Health Study: Increased Quality of Life for Breast Augmentation Patients

The results are in; breast augmentation makes women happy. A study published in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ magazine Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery found that women experienced substantial improvements in several key areas related to their quality of life. Approximately 41 women participated in the Breast-Q survey that asked questions about six relevant areas:

  • Overall satisfaction with outcome
  • Satisfaction with breasts
  • Physical well-being
  • Psychosocial
  • Sexual
  • Satisfaction with level of care received

The women were polled six months before and after their surgeries. Researchers found in three of the six areas – sexual – scoring increased 30 or more points (on a scale of 0 to 100) post-surgery for about 80% of the women.

The dramatic change may be related to the surge in self-esteem and self-confidence many women feel after having their breasts increased or reshaped. Though the reasons for getting breast implants vary, the most commonly cited motivation behind a woman’s quest for new breasts is because they are unhappy with the size, shape, or look of the set they were born with. This dejection can bleed into other areas of the women’s life, particularly her perceived attractiveness and acceptance by others.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration have been encouraging those in the industry to monitor patient satisfaction in addition to safety. The Breast-Q survey is the first such tool that seems to be able to capture how a patient thinks and feels after she has the procedure. Having this information is the first step towards developing benchmarks for patient satisfaction that may improve the overall quality of care women receive.

In the meantime, women who want to ensure they get the best care should have their breast enhancement done by a knowledgeable and experienced plastic surgeon.

The Top Plastic Surgery Myths Busted by Dr. Wigoda

Bigfoot, UFOs, the Loch Ness monster; there are a lot of myths floating around and the cosmetic surgery industry is not immune. Cosmetic surgery has been around for quite a few decades, and it is only natural that it should accumulate a number of myths in that time. Here’s the truth behind the top five plastic surgery myths.

 

Plastic Surgery is for the 1%

Although a lot of the rich and famous get plastic surgery, the vast majority of people having procedures done are average folk. Most people have a little nip and tuck done to restore confidence, boost self-esteem, and reclaim a few lost years.

Cosmetic Procedures are Only for Women

For whatever reason, women are always the focal point when people talk about plastic surgery. The reality is that men also have cosmetic procedures done, though they typically go for less invasive ones like Botox and dermal fillers. Men get these procedures for the same reasons as women, but the #1 reason was to remain competitive in the workforce.

Plastic Surgery is Only for Improving Looks

There is no use denying that people get cosmetic procedures to improve their looks. Facelifts, liposuction, breast augmentations, and many others procedures are strictly done to improve a person’s appearance. However, plastic surgery is also used to correct birth defects, injuries, facial or bodily deformations (e.g. after-mastectomy breast reconstruction), and many other medical issues.

You’ll Look Young Forever

The results from plastic surgery can last for a long time. However, your body will still be subjected to environmental factors that caused you to seek out treatment in the first place. There are many things you can do to extend your results including taking care of your health, practicing good eating habits, and getting surgical touch-ups.
On a similar note, all surgical procedures leave scars. A skilled plastic surgeon can minimize scarring, hide it, and provide tips on ways to make them less noticeable. However, this aspect of plastic surgery is inescapable.

Plastic Surgeon is Just Another Term for Cosmetic Surgeon

Out of all the myths talked about in this article, this one is perhaps the most insidious and dangerous. Although the terms are used interchangeably, a plastic surgeon is not the same as a cosmetic surgeon. Plastic surgeons spend years in a plastic surgery residency, perfecting their surgical skills in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Cosmetic surgeons, on the other hand, often train in another field of medicine or surgery and enter the cosmetic industry often with as little as taking a short training course. When undergoing the knife, you want to make sure the person knows what he or she is doing. Always ask the doctor about his or her education and training, and make sure he or she is certified by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

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 on Plastic Surgery for Florida Seniors, Nipping and Tucking at any Age

Can you be too old for plastic surgery? Dr. Paul Wigoda, a South Florida plastic surgeon, agrees with recent reports that plastic surgery is an option for healthy seniors!  What does it mean to be 60 or 70 years old today? Certainly not the same as it did even a decade ago. Septuagenarians today are leading lives that are as active in their golden years as they were in their green twenties and thirties. In fact, many seniors in Fort Lauderdale and other Florida cities are waking up to the fact that simply because they are 70 years old, doesn’t mean they have to look it.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports 84,685 cosmetic procedures were performed on people 65 and over, which is a 21% increase over the surgeries performed in 2009. The most requested procedures are facelifts as late age patients seek to nip and tuck their way to more youthful looks.

There are a number of reasons why seniors are willing to go under the knife including:

* Wanting to look as young as they feel

* Availability of disposable income to pay for the surgery they’ve been wanting for awhile

* Improve self-esteem and boost self-confidence

* Increased marketability as a current or potential employee

This last point is notable. More and more seniors are continuing to work past retirement age. The current economic situation makes them more vulnerable to layoffs and dismissals by companies seeking younger, cheaper workers. For some, getting a little work done may mean the difference between keeping a well-paying job and being forced to take an early retirement.

