Botox (or Brotox) is Number One Says @AAFPRS!

2014 plastic surgery trends

Dr. Paul Wigoda agrees, his Fort Lauderdale cosmetic surgery patients can’t get enough Botox.

TREND ALERT: The 2014 Plastic Surgery Statistics are in and the number of cosmetic surgeries performed annually continues to rise as the economy improves and is projected to rise even higher in 2015. The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) reports that the upward trend is a result of selfie satisfaction, celebrity worship, and sun damage correction.

What’s Hot

Women continue to be the driving force for facial plastic surgery and make up 82 percent of all surgical and non-surgical procedures performed in 2014, but men may not be too far behind for long. Whether it’s to remain relevant in the workforce or look as good as they feel, more men are embracing Botox, or “brotox” as it has been nicknamed.

Not surprising, the most common non-surgical cosmetic procedures among women is also Botox injections. The Botox demographic includes adults age 35 through 55 which, according to Dr. Wigoda, is excellent because Botox injections have the best results when done regularly and as a preventative measure opposed to after the fact.

Wait… Let Me Take A Selfie

The social media sensation has developed songs, clothing, and even tools for taking them that have pushed “selfies” to the top of the list of trends. Having penetrated nearly every market, selfies have actually affected the facial plastic surgery industry. But not in the way one would think. Dr. Wigoda reported that selfie plastic surgery has led to a desire for more nose jobs but it hasn’t affected the industry in extreme amounts. The real culprit is video!

With Snapchat, Vine, and Instagram videos becoming more popular, the desire for cosmetic procedures is rising as videos are not as easy to edit to hide the natural wrinkle in your eyes when you laugh or the movement your chin and neck as you talk.  Again, Botox has shown to be the best (and most popular) method to soften those wrinkles and raise your video selfie status.

I Want To Look Like…

Celebrity plastic surgery is not a new trend, but the requests for lookalike procedures is on the rise. Since 2012, facial plastic surgeons have seen a 7 percent increase in the amount of celebrity procedures requested. More and more people want to look like the stars that encompass the glossy pictures of most magazines and light up the big screen. It’s evident that people crave stardom and power, and looking like their favorite celebrities makes them feel like they do however, keep in mind you won’t look exactly like your idol, you will just have enhanced some of your features to resemble theirs.

So who are the top-requested lookalike cosmetic surgeries from 2014?

The latest trends show (from the most requested first):

  • Angelina Jolie’s lips and cheekbones

  • Beyonce’s facial structure

  • Kim Kardashian’s eyes and jawline

  • Brad Pitt’s nose

  • Natalie Portman’s nose

According to the 2014 Facial Plastic Surgery stats, more and more women and men are looking to drink from the proverbial fountain of youth that is cosmetic surgery and want to emulate their favorite stars’ best features.

If you weren’t one of the many who had plastic surgery in 2014 but want 2015 to be your year, contact Dr. Wigoda for a free virtual consultation to see what procedure(s) will help you reach your beauty goals. Make sure to check in on Yelp to see our latest deals!

Plastic Surgery? Do you have an Instagram Filter for that?

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Does this filter make my boobs look big? Social media seems to be driving doctor patient interactions around the topic of plastic surgery, selfies and Instagram. We all know that Instagram is the new big thing, and apparently it’s been causing other women to want some new big things of their own (or in some cases tighter and tanner things).

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According to an article on NY Daily News, The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery says there’s been a 33% bump in procedures driven by self-awareness from social media since 2013. The influx of filters and editing software has made women now more than ever want to attain their ideal body image.

All this increase in plastic surgery due to Instagram made us wonder, is it possible to REALLY look like these images we’re finding on social media? We decided to ask Dr. Paul Wigoda to get the truth behind the #instafad, and here is what we found out…


“I Want To Look Just Like…,” So Bring an Image!


Okay, first off we have some good news. No matter what kind of plastic surgery you decided to receive, bringing in a picture can help your plastic surgeon get a more realistic idea of what you want done. Some helpful tips for finding an image that fits the one you are dreaming of…

  • Celebrities! We all have that one famous person that we would KILL to look like. Celebrities are well known and often have a variety of different photos available so you can bring in multiple images to best inform your surgeon what you want.

