Plastic Surgery Gone Wrong

Plastic Surgery Gone Wrong Research Your Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Mishaps and dangers can be shocking, sometimes tragic, for patients who don’t select a board-certified plastic surgeon.

Plastic surgery, no matter how routine or minor it is, is still surgery and must be taken seriously. TV shows like Botched! feature extreme cases that may be misleading and cause people to think “that will never happen to me.” However, just because your plastic surgeon hasn’t had a severe complication doesn’t mean you’re not at risk to experience plastic surgery gone wrong.   


Dr. Wigoda stresses the importance of researching your plastic surgeon before any procedure. If a board-certified plastic surgeon advising you isn’t enough, just look at some of these patients’ horror stories who came to Dr. Wigoda for help after selecting the wrong plastic surgeon the first time around.  

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Here’s what you need to do before committing to a plastic surgeon and going under the knife:

1. Make sure your plastic surgeon has hospital privileges

If you’re having a plastic surgery procedure at an outpatient clinic, make sure that, like The Aesthetics Institute in Fort Lauderdale, the clinic conducting your surgery has been inspected and accredited by the American Association for the Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF).

Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr Wigoda AAAASF Plastic Surgery Center

Next, confirm where the plastic surgeon has hospital privileges. Even though your plastic surgery won’t occur in the hospital, this is a crucial step because hospitals do background checks! Hospital privileges are granted to a plastic surgeon by a committee of other doctors who check their credentials and training. They are in turn approved by the chairman of the department.  Make sure that the plastic surgeon has privileges for exactly the procedure that you want performed. For example, dermatologists may have privileges to take care of skin problems but not for liposuction or a facelift in a hospital. If your plastic surgeon doesn’t have hospital privileges, that’s a huge red flag and you need to ask why.

2. Ask for “before and after” photos of other patients

You wouldn’t buy a car before test driving it, would you? While you can’t necessarily test drive your plastic surgeon or the results, other patients’ “before and after” photos are the closest thing to it! You need to evaluate the work that has been performed to feel confident this plastic surgeon will help you reach your post-op goals. Board-certified plastic surgeons are trained to take “before and after” photographs of all surgical procedures and these should be available for patients to review during consultations. It’s understandable if your plastic surgeon cannot readily show you a photo of every one of their patients as some may opt out; however, some references showcasing the procedure in which you’re interested should be available so that you can be confident in your decision. Do not agree to a procedure with a plastic surgeon whose results make you hesitant or if you don’t feel you’ve been fully briefed and educated on all aspects of the proposed procedure.  

3. Talk to former and current patients

Again, you cannot test drive a plastic surgeon, but the next best thing is talking to someone who has already undergone the procedure you’re seeking! When applying to a new job, most people have several references and plastic surgeons are no different. If you ask for them, your plastic surgeon must be able to connect you with prior patients who can vouch, not just for their surgeon, but also for their results. Talk to former patients and ask about your surgeon’s bedside manner, availability, professionalism and anything else that will help ease your mind. Like in an interview, a person can ooze confidence and make you feel like they’re the right choice; however, if their references don’t check out, you shouldn’t check in.

Research Tip for Plastic Surgery: Check out the plastic surgeon’s reviews on Yelp or Facebook!

4. Make sure your doctor is aware of your medical history

If your plastic surgeon doesn’t ask about your medical history after the initial consultation, you should be concerned. There are risks to surgery and your plastic surgeon should not play them down in any way. Your surgeon needs to be aware of any current or past medical problems, drugs or supplements you’re taking, etc. The plastic surgeon must know about your lifestyle and activities in order to give accurate predictions of your surgery and recovery. By asking for a detailed medical history, your plastic surgeon conveys their concern first and foremost about your safety.

Depending on your age and health, a full preoperative evaluation including past medical history is very important.  They should request lab work for blood counts, coagulation profiles, and basic chemistry profiles. Additional tests may include chest x-rays and EKGs, which are commonly performed on people over 40.  

5. Spot check! Is the office clean?

At some point during your initial visit, your plastic surgeon should give you a tour of the office so you have a chance to visualize where your procedure will occur. If you’re not provided one, ask! Scope out the surgery center and make sure that it’s up to your standards and you’re comfortable. Before you go under the knife, you need to make sure the office is clean, professional, and stocked with up-to-date equipment. If something looks off or inappropriate, be wary of it. The clinic where your surgery takes place should be as sterile as a hospital to reduce the risk of complications. The liposuction nightmare video referenced above is about a woman who lost most of her skin, and almost her life, to a flesh-eating bacteria that she was infected with during a routine liposuction procedure. Take a tour on your second consultation too. If something looked off on your first visit and wasn’t resolved by the second, take your business elsewhere.

Remember, plastic surgery is your decision and you shouldn’t settle for just any plastic surgeon. If you have any questions or want to book a free consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon who is an expert with zero lawsuits, zero disciplinary actions, zero major complications, zero patient deaths and thousands of happy patients, contact Dr. Paul Wigoda today!  

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Bruce Jenner Another Victim of Plastic Surgery Gone Wrong

bruce jenner plastic surgery gone wrongTabloid reports have been abuzz with claims that reality TV star Bruce Jenner is in the early process of trying to become a women. There has been talk of hormone therapy, a more feminine appearance, even speculation that he has undergone a laryngeal shave, which is a surgical procedure used to reduce the appearance of a man’s Adam’s apple. It is commonly associated with transgender individuals who are undergoing a sex change.

 

While Fort Lauderdale plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Wigoda doesn’t want to speculate about Jenner’s ultimate intentions, recent photos do suggest an altered appearance for the former Olympian.

 

“It is public knowledge, particularly if you are a fan of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, that Bruce Jenner had a facelift that didn’t go well, and that he had it redone to “fix” the first surgery,” he states, “I would imagine he also had eyelids surgery.”

 

A report by Radar Online claims that Jenner’s sons Brody and Brandon stated their father isn’t planning to undergo gender reassignment surgery and has simply become more conscience of his physical appearance since the reality show first premiered.  From what Wigoda has seen, there is evidence that the plastic surgeon or surgeons who operated on Bruce Jenner may have tried to do too much, even if he does intend to live his life as a woman.

 

“It seems that some plastic surgeons, perhaps because they are operating on a celebrity, want to ‘hit a home run’ when they operate on a big star,” Wigoda says, “They could overdo it, for example, by tightening the skin too much and causing the patient to have an unnatural and unattractive appearance.”

 

Some might say that the same thing happened to Kenny Rogers and Burt Reynolds, two other celebrities believed to have undergone plastic surgery.

 

The bottom line, according to Wigoda, is that less is more for anyone who is considering plastic surgery. The internet is littered with pictures of celebrities like Jenner that reinforce his belief.

 

If you have any questions or are considering undergoing plastic surgery, please contact Dr. Wigoda today for a free consultation at 954.463.7088.

 

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.