Contrary to popular belief, plastic surgery presents no special risks to senior patients as long as they are in good health. A study done by the Journal of Plastic Surgery finds the risk of complications are about the same for people over 65 as they are for younger patients. As long as patients are cleared by their physician and take good care of themselves they shouldn’t experience any major problems.

Despite the youth-obsessed culture prevalent in America, at the end of the day you have to do what is right for you. Whether you get surgery or not, make sure you are doing it for your own pleasure and because of outside pressure to look younger.

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.

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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Brains and Beauty: Migraine Patients can now Consider Botox as Treatment

Chronic migraine sufferers are now able to smooth wrinkles and cure migraines at the same time, says the FDA. Chronic migraines are characterized by lasting at least four hours on fifteen or more days each month.

Botulinum toxin, or Botox, is best known for treating wrinkles by temporarily blocking signals from nerve endings to muscles. Botox is most commonly used to relax forehead lines, crow’s feet (lines around the eye) and frown lines.The April 2011 issue of More magazine explains how this treatment works for migraine patients; essentially preventing pain signals from reaching nerve endings in the tissue surrounding the brain.

More than 28 million Americans suffer from migraines each year. The recent FDA approval allows physicians to use Botox to treat those suffering at least 15 days each month. Around 31 Botox injections are administered around the head and neck every 12 weeks.

Botox has not been shown to be effective for those who suffer migraines less than 14 days out of the month, or other headaches such as tension headaches. Headache sufferers must consult their doctor to determine if Botox is an appropriate treatment for their condition.

Dr. Wigoda has performed thousands of Botox injections to South Florida patients; he has also previously commented on the hot topic from celebrity Botox such as Kim Kardashian, to a controversial New York Daily News article on the subject.

For more information, connect with Dr. Wigoda on his Facebook or Twitter pages, or call (954) 463-7088 to schedule a free Botox consultation!

Dr. Wigoda Reports on Woman’s Botched Eyelid Surgery

Marilyn Liesz is suing her plastic surgeon for negligenceA New Jersey woman is suing her doctor, claiming she can’t close her eyes after getting a procedure done on her eyelids. The eyelid lift was intended to restore a youthful appearance to the eyes by cutting away excess skin. However, when too much skin was removed, Liesz was left unable to close her eyes completely.

Marilyn Liesz is suing Dr. Paul Parker for negligence. Parker’s attorney told the jury Leisz was warned of the risks before performing the surgery in 2005, especially since she had previously undergone multiple other procedures  before seeing Dr. Parker.

Leisz now uses a gel and vaporizer at night so she doesn’t scratch her eyes. She also says she’s losing her vision and lives in fear of injuring her eyes.

“All the favorite things I used to, like tennis, racquetball, swimming, horseback riding, bike riding, skeet shooting, gardening, I can’t do those things,” Leisz said. While it may be possible to correct the procedure, Liesz is wary of going under the knife yet again.

Dr. Wigoda encourages potential patients to interview several plastic surgeons before having work done. Instead of rushing through a procedure, a good plastic surgeon will help decide whether a patient is a good candidate for a surgery and ensure the patient is fully aware of the risk involved.

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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.”

Dr. Wigoda Plastic Surgery Financing $99/Month

Smart plastic surgery decisions can be priceless, but not without a price tag. When the plastic surgery investment does not always fit the cash flow, Dr. Paul Wigoda offers several different plastic surgery financing options to help assure the decisons are based on quality versus best price.

Often procedures such as breast augmentations or tummy tucks can be financed for little or no interest, or with a convenient payment plan. Many patients are able to pay as little as $99 per month via Care Credit, MedChoice Financial, Capital One, or Chase.

Despite the cost of plastic surgery, Dr. Wigoda urges potential patients to shop for quality over price and to use our plastic surgery checklist to assist in asking the right questions. Don’t fall for the ‘too good to be true’ South Florida advertisements that promise inexpensive procedures that may be risky. For more information on these centers click here.

At Dr. Wigoda’s office we will never cut corners.  Patient safety is always a priority and our aim is always to maximize the cosmetic result and the patient’s experience including using revolutionary techniques to minimize pain and discomfort.

Dr. Wigoda promises the best possible result, in a safe and caring environment, and at a price that is very competitive. A strong believer in treating his patients in the fashion that he would like to be treated, Dr. Wigoda likes to take the time to get to know each patient as well as possible. He believes developing rapport with a patient based on mutual respect, communication, and honesty is crucial.

As a special welcome to new patients, Dr. Wigoda is offering a coupon for $1000 off his signature painless breast implant procedure!

For more information on what Dr. Wigoda is doing to help patients finance their plastic surgery, visit www.drwigoda.com.