Who employs the Fort Lauderdale plastic surgeons on staff?
  9. Does your Fort Lauderdale plastic surgeon have staff privileges at a local hospital to perform the procedure or is there a transfer agreement?
  10. How many cases does the Fort Lauderdale plastic surgeon plan to do on the day of my surgery?

All of the questions above are important to discuss and consider before undergoing surgery.  Plastic surgery is not simple procedure, and many times ‘discount surgeons’ have not been properly trained nor have the time to really sit down with a patient and discuss their needs.

Dr. Wigoda is a Fort Lauderdale plastic surgeon with the credentials, experience, and work ethic that it takes to be a great surgeon.  If you are considering Fort Lauderdale plastic surgery Dr. Wigoda invites you to come in for a free consultation to discuss your wants and needs.