  • Plastic Surgery Websites like or This is about as realistic as it gets. Before and Afters are realistic representations of what clients will look like after the surgery is done. This way you know the look is attainable, and the surgeon has a clear idea of what you expect.

  • Random browsing. I know this may seem vague but looking through magazines or just the internet (even Instagram) may lead you to stumble across that dream chest or stomach that you have always wanted!

Just remember to always be as specific as you can when describing your expectations to your surgeon so they can do everything in their power to make you look as fabulous as you are in social media!


Filter Away The Flaws Using…With Non-Surgical

With good news often comes bad news, and here is yours. As much as we want our skin to look as tan and youthful as it does in those Instagram filters, that isn’t completely obtainable. Dr. Wigoda tells us that while some lasers can help lessen the appearance of skin abnormalities such as sun spots, we have yet to create a surgery to permanently tan or change our skin color.

However, if you like a filter because it may make your skin look more firm or toned, Dr. Wigoda informs us you may have more luck reaching your expectations. Surgeries such as Botox, Fillers or liposuction can leave your skin tighter with less wrinkles, one step closer to Instagram perfection!

This means as much as we would all like to automatically have that sun kissed glow that X-Pro II gives us, we will have to just stick to spray tans and makeup for now.

So tell us everyone, what’s your favorite Instagram filter you would want to permanently apply to yourself?

For more questions on Botox, Fillers or Liposuction, contact Dr. Wigoda for a free plastic surgery consultation today!


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The Selfie Plastic Surgery Situation, Dr. Wigoda Discusses the Selfie Status

Selfie Plastic Surgery is the latest news trend with one in three facial plastic surgeons seeing an uptick in patients requesting procedures thanks to the status of social media’s selfie craze. Dr Paul Wigoda says it’s not just the selfie obsession, it also has to do with vanity, confidence and aging appearance.

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Oxford Dictionaries’ 2013 word of the year was “selfie” because of the drastic climb in usage, but has the popularity of the selfie resulted in an increase in cosmetic surgery?


The latest statistics by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery suggest that one in three facial plastic surgeons said there was an increase in the number of patients requesting procedures because they are “more self-aware of looks in social media.” However, the world “selfie” was never used in the survey of plastic surgeons so the idea that selfies are the largest contributing factor to this rise is merely speculation.


It’s true that social platforms like Instagram and Snapchat encourage users to photograph themselves regularly which leads to them scrutinizing their image with a more self-critical eye than ever before, but selfies may not be solely to blame despite the media is trying to popularize the concept. Apps like SkinneePix which lets users shed virtual weight so their faces look skinnier are raising concerns about health and body-image issues and increasing conversations and concerns about selfies making it a hot topic. Allow me to bring a plastic surgeon’s perspective to the conversation.


I have had patients come in wanting surgery after seeing themselves in a photograph, not necessarily a selfie or (at least they don’t admit that to me). Oftentimes it’s a family or group photo and they notice things they hadn’t before. I believe social media may play a contributing factor because patients are realizing that once their photos are on the web and tagged they are out there for the entire Internet community to see.


From my experience, the selfie craze is not creating the desire for cosmetic procedures on its own. It’s likely that the patient has been thinking about the procedure over time and the photos they review solidify the idea that they want or need to take action, opposed to them suddenly realizing “something is wrong” because they see it in a picture.


The majority of the complaints I receive related to patients wanting to look better in their photos are typical aging-related issues, so the concern that selfies are encouraging younger people to undergo plastic surgery is probably less dramatic number than is being suggested. Sagging neck and jowls, deep nasolabial folds, bags under the eyes and crows feet are the more commonly discussed issues, some of which can be improved with fillers and botox, and some require surgery such as a face and neck lift or eyelid surgery. Probably the most significant procedure that is requested is nose reshaping because patients found that they didn’t like the way their nose looked in profile and didn’t appreciate it until they saw it in a picture because they always looked at their nose from the front.


We definitely find that people are taking their selfies seriously but are they causing an increase in cosmetic surgery overall and, more specifically, to a younger demographic? No. In fact, a survey conducted by the Today Show just last month found that 65 percent of teen girls think selfies boost their confidence. The idea that selfies raise body-image issues fits perfectly into our popular cultural narrative that “kids take selfies and selfies are bad” but as far as plastic surgery is concerned this is only a rumor that it is causing an increase in procedures.

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